Probus Clubs Meeting Times

PAV AFFILIATED PROBUS CLUBS As at December 2022    
Member Club Details PAV: ( C ) Combined; (L) Ladies; (M) Men
CLUB MEETING PLACE DAY TIME
Alexandra (L) RSL 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Altona ( C ) Altona Sports Club 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Altona North ( C ) Brooklyn Comm. Hall 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Ararat ( C ) St Andrews Hall 2nd Thursday 10.00am
Ararat (L) Ararat West Uniting Church 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Avondale Heights ( C ) Nancye Kirchner Centre 3rd Wednesday 9.30am
Bacchus Marsh (L) Uniting Church Hall 1st Thursday 10.00am
Bairnsdale ( C ) Bowling Club 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Ballarat Begonia City ( C ) Wendouree Football Club 3rd Tuesday 9.45am
Ballarat Central ( C ) Central Wendouree Bowling Club 2nd Tuesday 9.45am
Ballarat (L) City Oval Bowling Club 4th Thursday 10.00am
Ballarat New Generation ( C ) Central Wendouree Bowling Club 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
Ballarat South ( C ) Ballarat Masonic Centre 2nd Tuesday 9.45am
Ballarat West ( C ) Cooinda Centre 4th Wednesday 10.00am
Balnarring (L) Balnarring Hall 4th Wednesday 10.00am
Bannockburn ( C ) Presbyterian Church Hall 1st Monday 10.00am
Banyule ( C ) Watsonia RSL 3rd Friday 10.00am
Barook Koondrook ( C ) Senior Citizens Rooms 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Bayside ( C ) Royal Brighton Yacht Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Barwon Valley Belmont ( C ) Geelong Masonic Centre 1st Thursday 10.00am
Beaconsfield ( C ) Neighbourhood Centre 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Beaufort ( C ) Community Centre 2nd Monday 10.00am
Beaumaris (M) Sandringham Club 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
Belgrave ( C ( Tecoma Uniting Church 2nd Thursday 10.00am
Bellarine (L) St James Church Hall 3rd Monday 10.00am
Belmont ( C ) Belmomt Masonic Centre 1st Monday 10.00am
Benalla Rose ( C ) Benalla Bowls Club 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Bendigo ( C ) Masonic Centre 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Bendigo (L) Bendigo District RSL Club 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Bentleigh ( C ) Bentleigh RSL 2nd Thursday 10.30am
Bentleigh East ( C ) The Bentleigh Club 2nd Tuesday 9.45am
Berwick Central ( C ) The Old Cheese Factory 3rd Tuesday 9.45am
Berwick Village ( C ) St Andrews Hall 4th Monday 10.00am
Bittern ( C ) The Hub Community Centre 2nd Thursday 9.30am
Blackbiurn Bellbird ( C ) Australian Unity Hall 2nd Friday 10.00am
Boort & Districts ( C ) Resource & Information Centre 1st Friday 10.00am
Brighton Beach ( C ) Milanos Hotel 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Brighton Central ( C ) Brighton Bowling Club 1st Thursday 11.00am
Broadford ( C ) Broadford Bowling Club 2nd Monday 10.00am
Camperdown ( C ) Commercial Hotel 3rd Monday 10.00am
Carrum Downs ( C ) Sands Hotel 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Casey ( C ) RSL Hall 2nd Tuesday 9.45am
Cerberus ( C ) Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
Charlton ( C ) Charlton Shire Hall 2nd Friday 10.00am
Chatham ( C ) Salvation Army Citidal 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Chisholm ( C ) Mt Waverley Youth Centre 3rd Monday 10.00am
Clifton Springs/Drysdale ( C ) Clifton Springs Golf Club 2nd Monday 10.00am
Cobden ( C ) Cobden Civic Hall 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Colac Otway ( C ) City Bowls Club 3rd Monday 9.45am
Colac (M) City Bowls Club 1st Monday 9.30am
Cowes ( C ) Nobbies Centre 3rd Monday 10.00am
Cranbourne (L) Amstel Golf Club 1st Thursday 10.00am
Creswick ( C ) St Andrews Hall 1st Tuesday 10.00am
Croydon Park ( C ) Dorset Gardens Hotel 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
Dandenong (L) Dandenong Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Daylesford ( C ) Dayesford Bowling Club 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
Deer Park ( C ) The Club 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Dingley Central ( C ) Kingston City Salvation Army 1st Monday 10.00am
Donald (C ) Senior Citizens Rooms 1st Friday 10.00am
Doncaster Central (L) The Ted Ajani Centre 1st Monday 10.00am
Donvale Central ( C ) East Doncaster Baptist Church 3rd Tuesday 9.45am
Donvale Hill ( C ) East Doncaster Baptist Church 1st Tuesday 10.00am
Donvale Tunstall ( C ) East Doncaster Baptist Church 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Doreen ( C ) Laurimar Community Centre 1st Wednesday 1.00pm
Dromana Valley ( C ) Dromana Community Hall 3rd Thursday 9.30am
Drouin ( C ) Royal Hotel 4th Friday 9.30am
Drouin Hills ( C ) Anglican Church Hall 1st Friday 9.45am
Drysdale (L) Drysdale Football Club 4th Monday 10.00am
Dunoliy & Districts ( C ) Senior Citizens Rooms 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Eaglehawk ( C ) Rotary Hall 2nd Monday 10.00am
East Malvern ( C ) East Malvern Uniting Centre 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Echuca/Moama & Districts ( C ) Rich River Golf Club Resort 4th Monday 10.00am
Echuca/Moama Twin Rivers ( C ) Echuca Workers & Services Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Eltham ( C ) Greensborough RSL 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Emerald District ( L ) Emerald RSL 3rd Monday 10.00am
Essendon Central ( C ) Essendon Football Club 3rd Monday 10.00am
Fawkner-Merlynston ( C ) Fawkner Bowling Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Foster & Districts ( C ) Foster War Memorial Arts Centre 1st Monday 10.00am
Geelong Central ( C ) Geelong RSL 3rd Friday 9.45am
Geelong East ( C ) East Geelong Uniting Church 3rd Monday 10.00am
Gisborne ( C ) Gisborne Masonic Centre 4th Thursday 10.00am
Gladstone Park ( C ) Good Shepherd Parish Hall 1st Wednesday 9.45am
Glen Eira ( C ) Bentleigh Club 4th Friday 10.00am
Glen Waverley ( C ) Junior Youth Centre 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Glenroy ( C ) Glenroy RSL 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Glenroy (L) Cromwell St Hall 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Golden Square ( C ) Abundant Life Centre 3rd Thursday 9.30am
Greenhills ( C ) Greensborough RSL 4th Monday 10.00am
Greensborough ( C ) Greensborough RSL 1st Monday 10.00am
Greenwood ( C ) Watsonia RSL 2nd Friday 10.00am
Grovedale East (L) Uniting Church Hall 4th Monday 10.00am
Grovedale (M) Grovedale Uniting Church 2nd Tuesday 2.00pm
Hamilton ( C ) Baptist Church Hall Grey St 1st Tuesday 10.00am
Hamilton (M) Hamilton Bowling Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Hamikton (L) Senior Citizens Rooms 1st Monday 10.00am
Hamlyn Heights ( C ) St Albans church 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Hampton Park Hampton Park Community House 4th Monday 10.00am
Hastings ( C ) Hastings Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Hawthorn Glen ( C ) Camberwell Uniting Church Hall 2nd Friday 10.00am
Heathmont (L) Heathmont Bowls Club 1st Monday 2.00pm
Hopetoun ( C ) Southern Mallee Co-op Parish Hall 1st Monday 10.00am
Hoppers Crossing (L) Hotel 520 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Hoppers Crossing (M) Hoppers Club 3rd Wednesday 9.30am
Horsham ( C ) Horsham RSL 4th Tuesday 10.00am
Horsham East (L) Horsham RSL 1st Monday 10.00am
Inverloch ( C ) Warrawee Senior Citizens Club 1st Thursday 10.00am
Jacksons Creek ( C ) Sunbury Footbasll Club 2nd Monday 10.00am
Kangaroo Flat ( C ) St Mary’s Complex 2nd Wednesday 9.45am
Kaniva ( C ) Kaniva Bowling Club 2nd Thursday 10.00am
Kardinia ( C ) Masonic Hall 1st Wednesday 9.45am
Keilor ( C ) Keilor Hotel 3rd Monday 10.00am
Keilor East ( C ) Keilor Hotel 2nd Monday 10.00am
Kerang ( C ) Kerang Memorial Hall 1st Tuesday 9.30am
Kew ( C ) Phyllis Hore Room 4th Thursday 10.30am
Keysborough ( C ) Reurrection Parish 1st Thursday 10.00am
Kilmore & District ( C ) Kilmore Golf Club 3rd Monday 10.00am
Kingsbury ( C ) Kingsbury Bowls Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Kingston Heath (L) Heatherton Football Club 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Knox ( C ) The Stamford Hotel 1st Tuesday 10.00am
Knoxfield (L) Wantirna Club 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Kyabram ( C ) Kyabram Club 1st Monday 10.15am
Korumberra ( C ) Showgrounds 2nd Monday 9.45am
Kyneton ( C ) Kyneton Bowling Club 1st Wednesday 9.30am
Lakes Entrance-Cunninghame ( C ) Lakes Entrance Motel 1st Monday 10.00am
Langwarrin (L) Langwarrin Community Centre 1st Thursday 10.00am
Latrobe (L) Traralgon Tennis Club 4th Monday 10.00am
Leongatha ( C ) Dakers Centre 3rd Monday 10.00am
Leopold ( C ) Leopold Sportsmans Club 2nd Monday 9.30am
Leopold Gateway ( C ) Leopold Sportsmans Club 4th Monday 9.30am
Lilydale (L) Lilydale Lake Community Room 1st Tuesday 10.00am
Maffra (M) Senior Citizens Rooms 2nd Tuesday 9.45am
Maffra (L) Senior Citizens Rooms 3rd Monday 10.00am
Maling ( C ) Conochie Hall 2nd Wednesday 9.40am
Manningham ( C ) Bulleen Baptist Church 4th Tuesday 10.00am
Maroondah ( C ) Dorset Gardens Hotel 3rd Friday 9.45am
Maryborough (L) Maryborough Highland Society Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Maryborough (C ) Maryborough Highland Society Club 1st Tuesday 10.00am
Maryvale ( C ) Morwell RSL 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Melbourne North ( C ) Waterloo Cup Hotel 4th Tuesday 10.30am
Melton (L) Melton Country Club 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Melton (M) Christ Church Melton 1st Tuesday 9.45am
Melton Valley (L) Melton Country Club 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Mernda ( C ) Mernda Village community Centre 4th Monday 10.00am
Middle Brighton ( C ) Milanos Hotel 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Minyip ( C ) Minyip Memorial Hall 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Micham Nunawading ( C ) Whitehorse Civic  Centre 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Mitchell River Bairnsdale ( C ) Bairnsdale Bowls Club 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Moe ( C ) Moe Golf Club 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Monash ( C ) Mt Waverley Centre 1st Friday 10.00am
Monash Central ( C ) Mt Waverley Community Centre 3rd Friday 10.00am
Mont Albert North ( C ) Mont Albert Reserve Braemer St 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Montmorency-Petrie Park ( C ) Montmorency RSL 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Montrose & District ( C ) Montrose Town Centre 3rd Wednesday 9.45am
Moorleigh ( C ) Coatesville Bowling Club 4th Wednesday 10.00am
Mooroopna ( C ) Mooroopna Boiwls Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Mt Eliza Central ( C ) Village Uniting Church 4th Friday 9.30am
Mt Eliza Village (L) Village Uniting Church 1st Monday 10.00am
Mt Martha (M) Mt Martha House 2nd Tuesday 9.30am
Mt Martha (L) Mt Martha House 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Mt Martha Valley ( C ) Dromana Community Hall 2nd Thursday 9.30am
Mt Waverley Waverley Masonic Centre 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Murtoa ( C ) Railway Hotel 3rd Friday 10.00am
Narre Warren ( C ) Brentwood Park Neighbourhood House 3rd Tuesday 10.30am
Newborough ( C ) Moe Hotel 1st Monday 10.00am
Newcomb ( C ) East Geelong Uniting Church 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Nhill ( C ) Nhill Uniting Church Hall 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Nillumbik ( C ) Bridges Restaurant 2nd Wednesday 9.45am
North Balwyn ( C ) North Balwyn Bowling Club 2nd Wednesday 9.45am
North Balwyn Heights ( C ) Baptist Church Hall 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Notting Hill ( C ) Waverley RSL 1st Monday 10.00am
Numurkah (L) Senior Citizens Rooms 3rd Monday 10.00am
Oakleigh (L) South Oakleigh Bowling Club 2nd Monday 10.00am
Ocean Grove ( C ) Shell Road Pavillion 4th Monday 10.00am
Ocean Grove on Barwon ( C ) St Peter’s Church Hall 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Ocean Grove Surfside ( C ) Ocean Grove Bowling Club 3rd Monday 10.30am
Olinda ( C ) Olinda Community House 3rd Monday 10.30am
Orbost ( C ) Club Hotel 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Osborne (L) Mt Martha House 3rd Tuesday 9.30am
Pakenham ( C ) Deep Creek Golf Club 1st Friday 10.00am
Pakenham Central ( C ) Deep Creek Golf Club 2nd Thursday 10.30am
Pakenham East ( C ) Pakenham Golf Club 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Parktone ( C ) Mordialloc Football Club 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Pascoe Vale ( C ) Pascoe Vale Uniting Church 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Patterson Lakes ( C ) Carrum Hub 38 Valetta St Carrum 1st Wednesday 9.30am
Paynesville ( C ) Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club 4th Wednesday 10.00am
Pinewood ( C ) Mt Waverley Youth Centre 2nd Thursday 10.00am
Plenty ( C ) Greensborough RSL 2nd Thursday 10.00am
Port Melbourne ( C ) Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House 4th Friday 10.30am
Portarlington Bayview ( C ) Portarlington Golf Club 3rd Wednesday 10.00am
Portland (L) Portland Football Club 1st Tuesday 9.30am
Queenscliff ( C ) Gill Hall 1st Monday 9.45am
Redcliffs ( C ) The Red Clliffs Club 2nd Thursday 10.00am
Reservoir ( C ) East Reservoir Community Centre 4th Monday 10.00am
Ricketts Point ( C ) Cheltenham Golf Club 2nd Wednesday 10.30am
Ringwood Clocktower( C ) The Coach Hotel 3rd Wednesday 9.30am
Ringwood East (L) Senior Citizens Rooms 2nd Friday 9.30am
Ringwood Lake ( C ) H. E. Parker Pavillion 3rd Monday 10.00am
Rochester ( C ) Rochester Bowls Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Romsey Lancefield ( C ) St Mary’s Catholic Church 4th Thursday 10.00am
Rosanna (L) St Andrews Anglican Church Hall 2nd Wednesday 9.45am
Rowville Lysterfield ( C ) The Stamford Hotel 1st Friday 10.00am
Rupanyup ( C ) Commercial Hotel 2nd Friday 10.00am
Rye (L) Blairgowrie Community Hall 3rd Monday 9.30am
Safety Beach ( C ) Dromana Community Hall 1st Tuesday 10.00am
Sanctuary Lakes-Point Cook ( C ) Sanctuary Lakes Resort 1st Thursday 10.00am
Sandbelt (L) Bentleigh RSL 1st Monday 10.30am
Sandown ( C ) Club Noble 2nd Monday 10.00am
Sandy Bay ( C ) Sandringham Yacht Club 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
San Remo ( C ) Newhaven Public Hall 2nd Monday 10.00am
Seaford ( C ) King Close Community centre 2nd Thursday 9.45am
Seymour ( C ) Seymour Elderly Citizens Hall 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
Somerville ( C ) St Andrews Hall 3rd Wednesday 9.45am
South Morang ( C ) Riverside Community Centre 3rd Tuesday 2.00pm
Southern Peninsula (M) Blairgowrie Community Hall 2nd Monday 10.00am
Spring Gulley ( C ) Bendigo Club 4th Thursday 10.00am
Stawell Gold Reef (L) Stawell Harness Racing Club 1st Tuesday 10.00am
St Arnaud ( C ) Masonic Hall 1st Wednesday 10.00am
St Arnaud Kara Kara ( C ) Masonic Hall 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
St Helena ( C ) Greensborough RSL 3rd Monday 10.00am
St Kilda ( C ) Elsternwick Park Sports Club 1st Monday 10.00am
St Leonards ( C ) St Leonards Bowling Club 4th Monday 10.00am
Strathfieldsaye ( C ) Strathfieldsaye Uniting Church 2nd Thursday 10.00am
Strathmore ( C ) Essendon Football Club Windy Hill 3rd Monday 9.45am
Studfield Wantirna ( C ) The Knox Club,480 Boronia Rd,Wantirna Sth 2nd Tuesday 10.30am
Sunbury ( C ) Lions Community Centre 1st Friday 10.00am
Sunbury (M) Sunbury Football Club 1st Wednesday 9.50am
Surrey Hills (M) St Aidan’s Uniting church 1st Thursday 10.00am
Swan Bay (L) Point Lonsdale Bowls Club 2nd Monday 10.00am
Swan Hill ( C ) Swan Hill Club 2nd Tuesday 10.00am
Syndal ( C ) Monash Community Centre 4th Friday 10.00am
Tatura ( C ) Commercial Hotel 4th Thursday 10.00am
Taylors Lakes ( C ) Taylors Lakes Hotel 4th Monday 10.00am
Templestowe Central ( C ) Templestowe Leisure Centre 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Timboon & District ( C ) Timboon Golf Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Torquay (L) Senior Citizens Rooms 3rd Monday 10.00am
Torquay Zeally Bay ( C ) Torquay Football Club 4th Wednesday 10.00am
Traralgon (M) Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club 3rd Thursday 10.00am
Traralgon ( C ) Traralgon Greyhound Racing Club 3rd Monday 10.00am
Tunstall ( C ) Uniting Church Hall 4th Friday 10.00am
Upper Yarra ( C ) Yarra Junction Bowling Club 1st Wednesday 9.30am
Vermont South (L) Horticultural Centre 4th Wednesday 10.00am
Wantirna Heights ( C ) Knox Fishing & Boating Club Rooms 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Warragul Baw Baw ( C ) Masonic Hall 2nd Tuesday 9.45am
Warragul Ranges ( C ) Warragul Country Club 4th Thursday 10.00am
Warragul Tarago ( C ) Warragul Country Club 3rd Wednesday 9.45am
Warringal Heidelberg (L) Old Shire Hall 3rd Monday 9.45am
Watsonia ( C ) Watsonia RSL 1st Friday 10.00am
Waurn Ponds ( C ) Waurn Ponds Hotel 4th Wednesday 10.00am
Waverley City (L) Glen Waverley Uniting Church 2nd Wednesday 10.00am
Waverley Gardens ( C ) 27 Rupert Dve Mulgrave Last Tuesday 9.45am
Wendouree ( C ) Webbcona Bowls Club 3rd Tuesday 10.00am
Wheelers Hill ( C ) Village Green Hotel 3rd Friday 10.00am
Wheelers Hill Combined Stamford Hotel 2nd Friday 10.00am
White Hills ( C ) Football, Cricket & Netball Club 4th Tuesday 10.00am
Whitehorse ( C ) Horticultural Centre 1st Monday 10.00am
Whittlesea ( C ) Whittlesea Bowls Club 1st Monday 9.30am
Williamstown (L) Williamstown Bowling Club 4th Monday 10.00am
Williamstown Point Gellibrand (L) Williamstown RSL 3rd Monday 10.00am
Winchelsea & District ( C ) Winchelsea Bowls Club 1st Monday 10.00am
Wonthaggi & District ( C ) Wonthaggi Golf Club 3rd Tuesday 9.45am
Woodend & District ( C ) Woodend Community Centre 1st Thursday 10.00am
Woodlands of Sunbury (L) Sunbury Bowling Club 4th Monday 10.00am
Woorayl ( C ) Dakers Centre 1st Monday 10.00am
Wyndham (L) Italian Social Club 1st Wednesday 10.00am
Wyndham ( C ) Kelly Park Hall 2nd Tuesday 1.30pm
Yarram ( C ) Yarram Presbyrterian Church Hall 4th Wednesday 10.00am
For more information go to Probus South Pacific Ltd.

Website Reigistration

PAV Member Clubs 

Website Registration procedure for club secretaries

To access directories for Guest Speakers and Club Outings, you must register your club by mouse clicking this link http://www.probusvic.com.au/login.html?view=registration and your Club will then be registered by the PAV secretary and have directory access. 

Then mouse click directories in menu above.

Registration will ask for your Club and secretary name, and your Probus club number issued by PSPL.

Choice of Password. We are advised by our webmaster for the club secretary to create and type in a password of minimum 8 digits comprising letters and numbers or symbols. This is to prevent website hacking which has become prevalent.

Finally, confirm the password, and confirm club email address. Then click ‘Register’.

– once they activate their email address, the PAV Secretary is then sent an email to authorise the account and you should then be able to access the directories or member only pages that may be created in the future.

IMPORTANT

Club secretaries be sure to record your club’s password in your club’s minutes and securely record for future secretaries.

       

Beware of Scams

 

**** BEWARE OF SCAMS ****

 

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN A VICTIM OF A SCAM?

 

It is sometimes said that Seniors are easy targets for perpetrators of scams!

 

To avoid getting caught by a scam and be forewarned

go to 

http://www.accc.gov.au/publications/the-little-black-book-of-scams

and do your homework today!

 

Latest Scamwatch Tips

Beware of scammers impersonating energy and telecommunications companies

The ACCC is warning consumers to beware of scammers impersonating energy and telecommunications providers and demanding payments.

Scamwatch has received 5000 reports of fake billing scams in the last 12 months, with reported losses of close to $8000.

“The scammers typically impersonate well known companies such as Origin, AGL, Telstra and Optus via email, to fool people into assuming the bills are real,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“They send bulk emails or letters which include a logo and design features closely copied from the genuine provider. The bill states the account is overdue and if not paid immediately the customer will incur late charges or be disconnected.”

“Alternatively, the bill may claim that the customer has overpaid and is owed a refund or it may simply say the bill is due and ready to pay,” Ms Rickard said.

New South Wales residents reported the highest number of incidents of the fake billing scam, with 1779 households reporting being victims, compared to 1275 in Queensland and 1245 in Victoria, 485 in Western Australia, 462 in South Australia, 132 in the ACT, 117 in Tasmania and 38 in the Northern Territory.

“Older Australians should particularly be wary of emails pretending to be from utility companies, with people over 65 reporting the most fake utility billing scam incidents,” Ms Rickard said.

“I advise consumers to contact their communications or energy provider directly via the company’s official channels to verify that the email or letter is actually from them.”

“Customers should never use the contact details provided on the suspicious email or letter but instead use an independent source to locate contact details such as a past bill or the phone book.”

In one case reported to the ACCC, a customer received a fake Telstra bill in the mail. The bill stated the customer’s account was overdue and immediate payment was needed. The customer dialled the phone number provided and was asked for his date of birth and driver’s licence number to confirm his identity.

“If customers are duped into phoning scammers they will then attempt to steal as much personal information as they can,” Ms Rickard said.

Other tips on how consumers can protect themselves:

  • If you receive a bill outside of your normal billing cycle, or don’t expect to receive an overdue notice, call your provider to check whether it is legitimate.
  • If you are not a customer of the company simply delete the email.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in an email from an unverified sender – they may contain a malicious virus.
  • Never send money or give credit card details, online account details or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust and never by email or over the phone.
  • Keep your computer secure – always update your firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and only buy from a verified source.
 

 To stay one step ahead of scammers, learn more by visiting the ACCC’s Scamwatch website


Protect yourself—sign up to Scamwatch

www.scamwatch.gov.au

—where you can sign up for free email alerts on new scams targeting consumers and small businesses. You can also follow Scamwatch on Twitter at @scamwatch_gov or http://twitter.com/scamwatch_gov.

 

Creating a Club Website

 

How About Creating A Website For Your Probus Club

and thereby create a greater awareness of Probus in your local community

Whilst many Probians – especially those who are in the 70+ age bracket – still endeavour to maintain a degree of denial about the value of using the internet, younger Probians – and especially those that have more recently retired – are very much into making use of the internet as their principle communications medium and information source.

No longer do we need to rush to the encyclopaedia as our prime information source, and often a telephone call – especially to government institutions – involves a lengthy wait for someone to answer. Then one is sometimes told that the information that one requires can only be obtained ‘on line’. Your time has been seriously wasted! The internet can be your best source!

Whether we like it or not, we are being forced to recognise the value and necessity of learning how to use a mobile phone, tablet, or computer. Otherwise we even run the risk of being ignored by our grandchildren who have started to use these devices when even barely out of the cradle!

As administrator of your Association’s website, I am asked by your PAV executive and your sponsors to post information on your website including sporting information, Probus events, travel and tour details, and administrative information. Yet I am very much aware that there are still many club officials that rarely – and sometimes never – view our website, and then wonder why they miss important news and information.

Club officials especially need to know how to use the internet NOW, or be left behind!

I also  receive questions at the quarterly delegate meetings from club delegates, as well as phone calls, about information on the website which sometimes show that a delegate is obviously unfamiliar with using our website. In fact, because of enquiries received, there are many organisations, businesses and individuals outside of Probus who take more interest in our Association website than do our Probus members.

What could your club include on its website?

Where and when you meet

What your activities are, such as outings, sports and social activities

Your club’s tours and trips

A contact person to enquire about membership

Some clubs with websites even post their monthly news bulletin on their website which can be read by the world at large

Some photos of recent activities can tell the viewer a lot about your membership and whether they appear ‘user friendly’!

As you can see, the information can be quite basic, but the more interesting the content, the more likely you are to attract new members.

There are unfortunately clubs that are facing a decline in membership, so a club website could be your best advertisement. If you are hoping that younger seniors might join your club, then remember that these are people who are already familiar with internet use, and their internet searches could lead them to your club.

How do you go about creating a club website? Where do you start? Here are some suggestions for your club committee to consider:

Start by forming a website sub-committee with a minimum of three. One to actually administer your website; one who is a deputy; and one who ‘knows the ropes’ in case one of the first two decides to retire from the ‘job’. All three need to be competent users of their personal computer. Maybe your club might also have its own laptop, in which case they should be familiar with that.

Decide on what information you want posted on your website. This could amount to just a single page, or extend to a number of pages. Maybe your committee should view the ‘Probus Club websites’ page on this website for ideas used by other Probus Clubs. Some have comprehensive websites whilst others are quite simple.

Your club committee then needs to consider allocating a budget, because there are domain and hosting costs, and, if employing a professional webmaster, he/she will need to be paid. There are many professionals around who would be willing to set up your website, but at your expense. They will charge a one-off cost for website design – this could be several hundred dollars, and there will be always be annual hosting fees and domain charges. You may even be fortunate enough to have a member with the relevant skills to set up your club website ‘in house’.

Another option is to approach a local secondary college to see if they have a student or students who would like to tackle creating you club website as a project – great experience for them, and a great help to your club. This could greatly minimise your costs. Maybe also a willing grandchild could provide inexpensive assistance, as computers, tablets and mobile phones, and the workings of the internet are ‘second nature’ to that age group. Recompense for any work done would be for you to negotiate. Other options to investigate are U3A, or maybe your local community house. If a club finds an inexpensive option for website construction, please advise your website administrator on webadmin@probusvic.com.au

You may also like to do your own research by typing – for example – ‘how to create an inexpensive website’ – into Google. There are a number of listings, and you may find something that suits your club’s budget and your capabilities.

For one example, check out recently advertised GoDaddy.com on the web and see if this could be an option for your club.

Finally, clubs should be aware that neither your Association nor its administrator are willing to become involved in website design. The Association employs Chris Maber of YouChoose to host this website and, while all postings are made by the current PAV website administrator, he cannot offer advice on website construction.

 

Member Benefits Scheme Australia

Member Benefits Scheme for Australian Probians


The following listing provides details of discounts and benefits available to

Probians throughout Australia.

They include Travel, Finance, Lifestyle & Entertainment, and Health.

Appropriate contact details and websites are provided. Copy website and e-mail addresses into your browser.

 
 
 
   
 

PAV – From The Beginning In 1984

 

PAV – From The Beginning 

A Brief History of Your Association

 

On 21st November 1984, the Dromana Men’s Probus Club and the Frankston Probus Club sponsored a ‘handshake’ meeting of Probus Clubs in the south-east of Victoria with the aim to form an Association. This became the Victorian Association of Probus Clubs South East Region, and later changed to Probus Association of Victoria South East Region. After two years, in 1986 the Association became incorporated.

Ted Lewis had discussed the idea of forming an Association of Probus Clubs in Victoria with Cliff Johnson, Chairman of the Probus Centre South Pacific. Included in the discussion were suggested aims and objectives. Cliff Johnson was most enthusiastic, and even suggested that, if it would help, he would come to Melbourne to chair the meeting and guide the discussions in support of the proposal. Cliff Johnson  did attend and opened the meeting with an address to those in attendance in which he outlined the suggested Aims and Objectives of the propose Association.

In 1995, the words ‘South East Region’ were removed and the name became simply The Probus Association of Victoria Inc.

The first meeting of the Association was held in 1996 at Dingley International Conference Centre, and the Association continued to meet there until 2011 when, due to increasing costs, the Association’s quarterly meetings of club delegates were moved to the Village Green Hotel, Springvale Road, Mulgrave.

As Probus has flourished, so has the Association’s membership which currently, in 2014, includes over 400 Probus Clubs.

Life memberships have been conferred on three members – Ted Lewis, secretary for 17 years, and Bill Walters and Bob Osborne, who were long serving presidents. Also in 2003, Bob Osborne was elected as a member of Probus Centre South Pacific.

A guide to Guest Speakers and Outings was the first objective of the Association. Stan and Joyce Hawken undertook this project and it was first issued to twenty four clubs. Today this publication continues, and the guide is provided to over four hundred clubs. 

In 1985, the first newsletter was produced in A4 size. This has now grown to the publication known today as the Victorian Probian.

In 1990, President Stan Hawken introduced the section of ‘Open Forum’ at meetings of delegates. From this, a suggestion was put forward to issue a medical card – now the Vial of Life.

A diary was designed and there were 4000 required required in the first year.

The first Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies Exhibition took place in 1990 at the Masonic Hall, Chelsea, with 28 clubs submitting 350 articles for display. Since then, successful exhibitions have been held at Mornington, Langwarrin, Whitehorse Centre at Nunawading, Williamstown Town Hall, and the Glen Ira City Hall with up to 900 exhibits.

The first of many Friendship Days was held at Mossfield Park, Leongatha in 1992. Twenty-seven coaches and over 2000 Probians attended.

Friendship days have continued and are held mostly by region.

The first Musical Afternoon Concert took place in September 1995, and became the forerunner of our annual Variety Concert. In 2008 and 2009, successful concerts were held at St Arnaud and Maryborough. A further concert was held in 2012 at Bendigo. The most recent concert was held in March 2014 at the Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading.

During 1999, Ken Heaslip suggested for those interested in holding a caravan meet to contact him. From this, the Caravan Wanderers group was formed. This group now holds meets every six months in various locations throughout Victoria and caters both for caravaners and those wishing to stay in cabins.

Lawn bowls tournaments have been taking place for some 30 years, and in 2004 these became mixed tournaments.

The Association has sponsored these two groups over recent years, which has been much appreciated.

More recently, the Association sponsors an annual Golf Tournament Challenge, and an annual Croquet Tournament Challenge.

In 2000, Australian Pacific Touring offered a sponsorship deal to the Association. Nowadays, the Association receives sponsorship from two travel companies, Trade Travel and Grand Pacific Tours. The latter caters exclusively for tours of New Zealand.

To further awareness of the Association, in 2010 the Association commenced developing a website (www.probusvic.com.au) so as to publicise the Association’s functions and activities, both to club officers and members, and also to the world at large.

The first regional meeting of the Association to be held in a country district was held at Traralgon with 78 Probians representing 22 clubs attending. The agenda for the meeting followed along the lines of the city meetings of delegates, and the discussions raised many of the same issues. Regional meetings continue to attract great interest and have become a part of the Association’s program.

The 20th and 25th Anniversary Luncheons that were held at the Caulfield Racecourse were deemed a huge success.

Over 30 years there have been more that 80 Probians elected to the committee.

Foundation Office Bearers

President                       Bert Seymour

Secretary/Treasurer        Jim Greig

Committee                     Bert Enno, Jean Wood, George Raphael, Laurie Wain, Allan Coombe, Ted Lewis

Past & Present Office Bearers

Presidents:                    Bert Seymour, Wal Rattray, Stan Hawken, Jean Wood, Bill Walters, Bob Osborne,

                                   John Mitchell, Wal Fordham, Irma Dymke, Jim Frew                               

Secretary                      Jim Greig, Laurie Wain, Joe Ratcliffe, Ted Lewis, Fay O’Toole

Treasurer                      Jim Greig, Laurie Wain, Joe Ratcliffe, Ted Lewis, Jack Francis, Monica Sheffield,

                                   Ian Grahame, Ken Falconer

                                    

Life Members                           Ted Lewis (deceased), Bill Walters (deceased), Bob Osborne

 

 

Probus Membership Cards

 

 

PROBUS MEMBERSHIP CARDS

Quite some months ago, all Probus members were, through their clubs, issued with a Probus Membership Card similar in size to a credit or other similar card. This card shows the name of your club, your name, and a membership number. The card was issued by Probus South Pacific Ltd.

Your committee and many club members have been unaware of the use or value of such cards.

We can now tell you that there is now available information on a variety of deals, and refer Probians to the PSPL website. Go to:

www.probussouthpacific.org/pages/members_offers_member_benefits_scheme 

or use the menu heading ‘Members’ Offers’.

There you will find the following sub-headings: Travel; Finance: Food and Beverages: Lifestyle and Entertainment; and Health. Use these to do your searches for deals.

It is noted that PSPL’s Advertising and Partnerships Manager is seeking information on deals, and if you know of any worthwhile deals for Probians, you might refer the relevant company to katie@mahlabmedia.com.au, or phone 02 9556 9118.

In the meantime, check the deals currently available.

 

What You Can Do For Your Club

Probus South Pacific Ltd has published an informative booklet entitled ‘Your Passport To Probus’ which is a valuable resource for all Probians. We quote verbatim below the following important information from page 23 of this booklet, entitled:

‘What You Can Do For Your Club’

As a Probus club member, you are encouraged to:

•Pay your annual membership fees in a timely manner
•Attend meetings regularly
•Get to know your management committee
•Participate in discussions and club decision making
•Understand your club’s policies on risk management, apologies and privacy
•Attend club activities and special events
•Join club special interest groups
•Act as guest speaker
•Bring a friend or neighbour along to a meeting
•Bring new ideas to your club
•Encourage other active retirees in the community to join a Probus club
•Be welcoming to new members
•Promote Probus awareness in your own community
•Submit newsworthy articles to Active Retirees™ magazine and your local newspaper
•Post Probus information on community notice boards
•Promote the Probus Jingle to your local community radio station
•As some stage, during your membership nominate to take an active role and serve as a member of your club’s Management Committee. If you are interested in becoming a member of your club’s Management Committee, discuss it with a fellow member; you’ll find it both fun and rewarding.

Your Association considers this an informative pocket booklet containing a great deal of useful information with which all Probians should be aware. The booklet is available free of cost through your club. Ask your club’s management for your copy.

Probians should also be aware that newsworthy articles, club news, and other relevant information can also be submitted for publishing in the Victorian Probian journal which is available free of cost to members of all Probus clubs affiliated with the Probus Association of Victoria. See ‘Victorian Probian’ webpage on this website for details of how and where to submit your articles.

 

Travel/Outings Insurance

Club or Travel Insurance Matters

 

All Victorian Probus Clubs please note that, for all matters relating to club or travel insurance, they must contact Probus South Pacific Ltd on toll free 1300 630 488 or e-mail admin@probussouthpacific.org

Club Activity Sheets – Clubs – and in particular, committee persons who arrange club outings or activities separate from Club monthly meetings – please note that it is their responsibility to ensure that individual members participating in an activity ensure that they are recorded on an activity sheet to ensure that they are covered by Probus insurance in case of accident.

Links to Probus Club Websites

PROBUS CLUBS WEBSITES

Please visit below links to PAV member Probus Clubs in Victoria.

Club committees – if your Club is a current member of the Probus Association of Victoria and you wish to have your Club’s website listed on this page, please visit the contacts page on this website and forward details of your website to the administrator at webadmin@probusvic.com.au

All we require is the website URL (Uniform Resource Locator). These URLs are active links and a mere click of a mouse will take the viewer to the website selected. Please don’t send e-mail addresses – they are not what we require for this page.

Your website can be a multi-page detail of your Club’s activities, or it can be just a single page showing your meeting venue address, times of meetings, a contact person such as your membership secretary, and some basic information about Probus for the benefit of the newcomer.

Remember – your club’s website is your club’s window on the world and can be a wonderful advertisement for what your Club does.

Ararat Probus Club

Armadale Probus Club Inc.

Auburn Combined Probus Club

Balwyn Central Probus Club

Probus Club of North Balwyn

Beaumaris Probus Club 

Bendigo Probus Club

Bentleigh East (C) Probus Club

Berwick Combined Probus Club

Berwick Village Combined Probus Club

Blackburn Central Combined Probus Club

Blackburn South Probus Club

Bulleen Heights Probus Club

Croydon Park Probus Club

Dingley Central Probus Club

Doncaster East Combined Probus Club

Donvale Central Probus Club

Donvale Hill Probus Club

Donvale Tunstall Probus Club

Dromana Probus Club

East Malvern Combined Probus Club

Flinders Combined Probus Club

Geelong Central Probus Club

Glen Eira Combined Probus Club

Glenferrie Probus Club

Glen Waverley Combined Probus Club 

Glenroy Men’s Probus Club

Malvern Men’s Probus Club

Maroondah Probus Club Inc.

Manningham Combined Probus Club

Melbourne North Probus Club

Mitcham Nunawading Probus Club

Monash Central Probus Club

Mont Albert Probus Club

Montrose & District Probus Club

Mount Martha Probus Club

Mount Martha Valley Combined Probus Club

Mount Waverley Combined Probus Club

Moorleigh Probus Club Inc. East Bentleigh

North Balwyn Heights Probus Club

Notting Hill Combined Probus Club

Olinda Probus Club

Reservoir Combined Probus Club

Ringwood Clocktower Probus Club

Rosebud Men’s Probus Club

Seaford Probus Club

Southern Peninsula Probus Club

Syndal Combined Probus Club

Templestowe Valley Probus Club 

Traralgon Combined Probus Club

Tunstall Combined Probus Club

Warragul Ranges Probus Club

Waurn Ponds Combined Probus Club

Waverley Gardens Combined Probus Club

Probus Club Of Wheelers Hill

Waurn Ponds Combined Probus Club

Waverley Central Ladies Probus Club

Wheelers Hill Combined Probus Club

Whitehorse Combined Probus Club