Cleve and Districts Probus held their February meeting at the Arno Bay Hotel on the 5th.
President David Reed welcomed everyone, including guests, and had a joke or two to entertain the members.
Don Smith introduced new inductee Iggy Honan and he gave a resume of his background.
He was born in Ireland and came to Australia on a ship in 1966 at the age of 12.
President David inducted Iggy into the Probus Club of Cleve and Districts and presented him with his name badge.
The meeting then continued with minutes and directors’ reports with 36 members present and 15 apologies.
David gave an outline of his year as president, which he has greatly enjoyed.
The meeting took nominations for club offices for the next year with all positions filled and accepted.
Congratulations to the members with 50 and 60 year wedding anniversaries.
The meeting was adjourned for morning tea, and due to the absence of the guest speaker club members volunteeres to speak to members.
Bevan Millard gave a talk about the Cleve National Trust Branch formed in 1972; information on their centenary shed, building additions and continually recovering their heritage items.
The local Cleve Trust has ten members that maintain all the assets with much help from the Cleve District Council.
Grants and finance are managed ongoing for reroofing equipments for record keeping.
Funding comes from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and private donations to pay for rates and taxes and other ongoing costs.
Buildings in Cleve have been signed with plaques to show their history and the council assisted with a heritage walk marked around the township.
The Trust has signposted 21 schools that were operating in earlier years in the district when travel was by foot or horseback, including Wharminda school from 1912 to 2008.
Don Smith then gave a talk on the Cleve and Districts Men’s Shed Inc. now established in Cleve.
They meet every Tuesday in the old Show Society building fire shed at 10am, and 2pm on the first Tuesday of the month.
Currently they are looking at applying for grants to improve their meeting venue and possibly a new location to allow for the list of activities to be managed.
The focus of men’s sheds is men’s mental health and wellbeing as well as activities like woodworking.
The comfort of members for all conditions is being addressed.
Sausage sizzles are held regularly for social interaction.