Grenfell Combined Probus Club news

Probus Guest Speaker, Harold Bryant, former Farm Manager for Edgells, Cowra. Photo E Pereira.

Probus Guest Speaker, Harold Bryant, former Farm Manager for Edgells, Cowra. Photo E Pereira.

Grenfell Probus Club’s February meeting was chaired by president Les Schaefer who welcomed 63 members with 17 apologies and 1 visitor, Ann Amour, introduced by Chris Lynch.

Treasurer, Brian McDonald and President Les Schaefer with new Probus member Valerie Glanville. Photo E Pereira.

Treasurer, Brian McDonald and President Les Schaefer with new Probus member Valerie Glanville. Photo E Pereira.

Members were asked to stand for a Minute’s Silence in memory of member Kathy Taylor.

Following the reading of the January minutes by secretary, Dot Fitzpatrick, the correspondence was dealt with and the treasurer’s report for the month of January was presented by Brian McDonald. Haleen Schaefer won the draw for birthday of the month.

Correspondence included notification of the Bathurst Friendship Day on Wednesday, May 16, costing $40. Five registrations will be refunded as an early bird prize, names to be supplied to Dot by March 31. Members were also reminded of the Premiers Gala free concerts on April 5 & 6.

Tourist officer Nola Nobes announced plans for a 5 night Broken Hill trip in September and a possible Mystery Trip at the end of April. The 5-day Central Coast Tour will be leaving Sunday March 25 and will be based at Ettalong Tourist Beach Resort.

Our annual subscription of $25 pp is due and it is requested that this amount be placed in an envelope labelled with your name, the amount and “for fees”. This year $3 pp will be collected each meeting for morning tea please have the correct change.

Our next meeting is the AGM, members are asked to consider taking office. A membership badge, with a welcome to our club, was presented to new member Val Glanville.

After morning tea we had our Guest Speaker segment with a power point presentation on The Story of Edgells in Cowra from the very beginning until the closure in 1992, a devastating time for Cowra, affecting 500 or so permanent and casual employees and 600 to 700 locals through loss of transport, storage contracts, farm labour etc.  We then watched a video on asparagus and tomato canning, prepared by Norm Palazzi, who worked at Edgells from 1983 until the closure,  Harold Bryant, from Cowra, was farm manager for Edgells for 25 years. There was a permanent staff of around 20 on the farm and Harold talked about a 1000m irrigator which covered an area of 140 ha and was the largest in the southern hemisphere, as well as providing amazing statistics such as 560 acres of productive asparagus requiring six and a half million asparagus crowns. Margaret Thorncraft thanked Harold and presented him with a small gift of appreciation.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, March 19, with Marie Rudd, Meg Makin and Barbara Bean on the morning tea roster.