PROBUS welcomed Richard Loader

The July 2019 meeting of the Grenfell Combined Probus Club was chaired by Vice President Beverley Kelly who welcomed all members.

Secretary Halleen Schaefer read the minutes of the June meeting, followed by correspondence and Treasurer Brian McDonald gave the Treasurer's report.

Jim Neill won the draw for birthday of the month, after Social Secretary Rosalie White read Birthdays and Wedding anniversaries.

Tourist Officer Nola Nobes reminded members of the four-day Barrington Tops Tour from September 16 to 19, with the remaining $405 to be paid at the August meeting in an envelope please.

The coach will travel through Kandos to Singleton and the next day to Stroud, a town under National Trust classification, before travelling to Gloucester for two nights.

The next day will be spent in the World Heritage - listed Gondwana Rainforests of Barrington Tops National Park.

Nola also mentioned plans for a Mystery Trip in October/November.

It was reported in General Business that plans are in hand for our Birthday celebration on September 30, to be held at the Bowling Club at 12 for 12.30 pm and the cost of $35 is due to be paid at the August meeting, again in an envelope, please.

After morning tea, Entertainment Officer, Sally Norrie, introduced our Guest Speaker Richard Loader, who started by giving members details of his family history.

He talked of his five years as an Apprentice Mechanic with Dave Anderson and of the first school bus run to Piney Range in 1958.

Richard eventually moved to help his father, Dick, with three school runs and the business grew when the Government provided incentives to transport pupils from closed small schools and eventually a coach was bought for Tourist Charter.

Today there are 13 coaches with four based at Young and in 1996 a contract was obtained with the State Government for train replacement, called Train Link and the business, including Richard's son, Mark, and his wife Sarah, now has three charter coaches and a State of the Art Workshop including a Machine Bus Washer.

Memories were recalled of the first camping trip, which got as far as the Three Ways and members recalled many camping trips to all parts of Australia.

Richard remarked that travel trends have changed, with no demand for camping trips and even accommodated trips are struggling, with increasing numbers travelling by caravan.

Where once there would be 30 coaches, now Caravan parks are full by 2.30.pm.

Loaders Coaches have certainly been a huge asset for the town of Grenfell.

Janice Holland, on behalf of the Club, thanked Richard and presented him with a small gift of appreciation.

Our next meeting will be held on Monday, August 19, with John Walsh and Elizabeth Austin on the Door Roster and Graham and Cherie Pattrick, Max Walter and David Cobham on the Morning Tea Roster.

This meeting will be the Annual Public Speaking Contest for The Henry Lawson High School students.

Probus always welcomes expressions of interest to join us for Friendship, Fellowship and Fun and visitors are welcome at the Bowling Club at 10 am.

For enquiries, please phone President Ron Huckel on 0263432662.

Guest Speaker: Richard Loader was thanked by Janice Holland. Photo: Gwen Clark.

Guest Speaker: Richard Loader was thanked by Janice Holland. Photo: Gwen Clark.