Some people hold back from joining Moruya Probus because of the obligations membership might entail. There are not many, though it is preferred members attend monthly meetings.
Thirty-three of the club's 52 members attended the August meeting with visitors, Tom and Roz, who were welcomed by president Di Montgomerie. Carolyn Winters told a joke about a blond lady keen to give the lie to all those blond jokes.
For 10 minutes, members gave brief insights of their younger days. Executive reports took a few minutes including information of a moderately-priced Rixons Busses outing to Floriade 2019 in September and October. Birthdays and a 67th wedding anniversary were mentioned. At 10.30am it was time for tea or coffee and biscuits.
The president, and acting secretary, of Batemans Bay U3A, Ross Thomas, told the meeting something about the University of the Third Age. He mentioned a Roman emperor named Probus. Members might be pleased, he said, to learn Probus was one of the best, a successful general and a good administrator.
He said U3A was a volunteer organisation offering affordable learning. Retirees staved off intellectual and physical deterioration, and the fourth age. U3A began in France, arriving in Melbourne in 1984 and Batemans Bay 20 years ago. It had 100,000 Australian members; 661 in the Bay, including from Moruya and Tuross. It offered 40 courses of about two hours each week, including books, wine appreciation, classic films, languages (Italian, French and Spanish), mathematics, history, crafts and gardening.