Sherwood Probus Club was established in July 2000 and celebrated its 18th birthday in 2018 with a lunch and entertainment at its meeting venue, the Magpies AFL Club in Chelmer.
President Pauline welcomed members to the lunch and expressed her hope that everyone would enjoy the occasion. A two-course lunch was provided: crumbed crab claws with crispy noodles or beef minestrone soup for entree; and oven-baked barramundi or roast chicken for the main course. This was followed by deliciously rich chocolate cakes baked by our event and tour coordinator Joan.
As is traditional at our birthday and Christmas lunches, quizmaster Paul kept us all guessing, with two quite difficult quizzes. The first quiz was all about Australia: Pat had the highest score with 12 out of 18 correct. The second quiz was a more general This and that and Sue won with 14 correct out of 18. Everyone, including the winners, was awarded chocolate for their efforts.
Marion kept us entertained while we waited for lunch to be served by reciting two poems. These two poems, My idea of a girl and McGinty, were written by her mother and were told with great skill and verve.
We didn’t quite know what to expect when Brian, with hat on his head but no shoes on his feet, came and sat down on a chair adjacent to the tables. He was closely followed by Paul, wearing a skirt and carrying a laundry basket. Henry (aka Brian) was duly chastised by Eliza (aka Paul) about not helping with the laundry and they launched into the Hole in the bucket skit. Everyone was highly amused and joined in the chorus. Many thanks to Paul and Brian for keeping us entertained.
Joan had made a birthday cake for each table and club members sang the birthday song and toasted the club.
Winners of lucky door prizes on the day were Joan, Pauline, and Dawn. Winners of the impressive raffle baskets, donated by committee members, were Marlene and Lorraine.
President Pauline concluded the day by thanking all who had contributed to the successful celebration, including club staff for the venue and meal, committee members for the raffle baskets, and Joan for her marvellous cakes, small treats and table decorations.
Sherwood Probus looks forward to another year of fun, fellowship and friendship in 2019.