Birthday celebrations for Sherwood Probus

July marks the month in which Sherwood Probus club was established in 2000. We usually celebrate this event with a lunch instead of inviting a guest speaker. 2017 was also a fitting time for one of the Foundation members, Paul Coghlan, to be awarded Life Membership of the Club. Our special guest was  Nicole Johnston, Councillor for Tennyson Ward, who generously supports our Club; John Sophios entertained us with guitar music and song.

We sat at tables decorated with flowers in Probus colours and snacked on chips while waiting for lunch to be served. We enjoyed our tasty two-course meal prepared by Jenny and her staff at Magpies AFL Club. Instead of a single birthday cake, Joan  Coghlan had made an assortment of cakes which were available on each table. Joan had also made  a special cake for Clare Bedggood, who was celebrating her birthday on the day.

Col Mulholland presenting Paul Coghlan with Life Membership certificate and pin

Prior to lunch, Foundation President Col Mulholland presented Paul Coghlan with a Sherwood Probus Life Membership certificate and pin to acknowledge his work as a Foundation member, Newsletter editor, and Committee member for 17 years. This year is Paul’s second term as Club President.


Paul thanked the Club for the honour. He explained that on coming back to Brisbane after 34 years in Mackay where he had been an active Rotarian, helping to form the Sherwood Probus Club enabled him and Joan to make new friends after leaving older ones behind. He has enjoyed it all.

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Club members with Nicole Johnston, Councillor for Tennyson Ward (centre left)

Most members know that Paul is the Club’s regular quizmaster and he set us two quizzes which proved challenging as well as enjoyable. One covered general knowledge and sport. In the other quiz he provided cryptic clues to the surnames of members present at the lunch, with the exception of one member whose name was a first name. To help us to work the clues out the answers were in alpha order. Some were quite easy, e.g. “Comes out of a book” = Page; whereas others required a lot more thought. Pat Hurney and Pauline Williams scored highest on both quizzes and, it was suggested, that sitting opposite each other was a significant factor in this result. They may have had an advantage in members’ surnames as both have been involved in membership, but neither was particularly gifted in the sports arena!


Roma Oliver won the lucky door prize of a bottle of wine, and two copious hampers full of goods donated by Committee members were won by Gil Bambrick and Vada Murdoch.

Thanks to all who assisted in making the lunch a memorable one: to Nicole Johnston for finding time in her busy schedule to come along; to Joan for organising the lunch, making the cakes, the decorative name tags, bringing the flowers, etc.; to Committee members for providing goodies for the hampers.

Here’s to another year of Fun, Friendship and Fellowship at Sherwood Probus Club.



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