Friendship club turns 35

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Hawthorndale Care Village project chairwoman Sarah Hannan presents information about the village to members of the Invercargill Central Friendship Club and their invited guests at the club's 35th anniversary meeting at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club in Invercargill last week.

IT’S been 35 years since the Invercargill Central Friendship Club (formerly Probus Club) formed in Invercargill.

Last Thursday, members gathered with invited guests, to mark the occasion.

Club president Alan Menzies said the men-only club began more than three decades ago so retired businessmen could gather for fellowship and friendship.

“I think originally it was a development from Rotary – an old boys’ Rotary.”

Mainly made up of retired professionals, including many former farmers, the club now had about 75 members ranging in age from 60 to 100 years old.

Formal meetings were held monthly followed by a morning tea and guest speaker, Mr Menzies said.

Women were invited to attend two meetings a year.

Last week, the guest speakers were Hawthorndale Care Village project chairwoman Sarah Hannan and Calvary Hospital Southland manager Margaret Brown, who spoke about the village development and its progress.

  • Anyone interested in becoming a member of the club could email Mr Menzies at invercargillcentralfriendship@gmail.com
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