The Pukekohe Probus Club celebrated their 30th anniversary on Saturday 10 June at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club.
The meeting was chaired by the current president, Paul Radley, and was attended by 86 members, friends and guests.
Pukekohe Probus was formed by the Pukekohe Rotary Club in 1987 and was one of the first Probus Clubs in the Franklin District. Since then, there has been considerable growth in the movement.
Probus clubs cater for retired active persons concentrating on fun, friendship and fellowship.
Past presidents of the Pukekohe Probus take a prominent role in their anniversaries such as introducing guest speakers and presenting reports on the history of the club, which was ably undertaken this year by a charter member, Ken Bliss.
The highlight of this meeting was the presentation of Honoured Certificates to two members, Ken Bliss and Jack Sheppard for their wonderful support over many years to the club. A Life Membership Award was presented to the current secretary, Paul Burt, who himself is also a past president.
Among the guests were Andrew Bailey, MP for Hunua, Andy Baker, vice chair for the Franklin Local Board, and Annette Grey president of the Auckland Probus Association.
After a splendid lunch, the group were entertained by the Auckland Mandolinata Orchestra, a 25-strong group who entertained for an hour with both modern and original music from the shows. This was very much appreciated by the members.
Caption: President Paul presenting Jack Sheppard with his Honoured Membership certificate