The Probus Club of Denmark was formed following an "Interest Meeting" held on 13th February 1990. Present were Richard Grist and Geoff Daniel from Rotary Club of Albany, Homer White and Rick Upson from Probus Club of Albany, and twenty four interested Denmark residents. This meeting resulted in a motion that a Denmark Club be formed. This was carried. Bob Mitchell was then elected as foundation President, Grace Clarke as Vice President and Peter Hilditch as Secretary/Treasurer.
MEETINGS...We hold a meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. This is at 10am in the Denmark Uniting Church, South Coast Highway, DENMARK. The normal formalities of a meeting are dealt with first, then we have morning tea/coffee followed by a guest speaker.
GUEST SPEAKERS...Each year a committee person is elected whose task it is to seek out interesting speakers, and they don't often fail to meet this challenge! The newsletter page gives a summary of the most recent speaker.
SOCIAL EVENTS...Another Committee person is in charge of outings. Their job is to arrange varied and interesting outings. There is usually one outing each month, but this can vary. Check out "The Social Whirl" column in the "Current Newsletter" page for details of coming events.
WELFARE...One Committee person is responsible to follow up on any illnesses amongst our members, and to report to the general meetings. We try to offer support to our members when they are needing it.
We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 am at the Denmark Riverside Club, Morgan Street, Denmark. Each meeting runs for about two hours and includes a guest speaker. These speakers are carefully chosen to give us a wide variety of interesting topics. After the meeting those members who wish meet at a local restaurant, (or sometimes the pub or tavern), for lunch.
Meeting Other Groups
Occasionally another group visits our town, (or some of us their town), and we arrange a joint event.
Social Events - Outings
We hold social outings, usually monthly, and visit a wide range of venues; the Albany Convict Jail, the surprising WWII museum on "Halycon", (a Denmark cattle farm), the Bureau of Meteorology in Albany, the Mt Barker race meeting are examples.
Social Events - Eating Out
We do enjoy eating, so we regularly hold a luncheon at a local or nearby restaurant or winery. There is always a Christmas luncheon of course, and the picture below is from the December 2013 one at Southern End Restaurant. A Melbourne Cup Luncheon is a regular event too. This is usually held at the Denmark Surf Club, making use of their big screen. Attendance at all events is of course voluntary, but the range of quality venues make them all very tempting!
Social Events - Trips Away
Once a year, usually in the Spring, we spend a few days away, usually in the South West or Great Southern area. Over recent years we have visited Fitzgerald National Park, Bridgetown, Pemberton and Kojonup to name a few. The picture below is from the Kojonup trip in September 2013. These are much anticipated and enjoyed events
Spectial Interest Groups - Wine
We have several Special Interest Groups and members are able to join any of these that align with their interests. The Wine appreciation Group, ( or "Pi", which stands for Probus Imbibers)' is one of these. Not a snobbish group.
Special Interest Groups - Theatre
Another special interest group is our Theatre Group. We take in selected local live performances at such venues as the Albany Entertainment Centre, the Port Theatre in Albany, the Denmark Village Theatre and Spectrum Theatre in their quirky little 71 seat venue under the convict built old Post office building in Albany.
Special Interest Groups - Walking
Finally, there is our Walking Group. Being on the South coast we are fortunate to have some very picturesque walks along walk trails through karri forests or along our rugged coastline.