THE Combined Probus Club of Whittlesea is hoping this year is the renaissance of the club after interruptions in 2020 and 2021 when only eight meetings were staged.

At its annual general meeting on March 7 at Whittlesea Bowls Club, outgoing vice-president Alessandro Testa moved to become president for the next 12 months.

Speaker convenor Teresa Carlin advised the meeting she had confirmed presenters for the next several months and targeted additional subjects for the remainder of the year.

New president of The Combined Probus Club of Whittlesea, Alessandra Testa, acceptisthe regalia of office from Sue Sims, who had previously bore the responsibility.

The next meeting is on April 4, when Ivan Peterson will give an account of his time when working in Papua New Guinea.

Other subjects to be covered in coming months include the art of physiotherapy, alpaca farming and the upgrading of Yan Yean Road.

Keith Mason remains on the committee as past president, while the vice-presidency will be taken on by Keith Miller.

Mr Miller, an engineer from Upper Plenty, and his wife Rita, have been long-term supporters of the club.

Ms Miller remains on the committee and is organiser of monthly luncheons.

The Millers reflect the scope of the membership feeder basin with members not only from the township but outlying rural towns such as Kinglake and suburbs such as Epping and South Morang.

The club hopes to boost membership and invited any interested person to contact membership manager Andrew McCormack on 0438 578 562.

As well as the monthly meetings there will be ‘off campus’ events such as a monthly dinner, and special interest groups such as gardening, card games, coffee and walking groups.

Tourism is also catered for with organised excursions like the upcoming 11 days in the Flinders Ranges in mid-October.