MISCELLANEOUS … looking back.
1986 ORIGINS. (Robin Wigin; Secretary, 2001)
A preliminary meeting was held in the Royal Coffee House in Stokesley 2.4.86
Members from the Rotary Clubs of Yarm and Stokesley attended. Formation organisers were Norman Blackburn, Wilf Turnbull and Harry Joplin. A letter was written to Arthur Bartley suggesting the formation of a Probus Club in Stokesley. There would be informal meetings every two weeks but no charity work. At the next meeting 28.4.86 in the RCH it was agreed that :
Norman Blackburn read out a proposed Constitution based on Yarm’s.
Committee – David Gibbons, John Clark, Fred Curry, Basil Henderson
Each member gave a ‘thumb-
Sick Members to be visited with a bowl of fruit.
Member obligations are to attend meetings, join visits, pay Subs. on time and help with Committee work when invited
21.11.88 Meeting cancelled due to severe weather conditions
15.01.90 Visitors Book started
16.09.91 The Club took out Public Liability Insurance for £16
??.10.91 60 free copies of a Retirement Guide ordered
18.10.93 The Chairman announced that amplifying equipment and two
microphones had been bought for the Club.
A.Binns offered to store them.
19.12.95 Decision to order ‘Probus Life’ magazine
24.01.00 Photograph of Members taken in the Temple Room of the Masonic Hall by Alan Crosskill and Arthur Baker for the Millennium History and Great Book of Stokesley
17.04.00 P.Fletcher taking over coffee duties from F.Rybka
19.06.00 Chris Stirk takes over coffee duties from P.Fletcher
19.10.01 Social Evening with Opera Nova
17.06.08 £50 donated to STH Management Committee towards £7500 cost of lift. (£30,000 full cost).
08.09.08 Issue of Lady Members raised. Mixed views with some strong Opposition. Unresolved. To be reviewed in Oct. Lady Guests to be
invited to appropriate Meetings eg March 2009 ‘Silversmiths’.
2008 – 2009 Regular Agenda item – Request for VC Volunteer
17.03.09 Chairman congratulated Don Spenceley on his PhD award from University of Teesside
19.05.09 Chairman welcomed Dick Hawkins as new Committee Member and thanked Chris Stirk for all of his ‘refreshment work’.
08.09.09 AB reported 5mb limit to free website AB offered computer tutorials to Members
19.01.10 Chairman and Sec. attended 2 Mtgs to discuss and arrange a ‘Stokesley Family Funday’. Minutes on the Website. To be held
Bank Holiday Monday 31.5.10 on the Plain, in the Town Hall, in the Parish Church and the Methodist Chapel. Probus asked to sponsor a Bouncey Castle. Collections to be taken at future meetings.
16.02.10 Treasurer reported ‘low funds; reserves of only £300, outgoings to exceed income by £170’. Income ideas for discussion; raising Subs., charging for each Mtg., charging for refreshments.
17.08.10 Arthur Baker asked Members to report any errors on the Website. AB compiling email address list
19.10.10 Arthur Bartley resigned from the STHMC. Successor requested but not found.
15.02.11 Secretary reported on Probus Minutes; resumed publication in the D&STimes
15.03.11 Minutes in D&STimes
21.02.12 Website updated; Arthur Baker
17.07.12 300th Meeting of Club
15.01.13 Heavy snow reduced attendance
19.02.13 Derek Whiting accepted role of Official Probus Photographer; to inc. Speakers, committee, outside events
21.05.13 Jim Gaffney & Jack Humphries from Cleveland Probus Club attended Meeting as Guests
18.06.13 Hearing Loop. Hugh Charman asked that the system be operative for each meeting due to variable sound levels. Chairman to resolve.
21.01.14 Millennium Photo and Commentary by Alan Crosskill on Website. Members asked to identify everyone.
18.03.14 Harry Bowes proposed that photographs be taken of all Members to support recognition and communication. Decision deferred to AGM
20.05.14 HB photo proposal not supported 6 Members still to be identified on Millennium photo
Older Driver Assessment still available for NYCC member residents