A Brief History of the Winston Hills – Northmead Combined Probus Club
On Tuesday June 8, 1999, an advertisement was placed in the Hills Shire Times advising local residents that the Rotary Club of Winston Hills proposed to form a new combined Probus Club in the Winston Hills area. The Club was officially formed at an interest/information Foundation Meeting held on June 17, 1999 at Jiminez Restaurant, 43 Old Northern Road, Baulkham Hills at 10am. This meeting was attended by representatives of the Winston Hills Rotary Club and 25 interested members of the public and the very first committee was elected.
It was decided that the inaugural General Meeting (known as the Charter Meeting) would be held at 10am on Thursday July 15, 1999, at the Jiminez Restaurant and thereafter on the third Thursday of each month. The first President was Clive Ezzy and his wife Lillian was the first Welfare Officer. The members who joined between the Foundation Meeting and the Charter Meeting were to be known as Foundation Members of the Club. We are very privileged that, apart from a short break, Lillian has continued to be a very supportive foundation member of our Club.
From the very first Press Release announcing the formation of the ‘New Probus Club for the Hills District’ – “The Winston Hills-Northmead Probus Club is open to men and women with a background of responsibility or achievement in any field of worthy endeavour in home management, business or professional life.” The fees for the first year were $25 with an initial joining fee of $10.
It was very soon apparent that the Jiminez Restaurant was too small for the 55 members who had joined by the end of the July 15 General Meeting and by August 1999 the Meetings had been moved to the Baulkham Hills Sports Club where we had a beneficial and congenial partnership, except for two months in 2007 when the Club moved to the Castle Grand Community Centre, Castle Hill as the Sports Club underwent renovations. In January 2020 our time at Baulkham Hills came to an end and, thanks to the generosity of the Toongabbie Sports and Bowling Club, we were able to hold our first General Meeting of the year in their premises where members voted to continue to hold their meetings there permanently.