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MONTHLY MEETINGS

“Fun, friendship and fellowship”
All members and prospective members are welcome to attend the monthly meeting. Come along at 10:30am on the second Thursday of every month to the Nelson Bay Bowling and Recreation Club, Stockton Street, Nelson Bay 2315.

The meeting features updates on activities, morning tea and a guest speaker. Once the formalities are over we retire to the Marlin Restaurant for a convivial lunch.
Ruth Wilson, Adventurer, author, and aviator
February meeting
 
Ruth provided a fascinating insight into her adventurous life before discussing her passion as one of the early pioneers of hot air and gas ballooning in Australia.  Her ballooning exploits are covered in her book "Conquering Clouds".
Jan Bynon, Volunteer, Heart Foundation
November meeting
 
Jan explained the Heart Foundation's recommendations regarding how to respond to the possibility of a stroke - the Foundation is committed to (1) improving stroke prevention and (2) improving stroke management.
Nicole Lenton, Nova Care
September meeting
 
Nicole described the physical therapy services provided by Nova Care, a highly trained clinical team offering a variety of services to help clients on their healing journey
Previous Speakers

Christian Hernandez, Pharmacist/Director, Amal Pharmacy: Christian spoke on the modern role of pharmacy as a community service before discussing the Government changes to the dispensing of prescriptions

Ken White OAM, Member of Probus Club of Port Stephens: ​Ken recounted his experiences with Lifeline which was established in 1963 and provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services

Inspector Cameron Gray, Rural Fire Service: ​Cameron provided an update on fire protection services on the Tomaree Peninsula since the rationalisation of the Rural Fire Service with NSW Fire Brigade

Brooke Vitnall, Solicitor: ​Brooke presented some quite confronting statistics and examples of homelessness (particularly in older women), elder abuse and domestic violence

Philip Atkins, Seniors Rights Service: ​Philip discussed the Seniors Rights Service, an Older Persons Advocacy Network, a ‘not for profit’ organisation which supports and provides information to Seniors dealing with Aged Care and other issues

Tim Meharg, Shoal Bay Community Association: Tim provided an update on the progress of the Tomaree to Burubi Coastal Walk project covering the route and  works completed to date

Rob Buchanan, Member Probus Club of Port Stephens: ​Rob covered the "do's and don't's" of using technology to access the Internet

Neil Hansford, Member Probus Club of Port Stephens: Neil provided his interesting observations on the impacts of COVID on the commercial airlines and the future of how domestic and international travel will recover

John de Ridder, President COPSY: John explained that COPSY (Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth) aims to improve youth mental health services in Port Stephens with a focus on youth aged 12-21 in the Port Stephens LGA
The 4 current Life Members with President John Rubric at the July 2023 meeting where Peter Page was approved as the latest Life Member.
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