John Gillam & Yvonne Fletcher, Historians & Authors
November meeting
John & Yvonne told the fascinating story of forgotten Australian hero Charlie Ryan, a young doctor from Victoria who joined the Turkish army. in the late 18th century. Forty years later, as the head of the Australian Army Medical Corps, he landed at Gallipol to fight his former friends. His previous association with the Turkish Army led to a most extraordinary event.
Laurie Nolan, Coxswain (Skipper), Marine Rescue Port Stephens
October meeting
Laurie described the very important work this voluntary organisation does, not to mention the extremely dangerous risks they undertake at times. He gave some very hairy examples of this work,
Stephen Cassettari, Writer and Chinese Artist
September Meeting meeting
Stephen has been an exponent of the art of Chinese painting since 1979 and is a full-time artist and teacher of Chinese brush painting. He entertained the meeting with an account of his art and life whilst demonstrating by producing a number of water colour paintings. 
Previous Speakers
Phillip Greentree, Radio Ham and WICEN Member: Philip gave a fascinating account of his personal experience of the Newcastle earthquake, focussing on the central role played by the Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network (WICEN) in maintaining communications
Rohan Hall, Angel Flight: Rohan described his role as a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight, a charity that provides emergency transport for people in remote areas of Australia who are experiencing medical and financial problems in receiving necessary treatment
Alison McMillan, Senior Financial Officer, Newcastle Airport: Alison presented the future plans for Newcastle Airport including the re-introduction of international flights
John Gillam & Yvonne Fletcher, Historians & Authors: John & Yvonne recounted the tale of the Diggers Vest which was designed  by Eleanor MacKinnon secretary of the Australian branch of the British Red Cross and was shipped to Australian servicemen on the Western Front during WW1.
Patricia Warburton, Friendship Force Newcastle: Patricia described the worldwide Friendship Force International which provides home exchange visits and social activities between the members of some 350 clubs in 65 countries
John Cordiner, Probus Member: John, ably supported by wife Kerrie, amused the members with anecdotes of their 23 years of service at Government House in Canberra, during which time 5 Governors-General served.
Warren Diemer, Probus Member: Warren entertained members with his colourful tales of the history of oyster farming in Port Stephens. He focussed on the family company that has been in the oyster industry since the late 1890s.
John "Stinker" Clarke, Local identity and author: John entertained the audience with hilarious tales of local history and events, including photographs of the Outer Light and the light house keepers over the years that it operated as a manned light house. He also related the story of Clarabelle the Cow, subject of his latest children's book.
Ken White, Probus Member: Ken described his role as a presenter on the local radio station Port Stephens FM 100.9.  The station is staffed by volunteers and Ken took us through the technical operation of the radio studio. Fun and informative.
The Turkish school children whose correspondence resulted in John Gillam & Yvonne Fletcher's book about forgotten Australian hero Turkish Charlie Ryan
“Fun, friendship and fellowship”
All members and prospective members are welcome to attend the monthly meeting. Come along at 9:30am 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 Tails Restaurant for a convivial lunch.
Come along and meet us!
Probus Club of Port Stephens meets at 9:30am on the second Thursday of every month at the Nelson Bay Bowling and Recreation Club, Stockton Street, Nelson Bay 2315.
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