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Why community and connection are so important

Steph Ryan MP

This magazine throws a spotlight on the stories of more than 50 community groups and businesses, and over 110 people in Kilmore.

I’d like to thank each and every person who gave their time to share their stories.



Kilmore and District

You’d think retirement is about taking time to smell the roses. Not so for the members of Kilmore and District Probus. President Margaret Jakymczuk, says that the Probus movement, which involves 130,000 people around Australia and New Zealand, is all about creating fun, friendship and fellowship.

Simply because you get older, doesn’t mean that you have to slow down. Nor do you have to experience isolation or boredom.

Members, many of whom live at the Elms retirement village, gather each month to share a meal, listen to a guest speaker and organise social events. New members join regularly.

Margaret says that the group is a wonderful community. “My husband and I live at the Elms,” she says. “We’re independent, but there is always someone to talk to. Doug, her husband is vice president and agrees. “We are as busy as we ever were. We are even going overseas to Vietnam in October!” They both coyly admit that they met online 14 years ago, after their respective partners had passed away.

“None of us are sitting still,” Margaret says. A lady named Elvie, joins the conversation briefly. “I just want say that the last two years, being part of Probus and living in Kilmore has been the happiest of my life. You never have to be lonely.”

Probus meet on the third Monday of every month (except December) at 10am at the Kilmore Golf Club.


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