In some years a 3-5 day trip is planned to explore and visit areas beyond our region or outside the state. Trips have been to Mildura and Broken Hill, the Central Highlands near Tumut, the Sapphire Coast at Pambula, and to the Gippsland Lakes.
Some members and their wives make these trips an annual holiday.
Melbourne has many attractive venues suitable for outings each month. These outings are usually half days with conducted tours of places such as the State Library, Museum, Easter Hill Fire Station, Botanical Gardens, The Shrine, or some of our Exhibitions and Displays in the City or suburbs.
Further afield are wineries in a number of different locations, the Air Force Museum at Pt Cook, Werribee Park and Mansion, and a number of graceful stately homes and gardens open for visitors.
Once a year overnight trips are made to regional parts of the state such as Maldon, Castlemaine and Daylesford or Point Nepean, Point Lonsdale, and Phillip Island.
Many outings incorporate a lunch at a hotel or restaurant or a barbeque and a picnic lunch. Visits may be made to a number of venues to sample Asian and Indian meals. Evening dinners are popular with wives and partners participating. All outings and meals aim to keep costs down while still maintaining good value and quality.
The walking group goes on a walk once a month usually in an interesting and scenic location. After meeting and a ‘cuppa’, members go on a walk which is at an easy pace and on an easy grade. There is a shortened walk for members who don’t wish to undertake the full walk. It is usual to have lunch at the conclusion, either a picnic lunch or sometimes a lunch at a nearby establishment.
Once a month interested members play a social game of golf over 9 holes at a local course. All members are welcome to play. After a stimulating game of golf, members meet for a social drink and a chat at the19th hole.
The club has an enthusiastic cycling group which meets once a month for a ride of 10 to 20 km. The ride is restricted to sealed walking/bike trails. New participants are warmly welcomed.
The book club is part of the meeting which takes place each month. Members bring along books they have read which are then able to be swapped for other books. Swapping operates on an ‘honour’ basis.
Technical Support Group
The technical support group is for members who have computers and other devices, or are contemplating ownership of items like a mobile phone, digital camera, laptop, e-book, iPad. Members share their enjoyment by helping each other to choose appropriate equipment, solve problems, develop understandings and skills and mentor each other. “Hands-on” experimenting and learning is encouraged.
The cinema group is a popular club activity. Interested members and partners meet once a month to go see a film, usually at the Palace Theatre Balwyn. Members are able to meet beforehand with enough time for a yarn and coffee or a glass of wine.