The first lunch of the 35th season of the Probus Club of Basingstoke had as their guest of honour the Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane, Cllr Dan Putty. Newly elected President, Paul Flint welcomed the Mayor on behalf of the new committee and compared the senior resident of the borough with their members who are retired senior members of the professions, commerce and industry in Basingstoke. He presented a cheque to the Mayor for his charity appeal.
At the 34th Annual General Meeting held on 27 June a new President and Executive Committee were elected. Paul Flint has taken over from retiring President Gerry Anslow, to head up the new committee of this social club for retired professional and business executives. Paul, who sold his business in Basingstoke in 2007, now leads this all male organisation as it enters its 35th year of operation. He became a member of the Probus Club in 2009 and has been their Programme Secretary for the last three years being responsible for finding speakers for their monthly meetings. He also manages, with another member, retired GP Dr Raja Cavale, the development of the club’s web site so as to provide a comprehensive overview of the club’s activities to prospective members and he also writes reports on the speaker meetings for publication in local community magazines.
Mr Flint, who moved to Hatch Warren in 1999 from Shinfield with his late wife, has three married children and four grandchildren. Two daughters live in Basingstoke, one in Hatch Warren and the other in Chineham, and his son lives in Swallowfield. He says of his appointment, “Being a member of Probus has had a really positive effect on my life mixing with like minded people in a friendly social environment. Some of today’s members I knew when I was in business and the others make everyone feel welcome; there is great fellowship in this club.”
“Our membership has been around fifty for many years and we are always interested to find new members who can bring creative thinking and dynamism to help the club progress. We have a social programme that involves wives and partners and also outside trips and visits which are greatly enjoyed.”