Probus women offer insight

The Probus meeting on May 22 was a really interesting one, with a member behind the badge and a guest speaker to entertain.

July 2, 2014 11:00pm

Tatura Probus president Betty Curtis and guest speaker Val Rokahr.

Behind the badge

The member behind the badge was the president Betty Curtis, who told us about her interesting life.

She was born in East Kew, which was then a somewhat remote place, and had a happy childhood with her sister and two brothers.

She really loved to read, so this helped greatly with her education.

They moved to Canterbury to a bigger home, and after finishing secondary school at Siena College, Betty took up a place in law at Melbourne University.

The law students were mainly men, women being much in the minority.

After graduating and completing her articles at Melbourne law firms, she answered an advertisement by Pat O’Toole and came to Tatura to practise law.

Betty’s sister Clarice was teaching in Tatura — and so began Betty’s country life.

Betty married Jim Curtis and they farmed for many years.

Betty and Jim became parents to Carol, Rosemarie, Michael and Josephine.

They decided to leave the farm, and built a house in Tatura.

Betty had been playing croquet, but that folded, so she took up bowls and is still playing.

Betty and Jim were also involved in the Lions Club.

Betty joined Probus at its inception in 1998, and was president in 2006.

Thank-you Betty, it was of real interest to many to discover we had a lawyer (retired) at the helm.

Artistic speaker

Guest speaker was Val Rokahr, Tatura’s well known artist.

Val told us of her trip to Italy in September last year to further her interest in water colours.

Val’s daughters Hayley and Kristy and her friend Marli have encouraged her to have her own exhibition.

It will be at the Mechanics Institute from October 10 to 12, with donations going to the restoration of Tatura’s Victory Hall.

Val brought along a few paintings to show us and they were really beautiful, so her exhibition should be a fabulous one.

Thank-you Val for an entertaining talk, we all enjoyed it.

Phone Betty Curtis on 5824 1152 if you would like to know more about our club.

— Barb Halliwell

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