Our Guest Speakers

2nd August 2024 – The Costa Concordia Story – James Warrand

The Costa Concordia Story, the story of running aground less than three hours into a Mediterreaneum Cruise, why, how, and results of many factors to cause this terrible accident, and the subsequent recovery efforts. A fascinating story of inadequate shipbuilding standards, a captain who behaved badly, poor training of crew and passengers in lifeboat drill,Read More...click heading for more

5th July 2024 – Billy Brglevski – Bendigo Bank and Kerry Jordan

Billy Brglevski Manager – Bendigo Bank Katoomba and will be talking about “Banking Scams”   Kerry Jordan Kerry is a member of the Upper Blue Mountains Ladies Probus and will speak on “The Idiosyncrasies of Ian Jordan”...click heading for more

7th June 2024 – Community Policing

  Senior Constable Mikala Weston   Mikayla Weston is the Crime Prevention Officer at the Blue Mountains Police Area Command and has been in the police force for 12 years. The topics she will discuss are: – Home security – Frauds and scams – Personal safety – Transport safety...click heading for more

1st March 2024 – Adjunct Professor Rod Stowe

  ADJUNCT PROFESSOR ROD STOWE PSM, FRSN   Career summary Rod Stowe formally retired from the NSW Public Service in November 2018 following a distinguished career spanning 41 years. Over this period, Rod spent 30 years in the Fair Trading/Consumer Affairs portfolio where he held various positions, including six years as Commissioner for Fair Trading.Read More...click heading for more

2nd February 2024 – Kate Cameron – “The Women of the Bounty”

“The Women of the Bounty” Kate Cameron’s career as a teacher, teacher educator and author has been devoted to teaching and learning about all kinds of history. Kate has visited historical sites around the world, however one of her favourite places is quite close to home. While the outline of Norfolk Island’s history is generallyRead More...click heading for more

1st December 2023 – Bill Avery

Bill Avery is a retired business executive. He is also the pioneer of the Federation track, a 3,000km bushwalking route from Sydney to Adelaide via Melbourne. He was a member of the inaugural Great North Walk from Sydney to Newcastle in 1988, the Sydney Coastal Walk in 2008 and the Sydney Harbour and Coastal WalkRead More...click heading for more

6th October – Aubtin Namdar – President of Blue Mountains Musical Society

Aubtin is an experienced educator and musician with a knack for all things technical, and a deep passion for Arts in the community. With a Bachelor of Music (music Education) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he is currently Head Teacher Creative and Performing Arts at Glenmore Park High School. Away from the classroom, AubtinRead More...click heading for more

1st September – Gail Searle – Cancer Wellness

Gail will speak on all programs and services Cancer wellness has to offer Gail is married with two girls and four grandchildren. She worked for the police department prior to having her children then worked at Franklins until the company folded and she started with Cancer Wellness Support. Gail has been managing the Penrith Op-ShopRead More...click heading for more

4th August 2023 – UBM Probus Members Tell All

Five of our Members will each give a short talk on varied subjects     ...click heading for more

7th July 2023 – Tony Milne & Shelagh Simpson NSW Health- Aged Care Asssessment Team

Tony Milne is an ACAT Team Leader and Occupational Therapist and Shelagh Simpson is Social Worker Tony and Shelagh will talk on, and guide us through, ACAT – MY Aged Care-Registration-Assessment-Home Care packages etc There will be printed material available to take home and reflect upon...click heading for more

26th May 2023 – Chris D’Arcy – Search Dogs Sydney

  Search Dogs Sydney Inc are a specialist team with specially trained canines to find “live” and “deceased” humans. Whether that be lost in the bush, natural or man made disasters, single or mass casualty events, our qualified Search Technicians and their canines will be available 24/7 Chris will be bringing his dog ‘Boof’  ...click heading for more

5th May 2023 – Professor Richard Buckland – All things Cyber

Richard is Professor in CyberCrime Cyberwar and Cyberterror at the School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW, Visiting Professor in Educational Design at the National University of Malaysia UKM, and Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in CyberSecurity at Taylors University. He was Director of Professional Education and Chair of the Academic Board of the Australian ComputerRead More...click heading for more

April 2023 – Western Sydney Airport Community Engagement Team (Held 31st March due to Easter)

  The Western Sydney International Airport community engagement team will visit to provide a project update focusing on the construction of Sydney’s new airport, the job opportunities the project is bringing, and the economic benefit the airport will have on the region.  ...click heading for more

March 2023 – Annette Blake – Innkeeper

  Annette has always had a passion for travel and exploring new ideas. During her time living in London, she wondered how she could make money from travel. In the end, the higher wages of ‘normal’ jobs won and that paid for her passion for several years abroad, and continued when she returned to Australia.Read More...click heading for more

February 2023 – Des Barrett – Sydney Observatory: A Very Short Introduction.

Between 1972 and 1975, Des studied science and the history and philosophy of science at the University of NSW. His postgraduate work, in the history and philosophy of science, was undertaken at Sydney University and the University of NSW. In 1982, he joined the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), Sydney, where heRead More...click heading for more

December 2022 – Jennifer Boyall – Principal of Katoomba High School

  Mrs Jennifer Boyall Jennifer has been the Principal of Katoomba High School for past thirteen years  ...click heading for more

November 2022 – Yuri Bolton – Ghost Town of Newnes: Past and Present

Yuri will talk about the latest book he co-authored (as part of the Bushexplorers). The book, Ghost Town of Newnes: Past and Present, is about the social history of this fascinating place.   Yuri Bolotin is a wilderness explorer, author and environmentalist with over 30 years of experience in the Australian Bush. He regularly leads andRead More...click heading for more

October 2022 – Rev Dr Tom Plaizier -“The Place of Laughter in Tough Times”

Tom was born in Holland and migrated to Australia when 16 years old. He worked in metallurgy until he joined the Methodist Ministry (later Uniting Church) in 1960. He and his wife Bev worked for 4 years as fraternal workers in Fiji with the Indian population. He has a variety of interests including 6 languages,Read More...click heading for more

September 2022 – Paul Eastment – Fun with Trivia

Paul Eastment Blue Mountains Trivia Master and entertainer will entertain with the history of Trivia in Australia and will stretch the brains of all in attendance with a round or two of Trivia with prizes.The Trivia rounds will see Paul burst into song.It will be a morning filled with fun and laughter.  ...click heading for more

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