Bearsden man Gil Harrison is the new president of the Probus Club of Allander.
He recently retired from a teaching post at Glasgow University and is originally from Preston, Lancashire, although he has lived in Bearsden for the past 50 years.
Douglas Orr, well known as the pianist in several local jazz groups, is the vice-president this year.
The Probus Club of Allander is for retired and semi-retired professional and business men and is now in its 30th year. It holds meetings from September to April on the 2nd and 4th Thursday afternoons in the Lesser Town Hall in Milngavie, with speakers providing a series of interesting talks followed by tea and biscuits.
Every other Thursday there is also an opportunity to meet and have tea or coffee at 9.45am in the West Highland Gate - there is always a splendid social atmosphere with chat from golf, gardening, hobbies and the latest jokes and stories. During the year there are also a few outings either local or by coach.
The group also has a Christmas Lunch, usually at Douglas Park Golf Club, to which partners are welcome. For details of the programme for 2011/2012 go to their website: www.allanderprobus.co.uk.
Membership is limited to 100, but there are currently a few vacancies. The secretary, Alex Frew phone 0141 942 3357 would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to get out of the kitchen into male company once a week.