KI Probus Club - history, music and a warming lunch

A group of 26 enjoyed a very interactive fun time, talking, listening, singing and eating at the recent Kangaroo Island Probus Club meeting.

This is what Probus is all about and attending was Stan Hoddinott, a former member of the Pt Augusta Probus Club, now residing on Kangaroo Island.

Jeanene Ellson spoke of the history of Ellson's Seaview Motel started by Flo Ellson in 1924.

Mrs Ellson was a very talented musician, topping Australia in violin, besides teaching piano.

Three generations of Ellsons owned the motel until it was sold recently.

Mavis Ellson was described by Jeanene as a lovely lady who worked hard. Several Probus members stated they had either stayed at Ellson's or worked there in the past.

Joyce West, who plays the piano by ear, started with music when only 8 years old. She also played piano accordion in her younger days.

One of her favourite songs she plays often is "Amazing Grace" in memory of her sister Grace James. Joyce's sister the late Priscllla Boxall was the only one in the large family who had music lessons.

Viv Willson talked of music in her life, playing the accordion for all present to have a sing along. She was taught by an outback school teacher who happened to be a concert pianist.

Stan Hoddinott spoke of music in the outback, while Leonie Bell related stories of her mother playing for dances and also Leonie's late sister Janyce. Leonie learned more classical type of music.

Elaine Florance correctly guessed the contents of Erica's lolly jar being 39, after which all enjoyed a warming soup and crusty bread roll lunch. - Jaffrrey Drinkwater

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