Wednesday 6 December 2018: Christmas Lunch
The annual Christmas Luncheon was held on Wednesday 6 December 2018 at 1.00 pm in Omagh Golf Club. Members and guests were welcomed as they arrived by President John McCandless and his wife Carol and offered a glass of Christmas cheer as an aperitif. Festivities began with a formal welcome by Mr Terry Haley, incoming Vice-President of Omagh Golf Club, who congratulated the Club on reaching its 40th Anniversary in 2017 and its vibrancy throughout its existence. This sentiment was echoed by Mr Dominic Pinto, President of Omagh Rotary, which had sponsored the Probus Club in the first instance in 1977. He paid tribute to the success of the club and recalled the times when he had been invited to speak to members and the warmth of the reception extended to him and all guest speakers. The large numbers attending week by week combined with the excellent attendance at the Christmas Lunch was testimony to a healthy club with a bright future. Greetings and more congratulations were conveyed by Mrs Val Burch, President of Omagh and District Ladies Probus Club on behalf of her members. In her address she recalled the very successful All-Ireland Probus Rally held in May 2017, co-hosted by the Men’s and Ladies Clubs and looked forward to further joint ventures. Having acknowledged the efforts of all who had helped to plan and prepare for the event, President John invited Rev Jane Nelson, Minister of 1st Omagh Presbyterian Church to say grace ahead of an excellent four course lunch enjoyed by all. After the meal musical entertainment was provided by Eugene and Liam Moore who performed a selection of popular jazz and Christmas numbers which added to the enjoyment of another special occasion in the life of the Club.