Horsham Apex Club 15 celebrated its 1600th meeting on Monday.
Treasurer Anthony Dowling said all 18 of the group’s members were present for the milestone meeting, which was celebrated over dinner at the clubrooms in Selkirk Drive.
“We hold meetings there on the second and fourth Monday of every month,” Mr Dowling said.
The club is in its 79th year.
“We’ll be looking to celebrate our 80th year with something more formal,” Mr Dowling said.
He said it was the 15th Apex club formed worldwide.
Mr Dowling said its members were from a range of professions, united by a common desire to help the community.
“Apex membership is open to all blokes aged between 18 and 45,” he said.
“Our members are a broad range of people, ranging from painters to accountants to optometrists.”
He joined shortly after moving to Horsham seven years ago.
“I had a work colleague whose husband was involved,” Mr Dowling said.
“They brought me to a meeting.”
He said many of the club’s members had similar stories: they were introduced by a friend or family member, and had been involved ever since.
“It is a great way for people who move into the area to meet new people and create some social links,” Mr Dowling said.
“We’d really like to build the club up to 40 members, if we could.”
In addition to the group’s bi-monthly meetings, Mr Dowling said Horsham Apex Club 15 had several major activities.
“We do a paper drive on the first Sunday of every month, where if people leave recyclable paper out on the nature strip before 8.30am we collect it and return the money to the community,” he said.
Money was distributed through a community grants program.
“We have given more than $70,000 in the past three years,” Mr Dowling said.
Each August for the past five years, the club has hosted a bachelors and spinsters ball.
The club also runs a spinning wheel at the Horsham Show.
“People buy a ticket, and if their lucky number comes up they have the chance to take home a prize,” Mr Dowling said.
General community service projects occupied the remainder of the group’s time.
“We are going to put in a new sandpit at Horsham Primary School,” Mr Dowling said.
“We are also hoping to improve the Apex adventure island playground by putting in some shade sails.”
He encouraged people to call Tim Batchelor on 5382 3819 during business hours for membership information.