Over 40 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra

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Fortnightly News 17/8/2018

Book Fair

The BIG Book Fair held last weekend was a resounding success which raised $24,500 for the Club.

We had a huge amount of books to sell and as expected there was plenty left over. Most of the leftovers have gone to Lifeline, who were very happy to collect them. Some have gone to the Uniting Church Yarralumla book stall.

Left over magazines are available for Members to take for free. You may like to give them to friends, family, or organisations e.g. medical centres – whoever may appreciate them. They are on the bench in hall 2 – so have a look and take any you like.

The success of such an event depends on the support of a large number of members. The whole Club, as a self-funded organisation, benefits from the Book Fair.

Special thanks go to:

  • The fantastic members of the teams that spent many hours every week over the last year cleaning, sorting and packing books. These teams led by Judy Bartlett, Margaret Bourke and Chris Mackay and including Jocelyn and Agatha operated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and were responsible for the high quality of the books offered.
  • Sue Allen and her team in the Coffee Shop.
  • Those who donated the delicious food for the Coffee Shop.
  • The welcome team led by Jennifer Pratten who collected the entry donations and handed out information.
  • Don Puttick and his helpers on the Checkout.
  • Chris Mackay who managed Hall 1 and all her helpers.
  • Linda Elford who managed Hall 2 and all her helpers.
  • Judy Bartlett for managing the Anne Murray Room.
  • Des Davies and the table tennis group for helping move boxes of books from the container while waiting for their game.
  • The group of men (Tony, Don, Allan, Tyrone and Paul) who picked up and returned the tables.
  • The men who installed the roadside signs.
  • Mark Sheen for the massive task of emptying the container, reorganising it, and refilling it.
  • The Marist students and their teacher Tony Sullivan who helped pack up
  • Margaret Bourke and several other members of the Cumpston family who have been heavily involved for the five Book Fairs so far, including one from interstate.
  • The members who helped set up, fill tables during the event and pack up.
  • Ann Baker and the WOWs (Watercolours on Wednesdays group) for the beautiful cards, bookmarks and display of paintings.
  • The family of members who ‘voluntold’ or were cajoled into helping.
  • Polly for all her assistance.
  • Judy Henderson for the publicity and organisation.
  • Paul McGlew for strong guidance and the heavy lifting.
  • Activity groups for putting up with the disruption just before and after the event.
  • The generous community that donated books, and
  • Last but not least all who came and bought the books and paintings.

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Fortnightly News 3/8/2018

BIG Book Fair – only one week to go!!

The BIG Book Fair is only one week away so keep publicising it among friends, family and acquaintances.

Donations of Food for the Coffee Shop

We will be serving the following foods over the 3 days of the Book Fair Any donations of food will be gratefully received.

  • soup & bread
  • sandwiches
  • slices, biscuits & cakes

Please make sure all donations are NUT FREE.

Please DO NOT provide food that contains cream, cream cheese, custard as filling or toppings.

Please write a list of ingredients for each donation.

Polly will have forms for you to indicate days & types of food you are donating.

Any queries contact Sue Allen 0412 044 449.

Volunteers needed for the Book Fair

The Book Fair needs many people to help to ensure its success. Many members have already indicated they are available to help. We would like to spread the load and are calling for more volunteers to help with the following:

  • Coffee shop during the Book Fair
  • Setting up from 1.30 pm – 5.30 pm on Thursday 9 August
  • Filling the tables during the Book Fair
  • Packing up

If you are able to help with any of these tasks please put your name on the appropriate list at the counter.

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Fortnightly News 20/7/2018

Volunteers needed for Book Fair

The Book Fair needs many people to help to ensure its success. Many members have already indicated they are available to help. We would like to spread the load and are calling for more volunteers to help with the following:

  • Emptying the container
  • Setting up
  • Filling the tables during the Book Fair
  • Packing up

If you are able to help with any of these tasks please put your name on the appropriate list at the counter.

Many hands make light work!

Donations of Food for Cofffee Shop

We will be serving the following foods over the 3 days of the Book Fair Any donations of food will be gratefully received.

  • soup & bread
  • sandwiches
  • slices, biscuits & cakes

Please make sure all donations are NUT FREE.

Please DO NOT provide food that contains cream, cream cheese, custard as filling or toppings.

Please write a list of ingredients for each donation.

Polly will have forms for you to indicate days & types of food you are donating.

Any queries contact Sue Allen 0412 044 449.

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Fortnightly News 6/7/2018

BIG Book Fair – time to get serious!!

The BIG Book Fair is only five weeks away so it is time to get serious about distributing posters and bookmarks and telling your friends and families.

  • Polly has hundreds of posters for distribution so pick up some soon and put them on poster silos (the big concrete structure outside at many shopping centres), notice boards or in the windows of friendly shop keepers.
  • Take some bookmarks to hand out to members of groups you attend, or to leave for people to pick up in prominent places, or put in letterboxes.

Watch this space in the next Fortnightly News for details about the ways you can help, before, during and at the end of the Book Fair. We will need a range of volunteers to empty the container and move boxes, to help in the kitchen, to work on the front desk, to keep the book tables in order, to work on the checkout, and to pack up at the end.

Recipes from Nutrition Australia (ACT)

We were fortunate to have Nutrition Australia (ACT) and some University of Canberra Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics students give us a short and informative session on nutrition and healthy ageing recently.

If you are looking for inspiration on nutrition check out the ACT Nutrition Support Service Recipes Page http://www.actnss.org/home/recipes/ .

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Fortnightly News 22/6/2018

Many thanks to those club members that clean up after using cups and glasses in the three rooms. Thanks too to those members who take tea towels and other things home to wash. This willingness to clean up after each group means the club stays clean and welcoming to all.

Survey – healthy ageing

Nutrition Australia ACT is seeking input to develop a new healthy ageing program. They are conducting an anonymous survey of people over 45 to inform this program. Please help by completing a survey. Hard copies of the survey, and the box to put it in, are in the foyer or you can complete it on line by going to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rechargeyourhealth. Thanks to those who have already completed one – it only takes a few minutes.

Recipes from Nutrition Australia (ACT)

We were fortunate to have Nutrition Australia (ACT) and some University of Canberra Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics students give us a short and informative session on nutrition and healthy ageing recently.

If you are looking for inspiration on nutrition check out the ACT Nutrition Support Service Recipes Page http://www.actnss.org/home/recipes/ .

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Fortnightly News 8/6/2018

Many thanks to those club members that clean up after using cups and glasses in the three rooms. Thanks too to those members who take tea towels and other things home to wash. This willingness to clean up after each group means the club stays clean and welcoming to all.

Reminder – Free – Nutrition and Healthy Ageing Session!

Friday 15 June 2018

12:30 – 1:30 pm

In the Anne Murray Room

Come and join with Nutrition Australia to explore the role of nutrition in healthy ageing. Learn how what you eat impacts healthy ageing; and pick up some ideas to help you eat well and age well. Healthy nibbles will be available to try. To make sure there are enough nibbles, please let Polly know if you plan to attend.

Note: This session will be facilitated by Master of Nutrition and Dietetics students from the University of Canberra.

Survey – healthy ageing

Nutrition Australia ACT is seeking input to develop a new healthy ageing program. They are conducting an anonymous survey of people over 45 to inform this program. Please help by completing a survey. Hard copies of the survey and the box to put it in are in the foyer or you can complete it on line by going to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rechargeyourhealth. Thanks to those who have already completed one – it only takes a few minutes.

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Fortnightly News 25/5/2018

Many thanks to those club members that clean up after using cups and glasses in the three rooms. Thanks too to those members who take tea towels and other things home to wash. This willingness to clean up after each group means the club stays clean and welcoming to all.

Free – Nutrition and Healthy Ageing Session!

Friday 15 June 2018

12:30 – 1:30 pm

In the Anne Murray Room

Come and join with Nutrition Australia to explore the role of nutrition in healthy ageing. Learn how what you eat impacts healthy ageing; and pick up some ideas to help you eat well and age well. Healthy nibbles will be available to try.

Note: This session will be facilitated by Master of Nutrition and Dietetics students from the University of Canberra. ‘

Note: We have jam, plants and cards for sale, produced and donated by our members. All money goes to the Club. Many thanks to all those generous people.

Bridge Classes 2018

Bridge classes recommenced on Monday 16th April.

Beginners Continuing – 1:30 – 3:30, classes for new beginners will be held in July

Improvers – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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Fortnightly News 11/5/2018

Many thanks to all club members for their support by cleaning up after using cups and glasses in the three rooms. Thanks too to those members who take tea towels and other things home to wash. This willingness to clean up after each group means the club stays clean and welcoming to all.

Using iCloud and iDrive on an iPad Workshop

A workshop on using iCloud and iDrive on an iPad will be held on Thursday 24 May 2018 from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm.

iCloud is a free cloud-based storage service which can be used to synchronize data between your other devices (iPads, iPhones, and computers). It can also be used to share information with others and to manage your photo library. iCloud Drive is used to access and manage the files on iCloud from your iPad.

This workshop is intended to provide a better understanding of using iCloud and iDrive with an iPad. It will cover setting up an iCloud account, configuring iCloud on an iPad; connecting to iCloud; main functions and core synchronization services provided by iCloud; using iCloud to store, share and synchronize data and manage the iCloud Photo Library; and using iCloud Drive with the iPad Files app.

Important Note: This workshop is for advanced iPad users who have a need to store documents and other data at an external (cloud) location and/or synchronize their data with other devices and/or share data with other people. Members who do not have these needs will not benefit from this course.

To enroll send an email to admin@wodenseniors.org.au with an expression of interest indicating the purposes for which you use or intend using iCloud.

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Fortnightly News 29/3/2018

Bridge Classes 2018

Bridge classes recommence on Monday 16th April.

Beginners Continuing – 1:30 – 3:30, classes for new beginners will be held in July

Improvers – 2:00 – 4:00 pm

COTA Talks

COTA ACT will be visiting us on Wednesday 11 April 2018 from 10-11am to tell us about their work. Some members may be surprised to learn how helpful COTA is – everything from housing, transport, elder abuse, legal stuff and much more. There will be time for questions and answers. Come along and be enlightened

Relocation of computers

Since we are no longer offering classes in how to use computers the computers have been relocated to enable easy access by members. There are two in the Meeting Room and one in the Sitting Room. These can be used by members at any time when their use would not interrupt other activities in these rooms.

The former Computer Room will be used for much needed storage.

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Fortnightly News 16/3/2018

Reminder – Food Safety Workshop

Come along to the Food Safety Workshop to be conducted by Nutrition Australia (ACT) on

  • Friday 23 March from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm in the Anne Murray Room.

All members are welcome. We really hope members who are keen to help with the café at the Book Fair and catering for other Club events are able to come to learn the latest health and food safety requirements in relation to providing and serving food to the public.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

The Club has been lucky enough to receive a grant from the ACT government to enable us to offer this workshop.

Guaranteed to be informative and fun – not boring!

Relocation of computers

Since we are no longer offering classes in how to use computers, the computers have been relocated to enable easy access by members. There are two in the Meeting Room and one in the Sitting Room. These can be used by members at any time when their use would not interrupt other activities in these rooms.

The former Computer Room will be used for much needed storage.

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