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

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Fortnightly News 29/11/2019

Christmas Lunch

Places are filling up for Christmas lunch, there are only a few spots left. You need to pay at the time of booking so that we can organize food. We still need volunteers to bring deserts, if you can please let Polly know.

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and re-open on Monday 13 January 2020. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

Scrabble

There is a Scrabble game every Monday afternoon in the Anne Murray Room from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. New players are welcome.

Bridge Classes

Classes for all levels have finished for the year and will re-start on Monday 3rd February 2020.

Age of eligibility lowered to 60 for Seniors Card

The ACT Government has announced that from July 2020 Canberrans aged 60 or over will be entitled to obtain a seniors card.

Minister for Seniors and Veterans Gordon Ramsay said that older Canberrans play a substantial role in the ACT community and that allowing a greater number of older Canberrans to access concessions would benefit older Canberrans and the community more broadly.

“Our community of older Canberrans has the highest rates of volunteering and caring nationally and are the healthiest and most educated in the country,” Minister Ramsay said.

“They bring significant resources through their years of experience to the social, community and economic life of our city.

“As our city continues to grow it’s important that we ensure that older Canberrans remain engaged in our community and that they have access to the appropriate services at a reasonable cost.

“Everyone benefits when the intrinsic worth of older people and their active involvement in the community, and as decision makers, is valued and fostered.

“First and foremost, the seniors card helps ease some cost of living pressures for our older Canberrans, but perhaps more importantly than a reduction in cost is how the scheme encourages social inclusion.

“I am proud that the ACT Government is working to ensure that our city continues to grow and develop and is shaped as an age-friendly city in which the infrastructure, culture and support services enable our seniors to lead rich, happy and healthy lives,” Minister Ramsay said.

The ACT Seniors Card provides –

  • a 10 per cent discount on motor vehicle registration;
  • 28 per cent for electric vehicle registration
  • concessional public transport fares at peak times and free travel at off peak times; and
  • a broad range of discounts from private businesses.

The Seniors Card also allows seniors to access reciprocal discounts in other States and Territories.

There are around 8,500 seniors in the ACT aged 60 and 61. To be eligible for the Card, seniors must not be in paid employment for more than 20 hours per week.

Program Manager at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres.

Expression of interest –Volunteering to work with small children

The Lollipop Centre next door has lots of children in need of substitute grandparents. Would some of our members be interested in forming a small group of volunteer grandmas and/or grandpas to go and work with the children on a regular basis (e.g. once a week or a fortnight) on a day to suit. This might involve reading a story, doing craft, playing games etc.

If you are interested please give your name to Polly.

The Vegie Garden

Thanks to all those willing workers who built the wonderful vegepods. There some herbs and vegies planted. Feel free to take some leaves for your dinner. Polly has bags for you to carry your produce home. More will be planted shortly.

The gardeners meet most Fridays and plan to work on the remainder of the club surrounds. If interested in helping please leave your name with Polly.

SPIRAL PROGRAM – meets at the Uniting Church, Curtin

Spiral meets at the Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin on Thursday mornings. Please arrive at or before 10.00. Speakers/ performers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea which will follow. A $1 contribution to costs is requested.

December 5 The Annual Spiral Christmas Lunch

A traditional lunch, starting at noon, to celebrate the end of another year where we have welcomed many new faces and been generously supported by so many people is this wonderful Canberra community. Normal service will resume on Thursday 6 February 2020.

We are people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. Mostly retired, ages range from 60 to 90+and there is no religious nature to our meetings. You are guaranteed a warm welcome. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me, Brett Yeats, on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb. Other contacts are Sue Driscoll on 0418 697 240 or at suedrisc and Angelika Dunker on 6281 4023 or 0491 120 556 or at angelika.dunker .

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Fortnightly News 15/11/2019

Christmas Lunch

Christmas lunch will be on again this year on Monday 9th of December from 12 – 2pm. Numbers will be limited to 80 participants, cost is $5 per person. Food will mostly be provided by Café Ink with deserts provided by members. There will be table service. Please let Polly know if you are coming by 29 November. More information will be provided in subsequent newsletters.

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 20 December 2019 and re-open on Monday 13 January 2020. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

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Fortnightly News 25/10/2019

Parking Issues at the Club

It would be fair to say that we have some problems with parking at the Club, particularly on Wednesdays. We have lost our security person that used to remove wheel clamps. The Management Committee has considered these issues and will pursue the following strategies:

  • Approach Urban Services for some assistance in line marking;
  • Explore the cost of installing a boom gate entrance and exit system;
  • Approach the Helenic Club to find another security person to assist with wheel clamping;
  • Approach BLOC (the Albermarle and Alexander building rennovations team) for some assistance in stopping workers from parking in the Club’s car-park.

Melbourne Cup

It’s that time of year!

Our Melbourne Cup Party will be held on Tuesday 5th November 2019 commencing at 1.30 pm. Members and friends are invited to attend. We will provide some drinks. Please bring finger food to share. We will have a sweep or two. It would be great if you could wear a Melbourne Cup hat.

Christmas Lunch

Christmas lunch will be on again this year on Monday 9th of December from 12 – 2pm. Numbers will be limited to 80 participants. Food will mostly be provided by Café Ink with deserts provided by members. More information will be provided in subsequent newsletters.

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Fortnightly News 11/10/2019

Scrabble

There is a Scrabble game every Monday afternoon in the Anne Murray Room from 2.00 – 4.00 pm. New players are welcome.

Bridge Classes – all levels

Classes for all levels have resumed after a short break, every Monday at 1.30 pm.

Expression of interest –Volunteering to work with small children

The Lollipop Centre next door has lots of children in need of substitute grandparents. Would some of our members be interested in forming a small group of volunteer grandmas and/or grandpas to go and work with the children on a regular basis (e.g. once a week or a fortnight) on a day to suit. This might involve reading a story, doing craft, playing games etc.

If you are interested please give your name to Polly.

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Fortnightly News 13/9/2019

Annual General Meeting 2019 – Monday 16 September

The Annual General Meeting of the Woden Seniors Club Incorporated will take place in Hall 1, on Monday 16th September 2019 at 12.00 noon. There will be a light lunch served following the meeting.

Bridge Classes – all levels

No bridge classes on 9th and 16th September, otherwise classes for all levels will be held every Monday at 1.30 pm.

Expression of interest –Volunteering to work with small children

The Lollipop Centre next door has lots of children in need of substitute grandparents. Would some of our members be interested in forming a small group of volunteer grandmas and/or grandpas to go and work with the children on a regular basis (e.g. once a week or a fortnight) on a day to suit. This might involve reading a story, doing craft, playing games etc.

If you are interested please give your name to Polly.

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Fortnightly News 30/8/2019

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Woden Seniors Club Incorporated will take place in Hall 1, on Monday 16th September 2019 at 12.00 noon. There will be a light lunch served following the meeting.

Members wishing to bring items of Business before the AGM must submit them to the Secretary by Monday 2nd September, and they must be in the form of a written motion.

Nominations for election as Office Bearers or ordinary committee members shall be made on the prescribed form, approved by the committee, giving the written consent of the candidate and signed by two members of the club. The nomination must be received by the secretary by Monday 9th September, 2019

Two members of the Management Committee are retiring this year, so there is an opportunity to get more involved in running the Club.

Bridge Classes – all levels

No bridge classes on 9th and 16th September, otherwise classes for all levels will be held every Monday at 1.30 pm.

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Fortnightly News 16/8/2019

Book Fair

The sixth BIG Book Fair held last weekend was a resounding success that raised $24,300 for the Club. This was our best net result so far.

We had a huge amount of books to sell and as expected there was plenty left over. A large donation of fiction has been given to a group in Braidwood and smaller lots given to the Canberra Hospital and various other small groups. Most of the leftover non-fiction will go to Lifeline.

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. Its proceeds keep the activity fee low and contributes to maintaining the building.

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 and Chris Mackay and including Bill, Barbara, Anne, Agatha, Diana, Doreen, and Janet operated on Wednesday and Friday mornings and were responsible for the high quality of the books offered.
  • Sue Allen, Fran and Donna and their helpers 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, Jenny Gregory and Mark Sheen on the Checkout.
  • Chris Mackay who managed Hall 1 and all her helpers.
  • Bill and Linda, the stalwarts in Hall 2, and all their helpers.
  • Pat, Diana and Elspeth who managed the children’s area.
  • Judy B, Anne and Agatha who managed the Anne Murray Room
  • Anne Slaney for researching and preparing the collectable books for the President’s Table.
  • Nerida Foster who managed the container so efficiently and Kevin who looked after the storeroom for much of the year and Allan who took care of the rubbish daily.
  • Tony, Mark and Simon who picked up and returned the tables.
  • The men who installed the roadside signs.
  • The Marist students and their teacher Peter Hawes who helped pack up.
  • Sarah Cumpston who has helped at every Book Fair, but unfortunately for us is getting married and leaving Canberra soon.
  • Justine Burke of Luton Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley, who printed the posters.
  • 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 co-ordination.
  • Paul McGlew for strong guidance and the heavy lifting.
  • Margaret Bourke for her vision in founding the event and her continued help and support.
  • 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, DVDs and paintings.

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Fortnightly News 2/8/2019

Floor Work in Hall 2

The floor work in Hall 2 is now completed. All the activities should now be back to normal. Please don’t drag the furniture on the new floor. We are exploring buying new tables with castors.

Volunteers needed for Book Fair on Friday

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 especially to help with the following:

  • Filling the tables during the Book Fair – especially on Friday 9th August
  • Packing up – from 4 pm on Sunday 11 August.

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

BIG Book Fair – 9, 10 and 11 August 2019

There is only 1 week to go to the first day on 9 August. Have you handed out any publicity yet? There are still plenty of small flyers to put in letter boxes etc. Pick them up from the counter.

If you are on Facebook share the Facebook page www.facebook.com/wodenseniors.

If you are planning to donate books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles, please keep them for the next book fair.

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Fortnightly News 19/7/2019

Floor Work in Hall 2

The floor work in Hall 2 is now completed. All the activities should be back to normal by early next week. Please don’t drag the furniture on the new floor.

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:

  • Setting up on Thursday 8 August
  • Filling the tables during the Book Fair – 9, 10 and 11 August
  • Packing up – from 4 pm on Sunday 11 August

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

BIG Book Fair – 9, 10 and 11 August 2019

There are only 3 weeks to go to the first day on 9 August. Have you handed out any publicity yet? Polly has bookmarks and posters to be handed out. Try to get a friendly hairdresser, café or shopkeeper to display a poster.

If you are on Facebook share the Facebook page www.facebook.com/wodenseniors.

We will be calling for helpers to set up, pack up and help during the Book Fair in the next newsletter – so think about how you would like to help.

If you are planning to donate books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles, please do it soon to enable time for cleaning, sorting and categorising. We find it very difficult to process donations in the week before the book fair.

If you are thinking about donating books please be aware that we DO NOT sell the following:

  • Readers Digest condensed books
  • Dirty, tatty books
  • Sets of encyclopedias
  • First Aid manuals
  • General magazines eg gardening, cooking, women’s magazines etc older than one year ie pre 2018
  • National Geographic and Australian Geographic magazines older than 5 years ie pre 2014
  • Finance and management books published before 2014

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Fortnightly News 5/7/2019

Floor Work in Hall 2

Floor work in Hall 2 will continue for the next 3 weeks. Please be paient with any difficulties you may have with the extra furniture and different spaces you may have to use.

PLEASE RETUREN ANY FUNITURE BACK TO WHERE IT CAME FROM.

BIG Book Fair – 9, 10 and 11 August 2019

There are only five weeks to go to the first day on 9 August. Have you handed out any publicity yet? Polly has bookmarks and posters to be handed out. Try to get a friendly hairdresser, café or shopkeeper to display a poster.

If you are on Facebook share the Facebook page www.facebook.com/wodenseniors.

We will be calling for helpers to set up, pack up and help during the Book Fair in the next newsletter – so think about how you would like to help.

If you are planning to donate books, DVDs, CDs, games and puzzles, please do it soon to enable time for cleaning, sorting and categorising. We find it very difficult to process donations in the week before the book fair.

If you are thinking about donating books please be aware that we DO NOT sell the following:

  • Readers Digest condensed books
  • Dirty, tatty books
  • Sets of encyclopedias
  • First Aid manuals
  • General magazines eg gardening, cooking, women’s magazines etc older than one year ie pre 2018
  • National Geographic and Australian Geographic magazines older than 5 years ie pre 2014
  • Finance and management books published before 2014
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