Woden Seniors Inc

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

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Fortnightly News 12/4/2024

Issue 07 of 2024     

12 April 2024

DATES TO REMEMBER

Thursday 25th April – ANZAC Day Public Holiday.  Club will be closed.

Friday 26th April – David Smith MP Seniors Forum 1.0-3.00pm – register for this using the link below:

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https://events.humanitix.com/2024-bean-retirees-and-seniors-forum-woden

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THANK YOU .. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU

We held our ninth BIG Book Fair on the weekend of 5,6 and 7 April. It was a resounding success which raised more than $34,000 for the Club. This was our best result so far!!

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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 contribute to building maintenance.

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The wet weather didn’t deter the keen early crowd on Friday.

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Special thanks go to:

 The fantastic members of the teams who spent many hours every week over the last year cleaning, sorting, and packing books and other items. These teams led by Anne Slaney, Judy Henderson and Chris Mackay and including Bill, Agatha, Diana, Evonne, Annie, Pauline, Rhonda, Cindy, Janet K, Janet R, Fay, Sue, Tom, Millie, and Rosemary operated on Monday afternoon and Wednesday and Friday mornings and were responsible for the high quality of the books offered.
 Nerida Foster and Doug Wilkinson who managed the storage container and storeroom so efficiently throughout the year. Ken and Renato who filled in for the injured Doug during the Book Fair.
 The car park attendants especially David Slaney who did it each day, despite the weather, and Grahame, Roger, and Maruta who helped on the busy Friday morning.
 The welcome team led by Jennifer Pratten and Pauline who collected the entry donations and handed out information.

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Better Books area                                                                Games, CDs and DVDs ready to go

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More special thanks to:

 Catharine Masters who did the bookkeeping.
 Don Puttick, Jenny Gregory, Maureen Bourne, and Viola, and their helpers on the checkouts.
 Chris Mackay and Janet Kahler who managed Hall 1 and all their helpers.
 Mark Sheen and Agatha who looked after the jigsaws, games, DVDs, and CDs in the veranda.
 Diana, Bill, and Judy, who managed Hall 2, and all their helpers.
 Sue, Saana, and Maddie who managed the children’s area and all their helpers.
 Anne Slaney who managed the President’s Table and Better Books and was responsible for researching and preparing the collectable books for the President’s Table.
 Tony and the team who unpacked and returned the tables and bread trays.
 Don and Ron who installed the roadside signs.
 The Marist students and their teacher Nicholas Lansdown-Weir who helped pack up.
 The Canberra College students who helped with setting up and packing up.
 The Stromlo High students who helped in the Children’s area and with the signs.
 The members and their friends who helped set up on Thursday 4 April.
 The members who came to help pack up at the end – it was great to have some fresh, energetic people.
 Ann Baker and the WOWs (Watercolours on Wednesdays group) for the beautiful bookmarks, and display of paintings.
 The catering team who donated the food for the volunteers.
 Polly for all her incredible assistance. No task was ever too much trouble. She made thousands of bookmarks, scores of signs, and undertook numerous administrative tasks at the drop of a hat.
 President Jenny for her sound guidance and willing assistance.
 Sue Allen and her team who managed the building and surrounds throughout the Book Fair.
 Sandra Gray for the publicity.
 Activity groups for putting up with the disruption before and after the event.
 Justine Burke of Luton Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley for printing the posters.
 The Weston Creek Uniting Church for the loan of tables.
 James Gourley of NewBeach Co for the poster design.
 The generous community that donated books, and
 Last but not least … all who bought the books, jigsaws, games, CDs, DVDs, and paintings.

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THANK YOU .. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU

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During the past year we continued to reach out to the community, resulting in many benefits for those concerned. We donated surplus books to the Braidwood Book Fair; we assisted the Toora women’s refuges with donations of activity books for children; we donated some boxes of left over children’s books to a literacy project in New Guinea, Buk Bilong Pikanini and we donated regularly to the Hughes Community Centre Book Exchange as well as street libraries.

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The Book Fair Committee will be having a review meeting in the coming weeks so think about how you would like to be more involved or anything that would help to make the 2025 Book Fair even better and let us know. We are always looking for new volunteers, who can bring new ideas. Some of us have been doing this for ten years and surprisingly we are not getting younger!

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Judy Henderson

Coordinator

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THANK YOU .. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU.. THANK YOU

… And from me – thanks Judy for your outstanding leadership of the Book Fair Team.

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Jenny Gregory                                                                        

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au        

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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A little poetry to round off todays message:

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Ladies and gentlemen, skinny and stout

I’ll tell you a tale I know nothing about

Admission is free so pay at the door

Now pull up a chair and sit on the floor.

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One bright day in the middle of the night

Two dead boys got up to fight

Back to back they faced each other

Drew their swords and shot each other.

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A blind man came to watch fair play

A mute man came to shout “Hooray!”

A deaf policeman heard the noise and

Came and killed those two dead boys.

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He lived on the corner in the middle of the block

In a two-story house on a vacant lot

A man with no legs came walking by

And kicked the lawman in his thigh.

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He crashed through the wall without a sound

Into a dry creek bed and suddenly drowned

The long back hearse came to cart him away

But he ran for his life and is still gone today.

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I watched from the corner of the  big round table

The only eyewitness to facts of my fable

But if you doubt my lies are true

Just ask the blind man, he saw it too.

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Fortnightly News 28/3/2024

Issue 06 of 2024     

28 March 2024

      

DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday 29 March – Good Friday Public Holiday.  Club will be closed

Monday 1 April – Easter Monday Public Holiday. Club will be closed

Sunday 7 April (yes, Day 3 of the Book Fair) – Daylight Saving ends (hooray!!), so it will

be time to turn your clocks back

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Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April   our 2024 Book Fair

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Judy Henderson, our Book Fair Co-ordinator, says…

‘There is only a week to go to our BIG Book Fair.

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We will need people to help set up from 12 noon on Thursday 4 April,  and to pack up from 4 pm on Sunday 7 April. So, if you can come, even for a short time your help would be appreciated. Many hands make light work!

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There are still some flyers left. Why not take a few – they are available at the office – and letter box drop your neighbours?

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And don’t forget to come along!  Most books, jigsaws and board games will be $2.50 each and children’s books, DVDs and CDs are just $1 each.  As usual, we will declare happy hour from 2 pm on Sunday when everything will be half price.

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I look forward to seeing YOU as you come through the checkout line and I especially look forward to being able to report a new sales record in the next edition of the Fortnightly News.     

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ARE YOU A PIANIST?

We need you!  Our wonderful choir meets to rehearse on Monday mornings and on Thursday afternoons to sing for the residents in some local nursing homes.  They do their best work when accompanied and supported by a pianist.  Choir Director Gail Guiliano would love to talk to you, or maybe someone you know?  about how you might like to be involved.  Polly will be happy to put you in touch with Gail.

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SENIORS FORUM

The office of David Smith MP, Federal Member for Bean will conduct one of four Seniors Forums at the Club on

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• Friday, April 26th: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Woden Seniors – 12 Corinna Street, Phillip

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The forum is for retirees, those contemplating retirement and seniors to provide information about government supports, aged care, community services and other community networks.  David will be joined by a number of local service providers at the forum including Services Australia.  All attendees will receive a copy of the Bean Seniors Guide, a  70 page booklet that brings together information from a range of agencies and services which can be of assistance to seniors and retirees.

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Those wishing to attend (the forum is open to seniors from around Canberra) should register using the link below:

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https://events.humanitix.com/2024-bean-retirees-and-seniors-forum-woden

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Jenny Gregory                                                                        

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au        

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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Ron’s postscript:

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They say “don’t try this at home”, so I am coming over to your house to try it.

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If we shouldn’t eat at night, why is there a light in the fridge?

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If you want to call a family meeting, turn off the wi-fi router and wait next to it.

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Sometimes, I just want someone to hug me and say “I know it’s hard.  You’re going to be OK. Here is chocolate and 6 million dollars”.

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You are the driver of your own life.  Do not let anyone steal your seat.

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Does anyone know which page of the bible explains how to turn water into wine?

Just asking for a friend.

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I guess I burn about 1000 calories when I try to put a fitted sheet on a bed by myself.

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The first time I got a universal remote control, I thought to myself “this changes everything”

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Fortnightly News 15/3/2024

Issue 05 of 2024     

15 March 2024

DATES TO REMEMBER

.Tuesday 19 March – Club Committee Meeting

Friday 29 March – Good Friday Public Holiday.  Club will be closed.

Monday 1 April – Easter Monday Public Holiday. Club will be closed.

Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April  – our 2024 Book Fair

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SOME TIDYING UP

              

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A little bit of paint and some elbow grease and the brick corner between the kitchen and verandah is looking like new again!  We are in the process of looking for a suitable replacement cupboard/bench/dresser to store plates and bowls.

The old fluoro lights in the verandah which gave such poor and often flickering light have been replaced with nice new LEDs which will make for a much more comfortable workspace.

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And speaking of tidying up, below is a photo of a VERY nice chair tidying up job – thanks John!!

For ease of use and for the safety of everyone in the area, it would be wonderful if we all took care to stack the chairs neatly – black armchairs, armless, and aluminium separately and NO MORE than five high. 

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THE WASHING UP

It has not gone unnoticed that the number of unwashed cups, plates and spoons and glasses just left for others to deal with has reduced markedly in recent weeks.  Thanks to everyone for your co-operation in this, the benefits being in Club amenity and our health.

.SOUP DAYS ARE COMING

Although it doesn’t feel much like it just yet, the cooler weather is coming and that means soup lunches.

Everyone who is at the Club on Mondays will know that we make and serve soup to eat with friends and fellow club members and for those who would like to do so, to take home.

.For the most part, Sue Allen and I have made the soups and as we know, they were part of the success story that was our 2023 Christmas Lunch.  We would really like to share the fun and invite anyone else who would like to help to do so.

If you would be willing to make a soup – once or twice?  occasionally?  once a month?  please let Sue or me know and we can talk to about what, how and when.  We are thinking of starting up in the last week of May and finishing in the first week of September.

.To date we have done soup on Mondays but would really like to add at least one other day – which could be weekly as we are doing, or maybe monthly, or perhaps even just once or twice over the winter period.   It would be marvellous if there is anyone who would like to organise this and of course Sue and I will be happy to help get it started.  All my contact info as below!

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Jenny Gregory                                                                        

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au        

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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Ron Stewart again…..

All my life, I thought air was free until I bought a bag of chips.

Some days, I amaze myself.

Other days, I look for my phone while I’m talking on it.

Life always offers you a second chance.

It’s called tomorrow.

It takes real skill to:

Choke on air

Fall up stairs

Trip over completely nothing

I have those skills

To be old and wise, first you must be young and stupid

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.

Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad

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Fortnightly News 1/3/2024

Issue 04 of 2024     

1 March 2024

DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday 11 March – Canberra Day Public Holiday.  Club will be closed.

Friday 29 March – Good Friday Public Holiday.  Club will be closed.

Monday 1 April – Easter Monday Public Holiday. Club will be closed.

Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April  – our 2024 Book Fair

.A little bit of trivia – there are TEN public holidays in the first six months of 2024 and ONE in the second six months.

.BOOK FAIR

The Book Fair is fast approaching, and we are making final arrangements.

Because the container is full it has been decided to close off the receipt of donations a week earlier than previously planned. Donations will not be accepted after Friday  8 March.

We need lots of volunteers to help with setting up on Thursday 4 April from12 noon and packing up on Sunday 7 April at 4 pm. Sign up sheets are at the front counter so please consider putting your name down.

It is time to work hard on the publicity. There are plenty of posters and bookmarks available for circulation. Please see what you can do to distribute these. Posters can be placed in shop windows, on noticeboards and poster silos and at libraries or anywhere else you think suitable. Bookmarks are great for letter boxes and to give to group members or to leave in workplaces. So, let’s get the message out for a bumper Book Fair!

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The banner will go up again when we are ready to receive donations for the 2025 Book Fair- and the way time flies that will be here in no time!

UPGRADE OF THE CLUB’S SOUND SYSTEM

We have been successful in our application for an ACT Government Grant to be used to replace the sound equipment in Hall 1 with a new professionally designed and installed system.  New speakers, media player, lapel mike, mixer amp – and will include an integrated screen for visual presentations, all connected via Bluetooth.

Many thanks to Judy Henderson whose expertise in the area is responsible for the Club’s continuing to receive such grants.    

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Jenny Gregory                                                                        

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au        

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

And you can blame Ron Stewart for these…..

Someone just called me normal.  I have never been so insulted in my entire life.

Laughing is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.

Don’t judge me, I was born to be awesome.  Not perfect.

The amazing moment when you hear a song you haven’t heard in years and you still remember every word.

Did you notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, they get mad at you.  But when you take them in the car, they stick their head out of the window.

I have a condition that prevents me from going on a diet………I get hungry

My Saturday was going really well.   Until I realised it was Sunday.

Starting tomorrow, whatever life throws at me, I’m ducking so it hits someone else.

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Fortnightly News 15/2/2024

Issue 03 of 2024     

15 February 2024

DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday 20 February – Club Committee Meeting 2.00pm

Monday 11 March – Canberra Day Public Holiday.  Club will be closed.

Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April  – our 2024 Book Fair

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CLUB ACTIVITIES

The two newest activities at the Club are proving popular and successful.  Anne Roberts’ lessons on Mondays at 1.00 for people interested in learning about line dancing are attracting a number of enthusiastic beginners.  Likewise the card and board games afternoons on Thursdays at 1.30 pm.  A small core of regulars along with some ‘casuals’ play a range of engaging games with a focus on enjoyment and maybe just a touch of competitive spirit.  New starters welcome at both activities.

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Jenny Gregory                                                                          

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au          

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www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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Fortnightly News 2/2/2024

Issue 02 of 2024     

2 February 2024

      

DATES TO REMEMBER

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Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April  – our 2024 Book Fair

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New badge order – get yours now.

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We are going to place a new order for Club name badges – which look like this:

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Please see Polly if you would like to order.  The cost per badge is $11.80.

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Book Fair donations closing off soon

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Donations of good quality books and other items are rolling in and keeping the Book Fair team very busy.

If you are thinking of donating some items, please hurry up! We will not be accepting donations for this year’s Book Fair after Friday 15 March 2024.

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We will re-open for donations again on 1 May 2024.

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Book Group idea

We now have left only seven brand new copies of ‘The Happiness Jar’ by Canberra based author Samantha Tidy.  This book was the winner of ACT Writing and Publishing Award in 2014. If your book group is looking for an idea for the next book to discuss why not suggest it. Copies are $2.50 each and available from Polly.

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PLEASE HELP TO KEEP THE CLUB SAFE AND CLEAN

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You may have spotted a couple of new signs at the Club – as below!

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For safety reasons it is vital that the verandah doors opening out into the carpark are kept clear of chairs and other obstacles.

For health reasons it would be really appreciated if members do not leave unwashed cups, plates and cutlery on the sinks in the kitchen, Anne Murray room and Hall 2.  The washing up fairy will thank you!!

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SCAM WARNINGS

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The news media are never shy about reminding us that phone and computer scams are more and more commonplace, and that seniors are the most vulnerable group.  Do remember –if you feel that you aren’t sure of what you are doing in this space, COTA ACT offers individual one-on-one training sessions through its GET IT program where senior Canberrans can come and ask questions in a relaxed way and learn about how to get online and become confident with using technology.  Their offices are at the Hughes Community Centre, 2 Wisdom Street, Hughes, 6282 3777 or email contact@cotaact.org.au.

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Jenny Gregory                                                                          

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au          

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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Thanks Cindy for today’s postscript:

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Who claims that Australian public servants are not creative and/or do not have a sense of humour?

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              “Crocodiles and other natural predators are not authorized under Australian

              Law to conduct Fisheries Enforcement Operations, but this doesn’t stop them

              from taking matters into their own teeth.”

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This quotation came from an ABC Report on the Australian Border Force using threat of crocodile attacks to deter illegal fishers from the Kimberley.

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Fortnightly News 19/1/2024

Issue 01 of 2024     

19 January 2024

      

DATES TO REMEMBER

Tuesday 23 January – Club Management Committee Meeting

Friday 26 January – Australia Day Public Holiday – Club closed

Monday 29 January – Book Fair Sub-Committee Meeting

And … Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April  – our 2024 Book Fair
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WELCOME BACK…

…in 2024 to a new year at Woden Seniors.  I hope everyone has survived the bumps and pitfalls of the Christmas and New Year period – and in fact found some peace and enjoyment along the way. 

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If you haven’t made and already abandoned your New Year resolution for 2024, how about resolving to try a new activity from the many on offer at the Club?  A good way to make some new friends and maybe acquire some new skills!

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THE WODEN SENIORS 2024 BOOK FAIR

Our ninth Book Fair is fast approaching. It will be just after Easter, i.e. on 5, 6 and 7 April.

The Book Fair team has been beavering away for the last nine months processing donations three times a week, storing them, and putting in place plans for the Club’s best book fair so far.

At the time of the Book Fair, we will need additional help. So, think about how you would like to contribute.

We will need lots of helpers to set up on Thursday 4 April and to pack up on Sunday 7 April.

We will only need a small number of extra helpers during the Book Fair to refill the tables, work on the checkout and keep everything tidy and safe.

Closer to the time a sign-up sheet will be available at the front counter. Watch this space for more details.

Another way to help is to encourage friends and family to come and support the Book Fair. Pick up some bookmarks to give them so they have the dates.

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Jenny Gregory                                                                          

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au          

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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Thanks Ron for today’s drivel department contribution:

Common sense is like deodorant.  The people who need it the most never use it.
It’s not my age that bothers me; it’s the side effects.
I’m not saying I’m old and worn out, but I make sure I’m nowhere near the curb on trash day.
I haven’t gotten anything done today. I’ve been in the produce area trying to open this #*@@* plastic bag.
If you find yourself feeling useless, remember it took 20 years, trillions of dollars, and four presidents to replace the Taliban with the Taliban.
I want to be 18 again and ruin my life differently.  I have new ideas.
I’m on two diets. I wasn’t getting enough food on just one.
My mind is like an internet browser. At least 19 open tabs, 3 of them are frozen, and I have no clue where the music is coming from.
Hard to believe I once had a phone attached to a wall, and when it rang, I picked it up without knowing who was calling.
Apparently RSVPing to a wedding invitation “Maybe next time” isn’t the correct response.
She says I keep pushing her buttons.  If that were true, I would have found mute by now.
There is no such thing as a grouchy old person.  The truth is that once you get old, you stop being polite and start being truthful.

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Fortnightly News 22/12/2023

Issue 25 of 2023     

22nd December 2023

      

DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday 22 December – Club closes for the Christmas break

Monday 15 January 2024  – Club re-opens for 2024

Tuesday 23 January – Club Committee Meeting

And … Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2024 – our 2024 Book Fair

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WHO KNOWS HOW TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS PARTY?

WE DO !!!

Close to 100 people (approaching one quarter of the Club’s membership!) attended a really enjoyable Christmas lunch on Friday 15th.  The food, the company, the singing, the hampers… the vibe!!!  I’m pretty sure we haven’t had so many people in the building since before COVID, and it was quite simply a blast.  Lots of photos below to prove the point. 

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A couple of special moments – our Polly received a special gift of $$$s from members of the various activity groups at the Club which was accompanied by a memory book with messages from the people who contributed to the gift.  The gift and the messages were a testament to the high regard in which she is held by all of us.

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At the Club AGM in September, mementos of appreciation for our Life Members were presented. Ann Murray was not able to attend at that time, so we took the opportunity to present her memento at the Christmas lunch.

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Thank you everyone who contributed to the hampers, to Polly’s gift, to the preparations including setting up, cleaning up, entertaining, the Christmas tree, and to everyone who attended the party and made it what will certainly remain as a very special memory for me and I hope for everyone who attended.

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NEXT YEAR – A NEW ACTIVITY GROUP

Beginning on Monday 15 January, Ann Roberts will lead a group for people interested in learning line dancing.  This will suit people wanting to start from scratch or to refresh old memories under Ann’s expert teaching and guidance.  The weekly sessions will be held on Mondays from 1.00 to 2.30pm in Hall 2.  Bring along your best smile and dancing feet – it’s worth taking part just for the music!!  As this will be a teaching group, people will be welcome to join in and start at any time. 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

The final newsletter for the year and it just remains for me to wish our members, families, friends and supporters a safe and happy Christmas, and a year of good health and prosperity in 2024.

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Jenny Gregory                                                                          

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au          

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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Thank you to Lutana for this – I think we can all relate.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love said to me

“I’ve bought a big fresh turkey and a proper Christmas tree!”

On the second day of Christmas much laughter could be heard

As we tucked into our turkey – a most delicious bird!

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On the third day of Christmas came the people from next door;

The turkey tasted just as good as it had the day before.

On the fourth day of Christmas, some wine and cheese we had;

We were bright and happy, and the turkey?  A little sad.

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On the fifth day of Christmas, outside the snowflakes scurried

But we were nice and warm inside and we had the turkey curried.

On the sixth day of Christmas, the Christmas spirit died;

The children fought and bickered – we had the turkey fried.

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On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love he did wince

When he sat at the table and was offered turkey mince.

On the eighth day of Christmas, the dog had run for shelter –

He saw our turkey pancakes and the glass of Alka-Seltzer!

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On the ninth day of Christmas, by lunchtime Dad was blotto

As he knew the bird was back again, this time as a risotto!

On the tenth day of Christmas, we were drinking home-made brew;

As if that wasn’t bad enough, we were served turkey stew.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas, the Christmas tree was moulting,

And even with chilli and oyster sauce, the turkey was revolting!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, we had smiles upon our lips –

The guests had gone, the turkey too, so we dined on Fish and Chips!!

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Fortnightly News 8/12/2023

Issue 24 of 2023     

8th December 2023


DATES TO REMEMBER

Friday 15 December – 12 noon, Christmas Lunch at the Club

Friday 22 December – Club closes at 4.00 pm for Christmas break

Monday 15 January 2024 – Club re-opens for 2024

And … Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2024 – our 2024 Book Fair

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 CLUB CHRISTMAS LUNCH

A reminder that Monday next, 11 December is the cut-off time to book in for what is promising to be a super duper Christmas Lunch.  We are using the same catering as last year which means we can look forward to generous servings of delicious food.  We’ll supply some juice, water and our usual tea and coffee, and members are of course welcome to BYO something stronger for some Christmas cheer.

And it’s not too late to drop in your donations of something non-perishable and Christmassy for our hamper/s which will go some lucky lunchers!

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END OF YEAR ACTIVITIES

Our various Club groups are celebrating the season in their various ways  and in various places and I was delighted to be present for the Wednesday Recorder Orchestra’s final session for the year.  Music, friendship and food – what could be nicer.

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RUNNING REPAIRS

The little fridge in the Anne Murray Room has been giving trouble, but after being given such expert attention and a new door seal, it should be ready to give good service for a few years yet.

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IT’S NICE TO BE APPRECIATED

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 Looking forward to seeing many of you next Friday – and to taking lots of photos to fill Issue 25/2023 of the Newsletter.

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Jenny Gregory                                                                          

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au          

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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A few final words…

I signed up for a Zoom workout that was too advanced for me.

So when the instructor said to “do a plank, and then bring your knee to the opposite elbow”, I did a modified version where I turned off my computer and made pancakes.

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Benefits of a good vocabulary!…

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I recently spoke an old engineering friend of mine and asked what he was working on these days.

He replied that he was working on aqua-thermal treatment of ceramics, aluminium and steel under a constrained environment.

I was impressed until, upon further enquiry, I learned that he was washing dishes with hot water under his wife’s supervision.

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Fortnightly News 24/11/2023

Issue 23 of 2023     

24th November 2023

      

DATES TO REMEMBER

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Friday 15 December – Christmas Lunch at the Club

Booking is essential for what is promising to be a very enjoyable celebration. 

Polly will be glad to put your name on the list!  Cost is $6 cash or an activity voucher per person.

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Friday 22 December – Club closes at 4.00 pm for Christmas break

Monday 15 January 2024  – Club re-opens for 2024

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And … Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April 2024 – our 2024 Book Fair

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GARDEN DOINGS

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The Club’s Facilities Sub-Committee has been busy during Spring, and the results of their work, allied with a grant received for upgrading garden areas around the Club, is there for all to see.  Appreciation to Sue, Grahame and Ron for all their time and expertise given to the Club not only in the garden but on matters of general repairs and maintenance inside and outside our building.

Looking forward to some yummy summer pickings in due course. 

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CALLING BOOK GROUPS

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Woden Seniors’ Book Fair has received a generous donation of two boxes of brand-new copies of  “The Happiness Jar” by Canberra author Samantha Tidy. This book was published in 2013 and won the ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Fiction. So, if your Book Group is looking for a book to discuss this could be the one! Some Book Groups have already taken up this opportunity. There are about 40 left at $2.50 each. Polly has supplies for those interested.

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PS – it would also make a nice Christmas present for a book lover friend.

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Jenny Gregory                                                                          

President                         

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au          

www.wodenseniors.org.au 

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Another selection from Peter Golack – thanks!

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SKILLS FOR SENIORS

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 The ability to speak several languages is an asset, but the ability to keep your mouth shut in any language is priceless.


Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road is paved with flat possums who couldn’t make a decision.


Happiness is not having to set the alarm clock.


When I get a headache I take two aspirin and keep away from children just like the bottle says.


Just once, I want the prompt for username and password to say, “Close enough.”

Becoming an adult is the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.

If you see me talking to myself, just move along. I’m self-employed.
We’re having a meeting.


“Your call is very important to us.  Please enjoy this 40-minute flute solo”.


Does anyone else have a plastic bag full of plastic bags, or is it just me?

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