Woden Seniors Inc

Over 45 years of providing Community Service to the over-50s of Canberra

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Fortnightly News 17/12/2021

With our last newsletter for 2021 I would like to wish all our members and their families a safe, peaceful and happy Christmas.

Firstly I offer some advice on how to deal with Christmas stress…….

and of course,

The past week has seen a number of get togethers either here at the Club or at nearby venues as our various activity groups celebrate the season. It was so good to see that people were enjoying the opportunity to share some Christmas fellowship with each other.

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 17 December 2021 and re-open on Monday 10 January 2022. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

We’ll be famous

A couple of weeks ago the Club was approached by a firm tasked with putting together a stock photo library for the federal Department of Social Services. They used the Club as a background for a number of ‘scenarios’ featuring some of our members as well as some professional actors. The photos taken remain the property of the Department, but the Club received a welcome location fee of $200.00.

 

OUR CONTINUING REMINDER…………BIG Book Fair – Save the date

The Book Fair is scheduled for early next year. It will be over three days from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March 2022. Add these dates to your diary and think about how you can assist. This is the major fund-raiser for the Club and we have been unable to hold it for two years now.

The container and store-room are jam-packed with boxes of high quality books just waiting for enthusiastic customers.

Jenny Gregory

President

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president

www.wodenseniors.org.au

COMMUNITY NOTICES AND INFORMATION

Older Persons Covid-19 Support Line

Some older people are vulnerable to COVID-19 but less connected to the

internet and in need of ways to access information for their circumstances.

The Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line provides information and support.

Older Australians, their families, friends and carers can call 1800 171 866 (FREECALL) if they:

  • would like to talk with someone about he Covid-19 restrictions and its impact on them
  • are feeling lonely or are worried about a loved one
  • are caring for someone and need some information or a listening ear
  • need help or advice about changing the aged care services they are receiving
  • need some help to access new care services or essential supplies such as shopping
  • are living with dementia or are concerned about a friend or family member living with Dementia
  • would like to arrange a one-off or regular wellbeing check

1800 171 866 Older Persons COVID-19 Support Line

8.30 am – 6pm(AEST) Monday to Friday, excluding public holiday.

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Fortnightly News 3/12/2021

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

A reminder that the Club will close at 4pm on Friday 17 December 2021 and re-open on Monday 10 January 2022. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

Christmas

As reported in an earlier newsletter, the Club will not host a Christmas lunch this year – but the Christmas tree which has popped up in the foyer (thanks to elves Cindy and Lutana) will certainly remind us of the season.

Woden Seniors Club New Vogue Dancing on Tuesdays

Thankyou Santo – our Music Man

Santo has hosted the the New Vogue Dancing on Tuesdays for longer than most can remember…and he has decided to hand over the reins to a “younger couple” – Adrian and Roni. He will still keep his hands on the reins on occasion to play his music when Adrian and Roni are away. The dancers at the Club would like to sincerely thank Santo for his dedication to the dancing scene, for his sponsorship and management of this dancing activity at the Club, and for his enduring contribution to the Club’s success.

From the Tuesday New Vogue Dancers.

Hosted by Roni and Adrian

Please note that attendees MUST have their own partner.

11am-12.30pm Walkthroughs (session cost $6.00 each)

1.00am-3.30pm Social (dances announced and music played) (session cost $6.00 each)

Dances include:

  • Old Time (eg Pride of Erin)
  • Competition New Vogue Dances
  • Dances danced at other New Vogue venues in the ACT
  • Some personal favourites

Dress up days (style will be announced in advance eg colonial):

  • Winter Christmas (mid July)
  • Melbourne Cup Day
  • Christmas ‘break-up’ Party

Food Garden – Woden Seniors

A small group of Club members led by Sue, Graham, and Ron volunteer to undertake gardening tasks around the Club.

The current spring rains have ensured the vegepods at the front of the building are lush with vegies and flowers ready for picking. These beds were installed in 2019 using funds obtained through a successful grant application, to be planted with pick and come again greens, and has been a great success.

We have planted lots of greens, herbs, edible flowers and plants such as strawberries and tiny tomatoes so you can pick and pick again. Polly has scissors and bags for you to use if the plants need cutting rather than picking, so please help yourself as often as you like. In most cases the more they are picked the better they grow. We can tell when plants need replacing and we are guided by what you choose the most, as to what to plant in season.

If there are plants that are suitable and you would like, but we have not planted, please do let us know and we will do our best to source and plant them for you.

BIG Book Fair – Save the date

And another reminder… the Club’s Book Fair is scheduled for early next year. It will be over three days from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March 2022. Add these dates to your diary and think about how you can assist. This is the major fund-raiser for the Club and we have been unable to hold it for two years now.

The container and store-room are jam-packed with boxes of high quality books just waiting for enthusiastic customers.

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

Jenny Gregory
President

Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president

www.wodenseniors.org.au

COMMUNITY NOTICES AND INFORMATION

Covid 19 Restrictions

  • Check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app;
  • Maintain good hand hygiene;
  • Face-masks are mandatory in the ACT high risk facilities, including a hospital, on public transport, residential aged care facility;
  • Physical distance from each other at least 1.5 metre or one person per two metres when indoors; and
  • You don’t need to wear face-mask when outside, undertaking vigorous exercise, during eating or drinking

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Fortnightly News 19/11/2021

As the newly elected President of the Club it will be my pleasant duty to keep in touch with members through this regular News Update. I would firstly like to thank everyone who came out on a pretty chilly morning to attend the AGM and to ensure that we were able to meet our Constitutional and regulatory obligations in this regard. The list of Management Committee members elected at the meeting is below.

WODEN SENIORS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2021-22

President Jenny Gregory

Vice-President Sue Allen

Secretary Christine MacKay

Treasurer Jennifer Pratten

Committee Cindy McMillan

Committee Catharine Masters

Committee Gail Giuliano

Committee Ron Stewart

Committee Grahame Cheers

Paul McGlew has retired from the President’s position although not from the Club of course, and Gail Guliano has stepped down from the Secretary’s position but will continue to provide her support as a Committee member. Following the AGM Paul and Gail received some recognition of their combined many many years of service to the Club.

A former President, Anne Murray, wrote the following:

Thank you to the immediate past President

I first met Paul when he came to play Bridge with his mother on Tuesday mornings at the Seniors Club. His mother Heather was an enthusiastic ballroom dancer and Bridge player and I could see why she was proud of her son. I asked if he could consider taking on the role of President. He said yes, which I thought was fantastic. Paul carried out his role of President with confidence. He is always calm and thoughtful. He listens and would always be considered a quiet achiever. When Paul is around, we know everything will be fine. Thank you for everything you have done Paul.

Anne Murray AM

Club Closing Times for the Festive Season

The Club will close at 4pm on Friday 17 December 2021 and re-open on Monday 10 January 2022. Activity groups can continue to use the Club through this period by arrangement with the front office.

Christmas Lunch

One of the very popular activities at the Club has been the annual Christmas Lunch. Sadly the Committee has decided that even though we are now in the process of ‘learning to live with the virus’ we cannot risk a gathering of 100 or so people in the Club for a couple of hours for a Christmas lunch. I understand that Christmas 2022 is still on so we will save our celebrations until then.

BIG Book Fair – Save the date

The Book Fair is scheduled for early next year. It will be over three days from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March 2022. Add these dates to your diary and think about how you can assist. This is the major fund-raiser for the Club and we have been unable to hold it for two years now.

The container and store-room are jam-packed with boxes of high quality books just waiting for enthusiastic customers.

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

Warning: I intend to include at least one silly joke in issues of the Newsletter from now on. Apologies to the members of the Monday Tai Chi group who may have seen the some of them already.

COMMUNITY NOTICES AND INFORMATION

Get IT is back!

The Council on the Ageing, ACT (COTA ACT) is again offering its popular one on one ‘Get IT’ digital support sessions after the lockdown.

You can learn with one of the digital mentors by contacting the COTA ACT office on 02 6282 3777. Appointments are limited and booking fast.

Some of the things COTA ACT has helped people with over the past months include:

– Setting up email addresses

– Downloading and using the Check In CBR app

– Checking for COVID-19 exposure locations

– Downloading and using Zoom

– Accessing MyGov

– Downloading your digital COVID-19 certificate

– Beginning phone use such as turning the phone on and off, adding and editing editing contacts, making phone calls and sending text messages

COTA ACT is based at the Hughes Community Centre.

Accessing your Vaccination Certificate

You can access a copy of your vaccination certificate two ways:

  1. Online: via your Medicare or My Health Record account on MyGov
  2. Call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 and ask them to send your proof to you. It can take up to 14 days for your statement or certificate to arrive in the post.

For full details about how to access your certificate, visit the Services Australia site.

You can now securely store your COVID-19 digital certificate in the Check In CBR App. You can access your certificate to the app through a secure verification process using either their Express Plus Medicare App or myGov account. Once the COVID-19 digital certificate is downloaded to the app, a vaccination tick status will appear next to the user’s name the next time they check in.

As vaccination data sits in the Federal Australian Immunisation Register, the process to integrate the COVID-19 digital certificate into Check In CBR app is:

  1. Go to the CBR App in Settings on your phone and update it.
  2. Have a myGov account with your Medicare connected
  3. Once logged in to myGov, select the Proof of COVID-19 vaccination quick link which will take you to your Medicare account.
  4. Select ‘View history’ under Immunisation history
  5. Select ‘Share with check in app’
  6. Select the Check In CBR and provide consent to download

COTA ACT are also providing assistance to help you get your vaccination certificate posted to you. If you’d like support to access your certificate online or through your mobile device one of our digital mentors may be able to assist you through our free Get IT program. Contact the COTA ACT office to make an appointment on 6282 3777 (available online via zoom or face to face – in person appointments will be resuming from early November).

Covid 19 Restrictions

  • Check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app;
  • Maintain good hand hygiene;
  • Face-masks are mandatory in the ACT high risk facilities, including a hospital, on public transport, residential aged care facility;
  • Physical distance from each other at least 1.5 metre or one person per two metres when indoors; and
  • You don’t need to wear face-mask when outside, undertaking vigorous exercise, during eating or drinking

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

Spiral News

We have been advised that the Spiral Group based at the Uniting Church in Curtin will not be resuming their normal activities until after Christmas. We will keep you advised!

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Fortnightly News 5/11/2021

Annual General Meeting 2021

Date: Monday 15th November 2021

Time: 11.00 am

Place: Hall 1

Nominations for the Executive Committee must be on the prescribed form, giving the consent of the candidate and signed by two members of the Club. These nominations must be given to the Secretary by Monday 8th November. Forms are available at the office.

BIG Book Fair – Save the date

The Book Fair is scheduled for early next year. It will be over three days from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 March 2022. Add these dates to your diary and think about how you can assist. This is the major fund-raiser for the Club and we have been unable to hold it for two years now.

The container and store-room are jam-packed with boxes of high quality books just waiting for enthusiastic customers.

Get IT is back!

The Council on the Ageing, ACT (COTA ACT) is again offering its popular one on one ‘Get IT’ digital support sessions after the lockdown.

You can learn with one of the digital mentors by contacting the COTA ACT office on 02 6282 3777. Appointments are limited and booking fast.

Some of the things COTA ACT has helped people with over the past months include:

– Setting up email addresses

– Downloading and using the Check In CBR app

– Checking for COVID-19 exposure locations

– Downloading and using Zoom

– Accessing MyGov

– Downloading your digital COVID-19 certificate

– Beginning phone use such as turning the phone on and off, adding and editing contacts, making phone
calls and sending text messages

COTA ACT is based at the Hughes Community Centre.

Covid 19 Restrictions

  • Check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app;
  • Maintain good hand hygiene;
  • Face-masks are mandatory in the ACT and wear it properly (indoors and outdoors);
  • Physical distance from each other at least 1.5 metre or one person per four metres when indoors; and
  • You don’t need to wear face-mask when undertaking vigorous exercise.

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

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Fortnightly News 22/10/2021

Welcome back, we are reopening the Club on Monday 25 October 2021 and all activities are on again.

Annual General Meeting 2021

Date: Monday 15th November 2021

Time: 11.00 am

Place: Hall 1

Members wishing to bring business before the meeting must submit it in writing, in the form of a motion, to the Secretary by Monday 1st November. (it can be left with Polly.)

Nominations for the Executive Committee must be on the prescribed form, giving the consent of the candidate and signed by two members of the Club. These nominations must be given to the Secretary by Monday 8th November. Forms are available at the office.

Vale – Margaret Bourke

Margaret Bourke died on 7 August 2021. Margaret was well known in the Bridge world having captained the ladies team in international competition. Margaret also started us on the path to the Book Fair. Margaret and I would take books to various fairs to sell before starting our own Book Fair in 2014.

Covid 19 Restrictions

  • Check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app;
  • Maintain good hand hygiene;
  • Face-masks are mandatory in the ACT and wear it properly (indoors and outdoors);
  • Physical distance from each other at least 1.5 metre or one person per four metres when indoors; and
  • You don’t need to wear face-mask when undertaking vigorous exercise.

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

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Fortnightly News 6/8/2021

Annual General Meeting

The Woden Seniors Club 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held in Hall 1, at 12 noon on Monday 20 September 2021 unless there is a COVID-19 outbreak. A light lunch of sandwiches, cakes and tea/coffee will be provided after the meeting. Please come along to the meeting as we did not have one last year.

No more books!

We are unable to accept and process any more books until further notice. So please keep them until then. Please also tell anyone you know who is thinking about donating books.

Free Digital Help For Seniors

Club Membership

Please ensure your membership and parking voucher is up to date.

Woden Seniors is turning 50 next year

We are preparing a book to mark the 50th birthday of the club and are looking for people that may be able to help in its preparation. We are looking for five or six people that maybe able to help. Please let Polly know

Read More

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Fortnightly News 23/7/2021

Book Fair posters

The Book Fair is getting very close. There are still lots of posters available to be distributed – A4 and A5 size. So please pick up some and distribute them in the community for example, in shop windows, noticeboards, letter boxes, to members of groups you are involved in and any place where they can be left responsibly.

The more we get out the more people will know about it, and the more books we will sell.

Book Fair volunteers

Thank you to all who have signed up to help during the Book Fair. At this stage we have sufficient volunteers to help during the event ie on Thursday 5, Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August. The roster will be available from Polly if you need to check your time.

However, we do need more help with packing up.

Packing up is also a time when some fresh volunteers are most welcome. We are all exhausted by the end of the last day. So if you are able to come along at 4 pm on Sunday 8 August we will give you a job and be most grateful.

No more books!

We are unable to accept and process any more books until September. So please keep them until then. Please also tell anyone you know who is thinking about donating books. We will be happy to have them in September but definitely not now.

Read More

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Fortnightly News 9/7/2021

Book Fair

Preparations are in the late stages for this year’s BIG Book Fair to be held over four days from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 August.

At this stage members can help with the publicity. Please take a few bookmarks or small posters to hand out or A4 and A3 posters to put on noticeboards in the community.

This will be a COVID safe event and attendees must check in using the Check in Canberra app.

No more books!

We are unable to accept and process any more books until September. So please keep them until then. Please also tell anyone you know who is thinking about donating books. We will be happy to have them in September but definitely not now.

$1 Increase in the Activity Fee from 1st July 2021

We have increased the Activity Fee from $5 to $6 from 1 July 2021. This is the first increase in ten years. With the impact of the pandemic there are less people using the Club and we are currently making a loss. Due to the pandemic we have had to increase the level of cleaning in the Club, this has doubled the cleaning cost to the Club. A convenient way to manage this increase is to buy vouchers from the front office.

Club Membership

Please ensure your membership and parking voucher is up to date.

Woden Seniors is turning 50th next year

We are preparing a book to mark the 50th birthday of the club and are looking for people that may be able to help in its preparation. We are looking for five or six people that maybe able to help. Please let Polly know if you are interested in helping.

Read More

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Fortnightly News 25/6/2021

$1 Increase in the Activity Fee from 1st July 2021

We will be increasing the Activity Fee from $5 to $6 from 1 July 2021. This is the first increase in ten years. With the impact of the pandemic there are less people using the Club and we are currently making a loss. Due to the pandemic we have had to increase the level of cleaning in the Club, this has doubled the cleaning cost to the Club. A convenient way to manage this increase is to buy vouchers from the front office.

Save the date – BIG Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held over four days this year from Thursday 5 August to Sunday 8 August from 10 am to 4 pm daily. This is the Club’s major fundraising event for the year and it promises to be a bumper event.

Please help publicise it. One way to do this is to hand out some ‘Save the Date’ bookmarks, which can be picked up from the counter.

Club Membership

Please ensure your membership and parking voucher is up to date.

Woden Seniors is turning 50 next year

We are preparing a book to mark the 50th birthday of the club and are looking for people that may be able to help in its preparation. We are looking for five or six people that maybe able to help. Please let Polly know if you are interested in helping.

Read More

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Fortnightly News11/6/2021

$1 Increase in the Activity Fee from 1st July 2021

We will be increasing the Activity Fee from $5 to $6 from 1 July 2021. This is the first increase in ten years. With the impact of the pandemic there are less people using the Club and we are currently making a loss. Due to the pandemic we have had to increase the level of cleaning in the Club, this has doubled the cleaning cost to the Club. A convenient way to manage this increase is to buy vouchers from the front office.

Free Digital Help for Seniors

Club Membership

Please ensure your membership and parking voucher is up to date.

Save the date – BIG Book Fair

The Book Fair will be held over four days this year from Thursday 5 August to Sunday 8 August from 10 am to 4 pm daily. This is the Club’s major fundraising event for the year and it promises to be a bumper event.

Please help publicise it. One way to do this is to hand out some ‘Save the Date’ bookmarks, which can be picked up from the counter.

Woden Seniors is turning 50 next year

Do you remember … an activity you enjoyed? working with friends to do something? a funny situation? unforgettable moments? winning the sweep at the Melbourne Cup Party? laughing with friends at a Christmas lunch? We’d like to hear about them because next year is our 50th Anniversary. We want to create something special to celebrate – a book of memories, the special memories of our members. Please write them for us and give them to Polly, or email them to the Club. If you would prefer to talk about them, please let Polly know so we can arrange a time to talk together about them.

Enjoy remembering,

Cindy McMillan

Please Do Not Enter the Club if:

  • You are feeling unwell and developing cold or flu like symptoms (including fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath); or
  • You have been in close contact with someone with these symptoms or is a confirmed COVID-19 case; or
  • You or someone you have been in close contact with has recently returned from interstate or overseas.

Check In CBR App

The ACT Government has mandated that the Check In CBR App be used by all venues from 6 March 2021. This means that members entering the Club must use the Check In CBR App.

The ‘Check In CBR’ app is a contactless, secure and convenient way for members to sign into the Woden Seniors Club.

The app helps protect the community by assisting with faster contact tracing. The app enables individuals to check-in to venues and have this data stored securely with ACT Health in the event contact tracing is needed due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the community.

Use of the app will help the ACT Health contact tracing team quickly identify and assist anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency non-essential businesses and undertakings are required by law to ask for the first name and phone number of people who attend their venue. Use of this app enables businesses to comply with these laws.

Download the App

5 step process to download and use the app:

(Internet connection and compatible phone or tablet device required)

  1. Download the Check In CBR App from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  2. Register your details (required for the first time only).
  3. At participating venues, open the app, select ‘Check In Now’ and hover your smartphone over the displayed QR code.
  4. Add in any additional people – those who are with you without their own device or app.
  5. When the check-in is complete, show venue staff the app successful check in screen.

Spiral News Program

June 17 Tracy Gillard Leo’s Place

Tracy is the Chief Executive Officer of Palliative Care ACT. Leo’s Place is a new non-clinical facility which was opened in January this year. It provides respite for people with a life-limiting illness and their carers.

June 24 Phil Creaser Messages from the Past… Lessons for the Future

One of the benefits of the pandemic, for us but not for Phil, is that our guest speaker is in Canberra instead of on a luxury liner sailing to exotic destinations giving lectures to the passengers.

Phil will tell us what we can learn from the fossil record and why we need a Natural History Museum here in Canberra.

Spiral is a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+) that meet each Thursday morning, they are non-denominational with people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. The Spiral Photo Album gives a good sense of who they are and what they do. There are no fees but a $1 contribution to costs is requested. Spiral is seeking new members, helpers and guest speakers. You are not obliged to come every week and you can come for the talk and/or the morning tea. Any questions or suggestions please contact me or one of the other people on the list below.

Location: The Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin.

When: Thursday morning.

Time: Speakers will commence at 10.10 and most will join us for the morning tea that will follow.