Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 17/2/2017

Seated Exercises and Lunch on Mondays

A new seated gentle exercise class is available on Mondays:

  • 12:00 – 12:30 pm seated Tai Chi in Hall 2
  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch together
  • 1:00 – 1.30 pm Another half hour seated Tai Chi

These warm ups and exercises are designed to strengthen core muscles and to be completed seated.

Bring your own lunch and we will sit and eat together. If you can’t be there for the whole program come when you can and stay as long as you can. All welcome, Club fees apply.

Special Events Committee

The Special Events Committee (Judy, Cindy and Lutana) is seeking your feedback on the style and type of special events you would like to attend in the Club during the year, for example: a First Aid Course; making a bush fire plan; a members concert; a Christmas function. Please fill in the form on the table in the Club foyer with your suggestions and hand it to Polly.


The Calligraphy class is back on Tuesdays from 1.30 – 3.30 pm in Hall 2. New participants are welcome.

Social Ballroom Dancing

Social Ballroom Dancing is on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30 – 5.30 pm.

Wednesday Morning YMCA Ever Active Group

The Wednesday morning YMCA Ever Active exercise group is looking for new participants, if you are interested in some early morning exercise before it gets too hot and possibly a chat over a coffee afterwards why not give it a go.

2017 Big Book Fair, 11 – 13 August 2017

We are desperately seeking helpers to sort, clean and pack the wonderful donations of books, games (especially old board games), DVDs, vinyl records, CDs, postcards, and jigsaw puzzles for our 2017 Big Book Fair.


February 16 Mrs Jeanette Morris.

Jeanette was recognised with the Order of Australia Medal in this year’s Australia Day Awards for her service to aged persons in the ACT. She has coordinated Rough Diamonds since 1994, providing support and fellowship to elderly and disadvantaged members of the community. She is a volunteer at NationsHeart, Belconnen Church of Christ and has been a volunteer at Villagio Sant’ Antonio Aged Care Facility for over 25 years. Sounds like a person you might like to meet?

February 23 Peter Forster

Peter is one of the editors of Curtin Turns 50, The Story of a Canberra Suburb 1964-2014.

This 220-page book full of wonderful stories and photographs of Curtin has been so successful that more are about to be printed. The book will be available for sale at $25. As an added bonus I can announce that Viola Kalokerinos, the lady crowned Queen of Curtin at the December launch of the book, will be in attendance.

March 2

Ngwao Letshwao Performing Arts, Botswana

These African dancers are coming to Canberra for the Multicultural Festival. They will delight you with their movement and rhythm – here is a taste of what you can expect.

March 9 National Zoo and Aquarium

Renee Osterloh, Operations Manager at the National Zoo and Aquarium, was our guest speaker on 17 March 2016. She featured in the Canberra Times on February 5 in this excellent front-page story. We will meet her again when we visit the zoo. The Flexible Bus will be at Curtin at 10.00 and the overflow will follow in a convoy of cars. This event will be a later finish than usual – the bus will pick us up at 1.00. Getting around the zoo can be awkward for our less mobile members who might be restricted to the aquarium area. Normal entrance fee for Seniors is $33 but thanks to the ACT Government there will be no charge to you. For planning purposes, please let me know if you are interested in coming.

March 23 Tony Turner

Star of stage and screen, Tony is directing Repertory’s season of Trelawney of the Wells. This “fast paced portrayal of theatrical-company life in the 1860s” runs from March 29 to April 9 and is well suited to an audience like us.

April 6 Gai Brodtmann

Gai, our local member in the House of Representatives, recognised our founder Gwenyth George as a “legend” in a speech in the House of Representatives on 26 November, 2012. She is coming along to meet us and to talk about the work she does.

May 6 (and August 3) The Heartbeats

Are you one of the people who has been asking me when The Heartbeats are performing for us this year? Fun, laughter and familiar songs from the boys accompanied, as always, by the lovely Margaret on piano. Here are their dates. Note: when The Heartbeats play for us we will have morning tea first and they will perform from 11.00.

Still to confirm dates are:

Paul Jurak – the kayak cameraman

Dr Susannah Helman – curator of The Sell: Australian Advertising 1790s to 1990s, the current exhibition at the National Library,

Opera singer Rachael Duncan, one of the most popular visitors in 2016.

Spiral contacts.

Brett Yeats – phone 6281 7684 or email address is yeatsb

Mavis Angove – 0438 460 813 or 6292 1437 or mavisangove

Sara York – 0419 587 578 or sarawyork

Sue Driscoll – 0418 697 240 or suedrisc

Angelika Dunker – 6281 4023 or angelika.dunker

Betty Yeats – 6281 5679

Location: The Uniting Church in Gillies Street, Curtin.

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

The Spiral Photo Album gives a good sense of who we are and what we do.

We are a group of senior citizens (60+ to 90+), we are non-denominational with people from varied backgrounds, occupations and origins. There are no fees but a $1 contribution to costs is requested. We are 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 above.

Justice of the Peace

You will find Maureen in Club on Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.