Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 26/9/2014

Club Closed on the Next Two Monday Public Holidays
The Club will be closed on the Monday 29 September and the Monday 6 October 2014 public holidays.

Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all those that came to the AGM, we had well over the required 40 current financial members present by 12.00noon, so we were able to start promptly and finish the formal proceedings by 12.30pm.  Those present then enjoyed some scrumptious sandwiches and homemade cakes.

Key points: the Club is in a sound financial position with a stable membership base of around 650.  Priorities for 2014-15 are: to continue to address the parking situation; undertake minor works to the front entrance and commence a program of repainting the Club interior.

Your new Management Committee comprises:

President                 Paul McGlew
Vice President         Anne Murray AM
Treasurer                John Chmura
Secretary                Gail Giuliano OAM

Committee Members
Cindy McMillan
Raphaela Stukoff
Irene Turpie
Lutana McLeod
Sue Schreiner

Many thanks to retiring Committee Members Richard Hickman, Graham Hellyer, Pat Birell and outgoing Treasurer Heike Elvers – all of whom have made a substantial contribution to the Club over a number of years.

Calligraphy – The Art of Beautiful Writing

Expressions of interest are sought for calligraphy classes to be provided by Pam Kemp.  Calligraphy classes will be offered as a regular Club activity, on a school term basis, commencing at 1.30pm on Tuesday 14 October 2014. 

Calligraphy is the art of beautiful or expressive writing.  Tuition will be provided for beginners to learn some basic scripts and to make a variety of small projects suitable for gifts.  Non-beginners would have the opportunity to work on their own projects, refine their skills or simply enjoy the opportunity to explore and share ideas.

Members interested in a fun relaxed afternoon please let Polly know.

A basic writing kit comprising of black ink, a selection of nibs and suitable writing paper will be required. Tutor can provide a few basics for a “trial”. 

Good handwriting is definitely not a prerequisite.

New Bridge Side Tables
Thank you to Peter and Ailsa Forster for suggesting, sourcing and donating small side tables to the Club for use when playing Bridge.

The Llewellyn Choir – Concert, Sunday 5 October 2014
The Llewellyn Choir presents a free concert as their contribution to the on-going series performed on the first and third Sundays of each month in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia.  These are always very popular so be there early.
Date:  Sunday 5 October 2014
Time:  1.00pm
Venue: Great Hall, High Court of Australia, Parkes Place, Parkes (off King Edward Tce.)

Save the Date! Monday Afternoon 20 October 2014
The Club is organising a free afternoon tea for Monday afternoon 20 October 2014 to celebrate Grandparents’ Week.  There is likely to be a very good school choir singing, an excellent ANU debating team debating something relevant to grandparents and the Minister for Ageing, Mick Gentleman MLA speaking.  More information to come.

ACT Government Free Bulky Household Waste Pick Up Service
The Green Shed, in conjunction with the ACT Government, is trialling a bulky waste household collection service.  The service is available to ACT residents who have a Centrelink pensioner concession card, DVA Gold Card, Action Gold Card or a Seniors MyWay card and aged 70 years and over.  For more information contact the Green Shed on 6249 7974 or at www.bulkywaste.com.au

Silver Screenings Film Festival
This is your last chance to catch one of the ‘Silver Screenings’ films at the Arc Cinema of the National Film and Sound Archive, Ellery Circuit in Acton.  This popular series, subsidized by the ACT Office of the Ageing, finishes the 2014 season on Friday 3 October with:
2PM, FRIDAY, 3 October 2014: The Golds + The Museum
The Golds (Aust., 2014, 23 mins, digital, U/C 18+), a new documentary about Canberra’s Growing Old Disgracefully dance troupe, from leading Australian dance filmmaker Sue Healey.  Director Healey and some of the ‘Goldies’ will be present for the screening.

The Silver Screening closing event also features a Canberra preview screening of the new documentary The Great Museum (Das grosse museum, Dir: Johannes HOLZHAUSEN, Austria, 2014, 94 mins, DCP, U/C 18+), an inside look at Vienna’s famous Kunsthistorisches Museum.
Opened in 1891, the Kunsthistorisches is one of the great legacies bequeathed to modern Austria by the Hapsburg’s Austro-Hungarian empire.  But by 2012, the museum was in need of a facelift, giving filmmaker Johannes Holzhausen an 18-month window to explore the building and its collection while both were being renovated.

Tickets are $6 for those aged 50+.

More information at www.nfsa.gov.au or on (02) 6248 2000

Justice of the Peace
You will find Maureen in the Anne Murray room on Tuesdays between 11.30am and 2pm for Justice of the Peace matters.

ANU Research into Age Related Changes in Left and Right Brain Communication
We have received some flyers seeking participants for research into age related effects in left and right brain communication.  The ethical aspects of the research has been approved by the ANU Human Research Committee, Protocol No. 2014. 

The research is not harmful and comprises 2 short cognitive tests.  Participants will be reimbursed for their time and go into a draw to win some prizes.

For more information pick up a flyer in the club or contact Tanu Joshi, via email to u5398401@anu.org.au or phone 0432 509 796.

Goodwin Aged Care Services
Goodwin has Home and Community Care hours for domestic assistance, personal care, social and transport.  Contact Michelle Preston on 6178 7272 or email mpreston@goodwin.org.au if you require assistance.

Support available for Seniors as part of SINC Program
CatholicCare has secured Home and Community Care (HACC) funding to provide services as part of the Seniors in Networked Communities (SINC) Program, and is taking referrals from people who meet the following criteria.
This program supports people aged 65 years and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over, who are frail with functional limitations as a result of moderate, severe and profound disabilities.
Support is available in the following areas:
Social Support
Personal Care
Domestic Assistance
Home Maintenance
Case Coordination
For more information please contact Karen Roberts on 6163 7683 or email at Karen.roberts@catholiccare.cg.org.au.

ACT Elder Abuse Prevention Program
The ACT Elder Abuse Prevention Program aims to reduce and prevent incidents of elder abuse through community awareness raising, accessible information and referral systems, service response guidelines and staff training. The Program is coordinated by the Office for Ageing within the ACT Community Services Directorate.
The Program includes an Older Persons’ Abuse Prevention, Referral and Information Line, or APRIL as it is commonly known – a confidential telephone service that provides a single point of contact for callers who want to discuss elder abuse issues and seek advice.
The service operates during business hours. The telephone number is 6205 0303.
Responses take into consideration duty of care (confidentially), the decision-making capacity of the client, and whether an emergency response is required. Depending on the issues raised, people may be referred to the Public Advocate of the ACT, the Public Trustee for the ACT, Carers ACT, Conflict Resolution Services or Lifeline.
The Women’s Information and Elder Abuse phone line operates in tandem with the Older Person’s Abuse, Prevention, Referral and Information Line and also operates during business hours. The telephone number is 6205 0303.

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We value your thoughts and ideas about what you would like to see included in the fortnightly newsletter.  If you would like to provide feedback, or suggest a news item for the newsletter, please send an email to admin@wodenseniors.org.au or speak to Polly in the office.