Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 4/8/2023

Issue 15 of 2023     

4 August 2023




      Monday 18 September: Early notice – Woden Seniors Inc. Annual General Meeting

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




In a month it will be Spring!

If you are planning on doing some Spring cleaning, think of the Book Fair. We could use plain book ends e.g. L shaped metal ones, small stands suitable for displaying books and of course good quality books, jigsaws, CDs, DVDs and board games. Tell your friends and family too. There are some new bookmarks available from Polly which you can give people to be tell them about the Fair. They include the dates on the front and a list of items people can donate on the back.


Another thing we need are wine boxes – they are just the right size for packing larger sized books.


And of course, we always welcome new helpers – if you are interested let Polly know and someone will get in touch with you to discuss how you may be able to help.


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This eye-catching new banner will shortly appear at the edge of the Club carpark where passing motorists will be sure to see it.




This Thursday afternoon activity has been running for some weeks now, and after a comprehensive review, it as been decided that mid-day is an inconvenient time to start.  For the future, GAMES AFTERNOON WILL RUN FROM 1PM TO 4PM.  Come along at any time within those hours for a fun social afternoon.




Thanks to Roni Giacobetti for providing this report on an amazing Club member.


Marie’s Amazing Dance Achievements

Many members of the Woden Seniors Club have met Marie Bray.  She practices her ballroom dancing diligently every week in preparation for various examinations.

She commenced dancing in 2010 at Penny De Kauwe’s School of Dancing, Canberra.  In 2011 she completed Leisure 3 exams with Penny in Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba and Jive with Honours.

From 2013 to 2022 Marie completed Latin, Standard (Modern) Ballroom and New Vogue medals at the International Dance Studio with Highly Commended and Honours results.

Marie has also competed in South Pacific Championship, Crown International Dancesport and Blackpool competitions.

So far her achievements have been:


 2019 – Modern – Silver, Latin – Gold (3rd award), New Vogue – Bronze
 2020 – Modern – Silver Star, Latin – Gold Star, New Vogue – Bronze Star
 2021 – Modern – Gold, Latin – Gold Star (2nd award), New Vogue – Silver
 2022 – Modern – Gold (2nd award), Latin – Gold Star (3rd award),

                         New Vogue – Silver Star

Recently she represented Australia at an International Competition (the Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships) which was held in Los Angeles in May 2023.


Marie achieved the following results against other outstanding competitors from all around the world:

 Silver International Cha Cha (1st place)
 Silver International Samba (1st place)
 Silver International Rumba (1st place)
 Silver International Paso Doble (1st place)
 Silver International Jive (1st place)
 Silver International Tango (3rd place)
 Silver International Foxtrot (3rd place)
 Silver International Waltz (4th place)

If you see Marie in the club please give her a pat on the back and congratulate her for these truly amazing achievements.


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Jenny Gregory


Woden Seniors Inc.

PO Box 345, Woden ACT 2606

Tel: (02) 6282 2573

Email: president@wodenseniors.org.au





Scratch for Seniors at National Science Week!

To celebrate National Science Week, which runs from August 12 – 20, the Australian Government is again supporting creative computing workshops for seniors using Scratch.

Aimed at people over 55 years of age, the workshops will let you unleash your imagination to produce amazing, colourful, musical, moving creations, that can be shared with anyone. It’s fabulous for keeping the brain active and all you have to know to get started is how to use a mouse.

Four free workshops, with lunch provided, will be held at the ANU from 10am to 1pm on August 12, 13, 19, and 20.

To register for one of these workshops, please visit:

https://www.scienceweek.net.au/event/creative-computing-for-seniors-workshop-using-scratch/acton/ or email: u1518303@anu.edu.au.


You may not know this….

Many inanimate things have a gender.


Ziploc bags are male, because they hold everything in but you can see right through them.

A tyre is male because it goes bald and is often over-inflated.

A hot air balloon is male because to get it to go anywhere you have to light a fire under it, and of course there’s the hot air bit.

Sponges are female because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.

A web page is female, because its always being hit on.

A hammer is male, because it hasn’t changed much over the past 5,000 years but it’s handy to have around.

An hourglass is female, because over time the weight shifts to the bottom.

A subway is male, because it uses the same old lines to pick someone up.

A remote control is female.  You thought it would be male didn’t you?  But consider this:  a man would be lost without it, and while he doesn’t always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying.