Woden Seniors Inc

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


Fortnightly News 8/6/2018

Many thanks to those club members that clean up after using cups and glasses in the three rooms. Thanks too to those members who take tea towels and other things home to wash. This willingness to clean up after each group means the club stays clean and welcoming to all.

Reminder – Free – Nutrition and Healthy Ageing Session!

Friday 15 June 2018

12:30 – 1:30 pm

In the Anne Murray Room

Come and join with Nutrition Australia to explore the role of nutrition in healthy ageing. Learn how what you eat impacts healthy ageing; and pick up some ideas to help you eat well and age well. Healthy nibbles will be available to try. To make sure there are enough nibbles, please let Polly know if you plan to attend.

Note: This session will be facilitated by Master of Nutrition and Dietetics students from the University of Canberra.

Survey – healthy ageing

Nutrition Australia ACT is seeking input to develop a new healthy ageing program. They are conducting an anonymous survey of people over 45 to inform this program. Please help by completing a survey. Hard copies of the survey and the box to put it in are in the foyer or you can complete it on line by going to the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rechargeyourhealth. Thanks to those who have already completed one – it only takes a few minutes.

iPad Course – Photos

Diana will be repeating the two session course on using the iPad for photos on Wednesday 18 July and Wednesday 25 July from 10 am to 12 noon. It will cover

  • Camera settings and buttons.
  • Practice at taking photos.
  • The Photo App and how the photos are organised.
  • Creating Albums & selecting photos
  • Sharing photos including emailing
  • Editing photos
  • Making & viewing videos
  • Photo Booth & Facetime

Please contact the office if you would like to attend this course. It is for people who know the basics of using an iPad and is run over two sessions. There are six places.

BIG Book Fair

Members have no doubt noticed that the BIG Book Fair is fast approaching. It is on 10, 11 and 12 August from 10 am to 4 pm each day. You can help publicise the event by

  • Handing out some bookmarks to people who may be interested – supplies are at the counter
  • Arranging for details to go in local newsletters eg Church, school, community group.
  • Liking and/or sharing the Facebook page – www.facebook.com/wodenseniors .
  • Asking young people to share the Facebook page.

Social Ballroom Dancing

Social ballroom dance lessons are available at the Club on Tuesdays from 2pm to 3:30pm in Hall 2 with Ian and Carla. The lessons cover ballroom (foxtrot, waltz, quickstep), Latin (rumba, cha-cha, jive). They are suitable for beginners up to intermediate. No partners required. All welcome.

COTA Policy Forum 2018

Older Consumers: Choice, Challenges and Rights in Changing Markets

When: Thursday 28 June 2018

Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Where: National Press Club, Canberra

With an ageing Australian population, older people comprise an ever- increasing proportion of the consumer market. What does this mean for older consumers and for the markets they engage with?

How do we move past stereotypes to better identify and meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse group of people spanning the age range from 50 to 100? In rapidly changing markets, how do we ensure that older consumers can retain and exercise a high level of choice, navigate key challenges, avoid exploitation and protect their rights?

The 2018 COTA National Policy Forum brings together older consumers, consumer advocates, academics, regulators and sector experts to closely examine the challenges and opportunities facing older consumers in current and emerging markets; and to identify the priorities for ensuring their voices are heard in consumer policy, regulation and market practice.

For more information

Call: (02) 6154 9740
Email: nationalpolicyforum@cota.org.au
Write to COTA Australia, Suite 9, 16 National Circuit, Barton, ACT 2600

Register for the Forum through Eventbrite


Note: We have jam, plants and cards for sale, produced and donated by our members. All money goes to the Club. Many thanks to all those generous people.

Bridge Classes 2018

Bridge classes recommenced on Monday 16th April.

Beginners Continuing – 1:30 – 3:30, classes for new beginners will be held in July

Improvers – 2:00 – 4:00 pm


A Scrabble group meets on Monday afternoons from 2.00 – 4.00 pm in the Dining Room next to hall 1. Drop in if you feel like a game.

Woden Seniors Book Club

The Book Club meets in the Anne Murray Room at 10:30am on the last Friday of the month.

Next meeting will be on Friday 29 June to discuss ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi.

Friday 27 July: The Lake House by Kate Morton;

Friday 31 August: The People Smuggler by Robin Crespigny;

Friday 28 September: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Roy Arundhati

Friday 26 October: Aunts Up The Cross by Robin Dalton;

Friday 30 November: From Lands of Green Ghosts by Pascal Khoo Thwe;

Friday 21 December: Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout;

Newcomers always welcome.

Club Events for 2018

Save the dates!

Book Fair 10 – 12 August 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

AGM Monday 17 September

Seniors Concert Sunday 21 October

Melbourne Cup Tuesday 6 November

Christmas Party Friday 7 December

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Seeking participants for a study on radio listening

Researchers from The University of Melbourne are looking for individuals to help us understand how radio impacts the lives of older adults. This will provide insights on current radio listening practices and how they might relate to older listeners’ sense of well-being.

Participants will only need to complete a short questionnaire online (paper copies are also available upon request):http://bit.ly/cbfsurvey

People are eligible to join this study if they are 65 years or older.

Project Title: Radio for well-being engagement

Project Ethics ID: 1749766.

More information: Amanda Krause | (03) 9035 6134 | Amanda.Krause | www.cbf.com.au/wellbeing

ACT Waste Management website

This is a very useful website for information on household and recycling collections. It has an amazing A-Z of recycling for how to dispose of anything safely. For example did you know you can leave paint and gas bottles for free at Mugga Lane and Mitchell? https://www.tccs.act.gov.au/recycling-and-waste


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.

Please share this newsletter with as many people as you can and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me – Brett Yeats – on 6281 7684 or at yeatsb. You can also contact Angelika Dunker on 6281 4023 or at angelika.dunker

June 14 Margaret Wright Where did this piece of metal come from?

Margaret gave her first talk to Spiral about 45 years ago .We welcome her back to hear a fascinating story about Zeppelins from World War 1.

This is quite different from her usual role as conductor of the Canberra Recorder Orchestra, and her decades of teaching music and recorders to U3A!

June 21 Rachael Duncan– opera singer

Rachael was with us in October 2016 and many have asked me when we could get her back. Now you know. Learn what she has been up to since we saw her, and you will definitely get to hear her lovely voice.

June 28 Canberra Mandolin Orchestra

I saw many of the mandoliners at the recent National Folk Festival – I wonder what new pieces they’ve added to their repertoire since they were with us in June 2017. If you haven’t experienced many mandolins playing together you really should try to get along to this concert. If you have then I have no doubt that you will return.

July 5 Brett McNamara Shaping the nature of the bush capital.

As you turn on the tap and the water flows have you ever wondered the origins of that precious drop? Why is the ACT border shaped the way it is? Brett, a Senior Manager at ACT Parks & Conservation Service with more than 30 years’ experience, will take us on a journey of discovery from pioneering high-country surveyors to those custodians who are tasked today to manage our water catchments for generations to follow. You are guaranteed to think twice about that leaking tap.

July 12 Nola Anderson “A Passion For Glass: the life and work of Klaus Moje”

Justice of the Peace

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