Latest Club News 29th October 2020
A big warm hello to all our members from your newly appointed coordinators, Christina Monneron & Lu Bouttell, in a job-sharing role.
This is our very first newsletter together, and also the very first one out to you all since our centre closed in March this year - so there’s a lot to catch up on…
Firstly, we would like to acknowledge the incredible turnout at our extraordinary meeting Thursday 22nd October to elect our new Committee. We were a full house with 161 members attending. Our sincerest apologies to those we had to turn away due to the hall being at full capacity with the extra room at the back and sides utilised whilst still maintaining our COVID-safe measures as best as we could.
We wish to extend a massive thank-you to all of you for your extreme patience during the recent closures and really value your enthusiasm as well as your support to help return the centre into the fully thriving place it once was. Together we can do this! Our strength is our ability to work together towards our common goal and achieving what the club had set out to do. It’s been 43 years since our doors officially opened and we want to ensure its sustainability for many more years to come.
We wish to clarify that the stand-in committee who chaired this extra-ordinary meeting had been appointed by the previous President, namely Renae Barron.
Three loud cheers need to go to our newly elected Committee for taking on the next couple of months to help restore and rejuvenate the centre. Our new President is an amazing community leader in her own right, Jan Refeld, with another talented & community-focused lady, Lesley Bowers as Vice President.
We also congratulate our other wonderful committee members:
Barry Farmer – Treasurer
Lez Large – Secretary
The new committee met for the first time Wednesday 28th October to appoint the positions of Secretary and Treasurer and to determine the best way to move forward. We then met with council to update our COVID-Safe Plan. We will be conducting weekly meetings until the proposed AGM IN DECEMBER, when the current committee will stand down and a new committee re-elected.
Our activities have begun to fill so please look out for the weekly updates as we confirm what is on. Please press “Subscribe to our Newsletter” via our website if you are not currently doing so. We are ensuring that we are adhering strictly to the latest COVID-safe guidelines for all our activities, with extra hygiene procedures, contact tracing, social distancing, and maximum numbers in every room. We would appreciate it you can please ensure you follow the COVID-safe Plan for our centre to continue to operate as safely as possible.
8-Ball with the handsome lads led by bodacious Bernie, Table Tennis and Indoor Bowls led by skilful Steve were first-off the ranks to start as soon as we opened the doors 2 weeks ago. Then a Garden Lovers Group meet up on Wednesdays from 8.30am coordinated by green thumbs luscious Lu & charismatic Carol (& thank you skilful Steve for helping tidy things up too); BYO your garden gloves & tools if you wish to help our little community garden grow. Amazing Anne’s Line Dancing returned in full force and will be on Thursdays 12-2.15pm, then Gentle Yoga with a wonderful new instructor Alice Reid to start Fridays 10-11.15am from 30th October, BYO yoga mat, water bottle and a towel.
We will have the first Members Morning Tea on Wednesday 4th November 10am. We would love you to come along and meet & greet with our committee members, plus any activity coordinators at the centre at the time. Come and share your good stories with some great company, we’d love to see you there.
We are doing our utmost to get as many of the activities running as soon as we possibly can. So look out for Bingo, Saturday Night Dances, Music, Ballroom Dances, Cuban Dance and Tap Dance coming soon. French Beginners and Conversation groups will be back in 2021. We are also seeking expressions of interest for Chess, Tai Chi healing movement, Drumming, Art and a Writers & Poets group.
If there is something you would like to see back in the club, or you wish to introduce something new, please send us your suggestions. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes and we truly value your feedback.
Vale Stephanie Tysoe
Sadly, our Rock & Roll teacher has passed away. Our deepest condolences go to Steph’s family, her friends & her students. Stephanie will be hugely missed as she has been part of our centre’s vibrant dance culture for a number of years.
Christmas is creeping up! Around the corner in fact, and we would absolutely love to put on a Christmas celebration like previous years. It will be of course a different kind of gathering with some restrictions on our numbers, but we will have fun nonetheless! Stay tuned for more information on the details but please book the date in your diaries: Thursday 17th December!
We have our wonderful hairdressers Hair by Suzie & Ivan back in the centre Monday-Wednesday 8am-12pm. Book-ins only for your new do or beauty treatments at amazing member’s prices.
Our free computer lessons are available again to book in Wednesdays 8.30-11am and Fridays 8.30-11.30am. We are now including help registering for a Qld Border Pass as part of this service and printing of the pass (20c per print) should you or a family member needs.
If you are not yet receiving our newsletter after requesting this function from our website, please ensure you have a valid email address entered. If you have definitely filled out the correct email and still not receiving the news, please ring or see either one of us, a committee member or reception volunteer next time you are in the centre.
As you can see, we are doing our best to catch up with all your requests and our priority is getting the centre up and fully functioning again, with current COVID-Safe procedures and even with limited numbers for our activities. We hope you will continue to join us on this journey. We are here for you and for the community and we look forward to having a yarn & sharing with you all.
Christina & Lu