Latest Club News 4th December 2020

Hasn’t it been a super exciting week this past week!

There is always a first time for everything - the club members attending the AGM on Thursday 3rd December walked through an Indigenous Smoking Ceremony performed by local Kombumerri Saltwater man Clinton Brewer, who explained its significance to ward off negative energies and clear the road ahead for new beginnings.

Smoking Ceremony by Clinton Brewer

A perfect new start for our club to move forward in a more positive light, with a focus on unity and inclusion. Our members attending were impressed at the simplicity of ceremony but how great the positive impact. The smell of the eucalypt leaves and bark were certainly cleansing.

The ceremonial bowl with ashes, bark and leaves, as well as the yellow ochre used by Clinton to mark his body (a respectful gesture to indicate to his ‘old people’, his ancestors, that he is connected to culture and asking them to bless the occasion) are on display at the club for those who missed this auspicious occasion. You can still breathe in that wonderful cleansing aroma and feel connected to country and each other.

The Kombumerri people are part of the Yugambeh nation on the Gold Coast, where we get to live, work and play ?. We would like to always acknowledge our First Nations people as the traditional custodians of this wonderful country we call Australia.

Ceremony artefacts displayed at the centre

Clinton with Club VP Lesley & Coordinator Christina

AGM Outcome

Our AGM was a very short ‘straight to business’ affair with only 1 nomination each for the positions of President, Vice President and Treasurer so we welcome back our wonderful Jan Refeld, Lesley Bowers & Barry Farmer in those roles, respectively. Other committee members returning are Margaret Bishop, Lez Large, Ray Woodward, John Byron and new to the board though certainly not new to the centre, Steve Leal. ?

We’d like to thank all members in attendance and for the speedy move of motions and voting, and also thank our local MP Laura Gerber for sending her representative Josie Kay to witness the meeting.

Our elected committee with Josie Kay (& apologies from John Byron)

World Volunteers Day Saturday 5th December

Our centre could not run without our amazing team of volunteers, not only in reception and greeting our members with smiles, but also our team of tutors & activity leaders now also part of the volunteer team helping get our centre thriving again. Our management committee are also all volunteers, so there are a number of people taking time out from their other lives and loves to help our centre. Please thank them at any opportunity you get but especially on World Volunteers Day Saturday 5th December! This week’s featured volunteer is Helen, who is one of our Friday Girl Fridays, and yes she does a lot of varied tasks in reception and has done for a number of years, but always in her happy & helpful manner.

Our happy & helpful Helen

Our weekly Activities…

Mondays: 8-Ball 8am-12pm; Bingo 9am-12pm

Tuesdays: 8-Ball 8am-12pm; Tap Dancing Fundamentals 9-10am; Healing Tai Chi 10.30-11.30am; New Vogue Sequence Dance with Carol 6-9pm

Wednesdays: 8-Ball 8am-12pm; Table Tennis 8.30-11.30am; Indoor Bowls 9-11.30; Garden Lovers 8-9.30am; Be Connected Computer/ Smart phone help 8.30-11am

Thursdays: 8-Ball 8am-12pm; New Vogue on with Brian 9.30-11.30am; Line Dancing 12-2.15pm

Fridays: 8-Ball 8am-12pm; Table Tennis 8.30-11.30am; Yoga 10-11.15am; New Vogue with Carol 6-9pm; Be Connected Computer/ Smart phone help 8.30-11.30am

Saturdays: New Vogue with Colin & Elizabeth 6.30-10pm

Sundays: Table Tennis 8.30-11.30am; Indoor Bowls 8.30-11.30

Christmas Closure

Our last activities will run on Sunday 20th December so our centre will be closed from 21st December and we resume from Monday 4th January 2021.

We are truly sorry that we cannot host a centre Christmas party like in previous years due to COVID-restrictions but we encourage all activity coordinators to host their own festivities with safety in mind. There may be a special visit by a well-known character during our last week before Christmas  ho ho ho ?

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We look forward to sharing more with you ?

Warmest regards
Christina & Lu