Group guide: Brisbane
WESTERN SUBURBS BRANCH AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS
OUR AGM in August saw a new president, Judith Weston and a new secretary, Helen Clarke installed. Treasurer, Lynne Cray and Correspondence Secretary, Annie Hall have been returned for another year. Guest speaker at the AGM was Colin Sivalingum from Red Cross Emergency Services, which is a partner in the Climate Adaptation Strategy. This is an Emergency Management Plan that works to reduce the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on vulnerable people. Farmers currently suffering the worst drought in years need to be supported both emotionally and financially. Members responded swiftly to Colin's talk by agreeing to donate $2000 immediately to drought relief and then a further sum after the Bunnings Cake Stall in September.Join us on October 8 (October 1 is a public holiday) at Red Cross Milton if you wish to be a part of a team that helps build a better society based on people helping people. We have morning tea for 30 minutes, then a guest speaker.
EASTERN DISTRICT ORCHID SOCIETY INC.
WE WILL be holding our 52nd Spring Orchid Show over the weekend of September 15-16 at the Brisbane International Shooting Complex, Old Cleveland Road, Belmont. There will be thousands of orchid plants for sale. Free cultural advise from club members. Craft and floral arrangements for sale. Refreshments and raffles. Entry: adults $4, under 14 years free.
SOCIAL LADIES TENNIS
YOUNG at Heart tennis players wanted for Mt Gravatt Central on Tuesdays from 9am-noon. It is not Wimbledon but a game, a laugh and a cuppa are all included. Phone Margaret on 3398 8143 or Myrna 3397 8584.
Chelmer and District
WE MEET at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley Street, Corinda on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting with a friendly chat over morning tea, followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics. Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities. We welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and all surrounding suburbs who wish to join in the fun, friendship and fellowship of Probus and meet for club meetings and outings with other active, like-minded retirees. Phone Kathy on (07) 3379 7237.
WE ARE once again coming to the aid of the Farmers suffering from this terrible drought. At our recent barbecue, $360 was raised from our 'Mock-Auction', with these funds forming part of a larger amount to be donated. Our AGM was held in August and we were pleased to have a response from the members to fill the vacant positions of secretary and committee person. Our long-term branch secretary Meric resigned recently after eight years of service. As usual, you are most welcome to join our happy Group at 10am on the second Tuesday of each month at Greenbank RSL for morning tea, with the general meeting commencing at 10.30am. Coach trips are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Phone Ron or Bev on 0402 094 887.
JINDALEE BOWLS CLUB
A NEW course called Learning to Play Lawn Bowls is being offered through the University of the Third Age Brisbane (U3A). You must be a member of U3A to enrol for the course, for details, go to u3abrisbane.org.au. This course is free and will be held at Jindalee Bowls Club at the corner of Yallambe and Sinnamon Road, Jindalee. It is designed for participants in the surrounding suburbs who would like to learn a new skill involving balance and coordination as well as providing an opportunity for socialising while having fun. Bowls is a target sport offering the challenge of improvement with practice. Coloured bowls will be supplied but you will need to bring a hat, wear smooth flat soled shoes (or go barefoot) and comfortable clothing offering sun protection. It is a six-week course on Wednesdays beginning October 10 from 10-11.30am. Phone Sue on 0412 608 041.
WYNNUM REGION ORGANISED COMPUTING CLUB FOR SENIORS INC
VOLUNTEERS provide help with computers, tablets and phones. We will be holding our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 11 upstairs at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. The club is for anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. You can join the club, on the day, for an annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to four weeks of two hours per week or some of lesser duration. Our classes can commence from a very basic level so don't be afraid to make a start. Phone Lavina on 0411806154 or go to wroccs.org.au.
WE ARE the North Brisbane Branch of AIR, a national group of self minded retirees who are fully or partial self funded meeting ever third Friday at the OES Hall, 2 Boland Street, Kedron. This is our normal social meeting where we have regular guest speakers discussing matters of health and those affecting our finance and various social events. We start at 9.30am and normally finishing around noon for our meetings, we break for morning tea and biccies. We also have a finance discussion group that meets on the second Friday at Chermside, visitors are welcome for a initial visit once its members only, we do not give financial advice. Phone (07) 3881 1820 or (07) 3351 4126 prior to 5pm or email email@example.com.
OUR nest meeting is on Wednesday, October 3 at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Pde, Keperra. Doors open at 10.30am for the meeting to commence at 11am. Cost is $27 and this includes a two course lunch as well as tea and coffee. Our guest speaker for October is Gina Storey from Travelling Places who is certain to have some great travel hints for us all. We will also have our usual raffles and lucky door prizes. New members and guests are always welcome. Phone Carol to book by noon Monday, October 1 on (07) 3355 5349.
SEPTEMBER means spring and is usually a delightful time in Brisbane. All gardeners and garden-lovers will be familiar with Toowoomba's famous festival, the Carnival of Flowers. Accordingly, we are having a flower-themed dinner meeting on Monday, September 10. You are cordially invited to attend and enjoy some flower power. Our guest speaker will be Jeanette Lamont who is very knowledgeable on our chosen topic. There should be time for your questions regarding orchid-growing and how to get colour into a Brisbane garden. It will be interesting to see if many ladies can incorporate the flower theme into their contributions to our Tucker Table. If your creativity is a little limited like mine, stay with your usual contributions of cakes, biscuits and jams (priced generally around the $3 mark and snack-size). Perhaps you could add a flower-inspired label. Produce from your home garden could be regarded as suiting the theme too. All money raised goes to The Smith Family to support Learning for Life students. Held at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park on September 10 at 6.30pm for 7pm and our October meeting is scheduled for October 8 at 6.30pm for 7pm. The cost is $35 and bookings are essential. Phone Rita before noon September 7 on 0413 138 967 or (07) 3378 3356 or email centenaryeveview @gmail.com or Facebook.
A PIANO solo by Marguerite playing Can't Help Lovin' that Man delighted the guests at our 28th birthday. Next lunch is September 5 at Mt Ommaney Apartments and will feature Dr Dimity Dornan AO who is the Executive Director and Founder of Hear and Say. In October, guest speaker is Amanda Harvey from Q Rail. Phone Denise on 0409 261 488 if you would like to be part of our friendly Club or email chapelhillview@gmail. com.
THE meeting this month is on Monday, September 17 at Jindalee Golf Club at 11.15am. Cost $30 for two courses and tea/coffee. Bookings are essential. Our club welcomes guests and new members and we can assure you of a warm welcome. With a spring in our step our guest speaker for September will be Senior Constable Paul Bagnall, from Queensland Police who will be speaking on Cyber Crime and Fraud. Our next Coffee and Chat morning will be held on Saturday, September 22 at Perfect Blend Coffee Shop, Kirkdale Road, Chapel at 10am.
The winners of the Bunnings raffle, run in association with our Bunnings BBQ fundraiser were drawn at our August club meeting. Winners were: Anne Bamford, Hazel McLean, Jean Clarke and Bev Woodcroft. Members and partners enjoyed a warm Winter's evening with soup and delicious desserts at the home of one of our Members at the end of August as well as our monthly coffee and chat morning. As it is Spring, a number of Members will be enjoying a trip to Toowoomba for the Carnival of Flowers on Sunday, 30 September. This will be very enjoyable, we are sure, in beautiful Spring sunshine.Further ahead in October, the club will be doing a tour of the Beelarong Community Farm and Cooking School at Morningside on October 29. Cost $5. Phone Jean on 0409 268 646 or Nan on 0410 006 500.
FOR our next meeting, our guest speaker is Jenny Woolsey, an author, and an advocate of inclusive education. Jenny's youngest daughter has Down Syndrome and she has fought to have her in mainstream schooling. Meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 10.30am for 11am at Murrumba Downs Tavern. Phone Elizabeth on (07) 3886 4937 or Sandra (07) 3425 2738.
OUR next meeting will be held on Monday, September 3 at 6.30pm for 7pm at The Glen Hotel, Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains. Guest speaker will be Judith McWirther from Brisbane Greeters. If you would like to attend, phone Pam Smith on 32738419.
WE WILL be holding our monthly morning on Friday, September 21 at Bray Hall, corner of Cooke and O'Loane Streets, Petrie, gathering at 9.30am for a 10am start, finishing at 11.30am. The guest speaker for this month will be Michael Stephenson. A retired clergyman who enjoys travelling the outback with friends. Morning tea is available for a gold coin donation and there is always a raffle. Phone the Kallangur Centre on (07) 3880 6677 or call into 1480 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur between 9am-noon, Monday-Friday.
FOREST LAKE FIFTY PLUS CLUB
OUR August day trip was to Cleveland Point for a picnic. A wonderful barbecue for lunch with fantastic views of southern end of Moreton Bay was enjoyed by all. The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club meet on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am. Meeting date claimers are September 21 and October 12. For details, phone Leonie (president) on 0427846057 or Les (activities officer) on 0466377618. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB
MAKE new friends. Come along any Tuesday between 9am-noon to the Community Centre, 19 Nerida Street, Rochedale. Members of a Senior Citizens Club play indoor bowls or are entertained with a concert on alternate Tuesdays. Tuition provided for new players and new members are most welcome. Phone Shirley on (07) 3209 1682.
MITCHELTON AND DISTRICTS GARDEN CLUB
OUR next meeting is on October 4 at the Enoggera Memorial Hall. Althea and Barry Connor will be the guest speakers, talking about African Violets. These are very fussy plants. If their requirements are not met, they just sulk and die. From information given at this meeting, that problem could be avoided. Morning tea is served from 9.45am and the meeting commences immediately after that. Visitors and new members welcome. The hall at the junction of Wardell and Trundle Streets, is close to public transport and wheelchair friendly. Phone president Pat on (07) 3356 1256.