Group Guide: Sunshine Coast
DANCING AT POMONA
EVERY Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm, Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. Cost is $4, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide new vogue as well as old-time dancing.
If you are a bit concerned, come along as a spectator and see whether you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone 0407 456 939 for more information, or come and visit. Our next dance evening will be on Tuesday, January 14.
U3A SUNSHINE COAST
COME along to our Open Day 2020 on Saturday, January 11, from 9am-noon. Free parking at the University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre.
Meet the tutors, check out some of the 136 courses currently on offer and enjoy the entertainment, from ukulele players to tai chi. Renew your annual membership for only $40 to join our 2300-strong community.
Actively promote your wellbeing via meeting new people, making new friends, getting the mind and body working in new ways.
To enrol online, go to u3asunshine.org.au/www/membership-and-classes/ or stroll down to our U3A offices in B block where friendly office volunteers will help you to join, enrol in courses, or sign up as a volunteer, a lecturer or a tutor.
COME along to the Woombye Hall on Mondays from 9am and at North Shore Community Centre, Mudjimba, on Mondays from 7pm and Wednesdays from 9am. Also, Thursdays from 9am at Yandina School of Arts Hall. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun, fitness, friendship and great music are on offer. For more information, phone Barbara on 0407 733 280.
THE last function for the year was the Christmas party held at the Pelican Waters Golf Club where members and partners enjoyed a festive meal. Attendees were asked to dress up for the occasion in Christmas attire, with Trish Green as an angel being the winner of the Best Dressed award.
The club has various activities during the month and is an active, fun-loving mixed group of retired and semi-retired seniors who would welcome new members to join them.
Come along to the first general meeting for 2020 by contacting membership officers Dorothy and Bell on 07 5492 6721.
OUR club is all about fun and friendship for retirees. There are weekly outings such as coffee mornings, lunches, dinners and visits to places of interest. Something to please everyone and every budget.
Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month at 9.45am at the Tewantin Noosa RSL. Visitors are welcome. A donation of $5 covers morning tea.
Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 20, as the fourth Monday is the Australia Day public holiday. The guest speaker will be Geoff Salmon, who will show a short film on the manufacture of float glass and explain his involvement with the process.
For further information, phone Geoff Bailue on 0418 145 034.
WE are a group of motivated women from all walks of life who are interested in helping others in the community. We also participate in fundraising projects, craft mornings, book club, coffee mornings and have a busy social calendar.
We meet at the Meals on Wheels rooms at 17 Santa Monica Ave, Coolum, on the second Tuesday of the month at 2pm (excluding January and December when we are in recess). If you are interested in joining this friendly and caring group phone Sandra on 0427 889 750.
NAMBOUR GARDEN CLUB
We offer friendship through gardening and meet on the first Monday of each month, (second Monday if the first is a public holiday) with no meetings in December or January. Venue: Uniting Church Hall, Nambour (free parking, Donaldson St entrance). Meetings include: guest speakers, plant and cuttings sales, competition tables, raffles and lucky door prize. Members also enjoy bus tours, garden rambles and workshops. Arrive at 8.30am for meet-and-greet over a cup of coffee/tea. Meeting starts 10am. Phone Karel on 0490 415 067 for further information.
WE FINISHED 2019 with a Christmas party and also celebrated member Dulcie's 90th birthday. Our January lunch meeting will also be our AGM, which will be held at 11am on January 15. Anyone interested in joining us would be most welcome and for more information about our club please speak to Trish on 07 5493 0026 or Janet on 0448 845 303,
VIEW clubs raise money for The Smith Family and the Learning for Life program. More information on VIEW clubs can be found at view.org.au.
RETIRED or about to retire? AIR is the peak national not-for-profit organisation working for the interests of self-funded and partially self-funded retirees or those about to retire.
Next meeting: Investment Discussion Group on Thursday, January 16, from 8.45am for 9am at The Uniting Church, Grasstree Crt, Sunrise Beach. Join us for a general discussion on the economic climate and investment trends. We seek a fair outcome for retirees. Cost is $6 members, $10 non-members, and includes morning tea. Visitors very welcome. For information phone 0478 479 049 or email email@example.com.
BY GIFT OF GIVING
A GIFT of indigenous-inspired artwork is at the centre of a touching role reversal involving two of the Sunshine Coast's most generous philanthropists and an appreciative USC social work student.
Indigenous USC student Kelly Hansen from Gympie created the art piece for Dr Rustum Sethna and his wife, Helen, as an act of giving back after receiving a $2000 bursary donated by the couple.
"Meeting the Sethnas, I discovered they were heavily involved in the arts and that gave me the inspiration for my gift," said Ms Hansen, who is about to enter her final year of study.
"I've never been trained as an artist but painting is something I have enjoyed doing all my life as a way of expressing myself."
The Sethnas have generously supported USC's academic programs and art gallery for more than a decade and in 2017 were honoured with Honorary Senior Fellowships for their contributions. They are also active in many community organisations, including the Caloundra Regional Gallery and Events Centre Caloundra.
The $2000 Dr Rustum Sethna Social Work Bursary is presented each year to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in social work.
"Dr Sethna has said their donations to USC and other groups are their way of giving back to the arts and learning, so this is my way of doing something similar for them," Ms Hansen said.