AUS: 1300 630 488    NZ: 0800 1477 6287


 PO Box 1922, Gosford NSW  2250

Email:  [email protected]


President:                           Henk Keulemans    4365 9197 or 0414 561 968

Secretary:                           Val Dibben             0413 727 149   

Welfare:                             Marion MacGregor  4322 7848 or 0428 978 193





With special thanks to Welfare Director Marion and Bulletin Editor Graham we can stay connected on a regular basis. For many of us the uncertainty and reduced personal contact have made it a difficult period. Hopefully the worst is now behind us, and it is good to know we are not alone on our Covid roller-coaster ride.

Not surprisingly we cannot meet at the Grange this month. Exclusive use of its function room is presently unavailable, and other changes are under way. Special treats for Melbourne Cup Day have been ruled out. This special Club highlight will have to wait for a year. Are any race-enthusiasts among us aware of informal gatherings elsewhere that some of us could join on that day?

The Christmas luncheon planned for Tuesday 23rd November will still be possible at the Boat House on Koolewong’s waterside if sufficient members are keen to proceed.  The restaurant will be open for our exclusive use to those members who are fully vaccinated. Please contact me by 4th November with numbers and arrangements for upfront payment of $40 for a main and desert. Additional cost for drinks. Would those who are not ready for this early outing contact Val or Frank for number purposes and to give us ample time to confirm or cancel this final event of the calendar year.

May we all find comfort in renewed contacts in the lead-up to the festive season.

Henk Keulemans

President 2020/21.




21 Kathleen Harrison

6 Craig Shappert, 11 Tony Regan, 20 Glad Kilpatrick, 30 Heather Barlow




We are getting more freedom after being isolated for so long, but let's be sensible and not go overboard!  Many of us feel very vulnerable and will remain cautious for some time to come. Some members I have spoken to are not ready to attend meetings yet and are willing to wait for a while.

Glad Kilpatrick had a fall. She gashed her head and her fractured elbow. Glad has been transferred to Brisbane Water Private Hospital for rehabilitation.  I sent our love and best wishes to her through Allan. I also sent her a card.

Alan York is not at all well.

Merilee Secomb is now in Aurrum Nursing Facility.

I will be away from last week of this month and all of November with family in the country and Val has kindly offered to check on our unwell members while I am away.


Hold your loved once close, tell them you love them. For if tomorrow never comes.
You'll have no regrets about today!

Marion MacGregor Welfare Officer

Phone 43227848 or Mob: 0428978193



For those who have been trying out new recipes, here is another quick and easy one.


1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup dates, 1/2 cup crushed walnuts, (or can use any mixed fruits), small teaspoon bicarb soda, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 egg, pinch salt, 2 cups SR flour.  Put all in a saucepan and heat, stirring until butter has melted.  Add flour, salt and beaten egg.  Put in loaf tin and cook for about 3/4 hour in moderate oven.  When cold, slice and spread with butter.   Also freezes well.


Signs of mental health issues are different for everyone but here are some of the common ones that can be detected early:

  • feeling unusually stressed or worried,
  • feeling depressed, unhappy, or grumpy most of the time,
  • feeling restless and tired a lot of the time,
  • feeling things have changed or aren’t quite right,
  • being quiet or withdrawn and losing friends,
  • not enjoying, or not wanting to be involved in things that you would normally enjoy,
  • having emotional outbursts or feeling sad, ‘down’ or crying for no apparent reason,
  • increase in drug or alcohol use and/or depending on these substances to feel “normal”,
  • feeling guilty or worthless,
  • having negative, distressing, bizarre or unusual thoughts,
  • significant lack of self-care.

If you aren’t happy with the way things are in your life it is important to reach out and seek help.

For more tips and information on how to take care of your mental health, visit:

4 Cups of Love
3 Cups of Forgiveness
2 Spoonful’s of Hope
4 Quarts of Faith
2 Cups of Loyalty
1 Cup of Friendship
2 Spoonful’s of Tenderness
1 Barrel of Laughter.
Take Love and Loyalty and mix thoroughly with Faith and Blend with Tenderness, Kindness and Understanding.
Add Friendship and Hope, Sprinkle abundantly with Laughter.
Bake with Sunshine and serve daily in Generous Helpings.                            

Dianne Swan


Protection against fraud

Make photocopies of all the cards in your wallet. Copy both sides of each licence, credit card, etc. This will make a record of everything you had in your wallet and all the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place (not your wallet). Carry a photocopy of your passport when travelling either here or abroad. We've all heard horror stories about fraud that's committed on us in stealing a name, address, Pension number, credit cards.

Credit cards should be cancelled immediately if stolen, but the key is having the toll-free numbers and your card numbers handy so you know who to call. Make a list of the numbers and keep them where you can find them. File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where credit card, etc., were stolen.  
Contributed by — Frank Pellarini



How can a customer get a COVID-19 check-in card?
A customer can apply for the COVID-19 check-in card by calling Service NSW on 13 77 88 or by registering online at

Customers will need to provide basic personal details such as their name and phone number.

How does the COVID-19 check-in card work?
Customers who register for a COVID-19 check-in card can present their card and have it scanned by a business as an alternative electronic check-in method.

When a business scans the QR code on the card, the customer’s registered contact details are lodged with Service NSW.

The customer’s check-in information is then directly available for NSW Health’s contact tracing team in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.

Graham Brookes
Bulletin Editor (0400 481 960)
[email protected]