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                                                                                              PO Box 24, Newcastle  NSW  2300


            MEETINGS:              1st Wednesday,   10.30am,   Wests City, King St, Newcastle


            PRESIDENT                           SECRETARY                                WELFARE                           TREASURER

            Sandra McFarlane        Margaret McAulay             Margaret Cunningham            Marjorie Marsh

            Ph: 0438.622.608      Ph: 0417.663.064             Ph: 0437.674.580                    Ph: 0416.191.667

                                           Ph: 02.4987.3038             Ph: 02.4953.7509

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                                                                Newsletter  -  April 2024

  The General Meeting was held on Wednesday 6 March 2024 at Wests City, opening at 10.35am.The President welcomed our 25 members and 3 visitors, Beverley Barry, Gwen Bouvell & Rose Farrugia.Apologies were received from Rhona Aitken, Hilary Foy, Bev Mersman, Jan Parker & Annette Williams.

We currently have 45 members including 3 life members and 3 honorary members.

Badges & Certificates were presented to our new members – Jane Glover, Lorraine Redman & Jan Ryan.There was no guest speaker on the day as it was our AGM.

Upcoming speakers …

April     -           Alex Shultz      ~          a one-time resident of Greta Migrant Camp

May     -           Lisa Clark        ~          Hearing talk, government rebates, etc.

June    -           Cheryl Forbes ~          Marriage, funeral celebrant & Master of Ceremonies

July     -           Sarah Breusch ~         Solicitor from University Legal Centre – Planning ahead documents

August -           Bernadette Barry ~     Stella Maris Chaplain, Newcastle Seamen’s Mission


New office bearers elected at the AGM were

President / Public Officer                    Sandra McFarlane

Past President / Activities Officer          Ruth Fardell

Vice President                                    Monica Skehan

Secretary                                           Margaret McAulay

Assistant Secretary / Membership        Marie Roberts

Treasurer / Newsletter                         Marjorie Marsh

Assistant Treasurer                            Lesley Hughes

Welfare Officer                                   Margaret Cunningham

Assistant Activities Officer                   Laraine Firth

Committee members                          Jane Glover, Janelle Gresham

Margaret Stewart presented Sandra McFarlane with her Collar of Office.

Sandra then presented the other committee members with their various badges.

This month we had an outing at the Sugar Valley Library Museum followed by lunch at Harrigan’s Hotel.                                                                         

  We also went to the Common Circus for morning tea …


   Upcoming outings and suggestions … Ruth Fardell  0439.478.431

24 April  -        High Tea at Casa Nova, Toronto – Final numbers needed at April meeting.

17 April  -        Morning Tea at Lexie’s on the Beach, Stockton

22 May  -         Postie Run, Hawkesbury – BOOKED OUT - Anybody that hasn’t already paid, please pay at April meeting. If you cancel within 48 hours of the trip we will not be able to refund your payment.


Anybody interested

12 June -         Destiny Haven, Brookfield. – Morning tea $16pp or lunch $30pp

                        You may remember we had a talk by Casey Billing last year.  Car pooling required.

Tour, purchase jams, jewellery, etc.

4 July  -           This is a suggestion for members – Not a Club outing.

The Grandparents Club at the Civic Theatre, Newcastle – 3.00pm & 7.00pm shows

                        Single tickets $70.50.  Group booking $64.50.

Next Meeting     -       3 April 2024        -       Wests City, Cnr King & Union Sts, Newcastle


April Birthdays

   1 April  -  Brigitte Grange                               


                                Bank Account:     Westpac Bank     BSB:  032-501     Acct.No.: 255649

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