Double dating at Gheerulla Hall

Your committee has not been sleeping. Instead, it has been planning a host of activities for your education, erudition and delight!! this is a heads up letter – each proposed event has multiple components, so keep your social diaries free, and your e-mail watches tuned for updates.

 

1. First up -Sunday July 29th – National Tree Day / Giant Book Sale / Pot Luck Indian lunch

1.1.  What better way to celebrate National Tree Day than to plant a tree! To get into the spirit, we will plant trees around the Hall for amenity, shade, noise reduction, bird corridors etc. We are focusing on natives, so if you have some trees in pots at home you can contribute, let us know and what they are. We will be purchasing some tube stock of selected varieties. The idea is the holes will be dug, so you can just come along, pay for your tree (approx $2-$3), and plant them and water them in. Plant one in memory of something, or someone. Tree planting from 10 am to noon. Bring trowels/gloves/watering gear if you can.

1.2.  AND there’s a Giant Book Sale. We have been given a pile of books from fiction, cook books (always popular) to technical and reference. So we are making them available at low, low prices. Like real low. A buck or two. So come early, plant a tree, then browse the books and get the bargains before the other nerds.

1.3.  AND – Mini Produce Sale. A surfeit of oranges perhaps? Chokos? Zucchinis? We have some luscious oranges and mandies, so will bring them along. But if you have other produce – jams, pickles, cakes we can have a sales table for same. Fresh home-made local stuff.

1.4.  AND – Pot luck Indian Lunch. (Divali in July?) Now after all that activity, some of us will be lunching together afterwards. I blame Lisa for this idea – she who said that sometimes she has Indian food just for the pleasure of eating lime pickle. What an excuse to have pot luck lunch with an Indian bent. This is not catered – BYO Indian style dish to share. We will have rice and the odd pickle or two. If you are not able to eat curries, bring what you like. Dance Boolywood.

SO – SUNDAY JULY 29 FROM 10 AM, FOR ALL THAT CAVORTING. REMINDERS WILL OCCUR CLOSER TO THE DATE.

 

2. New Stuff Happening – and dates for diaries

Pencil in to your diaries some up coming stuff to be elaborated upon.

2.1  Senior’s Week 18 – 26 August. The Hall is involved in Senior’s Week with a number of our activities geared to those of us gracefully aging. Our usual activities will have particular Senior’s bent – with a couple of extra bonuses. So Line Dancing, Senior’s Fitness, AND

2.1.2  Friday 24th August 9.30 am – 2.30 pm. FREE!! “Finding Your Inner Clown.” (Shouldn’t be hard. -Ed.) Free fun workshop by some of the guys who do hospital clowning. Free your inner everything. Given the time period you probably get a free cup of tea and a toilet stop. More later.

2.1.3  Saturday 25th August 9.30 am Yoga class will cater especially for those wanting to learn to do yoga while seated. Normal class fees ($10) apply.

2.1.4  Sunday 26th August 2.00 pm the Inaugural Gheerulla Sunday Afternoon Musical Soiree! re later. Yup. To show you just how cultured we are, we are having what may the first of many? musical afternoon soirees at the Hall. with the support of Sunshine Coast Council, we are bring you an afternoon of live! music – can you believe that? We have Robyn Brown singing supported by other proper musicians! to bring you an afternoon of delight. And nibbles. Or something. There will be a teensy charge, but full details will be upcoming. Just note the date.

Yours before my internet crashes again,

Mucho gusto,

Pollyanna

Latest news

Gheerulla Hall Update

1. General news

1.1 New Committee: It was a good start to the year with the AGM electing a new and expanded committee with lots of fresh faces. Your new committee consists of President David Badgery, Vice President Kathy Mullins, Secretary Mary Ann Law, Treasurer Don Law, Ordinary members Robyn Pfeiffer, Lucas Johnson, Libby rough, Susan Rough, Heather Wagner. The Tennis Club is now a subcommittee of the Gheerulla Hall Association. Welcome to the new committee and all the great work you are going to contribute!

1.2 The Working Bee! Many thanks to the dozen or so volunteers that turned up for the working bee at the hall recently, armed with mowers, whipper snippers, spades, buckets and mops. We figure one or two of these a year may be enough to keep the Hall manicured. Thanks also to those mystery people who turn up when no one’s looking and complete chores unannounced. Don’t stop!

2. New Stuff Happening – and dates for diaries

2.1 Zumba starts!! Monday 18 June, 8.45 am. The committee is excited to welcome a new fitness class to the the Hall. Starting on Monday June 18, 8.45 am, Kim McRitchie will be teaching Zumba classes, so get ready for some energy burning workouts. Zumba is an exercise fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez, and involves dance and aerobic movements performed to energetic music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Yum. Drop the kids off at school and race to the Hall, where a few weeks later you will amaze friends and family with a touche to touch – aka the famous Brazilian bum.

2.2. Free Nutrition Session from SC Council, Friday 22 June, Kenilworth Library 10.30 – 12.00. Because our loverly Council wants you to be trim, taut, terrific and healthy (so do we), they are organizing free nutrition sessions and have asked us to let you all know. Join Jody Pollard from Total Nutrition Dietitian and learn how to successfully incorporate healthy eating into everyday lifestyle choices. See you there. Probably a herbal tea or tissane afterwards.

Cut through the confusion and find out what the true nutritional requirements are for a healthy body and mind.

  • Get tips on label reading and find out which parts are important.
  • Learn how to include all food group varieties as recommended by Australian Dietary Guidelines.
  • Become empowered to make wise food choices.
  • Participate in a mindful eating exercise with a healthy food recipe demonstration and taste-test.

2.3. Visit by Councillor Greg Rogerson to Get Fit Classes, Thursday 28 June. See, Council loves you so much and wants to see you healthy, Councillor Rogerson, will be visiting the Get Fit Class sponsored by SC Council on Thursday 28 June, towards the end of the class. Feel free to come along and chat to him. Have another cup of tea.

3. More stuff.

Other activities at the Hall continue, with a few changes for winter. Claire’s popular Yoga classes will continue on Saturdays, but the Monday night classes will hibernate over winter and resume in spring.

The Fitness classes (supported by Sunshine Coast Council) on Thursdays is also going gang busters. Ziko’s students from the African drumming classes on Tuesdays will have their first gig at the Cooran Acoustic Music night this Saturday 16 June, so come along and support Cooran Music night (with Chai and curry from 7.00 pm) and our local drummers.

Did you know that dancing 90 minutes a week can help reverse brain aging? The area in the brain linked to memory, emotion and learning is the hippocampus, and can increase in size by dancing. As this is the first area of the brain to be affected by Alzheimer’s, constant learning of new routines can decrease the risk of dementia, improve balance & memory, enhance your lifestyle and it is FREE. You are welcome to join us for Line Dancing every Wednesday at 9am in the Gheerulla Hall, no partner required.

That’s probably a wrap from me folks. Sorry this took a little longer than planned to keep you updated. I’ve been busy yogaing and line dancing and working on my touche.

Cheers!💪

Pollyanna

Acknowledging the Sunshine Coast Council’s help

We were lucky enough to be the beneficiaries of a grant from the Sunshine Coast Council that enabled us to buy a sorely needed public address system for the hall. Anybody who has been to one of the previous meetings and strained to hear announcements over the sound of traffic will understand our great relief and gratitude.

The grant also let us get some signs so that we can now display information about events, contact details, and so on. These additions to the hall will improve the experience of people attending events, and attract more people to those events.

Thank you Sunshine Coast Council!!!

See the pictures below:

Working bee

Just a reminder for the FUN working bee this Saturday 28th at 11.00 am the Hall. We will find something for you to do!!

Working bee, Saturday 28 April, 11.00 am (after yoga)

Yes, it will be the Saturday after Anzac Day;

Bring ye mowers, whippersnippers, secateurs, spades (we plan to put in a small garden between the hall and ramp and the path, and maybe around the old septic tank hazard).

And if you have a chainsaw fetish, there are a few loose boughs you can take home for the fire.

Inside the hall can always do with a bit of spit and polish, and pursuit of arachnids

or you can just come and make tea for us all.

Bring your lunch

Don may give us a demo of his Table Tennis prowess to inspire

Better still come to yoga beforehand at 9.30 and experience physical delight and mental bliss, to put you in an enthusiastic frame of mind!

Yours,

Pollyanna

News

Hi all and welcome to 2018 with a new look committee!

Yes, the AGM was accomplished in fine form, with lots of willing newcomers ready to test their mettle. Our new Committee:

President: David Badgery
Vice president: Kathy Mullins
Secretary: Mary Ann Law
Treasurer: Don Law
Committee Members: Libby Rough, Susan Rough, Lucas Johnson, Robyn Pfeiffer, Heather Wagner.

And if that’s not a good-looking line up, I don’t know what is. So we can look forward to an exciting year.

General Maintenance and Working Bees

After several hundred mm of rain, our grounds were looking fairly shaggy, and we were about to put out an all-out call for a working bee for mowers, edgers, and the rest. Thanks to Kerry Falconer who spontaneously appeared and mowed the whole grounds!! So the immediate urgency to clean up the grounds has a bit of breathing space. But the need is ongoing, and now the ramp is finished, we would like to plant up a bit of a garden in the front. So one Saturday after yoga………..(date to be announced.)

Ongoing classes:

Yoga on Saturday mornings and Monday nights; Global drumming with Ziko on Tuesday nights; Line Dancing on Wednesday mornings; Fitness on Thursday mornings. No excuse not to be cool, calm, taut and trim.

Table Tennis, anyone?

Yup. Treasurer of the day, Don has finally committed to organising table tennis sessions. This will be on Thursdays, from 4.00 pm, but you need to contact him first. Phone:
0418 795 653

I could say a lot more, but I’m busy, so it will have to wait until the next missive. Which will be flash and glamorous. Like me. In the meantime, I’m off to the Sunshine coast Ukulele Fest this coming weekend. http://www.sunshinecoastukulelefest.com . Four days (19th-22nd April) of music, workshops, some yoga and meditation thrown in, bit of singing. Right here in Lower Gheerulla.

Working bee, Saturday 28 April, 11.00 am (after yoga)

Yes, it will be the Saturday after Anzac Day;

  • Bring ye mowers, whippersnippers, secateurs, spades (we plan to put in a small garden between the hall and ramp and the path, and maybe around the old septic tank hazard),
  • And if you have a chainsaw fetish, there are a few loose boughs you can take home for the fire
  • Inside the hall can always do with a bit of spit and polish, and pursuit of arachnids
  • or you can just come and make tea for us all.
  • Bring your lunch
  • don may give us a demo of his Table Tennis prowess to inspire

Better still, come to yoga beforehand at 9:30 and experience physical delight and mental bliss, to put you in an enthusiastic frame of mind!

Yours,

Pollyanna
(Still gorgeous)

Ready for AGM tomorrow arvo?

Friday 23rd at Gheerulla Hall 5.00 pm

Thanks to all those who have paid their memberships, your receipts are ready and waiting. If you need them mailed out, let me know. A Gheerulla Hall Membership form can be downloaded here (in OpenOffice format) if you need to update your details. (Technically you should fill out and sign a new form each year, but, sigh! its hard to make happen.)

If you can’t make it, please send your apologies to be noted, and you may fill out a proxy voting form to count as a quorum. If you want a proxy form, let me know and I’ll send one out.

The Agenda (as per the meeting notice attached) is as follows:

  • Accept the minutes of the last Annual general meeting
  • Accept the Annual Report
  • Accept the annual financial statement
  • Accept the auditor’s report
  • Appoint an auditor
  • Elect office bearers

Followed by, refreshments.

Yours,

Kathy Mullins
Vice-president

Calling for nominations for Management Committee

Yes, looking forward to the AGM on 23rd March at 5.00 pm at the Hall!

For those of you who comprendez AGMs, you will know that all Management Committee positions become vacant at the AGM, and we elect a new lot. Unlike Russia where the leader of the State gets continually re-elected.

Here is a notice of the AGM (PDF document), and a Committee Nomination form (PDF document) if anyone wants to nominate anyone else.  Go on be enthusiastic. You may have something to offer.  If you’ve always wondered what all this committeee business is all about, now is the time to find out, with a caring, supportive group who can mentor you through the vagaries of stuff.

Ideally, the form should be in writing, signed by two nominators, and signed by the nominee themself that they accept the nomination.  You can print out the form, fill it in, scan and send it back; or just email your nomination to gheerullahall1@gmail.com and I will sort out the rest.  You can also nominate yourself, if you wish, and I’ll take care of the rest.

A list of the nominees will be displayed at the hall for 7 days prior to the meeting.  If you’re thinking being on the committee is too onerous, technically we only to meet every four months, which is not that onerous.  And we can include inducements of the imbibing kind?

There will be drinky-poos and delicacies afterwards.  And scintillating company. Tell me if you want to bring a plate.

You can even follow etiquette and RSVP.

Yours,

Pollyanna

(Apologies from Miriam who forgot to post this nearly a week ago.)

Writing Group reminder

The Writing Group will be meeting, as usual, at the hall on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

11am, Wednesday 7th March, 2018
Free (gold coin donation to the Hall is optional)

I’ll provide tea, coffee, cocoa, cup-a-soup, and probably potato crisps. Bring yourselves, any stories you might feel like reading out, your thoughts on publishing, and how to make yourself write when you don’t feel like it. Also welcome are any ideas on genres, story formatting, writing tricks and techniques, and anything else you might be interested in that is connected with writing fiction or non-fiction.

See you there!

Memberships due and other stuff

Many greetings to all you afficionados of Gheerulla Hall.

1. Looming AGM

It’s that fun time of year again, where we look forward to the horizon of the AGM. To this end, this is a reminder that Membership fees of the Hall are now due. For a measly $10 per person per year, you become a supporter of the Hall, are kept posted of activities, get to read this exclusive missive, and have the right to vote. (All genders, all proclivities. Better than Citizenship). As the membership fees are an important base of the hall financials, and membership a leverage for grant funding, the more the merrier. The sooner you can attend to this the better, so I have all the receipts and stuff up-to-date. Like all good We have many ways of receiving your money, be it by

  • direct deposit to the Westpac account below;
  • cash;
  • cheque;
  • bitcoin?

Electronic funds transfer (EFT) – Westpac

BSB 034 175
Account 590079
Reference Last Name

Many thanks to those who’ve already paid. Your names are written in gold in the Book of Membership. Updates on the AGM and stuff will follow soon. But mark the calendar – Friday 23 March – fun will be had. A membership form is attached if you wish to alter your details. Now to other stuff.

2. Other fundraising possibilities.

If you’ve attended the odd meeting in the past you may be aware we need to raise at least $6,000 pa to keep the Hall going and cover essential expenses. (Insurance, maintenance etc.) In the past this has been achieved with fees, donations, some hall hire and fundraising events put on by the hall itself. Looking to extend these options, I have attached a letter from the Eumundi Markets regarding the Hall members doing a rostered turn at the carpark during the Eumundi Markets. The hall gets a fee. Your feedback is requested on this, particularly if you would be willing to be part of the roster. If there are not enough people to volunteer for the roster, it won’t happen anyway. Let me know if you are willing and for which dates. I have a volunteer’s handbook which I can forward on to those interested.

3. Join in the Goings-On

Remember we now have Yoga, Drumming, Line Dancing and Senior’s Exercises at the Hall, with more stuff soon to add. The programme is filling fast. Expect more details soon!

Arriverderci,
Pollyanna.

Hi Kathy,

We currently have one shift available on the Car Park. It is the 5th Wednesday of the month of which there are 4 this year:

30th May
29th August
31st October

This shift is on the Albert street gate from 7.00am – 1.00pm for a $264.00 donation to your group. Most other groups who do this shift split it in half i.e. 7.00-10.00 and 10.00-1.00 with 2 people for each. I have attached the Volunteer Handbook and the Master Roster for you to read. If you have any questions please let me know. You have the first refusal of the shift, I will not offer it to any other groups until you have had the opportunity to present it to the committee and members and have reached a decision.