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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:

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)

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!

Seniors Exercise Classes

Sunshine Coast Council sponsored Seniors Exercise Classes
Are you over 55 and wanting to improve your health and wellbeing?

Try out one of the new $5 strength and stability classes at:
Gheerulla Hall
9am Thursday 15th February

Healthy Sunshine Coast Seniors offers a series of low cost group fitness activities for residents aged over 55 to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

All levels of fitness are catered for.

Classes are also available at Nambour and Beerwah. For the full range of
physical fitness opportunities available (some are free), visit council’s website.

www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
phone: 07 5475 7272

Drum and Rhythm Workshop with Ziko Hart

Come along and experience an evening of rhythm, fun and laughter. Ziko embodies and provides a holistic approach to learning the African djembe and world drums. Whether it is about developing your left and right brain, balance and coordination, finding a rhythm or finding your own. You are supported and encouraged to give everything a try and enjoy the experience.

Learn to play hand drums from around the world and their amazing rhythms. Ziko teaches rhythms from Africa, Brazil, Cuba, Latin, America, Japan and lots of improvisation.

$20 per person
Phone Ziko on 041 490 5127 for further information.

Venues

Monday: Kingstreet in Cooran, in the Human Movement Centre, 6pm-7:30pm
Tuesday: 2184 Eumundi-Kenilworth Road, Gheerulla Hall, 6:30pm-8pm
Wednesday: Gympie Special School, Cootharaba Road, 6pm-7:30pm

Classes at Gheerulla Hall will start as soon as we have enough enrolments.  I urge to check out Ziko’s webpage and Facebook link if you are interested.  He also makes African harps, and plays other instruments.  If you’ve always had a secret passion for African based drum music (and South American, and Cuban and the rest) then don’t let this opportunity pass.

www.zikohart.com

Australia Day Chill out at the Hall, Memberships due, and What’s On

Hello all and welcome to 2018!

Yes, it’s time to kickstart the New Year at the Hall in a relaxed way.  So –

Australia Day Evening Chill Out

Friday 26th January, from 5 pm
All members are invited to join the committee for a relaxed evening.   BBQs will be available to use (BYO food), beverages available for purchase, and light informal games.  As the weather may be hot during the day, we’ll keep largely inside – cards, darts, table tennis, Wasgijs, any game you like.  (Not toooo rude, though.) This is a very informal get together.  RSVP if you can so I know how many cups to wash.

It’s also a chance to christen our new ramp currently under construction.  (With a small G&T deck for yours truly.)  We’ve come a long way in the last year.  Activities at the Hall are expanding, with proposals for ukulele/music, book club, film club? Drumming, computer sessions, and Seniors Fitness, to be added to the existing pantheon of Yoga, line dancing, writers group, and occasional seminars.  (Keep a lookout for the next session on birds.)  And this is in addition to social activities.  Anyone with ideas now has an opportunity to put them into practise.  (Pole dancing, anyone?)

Membership Renewals

It being the new year, and our financial year ending in December, it’s also time for members to renew their memberships.  We carried over everyone’s membership for 2017, but this year everyone needs to renew.  At $10 per annum per adult, it’s good value, and some activities are members only.  You can pay cash, cheque or direct deposit, but not paypal or bitcoin.  Don may accept gold or shares.  Sort that out with him.  If paying directly, the bank account number is:
Westpac BSB: 034 175
Account No. 590079

Yours in a languid Australia Day (no, they wouldn’t let me call it Invasion Day).

Pollyanna

This week

Wednesday 6th December (today) 11.00 am, Writing Group, for aspirant writers. Contact Miriam for info. 54723151.

Friday 8th from 5.00 pm – the Great Cent Sale! Not to be missed. A full exposé is below.

Saturday 9th, 16th, 23rd, Yoga from 9.30am. As a special ‘Thank you’ to the community, the yoga class on the 23rd if free, and open to all. Lucky you. (See more below.)

The Great Gheerulla Hall Cent Sale 2017.

Yes, this year’s Cent Sale may be so great they may even write songs about it to be sung forever at folk festivals. Any takers? For those of you who’ve never been to one, well, time is running out to tick it off your bucket list. If you don’t know how it works, time to come and see. Our enthusiastic volunteers are here to help you.

And speaking of volunteers, there’s always room for more. Anyone who wants to come along during the day and help set up, the Hall will be open all day. And at night, you can help, or after the event, help clean up!!

We are also accepting donations of all sorts – food type contributions for the Xmas Hamper Raffle; quality goods suitable as prizes (yes, last Christmas’ never used gifts, unopened other gifts, wine, games and generally STUFF.

There will also be a second-hand book stall, and a plant stall. And a sausage sizzle. Lucky door prize, Major prizes, Raffle, So come all ye, bring pennies, ($5 for one booklet of 120 tickets – most people buy several books), and your good selves. Come on time to enjoy a sausaage sizzle while you rip up all your prize-winning tickets.

Tickets can be purchased earlier by contacting Kathy 0481129527, Heather 0419761164.

Free Yoga class Saturday 23rd December 9.30 – 10.30 am.

Gheerulla Hall has welcomed the opportunity to have regular yoga classes at the Hall. Claire Dixon has taught yoga in Melbourne and overseas, and recently began classes in Kenilworth, and now also Gheerulla. Claire’s yoga class has been very popular with many people attending more than one class a week, as they begin to feel the benefit. As thank you to the community, Claire is offering a free class open to all. No bookings required, but please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and arrive a few minutes earlier to get set up. In the busy season of Christmas, take time out to give yourself a treat!

Look forward to seeing everyone!

Cheers! and Christmas Wishes,

Pollyanna

Uke people and friends

Well, like the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, the infamous Ukeladies, KUBE, or whatever we were most recently nomened, let us gather again before Christmas.  After all, we did gather early in the year and started with a bang, so let’s finish the year likewise.  I am suggesting that we gather on Friday 1st December  from 2.00 pm  onwards, at Gheerulla Hall, and pretend to do uke.  Our christmas flourish.  SO bring a nibble or two.  Friends welcome, (Dee – that means Tina, Pam – can you let Denise know cos her friend in Kandanga who plays uke might come, and Mim, you too) and others.  May even plan a lesson!! (Ukulele Underground has Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?!), but no guarantees – bit like any appliance purchase these days.  Or feel free to practise yourself and bring along your latest offering.  Let me know if you are interested and willing, otherwise I’ll just eat cake at home without you.  I promise Lisa and I won’t sing “Í’m growing a beard down there for Christmas”.

Ever Yours,

Esmeralda