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Grafton Senior Citizens are moving forward

Grafton Senior Citizens recently held another committee meeting.

Sincere sympathy to John Adams, on the passing of his wife, Shirley, who did a lot for the Seniors group, and was Patron for a number of years. Condolences also to Carol Lancaster, and Betty Doggett, who both recently lost a brother.

Advice was received that Lola McFarlane is now residing at St Catherines.

Correspondence in: advice from Clarence Valley Council, on seniors being granted $1500, 20/21 grants, towards our rent; Westlawn Finance request for

email address to send notifications; Westlawn Investments sent finance update; thank you card from John Adams.

Correspondence out: sympathy cards to members. The treasurer read the financial report.

After our decision to cancel the 8-day August coach tour to Queensland, and re-book for next year, all venues have been notified, and all but one have acknowledged, with understanding comments. The other one will be followed up. Deferral was definitely the right decision, with Queensland border re-closed on the day we were due to start the tour.

The meeting resolved to cancel our October day coach trip, and a decision will be made on the November annual picnic, by the September meeting.

It is hoped annual Christmas luncheon on December 4, can proceed.

Information on various newspapers for publicising our group was given.

The meeting resolved that provided the situation doesn’t deteriorate, various activities should resume as follows: Bingo – Tuesday September 8 at 1pm (more support of this group needed); carpet bowls – Wednesday September 9 at 9am; craft – Thursday September 10 at 9am; Mah-jong – Friday September 11 at 9am; Euchre – Friday September 11 at 1pm. All are to be conducted with physical distancing, and personal hygiene.

A newsletter has just been distributed to all members, advising them of current situation.

After another committee meeting on Tuesday September 1, a general meeting is planned for Tuesday September 8 at 10.30am. This will be held at the racecourse (upstairs), which is a larger area for physical distancing. Tables and chairs are not to be moved. There is a lift or stairs, and a trading table will be conducted downstairs before the meeting. This meeting will be an opportunity to catch up with friends, and hear of group’s future plans.


Sandra Connelly