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Grafton U3A

Our talented members commenced the July Jabberfest with the second slice of ‘The Magic Pudding’; again wowing the audience with their very polished performance. Tigers for punishment, they again presented the story to another appreciative audience at the Grafton Library on Tuesday July 24. After the show we then broke for morning tea which included a slice of plum pudding as a treat. Following morning tea president David Thompson introduced Marion and Robyn from Uniting Care which has their office in the Uniting Church premises in Prince Street. The ladies gave us a rundown of the aged care services made available by the Commonwealth Government, explaining the four levels of assistance packages, emphasising that the thrust by the Government is to have aged people remain in their own homes, with different levels of assistance for as long as they can, and with nursing home care being available when all other assistance avenues (as are offered by service providers) are no longer a viable proposition. Uniting Care is but one of these services. The ladies invited our members to visit the Uniting Care office any time (should they require further information) with no obligation to pursue their case any further. The lucky door prize winner took home another turned Jacaranda bowl crafted at the Men’s Shed by Rudi. Our upcoming August Jabberfest will be the AGM and election of officers for the ensuing year and following morning tea, the newly elected (or re elected) president will introduce the guest speaker George Flynn, who will speak on facts and myths about vitamins and dietary supplements. George is a qualified industrial and pharmaceutical chemist and is the Flynn in the Ada and Flynn Pharmacy in Prince Street. He has a Fellowship of the Australian College of Pharmacy and is a tutor and examiner of postgraduate interns and has spent ten years on an Ethics Committee conducting clinical trials. While he may have retired from active participation in the pharmacy, he stills maintains his interest in the field. George will enlighten us on his pet topic of vitamins and in particular on the extravagant and unwarranted claims made by a number of manufacturers. We look forward to another good rollup of members at the New Life Church in Arthur Street on Monday August 13 from 10am, to elect your new office bearers and to hear about what everybody wants to know regarding vitamins and dietary supplements. Brian Carter