NEWSLETTER - Highton Senior Citizens Club
Highton Senior Citizens Club 84 Barrabool Road
Highton VIC 3216
Ph: 03 5244 2258



HOME STYLE ITALIAN COOKING one of our events for the October Seniors Festival

This was demonstrated by Oriana and Ornella from Cucina Con Noi translated "Cook with Us" on the 2nd October. The event was well attended with all participants taking notes on the technique of making fettucine pasta and bolognese sauce. This was eagerly devoured for our lunch with everyone agreeing it was delicious.

This event was so popular that another day has been organised for Wednesday 23rd October for those that missed out. This will again be at our club rooms at 11:00am - 1:30pm with a cost of $5.00 Must book - phone 0412 004 636

TAI CHI Demonstration Monday 7th October was our second successful event during the October Senior Festival .

Instructor Watson had a captive audience when demonstrating the art of Tai Ch. About 30 interested people attended including some of our regular participants. It was pleasing that some people showed an interest in attending our regular clssses each week.

Monday 1.30 -2.30pm- beginners and Friday 9-10.15 am -advanced.

FREE LINE DANCING Tuesday 8th October was our third successful Senior Festival Event

Many new people attended and showed an interest in continuing. Instructor Margaret Young was pleased with the response. Those people who bought morning tea to share received a FREE Ticket to attend again without paying.Thank you

Thank you everyone for making our Senior Festival Events a success and has also been a way to inform people of the activities that are at our great club.

SILENT AUCTION of a few items at the Club

CHINA CABINET in Ross Mc Donald Room


If interested Place your NAME and BID  on  the sheet on the noticeboard

Auction closes Friday 25th October.


Our club looks great with our New Blinds, Painting and Carpet.

Thank you to our members and users for being patient while the club was closed for the renovations.

Congratulations to Beryl Kristinof and Margaret Tan who were the closest in guessing the colours for our new renovations.

The hall floor will be resurfaced during the Xmas break. It has been noticed that many indents and drag marks are occurring on the floor. If anyone knows how these happen please inform a committee member.


Now that the weather is improving our garden is getting ready for Spring

with new plants, pruned rose bushes and mulch. Thank you to our busy workers.


12.00pm WED 17th JULY 2019 at the Club

The AGM at the club was followed by High Tea which was professionally catered for.

What started in the 17th Century as a mid-afternoon supplement between lunch and dinner is now a social event befitting royality; the HIGH TEA.

Many members dressed for the occasion and all enjoyed the occasion.

After many hours of planning the day was a great success.


"Terrific, never been to anything like it especially the cake stands."

"Fantastic, tables looked great. Very inviting."

"Didn't realize the club does so much for members."

"Nice having it at the club. Very enjoyable."

Two worthy Life Members Mary Lyon and Vivien Hughes were presented with their framed certificates for their dedicated service to the club. Congratulations Mary and Vivien.

Grant Hawkins, COGG Senior Citizens Liason conducted the change over.


Vivien Hughes, John Kristinof, Beryl Kristinof,

Noreen Stapleton, Rita Stotz

Treasurer Mary Lyons Secretary Sandy Beath

Vice President Angela Thompson

President Elaine Coles


Bean Squeeze Drive Thru Coffee fight is over.

VCAT has formally notified us that the appeal by Bean Squeeze against the Council decision to deny their application has been withdrawn. The Council decision stands!

The matter is now finally concluded after an almost three year fight. This is an enormous relief to this neighbourhood and particularly the users of the Highton Citizens Centre. Many believed the concerns of the 147 formal objectors and many more silent community members would not be heard.

A big thank you to Jack Green who steered this campaign.


Our competent Secretary Sandy has been awarded a "MOST VALUED MEMBER" trophy by her 140 member singing group in Christchurch NZ. This was in recognition of her many hours/weeks/months transferring the choir onto their new website (this included 1,500 songs).

This was on top of the hours spent on Our club work. Well done Sandy!


Week day card playing has resumed!!!!

Come along on Tuesday afternoons to play "Hand and Foot" or "Pennies from Heaven".

Dont worry if you don't know how to play these games. Pat Vella (0414 488 885) will teach you.

Board games can also be played as we have many games in our games cupboard.

You can play on Saturday afternoons.

Knitting, Chatting any Tuesday 1.00pm

Membership fees for 2019-20 due 1st July

Please hand your envelope with $10 renewal fee and completed membership renewal form into the office.


  • The computers have been moved from the supper room to the Ross McDonald Room.
  • The computers with internet and a printer are now ready to be used.
  • The garden is looking tidy and cared for with new plants. Thanks Jillian and Eligio for the huge amount of time you are putting into our garden.
  • A new Member Noticeboard. Feel free to put something about your good news! Also please add when you find that a fellow member is sick or passed.


With the number of members and renters outnumbering our car park spaces we find it difficult to get a car park. It would be appreciated where possible to car pool with a friend or taxi.


"Many Hands Make Light work"

FRIDAY BINGO 1.00pm - 3.30 pm

Bingo numbers have increased. Thank you to our members who organise the games each week. Many prizes to be won.



Ha, Ha, Ha, and Ho, Ho, Ho,

As on the carpet I Go, Go, Go.

If I'm lucky I get on kitty

If not on the ball I get quite niggly

After all it's just a game

When all's said and done

Winning's the aim

Bowls are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1.00pm

Two new Bowling arms have been purchased for the use of members. These arms enable players who have difficulty getting down to bowl, thus enabling players to still enjoy the game of bowls.

Name down for carpet bowls at 12.45pm. This enables teams to be written up and start play at 1.00pm sharp. Now that the weather is improving the 3 mats are being used. Door prizes and competitions are being organised. All welcome to come along and enjoy the bowls as well as meeting with your friends over a cuppa during the afternoon. Cards and board games are available for members to play on these days.


Elder Abuse Prevention and Support

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust (such as a family member or friend).

Abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and include mistreatment and neglect.

Contact is free confidential help on 1300 368 821

Legal Problems

Barwon Community Legal Service offers free independent legal advice, education and support in Belmont, Corio, Norlane and Colac. Call 1300 430 599 to make an appointment.


The Highton Senior Club relies on volunteers for all their activities, so if you are able to lend a hand please see President Elaine.

We are grateful that the following members have accepted responsibility for organising the following activities;

Kitchen: Vivien - Everything to do with the kitchen.

Cleaning: John, Graham - General cleaning and repairs.

Garden: Jillian, Lynn, Eligio, John, Noreen

Bowls: Beryl - Tuesday; Vivien - Wednesday

Saturday: Vivien and Beryl

Bingo: Rita, Beryl, Elma

Renters: Sandy, Elaine

Opening of Club: John

Finance: Mary, Sandy

Meals: Vivien, Beryl, Heather, Rita, Roma

Line Dancing: Noreen, Ivy, Mila, Shirley, Mary

Newsletter &
Webmaster: Elaine, Heather, Sandy, Angela

Secretary: Sandy

President: Elaine

Highton Seniors contacts Phone 5244 2258



President: Elaine Coles 5248 4327

V/President: Angela Thompson

Secretary: Sandy Beath 0412 004 636

Treasurer: Mary Lyons 5221 4510


Line Dancing - Mon 9.00am, Tue 9.00am, Fri 10.30am Cost $5.00

Carpet Bowls - Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 1.00pm

Cards - Tuesday, Saturday 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Tai Chi - Learners Mondays 1.30pm-2.30pm, Fridays 9.00am-10.15am Cost $5.00

Bingo - Fridays 1.00pm EYES DOWN

Saturday Meal 2nd & 4th Saturday of month at noon

Meal Cost $7.00/$10

Committee Mtg 2nd Wed of month at 10.30am



The clock of like is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour

NOW is the only time you own

Live, love, toil with the will

Place no time in tomorrow

The clock may then be still


Humanity needs to move beyond the notion of 'sustainable' we need to embrace 'regeneration' grazing practices for all our farming landscape.



Give yourself 'mind snacks' that help you in the day...not hinder you.

If you are pigging out on fatty, self depreciating thoughts, throw them in the mental chook bucket as they come to peck you.

Feed your mind with plenty of positive lightweight happy thoughts.


Author Rachael Treasure



Take life by the throat and shake the living life out of it .

Take charge of your life, and work at making each day better than the one before ....

it is up to you.

Smile, no matter how much you dislike the job you have to do..

Always look for the best in people .

Take a problem and turn it into an asset.

Author Sara Henderson July 1995


He lived way out in the outback

Not far from the Birdsville Track

Nothing seemed to worry him

They called him "She'll be right Jack"


One year he lost a thousand sheep

When the rain was really slack

When confronted by his banker

His reply was "Sle'll be right Jack


His wife ran off with a stockman

Almost took the shirt off his back

When the boys in the pub said sorry

He simply said "She'll be right Jack


Well one day our man went to Heaven

To our earth he would never come back

As he firmly shook hands with St Peter

He grinned and said "She'll be right Jack


ATD;at the Doctors

BFF;best friend fell

BTW; bring the wheelchair

BYOT;bring your own teeth

FWIW;forgot where I was

GGPBL;gotta go pacemaker battery low

GHA; got heartburn again

IMHAO; Is my hearing aid on

LMDO;laughing, my dentures out

OMMR;on my massage recliner

OMSG;Oh my,sorry gas

ROFLACGU:rolling on floor laughing can't get up

TTYL;talk to you louder


Life is opportunity, benefit from it

Life is beauty, admire it

Life is bliss, taste it

Life is a dream, realise it

Life is a challenge, meet it

Life is a duty, complete it

Life is a game, play it

Life is a promise, fulfil it

Life is sorrow, overcome it

Life is a song, sing it



We must learn to accept ...

To accept life, and to accept ourselves,

not blindly and not with conceit.

but with a shrug and a smile ,

To accept in the end existence

not because it's just or reasonable

or even satisfactory,

but simply and plainly because it is all we've got.

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended.

But these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness.

You can choose not to let little things upset you.


This is the beginning of a new day.

I have been given it to use as I will.

I can waste it or use it for good,but what do I do today is important

because I am exchanging a day of my life for it.

When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever,leaving in it's place

something I have traded for it.

I want it to be good and not evil, gain and not loss,success and not failure,

in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it.


Happiness is always there within reach no matter how long it lasts.

Let's enjoy life and don't live a complicated life.

Life is too short.

Work as if it is your first day .

Forgive as soon as possible.

Love without boundaries.

Laugh without control and never stop smiling.

Please think of those with cancer or any other illness..


5 Minutes is all it takes to.....

Leave an anonymous thank-you note on a colleague's desk.

Return a shopping trolley to the trolley bay-and save someone's car from being dented.

Make someone a cup of tea and start a conversation.

Praise a shop assistant and wish them a happy day.

Collect your neighbour's garbage bin.

Share a joke with someone who needs a laugh.


You will find that when you look back on life, that the moments that stand out , are the moments when you have done things for others.

The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived.



In a hurry ? Of course you are.

Remember a happy peaceful time in your past .

Rest there .Each moment has a richness that takes a lifetime to savor.

Allow yourself a time yo be lazy and reproductive .

Rest isn't a luxury , it's a necessity.