Senior Citizens Club celebrates
YEPPOON Senior Citizens Club is celebrating its 20th birthday as one of the strongest senior citizens clubs in Queensland with an active membership of more than 150 members.
Club president Shirley Veach said it was an iconic celebration and a duel celebration, with the club having recently moved to a new permanent home at Yeppoon Town Hall, which coincidentally was where it all began.
Shirley said the club's history began on March 5, 1998, when 50 people met in the supper room at Yeppoon Town Hall and formed the new club that would later become the thriving club it is today.
"Val Humphries held the presidency until 2002 when Phyllis Quinn took the reins until 2004. Judy Halfpenny took the role from 2004 to 2007 before I assumed the role that I continue to hold today,” Shirley said.
"Of the former members, only Judy Halfpenny and Helen Cusack attended the inaugural meeting and still attend meetings to this day. Both have been given life membership.
"At the inaugural meeting, Yeppoon Community Market donated $500 to the club to enable us to open a bank account.
"At the time an annual membership was set at $2 - until 2007 when it was raised to $5 to allow for escalating insurance costs.
"Our first cent sale was held in the tea rooms at Yeppoon Showgrounds.”
Shirley said the club applied for an Australian Business Number in May 2000.
The group held all their meetings in Yeppoon Town Hall until the fees became too high and the group moved to the Yeppoon Little Theatre for one meeting before settling in at the Marsden tavern, which offered a room free of charge.
"The meeting was then moved to the QWCA Hall until April 2008 when we found space to use at the community centre in John St,” Shirley said.
"Over the years our numbers progressively grew, as did our yearly calendar of events.
"We moved back to where it all began at Yeppoon Town Hall in July 2015 and now have sponsorship by Livingstone Shire Council to use both the hall and a storage shed free.”