New president for Wudinna Senior Citizens

COMMITTEE CHANGES: Wudinna Senior Citizens treasurer Clarrie Sampson, outgoing president Gerald Boylan, outgoing secretary Mary Boylan and incoming president Janet Foster. Picture: Jean Spence
COMMITTEE CHANGES: Wudinna Senior Citizens treasurer Clarrie Sampson, outgoing president Gerald Boylan, outgoing secretary Mary Boylan and incoming president Janet Foster. Picture: Jean Spence

The Wudinna Senior Citizens group has a new president, with Janet Foster replacing long-time leader Gerald Boylan.

This month’s annual general meeting saw Mr Boylan bring almost 20 years as president to a close, while Mary Boylan has also called time on her committee role.

She most recently served as secretary, but for the past 48 years has filled every office other than president, while Mr Boylan has also held various positions within the community during this time.

Mrs Boylan said members initially used the Country Women’s Association clubrooms until they raised enough money through grants and fundraising.

They acquired land which Ian Westlake now occupies, the Wudinna District Council encouraged them to sell this and build the present building where the aged homes were being built.

Keith Seaman officially opened the new clubrooms on March 16, 1979.

Mrs Boylan pointed out the most notable item they did was the third rally in 1983 where more than 400 people attended.

She said they raised money catering for sale, semi finals and weddings, and she organised for bus tours to Kangaroo Island, Warrnambool, Cairns, Darwin, Tasmania, Mildura and the Flinders Ranges.

Like the outgoing pair, members have aged and it is a pleasure to know that younger members have stepped up – Mrs Foster is the new president, with Sandy Alexander as her secretary and Barbara Krausz the vice president, while Clarrie Sampson will continue as treasurer.

Since 2010 the police have travelled through to Canberra from Western Australian for the ‘Wall to Wall’ ride and ladies were busy knitting beanies this year to go to Mongolia, with several police staying overnight at Wudinna this week.

Membership was originally $2 per year and it has been $10 for the past few years, however the group has not been fundraising and with rising electricity costs members agreed to increase the fee to $20 per year, and the hire of the room will also be increased.

Isaac Boylan cleaned all the windows and they are looking good.

Future plans will take shape once Ms Alexander returns and both she and Mrs Foster can get together.

Guest speaker for the meeting with local policeman Brevet Sergeant Richard Miles, who was very informative.

Everybody expressed their thanks and appreciation for the fine work Mr and Mrs Boylan have done over the years and hope they can relax and enjoy their retirement.