Raylee Chandler’s 12 years of service to the Ceduna Senior Citizens Club was recognised last month when she was awarded life membership.
For more than a decade she has offered her time to help club secretaries, been a part of the entertainment committee and for the past five years has been the club’s president, culminating in her being presented with life membership by secretary Dulcie Wright.
Her time with the club has been marked with excellent attendance at the fortnightly meetings, as well as at the Eyre Peninsula senior citizens annual rally – she was one of the instigators in centralising the rally to help reduce travel time and expense for members.
“I was very, very honoured, it was a big surprise to get life membership,” Ms Chandler said.
“I had no idea it was coming, they organised it when I wasn’t at a meeting, which I hardly miss.”
Ms Chandler has always been very caring of the club’s older members, going out of her way to ensure they are comfortable and enjoying their outing, while she has been a bus driver for the club on their regular outings, and prior to outdoor meetings has gone to check out a venue to ensure nothing was left to chance, at her own expense.
She said working at the senior citizens village for 10 years made her fond of spending time with the community’s seniors.
The club hosts meetings at Ceduna’s RSL Hall, in addition to monthly bus trips out to locations such as Smoky Bay, Denial Bay and Peter Kuhlmann’s Mudamuckla farm.
“It’s a great thing for seniors and people look forward to it,” she said.
“We are currently on a break over the Christmas period and people have been asking when it starts again, so it is a good thing and a chance for people to get together.
“We have about 25 people turn up at each meeting.”
Ms Chandler said she could not imagine not being part of the club.
“I definitely want to continue with the club, I really enjoy it.”