Ruby Anniversary!

The Wynnum Herald ran a story about us the other day! Have a read on their website.

THE Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre is celebrating 40 years of service to the community.

Opened in September 1978, the centre was established as a result of research showing the need for social opportunities for older people in the district.

Wendy Duncan is a founding life member of the centre, starting as a volunteer in the canteen on opening day.

At the time, Wendy was much younger than the other members and volunteers and came along as her mother (who taught flower arranging) and brother were involved.

For many years she was the canteen convener and still works in the canteen assisting with meals and functions.

“When the club started it was very busy, with a large membership and many volunteers,” she recalled.

“Activities were well attended with large groups involved.

“Bingo was very popular, as were the sing-alongs. Celebration parties were a highlight and especially the re-enactment of Prince Andrew and Sarah Fergusson’s wedding.”

Wendy recalled how, in 1986, 250 people attended the mock wedding, dressed for the occasion with various members assuming the role of members of the clergy and Royal Family, including herself as Princess Margaret.

A great time was had by all.

There have been Melbourne Cup parties, Christmas parties, monthly bus trips with senior citizens and concerts three tims a month, with up to 200 people attending.

Morning tea was served and packets of sandwiches for lunch in summer and soup in winter. Wendy recalls making big pots of soup and of a volunteer who used to cook pikelets for 200 people – that was her domain.

After 40 years, Wendy remembers many of the people with whom she has had friendships and the many who have passed on.

Times have changed and it seems there is not so many people available for volunteering anymore. More women are in the workforce and generally people are time poor.

To celebrate the 40th milestone, the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre is inviting all foundation life members, members, former members and foundation organisations and businesses to attend a birthday luncheon at 9.30am on September 11.

Cost $25 which includes morning tea and entertainment by Ian Maurice and June Lawson. Bookings are essential.

Memorabilia from the past 40 years will be on display

On Saturday, September 15, the community is invited to celebrate at a Hippie Disco Ball. While that may sound confusing to some, it was the era of change when we moved from Bohemian dressing to more techno styles.

The party will include MC David Bateson, the founder of the Republic of Wynnum, DJ Clint playing ‘70s music, comedienne Eve Wheeler (the Sheila from Biloela), Arete Dance Studio, a photo booth and ‘70s party food.

The function will be BYO.

Members of the community are invited to turn up in their best hippie/disco gear and prizes will be given for best dressed and best dancers.

Cost is $25 for members and $30 non-members.

Tickets are available at the centre or at Trybooking.com but there will be no tickets at the door.

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