From the President

PresidentHi everyone,
Well I guess the question on all members’ minds is “When will we be able to resume our meetings?” And the answer is quite simple if not overly informative. We don’t know. As the restrictions are relaxed so our resumption date gets closer, but ultimately it will not be us who decide.
You see, the Broadbeach Seniors Centre is owned by the City of Gold Coast who have appointed a committee to manage the centre. Barbara Hutchinson is the President of that committee and she rang me at the beginning of the Corona Virus to advise me that the City Council had decided to close the Centre. As restrictions are eased, I will keep in contact with Barbara so that we can find out when the Council decides to re-open the Centre. To my mind it is likely to be some time yet because there are some complexities we will need to address. While the 4 square metre rule is still in place, I suspect we won’t be able to have 80 – 100 members attend as we usually have. And under the 1.5 metre personal distancing rule, I’m not sure how we would manage morning tea as we all tend to group together for a chat.
There are other issues to consider as well, such as can we place all the biscuits in a bowl and then have all members dipping in to take a couple. Do we have to have individual sachets of sugar so we’re not sharing a spoon? And what about milk? Do we need individual milk capsules?
Fortunately when we move to stage 2 of the restrictions we will be able to hold a Management Committee meeting, so we now have one scheduled for 15th June. At this meeting we will be undertaking extensive planning of our re-opening, and also our year end obligations such as electing a new committee, asking members to renew their membership etc. We’ll provide a full report in the July newsletter as to where we see all this heading over the next few months.

New Committee for 2020-21

Speaking of electing a new Management Committee, we will be calling for nominations in the near future.
When we seceded from AIR 2 years ago, we floated GCR with 116 ex-AIR members. We now have over 240 members which means more than half our members are “newbies.” Most of our existing committee have been doing the job for several years both when we were with AIR and more recently with GCR. It’s always healthy for an association to have new blood on the Management Committee. People with new ideas, different lifetime experiences and different skill sets all add to the effectiveness of a committee.

Once we get back to having normal meetings, we’ll need to elect a new committee. At that time I’ll advise members how they can nominate. But in the meantime, please have a think as to whether you would be prepared to take on a role with next year’s Management Committee.

Ongoing Activity

Even though we can’t have meetings, it doesn’t mean nothing’s been happening.
Our Advocacy Committee has still been quite active with a submission to the Queensland State Government re the proposed rent restrictions. The issue of legislation for Voluntary Assisted Dying is still progressing. And there is also continuing activity with the Bushfire Inquiry and the Retirement Income Review. Please see their report later in this newsletter.
We’ve also had some of our sponsors and other corporate supporters providing us with access to webinars that members can log into to keep up to date with issues effecting investors and retirees.
And of course we’re very much indebted to Carolyn Waterson for the extended newsletter and supplement to keep us entertained while we’re stuck at home. And many thanks to all the many members who have contributed to that.

Changes to Website and Services Register

Members will recall that on our website we have a Services Register. This register records various trades- people and professionals whom members have recommended as providing good service. This register is available as a benefit only to members and accordingly it has now been removed from the website. If any members would like an up-to-date copy of the register, please email me at robgrover@hotmail.com and I’ll send you a copy.
Well, there’s not a lot more to report on in this quiet environment we are currently living in. The only other thing I can report of a personal nature is that by the time you read this Marg and I will have a new granddaughter. That’ll be our sixth grandchild. How exciting.

Cheers for now.

Rob Grover

President

Rob Grover