Mary McPherson celebrated the Tartan Brushy Club’s eighth birthday yesterday.
Mary McPherson celebrated the Tartan Brushy Club’s eighth birthday yesterday.

RSL Day Club turns eight

MORE than 60 seniors did the chicken dance in unison at yesterdays Tartan Brushy RSL Day Club birthday celebrations.

The day club that was established eight years ago to provide a weekly social program for the wider community now has 65 members compared to the 12 that originally signed up in its first year of operation.

Bonnie McGrath was the first official member to sign up to the Brushgrove social group.

“It is the best decision I have ever made because we are all around the same vintage,” she said.

While Bonnie admits she has missed one or two days here and there throughout the eight years, it is the highlight of her week.

“I come across on the ferry each week and share company and good food,” she said.

Getting together over morning tea and lunch and participating in games, quizzes, musical bingo and gentle exercise is as much a hit with the group of volunteers as it is the members.

For co-ordinator Jack Saint the growth of the club over the years and the companionship that he sees develop is well worth the effort that goes into keeping the group running each week.

“We are looking at doing extensions in the future to cater for our growing number of members,” he said.

Named after the local area and the historical value of Maclean’s Scottish heritage, the group has many years left in it yet, says Mr Saint.

Community support advisor Margaret Morgan flew in from Sydney for some cake with the Brushy club and said the social group was a vital part of the community.

“The group builds social networks, especially with people living on their own and encourages fun and friendship,” she said.



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