26 Apr The annual highlight of Dee Why RSL’s Seniors Festival
Dee Why RSL has long supported the Dee Why School for Seniors group through the Community Support Program. Their art and craft exhibition held each year at the RSL during NSW Seniors Festival is a highlight of the ‘School’s’ calendar and features works by local community members.
Long-serving committee member Julie Hutchings first joined the School 10 years ago.“I became involved in the Art and Craft Exhibition in 2011 because my husband was an art tutor at the time and we were asked to run this annual event during Seniors Festival,” said Julie. “I have always had a connection with working and helping older people and we pride ourselves at Dee Why School for Seniors in offering a friendly community, promoting enthusiasm for activity and learning; living life to the full!”
The School was first formed in 1973 as an outreach programme of St. David’s Uniting Church in Dee Why. At the time, Rev. Grahame Ellis was concerned about the high number of lonely older people living in units in Dee Why and felt a need to encourage seniors to meet together. The school was an instant success and membership grew. From small beginnings, it was necessary to open two days a week in 1991, and shortly afterward three days a week.
“Membership continues to grow and we currently have approximately 400 members. Weekly classes are conducted during the four school terms, and there are 35 classes in total, all run by volunteers,” added Julie.
The committee of Dee Why School for Seniors encourages all local seniors to reach their potential in the art and craft classes, by entering the annual Art and Craft Exhibition held in the Dee Why RSL during Seniors Festival. “We look forward to holding our annual exhibition at the RSL, where we are always welcome and made to feel part of the local community. Without the generous support provided by Dee Why RSL, we would not be able to continue to hold this annual event.”
Club President Graeme Liddell attended the event and particularly enjoyed his task of selecting the ‘President’s Prize’ – this year going to artist Catherine Feders for her artwork; ‘Strolling’. ‘Best in Show’ was awarded to artist Christine Bower for her artwork ‘Dirty Dancing’.
“Once again we have had a wonderful exhibition at the RSL and I want to pass on our thanks to all the helpful staff. Our opening evening was such a friendly occasion, so thanks for making us feel so welcome and part of a big happy family.”
Find out more about Dee Why School for Seniors – contact Julie