The Yarrawonga Mulwala Seniors group met last week at Thyme for Coffee for their regular group catch ups with a common theme throughout the group being the wanted inclusion of more guests.
The group meet weekly with around 15-20 people attending regularly but they are always open to more people joining.
The Seniors often enjoy weekly indoor bowls on a Tuesday at 1.30pm, a meeting at the Senior Citizen centre on Wednesdays at 1.30pm, lunches at varying cafes and pubs in town and regular bus trips to neighboring towns, such as Wodonga for a visit to Peards Nursery and other fun activities.
This group is also primarily orchestrated for the social side of the catch ups along with the yearning to do something and remain active.
“I wish we had more people as we have fun and it’s great to meet new people and have a bit more of a community connection,” Committee member Ula Newman said.
The common thread among the whole group is the comradery they share, the bond that has now been formed where they are like a family and the fun they have.
“It’s wonderful, I don’t know what I’d do without it,” Murial Roscoe said.
“Dot and Alan have kept it going as we keep having a drop in numbers but they have been great.”
“We would also love more people to come along to our indoor bowls if possible at 1.30 on Tuesdays, we have afternoon tea and a chat afterwards, it’s just social and fills in two hours,” Gloria said.
92-year-old Edith Walters, who is still involved in varying groups throughout the community said she loves attending the social events and urged anyone who was looking at joining a group in town to come along.
“I’ve lived here for 8-9 years now and joining this group was one of the first things I did when I came here,” Ms Walters said.
“The numbers have gone up and down over my time here but I’ve enjoyed it all.
“I make a point of coming along every week because I enjoy it.
“It’s worthwhile making the effort.”
Yarrawonga and District Senior Citizens President Denise Dowell said the group were always looking for more people to attend and warmly welcomed anyone.
“We are trying to get as many people as possible along to our catch ups,” Ms Dowell said.
“We band together, like when someone is sick, we will band together and go and see them or do what we can to help.
“With only two men members we need more men as well, but it would just be great to see more people come along and join in and we welcome anyone, no matter of age, who would like to attend with open arms.”
If you would like to join Seniors and attend their weekly sessions please contact Dot Williams on 0419995387 for more information or come along to their lunch at the Senior Citizens hall in Hovell Street at 1.30pm on Wednesdays.