|Year formed||2013/2014 Office-bearers||Contact|
|1972||Chair: Jonathon Tripp
Secretary: Carly Myers
Treasurer: Patrick Keane
(0430) 231 557
Email: [email protected]
Branch report – January 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope this Newsletter finds everyone well and that 2014 is a lucky and fun year for everyone! We are only at the beginning of the year and already our calendar of activities for 2014 is starting to fill up, please make note of all of the activities listed under Upcoming Events and attached flyer for what is coming up over the next three months for the Victorian Branch.
If you have anything that you wish to have included in the newsletter please contact me anytime at: [email protected]
Warmest regards, Carly
Sending out get well wishes to Meredith Young and Patrick Keane, we all wish you a speedy recovery from your upcoming surgery and hope to have you both back on your feet dancing away as soon as possible!
We would like to welcome new members, Malcolm and Lynda Dickson; Rebecca Flinn and her daughter Tara; and Katie and Daniel Pinchas and their daughter Lydia.
In most recent news…
Cup Day and 1st Branch meeting of 2013/2014
On Tuesday 5th November, we held our first branch meeting for 2013/2014 at the home of Margherita Coppolino, it also happened to be Cup Day as well. Celebrations were held, starting with a chicken and champagne breakfast followed by the branch meeting and then the race that stops the nation!
Though a small turnout, everyone had a great time. Thank you to
Margherita for inviting us into her home for the day.
Adult’s and Children’s Christmas Parties
The Adults Christmas Party was held on Saturday 30th November at The Commune. We had a fantastic turnout with interstate guests joining us – Kobie, Steven, Alyssa, Emily, Nina and Sarah, and from the USA – Lyle and Ginny, it is always fabulous to have you at our events. All the guests enjoyed good food, great music from Peter Spain’s band ‘Jumpstart’, fun games and catching up with old friends. Thank you to Graci and Charli for organising a fabulous evening.
Children’s Christmas Party
The Children’s Christmas Party was held on Sunday 1st December at Albert Park Lake. We had quite a few families attend plus new families; which was wonderful to see. Highlight of course was Santa making an appearance, stopping by to say hello to the kids and to hand out presents and lollies. Thank you to Sam and Merry for helping with organising such a fun day.
Junior Sports Day
Come and join members of the Australian World Dwarf Games Team for a Junior Sports Day When: Saturday 25th January 2014, from 11:00am until 2:00pm
Where: Emerson Middle School, 19 Gloria Ave. Dandenong North
Lunch: Lunch will be provided. Please let us know about any special dietary requirements.
RSVP: Sam at: email: [email protected] by Wednesday 22nd January Please bring a drink bottle with you for the day. Family and friends are most welcome.
Come and cheer on our Australian World Dwarf Game athletes as they march in the Australia Day Parade
When: Where: & Times:
Sunday 26th January
The Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall (cnr. Collins and Swanston Sts.) will commence at 10.30am.
Then following the Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony, the Parade will start at 11am and runs along Swanston Street (which turns into St. Kilda Rd) to the Kings Domain Gardens.
Australian World Dwarf Games Celebration Evening
Come and join the Australian World Dwarf Games Team for an evening of celebration. When: Sunday 26th January, from 6:30pm
Where: Watermark Docklands, Tenancy 9/800 Bourke Street, Docklands
Tickets: $40.00, includes drink on arrival, fingerfood and entertainment.
All tickets must be pre-purchased via direct deposit Limited tickets available Account: Short Statured People of Australia, World Dwarf Games account
Bendigo Bank BSB: 633 000 Acc. No: 148131782
RSVP: Rob at email: [email protected] by Wednesday 22nd January.
‘A Golden Moment’ photo exhibition an exhibition by photographers, Margherita Coppolino and Ali Ryan. Presented by Arts Access Victoria and Fed Square ‘A Golden Moment’ celebrates the outstanding achievements of short statured sporting athletes representing Australia in the 2013 World Dwarf Games. www.facebook.com/goldenmomentphotoexhibition
When: Opening Night (all are welcomed) Wednesday 29th January, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibition runs from the 29th January until the 6th February Where: the Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne
SSPA Parents Afternoon Tea
An afternoon get together for Parent’s, Grand Parents and Carer’s of short statured children to share stories, experiences and any concerns they may have in an relaxed environment.
When: Sunday 23rd February, 2:00pm
Where: 1A Elonara Crt. Wheelers Hill
RSVP: Megan Lilly on either 0418 102 119 or [email protected] Ocean Grove weekend (from Friday 28th February to Sunday 2nd March)
Please contact Graci or Charli if you wish to participate in any of the weekend activities below. Alternatively, registration can be collected via this surveymonkey link:
All who are attending the weekend’s events must register by no later than Monday 24th February.
Where: Prices: RSVP :
Where: Grove Price:
Friday 28th February, 7:30pm start
The Mex for some fine Mexican food at 4 Grubb Road, Ocean Grove (Cnr Shell Rd.) As per menu choices www.themex.com.au
to Charli or Graci (as above)
Saturday 1st March, 11am – 1pm
For the kids (and the young at heart!)
Amaze N Games at 1570 Bellarine Hwy. Wallington www.amazengames.com.au
A Maze ‘n Games offers fun activities for the whole family to stimulate your relaxation. Lose yourself or the kids in one of
Wine tasting will be available at the Cellar Door at a cost of $5.00/pp (pay on arrival to Oakdene)
Please let Charli or Graci know if you’d like to participate.
Saturday 1st March, 7:00pm until 12:00am
Ocean Grove Bowling Club (Lelean’s Function Centre)
at 15 The Terrace, Ocean Grove www.clubgrove.com.au
Come join us for some dinner and a boogie at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club. We will have the dinner and dance (DJ) in our own private function room. There is also a kids lounge (play area) available to anyone bringing young children.
$40/per adult (two course meal)*, $12/per child (under 12 yrs old)*
*Adult meals: The dinner has a set menu offering an entree and main for each person (alternating two options for each course). Please let Charli or Graci know if you have any special dietary requirements by the 24th of February, as these details must be given to the Ocean Grove Bowls Club before the event.
*Children’s meals: Spaghetti with ham and cheese, Chicken nuggets and chips, Ham and cheese pizza, Battered fish and chips. All children’s meals include a dessert of either mousse, vanilla ice cream with raspberry jelly or chocolate and strawberry topping. Please let Charli or Graci know if you’re bringing a child and what their dinner and dessert choices will be.
Payment for dinner can be made into the following account:
Short Statured People of Australian Inc.
Bendigo Bank BSB: 633000 Account No. 111096202
When depositing please list your name, what it’s for, # of guests including # of adults and # of children. Example: GLynch, Ocean Grove Dinner x 2 adults
Payment is due by no later than Monday the 24th of February.
Shuttle: The Ocean Grove Bowls Club will provide a shuttle service to anyone returning to their accommodation in the following areas:
Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Wallington and Collendina.
IMPORTANT! This shuttle service will cease operation at 12:30am, so please make sure that if you require a return to your accommodation that you travel by this time.
When: Sunday 2nd March
Where: 1st SSPA Victorian Branch Meeting of 2014 to be held at the home of the Izatt family at 330 Grubb Rd.
Time: 12:00pm, BBQ lunch followed by the 1st SSPA Victorian Branch Meeting of 2014 Lunch: Please BYO meat and drinks. Salads will be provided.
Bring your bathers and a towel for a dip in the pool.
***This Branch meeting is of great significance as we plan all of the social and fundraising activities as well as the branch meetings for the year. If you would like to have a say or suggest an activity or host a branch meeting then please come along. If you cannot attend the meeting and have any suggestions for Branch activities etc. please forward them through to Carly Myers (SSPA Victorian Branch Secretary) at [email protected] prior to the weekend.
RSVP: If you are coming to the BBQ and meeting then please RSVP to the above email address or call or txt Carly on 0430 231 557.
For your information……
Statewide Equipment Program (SWEP)
At the recent Short Stature Symposium one of the presenters, Ms Joy Goubran’s, Occupational Therapist spoke about the Statewide Equipment Program (SWEP). SWEP provides Victorian people who either have a permanent or long-term disability or are frail aged with subsidised aids, equipment and home and vehicle modifications to enhance their independence and facilitate community participation. One of their programs is the Vehicle Modification Scheme (VMSS). Vehicle Modification Subsidy Scheme (VMSS) provides a variety of vehicle modifications including minor modifications such as hand controls, and major modifications such as lowered floor conversion, hoists and permanent ramps. You will need to be assessed by a prescribing Occupational Therapist (OT) or VicRoads Accredited Driver Assessor (where applicable) to determine the most appropriate and safe modification. For more information on SWEP please go to http://swep.bhs.org.au/
SSPA Victorian Branch Secretary