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 27th March 2019    Vol 28 No 11



The Official Newsletter of



(PO Box 55 Riverside 7250) 


Meetings are held at the WINDSOR COMMUNITY PRECINCT RIVERSIDE on the Fourth Wednesday of each month

Time:  10.00 am - 12.00 noon (unless otherwise arranged)


Management Committee 2018/19 


President:                               John Stanley            0418137641     

Vice President:                      Vacant

Immediate Past President:   Don Calver                63271450          

Secretary:                              Donn Corcoran          63274341         

Treasurer:                              Brian McLaughlin    63273398 

Bulletin Editor:                      John Dare                   63301402

Ass Bulletin Editor:               Glenn Robinson         63302976

Guest Speakers:                    Bill Carney                 63272899

 Outside interests:                 John Stanley            0418137641     

Attendance                             Doug Fenton               63301186

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Today’s Meeting: Wednesday 27th March 2019


Club speaker: No club speaker.


Guest Speaker :  No guest speaker for the March meeting



Next Meeting: Wednesday 24thth April 2019

Guest Speaker Annabelle Shegog

Topic: Community Policing

BIRTHDAYS:March:  Don Calver, Donn Corcoran, John Dare..



March: Reg Rigby-John Dare 

April: Glenn Robinson-Graeme Barwick


If you can participate in serving the morning tea please indicate when you are able to so we can continue the roster for the next few months.


FINANCIAL REPORT: As at 20/3/2019  -  $680.45

Petty Cash: $34.20


The annual fees are now due for the 2019/20 year.

The fees will remain at sixty dollars.



The annual General meeting is being held this month, at the March meeting. Participation on the committee is encouraged. Members were invited to nominate for committee positions at the February meeting.

Guest speaker (February): Belinda King of ABC Radio and Encore Theatre.

Belinda started in work in a theatre restaurant, lead to work in commercial radio in Geelong 25 years ago.  She has had a variety of roles in radio and theatre in Geelong, the Gold Coast, Gippsland, Albury-Wodonga, Perth and Hobart.  In Hobart she also worked as a producer in the Terrapin Puppet Theatre.  After many moves she decided to move to Launceston and founded Encore Theatre with Jamie Hillard in 2008.  Its first production was The Sound of Music and it has gone on to produce many more productions.  Belinda worked for QVMAG and did casual work for the ABC and applied for 15 positions before becoming a permanent presenter.   While newspapers have been affected by internet media, radio has survived, mainly because of in-car listeners.  This could change with the advent of driverless cars. The ABC has also changed dramatically with its increasing focus on social media.  Belinda also spoke about ‘fake news’ on social media and the role of the me-too# movement in which accusations are often publicised in the media before being tested in court.


The ABC has a stringent self-auditing process during election campaigns, in order to provide the incumbent government and the opposition equal time and the right of reply.


Belinda spoke about the situation of asylum seekers, including the substantial number who come by air, and the lack of access to Nauru for journalists and opposition politicians.


She then addressed the costs of running a theatre company, including the royalties and theatre hire, which together account for about 46 per cent of total production costs.  Encore Theatre has had about 120,000 patrons over 10 years and now has about 17,000 a year, or about 20 per cent of the Princess Theatre’s annual patronage.  Part of its success is through putting on shows which professional companies do not bring to Launceston because of the limited audience size.  It is about to put on ‘Strictly Ballroom’ and Belinda provided two passes.


The two double passes were raffled and drawn by an independent person.

The winners were: Reg Rigby and Hilton Johnston.




Paddy and Mick are walking down the road and Paddy’s got a bag of doughnuts in his hand.

Paddy says to Mick, ”If you can guess how many

doughnuts are in my bag, you can have them both.”



Finnegan’s wife had been killed in an accident and the police were questioning him. ”Did she say anything before she died?” asked the sergeant.

“She spoke without interruption for about 40 years,” said Finnegan


Two outings have been organised for April.

1       A visit to Beauty Point, including sea horse, platypus centres and the Beaconsfield mine and lunch at the Riviera Hotel. The total cost would be about $55.00 for the day (excluding Lunch). This outing has been organised for 4th April.


2       An outing to the St Leonards croquet centre on Tuesday the 16th April. This outing includes a BBQ lunch and use of mallets. The centre Hire is for our exclusive use for the half day. The cost per person will be $30.00. This figure includes BBQ with a salad, Fruit salad and ice cream, punch drink and green fees.


3       Numbers for these outings are required at the March meeting for catering purposes for both venues.

Our monthly bulletin is printed courtesy of Ross Hart MP.  Member for Bass