Esperance Senior Citizens Centre welcomes new leaders

Leading ladies: Esperance Senior Citizen Centre treasurer Lesley Higson, president Sally Ashbil, secretary Lyn Penketh, vice president Sue Melville, former vice president Ellen Saltmarsh and former president Shirley Clark. Photo: Esperance Senior Citizens Centre.

Leading ladies: Esperance Senior Citizen Centre treasurer Lesley Higson, president Sally Ashbil, secretary Lyn Penketh, vice president Sue Melville, former vice president Ellen Saltmarsh and former president Shirley Clark. Photo: Esperance Senior Citizens Centre.

The Esperance Seniors Citizen Centre elected a new team of passionate leaders at their annual general meeting on October, 28.

Sally Ashbil was elected to president, stepping into the role previously held by Shirley Clark and Sue Melville will take over as vice president from Ellen Saltmarsh.

Lyn Penketh will continue her role as committee secretary and Lesley Higson will remain as treasurer.

Seniors Citizen Centre support worker Joeleen Wilson said the previous leaders had worked hard to offer a wonderful range of activities, including a social lunch every Wednesday.

"During Ellen's time on the committee the Wednesday lunches were started, this is a meal prepared by wonderful volunteers served up to members who get to relax and enjoy a social lunch," she said.

"Ellen has been part of the preparation team taking orders for the following week.

"Shirley has been a big part of the kitchen team shopping, preparing, organizing volunteer rosters and even making the table runners.

"Both ladies have been a big part of organizing 'The Biggest Morning Tea' for Cancer Council.

"All things have been achieved with the help of a wonderful committee and fantastic volunteers."

Members of the Esperance Senior Citizens Centre gather to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Sarah Makse.

Members of the Esperance Senior Citizens Centre gather to celebrate the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Sarah Makse.

Ms Wilson said the new leaders had already brought big ideas and enthusiasm to their positions.

"Some of the items that are aiming to be achieved is beautifying the outside of the centre and starting a Gardens Club," she said.

"After the success of the Spring Dance in October there is already a dance karaoke night in the planning for next year."

President Sally Ashbil said she was very honoured to be elected and thanked the outgoing leaders.

"I just hope to carry on the beautiful traditions that already exist, all the groundwork has been laid by the two past presidents," she said.

Mrs Ashbil said they had already began planning new initiatives for the centre.

"We are exploring the possibility of beautifying our gardens perhaps with a memory rose garden," she said.

Anyone 55 years or over is encouraged to join the Esperance Senior Citizens Centre which currently has more than 250 members.

Membership is only $25 a year.

All are welcome to stop by the centre or join Wednesday lunch which promises a home cooked meal, good company and the cheapest cuppa in Esperance.