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07 August 2010

End of an era as Goodna Pensioners' Club closes after 38 years

It was truly the end of an era when the Goodna Pensioners' Club held its last meeting on Thursday.

Since 1972, the Goodna Club has provided friendship and companionship for 38 years for the people of Ipswich's eastern suburbs.
The club organised regular trips to country centres, the pokies at Tweed Heads and other social get-togethers for almost four decades.

Local Councillor Paul Tully attended the final meeting at the Goodna RSL Services Club with 13 members of the Pensioners' Club.

Cr Tully presented each member a gift pack to commemorate the occasion.

He described the Club's last meeting as a "sad occasion for members" but the opportunity would always remain for members to get together on an individual basis.

Cr Tully regaled the members with the history of the Goodna area reminding members that when the Club was formed in 1972:

• Bill Hayden was the local Federal Member;

• Evan Marginson was the local State Member;

• Alderman Jim Finimore was the Mayor of Ipswich; and

• Ossie Knoblanche and Ted Richardson were the Aldermen for the Goodna area.

Fond memories for members of Goodna Pensioners' Club will linger for many years to come.

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