Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc.

Jottings March 2022

Hugh Rogers OAM

Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc is pleased to announce Past State President Mr Hugh Arthur Rogers OAM was posthumously awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2022 Australia Day announcements, for his work in enabling better outcomes for Seniors in Western Australia.
Hugh as he was affectionately known by all was also a driving force in the community development sector of Western Australia. His energy and enthusiasm for the community saw him working in many roles throughout his life, which included the Balga Recreation Committee, P&C Associations (WACSSO), Balga Fair, Balga Theatre Company, Rotary, and Osborne Park Bowling Club to name a few. Hugh was a foundation member of Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc. and played an integral part in the development and production of the many successful programs and events run by SRCWA.

  • Over the 29 years volunteering with SRCWA Hugh held many roles:
  • President, 2001-2020.
  • Treasurer, 1994-2001 and Bookkeeper 2020-2021.
  • Chairman, Have A Go Day Committee, 2001-2020.
  • Coordinator, Mixed Indoor Bowls Tournament, 1992.
  • Member, 1992-2021
  • WA Indoor Bias Bowls Association (now the West Australian Carpet Bowls Association)
  • Co-Founder, Inaugural President, 1994-1996.
  • The Osborne Park Bowling Club
  • President, 1999-2001.
  • Secretary, 1997-1999.

It is gratifying Hugh has been recognised for his contribution to the West Australian Community and a little bitter sweet he passed away before receiving his award. Our congratulations go to Hugh’s family in recognition of his commitment and outstanding achievements.

SRCWA Annual Seniors Camp at Quaranup in Albany 31st January to 5th February 2022

Despite COVID restrictions and Eileen the camp coordinator breaking her arm one week before the annual seniors camp “Camp Quaranup, went ahead as scheduled. Camp Quaranup is a picturesque place to hold a camp and it provides the perfect launch-pad for regional excursions in the Great Southern in unique heritage accommodation. Set in a Class A nature reserve on the Princess Royal Harbour, with panoramic views across to Albany, the natural coastal bushland and the pristine beach environment present a fantastic venue for recreation.
Fortunately SRCWA State President Phil Paddon was pleased to attend Camp Quaranup as coordinator for 2022, for which we were very grateful. Phil picked up Eileen who was able to go to camp for the Monday registration and help with set up. Eileen then came back to Perth on the Bus on Tuesday for medical appointments. SRCWA volunteer Marilyn Van Sambeeck attended the camp. From Tuesday to assist Phil which was very much appreciated. People arrived throughout Monday with and were settled in by dinner time, there were 18 new attendees at camp this year with an overall attendance of 33 people.
The camp was great and the DLGSC camp supervisor Paul was very helpful and attentive, the catering was excellent and loved by all the camp attendees. Camp activities Bush Walking, Craft, Concert, Tea party, Archery and many others were very well attended. On Wednesday participants were treated to a day out where they visited the Sandalwood Factory, had a picnic lunch and concluded with a spot of shopping in the afternoon. Many of the past camp attendees helped with the activities along with Phil & Marilyn. Unfortunately canoeing did not go ahead due to prevailing weather conditions and other issues.
Feedback from this year’s campers has been very complimentary, with many asking to be included for the next Camp Quaranup scheduled for 30th January 2023.
The Board expresses a vote of thanks to Phil and Marilyn and hoped that Eileen recovers from her broken arm quickly and appreciated her being the camp coordinator over the past 6 years. SRCWA thanks all the campers who adhered to COVID protocols and helped to make Camp Quaranup a resounding success.