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BATEMANS BAY February 2020

Despite the horrific bushfires that impacted the area and coming within just metres of their own homes, the Bateman’s Bay PALZ group Facilitators Alan Russell and Margaret Quigley (pictured) had welcoming smiles to greet attendees at the February meeting.  

Although internet and other services were only just being restored, the resilience of those in the region is reflected in the group already planning their program for the rest of the year.  This dynamic group is sending a clear message that the Bateman’s Bay area is ready to welcome any visitors and is again open for business!

 GEELONG January 2020


Geelong PALZ team, led by Cathy and John Roth, hosted the first meeting for 2020. 

Geelong Facilitator Heather McKibbin,  and Bupa Bellarine Lakes General Manager Jannie Piercy are pictured with Cathy and John. 

Guest Speaker Jannie explained the New Australian Goverment Aged Care Standards that ensure that everyone who makes the decision to enter the age care system can be assured of the care they will receive.  A very informative discussion

SYDNEY December 2019

Although the smoke was heavy outside, sitting inside the Yacht Club overlooking Rushcutter’s Bay, a number of the Sydney PALZ group enjoyed a casual Christmas break-up with a casual lunch and a cool drink. 

Having been extended a warm invitation, Cathy and John Roth flew up to Sydney to join the celebration, and chatted about the origins of PALZ, and the activities of the other groups. 

As with the other PALZ groups, the attendees of this group all have fascinating backgrounds, and the relaxed atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop to hear of the adventures, and responsibilities those in the group have experienced over the years. 


For the PALZ (UK) attendees, Facilitator Liz Holdsworth tells us, the challenge of travel for attendees at this time of the year, is sometimes the snow on the roads. Nevertheless, the last meeting for the group for the year saw 37 in attendance – the largest number yet for both that group and for any of the groups. 

Fortunately, the meeting venue at the Shropshire Conference Centre has meeting rooms to accommodate various audience sizes.

GEELONG September 2019

Football finals always generate excitement in Geelong, especially when the Cats are in the final eight.  So having Cats football legend Tim McGrath regale the Geelong PALZ group with anecdotes of his playing days, together with some insight into the outcome for the 2019 season, provided a fascinating meeting with much discussion and questions.

Acknowledged by many involved in the sport as “one of the nicest blokes in football”, Tim made himself available for photos after the meeting, chatting and continuing to answer questions. 

Tim was presented with a special PALZ framed certificate of appreciation of his time with the group, and he commented that it would be put on his study wall alongside his football awards.  

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