25 years of fun
(Read the full story in the page "The first 25 Years" in index)
The club were started in 1987 by initiative of the Scandinavian Association's (SASA) then president Mr. Gert Andersen. He could see, that with the Scandinavian community growing older, a special club were needed to cater for this section of the community.
The name of the club from the start, were known as the Scandinavian Association's Senior Citizens of South Australia.
At the inaugural meeting attended by 31 people, at the Scandinavian Association's Hall at Port Road, Hindmarsh, it was decided to start the Senior Club, as part of the Scandinavian Association, with a weekly lunch. Wednesday were picked as the most suitable day of the week.
The food were to be made by the ladies on a roster basis.
A caretaker committee were elected with
Gert Andersen as President
Betty Jonsson as Vice President
Beryl Scheding as Secretary
Carl Johan Jonsson as Treasurer
The club became a reality on Wednesday 15 July 1987 when the first lunch meeting were held at the Scandinavian Association's Hall at Hindmarsh
At the first general meeting in January 1988, a drafted constitution were approved and the caretaker committee were elected as executive committee.
It was also decided, that the weekly lunch meeting was
too much, so it was changed to only once of month, on the third Wednesday. - In the club's 25 years history, only two monthly meetings has had to be cancelled. One time due to the Senior Club moving from the Hall in Hindmarsh in 1998 to the Finnish Hall in Hillcrest, were the first lunch meeting were held in November 1998. Second time in November 2009 when the weather was so hot, that for health risen, the committee decided to cancel.
The move to Hillcrest was a new beginning for the Seniors Club, which became independent from SASA.
A change of the club's name took place, and became Scandinavian Seniors of South Australia. A new constitution were drafted and accepted at the Annual
General Meeting in January 2000.
The club became an incorporated club in 2003.
Over the years some other functions has taken place. In the late 80's and early 90's the Senior Club held some very well attended dinner dances in the hall at Hindmarsh. and a few well attended, Sunday Luncheons were held in the Finnish Hall.
Every year there has been some wonderful, also well attended, excursions to many places in South Australia.
The Club has had some good informative guest speakers at the monthly meetings through the years, occasionally there has also been entertainers at the meetings.
Of other outings, it was for years, a custom, having a Christmas Luncheon at a hotel, but in later years, it has been at the Hall, at the monthly meeting.
members newsletter, called "Scandinavian" were started in January 2002 by initiative and produced by Jon Pedersen. He also took the initiative in April 2008 setting up the club's own website, which he is the webmaster for.
In 2015 Jon wanted to retire after 15 years on the committee. A new editor, Lyn Risborg, was elected at the AGM, Lyn took over as editor in the middle of the year.
Many of the members has served on the executive committee through the years, and have done an outstanding job, but one person who stands out, is Gert Andersen who was the club's founder and its president for the first 16 years. Gert passed away in 2015
2012 was the club's 25 years jubilee year, and the club still going strong with a constant membership around 90.
After 14 years as tenant in the Finnish Hall at Hillcrest, the Scandinavian Seniors of SA, then moved to new premises, at Klemzig Community Hall, Klemzig Reserve, 242 North East Road, Klemzig, which is owned by Port Adelaide Enfield Council.
The meetings were moved from third Wednesday to the third Thursday each month.