All members should have read in the most recent issue of “Graduate Women” the stimulating article by
Erica Jolly, The Roles of AFUW – A Perspective in which she was “trying to engage members in a dialogue
about the trinity of roles” she maintains we have. Read the article again before you answer Stephanie’s
It was her description of her response to the situation in Burundi, as presented by the President of
the Burundi Association, Alice Rwamo, to a session at the Perth Conference, which drew the interest of readers,
including many in NSW. Stirred by Erica’s concern, the executive of AFUW-SA immediately donated a bank draft
In a subsequent AFUW-SA Newsletter, Erica writes: This is the way the $290 US dollars was spent by the
Burundi Association. Alice Rwamo, President, is determined that we will be told exactly how the money is
spent. If you want to contact her personally, her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
You may be able to offer help in ways that we have not identified. She sent the following information to
Mikele Barrett-Woodbridge. Thank you.
The grant has therefore been used in purchasing basic items. The kit comprised 5 pens, a package of 30
hygienic paper, a package of 50 soaps and one bottle of lotion.
|Here follows the financial information:
||PRICE IN U.S.$
|5 pens x 60 = 300 pens
||0.13 x 300 = 39.00
|60 packages of hygienic paper
||1.5/package x 60 = 90.00
|60 packages of soaps
||1.15/package x 60 = 69.00
|60 bottles of lotion
||0.50/piece x 60 = 30.00
|2 visits to the doctor
||5.00 x 2 = 10.00
|Purchase of 2 pairs of glasses
||27.00/pair x 2 = 54.00
||TOTAL U.S.$ 292.00
Erica: As Alice had said, in her e-mail to me, students’ health is a factor in their capacity to gain
as much as they can from their educational opportunities. [That is why AFUW-SA united health and education.]
A REQUEST FROM THE ORGANISERS OF THE UNGEI REGARDING THE COMMITMENT MADE
BY AFUW-SA TO BURUNDI.
Alice Rwamo received the following request from Catherine Moore of New York. She was one of the organisers
of the UNGEI meeting (United Nations Girls Education Initiative) at the 2004 IFUW Conference in Perth at
which AFUW-SA made its commitment to support the Burundi Association of University Women.
Catherine Moore sent the following e-mail to Alice Rwamo:
It was so good to receive Season's Greetings from you. My computer was not operating for a while, so
I did not receive your e-mail until after 12/25/04.
I wish for you good health, happiness and much success in your leadership role as National President
of the Burundi Association of University Women.
Alice you will recall our Workshop in Perth, I certainly recall your example of the Go-Go Girls Project.
We are to write a paper about the UNGEI Workshop (Perth) that is to be online next week (January 17).
I would love to include a short paragraph or two from you.
Would you comment on the informal partnerships formed there? Did a member from Australia interested in
sending children's books to you? Did this contact work out? Were you able to make contact with people, in
countries that had been identified as "UNGEI" countries? What has happened since? Please include your personal
reactions to the Workshop and how you envision this idea proceeding other than to meet in Manchester in
2007. I know you must be very busy …. If you can contribute one or two paragraphs that I can include in
total or excerpt select quotations please send it later today. I am sorry to be in such a rush.
Now, as I sit at my computer to begin writing the paper; I think of this wonderful idea of including
a reaction, extension of the ideas presented in Perth from you. I value your thoughts. You are the only
member I am asking. I hope you have the time and interest and will contribute.
[I asked Alice if she would send me a copy of her contribution to the UNGEI report. Despite the fact
that malaria has laid her low, Alice sent this copy of her report for publication in our newsletter. Can
you, members of AFUW-SA, imagine anything worse or more guaranteed to make people feel that IFUW is just
a ‘talkfest’ than merely to ‘meet in Manchester three years later’!!!! EAJ]
It was a pleasure reading your message. This is a great opportunity I have ever had to talk about the
benefits of the Perth holiday. It is therefore a privilege to bring my meagre contribution to your paper.
As a matter of fact, the UNGEI workshop was the only reason of existence of my visit at Perth. Just as you
have witnessed it, after exposing the hard struggle we are facing in making universal education a reality
in Burundi, we got the sympathy of a kind woman from the Southern Australian Federation of University Women.
She committed to help Burundian girls in sending copy books, school materials in general. After the workshop,
many other IFUW members present in Perth promised to think about what they could do when they will come
back home. We exchanged visiting cards. However at the exception of all those promises, Mrs.Erica has been
the only person to match words to actions.
In September 2004, we got a help from the AFUW-SA made up of 50 copy books and U.S.$292.26.The copybooks
were distributed to the beneficiaries in BUHONGA. We also used the money to purchase basic necessity items
including hygienic papers, body lotion, soaps, pens, to 60 destitute girl-pupils reunited in the Go Girl
club of BUHONGA.
Our association currently supports nearly 200 destitute girls-pupils, most of whom are orphans of war
and orphans of HIV/AIDS. These girls are reunited in clubs as "Go Girls". The objective is to provide them
with a financial as well as a moral support to those innocent victims. This what could be the ideal IFUW
conference instead of just discussing on ideas and deeds in the air. We suppose that efforts deployed by
African countries' participants to such conferences should benefit the whole country just as the Perth conference
did. If the IFUW NORTH-SOUTH cooperation is not a reality, the strength of the whole federation will be
questioned and its members' solidarity doubted in so far as IFUW's power lies in its capacity to reunite
women from the South and the North for a noble cause as education.
My dear, this is what I can offer. I wish I could have had more time to prepare a more interesting piece.
In case, you think I should improve on a point or another, would be pleased to provide clarifications.
Stay blessed, Alice
VIRGINIA GILDERSLEEVE INTERNATIONAL FUND
During 2005, the United Nations will commemorate several special anniversaries: the 60th of its founding;
the 30th of the First World Conference on Women (Mexico City, 1975); the 10th of the Fourth World Conference
on Women (Beijing, 1995); and the 5th of the Millennium Summit, at which the Millennium Declaration and
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted. A high-level review of worldwide progress towards attaining
the MDGs will take place at the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.
Now that VGIF has consultative status with ECOSOC (accreditation was received in July 2004), its representatives
have been invited and will attend the high-level 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
to be held from February 28 to March 11 (Beijing+10). The Commission will focus on two thematic issues:
- Review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome document of the special
session of the General Assembly entitled “Women 2000: gender equality, development and peace for the twenty-first
- Current challenges and forward-looking strategies for the advancement and empowerment of women and
VGIF has signed a statement for submission to the CSW which was prepared by the NGO Committee on UNIFEM,
of which VGIF is a member. The statement asks for continued and increased support for the important and
unfinished work of UNIFEM in reducing feminized poverty, ending violence against women and children, reducing
the spread of HIV/AIDS among women and children, and achieving gender equality in democratic governance.
Among the events scheduled during the CSW is a celebration of International Women’s Day which will “commemorate
30 years of United Nations efforts for gender equality.” One day prior to the start of the CSW, the NGO
Committee on the Status of Women will sponsor a consultation for NGOs entitled “From Mexico City to Beijing
and Beyond: Realizing the Vision.” [See also reference to CSW Session in the President’s News Sheet.]
It is encouraging to realise that our membership of AFUW/IFUW and the VGIF means that we have the opportunity
to make an important contribution to these international activities.
In VIRGINIA GILDERSLEEVE UPDATE, February 2005, the Executive Secretary; Fay Kittelson, writes:
The good news of our ever increasing budget for project grants means more projects and more project reports.
The range of VGIF-funded projects –from microcredit support and skill training to awareness of HIV/AIDS
and Genital Mutiliation (FGM) to help for handicapped children-- demonstrates how vital to success indigenous
involvement is. Government regulations and social upheaval delayed implementation in some cases. Valiant
determination to succeed has been a critical factor in seeing many projects to their conclusion. A sincere
and heartfelt thanks for all of your generous contributions.
Reports were presented on projects completed or in progress in the Ukraine, Georgia, Albania, Bangladesh,
Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Guatemala and Papua New Guinea. The following is a sample.
#1966 Women Action for Change, GHANA The beginning stages of this project to provide community-
based cassava cultivation, processing, and marketing proved successful. Farm and management skills increased;
farmers gained experience in production and application of organic manure and appropriate use of agro-chemicals;
and improved cassava varieties produced a bumper crop. The project unexpectedly attracted the attention
of a Member of Parliament to the area who promises to ensure continuation of the project into the second
#1921 Women’s Wing of Sanctified Word of Truth, GHANA This comprehensive HIV/AIDS awareness and
prevention program has been extremely successful. Eighty educators were trained to advance awareness on
the pandemic, its possible infectious modes, and its prevention — often to participants that did not believe
that HIV/AIDS existed or who had not heard about it. This ground level effort makes information accessible
through public forums, printed materials. questionnaires, and drama presentations.
#1895 Rruga Me Pisha Foundation, ALBANIA This project marks the development of the first-ever
radio soap opera in Albania to address issues of decision making by women, domestic violence, sex trafficking
and prostitution. The episodes are made current and relevant by the translation of real stories into a fictionalized
format which appeal to both men/boys and women/girls in very direct ways.
#1892 Uganda Gender Rights Foundation, UGANDA The UGR Foundation began training sessions for its
18 actors in May-June with August performances in the Namatalan slums addressing issues of rape, domestic
violence, and sexual exploitation. Drama and visual aids are highly effective in the presentations which
employ seven different languages to largely semi-literate audiences. Local government response was positive
and helped to mobilize community attendance which included a variety of ages and genders.
#1894 Rhode Island Zoological Society, PAPUA NEW GUINEA An International Bug Club curriculum was
established in the USA and PNG schools with on-site visits from trained professionals. Topics dealing with
entomology and the environment were presented, augmented with the distribution of International Bug Club
kits for schools in PNG. Providing the students with a hands-on connection to their environment, this cross-cultural
communication makes this project extremely appealing and effective.
HOW VGIF TOOK ROOT AND BLOSSOMED IN AUSTRALIA
This story starts as a personal Odyssey. Back in the nineteen sixties the CIR of AFUW, Australia's original
Gildersleeve member, Freda Freeman, invited me to join the Fund. In those days recruitment was by invitation
only. The work of the Board was mainly focused on fund-raising. An early initiative was to assist in the
funding of IFUW Conferences. A regular agenda item at these Conferences was the report of the Virginia Gildersleeve
Fund. This helped to raise awareness of the Fund's ongoing work.
After serving several terms on the IFUW Membership Committee I was elected to the VGIF Membership Committee
in 1987. Attendance at my first committee meeting in New York in 1988 made me aware of the responsibilities
of working for the Fund. How could Australia help? At this stage VGIF's message was somewhat visionary and
promotion of the Fund was by word of mouth. After consultation with local AFUW members it was decided to
establish an Australian VGIF Committee to raise funds and recruit members. The communication problem was
solved by the compilation and circulation of a newsletter. In turn VGIF news items found their way into
AFUW Newsletters all over Australia. This was before the appearance of VGIF’s own VG UPDATE published in
The next step was to promote the Fund more widely by exposure at AFUW Conferences. Special luncheons
were held with a keynote speaker. These were backed up by information tables manned by members.
An article about the Fund in a UN newsheet suddenly added a new dimension to the Fund's work. It evoked
an ever-increasing number of applications for funding from groups in marginalized areas. Small seeding grants
were awarded for all sorts of projects - goat raising, growing of palm oil, setting up of clinics, skills
training - variously offering employment opportunities, access to education, empowerment of women.
Reports of these practical projects, underwritten by relatively small seeding grants, provided valuable
fund-raising ammunition for office-bearers in Australia. Now they could take a positive message to Groups
and Branches looking for a practical way of channeling accumulated funds. VGIF members, armed with promotional
material from New York - UPDATE, slides, posters -were now able to provide visual evidence that small contributions
would be used to help women round the world. These groups, in turn, could report back to their members on
the realistic use of their contributions.
How was it that the Australian Committee got off the ground, expanded and was able to make substantial
contributions to the Fund? Although the Committee has its own entity and focus, the AFUW infrastructure
has always sustained and supported it over the years. Access to club-rooms, AFUW meetings and Conferences
as platforms for presentations and the Federal President's membership of the Committee have all helped in
maintaining the VGIF presence in Australia.
- Margaret Maxwell
WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST AT 10.30AM IN THE MARGERY MURRAY ROOM
MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO A MORNING TEA TO MAKE PRESENTATIONS TO
TEMPE MANN SCHOLARSHIP AND JAMIESON AWARD RECIPIENTS.
Cost $10.00 A Reply Coupon is included. RSVP 19 August
The speaker will be Ms Jane Stanley, the winner of the Tempe Mann Scholarship in 2003.
Jane is a composer whose award was to enable her to accept an invitation to attend the Department of
Music at the University of Harvard as a Visiting Fellow. While at Harvard, she proposed to compose a substantial
work for orchestra to function as the centerpiece of a submitted body of work to complete her PhD. Members
will remember how delighted Jane was that the award was presented at the Sophia Holland luncheon by the
speaker, renowned conductor, Simone Young.
The successful applicant for the TEMPE MANN SCHOLARSHIP for 2004 is
Jaclyn graduated at the University of Sydney Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Honours in the Faculty
of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. She is currently in the second year of her PhD study in the
Faculty of Veterinary Science, investigating genes for early embryonic death in pigs to enable farmers to
select animals for greater reproductive performance. Her award is for 3 months’ study in Hanover, Germany.
During her course Jaclyn has won six scholarships and awards and had four publications. She has gained
membership of a number of Professional societies.
Jaclyn’s recreational activities are Dragon Boat Racing and Surf Life Saving.
The awardees of the Jamieson Awards for 2004 are:
Graduated at Sydney University Bachelor of Economics Social Sciences with 1st class honours and the University
Medal. She is proceeding to a law degree.
Penelope is very committed to campus management and student/ professional activities including the Sydney
University Union of which she is a Director and the Australian Law Students Association of which she is
a National Council member. She participates in fundraising for Youth of the Street.
She also enjoys Dragon Boat Racing (at State championship level) and sailing.
Graduated at the University of New South Wales with Bachelor of Commerce Marketing with 1st Class honours.
She has been accepted to do MBA degree at 4 top programmes in highly regarded USA Universities, commencing
Shan is very interested in current affairs and world issues, especially issues of women in the workplace.
She is a creative leader who founded the UNSW Marketing Society. She is a board member and chair of the
fundraising committee of Zonta International and board member and treasurer of BPW Australia.
Her university qualifications are Bachelor Tech Education, Engineering Studies with Honours, Southern
Cross University and Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art. Isabelle was awarded a scholarship for
technological applied studies to teach in rural NSW. She co-authored teaching resource for secondary school
Isabell is a piano teacher and a volunteer arts administrator at Tweed River Regional Art Gallery. She
holds a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
REPORTS FROM BRANCHES
In March we had a very successful luncheon meeting at the Caroline Bay Brasserie which is part of the
Gosford Regional Gallery complex. This is a most pleasant venue with its beautiful Japanese Garden and there
is always something new and interesting to see in the galleries.
In April we had our usual evening meeting with dinner beforehand at the Central Coast Leagues Club. Our
guest speaker, Dr Penny Warner-Smith, is engaged in research into women’s health issues at the University
of Newcastle. Penny’s research involves the collection and analysis of data that will provide detailed information
about women’s attitudes towards retirement.
Penny used data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health to illustrate mid-aged women’s
patterns of workforce participation and the extent of their caring and unpaid work, associations between
work and health for mid-aged women, and their plans and preferences for “retirement”. The data for these
studies is gathered by means of detailed questionnaires over long periods of time. The research relies heavily
on government funding which has no guarantee of continuity and this uncertainty is an ongoing problem.
In May one of our members, Sonnie Hopkins, accompanied by Pat de Carle, who is the Organiser and President
of Hospital Art Australia Inc., told us about their involvement in this rewarding pursuit. The purpose of
this organisation is to assist the staff and patients of hospitals and nursing homes in the creation of
art works. The art is displayed in the corridors and wards of the hospital where the patients spend much
of their time. The volunteers from Hospital Art Australia Inc. raise funds to support the project, supply
the materials and assist and supervise the painting sessions. The involvement of the patients is therapeutic
in many ways, in the sense of pride and achievement the participants feel when they see their art transforming
Sonnie and Pat described their recent involvement with the creation of a mural, called “Rising Hope”,
for the Olympic Games in Athens this year. The International Foundation of Hospital Art initiated the mural
as an expression of goodwill and friendship, especially to the sick. The mural consists of panels that have
been painted in different countries all over the world. When completed the panels will be sent to New York
where they will be assembled and presented to the Mayor. He will then take the mural to Greece where it
will be presented to the Mayor of Athens.
One of our members, Patricia Macdonald, attended the “Christmas in Winter” fundraiser luncheon at the
home of Lyn and Merle Thompson in the Blue Mountains. Patricia was very enthusiastic about the hospitality
she received and the interesting people she met. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and the Mountains group
are to be congratulated on its success – particularly Lyn and Merle who did the catering!
On 7th June our branch met for lunch at Warrawee Bowling Club. After the AGM we had an excellent address
by Ms.Melinda Long, Director of Social Work and Manager Aged Care Assessment Team for the Hornsby/Kur-ing-gai
Health Service. Ms. Long has been in social work for thirty years but involved with work in dementia patients
and their carers for eighteen years.
Aged care is a growth industry as people live longer, in better health with more work and leisure opportunities,
part-time work and volunteering, travel and recreation.
More are living over 80 leading to the three D's- dementia, degenerative disease and depression. Of these
dementia is emerging as having the biggest impact on family care and Government services. One in twenty
aged over 65 and one in five over 85 will suffer from some form of dementia - mostly Alzheimer’s (60%) and
vascular (25%). The number in NSW in 2001 was 54,000 but is expected to double by 2020. Dementia describes
acquired cognitive impairment and is irreversible.
Ms. Long has spent 18 years, starting from scratch, to educate herself in an understanding of the effects
on family systems. Her role was to
- Assist families to understand the nature of the illness.
- Work with carers to put in place day to day strategies to cope with both the behaviour and the stress
- To link services and resources
- To cope with grief and loss.
Government is committed to keeping older people in their own homes as this means more dollars for health
services and residential aged care. However funding demand is greater than supply. She has found her work
both challenging and rewarding.
The guest speaker at the March meeting was Dr Deborah Lloyd, consultant in Medical Research and Education
at the University of Newcastle and conjoint lecturer in Medical Practice and Occupational Health. The topic
was “Ah, for a good bedside manner”.
The University of Newcastle’s Medical School is a world leader in doctor-patient interaction, especially
in oncology. Dr Lloyd works with trainee doctors in the area of communication – not just how doctors ‘chat’
to patients but how they communicate: listen, provide information, don’t use jargon or explain jargon carefully.
Dr Lloyd addressed four questions:
- Is it important for doctors to have good communication skills?
Of course, as consultation between the doctor and the patient is fundamental. However, less than 50%
of Australian doctors feel they are adequately trained in this area. Studies show that improved communication
can improve health outcomes for patients.
- What comprises a good bedside manner?
active listening – the patient has their say in open dialogue where the doctor gives back to the patient
what he has heard
the doctor encourages the patient to express their feelings
there’s a demonstration of concern and empathy by the doctor
information is provided to the patient
- Can these communication skills be taught?
Yes – core communications are included for all students in their first year where they are placed in
small groups with a tutor in an aged care facility. Students are assessed critically by video and feedback
- What can patients do to improve communication skills with doctors?
Take an active role, prepare questions beforehand, take a friend along, write down the doctor’s answers,
ask for an explanation of ‘jargon’, be clear and specific about symptoms and begin with the most important.
Just don’t self diagnose and give feedback to the doctor when care is given.
Dr Lloyd was besieged with questions and observations at the close of her delivery – a true sign of interest
from the members on this topic as well as an on-going situation we all face with family members when we
are supporting them.
Our April meeting was a fund-raising luncheon in support of our East Timorese students held on Saturday
1 May at Halina and Tony Turnbull’s home with 39 members and guests in attendance. The weather rewarded
us with some wonderful autumn sunshine – a fantastic day. Thank you again Halina and Tony.
All were able to be seated comfortably at tables in the cellar dining room and two tables in the dining
room – an incredible effort. Thank you to all the members and friends who contributed in whatever way they
could. Approximately $800 was raised of which $190 was raised by the raffle with donated prizes.
Our official May meeting on Wednesday 26 brought us together with Christine Hosking, our state President,
as guest speaker. It was wonderful to welcome her in this capacity and hear what is happening in Sydney
and throughout NSW.
Christine spoke enthusiastically and informally about her trip to the Antarctic – a long held dream which
was realized, to be followed by a trip to the Arctic in July. Leaving Argentina for the Antarctic Peninsula
in an ice-breaker boat called the ‘Polar Pioneer’ with 53 people translated into smaller boats called zodiacs
to cruise around the ice-bergs and islands of the region. Some myths about the silence of the region were
quickly quashed as a multitude of penguins abound on the islands but the spectacular and majestic ice-bergs
more than compensated.
In accordance with the Antarctic Treaty and the Madrid Protocol of 1991, no pollution is allowed in the
area, let alone mining. This was set up by the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, who, along with Blanche,
happened to be on this same ship as Christine. In the spirit of cooperation all the different countries’
research stations share their scientific and geographical knowledge - in true UN style! Christine gave us
a wonderful picture in words of this awesome and pristine environment.
Members on the Thursday accompanied Christine to the vineyards to share some Hunter delights. We thank
Gaynor Reeves for her wonderful hospitality on this day.
Penny Josephson and Melinda Bishop are studying full time for Arts Degrees in Community and Environment
at the Moss Vale Campus of the University of Wollongong. Our group awarded a $500 book allowance to each
of these high achievers. The Moss Vale Campus allows students to study for degrees in Arts and Computing
and is in partnership with Illawarra TAFE in upgrading library and computing facilities. The opening of
this new local campus is allowing more students to access tertiary education in the Southern Highlands.
We are all familiar with the Royal Flying Doctor service, but did you know it provides a ‘Mantle of Safety”
across 80% of Australia, with minimal financial Government support? Dianna Fielding first visited the RFD’s
base at Broken Hill as a nine year old and was so impressed, that some 30 years later she supports the service
by cycling through the outback in her spare time, raising money for “the doctors’.
At our March supper meeting, Dianna spoke about the pleasure she derives in helping others, the wonderful
characters she has met, the challenging situations which are part of her fundraising, and have provided
her with fantastic opportunities of exploring Australia by bike. She has ridden from Sydney to Perth, across
the Nullabor, and from Darwin to Adelaide via Canberra. Wonderful slides graphically illustrated the hardships
of heat, dust and mud that she endured on her most recent ride from Cloncurry to Dubbo. Her enthusiasm was
infectious and she clearly demonstrated that an ‘individual can make a difference’, having raised over $30,000
for the Service.
What do we know about the woman on our $10 note? Dame Mary Gilmore is well remembered from the famous
portrait by Dobell and for her poetry. A portrait of an idealistic young woman also looks out at us from
the $10 note and it is about the experiences of this young woman that Anne Whitehead spoke to us at our
May dinner meeting at Jars Restaurant in Bowral. Her book, “Bluestocking in Patagonia”, is part biography
and part travel writing, but like her presentation,’ totally engaging’.
Our Twilight Dinner in February was a wonderful night —the Golf Club proved a very pleasant venue overlooking
the golf course and town. Professor Lorraine Ling and her husband, Dr Peter Ling gave an interesting and
enlightening talk on the changing role of universities. This sounded rather academic but it was presented
with a power point presentation in the form of a melodrama - the research/ teaching versus the commercial/
business. Professor Ling discovered that she and one of our members, Nicola Snekker/Seymour who had been
a flautist in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, had had the same flute teacher and Lorraine had played in
the Junior Symphony Orchestra!
The prize winner of our University of Sydney (Orange Campus) prize was Mrs Jill Taylor who came with
her husband. She spoke very eloquently about her course and how inspiring and satisfying it had been.
Patsy Page who grew up in Fiji and now lives in Paris has just published her second book entitled "Across
the Magic Line". She was staying with us and kindly gave a talk at Coota Park late one afternoon. About
40 of us were fascinated to hear snippets from the book and about various aspects of Fijian life. The book
is charming in the way it cleverly weaves childhood memories with history and politics.
Those of you who have been there previously will know what a lovely spot Eat Your Greens is - and for
those who haven't - what was originally the Eugowra Golf Club has been converted into a Function Centre
on the banks of the Mandagery Creek surrounded by wonderful old gum trees. It is the venue for our May meeting
with guest speaker, Margie Carroll from Molong who is a town planner by profession and has written a book,
"Ordinary People— Extraordinary Lives". She is currently working on a film "Future Makers" about rural youth
in Papua New Guinea. Her talk is based around these topics and about rural youth in the Outback of Australia.
She is also involved in a federally funded project "Small Town Volunteer Project in the Central West".
At our April meeting we viewed the first half of the film The Weekly’s War which portrays in drama, interspersed
with archival footage, the approach to covering World War 2, and that time in Australia, taken by the staff
of the Australian Women’s Weekly. It shows many of the iconic covers, mostly hand-painted, which became
synonymous with the Weekly’s patriotic effort.
Members were enthralled by the film and it elicited much discussion on their own and their families’
experiences during the war. We also were intrigued to see many actors we know well today, such as Noni Hazelhurst
and Michael Caton, or have known over the years, as they were in 1982 when the film was made.
The interest was such that we plan to view the second half of the film after the Annual General Meeting
on 10 July.
On 4 June we held a Christmas in Winter fund-raising lunch at the home of Lyn and Merle Thompson in Hazelbrook.
This was very pleasant socially with members and friends enjoying a traditional lunch and lively conversation.
Sufficient funds were raised to enable the Branch to make its annual Gladys Weiler award to a student at
Katoomba High School.