VIEW Clubs gather for International Women’s Day

Lorraine Overton, Kate Knight, Jan Bennett, Jil Sampson, Rosemarie Eveleigh, Marie Hobson, Trish Conway, Margaret Stevens at the IWD lunch in Tamworth.
Lorraine Overton, Kate Knight, Jan Bennett, Jil Sampson, Rosemarie Eveleigh, Marie Hobson, Trish Conway, Margaret Stevens at the IWD lunch in Tamworth.

Seven Gunedah  Evening VIEW Club members attended the annual International Women’s Day luncheon organised by Tamworth VIEW clubs at the Powerhouse Hotel last weekend.

Aboriginal elder Stella Lamb spoke about the trauma experienced by her mother, who had been taken from her family with her sisters in 1921 and placed in a girls’ home in Cootamundra, while her brothers were sent to a boys’ home in Kempsey. At age nine, they were "apprenticed" out as servants or farm hands.

Aboriginal Elder Stella Lamb at the event.

Aboriginal Elder Stella Lamb at the event.

Everyone enjoyed the entertainment in the form of Marlene and Dot, dressed as nuns, who assured us they were “sisters but not Sisters”. The duo presented a very entertaining set of “bone-cracking” numbers using dried-beef rib bones as musical instruments.

At the March meeting, members enjoyed a taste of rockabilly dancing, with special guests the Rockabilly Rockers.

The group explained the origins of the dance and introduced some simple moves before launching into a lively demonstration.

Lorraine Overton and Jill Sampson offer a vote of thanks to the Rockabilly Rockers.

Lorraine Overton and Jill Sampson offer a vote of thanks to the Rockabilly Rockers.

Members are sad to farewell Therese Perrett who is moving to Queensland. A vote of thanks was extended to Deirdre Andren who has stepped down from the committee after many years of service, with congratulations going to Irene Ellis and her husband Tony who are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

VIEW Clubs around Australia sponsor disadvantaged students through the Smith Family’s Learning For Life program, and members were pleased to hear from a past student who has just started a university degree.

The club will host a fund-raising local premiere of Finding Your Feet on April 7, a Saturday afternoon showing, with a high tea.

The next meeting on April 4 is a celebration of Easter, with a prize for the biggest Easter bunny ears.

Apologies and guest names to Kate (6742 3926) by the Monday prior.

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