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A Pearly Milestone-30th Birthday Celebrations

The pearls were found and dusted off ready for a special celebration to mark the 30th birthday of Blackburn South Ladies Probus Club.  The Avenue Church Hall was decorated with beautiful flowers and balloons to greet members and special guests as they arrived.  We were very pleased to welcome Whitehorse Mayor, Bill Bennett and his wife Carol, Probus Chairman Robert Renshaw and his wife Peggy, PAV President, Rennus Crossley and Andrea Angus who was standing in for her husband Neil, the State Member for Forest Hill.

This was the occasion to recognise the contribution made by many of our members.  Robert Renshaw presented current President, Gwen Shield with a certificate acknowledging the club’s 30 year history.    Rennus then presented Life Membership awards to Margaret Clarke and Gwen Shield to thank them for all they have done and continue to do to serve the club and support its members.  Lastly, we were privileged to have 6 of our Foundation Members in attendance, who were recognised for their long service to the club.  Val Lee-Archer, Lesley Mullins, Judy Peacock, Barbara Reid, Claire Wilkinson and Isobel Paton were very surprised and pleased to receive their certificates.

The Mayor oversaw the cutting of the birthday cake by first President Claire Wilkinson and current President, Gwen Shield and Isobel Paton took us on a trip down memory lane as she shared the history of the club. During  an extravagant morning tea we were reminded from a fact sheet on our table of what was happening in the world  in 1989, the year our club was established.  It caused much discussion!  Many and lasting friendships have been made and nurtured in the years since as members continue to provide support for each other, always under the umbrella of fun, friendship and fellowship.