Group guide: Wide Bay
QUOTA INTERNATIONAL OF MARYBOROUGH INC.
WE WOULD like to say thanks too, The Fraser Coast and District for supporting and promoting our 16th Annual Bookfest, held at the Maryborough Showgrounds, October 3-5, 2019. The donation of thousands of pre-loved books was very much appreciated. The books were snapped up quickly by avid bookworms. A "Big Thanks" to the Homeowners and Businesses, who allowed their premises to be used for advertising signage. The radio and television station, Maryborough Herald, Chronicle, and many more too numerous to mention, for their free publicity.
The Maryborough Quota International Bookfest, was another success story, but without the help of our volunteers, FCRC for their sponsorship, and Maryborough Undercar, for allowing us to use of their premises for marking and storing the books, this event would not have been possible. A substantial amount of the proceeds, will be donated to The Ovarian Cancer Research. The remainder will be shared with, The Disadvantaged Children and Local Charities and Community Projects.
FREE SUPPORT SERVICE FOR SENIORS
THE Seniors Legal and Support Service is a community service providing free legal advice and support for seniors 60 years and over, who are experiencing or at risk of elder abuse, mistreatment or financial exploitation. The service can provide information, advice and support including: Short term counselling/advocacy; Information on your legal rights; Advice on Enduring Power of Attorney documents; Referrals to other support, legal and consumer services; Community education.
For further information, phone 07 4124 6863 or call into their office situated at Shop 6, 16 Torquay Road, Hervey Bay (opp RSL) - Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
Fraser Coast-Hervey Bay Combined
OKTOBERFEST Celebrations were held at the home of Libby and Ray Johnson at their home in Dundowran Beach. Marquees were hung with the official Bavarian flags (Rautenflagge), blue and white. Table settings were also traditional blue and white, and giant pretzels were available as nibblies. The lunch menu consisted of bratwurst and bockwurst sausages. Bratwurst sausages were cooked in beer and onions, while the bockwurst was served with German salad, (red cabbage, pickled, cucumber and capsicum.) We also ate German potato cakes, (kartoffelpuffer) and sauerkraut. Dessert was Black Forest Cake and Strudel. Ray and Libby served beers imported from Germany. There are rules regarding what beer can be served at an Oktoberfest. The beers on offer were Lowenbrau and Ottinger. For non-beer drinkers there were Australian wines and soft drinks. Club members really excelled this year with their outfits. The men sported lederhosen (leather trousers, embroidered braces, white socks, loose shirts and hats with feathers.)
Of course we had many variations of that attire. Ladies wore dirndls, a traditional skirt, and colourful schurze (apron) also with stockings and hat. Karen Brown won best dressed female and Jim Wonisch, best dressed male. Even the toilet signage was in German, but for those of us challenged by foreign languages, there were pictures. We were entertained with traditional German music with Lynn on organ, while Ray led us in the traditional drinking song - Ein Prosit. We stood up with our beer mugs, sung with gusto and swayed along amid much hilarity.
(Voice, Interest, and Education of Woman)
OUR meetings and luncheon are always the second Monday of each month at the Club House, Tooth Street, Pialba from 10.30am and usually includes a Guest Speaker. Monthly socials are on the forth Monday at various venues from 9.30am. The annual View Zone Conference was held at the Beach House Hotel with a High Tea and both the Hervey Bay and Fraser Coast View Clubs were represented plus the newly elected President of the inaugural Maryborough View Club. Beautifully decorated tables, fine tea cups and tiered cake stands laden with delicacies, then the ladies were entertained by an interesting array of speakers including Alan Le May, General Manager of the Queensland branch of the Smith Family who gave an emotional address re the plight of the 1,396 disadvantaged students the Smith Family supports with schooling including uniforms, shoes, books and mentoring. Lyn Masters, National Councillor for View elaborated on the benefits of being part of the VIEW family. Zone Councillor Jean Jennings was the MC and Chronicle editor, Jessica Grewal related her personal history from a young cadet journalist to editor. Friendships formed through VIEW Clubs are very rewarding from sometimes a lonely, mundane lifestyle to forming strong bonds with other like-minded ladies. New or interested ladies are always welcome to join our very friendly club.
For more information, phone Bev on 07 4128 2692.