Carol Tonagh penning her songs.
Carol Tonagh penning her songs.

Pink, mauve party colours for Gympie VIEW Club celebration

THE GYMPIE VIEW Club recently celebrated its 20th birthday with more than 85 past and present members joining in the festivities at the Orchid room in the Gympie RSL Club.

There was plenty of chatter and laughter as the years rolled away, and memories and friendships were renewed.

Pink and mauve were the colours chosen for the party's theme, and these colours also graced the beautifully dressed tables and the splendid birthday cake.

Gympie VIEW Club president Elsie Matthews paid tribute to past presidents and members and welcomed visitors from neighbouring clubs at Glasshouse Mountains, Fraser Coast, Hervey Bay, Buderim and Kawana Waters.

She then observed a minute's silence in memory of those members who have passed away.

The sadness was tempered by a slide-show depicting 20 years of memories, which played throughout the meeting.

Many exclamations of - "oh, that's me back then!" or "oh, I remember that day!" could be heard during the day, amid much happy and sometimes embarrassed laughter.

Entertainment was provided by a fantastic young singer, Alison Jensen, who gave up her lunch break from James Nash High to delight those present with her talent.

The Gympie VIEW Club's resident singing group, the Songbirds also sang two songs written by member, Carol Tonagh.

From the club's early beginnings in 1995, with Barbara Williams as the first Gympie president, the Gympie VIEW Club has gone from strength to strength, and now has a membership of 65.

While raising money to support the Smith Family's charity work, the club has provided education, entertainment and friendship for numerous members during those 20 years.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and efforts of their members, this VIEW club will continue to thrive.


Meghan, Harry ‘struggling to cope’ in LA

Meghan, Harry ‘struggling to cope’ in LA

Dream of a blissful new life has quickly turned into a nightmare

Fresh confusion over virus 'detention'

Fresh confusion over virus 'detention'

Thousands of Melbourne public housing residents have been provided with "detention...

Man in iconic 9/11 photo dies from virus

Man in iconic 9/11 photo dies from virus

This man miraculously survived the 9/11 terror attacks