FINDING companionship and talking political issues has banded a group of dedicated women together for 20 years.
Each fortnight the Older Women's Network in Gympie meets to discuss issues from income security to housing and community care, while also encouraging life enrichment and mutual support.
Network convener Lee Hodgson said they usually had a short meeting with a guest speaker.
"The morning starts with a short meeting followed by morning tea and usually a guest speaker," Lee said.
"Last November Cindy Hartwig gave a talk on treating stings and snake bites and later the same month there was a demonstration of tai chi.
"We have morning outings for indoor bowls, games mornings at Lake Alford, special morning teas and two bus trips a year.
"Many of the ladies also attend the craft group which meets on the alternate Friday."
Lee mentioned the club would be celebrating its 20th birthday this year.
"International Women's Day is acknowledged with a luncheon and on April 21 the ladies will celebrate the club's 20th birthday with a party at the Gunabul Home
stead Restaurant," she said.
"We welcome all visitors to attend or join our meetings."
For more information phone Lee Hodgson on 5483 1415 or Helen Steele on 5483 5181.
Older Women's Network in Gympie meets once a fortnight at the Anglican Hall, Lady Mary Tce at 9.15am.
The ages of the ladies range from 55 to 92 and the aims of the group are to:
Encourage life enrichment, mutual support, and companionship among older women;
Enhance the positive image of older women;
Promote healthy aging; and
Lobby the government on issues affecting older women such as income security, work opportunities, housing and community care and transport in regional areas.