Ladies cel­e­brate

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Be­nalla’s Ever­green Ladies cel­e­brated their 18-year an­niver­sary at Be­nalla Golf Club last Wed­nes­day.

The Ever­green Ladies were formed in the year 2000 when two lo­cal wid­ows Jan Spencer and June Mor­ri­son de­cided to form a so­cial group for ladies in Be­nalla who live alone.

Although ini­tially a group for women whose hus­bands had passed away, they quickly grew to in­clude di­vorcees and any lady in the town who lives on their own.

‘‘We’ve been do­ing this for 18 years to­gether,’’ Mrs Spencer said.

‘‘When you look back it doesn’t seem that long.

‘‘We only had 15 ladies at our first meet­ing all those years ago.’’

A quick look around the packed room will tell you that num­ber has more than quadru­pled since those days.

‘‘We got to­gether here at the golf club all those years ago, and we still come back here to­day,’’ Mrs Spencer said.

‘‘We meet up for a meal on the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month, and on the third Wed­nes­day in the month we ei­ther go out for lunch some­where in Be­nalla or I or­gan­ise a coach trip.

‘‘Re­cently we went over to Co­bram and had a day on the ‘Cob­ber boat’, which was a lot of fun.’’

The club started as a way of help­ing ladies who had re­cently lost some­one to get out and be so­cia­ble again and con­tin­ues to of­fer a place to have some fun, share sto­ries and have a laugh.

‘‘The group is a step­ping stone for ladies when they be­come wid­ows, we’re both wid­ows, and it’s just a step­ping stone for them to get out and en­joy the com­pany of oth­ers. It takes a big step to do that,’’ Mrs Spencer said.

‘‘And nowa­days it’s not only just wid­ows. Word got around and now we have ladies who have been di­vorced or some who just live on their own.

‘‘They’re just a lovely group of ladies.’’

When I asked about plans for the 20-year an­niver­sary I was met with rap­tur­ous laugh­ter and told they are not think­ing that far ahead.

Be­fore the in­ter­view could end we were in­ter­rupted by the day’s en­ter­tain­ment, Elvis im­per­son­ator Ian Har­ri­son who de­lighted the crowd with some rock’n’roll clas­sics.

The event was em­ceed by Mr Bill Arnold who has hosted events for the Ever­green ladies since the be­gin­ning.

● The Ever­green Ladies are al­ways on the look­out for new mem­bers. If you are in­ter­ested, phone Jan Spencer on 5762 6272, or June mor­ri­son on 5762 1412.

Ever­green mile­stone: The Ever­green Ladies en­joy some Elvis at their re­cent 18-year an­niver­sary.

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