Fifty year milestone for orchid society
MORE than 80 people gathered for the celebration of Proserpine Orchid and Foliage Plant Society’s 50th anniversary on Sunday.
Audrey Hinschen was inducted as a life member to the society at the celebrations in Woodwark.
Society president Merv Fuller said Ms Hinschen joined the society in 1976 and had made a number of outstanding contributions to the club over the years.
“She has been a valuable member for a very long time and we felt that she should be recognised for her efforts,” he said.
Special guests from Homehill, Bowen, Mackay, Serena, Townsville and Ayr were also in attendance and they were treated to a guided tour of local members’ gardens before stopping in at the Carbon Markets.
The commemorative cake was cut by Ms Hinschen with patron Margaret Rouge, club president Merv Fuller and mayor Jennifer Whitney showing their full support.
Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Jennifer Whitney said it was great to celebrate 50 years of a community organisation.
“I think it is a great organisation and a great hobby and today has been a wonderful opportunity to meet people from our region,” she said.
The inaugural meeting of the Proserpine Orchid and Foliage Plant Club was held in February 1963 at the Ladies Rest Room in Mill Street, Proserpine.
The meeting bought together men and women with a common passion to the club which is known today as the Proserpine Orchid and Foliage Society Inc.
Mr Fuller thanked past and present members who had been responsible for the success of the society over so many years.
MIGHTY MILESTONE: A cake for Proserpine Orchid and Foliage Plant Society’s 50th anniversary was cut by newly inducted life member Audrey Hinschen with president Merv Fuller, patron Margaret Rouge and mayor Jennifer Whitney.