Fifty year mile­stone for orchid so­ci­ety

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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