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The love that Old Girls have for Fairholme and the bonds of friendship and of loyalty to the College continue to grow stronger within our association.
Events from last year where testament to this; Founders Day goes from strength to strength - the Old Girls were so proud to be at the opening of the Heather Harrison Health Centre. Heather enthralled all those at Founders Day Assembly with her address. It is so heartening to see the large amount of Old Girls supporting Founders Day; we look forward to seeing more of you this year. Also, the Annual Reunion Luncheon on the Sunday after the Fairholme Spring Fair was such a happy day, and numbers attending each year are steadily growing.
The Fairholme Old Girls’ Association are very keen to continue with their own Paver Drive this year - so any of you who have missed out on previous years – this is your chance. An order form is contained within this newsletter, for further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We have had an amazing response to reunions this year - Almost every year level has been allocated a co-ordinator thanks to Old girls generously volunteering their time to carry out these roles. Why not get a group of friends together and have a table full of fun and laughter at the Sunday luncheon on 21st October 2012 during the Spring Fair/Reunion Weekend.
Fairholme Old Girls Association is going from strength to strength.
Claire Wuth (Perkins) (1974) | President
I wish to present the Annual report for F.O.G.A. Brisbane for the year ending 25th February 2013.
At the AGM in February 2012, plans were finalised for the Annual luncheon in March. This took place on 24th March at The Mt. Ommaney Hotel Appartments. Mrs Linda Evans was our guest speaker. It is always inspiring to hear of the work being done at Fairholme and to hear news of present students.
As we have done for some years now, formal meetings have been replaced with Morning Teas/luncheons in the city, which makes it easier for members to attend.
In June several members met at Café 21 and enjoyed fellowship there.
On 28th August we again met at St. Paul’s Presbyterian church for a school service. We were again inspired by the singing of a group of “young” Old girls. We are grateful for the time these young women give to this service, and assure them that it is much appreciated. We are also grateful to the congregation of St. Paul’s as they continue to welcome us there.
On 10th September members (including two husbands) visited Megan Roberts at her new home at Eagleby. A happy morning was spent enjoying morning tea together.
Our final get-together for the year was at “The kitchen” at the old Treasury building for lunch. Those who were able to go enjoyed the time there.
Unfortunately some of our members have been on the “not so well” list this past year and our numbers have been down at certain functions. We hope 2013 sees us all with a better bill of health and ready to enjoy life.
Members who attended reunions in Toowoomba in October enjoyed the experience as always. We are grateful to the Toowoomba branch, to Jo Glasheen and Jenny Noble for the part they all play to make this weekend such a success. Our thanks also to the college and staff for making us so welcome on these occasions.
Thank you to all Brisbane committee members for their support this past year. I wish all F.O.G.A members a healthy and happy 2013.
Daphne Stewart | FOGA Brisbane President
I repeatedly have the good fortune to have Fairholme Old Girls regale me with tales of amusing escapades (and about more serious milestones) at events such as our annual Brisbane and Sydney gatherings.
Thanks to the introduction of some extra special events this year, I have also had the pleasure of witnessing lifelong Fairholme friendships in action!
Seeing our Old Girls take in part in the extraordinary performance of Faure’s Requeim during the Anzac Day presentation ‘For the Fallen’, gave me a great deal of satisfaction. As did the stories that were passed on from the Church Service that both Old Girls and current Fairholme students attended at the Caloundra Presbyterian Church on 25 March 2012. Current Fairholme girls spoke of their service project in India and enjoyed the company of Sunshine Coast Old Girls over lunch, and a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to two very helpful Old Girls who demonstrated true Fairholme Spirit and came to my rescue earlier this year when I was asked to host a visit to the Homestead by the Toowoomba Historical Society. Thank you to Mrs Sue Collins (Swan) (1967-71) and Mrs Margaret Jennings (Krimmer) (1955- 66) who so generously offered their time and information regarding the refurbishment of the Homestead.
I look forward to Spring Fair Reunion Weekend in October with anticipation. Thanks to our very keen co-ordinators, there are sure to be many more Fairholme memories created and recorded during this time of recollection and re-connection. See you at school!
Jo Glasheen | Publications, Promotions and Alumni
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