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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
Desk I continue to enjoy witnessing the ‘connectedness’ of Fairholme Old Girls during encounters of the most agreeable kind: reunions, luncheons, special events, meetings and, most importantly, visitors to our College.
2013 has seen the introduction of a new ‘meeting’ procedure for FOGA Toowoomba in a bid to continue that feeling of being connected. Monthly gatherings now involve a ‘social segment’, and we have had the good fortune to listen to Choir and solo performances from our current Arts students, stories from girls who travelled to the Mizpah Orphanage in Southern India and Old Girls chatting about their forays into various chosen careers. A very warm and open invitation is extended to all to attend these gatherings, held on the third Wednesday of each month in the Homestead at 4pm.
As our body of ‘archives volunteers’ grows, so too do the number of friendships and relationships formed. I am constantly amazed by the clarity of memories shared and the passion with which our Old Girls speak of their treasured time here at Fairholme.
I am equally impressed with the enthusiasm shown by Year Level reunion co-ordinators - thank you for your time and energy. As you can see from the reunion details listed (left), we are still in need of some Year Level reunion coordinators and I encourage anyone interested to contact the Alumni Office. We endeavour to make this task as effortless as possible, and are more than happy to distribute invitations and correspondence or provide assistance wherever needed.
Thanks for making 2013 another great year for Fairholme Alumni. It has been my absolute pleasure to catch up with so many FOGs at various functions this year, and I look forward to seeing you all in October during our Spring Fair Reunion Celebrations.
Jo Glasheen | Publications, Promotions and Alumni
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