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A nautical theme was the order of the day. See page 19 for more images. Image: Contributed by Beth Spence.

A VIEW of International Women’s Day 2017

A nautical theme was the order of the day. See page 19 for more images. Image: Contributed by Beth Spence.

“Be bold for Change” was the official campaign theme for 2017 but our four VIEW Clubs of the Clarence Valley gave it a twist with a ‘nautical theme. The room was set to this theme with traditional blue and white. There tables looked a treat with some stylish fishing net with a scattering of shells. To top this off each table number was represented as a sail boat with the Australian flag atop.
The programme was jammed pack as usual. We were welcomed by zone councillor Anne Dinham and national councillor Cecilia Bayliss introduced us to national vice president Gloria Walter who had travelled from Sydney. Gloria spoke about how IWD had started in New York in 1909 and is celebrated worldwide and continues to celebrate women’s rights. We were then taken on a life journey by Gloria, how, as young child with her family she raised funds for the under privileged. This of course along with other charitably work led her to joining a VIEW club and her journey continues.
Guest speaker Shelly Whittington spoke about ‘Destiny Rescue’. This organisation rescues children from the sex trade and aims to empower and restore these young people to lead a free and productive happy life. They are offered shelter, health care and safety while giving them the opportunity to train in some simple trades such as a seamstress or a barista. They operate in a variety of countries including Thailand and India.
On the entertainment front, a few highlights, well, what an array of talent. There was a couple of numbers by the Yamba Tappers. These ladies not only tapped it out but looked fantastic in their costumes. Luka Meyers gave us a musical interlude with her beautiful harp. We were then treated to Nicole & Jenna Cowling from Maclean. A couple of very talented Scottish dancers in sailor suits dancing The Sailors Hornpipe. The vintage bridal parade was a crowd favourite with gowns from 1946 to 2012. The models all looked fantastic in array of lace, frills, net and trains. This parade finished with a set of three gowns covering three generations from one family. The afternoon was then bought to a close with a fantastic rendition of ‘Polka Dot Bikini’ and all present enjoyed this immensely.
So well done and thank you to all that sponsored, entertained, decorated and served us. Thank you to the Yamba Bowling Club for the venue and to chef Craig and his staff for a very enjoyable meal. Thank you to all that attended as without you this day would not be the celebration and success that it is. Congratulation go to Yamba Day and Evening VIEW along with Maclean and Grafton VIEW for the team effort in organising, executing and creating the celebration that is Yamba International Women’s Day.
Beth Spence

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