The Lower Clarence Quota Club celebrated its 25th anniversary in style on Saturday by serving up high tea at The Round House, Palm Lake Resort, Yamba.
The lower river branch was founded in 1991 by travelling locum pharmacist from the Lismore area, Jill Brown.
During this time, Jill was a member of the Lismore Quota Club.
Whilst working in Maclean, Jill rounded up a few likeminded women in business and after running ads in the paper regarding the formation of a Quota Club, she chartered the Lower Clarence Quota Club.
With a membership of 35 women, the newly formed club took on the responsibility of the Cane Harvest Festival Queen competition, in Maclean.
The late June Causley, Sandra Wood and Kathryn Killen were asked to judge the Queen of the festival.
Local business houses provided casual and formal wear to be paraded on the catwalk for the final judging of the queen.
Quota continued its association with the festival until 1998 and all money raised went during this time was distributed to Lower Clarence residents or groups in need.
Past beneficiaries include Maclean Hospital – funds and equipment; Maclean High School – healthy breakfast; Wherrett Park committee – sports equipment; Channel 10 – Children in need Christmas Party; all lower Clarence pre-schools – equipment; public schools (Yamba, Maclean, Iluka) – surround sound hearing equipment; Vial of Life – organising; Coast Guard Iluka – funding for refit; Maclean Skate Park – funding; Clarence Valley Council – beach access wheelchairs and Yamba heated pool – lane sponsorship.
The Lower Clarence Quota Club are currently supporting the following events: The Disabled Surfers, women’s refuge, Department of Health hearing ears programme, Quota deaf camp for children, random acts of kindness and the Yamba Arts and Crafts Fair.