Saturday 6th March: IWD Breakfast Saturday 20th March: Dr Del Doherty Lecture (Brisbane) Saturday 8th May: May Breakfast
- Saturday 12th June: Welcome Members Morning Tea - Twin Waters Golf Club, 10.00am
- Saturday 3rd July: Bursary Presentation Function - Innovation Centre USC
- Sunday 8th August: 30th Anniversary Celebration - Community Hall IRT The Palms
- Saturday 28th August: AGM (venue to be advised)
- Saturday 18th September: Spring Brunch - Twin Waters Golf Club
- Saturday 6th November: November Breakfast and Presentation of Bursaries
- Saturday 4th December: Christmas Lunch - Twin Waters Golf Club
- Casual Morning Teas - Not yet confirmed
REP Hosting – students from Yeronga SHS, January cancelled, later dates to be advised
May Breakfast - 2021
Was Held on Saturday May 8th - Headland Golf Club
Guest Speaker – Stephen Vagg
Topic: “But what happens next?" A lighthearted look at writing for soap operas.
Meet Stephen Vagg, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Queensland, and MA in Screenwriting and MA (hons) in Screen Studies, Australian Film Television & Radio School
Stephen is a writer and historian based in Brisbane. For over three years he was story producer on the internationally screened serial drama “Neighbours”, supervising the writing department and helping plot over a thousand thirty-minute episodes. Prior, to that he was a story producer, writer and script editor for several years on the serial drama “Home and Away”. He wrote the feature films “Jucy” and “All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane”, earning an AFI Award Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the latter. He won an AWGIE Award for his “Neighbours” script for episode 6857, the first time the show had won in that category in a decade
He is the author of the biography, Rod Taylor: An Aussie in LA, which was turned into the documentary, “Rod Taylor: Pulling No Punches”, in which Stephen appeared as an interviewee. He has always worked as a journalist, script editor, researcher and consultant, and is the author of several plays which have been performed around the world, including the AWGIE-nominated “Friday Night Drinks”
What a superb breakfast we had on Saturday 8 May 2021. Lovely food and a marvellous speaker. Stephen Vagg took us through the development of a possible new soap called Paradise (as shown in the photo).
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GWQ Sunshine Coast Branch - 30th Anniversary
Sunday August 8th 2021
Celebrating 1991 - 2021
‘IT’ is coming up this year! Can the Sunshine Coast Branch of GWQ really be 30 years old? Can some of our members really still be energetic and enthusiastic?! Participation numbers say YES! So, let us celebrate in style again – Sunday, August 8th, 2021.
Our first bursary winners and the Executive Committee, 1st May 1996
We celebrated 5 years of growth. The SC University College had just enrolled its first students. How exciting was that! We held a Birthday Breakfast (cost $15) at the Buderim Ginger Mountain Resort (now the site of many townhouses). The speaker was the new Dean of Arts, Dr Robert Elliott. Betty Vawser’s summary in the newsletter is fascinating to read today. The committee that year included old-timers Norma McMichael, Libby Burge, Bev Hinz, Margaret Welshe and Dianne Weeks. Our Past President Sylvia Hovey received one of the first bursaries at a Bursary Breakfast catered by a team of members under Chef Bev Hinz. The President of AFUW Qld accepted our invitation to address us that morning 25 years ago
AFUW National President Jenny Strauss blows out 10 candles at our 10th Anniversary, March 2001
AFUW national President, Dr Jennifer Strauss, from Melbourne, blew out 10 candles with assistance from SC Branch President Libby Burge and inaugural SC President Margaret Blackburne. Margaret Welshe had ably coordinated volunteers for the distribution, fitting and return of gowns for the first USC graduation ceremony in April 1999. The Branch was thrilled to receive $8 per gown from the Fellowship Fund. Two of our Bursary winners won Chancellor’s Medals. The Archival Millennial project, An Educated Woman, edited by Betty Vawser, was launched later that year at USC by the VC, Prof. Paul Thomas. Desley Goggin was President. Bursary awards continued. Book Sales raised funds. Two book groups flourished. Membership increased.
Executive Committee with Governor of Qld, Her Excellency the Hon. Quentin Bryce, May 2005
Teenage years – 15 years old. ‘The Naked Italian’(!) at Twin Waters hosted our Celebratory Birthday Breakfast. President Marilyn Keelty had commenced The Special Project in 2004, led by Dr Jenny Hughes, to assist the education of refugee women in Qld - ESL classes at USC, Home Hosting, Mini Bursaries and swimming lessons. $24,500 was awarded in bursaries during these five years, underpinned by the income from ‘Gowning the Grads’ organised by Sue Tranter and Dr Jenny Hughes among others. Bursary procedures were updated by Marilyn. Bursary Presentation Breakfasts held at USC were outstanding and attended by VC Prof Paul Thomas. Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, Governor of Qld, attended a special International Women’s Day function. The Tsunami appeal was generously supported. 80% of members received the Newsletter by email. Fellowship flourished at social functions. The state body in Brisbane supported the still young, but maturing branch.
Our first fifteen years initiated and developed activities that continued over the following ten years. See the next Newsletter to refresh memories of those years. And for the last five years make sure you reserve your seat for the 30th Anniversary Celebratory function!
Norma McMichael, Archivist