Community worker awared Gympie Quota's Woman of the Year
DEDICATED community worker Ailsa Smith has been named Gympie Quota's 2015 Woman of the Year.
Mrs Amith was presented with her award at the club's 54th changeover luncheon hosted at the Gympie RSL Orchid Room by 2014 president Eunice McIntyre.
Affectionately known as Duck Duck, Mrs Smith has been a volunteer for Little Haven Palliative Care since 2005, helping in myriad ways including baking and sewing, knitting booties and bonnets for premature babies, and cooking her favourite strawberry and cumquart jams and beetroot relish.
She is passionate about animals and spends much time delivering old blankets to the RSPCA.
Mrs Smith also provides phone support, companionship and meals for lonely elderly people in our community. When she is not busy volunteering she manages to squeeze in a variety of U3A classes including book club, cryptic crossword, creative writing and gardening.
Presenting the award, Quotarian Glennis Mitchell said besides all her good works, Mrs Smith's smile radiated goodwill to all around her.
Mrs Smith was surprised by her extended family travelling from Sydney and Tamworth to see her receive her award
Another highlight of the meeting was 34th district past president Sandra Verrall installing the 2015/16 executive of president Judy Dwyer, president-elect Ann Weller, secretary Gayle O'Mara, minutes secretary Marie Patrick, treasurer Robyn Douglas, and directors Narelle Hosking (service), Vicki Schluter (program) and Joy Sullivan (ways and means).
One hundred percent attendance badges were presented to Eunice McIntyre, Robyn Patroni and Joy Sullivan while Dianne Malouf received the fifth-year anniversary badge.
Gympie Quota made donations during the past year to Little Haven Palliative Care, Gympie Special School, Erin House, Meals on Wheels, Hear & Say Centre, Friends of Jessie Witham, Gympie and District Eisteddfod Committee, Community Bus for the Ageing, Weroona Association and Sharon Shelford - Breast Cancer Awareness.
Gympie Quota is now part of a bigger Region 15 and its 54 years of service to the local community and internationally is held in high esteem.