Betty’s the woman of the year
LONG-time community fundraiser Betty Sinn has been named Gympie's 2013 Quota Woman of the Year.
Ms Sinn was presented with her award at the annual Quota International Club of Gympie changeover lunch at Gympie RSL's Orchid Room on Sunday.
For many years, Ms Sinn has been instrumental in the fundraising for the Gympie Lutheran Church, Community Bus and Little Haven Palliative Care.
Incoming Quota president Eunice McIntyre said by recognising the needs of the organisations to deliver services to the community, Ms Sinn had organised fundraising ventures to meet the requirements of the three groups.
Ms McIntyre said many thousands of dollars had been raised thanks to Ms Sinn's efforts.
Gympie Quota celebrated its 52nd changeover in the company of special guests - 34th District Governor Sandra Verrall, of Maryborough, 34th Distict Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Cush, of Coolum Beach who co-jointly manages the affairs of 12 Quota clubs from Gladstone to Nambour and out to Kingaroy, and South Pacific area director Denise Rowell, of Coolum Beach.
Gympie's executive members assisting Ms McIntyre for 2013 are president elect Judy Dwyer, secretary Gayle O'Mara, minute secretary Mary Bothams, treasurer Heather McDonnell, and directors Dianne Malouf, Narelle Hosking and Noella Dwyer.
The club made donations to the Hear and Say Centre in Nambour, Little Haven Palliative Care, Gympie Eisteddfod Association, Community Bus, Gympie Special School, Meals on Wheels, Jessie Witham Respite Centre and Mercy Ships.
A special event during the changeover lunch was the lighting of the Quota candle by past Quotarian Lauriet Hooper.