GYMPIE Municipal Horticultural Society members were guests of honour at their own Christmas lunch at Gunabul Homestead.
President Henry Kross said the lunch was subsidised by the society as a means of thanking members for their contributions during the year - from making cakes and slices, writing winners' names on certificates for the Gympie Garden Expo, liaising with guest speakers and organising coach trips to processing paperwork and locating suitable garden venues for meetings.
Members arrived a lot earlier than normal as the AGM couldn't be held in November due to the society's 70th anniversary celebrations which coincided with Gympie celebrating 150 years, and therefore was conducted before the Christmas festivities took place.
Norm Breen chaired the meeting and the following members have been nominated for their respective positions - Henry Kross President, Joy Drummond Vice-President, Secretary Robyn Bowman, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Ruth Stephan, Treasurer Raelene Kross, Patron Henry Kross, Coach Trip Co-Ordinator Gayle Robinson, Meeting Convenor Essie Bird, Providore Linda Percival and Lyn Day, Publicity Officer Raelene Kross, Guest Speaker Co-Ordinator Raelene Kross and Auditor Peter Thorogood.
During the Christmas lunch, Joy Telfer and Lexi Ison won the lucky draw prizes (a box of chocolates) and Julie Worth, Linda Percival, Bruce Drummond, Val Deans and Linda Barker were the proud winners of $30 vouchers from local businesses.
Before the meals were handed out the president asked June Idle to say a Prayer. The meal was delicious which consisted of chicken, ham and vegetables, and caramel bread and butter pudding, or pavlova. Punch was also available.
There were prizes available with Joy Telfer and Lexi Ison winning the lucky draw prizes (a box of chocolates), and Julie Worth, Linda Percival, Bruce Drummond, Val Deans and Linda Barker were the proud winners of $30 vouchers from local businesses.
The best was left to last with Member for Gympie Tony Perrett awarding Norm Breen 1st Prize and Charles van Haren Kross 2nd Prize (the youngest ever winner) for the Best Dressed Xmas Outfit for Males. Michele, his wife, awarded Jan Davies first prize - she was very deserving with her groovy sunglasses and head gear, and Joy Drummond was equally impressive with her sparkling Christmas decorations around her neck - she was awarded second prize.
The president wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.