HEALTHY AGEING: President of Older Womens Network (OWN) at recent meeting in Gympie with guest speaker Dr Prue Millear.
HEALTHY AGEING: President of Older Womens Network (OWN) at recent meeting in Gympie with guest speaker Dr Prue Millear. Contributed

Older women get together to share their wisdom

MATURE-AGED women are invited to join the Older Women's Network (OWN) Qld a social group for friendship, fun and information on healthy ageing.

OWN believes in a healthy positive approach to growing older. In a multitude of ways older Australian women, Elders, have a wonderful amount of wisdom to contribute.

Last month, senior women from Queensland gathered at Gunabul Homestead in Gympie for the AGM of Older Women's Network Queensland. Attendees came from Mackay, Bribie Island, Woody Point, Gold Coast, Logan, Capalaba, Mitchelton in Brisbane as well as Gympie for this major event in the OWNQ calendar

Ms Lee Hodgson, President of Older Women's Network Qld and Gympie winner of the Senior Citizen of the Year Award, organised the vibrant occasion with assistance from members from the Gympie Branch. More than 70 women attended and enjoyed good food and company along with presentations from invited speakers.

Guest speaker Dr Prue Millear from University of Sunshine Coast spoke about ageing well and coping with humour for life's challenges in later years, and Ms Elizabeth Power gave a moving presentation about the work of Mercy Ships

The Gympie branch of OWNQ hold meetings every second Thursday from 9.15am. The next meeting is on October 17 at the Gympie and District Indoor Bowls Assoc, 35 Graham St, Gympie.

For more info, phone Lee on 0754831415 or Older Women's Network Queensland 0733582301. You're welcome to come along and meet new friends.


OWN (Qld)

OWN may provide the means for women to support each other, explore other cultures and learn new understanding in the pursuit of continuing health and new friendship. OWN (Qld) is a network of branches/groups. We value members and guests. Members are aged between forty-something and ninety-plus.


(An extract from online story)

When members of OWN (Qld) attended the OWN (Australia) conference in South Australia in 1994, they were very impressed by a handsome wall hanging made by local members. It was decided to make one that would be displayed at the 1996 Conference in Queensland. The first thing needed were funds to buy materials. The craft group and many others rallied to the cause and crafts were sold at the Brookside Markets. Those not sold were used as raffle prizes. Because $500 not nearly enough to make the kind of wall hanging envisaged, a grant from Brisbane City Council for another $500 made it possible.

Then came the really hard work. 'Older Women and Work and Play' became the theme and design. Thus the design would incorporate a business woman in a wheel chair, a doctor, two teachers, an artist, a golfer and a country woman. It was also decided to have something specifically found only in Queensland. One member who had mastered silk screen art created birdwing butterflies and Cooktown orchids. Another member painted the OWN (Qld) logo and Brisbane City Hall. The colours selected were naturally green, purple and white, the colours of the womens movement.

It was also decided that photos would be incorporated and members were invited to send in photos which would show some action or interest of the various groups. Much time was spent finding a photographer who could transfer these onto the fabric.

Infolink provided a large table to assemble the piece. Finally we had all the line drawings, photos, interlining and lining together. Then a green and purple braiding was attached. Now the quilting could begin.

At last it was finished but we realised we needed a hanging frame. Once again a member and her husband made one for us which had the advantage of being portable.

The completed hanging graced the entrance to 1996 Queensland Conference and has been taken to several other functions, including the International Year of Older People.