BBLAC 20th Anniversary Lunch

If there is one thing that members of BBLAC really enjoy, it’s the opportunity to get together whilst enjoying a delicious meal. And enjoy they did, when just on 130 members, some founding, many long term and some very new, gathered at Milanos at Brighton Beach.  Sharing in our 20th Anniversary Celebrations were Edith Martin, President of Life Activities Clubs Victoria Inc., and the Mayor of City of Bayside, Alex del Porto.

In fact, the conversations were so animated; it was sometimes difficult to hear the dulcet tones of the specially formed musical duo of members, Peter Kaye and Cliff Skinner.

A continuous montage of archival photos reminded many of the guests of the activities and good times they have enjoyed over the past 20 years. Whilst there was a touch of sadness when images of members who are no longer with us appeared on the screen, it sparked lots of “remember when” comments. So many people have worked tirelessly, over the years, to provide so many enjoyable activities and it was apt that everyone be remembered.

Previous presidents and committee members were acknowledged and a toast to the club, preceded the cutting of the cake by our foundation president, Geoff Oscar and our current president, Prudence Vernall.

Such was the enthusiasm for celebrating, everyone was happy to reprise their singing of Happy Birthday.

But happy occasions like this, just don’t happen and special thanks must go to committee members, Olga Givoye and Robin Lacey, who organised the event, Ian Sadler for his AV skills and all the other members who assisted. Our club photographers, Annette James and Jocelyn Wood, roved the room taking happy snaps. All of the images will be available on the club’s website very soon.

One member commented, as she left, that she had enjoyed the club’s 20th Anniversary celebrations so much, she was looking forward to our 30th!  Now that’s a positive outlook on life, something that the mayor commented was apparent in the room, as he enjoyed the ambience of the day.

Happy 20th Birthday Brighton Bayside Life Activities Club and may we all continue to enjoy the many activities our club provides.

Helen Graham

Publicity Co-ordinator