History Day

On the 18th July 2019 we had a GFS History Day . Between all the attendees there was over 100 years of GFS institutional memory. The GFS motto song was the first topic of discussion. As near as we could discover, the words of the song have been sung since 1945. The tune has changed over time. Traditional hymns such as Glorious Things of Ye Are Spoken, Praise My Soul and Through the Night of Dark and Sorrow have been used. The current tune has been used since the 1960’s. During this discussion, the contributions of Gaye McDonald were
noted. Several of those present told anecdotes of her musical talent and dedication to GFS.
Some attendees brought memorabilia with them. One such item was a copy of the 1974 album “We Gather Together”. Music has been an important component of GFS over the years.
Among other items of memorabilia was a 1970’s GFS Australia poster, with photographs taken at Sydney Town Hall. The consensus was that the girls pictured were from the Castle Hill branch.
Several attendees brought badges. We discussed the different levels of membership and leadership represented by the badges. As a general rule, the Leader and Associate badges were shield shaped and the Junior girl’s badges were round. There were some examples of star badges which represented different numbers of years of membership. We discussed that this system was introduced to GFS Sydney by Ev Beckenham. The filigree brooch was first awarded to Mrs Gough in 1960.
It was noted that much historical information about GFS Sydney is contained in Ev Beckenham’s book “A Faithful Journey”.
Another topic of discussion was the uniform. The white frocks and blue veils of the 1940,s were replaced after the war. The post war uniform was initially designed to emulate a military uniform. During this meeting we were able to put names to many of the photographs in the GFS historical records.
Several attendees recognised their younger selves, and members of subsequent generations of their families.
The History day was a resounding success, and more such days are planned in the near future.
At the end of the day we all visited a fairy garden in the backyard for some light hearted fun.

Orange Day

In November last year Delores Alleyne, Former GFS/USA President invited GFS members around the world to join in using a booklet entitle “PRAYERS OF HOPE” for the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence of any form Against Women and Girls. This booklet was created so GFS sisters collectively will pray for sisters around the world and we will continue praying until the next World Council in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2020 This coincided with statements from the United Nations about domestic violence. We decided to set aside our June Prayer Meeting to use some of the prayers from the booklet and to pray for understanding and awareness, the victims who have suffered from violence in its different forms, children, the perpetrators of violence, the youth of the world, workers for change and to dedicate ourselves with new resolve to proclaim the cause of righteousness in the name of Christ.
GFS Australia encouraged members in the various dioceses to set aside 25th of each month as Orange Day when they would pray against violence. In keeping with that we asked those attending to wear something orange and our photos show we did just that.

Outing to Darling Harbour

On a lovely sunny Saturday morning on 27th July a group of dedicated women met at Pyrmont Light Rail Station in Darling Harbour for a day of exploring the area which many of us had not seen for some years.
After some discussion it was decided that morning tea was the priority and a nearby café provided the refreshment we needed. Next a wander around the harbour side taking in the massive changes to the area and the skyline of the city. Darling Harbour offers a collection of boats both small and large including those attached to the National Maritime Museum which would have been interesting to explore but would have taken the remainder of the day to do it
justice. Maybe another day.
The variety of restaurants that line the foreshore of Darling Harbour offers the visitors great choices for lunch and dinner; however the food court inside also provides a range of food choices that meets the needs of those seeking smaller and lighter options. We each found delightful lunch meals and were not disappointed.
Sadly, some of our group had other commitments to attend which left a smaller group to explore further. Our harbour never disappoints and we had a lovely time chatting and catching up with one another. Come and join us next time.