Susan Johnson
One of the oldest clubs in the region, the Ladies Friendship club, turned 30 this week. The chairman of FNZI (Friendship New Zealand Incorporated), Graeme Pierson flew up from Christchurch to present them with a certificate.
He took great pleasure in the celebration and congratulated the club “for their continuing support of the FNZI and for what it stands for, and for keeping the spirit of friendship, fellowship and fun alive.”
To mark the 30-year anniversary, those present at the celebration wore pearls and even their royal highness’s turned up. The Queen (president Jeanette Sutherland) presented seven life members with flowers.
Unfortunately, numbers in the clubs nationally are falling and Jeanette believes that Tasman is particularly hard hit.  “I think that with the increase of retirement villages who provide their residents with entertainment it means that people no longer feel the need to join clubs like ours.” she said.
Originally a club for professional woman, the Friendship Club is a place where ladies 50 years plus can join together for outings, such as film trips and lunches and to hear guest speakers.
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