Bribie Island Branch recently celebrated their belated 1st Birthday. The members gathered at Sunset Pier Cafe for a special morning tea. Due to COVID-19 our celebrations had to be delayed until restrictions were relaxed enough for us to meet. It was wonderful to be able to meet up face-toface again.

OWN QLD is a non-religious and nonparty political organisation with a network of branches for older women which encourages mutual support and friendship, and promotes health and personal development.

Bribie Island Branch was established after women on the island showed interest during advertised introductory meetings early last year. The branch was officially launched on 16th May 2019 with seven financial members. Since then the branch has grown to our current membership of 35.

Branch meetings are usually held in the ANZAC Room upstairs at the Bribie RSL on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 10 am to 12 noon. Guest speakers are invited to speak to our members and friends on a range of topics which support healthy ageing, and topics of interest to our group. Activities/games for getting to know each other, for keeping our brains active, as well as for fun and enjoyment, are incorporated. The RSL provides coffee and biscuits for morning tea.

After only two meetings the branch decided to introduce a social outing in between the monthly meetings. So the 1st Thursday of each month became bonding sessions filled with much chatter and laughter as we developed great friendships/ companionship over morning teas, lunches and outings to the movies and markets.

Currently we are just meeting socially while we await the restrictions imposed on the RSL being further lifted to enable them to once again offer their rooms for community meetings. New members are always welcome. Should you be interested in joining our group please phone Betty 0409 470 100, Narelle 0410 432 955 or Leonie 0467 686 900.