RSA women’s section celebrates 75 years

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Nearly 50 women gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the the Gore RSA’s women’s section.

President Glenise Terry said members from other women’s sections such as those in Tapanui, Awarua, Bluff, Balfour and Lumsden also attended the celebration.

The speaker for the day was Holy Trinity Anglican Church pastor Gary Griffith-Smith.

The aim of the women’s section was to support the RSA, Mrs Terry said.

The Gore branch had nearly 30 members.

In the early days, women were eligible to join the organisation if their father or husband was a returned serviceman, Mrs Terry said.

Now, if women were members of the RSA, they could join the women’s section.

She joined the organisation when she moved to Gore about 26 years ago.

“It was a place to meet people,” she said.

New members are welcome.