Jill Vicary and Gayle Pott on the microphone at the Jaycettes' 50-year celebration.
Jill Vicary and Gayle Pott on the microphone at the Jaycettes' 50-year celebration. Sam Turner

GALLERY: Jaycettes raise their glasses to 50 years

"BE PREPARED, ladies", said former Jaycette president Dot Ford, as the audience sat down to celebrate 50 years since the club's inaugural meeting.

Ms Ford warned the crowd that a few comical stories were about to be told by former president and secretary treasurer Jill Vicary.

Filled with fashion, comedy, and fond memories, the Girls Night In held at the Mundubbera Bowls Club on Saturday, September 28 celebrated 50 years of fun the Jaycettes members have shared.

The Jaycettes began as a social club in 1969 in conjunction with the Jaycees club.

Since then, members have met on the second Thursday of every month and the women's organisation has blossomed into a pillar of the community.

Whether they're fundraising, hosting fashion parades, or just going out to dinner, unbreakable bonds have been forged between members for the past several decades.

Jaycettes' first president in 1969, Dot Ford, said the club had always been able to have a lot of fun.

"We are a very sociable organisation," Ms Ford said.

 

"It's a big thing with the Jaycettes, with us also being able to give back to the town in terms of fundraising."

Through their charity work, members have raise much-needed funds for women's cancer research and community projects, and have sponsored World Vision children.

"We first started that in 1976, with our World Vision children still being sponsored today," Ms Ford said.

On the night of celebration, several multi-draw raffles were run, and guests enjoyed music, finger food, stand-up comedy, and a guest talk from movie producer Stella Chiu Freund.

Ms Vicary also took the stage to reflect on the past 50 years.

She left no stone unturned, recalling humorous anecdotes involving members and friends in the area.

One story that prompted a raucous laugh was the tale of their pyjama-themed Girl's Night In many years ago.

Held on a hot summer's night, the women had gathered to help raise funds for cancer research, all dressed in their night-time attire.

"There was a massive storm that night where it just poured rain," Ms Vicary said.

"After our meeting we had all started to drive home, where we were stopped by police and SES, advising cars there was water on the road.

"The looks on their faces when they shined the torches on us and we were all dressed in nighties was priceless.

"There was no use trying to explain to them due to the fact we were all laughing too much."

After recalling the countless parades, garden parties, and yearly celebrations, Ms Vicary told the audience it had been a privilege to be a member of such a group.

"We've raised thousands of dollars for charities, and helped put a smile on so many faces over the years," she said.

"Now I'd like everyone to raise their glasses, to the Jaycettes of the past, present and future."


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