RSA Women’s Section celebrates 50th

The Howick Returned Services Association (RSA) was abuzz with excitement on Saturday as the Women’s Section celebrated its 50th Golden Jubilee Luncheon.

Howick RSA Women’s Section life members Betty Hall, Maureen Beckett, patroness Jean Oldfield.

Howick RSA Women’s Section life members Betty Hall, Maureen Beckett, patroness Jean Oldfield.

With more than 100 in attendance, members and friends of the RSA flocked from throughout Auckland and as far away as Te Aroha to enjoy a sit-down meal and entertainment in celebration of the milestone.

From a small gathering of like-minded women to amassing hundreds of members, the Howick RSA Women’s Section has gone from strength to strength.

The first Women’s Section meeting was held in June 1967, hosted by Jess Potter, who hoped to give the wives of returned servicemen a place to meet and share in each other’s company.

Thirteen women turned up to that first meeting and were told by Howick RSA President at the time, Russ Rice, that RSA Welfare work “needed a woman’s’ touch”.

As membership numbers continued to grow, the Women’s Section have spent the past 50 years bringing exactly that to the RSA through fundraising for local charities, organising RSA events and helping out wherever needed.

President, Marie Kyne says friendship is an important part of being in the Women’s Section and members are encouraged to embrace newcomers.

The Women’s Section is always welcoming new members, and Kyne can be contacted for membership information.