The South Canterbury Travel Club is nearing its diamond anniversary, an event members will celebrate in style next week.
Members will celebrate the milestone on October 12.
The club was established in 1956 after an advertisement was placed in a local newspaper calling for people interested in being part of such a group.
A copy of that notice, kept by today’s members, read: “… a meeting will be held in the Jenkins Tea Rooms to discuss the formation of the South Canterbury Travel Club”.
The idea proved popular, so much so that there used to be a waiting list, club member Cynthia Cleland said.
Membership was now 99 and very little about the club had changed “except the dress code”, member Sue Thin said.
“The ladies used to really dress up [for meetings] with hats and gloves.”
Members meet on the second Wednesday of each month, which includes a morning tea and guest speaker who talks about their travels.
Mrs Cleland said the club was not a “travelling” group.
“These days we are armchair travellers who listen to other people talk about their travels,” Mrs Cleland said.
Club president Joan Dowling said “socialisation and friendship” and learning were the aims of the group.
“We’ve had some [speakers] go to some most unusual places. And, with things like Powerpoint we’ve seen some fantastic photos.”
The group had featured talks about nearly every continent.
“We’ve been very lucky with so many interesting speakers – we really have been,” Mrs Thin said.
“We’ve had marvellous speakers.”
Mrs Cleland said the group was not a service club, but sometimes fundraised for a cause.
“But, there are certain things that touch us that we feel we’d like to support.”
Anyone interested in learning more about the group can call 022 649-5284.