Record 82 years with Women’s Club marked

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by Greta Yeoman

Leone Grey is a New Zealand record-holder.

The 100-year-old Timaru resident holds the title for the longest involvement in Women’s Club – 82 years all up.

Mrs Grey, who celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend, continued the celebrations with her fellow club members on Monday last week.

Their monthly gathering was held at Seven Oaks, where her family celebrations were held the day before.

She told those gathered she had first begun her involvement of more than 80 years with Women’s Club at age 18 when her mother – who was a member of the Southland club – brought her along to join in the singing.

“I never left.”

She said the fact there were clubs all around the country meant moving towns was never a worry, because she could just turn up to the nearest club.

“[It has been] the most wonderful thing to belong to.”

executive member and presidential titles for various clubs.

She had been secretary of the New Zealand association and was now a life member of the South Canterbury club.

It was also clear Mrs Grey has not lost her sense of humour, regaling those gathered with a tale about how she had left her birthday card from the Queen behind at the venue after her birthday celebrations.

“I thought, ‘where’s the Queen gone?’.”

But luckily the Queen’s greeting, along with cards from the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, were still sitting in pride of place.

Mrs Grey received a cake and a rendition of Happy Birthday from her fellow club members on Monday afternoon, and thanked her friends for the years of enjoyment Women’s Club had provided.

“I’ve been very, very happy.”