Dedicated service to Women's Institutes marked

Mid Otago Federation of Women's Institutes 50- and 60-year service badge recipients (from left)...
Mid Otago Federation of Women's Institutes 50- and 60-year service badge recipients (from left) Peggy King, Maisie Thompson, Dorothy Clark and Carol Garry at the organisation's annual meeting in Green Island, Dunedin, yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Maisie Thompson's dedication to the Mid Otago Federation of Women's Institutes has not waned after 60 years.

She joined the Green Island institute in 1950 before becoming a foundation member of the Concord group.

Branch president Valerie Knowles said the group met in Mrs Thomson's home until numbers grew too large.

She was "great in entertainment" and spent some time as the secretary.

Despite being 93 and living in a rest-home, she still attended every meeting.

"I think she just loves it all, and still loves it all," Mrs Knowles said.

Mrs Thompson received a 60-year service badge at the group's annual meeting yesterday.

Others to receive awards were. -50 years' service, Peggy King, Dorothy Clark and Carol Garry; 40 years' service, Jennie McIntosh and Joan Kennedy; good service, Dorothy Burnard, Maureen Finch and Myrtle McDonald.

The meeting also marked the end of Dorothy Clark's presidency, with Dawn Morrison taking over the reins.

ellie.constantine@odt.co.nz

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