Australian Ladies Variety Association A. L. V. A. NEWSLETTER Hello Everyone, Jan/Feb/March 2007 Well – how time is flying by!! Yes it has been some time since our last newsletter and yes much has happened. Firstly your President and committee have been very busy, working hard and many of us traveling also since after the Christmas Party. Secondly, as many of you know, I lost my darling Mum very suddenly just over a month ago. Naturally this has knocked the wind out of my sails and have only just been able to get back to some kind of normality and schedule. A very big thank you to everyone that has sent messages, cards, flowers and all sorts of support and kind wishes. And thank you to all of you who attended the funeral. It was very good of you. This is really a time that you realize fully what an amazing support team ALVA is, in good times and bad. Everyone tells me it just takes time to get through, so I know you will all understand why the newsletter is later than usual. From the great success of our 2006 Christmas Party of which many members contributed greatly, we had a great AGM as well! The AGM was very well attended (for an AGM!!) and this was so good to see. We had a lovely day at South‟s Leagues at Redfern with lots of great discussion and conversation during the meeting. Your new committee for 2007: President Susie Smither Vice President Lisa Crouch Secretary Jacqui Alexander Treasurer Kerri Lacey Benevolent Treasurer Pat Scroope Public Relations Officer Kaye Thomas Public Officer Kathy Watson Committee: Tabbi Francis, Olive Johnston, Di Georgeson, Julie Trachtenburg, Shirley McDonald We welcome 2 new committee members Julie and Shirley and congratulate them for already surviving their first committee meeting! We will farewell Lola Nixon (end of last year) and Donna Lee from the 2006 committee at The Banquet. Donna is in Adelaide at the moment with “Menopause” and will be returning to Melbourne and Sydney with the show. She is STILL doing an amazing job with 8 shows a week!! We will miss her contributions and hard work on the committee and hope to see her at a function soon. Again huge thanks for her amazing work on the Christmas Party. Thank you Dons – Thank you Lola. We had some great times on committee with you. At the AGM we welcomed a new Member, Debra Marks, wife of Rodney Marks and we will badge new Members and Associate Member at the Banquet. Message from Secretary Jacqui: Many members ask „what can I do for ALVA?‟ it‟s simple really – here are a few suggestions that will help ALVA a great deal if we are all able to contribute just a little - it amounts to a lot and gives us the financial strength and emotional support we need to help those in greater need. Members Support to ALVA Attend as many ALVA functions as you are able always Bring friends to ALVA functions Support sponsors by using their products & services, and thank them for their donation Promote Sponsors by recommending them to others – we should support the sponsors who support us. Email /write to prospective sponsors for support & donations – ALVA functions are made profitable by the many donations we are able to obtain for the raffle – large or small these donations are always welcome Encourage new members – the more members we have the stronger we are – this is doing your friends a good deed as well – you know what a great association ALVA is to belong to!! Ensure your membership fees are up to date If you have any suggestions for fundraising event, share them with your committee. Roll of Remembrance Through the history of ALVA we have been blessed with many members that have truly committed their time and efforts. Sadly, some of these members are no longer with us. To ensure they are never forgotten, the committee have decided to add a page to our website to honour these members (with the permission of their family). If you have any thoughts on who should be included on this page, don‟t hesitate to let your committee know. Now to The Annual ALVA Banquet – another great ALVA night is planned with lots of glamour, fun and excitement! Details on the flyer included. As always I would love to see as many of you and your friends at this lovely night. The venue is magnificent and thank you to Member Roxanne Palladin- Keily for her contact there. It is a fun way to do your bit for ALVA and to use the event to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. As you will see from the message from Jacqui below, just by attending you can contribute so much. So get out your glad rags and make that booking to be there!! Remember to call or email to book and send cheque/CC details as soon as possible. It really does help your hard working committee if you can pay before the night. Please also remember that if you do book we are committed to the payment to the venue. So if you are unable to attend at the last minute for whatever reason, ALVA is committed to the charge. If you could remember that, it would be appreciated. Let‟s start our first function off with a Big, Buzzy Bang and have a great night!!! Tables are 10 each, so make up a table of friends, or give preferences of seating to Lisa (98221997) when you book. Also any special meal requirements. We don‟t know till you tell us. All contributions for the raffle are ALWAYS gratefully received!!! Just let one of us know. Another friendly reminder to ALL members – my mobile number is 0412 038 950. Please use this number ONLY to contact me. My landline number is our office number and not a good number to use to contact me. Please always leave a message, let me know what you are after and I will get back to you. Promise! Membership form is included also. Thank you to those who have already sent dues for 2007. If you are not sure if you are financial or not, give me a call (on the mobile!!) and we‟ll sort it out. Remember Life Membership available also. See you all at The Banquet and remember to call Lisa to make your bookings. It will be a GREAT night!! And I really look forward to seeing you all and getting a big hug from all my ALVA girls. Much love and light to all, Susie x ALVA News: Congratulations to member Seamus Earley who recently married Texan performer Bayne Bacon in a lovely ceremony at Watson‟s Bay. Best wishes to both. Very proud parents Cheryl & Billy McLellan also celebrated the marriage of their daughter Katie in March. Member Cheryl was a very proud and glamorous Mum and Billy was THE happiest Dad as he walked his little girl down the aisle. Best wishes to all. th Happy Birthday to member Margot Lloyd who celebrated her 90 birthday in December. th Happy Birthday to our esteemed Patron Dame Very Lynn who also celebrated her 90 birthday in March. Congratulations to both these amazing ladies!! Love & Light to Dora de Grey who is not well and in St. George public at the moment. Lola’s Theatre-Go-Round Priscilla World Premier 7/10/07 This show is certainly “No Drag” It burst on to the Lyric stage with all the colour and high camp you could imagine. With a cast headed up by Tony Sheldon, Jeremy Stanford, Trevor Ashley and Michael Caton how could you go wrong! On opening night the atmosphere was electric, the packed house danced and sang along with everything! This is a show filled with “Froth & Bubble” very funny dialogue, outrageous costumes, an amazing set and production numbers to die for. Thank Ross Coleman for these! So if you want a total escape from the daily grind, you should throw the hot rollers in „Shake your Groove Thing‟ and go „Downtown‟ to the Lyric Theatre for the greatest fun night you can have – standing up! I loved the nightlife and so will you!!!! Titanic 26/10/07 After 2 successful years on Broadway, 5 Tony Awards, including Best Musical – “Titanic” dropped anchor at Sydney‟s Theatre Royal. This is a wonderful ensemble piece with the most beautiful and thrilling musical score heard for a long time. Gorgeous costumes and an unbelievable set. From curtain up you are transported back to 1912. As the passengers, filled with anticipation and excitement, head off to the New World and a new life. The entire cast was outstanding, all giving first class performances, although a special mention must go to Hayden Tee, Alexander Lewis and Matthew Lewis. This was an epic musical event, a must see for lovers of theatre and music. Love to all, Lola x p.s. QB & Consort Clive actually went out to this one & it was as Lola said, just great! Thanks Lola. Condolences to Angela Townsend and Gail Castle who have both lost their Dad recently. Condolences to Doug, Greg and all the family of our beautiful long time member Pixie Burgess who recently passed away. She was always a delight, a great supporter of ALVA for many years and one of our real treasures. We will miss her. Just to let you know that I went on the Opera Cruise offered by Marienne last week and it was wonderful. Champagne on arrival - lovely three course meal and very entertaining light opera. At $65 it was well worth it. I took Harriet, who, by the way, celebrated her 70th birthday on Tuesday 31st October. She's marvelous and very energetic as she always has been. Regards, Toni Stevens. Sylvia Raye has all sorts of problems with her knee ending up with an operation to try to improve things. Apparently it was a little to do with her jumping off the shed in the garden for 20 years after she had pruned trees and bushes!!! Is there no end to her talents??!! Do be careful and hope it is all better. Sylvia is also very involved with entertainers marching in .the Anzac Day march. Give her a call for more info re this. Hello I suppose Lisa passed on the reason why I missed the lunch at South Seniors. I went on the wrong day, I was so eager to see you all I went a day early!!!!! One of my craft moments. I did have the correct day to go to the Central Coast to see one of Wayne's Extravaganzas Starring The Rhythmaires and delighted to see O.J. and Miss Tabersham hoofing away. I will be going there tomorrow to see The Tivoli Show and I stay over rather than go on the train at night, and stay on for the Jazz on Sunday. Did I tell you, for those of you who may have remembered seeing Gregg Arthur a few years ago on one of the Ace Awards shows, that he has now got someone new looking after him and has got him on the Oprah Show and Letterman. I know we are more concerned with the Ladies side of the business but it is nice to hear when the chaps do well. In the new year he hopes to be doing a Concert at The Capitol Theatre with Tommy Tycho's 30 piece Orchestra and I hope the girls will go along to support him. He was going to do it on December 15 until the U.S. things came up. Incidentally December 15 is the 8th anniversary of the lovely Roy Kimber‟s passing. A school friend of Roy's sent me a cutting about a review of a couple of books that have just come out about the music and times of the 50's and there is a mention of Roy Oh Joy Kimber. I will have to find out what the Oh Joy was although he sure was a joy. Oh yes I couldn't go the lunch on the following day as I had a Doctor's appointment. What really bugged me was when the first announcement of the lunch was on the computer I entered it in two diaries and on three calendars. There is little hope for me. In the spirit of Christmas I thought I'd pass on this poem although I'm sure those of you get the Jazz Action Society magazine will know it. A Christmas poem by Mal Francis. It was Christmas Eve in Bethlehem The night our Lord was born Musicians were sitting all around In dinner suits shiny and worn They were there to play for the Tree Wise Men Who in the business were pretty big The musos didn't like their charts But what the hell it's a gig There were fourteen players, brass and reeds They brought their instruments with 'em But they couldn't even make a start There was no sign of rhythm But never mind, for from afar Came a thunderous swelling cry As a wondrous star climbed Heaven-wards In the purple desert sky Below the star three beings appeared All dressed in shimmering gold It must of course be the three wise men Or so we've all been told Then Mary called to Joseph "My dearest heart who comes?" And Joseph called out joyously "Piano, bass and drums. Lots of love to all and the Best of all you wish for in the New Year Like a full book? Or is that being greedy, now Santa won't come Cheers Barbara Comfort x x Margaret’s News from up North: My how time flies I can‟t believe it‟s February already, it just seems like yesterday that I was chatting to you all at the ALVA Christmas Party. Keith and I were on Pat and Doug Scroope‟s table with four of their lovely friends as well as Ken Laing and Adam Scicluna we couldn‟t have been happier. It was a wonderful night and after telling the girls in the Sidekickers Club all about it a few of them want me to book a table so they can come down for this year‟s party. Earlier on the same day we went to the Pioneers of Television 50 Years Celebration at Taroonga Park Function Centre. It was great to catch up with members of The Revue 20, Judy Stone, Mary Schnieder Col Joye, Brian Henderson, Warwick Freeman (Bandstand) Gus Merzi, Stuart Wagstaff, Jimmy Hannan and many others. For Judy, Mary and me it was a very wonderful, but tiring day. For those of you who worked in the East for Johnny Dane might be interested in hearing that th Johnny & Rita celebrated their 60 Wedding Anniversary at the Gold Coast Arts Centre with 60 of their close friends. The group included Tabby & Geoff Mac, Max & Blossom Bygraves, Peter & Tricia Flanagan, & Maria Grills (Lucky was cruising the high seas) We spent Australia Day with Elizabeth Garnett & Peter Mathieson, Coral Roy & Valentine Jones, Lucky & Maria Grills at a party hosted by Bill & Robyn Alexander for a group of their delightful neighbours. After lunch we had a wonderful musical afternoon finishing off with some great Aussie songs. Lucky & Maria have been in Tenterfield during the past few weeks where Lucky continues with a film shoot he is currently involved in. The working title of the film is "The Secrets of Tenterfield", written, produced and directed by Peter Yaxley, a doctor here on the Gold Coast. The story revolves around the discovery of bones, which relate to the murder of two teenagers, and the police investigation which follows to find the murderer. Lucky plays the part of the Station Master - as well as lending a hand behind the scenes with script and direction. Not a new involvement for Lucky, but he says he thoroughly enjoys filming and all it entails. At almost 79, while the phone stills rings, and the work continues to be offered to him, Lucky says he will continue to enjoy "show business". Annette & Peter Terrill finally made the decision to move from Belrose, after 37 years, they now reside at 21 Oxford Parade, Pelican Waters Qld - it wasn't an easy decision to make, however, they are happy in their new home. Pelican Waters is a really nice suburb of Caloundra - Sunshine Coast. Both Peter and Annette have been busy getting their 2yr old home to their liking including a new in ground pool. Annette is very proud of the work they have done and informed me that the gardens are really lovely now. Quite a feat seeing they only moved in 23rd October. Annette plays tennis once or twice a week. Kathy and Courtney (their grand-daughter) live approx. 15 minutes away. Their son Richard stayed in Sydney (Narrabeen), however, he is in Kuala Lumpur until mid-April - he is with a company called H2o Entertainment and appears in an all water sports show five days a week. Great gig - all sponsored by Yamaha Jet Skis. We were all saddened up here to hear that Alan Nash (brother of Wally) passed away and a couple of weeks later his lovely wife Val also passed away. Alan was in Tommy Tycho’s Orchestra during my time at Channel 7 and The Flanagans also worked with him many times over the years. Until next time………All my love MARGARET FLANAGAN …..xxxx How happy is our ex Queen Bee....Maria Venuti...her daughter, Bianca had just returned from working in Rome (at Pricewaterhouse Coopers)...and of course Mama just had to take her on yet another Mama/daughter bonding trip before Bianca started work back in Sydney at PWC and La Venuti started filming another series of 'Pizza' for SBS. So where better than the beautiful Gold Coast for a week! Getting healthy for a couple of days at Hope Island with her friend and beloved ALVA 'girl' Geraldine Porteous. And yes… Gerry had them walking the beach walk and were actually in bed asleep by 10pm !!! Up early and off to Tambourine Mountain, lunching with Gerry's daughter and granddaughter, Fiona and Alexis, who at one year old is definitely practicing her singing for her showbiz career! Then off to spend the rest of the week at the breathtaking Sheraton Mirage where Venuti and Bianca caught up with birthday girl Lynne Rogers and they celebrated with a surprise cake and of course a few wild choruses of Happy Birthday! And what about Valentine's Day night.....a celebration dinner with Maria's mates, Paul Waite and the awesomely talented Musical Director of Australian Idol, John Foreman. Sounds like a great ALVA time was had by all! What a great way to share a Mama/daughter holiday that to catch up with all these beautiful friends - friendships that were started and strengthened with ALVA many years ago and are still going strong. Bianca Venuti for Associate Member maybe!!!!??!!!