At your place on the table there was a hand worked S in cross-stitch with words inside. Every one on the table had a spelling mistake in one of the words except one. And that one was allowed to keep the centre piece. It just made so much more fun looking and studying and then cursing because you hadn't been successful in taking the centre piece home.
On our Convention Pack programme there was a lucky number, and prizes were drawn at regular intervals. Nearly every Shirley in the room received a gift, and the best part about it was NO RAFFLE TICKETS.
We had more entertainment Saturday night with a male singer this time, and once again any male who was unfortunate to walk past or into the room was whisked onto the dance floor before he could say anything.
The Victorian Shirleys had lots of fun "up the back of the room" dancing and laughing until home time.
We were up bright and early on Sunday morning. There were a crowd of us invited to Macca's radio show "Australia All Over" on ABC, where we told all about our Shirley Club and the Convention and how far a lot of our Shirleys had traveled to be part of the fun, i.e. nearly every state of Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand. He was amazed, and thought the whole thing mind boggling.
Then we were off to enjoy the Harbour Cruise. AND BOY, DID WE!!!!!!! Sydney put on the most perfect weather for that outing that you could imagine. Once again, we dined on board until we were bursting, then we headed out to the sun deck, where we talked, laughed and spoke to yet again, all different Shirleys.
Before we left the cruise, we all held hands and sang "Till We Meet Again" It was just magic, and certainly put the icing on the cake of the 3rd Shirley Club Sydney Convention 2005.
When we returned to the Carlton Crest Hotel, it was time to think about heading off. Lots of Shirleys hung around the foyer of the Hotel waiting for the airport bus, and waving goodbye to the Shirleys who were leaving. That was the sad part. The ones who were staying either rested up or headed off to Paddy's Market which was five minutes walk away, or simply talked some more over coffee.
Monday morning came and off 11 brave Shirleys and one non-Shirley (Frank) headed off to do the bridge climb. This took about three hours, and was so much fun. We were all a lot quieter when we came down, but the view from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge had to be seen to be believed. The photos were just great.