Donald Lamont (professional photographer of Alexandra, Central Otago, NZ) took a superb shot of the Miniconvention Shirleys, and I've asked him to allow me to reproduce it here.

Please visit his BLOG (click here) and read his delightful take on the Shirleys and the Shirleyclub. Thanks, Donald, for giving me permission to reproduce your fine work!

Don't worry about being cut-out of the top photo -- here are the ladies who were sitting out-of-bounds when I captured Donald's lovely photo!


It was so good to catch up with the super Shirleys again at our very own convention.
I think I ate, drank and dreamt Shirley club for the 18 months it was in the planning.

Two special Shirley’s and myself met, usually at my home on the 1st Wednesday each month for the planning duration. Each month we would take our individual tasks, and bring our results to the next meeting. This proved to be a great way of planning the convention, as it showed in the final results.

During the last few weeks we had some willing Shirley helpers who joined us in the final detail. There is always an element of fear that things aren’t going to come together on the day, but I am proud to say that it was all good and everything flowed as planned.


The Kapa Haka group from The Terrace Primary School opened the evening with a traditional welcome. During the evening two local singers Chloe and Kate entertained, and Doug Ayson, organist played quietly in the background amid the talk and laughter of all the Shirleys.

Supper concluded a happy evening.


Saturday’s weather turned nasty, but because our entertainment was indoors, we weren’t bothered about it.

We started the day, with our group photos, and then it was full on with, lunch, the presentation of banners, cutting the cake, guest speaker, and skits. Followed by afternoon tea. (Food again!)

Saturday evening dancing was off in full swing, the band was superb, and the meal was delicious.


On Sunday, we were up with the larks ready for our day out in the country. We boarded two luxury busses, and had a “Blast from the Past” around the country areas stopping at several points of interest on the way.

Our vocals were in good form for our Shirley song at most refreshment stops during the day.


Monday came all too quickly, where it was a barbeque brunch in the park, and our farewells.

If you were there, I hope you enjoyed the weekend. If not, I am sorry you missed out on a wonderful weekend and the chance to enjoy the full Shirley experience.

I look forward to seeing you in Perth, 2009.

In friendship Shirley 11 ODNZ

Had a great time in NZ recently. There were 55 at the convention and one was a man called Shirley as was his Dad also. He joined in the fun with us.

Alexandra is a lovely place to visit surrounded by mountains and lots of snow.

From N1, Shirley M (NSW)

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