TWO hundred Shirleys in the one room? Shirley not!
Yes, it's true — the Shirley Club of Australasia has hit the Gold Coast for its annual convention.
With every delegate a Shirley, name badges might seem superfluous.
But with Shirleys hailing from far and wide, and everyone answering to the same moniker, surnames take on a special significance.
Although that won't be much use to a club member from Brisbane whose name is Shirley Shirley.
Inspired by famous name sakes such as child star Shirley
Temple, singer Shirley Bassey,
actor Shirley Maclaine and
Olympic athlete Shirley
Strickland, the Shirley Club was formed about 10 years ago as a social outlet for women named Shirley
(former Skyhooks lead Graham "Shirley" Strachan, who died in 2001, was considered an honorary member).
"It started in Western Australia and there are now Shirley Clubs all over Australia and New Zealand," said Shirley P. of the Gold Coast Shirley Club, which is hosting this weekend's convention at Jupiters Casino.
Mrs P. said the convention program will reflect Shirleys' sense of fun.
"All Shirleys are the same — we like a good time," she said.