Guest Speaker: Jenny Yates

Time: 9.15am for 9.30am

Date: Thursday 16th January

Where: Balwyn Baptist Church, 517 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn (Melway 46 F8)

Born in Melbourne in the 1940s, Jenny Yates’ middle-class family, and later her marriage, were dominated by domestic violence, which had a profound influence on her life choices.

She left school at fifteen, but returned to study in later life, gaining her Higher School Certificate and enrolling at university. She graduated with distinction at the age of 72.  Jenny never planned to write a book, but she majored in professional writing and completed her memoir, The Vine Bleeds.

The Vine Bleeds provides special insight into family violence and childhood memory. It demonstrates the effect domestic violence may have on the lifelong choices children make. It took a long time and courage to tell her story and confront her past, and she has become a member of the Golden Key Society, which is the world’s largest collegiate Honour Society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only.

The first half of the meeting is devoted to reports of Club activities  and information about future planned events.

After morning tea, the meeting is addressed by a guest speaker. (Click on “General Meeting” above for each year’s speakers since 2012).

After the meeting, a number of members choose to get together for lunch at a local restaurant.

There is ample free parking in nearby streets, or you can come by tram – we are on the ‘109’ route that runs to and from Box Hill (stop 50).

You will receive a warm welcome, and someone will be assigned to introduce you to other members. Come join us.