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Isis Club centenary celebrations another virus victim

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Club Manager Kerry Smythe and President Ian Putt pictured earlier this year preparing for the Isis Club’s centenary celebrations. The festivities are now on hold.

Celebrations planned to mark the centenary of the Isis Club in Childers will need to wait a little longer.

Club manager Kerry Smythe said the centenary celebrations planned for this weekend were just another “victim” of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world.

“The celebrations will wait for another day,” she said. “Due to the uncertainty created by the current situation it is simply not viable to plan another date at this stage.

“Obviously we would hope to hold it during 2020 but if that doesn’t eventuate we have a pretty good reason why it couldn’t be held.”

Kerry said the Isis Club had been a marvellous asset to the Isis district community through its charter of offering social and sporting opportunities.

“It is a club with an incredible history after commencing as a men-only gentlemen’s club in 1920.

“You really had to hold some status in the town to be invited to be a member,” she said.

“It took almost 60 years before women were admitted as equal members in 1977.”

“I know our members, both bowlers and those who simply enjoy our social atmosphere, are missing the interaction the club provides.

“Getting through the drama of this virus and seeing the club reopen will be another great reason for a celebration. Couple it with the centenary and we could have a wow of a party,” said Kerry.

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