Evelyn Lapanowski and Joyce Oliver with Lyndoch Red Cross co-ordinator, Monica Wohlstadt.

It was a special day for Lyndoch Red Cross on Monday as two ladies reached their 40 years of service to the club.

Evelyn Lapanowski and Joyce Oliver have shared many years of friendships and good memories over the past 40 years.

Monday’s Lyndoch Red Cross meeting was also extra special for Evelyn, as the members helped her celebrate her 90th birthday, which was on September 3.

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There was a special cake and cards shared by the members, and a visit from chairperson of the SA advisory board, Rose Rhodes.

For Joyce, who turns 89 in December, the day was also special as she won the raffle!

Joyce became President of the Lyndoch Red Cross in 1996, serving for five years. At one stage she also served as Zone President.

In the time Joyce was President, there were many fundraising events held including bowls days, the spring garden fair and two miniature debutant balls.

Meanwhile Evelyn, who still lives within the town, has been known as someone who has ‘always contributed in any way she can’.

Her main claim to fame was her baking, being known for her famous Eccles Cakes and light sponge kisses.

She has also supplied hand-made greeting cards to the group to celebrate birthdays for many years.

Lyndoch Red Cross Co-ordinator, Monica Wohlstadt, said, “I’m overwhelmed with both of their input and to think that between two ladies there have been 80 years of service and friendship is amazing.”

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