Acting President Secretary Corresponding
Pamela Hempel William Hempel
Secretary Minutes Treasurer
Kathleen Forrest Terry Ewan
Kerri Simpson Rae Moore
Heather Threlfall Pamela Hempel
THE FELLOWSHIP OF FIRST FLEETERS HAWKESBURY-NEPEAN CHAPTER
Our Chapter was officially formed on May 9th, 2015, when Ian Palmer, the then President of the Fellowship, opened our meeting at Windsor. The then Chapter Development Officer, Jon Fearon, commented on the enthusiasm and hard work of director Sharon Lamb, as well as William and Pamela Hempel in setting up our Chapter. Sharon was duly elected our inaugural President, Pamela our inaugural Vice President, Terry (Theresa) Ewan our Treasurer and William our Secretary.
There were many interesting discussions about what our Chapter should be named. Suggestions included Green Hills, the original name of the Windsor settlement. However, just like our Homepage photo depicts, we extend along the reaches of the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers, and include the lower Blue Mountains. So, the name Hawkesbury-Nepean Chapter was chosen.
Beginning in February 2020, our meetings will be held bimonthly on the third Saturday of the month in venues that cover the geographical breadth of the Chapter. This includes the Tebbutt Room at Hawkesbury Regional Library, the meeting room at Penrith Library and St Andrews Presbyterian Church hall in Springwood.
We have an enthusiastic and experienced committee that meets prior to our chapter meetings and works very hard to provide interesting and relevant speakers and excursions in our area. Our Schools Project, whereby First Fleet route and vessel framed posters are presented to local schools, is the envy of other Chapters. This is a joint initiative with the Lions Club of Richmond.
Our Chapter has grown to 71 members. We welcome all new members and visitors, young or old, in fellowship to our Chapter.