Is it true that Rostrum keeps you young? Perhaps Patricia Daly is a great example of the Rostrum effect. 

Rostrum Queensland recently celebrated Patricia Daly's 99th birthday!

 First Lady of Rostrum Screen Shot 2022 02 21 at 3.43.23 pmPatricia was referred to as the “First Lady of Rostrum” in a Brisbane Telegraph article of Friday 10th March 1978. She was the first female member of Rostrum club 11 and she treasured this title throughout her career.

Her contribution to Queensland Rostrum began almost immediately. As state coordinator (SC) Rostrum Voice of Youth in 1979, Patricia visited every Rostrum club in Brisbane to secure their co-operation. Her son, Alan Brooks, joined Club 3 (Brisbane), in 1979. 

During the early 1990s Patricia Daly moved back to Gympie. With the aid of Freeman Geoff Keeler (Club 19 Nambour) Patricia tried unsuccessfully to revive defunct Gympie Rostrum Club 31. She subsequently joined Gympie Women’s Forum Club, of which she was a founding member in 1968, and she had been organising local heats of Rostrum Voice of Youth. 

At the request of Gympie Forum Patricia became Wide Bay regional coordinator RVOY covering schools in Gympie, Maryborough and Bundaberg. 

Patricia Daly and Geoff Keeler attended the inauguration of Club 21 Noosa on 17th February 1998 supporting President Klaus Pinker. 

Patricia’s leisure activities include paddle boat racing. Competing in a paddle boat race at Currumbin Creek in 2015 at the age of 92, Patricia was given a huge ovation and guard of honour as she came back to shore. 

Patricia Daly, accompanied by son Alan, was a special guest at Rostrum Queensland’s 80th anniversary celebration dinner held at Tattersalls Club Brisbane on Saturday evening 29th July 1917. 

Patricia continued her interest in Rostrum and particularly Rostrum Voice of Youth on Bribie Island, attending the local heats. 

Patricia turned 99 years of age on Thursday 20th January 2022. Fmn Patricia Daly is still an associate member of Queensland Rostrum.

From A Brief History of Rostrum Queensland compiled by Bill Smith

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