Monday, October 18, 2010

celebrating a dandenongs institution

It was wonderful to join the 60th birthday celebration of the Save the Dandenongs League yesterday at Karwarra Gardens in Kalorama.

Here I am with Betty Marsden, current and long term president of SDL (as well as past Shire of Sherbrooke shire president and local councillor). Betty has been a driving force in proper land use and environmental protection, she is an inspiration.

Save the Dandenongs League (SDL) has played a key role in shaping the Dandenongs and have left many legacies as part of their 60 year advocacy history.

It was terrific to be able to congratulate such passionate and committed members of our community, who have worked tirelessly as the community watchdog over a span of some sixty years.

It was wonderful to hear stories of SDL founder May Moon, known not only for her fiesty and fierce protection of the Dandenong Ranges but for her memorable drop scones too.

Many recounted stories of past trials and tribulations as well as challenges for the future. SDL continues to be the voice of the community, I look forward to joining them for many future celebrations.

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At 10:33 PM, Blogger Jim Child said...

Boy, does it bring back the past hearing Miss Moon's name again. My grandmother's home was across the road from Miss Moon's in Jeeves Ave Kalorama, fiesty and fierce indeed, as kids, my cousin and I received the tongue of Miss Moon many a time. And to this day I still respect her great work, but call her "May" never, never, always Miss Moon. Fond memories.

At 10:45 PM, Blogger Samantha Dunn said...

You're not alone Jim, even in 2010 she's still being called Miss Moon.


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