Apex reaches 80-year milestone

Apex reaches 80-year milestone

Bairnsdale Apex has turned 80 and on Saturday night the group celebrated with current club members, friends of Apex and older local life members at the Bairnsdale RSL.

President, Elise Malberg, welcomed past presidents, district governors, and life members who attended the celebration evening. Apex is a national organisation of young professionals who generally do not maintain membership after 40 years of age.

In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Bairnsdale Apex had a strong membership base of 30 to 45 members, but the days of most Apex service clubs with such strong membership appear to be over.

For those who are left, serving their local community above self is a rewarding creed.

Ms Malberg said the Bairnsdale club was formed in 1939 making Bairnsdale Apex one of the oldest clubs in Australia.

Elise said the club currently has a great vibe about it and is keen for any locals to get in touch if they wish to join.

The club has a work in progress project it has been steering council to assist with, the Wy Yung playground now has a public toilet and is soon to have an upgrade with new play equipment, while the Motherʼs Day Classic has been a 12-year project for the club as well.

Apex national board member, Adam Stewart, from Towoomba, Queensland, attended the 80th birthday celebrations and invited all at the evening to attend the national conference at Kadina, South Australia, in 2020.

PICTURED: Apex national board member, Adam Stewart, of Towoomba (standing), with Bairnsdale Apex Club president, Elise Malberg, and her mother and father, Chris and Jenny Malberg, who travelled from Macedon for the celebration evening.