Dapto VIEW Club celebrated its 50th birthday with a special guest at a Dapto Leagues Club lunch.
National VIEW Club president Lorraine Montgomery and 170 women from VIEW clubs, church groups and Probus clubs in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Picton attended, but the warmest welcome was for foundation and life member Coral Hazelton.
Club president Pauline Kearton said it was particularly good to have Mrs Hazelton present.
"She may be 89 but that has definitely not slowed her down," Mrs Kearton said.
RDA Illawarra has named Deloitte Access Economics for stage one of a new Transition Illawarra Initiative.
Deloitte will research the Illawarra economy in the first of three stages to identify gaps and opportunities.
RDA Illawarra chief executive Natalie Burroughs said it would give the region much-needed data to make better-informed decisions about the future.
Transition Illawarra's focus is on longer-term economic issues, improving economic opportunities and supporting resilience.
Dapto Jetts fly high
Jetts Dapto was named NSW Club of the Year at the health and fitness group's recent Jetts 2013 Awards.
The Dapto club owned by Tom Galeski was recognised as the best in the state based on performance, standards, mystery shop results, local area marketing, atmosphere, culture and appearance.
Call to keep food fair
Community-based healthy food alliance Food Fairness Illawarra is using Fair Food Week to remind businesses to donate unwanted good food to local organisations supporting those in need.
By doing so at fairfoodweek.org.au/fair-food-week/ they can help reduce the $7.8 billion in uneaten food Australians sent to landfill each year.
Food waste makes up almost 40 per cent of the average garbage bin and produces greenhouse gas emissions and causes leaching when it goes to landfill.
There is also a growing number of people struggling to access enough healthy food.
In the Illawarra about 6.8 per cent of the population suffers from food insecurity.
Businesses can help through organisations like charity OzHarvest, which collects unwanted food from businesses.
Young leaders learn
Future leaders in Dapto will share their personal journeys of discovery from involvement in the Max Potential Program at a celebration this Friday.
They each participated in 22 weeks of leadership training.
The program was designed to maximise their potential in their final years of school.
Women in business
Local businesswomen are invited to a forum on Friday at Shellharbour City Council chambers hosted by Mayor Marianne Saliba.
She is keen to discuss issues faced by women in business.
The forum is being held in conjunction with a visit by the executive committee of the Australian Local Government Women's Association.
Illawarra ITeC business development manager Virginia Wren is encouraging people to consider attending a seminar by one of her Business Advisory Service clients.
Stone Rivera has established a business to help people transform their lives. He is presently teaching the law of attraction and will be presenting at Illawarra ITeC on Saturday morning. Tickets at www.trybooking.com/CXGL.
JCI Illawarra is planning a Youth Unemployment Forum in September to discuss the Illawarra Statistical District's youth unemployment rate of almost 15 per cent.
Going on a journey
The Catholic Diocese of Wollongong partnered with Christian radio station Pulse 94.1FM, to air a weekly program called The Journey, presenting good news.
Bank branches out
Westpac opened its style bank in Shellharbour on Monday.
The refurbished office is the first regional branch in NSW to be selected for the multimillion-dollar "Bank Now" program, combining digital banking with a new approach to face-to-face service.
Pick up momentum
The Illawarra Business Chamber is encouraging businesses not to wait in nominating for the 2013 Momentum Energy Illawarra Business Awards.
There are 20 categories and there is no cost.
University of Wollongong students are available to help entrants write their nominations.
Network after hours
University of Wollongong Student Life is holding a free Networking After 5 event in the UOW Function Rooms next month to provide staff and students with professional networking practice.
Radio National online editor Daniel Stacey is a guest speaker.