Meryl Brown Tobin has been a member of SWWVic since 1971 but it was not until 1992 when she retired from part-time teaching that she began to attend the society’s monthly meeting, regularly. She is an active member and served as president for a year from August 2004. She is a prodigious and prolific writer and to learn more about her work go to her website.
Meryl has to travel a long way from the Bass Coast shire, by bus, to attend the SWWVic’s meeting in the city, on the last Friday of the month. She would arrive with bouquets of native flowers to give away to prize winners, and when appropriate to committee members. The flowers are from her flower farm set up by her husband in 1979. Many years ago, at one of the society’s AGMs, Dorothy Bransgrove brought posies to give to each member of the committee as a gesture of appreciation and that gave Meryl the idea of bringing her flowers.
At the SWWVic’s meeting on September 30th President Blaise Van Hecke was preparing to present the Margaret Hazard award but the trophy stood on its own on the main table. Meryl and her usual offerings of flowers were noticeably absent. It was a relief when she rushed into the room with her bag of bouquets before Blaise opened the meeting.
Meryl made it. The usual bus that she would have taken was packed with football supporters who were coming to the city to join in the parade of the two teams who would be contending for the premiership glory the next day. It was a very special parade as one of the contenders was the Western Bulldogs, of the Footscray Football Club. The last time the Club won was in 1954. The opposing Sydney Swans had known victories a few times so support for the underdog was overwhelming. Meryl had to wait an hour for the next bus. Her floral offerings were most welcomed and appreciated.
by Razmi Finn