Seahorse Past Presidents

At the October 2011 Committee Meeting, our Founder, Rosemary raised the question about a register of former Presidents of the Seahorse Society.

Here are the results of Rosemary's research:

"It seems no one had kept such a list. Many of these people had contributed so much to keeping the Seahorse Society of NSW a vibrant and active outlet for cross-dressers to meet and gain confidence from participating in this activity."

"Penny sent some photo albums of past meetings and pictures sent in by members. There was also a minutes book covering 20 years of the Society's Annual General meetings. From this minute book, Rosemary was able to get a list of some of the past Presidents."

"This list is not complete and may not be totally accurate. You will notice that some years show that there were more than one President. We can only assume that for some reasons there was a change occurring in the leadership of the group during that year."

"Unfortunately, there are only a few of these former Presidents still active members of the Society and we are unable to confirm their tenure of office."

Addendum

Christine Parker has done some further research and has modified this list slightly (below, left).


The List of known Seahorse Presidents

National President's Name

Period of Tenure

Rosemary Langton (Founding President) *

1971-1973

Jill Austin *

1973-1974

Trina Taylor

1974

Wendy Gray

1974-78

Cynthia Leigh

1978-79

NSW President's Name

Period of Tenure

No record *

1979-1983

Dorothy Sellwood

1984-1987

Kim Seabourne

1987

Wendy Gray

1987-1988

Julie

1988-1989

Cass

1989-1990

Joyce

1990-1991

Kim Seabourne

1991-1993

April

1993-1995

Leslie

1995-1999

Lynne *

1999-2005

Penny *

2005-2006

Julia *

2006-2011

Christine Parker *

2011-2012

Susan *

2012-2014

Dana *

2014-current

* Current Seahorse Member.

* If you can fill any of the gaps (1979-1983) on this list, please contact Christine, so that the list can be amended.

Five Longest Serving Presidents (3 or more years)

  1. Lynn - 6 years.
  2. Wendy - 6 years (4 years and 2 years).
  3. Julia - 5 years
  4. Leslie - 4 years
  5. Dorothy - 3 years.

Our Sincere Thanks

To all those who served Seahorse as Presidents and any that have been missed from this list, we thank them, as it is only through their hard work, at times in very difficult conditions, that Seahorse has been able to grow from its very humble beginning to the healthy active society which we are today.

Rosemary noted that the initial meeting comprised of just 3 people and today we usually have over 150 financial members and as many as 40 members, partners and guests attend the social meeting each month.


More on the History of Seahorse

For more information about the history of Seahorse, from its beginnings in 1972 through to the current day, read this article on the history of Seahorse:



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