Last year I blogged about the Rural Women’sspeech writing award I presented in memory of my Mother Pat Rowley. The award is The Rowley Brooch and you can read about the award here. Jenny Malcolm from North Otago won the Rowley Brooch in 2016 and to my delight went on to win the National Awards in Wellington.
Myself with Jenny Malcolm on the left
Jenny has kindly allowed me to reproduce her speech here. all contestants were given the same topic from the annals of history.
Captain Lawrence Edward Grace“Titus” Oates ( 1880 – 1912)was an English army officer, and later an Antarcticexplorer, who died during the Terra Nova Expedition. . Oates, afflicted with gangrene and frostbite, walked from his tent into a blizzard. His death is seen as an act of self-sacrificewhen, aware that his ill-health was compromising his three companions chances of survival, he chose certain death. As he left his tent he said “I might be gone for some time”.
Topic “I may be gone for some time….” Time 3-5 minutes.
Here is Jenny Malcolm’s words and interpretation of the topic; and I can assure you her delivery was exceptional.
I blogged about the Rowley Brooch in March. This is a follow up.
After publishing my blog I was invited to Alexandra by the Rural Women Committee to present the Rowley Brooch at the Otago – Southland regional conference. I thought how crazy to fly to Queenstown collect a rental car and then subject myself to having to speak in front of people renowned for their speaking abilities. I need my head read!! Anyway I decided to do this in memory of my Mother.
I arrived on a very wet and cold Autumn afternoon thinking again “I must be mad flying to Alexandra for this 30 minute stint”. Continue reading →
I love the small things in communities that no one much knows about out in the big world. This is tribute to my late mother – Patricia Jeanette Rowley.
The West Otago Provincial Executive of Womens Division of Federated Farmers is quite a mouthful. My mother served the WDFF Otago (we think) as President as well as being the President of the Roxburgh Branch. Later on she was elected to the Dominion Council and travelled to Wellington for regular meetings. She contributed greatly to the work of this organisation in spheres such as Health, Education and Law as it affected rural women.
She was a woman before her time and she was forward thinking.”The Rowley Brooch” competition was instigated by my mother Pat Rowley in 1972. Continue reading →