On 5th March, 1968, the Club Chairman, Mr. A. F Bode and four other gentlemen members met a selected group of twelve lady members. The Chairman outlined the reasons for meeting and  asked for any suggestions the lady members might have for the improvement of amenities and services. Approximately ten suggestions were documented and it was then decided to form a Ladies Committee with Mrs. B. Furnell as Ladies President and Mrs.C.Swadling as Vice President.

It was also resolved that the Ladies Committee would meet monthly and the first meeting was held on Wednesday, 3rd April, 1968 and thereafter on the second Wednesday in each month.

The Ladies Committee holds a luncheon on the last Monday of every month. These luncheons are open to all members, both male and female, and their guests, and always feature a guest speaker or entertainment. The Ladies Committee serves a historically important function in the operation of the Club and welcomes members to meet with them at these lunches for discussion and exchange of ideas.

Mrs Margaret Dawes- Smith, OAM, President RACA Ladies Committee; RACA Member since 1969

Mrs Margaret Dawes- Smith, a retired School Principal, was involved in education for over 40 years. During this time she was a member of the Regional and State Talented Child Committees and was a recipient of the International Year of the Child Award from the NSW Government.

Since retiring, Margaret has been a volunteer counsellor at the Breast Cancer Support Service of the NSW Cancer Council. She is at present, Vice President of the CBD View Club (Voice, Interest and Education of Women) which raises money for the Smith Family.

Margaret is also on the Executive Committee of the Women`s Pioneer Society of Australasia, which meets at the RACA. Margaret is a proud recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2002 Australia Day Honours List ``For Service to education, particularly as a teacher and mentor to the community as a volunteer``.

To book a seat at the next Luncheon please contact our Events Team on T: 8273 2320 or E: Events@raca.com.au