It was with sadness that we learned of the death of Joan Forster (01.12.1916 – 29.07.2014), and many ANGAIR members attended the service at Aireys Inlet to celebrate her long and remarkable life.

 

Joan was a foundation member of ANGAIR and a Committee member for 32 years.

 

She was a regular and hard working volunteer at the Annual Wildflower Show – collecting specimens, helping to set up the displays on the stage in the Anglesea Hall, playing tapes of birdsongs to create atmosphere, and leading nature rambles.

For 10 years Joan wrote the “Flower of the Month” feature for the ANGAIR newsletter. Her articles were always thoroughly researched, with precise botanical descriptions, historical references and interesting anecdotes. ANGAIR’s 30th Anniversary was celebrated with a dinner on 15 May 1999. As the guest speaker, Joan recalled memories of her involvement in ANGAIR from its beginning

“In ANGAIR”, Joan said, “she found friendship with like-minded people.” She loved being occupied and involved in the natural world. Joan described her involvement in the natural world as the most important part of her life, and that in turn was part of the meaning of life for her.

Joan’s contributions to ANGAIR were formally recognised when she was elected to Life Membership of the Society in 2007. Her citation reads:  The Committee of Management of ANGAIR has elected Joan Marie Forster Honorary Life Member, for her exemplary work in the areas of Education and Conservation of Flora and Fauna of the Anglesea and Aireys Inlet region, over many years.

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