Alpha Pi Redcliffe was chartered 27 November 1981, instigated by Jenny Hendriks who invited her sister Diane Northey and a group of friends to form the new branch. Both Jenny and Diane remain active members, having at times over the years been Branch, District and State Presidents.
Alpha Pi members gather for a business meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm at Kallangur Tavern.
Currently Alpha Pi holds two major fundraisers. The first, held in March is a themed Trivia night and the second, in spring, is a Fashion Parade. Minor fundraising is carried out through running Sausage Sizzles at Bunnings as opportunity arises, along with craft fairs, book fairs, etc from time to time.
Mid-month, an Education opportunity is provided which could be a visit to an Art Gallery or a display, guest speakers on a varied range of topics, art/craft activities, visiting historic Brisbane properties during the annual Open Day, or travel talks from members. Many of these Education meetings are open to the general public when the topic is of general public interest and information.
These Education events are often associated with the Social activity of morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea or even dinner which is why we jokingly refer to ESA as Eat Something Always. In January, during the summer recess, members meet for lunch just to keep in touch.
Over the years, the branch has supported Cancer Council Queensland (CCQ) by selling Daffodil Day merchandise in local shopping centres and the Leukaemia Foundation Australia (LFA) through Lavender for Leukaemia when that was their fundraiser. Members support current State Cancer Projects with funding for the ESA Wig and Turban Library run by CCQ, ESA International Dorothy Banks Bursary run by LFA, along with the National Council of Women Queensland (NCWQ) ESA International Bursary.
Local community projects that Alpha Pi members assist include the Redcliffe Hospital Oncology ward, St. Vincent de Paul, Redcliffe Breakfast Club, Woody Pt Special School, PCYC, Deception Bay Community Centre, Salvation Army and Red Cross, just to name a few.
In 1983, the Redcliffe ladies started the ESA Princess Quest with the majority of the proceeds being donated to the then Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland (LFQ). This Quest was eventually handed over to LFQ because it became too large for the Branch to manage, and it continued under their control until 2012.
Alpha Pi has developed many friendships within their activities featuring “food, fun, and frivolity”. It is more than an organization just for members. Involvement of family members and friends is welcomed wherever possible, with an open invitation to be a part of such a warm, inviting and friendly association.
In the past two years, Alpha Pi has accepted the invitation of the local Quota Assn to enter an innovatively decorated Christmas Tree in their ‘Festival of Trees’, a craft weekend at the start of December, within which local associations have been encouraged to publicize their group and its work. Members also attend the Quota International Women’s Day Breakfast.
Occasionally members travel away for a relaxing social weekend – perhaps to the mountains or to the beach.
Alpha Pi maintains a Facebook page – Alphapi ESA.