Presentations to Three Members—2006

The National Council of the TS in Australia, at its meeting in January 2006, decided to award a Certificate of Commendation for an “excellent record of theosophical service over many years” to Pat Bailey, Jessie Sharples and Erica Patient. The citation mentions that their work “has helped to keep alive the light of theosophical ideals and teachings in this country.”

Pat Bailey became involved with Brisbane Lodge about 50 years ago. She held many positions at various times including President. She was also very active in The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) and did a great deal of work in the running of the old ladies home, Hanworth (also known as the Hospice) at East Brisbane, which was the responsibility of the Brisbane TOS. Picture of Pat Bailey 2006
Jessie Sharples became involved in TS activities approximately 40 years ago through her close friendship with Edna Jenks, one of the stalwarts of the Australian Section who passed away in 2002. She became the resident Matron at Hanworth and was actively involved in both TS and TOS work. Jessie also helped Edna a great deal in the establishment of the Theosophical Education and Retreat Centre at Springbrook, Queensland. Picture of Jessie Sharples 2006
Erica Patient joined Blavatsky Lodge in Sydney in April 1970 and was elected Lodge President in 1979. She has given many talks in Sydney, at Australian TS Conventions and in other states in Australia. In 1980 she became a member of the Executive Committee of the TS in Australia. She served as Education Coordinator between 1996 and 2001 and also worked as a Supporting Lecturer for the Section. More recently she was the State Representative for New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory and also did voluntary work at the National Headquarters. Picture of Erica Patient 2006