On Friday 29th April I attended the funeral in Tokoroa of Beverley Sturgeon. Bev was a member of the Tokoroa Club, a president of that club and National President from 1985 -87 during the time that the International Congress was held in Auckland.. She was a very elegant gracious and friendly lady. I first got to know Bev when I joined Tokoroa in 1972. She was National Predsident when Hawera started and she came over and chaired the initial Public Meeting..
The Funeral Celebrant started the service by saying “It all started with BPW” After Bev had finished her term as NationalPresident she was elected on to the Tokoroa Town Board and two years later when all the big changes in local government took place she was elected to the South Waikato District Council where she served for the next 15 years, 11 of those as Deputy Mayor. As with many other women the confidence Bev gained from her BPW experience helped her to grow her life experiences and achievements.
Alix Haywood, also a past National President spoke on behalf of BPW. She had been a close friend of Bev’s since they had sat next to each other at the 1975 conference held in Tauranga. Many tributes were paid to Bev and I felt proud to have known her.