Topic: Gladys Mary Bestic, QSM

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1st Woman elected to Rotorua County Council, 1977-1983

Born in Auckland, daughter of Robert and Ellen Neal. Married William Seddon Bestic in 1951. Educated at Epsom Girls Grammar; Auckland Teachers College TTC 1941.  Primary School Teacher 1942-1957, relieving teacher at Rotorua Boys High 1958-1982.  Made life Member of the Rotorua Branch of the Red Cross in 1984, she had been involved in Red Cross since 1957. President of Rotorua Women's Bowling Club 1989-1992, BOP Zonta Woman of the Year 1980, Life Member of Rotorua Family Budgeting Service 1990 and NZ Federation of Family Budgeting Services 1991. Awarded QSM 1978.

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