FOR TEN years the Australian Shareholders' Association has been operating in Ballarat, celebrating their anniversary last Wednesday.
Ballarat regional group convenor Betty Clarke-Wood has volunteered with the local group since before its inception.
"We went out for lunch to discuss getting a group going in Ballarat and I thought of how nice it was going to be for someone to come up and get it started — how naive I was," Mrs Clarke-Wood said.
Mrs Clarke-Wood has been the convenor the entire ten years and is currently serving her second term on the ASA's national board of directors.
"I believe in what I do — shareholders need a voice and we're able to use our skills to help them."
The anniversary dinner was held at Barkly's Restaurant with 82 attendees.
"We've had lots of guest speakers over the years and celebrated our fifth anniversary, but ten years would be the highlight of our calendar," she said.
"As a group it was great to celebrate who we are and what we've done."
Mrs Clarke-Wood has enjoyed the journey of seeing Ballarat's ASA grow from just a few members to almost one hundred.
"As we're volunteer ran, we don't have the normal resources to get our name out there, but we hope to keep growing."
Walkley Award winning journalist and founder of Crikey.com Stephen Mayne gave a presentation, currently a director of ASA.
Chairman of the national board of ASA and Chairman of the Company Monitoring Committee Ian Curry attended the evening, describing the Ballarat division as active and prolific.
Mrs Clarke-Wood sees a strong future for ASA in Ballarat.
"We're not wind up yet — we're going from strength to strength."