FOME Turns Thirty
My first encounter with FOME was in my youth (lower secondary) during a family visit to Monash Uni Open Day. We visited the stall of FOME and I was impressed by the group of young adults all wearing cloaks and the maps of Middle Earth on the walls. Then on becomming a uni student I got involved in a number of groups but was most active in FOME.
So I have now attendend two thirtieth anniversary events in recent months. The FOME event was fun. The comunity hall was the right size for us and gave us room for both dining and dancing. I had the honour of preparing the playlists for the night (always a fun task for me) but as we danced I was reminded of other FOME events (e.g. masquerade balls) and of the absent friends who once cut a rug at those events. The dinner dance was well attended both in terms of numbers and of the many generations of FOME represented and yet there were others that I missed.
The current Council added a few new innovations to the event such as a door prize of some excellent Lord Of The Rings action-figures and the provision of crayons so that we could draw stuff on the paper table cloths if ever we were in a non-chatting non-dancing mood (something worth remembering for a group that attracts more than its share of introverts). There were also many well-worn traditions such as the mathom exchange and the singing of Happy Birthday (Volga Boatman version).
It was also fun because my date Sara instructed me in some Salsa dance moves (I had anticipated this and thrown in some vaguely Latin popular tracks). I am a far from competent student and yet she made me kinda look like I knew what to do.
I am happy I went and more than happy to have been part of FOME all this time. The friends and experiences I have got as a 'fellow' have very much enriched my life.