Single-minded way to have fun

IT WILL take more than divorce to destroy the singles scene in Rockhampton.

The Rocky Singles Group has suffered from an "irreconcilable difference'' of opinion which has led to two groups with very different outlooks.

There is now the Rocky Singles Group, membership of 50, and Central Queensland Singles Group with a membership base of 250.

The sticking point between the two groups ultimately comes down to prestige.

Rocky Singles wants some rules to membership, while CQ Singles just want to have fun.

"We're going to build a web page over Christmas and advertise that way,'' Delma McDonald, organiser of the Rocky group, said.

Potential members will have to apply over the Internet "rather than open slather''. "We want to be a little more up-market, like solicitors and accountants ? business people,'' she said.

Organiser of the Central Queensland group, Kathy Werner, however, is more interested in being open for people to have fun.

"It's a social group for unattached people, they can either meet a partner or make friends,'' Ms Werner said.

When the CQ group branched off Ms Werner made a point of creating a newsletter and advertising in the local media in an effort to make everyone feel welcome.

The group meets at the Brunswick Hotel at 5.30 for dinner every Wednesday and then there are the weekend events for members to fill their calendar with.

"We are the biggest and most active group,'' Ms Werner said.

Other than incorporating rules for a new-look Rocky Sin- gles, both groups are pretty much based on the same thing.

"I love meeting new people and organising functions and venues. We all enjoy music, dancing and barbecues,'' Ms Werner said.

For Ms McDonald: "It's not just singles either, people meet and become couples and still stay in the group ? it's a social thing.''

Call Ms Werner on 4926 2676.

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