When more than fifty people sat down to Christmas lunch on 16 December in 1994 it celebrated not only the end of an important year, but also a beginning. After nearly two years of intensive work and lobbying by the Manly Warringah Pittwater Mental Health Task Force (MWPMHTF), this lunch was the first meeting of potential members, initiators and staff of Manly’s Pioneer Clubhouse. Pioneer Clubhouse began operating early in 1995 in Quirk Road, Balgowlah. It was the result of community efforts to give people with a mental illness an opportunity to recover and rebuild their lives. At this time there was no such facility in the region or any where else in NSW. This innovative concept was a reflection of changing attitudes towards mental illness. Our members and supporters are raising funds this year to help run and upgrade the Pioneer Clubhouse Facility.