Ten locals have been recognised for their years of service to the Gunnedah community.
Peter and Caroline Mitchell, George Truman, Gwen Riordan, Ruth Beeson, Roslyn Flett, Val Dewsbury, Julia Withers, Lyn Pollock and Leonie Harley have been honoured with life membership for the Gunnedah Show Society and the Gunnedah Show Society Ladies Auxiliary.
George Truman is a past president and has been involved for several years in a wide range of roles on the committee.
Val Dewsbury has also been involved for several years as a committee member, particularly as a convenor for the miniature horses and light harness sections of the annual show.
Peter and Caroline Mitchell are long-time committee members. Mr Mitchell has been the Trade/Exhibition space convenor for several years and Mrs Mitchlel has been an organiser of major attractions for the show for many years. They were also heavily involved with the inaugural Energy, Innovation and Mining Expo (eIMEx).
“They are both very hands-on and are often the first people to put their hand up for any volunteer work,” Gunnedah Show Society president Rob Witts said.
They are tireless supporters of the society and are to be commended for their many years of service to the community.Rob Witts, Gunnedah Show Society president
Gwen Riordan, Ruth Beeson, Roslyn Flett, Julia Withers, Lyn Pollock and Leonie Harley are all members of the ladies auxiliary, which runs the Griffith Pavilion at the show. They assist with needle work, handicrafts, children’s literature, cakes and preserves. They have also been involved with running the spring rose show.
“Some of these ladies have been working with the show committee for more than fifty years,” Mr Witts said.
“They are tireless supporters of the society and are to be commended for their many years of service to the community.”
All members of society and auxiliary are volunteers who commit their time throughout the year to assist with many events, particularly the show, which is a major event.