Dinner honours community service

CWA Evening Branch Treasurer Kate Matthews with Rotary President Wendy Mulligan
05th Apr 2023

Guyra’s once-annual Community Service Organisations dinner was re-established by the Rotary Club of Guyra who hosted the event at the Bowling Club last Tuesday, 28th March.
The dinner was attended by 70 members from a variety of Guyra’s service clubs and organisations, including Can Assist, CWA Evening Branch, Guyra CWA (Day), Guyra Garden Club, Guyra & District Historical Society, Guyra Community Progress Association, Hospital Auxiliary, Lions Club, the Men’s Shed, Probus, Rotary Club, Rural Fire Service, Vinnies, VRA, SES and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Group.
Mayor Sam Coupland and Council’s General Manager James Roncon also attended the function.
During the evening a member of each organisation was invited to give a short talk about their organisation. This turned out to be very informative and quite humorous on occasions.
The Rotary Club took the opportunity to incorporate their Pride of Workmanship Awards into the event. These awards are usually to enable an employer to recognise significant contributions by an employee, however, this year community organisations were invited to recognise one of their own members for the work they do in our community.
The Garden Club recognised David Kanaley for his work in obtaining grants for, and the design and implementation of the new Memorial Park and Mandala Garden Project.
CWA Evening Branch recognised Kate Matthews for her substantial contribution to the CWA, taking on the role of Treasurer and including volunteering for two days at the Royal Easter Show and as a steward at the Guyra Show.
The baton was passed to CWA Evening Branch to host next year’s function.
Anne Starr, President said: “It’s wonderful that Rotary hosted this event and it was encouraging to see so many volunteers gathered together in one room. It’s fantastic that Guyra is able to support so many service clubs and volunteer organisations. CWA Guyra Evening Branch are looking forward to hosting the event next year.”