Cherished friends

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Recognition. The Rotary Club of Smithton welcomed three honorary members to its club last week.

Leonie and Peter Edwards along with Justin Blizzard were recognised as Friends of Rotary to the local club at its annual changeover dinner in Smithton last Tuesday.

“A Friend of Rotary is someone who may not be in the position to be a member but who helps the club out regularly with projects and events,” says Past District Governor and Rotary Club of Smithton member Gerard Blizzard.

“The club does rely heavily on volunteers and Friends of Rotary.”

Friends are considered as honorary members and valued for their voluntary contributions in various forms.

“Peter and I have always been involved in fundraising,” says Leonie, and were further inspired to help out when daughter Jodie Hampson joined the local club.

“I believe what they do in the community and overseas is just wonderful.”

The couple have assisted with various events and functions for more than two decades, often through planning and cooking.

“It’s an honour,” says Leonie of the recognition.

“This is not something we ever did expect and you don’t do it for the recognition.”

Asked to lend a hand by brother Gerard more than a decade ago, Justin can be found at major events directing traffic, setting up or packing up, or behind the bar serving.

He has attended the Devil Country Muster since its origins in 2013 and is often the first to put his hand up for any job that needs doing.

Groups like Rotary are a great benefit to our community, they do a marvellous job,” he says.

“I’m quite happy to lend a hand.”

The club also recognised incoming board members at the changeover dinner including president Ricky Tuck, secretary Mary Tuck, treasurer Ian King, members Leighton Stewart, Gerard Blizzard, Meredith Gracie, Jodie Hampson, Tom Glynn and Nigel Pedley.

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