Saturday, November 29 was a night of nights for the Bingara SES members.
The Imperial Hotel was the venue for their annual presentation night. Some of the members had been busy in the morning lighting up the Telstra Tower in preparation for Christmas season celebrations.
The evening saw many of the members thanked and presented with awards for their endeavours throughout 2008.
Pictured above are Bingara SES members who received awards at the
Owen Johnson was awarded the prestigious National Medal, for 15 years of service in the NSW State Emergency Service.
Brian Dixon received a bar to attach to his previous medal, in recognition of his 20 years of service and involvement with the SES.
They were joined by newly awarded 10 year SES Long Service Medalists, Wendy Johnson, Billie Johnson, Kylie Johnson and Elizabeth Kakoschke.
Nearly 30 members and friends attended to see Peter Pankhurst present the awards. Congratulations to those people who received awards. They truly are amazing people.
Peter O’Brien,Gwydir Shire Local Controller, told the Advocate that the local Bingara SES members have been involved in many community events, as well as disasters both local and away. Peter Turnbull and Alf King went to assist the storm victims in Brisbane with one of the local SES vehicles.
He went on to say that it has been a quiet year, with time for the volunteers to update their training. The SES has used this time to be involved in community events such as the Motorhome Rally.
Geoff Hansen and Rosemary Asher, Jane O’Brien, Ben O’Brien, Wendy Johnson, Jenni Reddy, Peter O’Brien, Peter Turnbull, Lou Faint and helpers from Warialda and Deepwater SES, manned the First Aid Station at the Motorhome Rally held in October. This meant a commitment over eight days, 24 hours per day.
Peter wanted it made known that anyone who is keen to assist the community is encouraged to join the SES. "Everyone has something to offer and is very welcome to join us in our community involvement and endeavours." he said.
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