Reward for effort
Ray Phillips and John Leen have been awarded life membership of Geelong Field & Game.
The branch stalwarts were presented with their life memberships by Field & Game Australia chairman Rob Treble during the official opening of the Connewarre Wetland Centre.
Ray Phillips was recognised for his dedication spanning more than 20 years, including terms as president and treasurer.
Ray embraced the concept of a wetland education centre and clubroom at Connewarre and with his background in building, he became a vital part of the organising committee. During construction, he spent four days a week on-site for six months, living up to his reputation as a selfless contributor who embodies what it is to be a dedicated FGA member.
John Leen first joined Geelong FGA in 1971 along with his brother Tony, who is also a life member.
John has contributed significantly to the ongoing conservation effort of Geelong FGA including the redevelopment of Hospital Swamp and has volunteered his own heavy earthmoving equipment for projects such as revegetating the northern edge of Reedy Swamp, revised inlet and outlet channels, and constructing emergency fire access tracks.
Since joining Geelong FGA John has been involved in every conservation project and has made a stellar contribution to wetland habitat and waterfowl in the region.
John was a worthy winner of the 2013 Dr Hugh Martin Award.
John Leen receives his Geelong branch life membership from FGA chairman Rob Treble
Geelong FGA life members Ray Phillips and John Leen