Peter Meekings has been awarded life membership of Ballarat Field & Game branch for years of unwavering dedication and commitment over 30 years as a member and volunteer.
Peter was presented with the award by current life members Peter Edmondson and Wayne Sandwith on February 4 following the branch shoot where he also managed to win the A-grade.
Peter has held just about every position within the branch, being a past president, a long-standing committee member, safety officer/clay co-ordinator, and state/ national council representative. He is still serving the branch, currently as vice president.
On top of all this he is incredibly hands on, the first to attend working bees, ground set-ups and taking time off to run the practice days as well.
Ballarat branch secretary Aaron Edmondson said Peter was always one of the first to put his hand up to promote shooting in all its forms.
“Participating in duck counts, conservation activities and sporting events, his passion and commitment to the sport is phenomenal,” he said. “I have been very active with Ballarat FGA since I was a baby; I have always had my father, Peter Edmondson, and Peter Meekings to look up to. Since I can remember, Pete has always been active in organising shoots, duck counts, school events and just as a known face around the club, and his support of all members is well known.”
Aaron said without the long-standing support and knowledge Peter brought to the committee, the branch would not be as successful as it is today, with more than 700 members.
“The club is definitely a better environment for having him actively involved,” he said.
President Peter Mccormick is relatively new to the role and recognised the support and guidance Peter provides. “He has always offered his assistance to me and been a great mentor to me in this position. He is a delight to work with and is very encouraging to new shooters,” he said. Peter was chuffed, but humbled by his life membership. “I was absolutely surprised, it isn’t the reason you put in, I was particularly humbled by it,” he said. “I transferred from Sale in 1986 and have been involved with Ballarat ever since; you only get out of it what you put in, so I have no trouble putting in. “I also get a kick out of mentoring the young fellas.”
Peter Meekings with his award (above) and hunting with his mate