A chang­ing of the guard

Fresh blood needed for 2018 show

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

AF­TER many years of ser­vice, sev­eral long-term mem­bers of the Gat­ton Show So­ci­ety are set to step down from their po­si­tions, with a new gen­er­a­tion needed to take the or­gan­i­sa­tion for­ward into 2018.

Pres­i­dent Keith Ed­wards said af­ter a suc­cess­ful 2017 Gat­ton Show, there was now a chance for oth­ers in the com­mu­nity to step up and get in­volved.

“Af­ter quite a few years, there is a chang­ing of the guard, long term mem­bers have de­cided to pur­sue dif­fer­ent av­enues, so an op­por­tu­nity ex­ists within the show so­ci­ety for peo­ple to ful­fil var­i­ous roles,” Mr Ed­wards said.

Mr Ed­wards, him­self a life mem­ber who has been a part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for 26 years, en­cour­aged young peo­ple in the re­gion to take the reins of the “show­case of the val­ley”.

“It’s our show, it’s our com­mu­nity, it’s been in the com­mu­nity for such a long time and we want to make sure for ev­ery­body that it’s as good as it can be,” he said.

Their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing will be held at 7.30pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9, at the of­fice un­der the grand­stand in the Gat­ton Show­grounds, but nom­i­na­tions for va­cant po­si­tions are due this week.

Vice-pres­i­dent Kather­ine Ray­mont has been a part of the Gat­ton Show for as long as she can re­mem­ber with her mother serv­ing as the chief stew­ard of the cook­ery sec­tion for many years.

She got for­mally in­volved with the dairy cat­tle sec­tion as an 18-year-old and hasn’t looked back.

“It’s a way to be­come a part of a so­ci­ety where you get to meet peo­ple of all walks of life and you all work to­gether to put some­thing to­gether for the com­mu­nity,” Ms Ray­mont said.

“You get a real buzz out of it, there is a lot of the com­mu­nity’s work and an­i­mals to ex­pose to the public and it’s quite amaz­ing to be able to do that.

“We had a very suc­cess­ful show in 2017 and we’re look­ing to con­tinue that for many years to come.

“The re­ceiv­ing of a Gam­bling Com­mu­nity Grant of $33,000 will help us con­tinue to be able of­fer the ex­hibitors and pa­trons a great show as it al­lows us to up­grade our fa­cil­i­ties and pur­chase some new ones.”

To in­quire about join­ing the Gat­ton Show So­ci­ety or nom­i­nate your­self for a va­cant po­si­tion, phone Kather­ine Ray­mont on 0418 749 667.

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

GET IN­VOLVED: The Gat­ton Show So­ci­ety has sev­eral roles that need to be filled for the com­ing year.

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