Buf­falo River CFA awards

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPITERI

TWENTY-SEVEN Buf­falo River CFA vol­un­teers were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tions at an awards cer­e­mony and din­ner at the Buf­falo Ho­tel last week.

Among the medals handed out were five 50-year ser­vice awards.

About 50 peo­ple at­tended the pre­sen­ta­tion where chicken parmi­gianas were on the menu to raise money for drought stricken farm­ers through the Parma for a Farma ini­tia­tive.

CFA District 24 op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Mark Owens was on hand to pre­sent cer­tifi­cates and medals to the loyal Buf­falo River bri­gade mem­bers.

Hon­ours for 50 years’ ser- vice went to Ian McGuffie, Gra­ham Mastertin, Colin Mastertin, Roger John­son and Ken Cle­mens.

Kevin McLeese re­ceived recog­ni­tion for 40 years and Gor­don Smith, Glenda McGuffie, Tony Menze, Mau­reen McLeese and Chris­tine Mastertin 35 years.

Medals for 30 years were re­ceived by Peter Traini, John Hansen and Brad Smith while Ron Janas and Joe Can­nata have con­tributed 25 years.

Oth­ers being awarded ser­vice medals were Noe­lene Menze, Trevor McKib­bin, Kerry Hansen (20 years), Jackie Mastertin, Jamie But­ter­field (15 years), and Bruce McCal­lum, An­drea But­ter­field and Shawn Bar­ton (10 years).

Five year cer­tifi­cates were given to Hay­den Smith, Ge­off Neck and Kelly Bar­ton.

Bri­gade cap­tain Trevor McKib­bin said it was great to recog­nise the ef­forts of many mem­bers over a long pe­riod of time.

The Buf­falo River CFA will hold a com­mu­nity day and bar­be­cue at their sta­tion next Sun­day to dis­cuss fire plans ahead of the up­com­ing fire sea­son.

Mr McKib­bin said the main idea be­hind day would be to “get peo­ple talk­ing and think­ing” about the fire sea­son that could come early due to the dry win­ter.

A silent auc­tion will also take place dur­ing the day which be­gins at 12pm.

HALF A CEN­TURY: (from left) Gra­ham Mastertin, Roger John­son, Colin Mastertin, Ken Cle­mens and Ian McGuffie were all recog­nised for 50 years’ ser­vice to the Buf­falo River CFA.

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