Con­tri­bu­tions recog­nised

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

Two stal­warts of the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Re­turned Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion were hon­oured on Fri­day night for their tire­less con­tri­bu­tion to the club.

Clive Colling­wood, who just started a term as Waikato Bay of Plenty King Coun­try pres­i­dent, was pre­sented with a gold star and Peter Love was awarded a life mem­ber­ship.

New Zealand RSA vice pres­i­dent BJ Clark trav­elled from Christchurch to make the pre­sen­ta­tions and said they were well de­served.

‘‘One of the things about RSA awards – and I’m a great be­liever in them – is peo­ple put so many hours of their per­sonal time into this great or­gan­i­sa­tion and it’s with­out any way of rec­om­pense.

‘‘The only way you can ac­knowl­edge those peo­ple is th­ese awards.’’

Gold stars were not awarded lightly and only 10 or 15 mem­bers across the coun­try re­ceived one each year, he said.

It recog­nises at least 20 years of ser­vice to not only a lo­cal club but the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Mr Colling­wood was

a car­pen­ter and joiner in the Royal New Zealand Engi­neers Army from 1976 to 1982.

He spent that time in New Zealand and was based in Pa­pakura and later Waiouru, where in­ci­den­tally he served with Mr Clark.

He first joined the RSA in Ma­maku in 1978 and be­came a mem­ber in Mata­mata af­ter mov­ing to Ti­rau in 1995.

Last year he at­tended the Na­tional Coun­cil in Wellington and has been to ev­ery na­tional con­fer­ence since 1999.

He has served seven terms as club pres­i­dent in Mata­mata and led poppy and An­zac ser­vices in Ti­rau ev­ery year. He has also chaired the Wel­fare and Poppy Trust.

Mr Clark thanked his wife Shirley for all her sup­port and pre­sented her with a neck­lace to mark al­most 41 years to­gether.

Mr Love also spent his army years in New Zealand as in­fantry in the Na­tional Ser­vice Army from 1964 to 1967.

He has been a mem­ber of the Mata­mata RSA for 24 years and served three years as pres­i­dent and four as club chair­man.

His life­time mem­ber­ship is an ac­knowl­edge­ment of his huge in­volve­ment in all ar­eas of vol­un­teer work car­ried out by the RSA.

‘‘He is even a kitchen man,’’ said Mr Clark.

Mr Love said it was a priv­i­lege to be­come a life mem­ber.

Mata­mata pres­i­dent Graeme Water­son said it was a great achieve­ment on both parts.

Photo: NI­COLA STEWART

Long ser­vice: Na­tional RSA vice pres­i­dent BJ Clark presents Peter Love with a life mem­ber­ship to Mata­mata Me­mo­rial RSA.

Rare hon­our: Mata­mata Me­mo­rial RSA mem­ber Clive Colling­wood pic­tured with wife Shirley af­ter re­ceiv­ing his gold star.

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