Three honoured as life members
Life time memberships to three Putaruru RSA members have been a seriously long time coming.
Royce Drummond, Richard Jacobs and Tony FitzHerbet have racked up a combined 180 years in the service.
It had been eight years since a Putaruru member had received one of the awards, president Murray Bath said.
‘‘The things we look out for are services to the RSA and community,’’ Bath said.
He said the decision was made by the committee and sent to the Wellington national office which had the final say.
The three members said it was unexpected but they were overjoyed.
‘‘To be made a life member of anything is amazing . . . it means they’ve appreciated our membership to the RSA,’’ FitzHerbet said. Royce Drummond RSA membership: 67 years As a keen lawn bowls player Drummond spent 24-years running around after the RSA bowls club.
The Putaruru resident said it was certainly never a must on the bucket-list.
‘‘[I did it] mainly because I was bloody told to,’’ he said.
Yet it did not stop Drummond from doing a stand up job organising raffles and sorting out the teams.
Not only did the 91-year old commit to the team he happily took out his time for the annual poppy sales.
For 40 years, Drummond distributed the those red flowers to the people of Arapuni. Richard Jacobs RSA membership: 44 years
Whether it was out in the battlefield or the streets of Putaruru, Jacobs was there to serve others.
The 90-year old was a member of the Legion of Frontiersmen and although the clan is not around today many will remember seeing them on their horses assisting in traffic control.
‘‘There were a lot of RSA guys who wound up in it,’’ he said.
Jacobs said it didn’t matter what the event was, they would be there. ‘‘Some would last a week and some would last a fortnight.’’
The ‘‘satisfaction’’ from the volunteer work came from the sense of safety felt by the community.
Before Jacobs’ award of the lifetime membership he gained the prestigious Pioneers Axe award. It recognises exceptional and exemplary service to the New Zealand Command. Tony FitzHerbert RSA membership: 69 years Born and bred in Putaruru, FizHerbert returned to where he grew up and built up his life around community service.
The 93-year old proudly claimed membership at the Freemasons masonic lodge for 50 years.
During his time, FitzHerbert travelled the country as a Grandmaster of the Waikato. FitzHerbert’s enjoyment for camaraderie reflected in his various roles in the community.
As a golf club president, Justice of Peace and a free auditor for the Putaruru RSA club, there were few things he would not do for his community.
‘‘I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done here,’’ he said.
Life achievement: Royce Drummond, left, Richard Jacobs and Tony FitzHerbert proudly join the lifetime membership roll.