Isobel’s years of service recognised
Isobel Smith made sure she had a hankie to calm her nerves during the New Zealand Women’s Institute’s award ceremony in Wellington recently.
During the institute’s 95th conference at the Michael Fowler Centre a special few were awarded service badges.
Smith, who is a member of the Tokoroa Women’s Institute, was one of three to be awarded the Gold Honours Badge for her 53 years of service to the community.
It is the highest badge members can be awarded.
Among her many services has been sewing emergency hospital bags and knitting cloths for premature babies.
The award was presented by Lady Mateparae and Smith said it was a nerve-wracking experience.
‘‘When it is the first time you have been on stage in front of a lot of people it gets you,’’ she said.
‘‘But I was very very lucky because where I was sitting on the stage I had this big woman in front of me and she blocked out the majority of the people so it wasn’t so bad.’’
The 85-year-old she said there were well over 200 people at the ceremony and despite her nerves she had a lovely time.
‘‘When I got up it took me a few seconds to realise it was my name that had been called.’’
‘‘It was a big honour, it’s once in a lifetime, and not everyone gets them.’’
Isobel continues to sew with a treadle machine and one room in her house has been dedicated to Women’s Institute projects.
She also proudly displays many of her creations from years gone by and said she continues to enjoy being part of the institute.
Tokoroa Women’s Institute member Isobel Smith is humbled to receive her Gold Honours Badge which is the institute’s highest honour.