Ded­i­cated RSA ser­vice of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged

South Waikato News - - Meanwhile, Outside Auckland - LUKE KIRKEBY

Pride beamed from the eyes of two Pu­taruru Re­turned and Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (RSA) mem­bers as they re­ceived pres­ti­gious awards for their ser­vice.

Ian (Chuck) Haus­man and pres­i­dent Mur­ray Bath were both pre­sented with awards dur­ing the Pu­taruru RSA’S 83rd an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Wed­nes­day. Haus­man a long ser­vice award for his 40 years with the RSA and Bath, who has been pres­i­dent for 11 years, life mem­ber­ship.

On pre­sent­ing Haus­man with his award, district vice pres­i­dent Terry Findlay said it was a huge hon­our.

‘‘RSA awards are not given out lightly and to get a lo­cal award is very im­por­tant be­cause they are from your own peo­ple,’’ he said.

Im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent Alex Pluck pre­sented Bath with life mem­ber­ship.

‘‘Mur­ray has been a stal­wart of this club for many years and he thor­oughly de­serves this award,’’ he said.

Haus­man, who served in the New Zealand Army J Force in 1946 and who is now in his 90s, said it was un­ex­pected.

‘‘It has been nearly half my life. I am very proud,’’ he said.

Bath, who joined the navy in 1964, said he was also proud.

LUKE KIRKEBY

Pu­taruru RSA pres­i­dent Mur­ray Bath has been made a life mem­ber.

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