Plaudits for volunteer Marg
Dunolly and District Field & Game stalwart Marg Davies has been recognised for her contribution to the branch.
Marg Davies is currently branch treasurer but she has been volunteering her time and skills in many different ways for more than 30 years.
Marg has been awarded the Ripon Volunteer Award (instigated by Ripon MP Louise Staley as a way of formally recognising volunteers in the Victorian electorate) in recognition of her effort and outstanding contribution, which she said came as a “complete surprise”. “It was a bit of a shock on the day it was announced, I was speechless,” she said.
Marg said being involved with the social side of the branch was most rewarding and her longevity was a reflection of how much enjoyment she gets from taking part. “The camaraderie is lovely and you meet some wonderful people from everywhere,” she said. “We have seen a lot of very good shooters come through the ranks at Dunolly but for me, the social side is the best part of helping to run events.”
Dunolly Field & Game secretary Nigel Elston nominated Marg for the award and said she was a very worthy recipient. “Marg has always been there for the club; when anything needs doing she is there with her hand up, she’s a vital member of the club,” he said. “Marg has attended meetings without fail and she never misses a shoot day.”
During her time Marg has served as secretary and treasurer, and was the driving force behind securing a new shoot ground in 2009. “When we lost our original ground, Marg was the first one to go out looking for a new site and made the first contact with the landowners,” Nigel said. “When we finally secured the new ground, she was the first to put her hand up to talk to all the neighbours before we submitted a planning application so they understood who we were and what we were trying to achieve. “Marg has done an outstanding job over the years, mainly due to her diligence and love of hard work.”
Ripon MP Louise Staley presents the award to Marg Davies