Gwen Falconer has been awarded with a Life Membership of the Thames Valley Croquet Association.
Gwen has been the Thames Valley secretary for the past nine years.
Lance Barker was then president and then I was for the past four years.
Gwen joined the Waihi Croquet Club in 1999 and has been president from 2003-06 and then again from 2014-18.
In the interim, she was Waihi secretary from 2007 to 2012.
Gwen plays Association croquet and has made her way up through the grades and now plays as an intermediate, with a six handicap.
But she is also a golf croquet player, handicap three and plays in the Midland League and AC Interclub and always keen to help new players with her team spirit and encouragement.
Gwen has been a coach and handicapper on Waihi’s club’s match committee for many years and is able to advise about anything relating to croquet.
As the Thames Valley Secretary, Gwen has always gone the extra mile.
Her secretarial skills are exceptional. I know that all clubs appreciate the fact that she can so easily convert any documents, tournament posters etc. to Word.
She records all the Valley’s minutes, attends to correspondence both inward and outward, send out all the annual returns to the clubs then correlates them all to return to Croquet New Zealand.
The Thames Valley tournament calendar has been streamlined by Gwen over the years.
The clubs appreciate the details and information that she brings to our tournament meeting held in June.
Many hours are spent phoning or emailing players and clubs.
She has the phone number of every Thames Valley player on her mobile so can easily reach players.
Gwen has willingly managed many Association and Golf Croquet tournaments for the Valley.
The annual AC tournament in Waihi has continued to grow. Gwen is a gracious hostess and always has a warm welcome to all our visitors.
For nine years, Gwen has been at the heart of the Thames Valley club.