Feilding Herald : December 22nd 2011
6 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 NEWS 4224369AA District stalwarts recognised One of the last actions of Manawatu District Mayor Ian McKelvie before formally handing in his resignation, was to recognise good works carried out willingly over a long period of time by three of the district's citizens. The annual awards are council's recognition of individuals and groups for meritorious services in the fields of community service, welfare, sport, culture, the arts, recreation or education. The three people honoured this year were chosen from nominations by members of the public. Since 1991, 68 district residents have been honoured. This year's recipients were Glennis de Malmanche, Norman Lind and John Parker. Glennis de Malmanche Norm Lind John Parker Glennis de Malmanche Feilding District's guiding fam- ily'' will be forever grateful for the tireless service and support give to their movement for nearly 30 years by Glennis de Malmanche, whose enthusiasm and dedication has drawn praise from all sectors of the community. Never afraid to assume respons- ibility when needed, she has always been generous with her time and knowledge which has helped turn many guides into confident young women equipped to play a positive role in society. Mrs de Malmanche started her service as an assistant Brownie leader at Whetu Brownies, before becoming the group's leader for four years, district guides co-ordinator and assistant division commissioner each for two years. From 1992 to 2002 she was leader at North End Guides as well as a mentor to new leaders. She holds leadership and camp qualifications, and received the Aratiki Award, Good Service badge, The Fern and 25 year Service Bar from the Guid- ing organisation. She remains involved as a Pippin leader. Norm Lind In 50 years of continuous involve- ment with Every Boys and Every Girls Rally in Feilding, Norm Lind's contribution to the shaping of young lives has been outstanding and immeasurable. Mr Lind's passion for the holistic wellbeing of the youth of Feilding, the wider Manawatu and New Zea- land has resulted in his appoint- ment to many responsible positions at district and national level. In each case he devoted considerable time and energy to ensuring that high standards in the rally movement were maintained. During his 32 year career in the technology department at Feilding High School he spent a lot of time counselling young people at risk and was always keen to introduce students to new experiences such as bushcraft/ survival activities or organising Top Town events. On his retirement, he introduced woodworking, craft and cooking classes to many Feilding primary schools, and has helped to build in excess of 60 picnic tables as fund- raisers for local charities. Mr Lind's service to the com- munity is further highlighted through his work as a Justice of the Peace and as a funeral celebrant and his dedicated commitment to church administration visiting and pastoral care through the Warwick Street Chapel. John Parker Using his skills as a fundraiser has involved more than holding sausage sizzles for John Parker, who has raised thousands of dollars for clubs, groups and organisations through a diversity of means. He is well remembered by the Feilding Rugby Football Club for initiating its sheep farming project which financed the Yellows clubrooms. This involved club members fattening lambs, shearing them and auctioning them, usually for a decent profit. The scheme ran for 20 years and cleared all debt. Having also seen service for many years as the Yellows' representative on the Manawatu Rugby Union and membership on three jubilee committees, Mr Parker was awarded a life membership in the 1980s. His passion for his com- munity saw him involved with the fundraising for the Senior Citizens' Hall and the Lions Mini Golf, the latter, a project he has taken a par- ticular interest in for many years, supervising weekends and holiday periods. On behalf of the Feilding Lions he has also been involved in the club's mid-winter Christmas dinner for senior citizens. His commitment to St John's Anglican Church is legendary, from canvassing parishioners for the Par- ish Hall project in the 1970s to ves- try and sidesperson duties, con- vening parish fairs and playing the piano each Tuesday morning at the Friendship Centre in the parish hall. DIY with difference Abby Mills of Feilding had thoroughly enjoyed the buildup to Christmas. Her mother, Janene said Abby enjoyed time decorating a gingerbread house. The look on her face was one of sheer delight. It is an activity I would recom- mend to anyone with children.'' Abby is also looking forward to celebrating her 7th birthday a few days after Christmas.
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