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Whitfield CFA event of the year

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A new level of community presentation was established last Saturday night when the Whitfield CFA held an awards presentation at the Swinburne Pavillion.

The photo at right shows the four life members awarded their medals being Brian Sheppard, Jim Newton, Les Mc Donald (Nifty) and Neil Sheppard. The photo below shows many of the other volunteer CFA members who were awarded long service medals. Click on the images to enlarge them.

General comment was that the hall had never looked so classy with banners, historic CFA equipment and displays, helium filled ballons, linen tablecloths and the centrepiece display of a simulated bushfire using real gum trees and lighting effects.

An outstanding meal was catered by Adam Pizzini who is opening his new restaurant “Rinaldis” in two weeks as part of the DalZotto development in the Whitfield township. Wines were supplied by the Whitfield CFA’s corporate sponsor, Paul Bettio’s Wines.

Held to recognise the volunteers and their wives who have given of themselves since the brigade was formed in 1932, long service medallions and certificated have been awarded to more than 30 members:

12 years service; Robert Carolane; Allan Evans; Stephen Griffin; Clark Jenkins; David Klippel; David Westmacott
20 years service: Angus Brond; Shane Douglas
25 years service: David Burder; Garry Bussell; Dino Cavedon; John Cavedon; Robert Gaspari; Darrio Sartoti; Walter Sartori;
30 years service; Gavin Delaney; Bryan Parkes; Kevin Croucher
40 years service: Geffrey Burke; Marshall Burroughs; Bruce Campbell; Anthony Hennessy; Bernard Holmes; Mick Liprino; Jim Newton
45 years service; Phil Cooper; Murray Evans; Graham Hughes; Phil Gambold; Dan Shananhin; Michael West
50 years service; Phil Gambold; Neil Sheppard; Brian Sheppard.
55 years service; Les McDonald

Entertainment was provided by CFA members Bob Healey and Murray Evans who read Bushfire inspired bush poetry by Henry Lawson and Dan Kneebone. To complete the event, a live band played throughout and the younger folk danced into the night.


Written by Greg Naylor

19 February 2006 at 12:10 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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