Long community service honoured

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The long community service of Greymouth woman Barbara Monk was recognised on Saturday, when she was accorded the first New Zealand Women’s Institute President’s Award.
Presented by national president Jeanette Andrews, at the West Coast Federation of Women’s Institutes annual general meeting, the award was in recognition of service both at institute and federation level.
Mrs Monk joined Dunollie CWI in 1953, when the sub was 2/6 and 3d was collected off each member for hall rent.
The citation said she competed in WI choirs, was involved in hospital visiting, meals on wheels, Handiscope, conference and reunion committees, was a willing delegate to all meetings and for any community service that was asked of her.
In other presentations, 60-year service badges were presented to Kath Roberts (Paroa) and Joyce Williams (Blaketown); a 50-year service badge went to Joan Jurrius (Kaiata) and a good service badge was presented to Daphne Connor (Kaiata).
Loyal service certificates were presented to Irene Messenger (Blaketown) and Kay Power (Paroa), and the banners for best annual reports were won by Paroa for the 18 and over membership category, while Kaiata won the under-18 membership category.
Donna Cavender, from Blackball, the New Zealand WI 2010 art scholarship recipient, displayed her art portfolios.
Olga Dodd was elected president for 2011 and a presentation was made to outgoing president, Beverley Luscombe.