Bulahdelah Historical Society honours new life members

Diane Burns and Irene Worth collect their life membership from Bulahdelah Historical Society President Kevin Carter (centre).

THE BULAHDELAH Historical Society recently celebrated two long-serving members by awarding them life membership.

Such an honour is bestowed not only for long term membership to an organisation, but more importantly for significant contributions made.

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Irene Worth and Dianne Burns were presented with their certificates by Bulahdelah Historical Society President Kevin Carter for service of twelve and 20 years respectively.

“We have a life membership that recognises people that have really done an important role within the society,” said Mr Carter.

“It has to be at least an extended ten years and it has to be of significance to the society,” he said.

Irene’s mother was also a life member of the Society.

“I used to bring my Mum and my Auntie up here to the meetings and then I’d go and stop with Dad and come back for an hour and pick them up,” Irene Worth said.

“My Mum said: ‘You might as well come to the meeting because it won’t go too long’.

“I could see that she was making sure that I was going to follow in her footsteps, so that’s how I became a member.
“Hopefully I’ll continue for quite a few more years.”

Diane’s road to involvement with the Society began rather differently.

“I initially was required to do fifteen hours of service as part of the Newstart program,” Diane said.

“After that I continued because I enjoy history.

“I’ve always wanted to be involved and I have learned a lot about all the local history and the families that made up our community.”

Over the years both Irene and Diane have undertaken many Society activities including collecting material, running street stalls, collating historical items and more.

The new life members told NOTA that historical societies had an important role to play in the preservation of local histories as much information is lost from one generation to the next.

If you would like to find out more about the Society’s activities and events, contact the president on 0458 021 006.


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