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Reunion wrap up

Last weekend, past CFS volunteers travelled from as far as Western Australia and Victoria to join South Australian CFS staff and volunteers at the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms. After such a long period of isolation during COVID-19, it was great to see so many of the CFS family travel from near and far to gather, reminisce and celebrate.

At dinner on Saturday evening, guest speakers included Mr Brett Loughlin, the CFS’ new Chief Officer, along with Mr Nick McBride, the Member for Mackillop. The CFS Foundation was represented by Mr Andrew Lawson AFSM, and we were also joined by Mr Jason Druwitt, CFS Region Five Commander, along with past CFS Chief Officer Vince Monterola AM AFSM.

The evening also saw the recognition of a generous donation of $5,000 by the Neales Flat Brigade toward the Museum. The certificate of recognition was received by Mr Andrew Heidrich on behalf of the Brigade.

After a delicious, warming dinner and a few good laughs, the SAVFFM website was re-launched in its new look. Congratulations and thank you to the website team who worked hard to prepare the website in the lead up to the reunion: Alison Fraser, Karen Bath and Tony Hill.

On Sunday morning, festivities continued with a relaxed morning tea followed by lunch at the Clubrooms.

A successful raffle raised over $1200 for the Museum, an amazing effort by the many who took raffle books to sell prior to the reunion and to those who bought tickets on their way into the event. Winners included:

  • 1st prize (MiniJumbuk queen size quilt): Kim Day
  • 2nd prize (Goldair ceramic wall heater): Ross Bain
  • 3rd prize (Oz Trail camp chair): Michelle Kruger
  • 4th prize (George Foreman grill): Jim Sandford
  • 5th prize (3 bottles of wine by Wynns): Annie

Many thanks to our honoured guests for their attendance, as well as the group of dedicated people who helped to make the weekend a success, including Kay and Joe Hole for the lovely floral centrepieces, and to our caterers, Naracoorte Football Clubrooms and the RFDS for feeding us so well, and to volunteers who opened the museum for visitors.