Re-Union adds to youth funds distribution

Jim Griffiths, convener of the former Junior Farmers/ Rural Youth Club re-union was delighted last Friday to distribute the remaining funds from the former group to Grenfell Scouts, Girl Guides and the Country Education Foundation Grenfell Branch.

A $900 profit from last October’s reunion of former members of the NSW Junior Farmer/Rural Youth organisation will go towards assisting organisations within the Weddin Shire.

The reunion organising committee voted unanimously at its finalisation meeting in February, to donate more than $2100 to local Scouts/Guides, and the newly formed Grenfell branch of the Country Education Foundation (CEF).

Reunion convenor Jim Griffiths, said $1700 would go to CEF, with the balance of $422.25 going to the Grenfell Scouts and Guides, through which many former JF/RY members came through in their youth.

“CEF was founded at Boorowa in 1993, and assists school leavers in rural and regional Australia with tertiary study and industry training  costs that metropolitan students don’t have to contend with,” he added.

Chairman of the recently formed Grenfell branch, Peter Spedding, said this donation would be a wonderful boost in assisting Weddin Shire students/trainees with their endeavours.

“The donation boosts local fund raising programs, being a great contribution from our former Rural Youth organisation members in building these funds.

“It fits perfectly with our guest speaker Graham Blight’s passionate plea for more agricultural graduates.

“The world and Australian agriculturalist said this would be necessary for us to remain at the forefront of world agriculture,” he added. 

The reunion attracted 147 people to the historic showground pavilion, last October, and has been described as one of the most successful events of Grenfell’s 150th Sesquicententary  celebrations. Reunion committee treasurer and former Grenfell Rural Youth club treasurer Bruce Simpson, said they had been searching for years at ways of finalising the invested finances of the old club.

“The reunion provided that pathway and added more than $900 to the balance,” he said.

Jim Griffiths said the event didn’t set out to make a profit, but felt sure all attendee’s would be delighted they were able to contribute funds to the overall benefit of local youth organisations.

“Our committee put on a great event, and to be able to contribute financially to local youth organisations provides former club and re-union organising committee members with great satisfaction,” he added.

Jim Griffiths with Glenda Howell (Girl Guides), Natasha Best (Scouts) Hayley Griffiths (CEF) and Bruce Simpson (former Junior Farmers Assoc.).

Jim Griffiths with Glenda Howell (Girl Guides), Natasha Best (Scouts) Hayley Griffiths (CEF) and Bruce Simpson (former Junior Farmers Assoc.).

Jim at the 2016 re-union.

Jim at the 2016 re-union.