Grenfell RSL Sub-Branch named Community Organisation of the Year

Grenfell RSL Sub Branch president Glen Ivins accepts the Community Group of the Year Award from Mayor Mark Liebich.
Grenfell RSL Sub Branch president Glen Ivins accepts the Community Group of the Year Award from Mayor Mark Liebich.

Commemoration of significant dates in our community's history including Anzac and Remembrance days doesn't just happen.

That was recognised on Sunday when Grenfell RSL Sub Branch was named Weddin Shire's community organisation of the year.

The group, in cooperation with other organisations and individuals, ensures three important dates are honoured each year in Grenfell: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day, and Vietnam Veterans Day.

""these ceremonies do not just happen," Mayor Mark Liebich read in the award citation.

"They are the result of months of planning, organisation and liaising involving many individuals and organisations in our town and district."

President Glen Ivins accepted the award on behalf of the committee.

"I want to say thank you to the Grenfell community, really," Glen Ivins said.

"You're the people who make it easy for me to put on the events we put on.

"I've never had anyone knock us back or say they can't fit us in, so to the town of Grenfell I say thank you."

The sub branch was honoured for its work each Anzac Day: from the dawn service to the black tie dinner, the Anzac Day march to the laying of rosemary crosses on the graves of our service personnel.

Their work to ensure recognition of those who served and died in service of our country, to restoring and renovate the community's memorials was recognised.

The day-to-day work of visiting, sending cards and assisting with funerals for ex-service personnel was also recognised.

"The Grenfell Sub Branch is to be highly commended for their outstanding contribution to our history and our sense of community and belonging," Mayor Liebich read from the nomination.

Grenfell RSL Sub Branch president Glen Ivins is congratulated by Australia Day Ambassador Andrew Lock.

Grenfell RSL Sub Branch president Glen Ivins is congratulated by Australia Day Ambassador Andrew Lock.

The Grenfell FoodBank was also nominated for the Australia Day honour of Community Organisation of the Year: their constant work to ensure every family has food on the table recognised.

Mayor Liebich again highlighted how hard it was to select one award recipient from the outstanding nominees.