Marie Scott – our Citizen of the Year

LACHLAN resident Marie Scott has been serving our community for more than 35 years and has been named the Derwent Valley municipality’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year for 2010. Her good work has included membership of the Lachlan CWA, Lachlan Community Hall Committee, Corumbene Nursing Home Auxiliary, Derwent Valley Autumn Festival Committee and more.

Joining the Lachlan branch of the Country Women’s Association 35 years ago was Mrs Scott’s introduction to volunteering in our community. The group is no longer active but its decades of good work are commemorated in an annual award presented to students at New Norfolk High School.

Mrs Scott joined the Lachlan Hall committee 30 years ago, selling raffle tickets and cooking for soup and sandwich lunches, trade tables, afternoon teas and catering ventures, as well as making cakes for High St stalls. She is described as being the first to take responsibility for ensuring any facilities being used would meet hygiene standards.

One of the original members of the committee responsible for organising New Norfolk’s successful Autumn Festival, Mrs Scott has only recently decided to hang up her apron after enjoying many years of preparing afternoon teas and serving them either at Willow Court or the Esplanade, along with cleaning of the venues and other preparations for each event.

Supporting Corumbene Nursing Home for the Aged is one of Mrs Scott’s more recent activities. This involves catering and raising funds for resident of the home for personal and hygiene items and gifts. Funds raised are also used to assist with the purchase of larger items for the comfort of residents of the home.

Many of Mrs Scott’s friends who assist the Magra CWA, Cancer Council or New Norfolk Red Cross often enlist her support and of course there must be something prepared to help with the catering or trade table. It is not the done thing to turn up empty-handed.

Congratulations Marie Scott – a most worthy Derwent Valley Citizen of the Year.

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