In the News: Community Achiever Award for Corumbene veteran

WHEN it comes to length of service to a community organisation, it is hard to beat Margaret McMaster’s commitment to the Corumbene Auxiliary. Mrs McMaster, 96, has been with the auxiliary for 56 years, and counting, and this dedication has earned her the Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award, announced in the November 18 issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

Mrs McMaster’s involvement goes back to before Corumbene home and its auxiliary had their start. She was one of a number of members of the ANM Tennis Club who collaborated with the Soroptimist Club to help establish Corumbene in 1966. Serving Sunday night meals to nursing home residents was one of the tasks for members when Mrs McMaster helped to found the Corumbene Auxiliary later that year.

The role has changed since then, but Mrs McMaster is still volunteering with the auxiliary, including a 25-year stint as president. She has also serve as a member of the Corumbene Board of Management. Mrs McMaster has also been a Girl Guide leader and delivered Meals on Wheels. She is a foundation member of the Combined Probus Club of the Derwent Valley.

The Derwent Valley Community Achiever Award is an initiative of Banjo’s Bakery Cafe and New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News to recognise the quiet achievers who make our community great. The monthly winners are featured in the newspaper and receive a certificate, Banjo’s voucher and a 12-month subscription to New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

Nominate a local hero today by emailing, or drop a letter into the box near the coffee machine at Banjo’s Bakery Cafe, 30 High St, New Norfolk, or call 0417 387 577. Previous recipients were Tim Size, Tidy Towns Committee, Pauline Ackerly, Matt Hill, Myfanwy Lawless, Michael Hanson, Carol Volant, Neville Fenton, joint recipients Jannie Fahey and Allacia Ford, Stefan Frazik, Celia Hooker, John Crowle, the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (D’FAT), and Jett Benson.

The latest issue of New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News is the 49th print edition since the launch in July 2020, and it contains about 50 news items for the cover price of $2. There’s a great photo up front of Molesworth Primary School students taking part in Remembrance Day, and a further two pages of local Remembrance Day photos inside.

There’s also two pages of photos from the recent reunion of the New Norfolk High School class of 1972, and plenty of sports results. As always there are two puzzle pages, a two-page TV guide, a great quiz, and much more.

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