Dargaville Rotary recently held a ‘thanks function’ which included guest speakers from More FM, and an acknowledgement of the many people who have helped them and the community.
The guest speakers for the night were John Markby and Angela ‘Flash’ Gordon from More FM Northland radio, who in conjunction with Rotary donated $400 to the Dargaville Fire Brigade.
Rotary’s annual Citizen’s Award which acknowledges ‘some-one in our community who has selflessly contributed to making it a better place for all of us’ was presented to Ross Newlove.
Ross, a retired sheep and beef farmer, was an officer in the territorial forces for around 17 years, before working with the Dargaville 57 Squadron of the Air Training Corp for 10 years.
He was also a Kaipara district councillor for 12 years from 1989 and was the council’s Taha Awa Riverside Gardens appointee. He has been a Friend of the Gardens Trust and garden labourer since.
His other involvements include Big River FM, Greenways Trust, Northland Agricultural Field Days, Dargaville Museum committee, the local Scout group, being a mentor in literacy and numeracy at Silver Fern Farms, and the Northern Wairoa RSA.
“It was most unexpected — but it was certainly an honour to receive it” said Ross.