The South Eastern Times : January 31st 2017
NEWS 9 ENJOYING THE MORNING: Jet Mules, Mike Mules, Sheryl Redford and Jenny Mules at the Kalangadoo Australia Day breakfast. CELEBRATING: Scott and Meredith Rothall, Courtney and Shane Stone and Kobi Rothall at the Kalangadoo Australia Day breakfast. Small town big on community spirit THE Kalangadoo community united at the town’s Australia Day breakfast to celebrate patriotism and congratulate Kerry Dowdell on her well-deserved citizen of the year accolade. The Kalangadoo and District Lions Club prepared and cooked a hot breakfast for attendees, with the event beginning at 8am at the Kalangadoo Institute. After the breakfast, the crowd gathered outside to sing the national anthem and watched the Australian flag being hoisted by community member Wolfgang Guenther. Afterwards attendees went inside for the official presentation of the citizen of the year award. Ms Dowdell has been a significant and relied on member of the community as she and her husband own and operate the town’s local shop. In addition, the humble recipient has immersed herself in various volunteer initiatives and was awarded a life membership at the Kalangadoo Football Club, which she has been involved with for 17 years. Ms Dowdell works in the football club canteen each weekend and also prepares the club’s Thursday night dinners, along with organising weddings and other events. “I was shocked to hear the news of the award from the mayor and had to ensure I had heard him correctly,” she said. Ms Dowdell has been in the tight- knit community for 30 years and says she adores the town. “It is such a great community because everybody helps everybody,” she said. “I don’t volunteer for the acknowledgement, I volunteer for the people.” Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi began the official presentation and said it was great to be in Kalangadoo. “It is always nice to see small communities coming together, with Kalangadoo being no exception,” he said. The mayor also acknowledged the recent timber mill development announcement in the town and said the impact had been positive for the economy and the town socially. “The community has shown great resilience over many years,” he said. “Australia Day is an important day not only nationally, but on a local scale as well.” www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au HAPPY: Eleni, Jess and Louis Carlson, Wendy Kilsby and Ruth Price taking part in the Kalangadoo Australia Day breakfast. Wattle Range councillor Dale Price said Ms Dowdell made many valuable contributions to the community and was a selfless individual with a great community spirit. “Kerry is appreciated by all ages as both the elderly and children check in daily to her shop and she has been an unofficial taxi service to the youth on weekends,” Cr Price said. He said the volunteer had a special way of bringing the community together and her generosity made Kalangadoo a great place to live. Ms Dowdell thanked all those who came out to support her and also thanked those who made the nomination. The recipient was surrounded by The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 9 her family and her sister Meredith Rothall said she was extremely proud of her sibling. “She is selfless in the community and is the same with her family,” she said. Ms Dowdell has six grandchildren and three children who she also dedicates her time to. Lions Club of Kalangadoo and District president Lyn Salter said they had 12 members volunteering for Australia Day, who all started at 6am to ensure the breakfast event ran smoothly. “I think it is a fantastic way for the community to not only celebrate Australia Day, but to also support the recipient and communicate their appreciation,” she said. CELEBRATING: Corrine Carlson, Rose Martin and Janice Widdison enjoying the Australia Day breakfast in Kalangadoo. CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Councillor Dale Price, Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi and Deputy Mayor Rob Dycer with citizen of the year award recipient Kerry Dowdell. A GREAT MORNING: Helen Ellison, Gary Kilsby, Travis Carlson and Peter Savage having a drink at the Kalangadoo Australia Day breakfast.
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