Muster stalwarts recognised
GYMPIE Apex recognised some outstanding individuals at a special 30th Muster celebration event held at the Muster’s Amamoor site on Sunday.
The first Muster chairman, Brian Sansom, was recognised for his outstanding community leadership throughout the past 30 years.
Mr Sansom was presented with a special “First Muster Chairman’s Hat”, before the 150 guests representing the community, Muster supporters and Gympie Apex Club members and partners, past and present.
Brian and his partner Kathy Kane also received acknowledgement from Gympie Apex Club for their contribution to the growth of the Muster, with another award, Honorary Muster official “red shirts”.
Gary Dean said the shirts recognised that Brian and Kathy were a very welcome part of the Gympie Apex “family”.
Two other special presentations were made at the event.
All those who attended received a special commemorative “30 Musters” hat pin, recognising the community support that has been received over the years.
This year over 80 community groups and an estimated 1800 volunteers were on site to make the event a success.
In addition, each Muster chairman was presented with a commemorative signet ring to recognise their contribution to the success of the event.
The presentation was made by the Webb Brothers, providing a connection back to the first Muster held on their property Thorneside in 1982.
The 1994-95 Muster chairman and co-organiser of the 30th Muster event Craig Mathisen, said the presentation to Muster chairmen was unexpected.
“Club members take on the Muster Chairmanship as part of their community leadership role within Apex, and leading the Muster is a great experience,” Mr Mathisen said.