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Mavis Collison wins AVCHRC Volunteer Service Award.
Sedgwick resident Mavis Collison has become the Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Club's ninth recipient of the prestigious Volunteer Service Award.
Announced at Sunday's 2016 Gordon Rothacker Medal held at The Palladium at Crown, the Award recognizes the invaluable contribution of volunteers throughout the industry, and in particular at club level.
Mavis’ nomination for this Award stemmed from her voluntary work in the Bendigo Harness Racing Club’s Owners, Trainers And Drivers Supper Room for more than 25 years. She is, to a large extent, the “face” of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club to many owners, trainers and drivers in the Stable Area due to her long period of dedicated service.
On virtually every race day and night over the past 25 years Mavis has acted as Hostess of the Supper Room, warmly welcoming guests, preparing and serving drinks and catering – including tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes – and serving the Industry Participants in her bright, cheery and friendly manner. There would be few who would not know, and been the recipient of, her wonderful service and endearing friendliness.
Bendigo is one of the few Clubs that still provides this such Supper Room Service, and this is only possible due to Mavis’ ongoing voluntary efforts.
Mavis is also a long-time member of the Bendigo Harness Racing Club and the Bendigo Owners Trainers and Drivers Association, and travels more than 50 km a night to do her voluntary work at the Club.
It is also worthy of note that Mavis’ voluntary efforts and willingness to devote of her time is not only restricted to the Bendigo Harness Racing Club. Mavis has also been a member of the local CWA for 55 years and has held positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Magazine Secretary during this time. She has also been a helper in most things in our district, her home for all of her life.
Her other voluntary service also includes Member of the CFA (all of her adult life), including voluntary catering and 8 years as the CFA Communications Officer and two years as Second Auditor, Mothers Club Secretary when her children were at School, Member and Office Bearer at her local Church, and, now being a retired Tennis player, as the Secretary/ Treasurer of the local Tennis Club.
Vale Darren McPhail
Bendigo Harness Racing Club and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Bendigo committee member Darren McPhail.
Mr McPhail was on the Bendigo Harness Racing Club's committee for the past 13 years, holding down the vice-presidency for much of that term.
Mr McPhail served on the club's marketing sub-committee and was a long-time employee at Warehouse Sales, a trots sponsor.
A wake for Mr McPhail, who was aged 54, was held in the Raceview Function Centre at Lord’s Raceway.
A fitting tribute recalled a wonderful family man who would be sadly missed by everyone connected to the Bendigo club and Harness Racing industry.
Bendigo's Trotting History features on Youtube
HRV journalist Michael Howard has produced a four minute feature highlighting the BHRC History and Memorabilia collection.
See it here:
The Ron Bisman Collection on Display
Six boxes of books, documents and photos recently arrived at the BJRC from Queensland.
This significant collection has been donated to the BHRC History and Memorabilia Collection by Eunice Bisman of The Sunshine Coast, Queensland following the death of her husband Ron.
Ron Bisman covered harness racing in New Zealand for 45 years and his work as a writer and historian was highly respected both in New Zealand, Australia and around the world.
The 120 donated items will be displayed in the BHRC Committee Room on August 11 racenight.
Bendigo Trials Video Here
Bendigo Harness Racing Club Inc. PO Box 939 Bendigo, Victoria 3552. Track: Lord's Raceway - McIvor Rd Junortoun Vic, 3551 Phone +61 3 5449 3205