Churchill's Australia Day 2019 Awards!

Around 150 people of all ages gathered at the Churchill Hotel car park to hear who this year’s award winners would be, work up an appetite for the Lions’ breakfast and generally use the time to catch up with folks, some of whom we see often and others only rarely.
Churchill Lions, and particularly Lion Bob Lowick, do an amazing job to put this event together along with all the other involvements they have.
Lion Peter McShane acted as MC and welcomed everyone.
Councillor Darrell White OAM was called upon to speak on behalf of Latrobe City Council. He acknowledged the traditional owners past and present of the Braiakaulung people of the Gunai Kurnai Nation.
He said that Australia Day is a day on which we all turn our thoughts to what Australia means to us and what it means to be Australian.
Australia Day celebrations go beyond barbecues and fireworks. It is a day to celebrate our very modern Australia. It’s about recognising and valuing our diverse society, our beautiful broad landscapes, our remarkable achievements, either as individuals, or working together, and our future potential. The day is about reflecting on the resilience of our community in being able to cope with adversity: it’s also a time to appreciate our community capacity to transition to a new future in the face of a number of adverse events we have had to endure in recent times, such as the 2009 bushfires and more recently the Hazelwood Power Station closure.
The day is also an opportunity for us to reflect on our nation’s history and to consider how we can make Australia even better.
Our local Member of Parliament Russell Northe, spoke briefly about the day which gives us a chance to celebrate and recognise what is great about our community and Australia.
It is also a chance to recognise those who contribute to our community and to celebrate what a great place we live in.
Both Darrell and Russell thanked those concerned with organising the event - the Lions Club, the Scouts, Guy from the Churchill Hotel and those who came to make the event special.
They also congratulated all the award winners.
Ruth Place said the Australia Day Prayer which was followed by the award giving. The families of the recipients were excited but keeping ‘mum’, bursting with pride and happiness as their member was called up to receive their award and have their comments read out.

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