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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Doreen Fire Brigade members and their families gathered for an informal Sunday Christmas brunch.
It's an occasion to say thanks to the families that support the members who make themselves available throughout the year, often at short notice and for extended periods of time.
The sacrifices made by those behind the scenes often goes unrecognised.
We have a bit of a BBQ breakfast Ssausages, bacon, eggs, rocky road chocolate slice, Fruit and other goodies, while the esky was full of fruit juice, water and soft drinks.
During the morning we get a visit from Santa Claus with a present for the very excited children.
The Captain takes the opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to our small rural brigade on the edge of the metropolis.
It's also the time that we announce the Member of the Year.
This award is recognition for outstanding contribution to the brigade's operation in any of the many areas we now engage in.
Every member of the brigade is allowed one vote to select each year's winner.
Worthy nominations this year included:
Doreen brigade is proud to announce the Member of the Year 2016 is Leigh Mcdonald
Leigh previously received this recognition in 2015.
Recent past Winners have been Isaac Rankine (2013) and Ceejay Porter-Noyle (2014).
A special thanks this year to David Langeweg of Primo Meats for arranging the meat for this year's Christmas brunch and Jo Jays Cafe for keeping it cool in the big fridge.