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Past leaders' service honoured
Eastern Metropolitan Region recently held an appreciation dinner for recently retired Captains and Group Officers.
The dinner was held at Wild Cattle Creek Winery in Wandin and provided an opportunity for the region to acknowledge the commitment and sacrifice of these most senior volunteer leaders who have retired from their positions at the last elections.
Conversation flowed at the dinner with the senior volunteers reflecting on their service and providing insights around why they sought leadership positions and their advice for future leaders.
“Captaincy can be an onerous role and comes with tremendous responsibility to lead the brigade and take care of the members who have entrusted you with the job,” said Regional Director Dave Baker.
"Wearing the red helmet signifies sacrifice to your brigade and the region is fortunate that these members have risen to the role in their time.”
This is the second appreciation dinner the region has held for retired Captains and Group Officers and will become a regular event to mark the occasion of stepping down from the highest volunteer leadership positions in the region.
"These leaders have tremendous skills that we want to continue to harness within the district," said District 13 Operations Manager Dave Renkin.
"We encourage these members to take some time out for themselves and, when they are ready, come and chat to us about how their skills and experience can be used in ongoing operational leadership roles.”
Each retired Captain and Group Officer was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their role as leaders in the region.