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Weerite's diamond anniversary
Weerite brigade celebrated its diamond anniversary in style with a 4x4 crew cab tanker handover and the presentation of numerous CFA service awards.
By Brian Boyd
The 120 people present stood for a minute's silence as a show of respect for the former CFA Regional Officer and Chief Officer Brian Potter, who died in February.
Special Brigade Awards were presented to 'Danedite', Vern Wright and Geoff Justin for service to the brigade over many years.
CFA Operations Officer Mike Crutchfield then handed over the keys of the Hino 4x4 crew cab tanker to Captain Phil Whytcross and Equipment Officer David Beal. Phil in reply said the brigade was very honoured to take delivery of this truck and members will be proud to use it to serve the district and CFA regions.
Grace was said by Ian Davis prior to a lovely meal.
CFA awards were given and Peter Hay and Brian Boyd gave a brief outline of the brigade’s history. Ian Boyd read the inaugural minutes held on 17 February 1954 in the Wiridgil Woolshed. David Lucas read the minutes of the first general meeting 20 September 1954. A DVD presented by Craig Boyd showed some of the brigade's firefighting and strike team callouts, Olympic Torch relay, CFA March of Thanks after the 2002 fires and the register of its 254 members.
Mike Crutchfield presented a 60th Year Diamond Anniversary Certificate to the oldest member Ian Davis and younger member Mark Boyd.
The anniversary cake was made by Lisa Jones. It was lit by Max Whytcross, fanned out by Phil Whytcross and cut by Val Whytcross.
Forty descendants of those at the original meeting attended, travelling from Romsey, Avenal, Warrnambool and Geelong. Research on display, done by Sue Boyd, created a lot of interest in Office Bearers over the years, the list of members, and interesting bits and pieces from the minutes. Also, a member of the Boyd family has held an Office position for 58 of the 60 years, and the Boyds is the only family to have three generations of firefighters - Geoff, Brian and Ian, and Mark and Craig.
The brigade would like to thank the committee, CFA and Betty Robilliard for assisting in making the event a success.