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all volunteers for their hard work and dedication to
volunteering in the community.
Rotary – Doing Good
in the World
If you are interested in finding out more about
Rotary activities in Berri please call 0418 839 082
BECOME A LIONS CLUB VOLUNTEER
Being a volunteer in a busy Club that helps the
community is a wonderful experience. We are always
seeking new members of any age to help us continue
our many projects in the region. Come along, meet
new people, have fun and be a part of it.
For membership enquiries
call Vicki Beech on 0407 721 328
The staff and student at BPS would like to
thank our volunteers for the time and effort
they devote to our school.
Sultana Street, BERRI SA 5343.
Phone (08) 85821077 .
Renmark Paringa Council
would like to say
to all the wonderful volunteers who
willingly donate their time and effort
to helping and serving others in our
community. Renmark Paringa Council
acknowledges and truly appreciates
Committed to a sustainable future
Committed to a sustainable future
Federal Member for Barker
A big thanks to our hard
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St Joseph’s School, Renmark
Families and the wider
community value the enormous
contributions from our wonderful
volunteers and thank them for their
dedicated ongoing support and
We are proud to be recognising our
valued volunteers during Catholic
Education Week on Friday, May 19th
VETERAN Country Fire
Service (CFS) member
Michael Arnold speaks
fondly of his time
volunteering with the
He is unable to
remember the exact
year he began vol-
unteering with the
“I think I’ve been
a part of the CFS for
about 56 years now,”
“I don’t go out with
the guys anymore, but
when they have a big
fire over a couple of
days I help out and do
a bit of radio work.
“I’ve done my fair
share of chasing fires
in my lifetime.”
Mr Arnold joined up
to help the Waikerie
CFS after the number
of volunteers in the
Riverland began to
dwindle in the early
He fought fires dur-
ing Ash Wednesday
and travelled to Sydney
to assist New South
Wales fire fighters con-
tain large bushfires.
Mr Arnold, 79, said
the CFS had been a
“There have been
plenty of highlights but
I think our (Waikerie
success from when I
was involved was when
we had fire fighter
competitions,” he said.
“We won the state
finals a couple of times
and for 26 years we
won the Riverland
“Then after the big
Ash Wednesday fires in
1987 there was a fire
truck up for grabs for
the best team in the
state and we won a fire
Mr Arnold said the
Waikerie brigade was
well drilled and effi-
cient in fighting fires.
“It’s like anything in
life,” he said. “If you
achieve something –
like the competitions
be the best brigade,
and you’ve got a team
behind you, then it’s
Mr Arnold said the
most recent big fire the
local brigade fought
was at the Waikerie
“Although it did
some damage, we had
experience and knew
how to manage fires,
so we managed to hold
the fire until we got
help from other bri-
gades,” he said.
“Even the Adelaide
inspectors that came
up thought we’d done
sense of achievement
you can get out of it.”
BERRI Rotary Club’s youngest
member Andrew Stiles is encour-
aging other young people to join
service clubs around the region to
give back to the community.
The 32-year-old has volunteered
with Berri Rotary for almost
three years and said the group
encourages people of all ages to
join the club.
“The fellowship within the club
is really good,” he said.
“One of the things I most enjoy
is getting to meet new people and
other people that I wouldn’t nor-
“I get on well with all of the
members of all age groups and
the club is really encouraging of
members of any age to join.”
Mr Stiles said service clubs
provide the “driving force” for
many community projects.
“I think service clubs are really
important, they do a lot of things
behind the scenes for community
events and projects,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for those people
volunteering their time, those pro-
jects wouldn’t get off the ground.
“Usually they are the projects
people are passionate about, so
they are a driving force to get the
Mr Stiles said it was important
for the Riverland’s service clubs to
continue into the future.
“The wider benefits of being
associated with Rotary in this area
mean we get access to a broader
pool of funds that we can then
draw upon,” he said.
“The Rotary Foundation has
one of the largest pools of money
in the world that we can use for
“If we don’t have the service
clubs like Rotary that can access
the funds within our own area, we
won’t get the opportunity to do the
things we do.
“So the Riverland and towns
within it could miss out.”
Mr Stiles encouraged locals
to consider joining one of the
Riverland’s service clubs.
“A lot of people feel like it’s a
big commitment, which it isn’t
necessarily these days,” he said.
“We all lead busy lives and
need to do other things. I’m quite
frequently away for work myself
and that’s okay, we all share the
“Every little bit counts, it’s no
bigger commitment than you need
it to be.
“Rotary and other service clubs
are a good way to give back to the
community and people don’t need
to be tied down or over-committed.
“It’s just a good way of being
able to do that and get projects
Berri Rotary meets every
Monday for dinner at the Berri
Hotel from 6.15pm.
For more information contact
club secretary Bruce Richardson
(0418 839 082).
Michael reflects on time with CFS
Waikerie CFS veteran Michael Arnold, pictured with
a 1924 Garford fire truck, says volunteering with the
Waikerie brigade for more than 50 years has been
rewarding. PHOTO: Erin Williams
The ‘driving force’
within a community
Berri Rotary’s Andrew Stiles is the club’s youngest member and encourages
others to volunteer their time with service clubs in the region. PHOTO: Supplied
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