Ian treasured by all

LEONGATHA’S Ian Rasmussen was honoured with a life membership to the Berrys Creek Hall recently, after 33 years of service to the committee.

He is the only person to receive the award.

In April 1981, Mr Rasmussen and his wife Dawn, who is also heavily involved in the committee, moved to Berrys Creek.

By October 1981, he had been elected to the committee as treasurer and has been there ever since.

“It is not a huge job, but it does take time. It is an honour to receive the recognition from the committee,” he said.

“You don’t do things to get awards but I have been around for a long time and I looked after the money fairly well.”

He has recently been re-elected to the role of treasurer for another three years.

Mr Rasmussen said one of the events he remembers most from the last 33 years was the Notmans’ clearing sale, which the hall committee catered for.

“It was in the middle of summer and it was about 40 degrees. We sold over 800 cans of soft drink that day,” he said.

“We thought we would have enough with 400, but by 11am we had to go into Mirboo North and Leongatha and get more. “We raised over $1500 for the hall on the day.”

Catering for local events is one of the committee’s ways of raising money for the hall.

As one of the primary organisers for entertainment held at the hall, Mr Rasmussen said the performances by Rodney Vincent and Damian Mullin as Elvis were successful.

“We raised over $1000 on the evening Rodney Vincent performed and Elvis was so popular he is coming back to perform again in May,” he said.

“We recently held an old time games day, which included hookey, indoor bowls, skittles, bobs, step quoits and more.

“I imported the skittles and the step quoits from England. It was a fun day.”

Mr Rasmussen said few events had happened at the hall that he had not been to.

On Halloween last year, the committee held a combined cup day eve and Halloween party. Mr Rasmusssen won the award for best costume.

“I went as a horse and jockey,” he said.

“As a committee we have had to come up with ways to raise funds for the hall in order to keep it going. It is going quite well at the moment.”

Even though the Rasmussens left Berrys Creek 16 years ago, they both still enjoy getting together with the community and socialising.

This is not the first major recognition for Mr Rasmussen. He is also a life member of the Leongatha Table Tennis Association, the Leongatha Senior Citizens and he has a life governorship of the Woorayl District Memorial Hospital.

Efforts recognised: Leongatha’s Ian Rasmussen was recently presented with a life membership from the Berrys Creek Hall committee.

Efforts recognised: Leongatha’s Ian Rasmussen was recently presented with a life membership from the Berrys Creek Hall committee.

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