Long-serving Elmore Field Days committee member Frank Harney was voted in as the new president last week.ELAINE COONEY February 19, 2014 4:01am
Frank Harney took over the position of president of the Elmore Field Days committee from David Trewick on Tuesday night.
He was the senior vice-president for the past two years and felt the new role was a ‘‘natural progression’’.
The biggest challenge he faces is ensuring the development of the million-dollar upgrade to the Elmore Events Centre runs smoothly.
He said he was looking forward to growing the committee and welcomed “young and old; male and female” to join the friendly committee.
Mr Harney said while there was a solid committee of 36 people, they could take on another five or more members.
‘‘Don’t feel you need to be asked
‘‘Many members are over 50 years old and we’re not a never-ending packet of Tim Tams.’’
Mr Harney said being a committee member was rewarding and ‘‘not too taxing’’.
He said any amount of time that people could donate would be appreciated.
The request for help comes after a front-page story in Campaspe News on February 4 calling for more volunteers.
Mr Harney’s father, Walter, was a founding Elmore Field Days member and his mother was strongly involved with the CWA.
He said the country relied on volunteers.
‘‘The CFA is a classic example. Without them we’d be in all sorts of strife,’’ he said.
He said sometimes he made time for his volunteer work ‘‘to the detriment’’ of his farm work.
‘‘It’s your hobby. You have a few beers and social interaction with a broad range of people of all ages,’’ he said.
Mr Harney said the committee members were friendly and sometimes became good business contacts.
UPDATE: The CFA has downgraded its advice message.
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