David Webb was the organiser for tonight’s event. Dinner had been ordered several weeks ahead, hire of utensils ordered and picked up, Invitations sent out, entertainment booked. Our set up crew arrived at the hall earlier in the afternoon and set up completed by this small team.
By 6.00 p.m. the hall was busy with early arrivals, and by 6.30 almost everyone had arrived and were seated. We had a very impressive turn out for this evening, with lots of volunteers, several carers of our participants, representatives of Manly Yacht Club and Manly Sailing School, and even a new volunteer for our future.
The evening was great enjoyment for everyone, as, being volunteers, everyone was there to help as well as have fun.
We started with a welcome by Warwick, then straight into dinner for the hungry hordes.
After dinner, and some entertainment by our musicians, Beth and David, our MC for the night, Jackie, took over with a hilarious offering of special awards for special people doing special things. We had a short address by the Mayor of Northern Beaches, Michael Regan thanking us for our service to the community. Then our Special Awards for Volunteer of the Year; Helen Hendry and Youth Volunteer of the Year, Marcus Spano were handed out.
Later on, dessert was consumed and everything replaced ship shape for the cleaners to come in on Thursday morning. The general consensus on the evening was
“This is the best Volunteer Recognition Evening we have held so far”.