A Field-ful of community service

The Yass Australia Day crowd was left wondering how Senior Citizen of the Year, Jim Field OAM, fit all his volunteer activities into a lifetime.

They include being patron and board member of a number of local groups such as Mount Carmel School Board, the Gwen Warmington Lodge and Horton House Boards.

He has also been involved with the Yass Show, Picnic Races, Yass Car Club and as a junior cricket coach.

Along with 12 years of service as a shire councillor, many volunteer years with the Rural Fire Service, he was an office bearer to a number of volunteer groups.

“This award acknowledges Jim’s hard work and dedication to a wide variety of Yass Valley community organisations,” Yass Valley mayor Rowena Abbey said.

Perhaps the group he’s dedicated most of his life to is the Lions Club.

Just a year ago Mr Field was awarded and Order of Australia Medal for his work with the Lions Club, which he has been involved in for 32 years.

“During Jim’s… service with the Yass, Murrumbateman and Bowning Lions clubs, he has held a range of positions including three periods of presidency,” the mayor said.

“He has served on 17 district cabinets, including being zone chairman six times, Youth of the Year chairman and a member of the Australian Lions Drug Awareness Foundation.”

Mr Field is currently the chairman of Lions Club NSW and the ACT Save Sight Public Health Care Foundation.

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