We have decided to have a tree planting ceremony to honour three past and present secretaries of the Society. Val Sharp was secretary for over 10 years when Bill Wadeson was President, followed by Rev Jock Ryan as President. She was quite chuffed at having a tree planted for her recognising the hard work and support during the years she was secretary. She will have a flowering red gum which will add lovely colour to our grounds. On her resignation, Kevin Patterson took over as secretary.
Kevin has made a huge contribution to the Society both as a long standing secretary of more than 10 years and for his foresight on continuing to add to our photo archives. He has helped us in identifying some of our older pioneering photos of which we had little information. Although Kevin had retired from Office here, we have managed to keep him involved in various ways. Kevin writes articles for the Diamond Creek News and Nillumbik Custodian, gives talks as our guest speaker and is a willing helper at the Diamond Creek Rotary Town Fair and our Autumn Fair. Kevin regularly adds to our photographic collection for local events like floods and fire and some great coverage of events like the Bini Shell's building and demise and the construction of the Greensborough Shopping Centre. This continues to enhance our archives for the future. We will be planting a Lemon Scented Gum Tree.
The third person honoured in this tree planting is Gwen Myers, who has been current Secretary for 12 years and is an ongoing supporter of the Society. Gwen is a keen genealogist which has led to her interest in local history. Even though her family did not come from this area, her children were born and raised in Diamond Creek. An Australia Frangipani Gum Tree will be planted for her.