The Narrandera Show Society is struggling to find a committee and new executive after what was a successful show last year.
With the exception of the current president Phil Wright, who is prepared to take on the position again, other members of the executive have indicated they will not be standing again this year. The society’s plight became evident at its annual meeting
recently and led retiring executive members and long serving committee members David Marwood and Julie Shore to appeal to the community for their support in ensuring the future of the 2018 Show.
“We need people to fill executive roles, especially that of the all important secretary and treasurer, to start planning for the show, make bookings for events and attractions and get show schedules organised,” they said. “We also need people willing to serve on the committee and support the show by acting as stewards and the like for various Show sections. There’s a lot of work to be done and we need to start planning now for the Show, which is held on the first Saturday in September.”
Mr Marwood and Ms Shore said that the essence of the situation was that if they couldn’t get a committee and helpers for the 2018 Show it would have to go into recess for this year.
The decision would then be reviewed in February 2019. The existing committee has been operating for about 11 years and has been through some difficult times, bringing the Show back from what was a “no Show’ situation to be financially independent.
“What we need now is for people to come along to an open public meeting on Tuesday March 20 to show their support for a 2018 Show,” they said.
In the past the Show Committee was agriculturally based and comprised mostly farmers and people with rural pursuits, but the entire face of the Show and its committee changed over the years to involve people from all walks of life.
“We need fresh blood and new ideas, a switched on secretary (maybe the role could be shared) and a treasurer to lead an enthusiastic new committee,” said Ms Shore. “Planning a show and the work involved can be very rewarding and it’s something you are doing for the community, especially the younger generation.”
To vote at the meeting people need to become financial members of the society. For only $30 (which includes tickets to the show for two adults and two children) members get to have input into deciding attractions and entertainment for the community to enjoy at this year’s show.
Anyone who is interested in helping out or serving on the committee should contact Julie Shore on 0427 598 604 or David Marwood 0427 219 166 for further information or come along to the Society’s meeting on March 20 at 7.30pm in the Showground Hall.