VALE – Donald Stewart Johnston OAM
‘A Life Well Lived’
Donald Stewart Johnston OAM passed away on 10th March 2019 ending a 65-year life span serving his community.
Don was born and raised in a small rural community in northern NSW, and after completing school at the age of 16yrs and as the oldest son, his career in farming was already decided.
Don always attributed his interest in public life to the scout movement, which he joined at the age of nine, reaching the level of King Scout. After the 1954 flood, which decimated his community, Don (age 24yrs) was voted President of the fund-raising committee to rebuild the community. Following this Don held many positions across many community services i.e. P&C Association, Bush Fire Brigade, A&I Society, Progress Association, various Hall Committee’s and served on Terania Shire & Lismore City Councils.
After taking up Lawn Bowls in 1960, Don soon became President of his local club, before being elected to Northern Rivers District Bowling Association (NRDBA) where he held various senior roles spanning 18 years. In 1995, he was elected Zone 1 State Councillor to the Royal NSW Bowls Association and formed the NRDBA Mixed Bowls Tour Group. After his retirement he served on the Board of Directors at both Byron Bay and Alstonville Bowling Clubs and worked tirelessly to improve these respective clubs.
In 2000, Don was presented with The Australia Sports Medal, and in 2008, he was the proud recipient of the OAM for his service to the community and his contribution to Bowls. In 2010 he reinvigorated the Clarence \Richmond Branch of the OAM Society and remained the Branch Convenor at his passing.
Hastings Macleay Regional Branch
The Hastings Macleay Branch held a function on Thursday 4th April 2019. 33 people were in attendance at the lovely Saltys’ on Hastings. As you can see from the photos, it was a lovely day at a lovely location. The food and service provided by XS Foods (Craig and Rachel) was fantastic and enjoyed by all.
Ther local breakfast radio host, Mark Strachan OAM, was the guest speaker, and he kept everyone laughing with stories of his 30 years on Breakfast at Port Macquarie.
Besides our Order of Australia award recipients, we had first time attendee Bob Emery MBE who received his award while living in the Solomon Islands. Also, in attendance were three of our Australian Police Medal recipients Ian Campbell and his wife Dawn, Eric Gollan and his wife Anne plus Doug Graham and his wife Linda. It is nice to acknowledge such contributors to Australian society.
Pictures from the event can be seen in the gallery below.
Laurie Smith OAM
Convenor, Hastings Macleay Order of Australia Association