Big milestone marked

By Seymour Telegraph

The Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society celebrated 160 years with an anniversary dinner at Seymour Racing Club.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson and Member for Euroa Steph Ryan were special guests for the event, while ag society junior vice-president James Anderson was master of ceremonies.

David Freeman (ag society president in 1996) said grace, followed by John Munckton (ag society president in 1987-88) who proposed the loyal toast.

A raffle was held on the night, with the first prize (a chainsaw-sculpted reptile) going to Val Watts, while two lots of aged eye fillet, donated by Ralph’s Meats, as well as a dozen bottles of wine and a hamper also went to deserving homes.

Bernie Hangan, who was secretary of the ag society between 1963 and 1991 and president in 2011-12, spoke about his time as secretary and recalled many people who had assisted over the years, as well as being able to do the job before computers were in general use.

Cr Sanderson spoke of the good work done by the society in the past 160 years and wished the society well for the future.

Ms Ryan supported the toast to the society and noted that the society had initiated the Victorian Wine Show, Tastes of the Goulburn, the Seymour Poultry Club, the sheep dog trials as well as scholarships for young people to assist with paying their educational expenses.

Ms Ryan also noted that the society was older than the Commonwealth of Australia and had survived two world wars.

Seymour ag society president Jason Ronald responded to the toast to the society and thanked both the mayor and the local member of parliament for their kind words and good wishes.

He then mentioned the eight former presidents attending the dinner and the many people who had contributed to the success of the society in the past 160 years.

He also specifically mentioned the present executive members — Gay Lewis (vice-president), James Anderson (junior vice-president), Kerry Williams (treasurer) and Pam Beerens (secretary) — and thanked them for all they do for the society.

Local musician Max Hooper entertained guests with his guitar as they arrived at the function.