MEMBERS MILESTONES & ACHIEVEMENTS

AT THE AGM A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO A CHANGE WAS MADE TO THE CONSTITUTION TO RECOGNISE PLAYERS WHO ACHIEVE 25 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS PLAYING SERVICE BE AWARDED “LIFE MEMBERSHIP” OF ST MARYS SOCCER CLUB. CONSEQUENTLY WE HAVE NOW HAD 4 PLAYERS  REACH THIS MILESTONE & HAVE BEEN AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP.

IN 2012: NAMITIJURA SKUTHORPE WAS OUR FIRST PLAYER TO REACH 25 YEARS CONTINUOUS SERVICE.CURRENTLY NOW NOT PLAYING. NAMMY’S MOTHER (DIANNE) WAS A LONG SERVICE MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE & IS CURRENTLY ON THE NEPEAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION BOARD. IN 2017 HIS SISTER, MERINDA WAS AWARDED HER 20 YEARS PLAYING SERVICE. NAMMY RETURNED AS A PLAYER IN 2019.

IN 2013: LUKE DUNN ACHIEVED 25YRS PLAYING SERVICE & CURRENTLY PLAYS IN THE ALL AGE MENS TEAM. LUKE IS THE LONGEST PLAYING MEMBER OF THE CLUB AND NEXT YEAR WILL BE HIS 30TH YEAR. LUKES PARENTS HAVE HAD A LONG ASSOCIATION WITH THE CLUB. IN 2018 LUKE BECAME THE FIRST PLAYER IN THE CLUB TO ACHEIVE 30 YEARS CONTINUOUS SERVICE.

IN 2015: ALAN YOUSSEF ACHIEVED HIS 25 YEARS CONTINUOUS PLAYING SERVICE & IS ALSO STILL PLAYING, SO HE IS THE 2ND LONGEST PLAYER IN THE CLUB. ALAN’S PARENTS ALSO HAVE HAD A LONG ASSOCIATION WITH ST MARYS SOCCER CLUB.

IN 2017: MICHAEL CLARKE WAS AWARDED FOR HIS 25 YRS CONTINUOUS SERVICE. MICHAEL’S DAUGHTER ALSO PLAYED FOR THE CLUB & HAS TRAVELLED AS FAR AS USA PLAYING SOCCER. MICHAEL IS A TEAM MEMBER & MATE OF LUKE DUNN’S.

IN 2017: 2 OF OUR FEMALE PLAYERS ACHIEVED 20 YRS OF CONTINUOUS PLAYING SERVICE WHICH IS A WONDERFUL ACHIEVEMENT. THEY ARE KALEY PURCELL & MERINDA SKUTHORPE, & WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEM BEING THE 1ST 2 FEMALES TO ACHIEVE 25 YEARS & LIFE MEMBERSHIP STATUS.

AT THE NEPEAN FOOTBAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL DINNER ONE OF OUR VERY OWN COMMITTEE MEMBERS WAS AWARDED THE “NEPEAN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD – 2017”.

MAY I INDULGE & SHARE WITH OUR CURRENT MEMBERS & NEW MEMBERS EXTRACTS FROM THE “CITATION – KEN BROOKE” NOTES FROM THE AWARD NIGHT..... IT READS.....

“IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT NEPEAN FA BESTOWS THE AWARD OF DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE ASSOCIATION UPON KEN BROOKE.  KEN HAS HAD A MORE THAN 20 YEARS AFFILIATION WITH BOTH ST MARYS SOCCER CLUB & THE NFA. IN 1999 HE JOINED THE NEPEAN FA COMMITTEE AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & FROM 2000-2003 HELD THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT OF NEPEAN FA.

HE WAS THE PRESIDENT AT THE TIME THE ASSOCIATION MADE THE MOVE TO PURCHASE OUR EXISTING PREMESIS, A CONTROVERSIAL TIME OF TRANSITION FOR THE ASSOCIATION, WHEN THE NORMS OF 40 YEARS WERE BEING CHALLENGED & QUESTIONED BY THE NEW GUARD & THE ASSOCIATION WAS IN THE EARLY STAGES OF MOVING FROM A COMMUNITY RUN ORGANISATION TO A MORE PROFESSIONAL, CORPORATE BASED ORGANISATION.

KEN’S FAMILY HAS BEEN BOUGHT UP ON THE NEPEAN FOOTBALL LANDSCAPE TOO WITH BOTH HIS NOW ADULT CHILDREN BEING REGISTERED PLAYERS & KEN OFTEN FINDING HIMSELF IN THE ROLE OF COACH OR MANAGER.

HE HAS LONG BEEN AN ADVOCATE OF FOOTBALL IN OUR DISTRICT. BACK A FEW YEARS NOW, KEN SUFFERED PERSONAL HEALTH SETBACKS THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TAKEN AS AN END TO THEIR OPTIONS FOR VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE.KEN’S FOOTBALL FAMILY SAT ON THE SIDELINES, KEPT HIM IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS & KEPT HIM REMINDED THAT HE WAS A SPECIAL PERSON IN OUR COMMUNITY AND WE WAITED FOR HIS RECOVERY. WHEN IT DID COME, WE WELCOMED IT, BECAUSE WITH HIS RECOVERY CAME HIS INSISTANCE THAT HE GET BACK INTO SERVING HIS FOOTBALL FAMILY COMMUNITY.

HE DID THAT BY RETURNING TO SERVICE AT HIS CLUB (ST MARYS SOCCER CLUB), & SOON JOINED RANKS OF OUR DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE WHERE HE SHOWS A BALANCE OF UNDERSTANDING FOR PLAYERS WHILE, AT THE SAME TIME, BEING PARTICULARLY INTOLERANT OF DISPLAYS OF DISRESPECT & POOR SPORTSMANSHIP. HIS VAST EXPERIENCE IS A GREAT ASSET TO OUR ORGANISATION.

KEN IS A GREAT MENTOR TO THOSE WHO SEEK HIS WISE COUNSEL, A WONDERFUL SUPPORTER OF ASSOCIATION GRASS ROOTS FOOTBALL & A WONDERFUL EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SELFLESS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AS HE VOLUNTEERS IN OTHER AREAS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE AS WELL AS HIS INVOLVEMENT IN OUR FOOTBALL COMMUNITY.

HIS CONTINUED SERVICE IS HIGHLY VALUED & NEVER UNDERESTIMATED BY ALL AT NEPEAN FA. “

KEN COMMENTED TO ME, SAYING “TO SAY I WAS HUMBLED BY THIS AWARD IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT”..... I THINK ALL OUR MEMBERS DESERVE TO BE AWARE OF KEN RECEIVING THIS DISTINGUISHED AWARD.

GENELLE YOUSSEF

(ASSIST. SECRETARY 2017).

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