Duo awarded life memberships

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Two Gore and Districts Senior Citizens Club members – Murray Welsh and Lex Keith – have been made life members of the group.

Mr Welsh said he and his wife Anne had been members for more than 20 years.

“The camaraderie of the people is one of the important things.

“You get to know a lot of people of your own vintage,” Mr Welsh said.

Each week after the club’s meal Mr Welsh’s job was to make sure the water jugs and glasses were washed and put away.

He was one of the few men who were allowed in the kitchen.

One aspect of the club the couple enjoyed was the choir.

The choir performed throughout Southland, often in rest homes, and it was the couple’s role to co-ordinate the group’s gigs.

The choir was very popular.

“Wherever we sing out we are always asked to come back.

“The old people like the music and we sing songs they can relate to.”

Mr Keith said while he had only been in the club about eight years he had quickly become involved.

“It’s easy to mix with people here,” Mr Keith said.

He had stepped up the ranks very quickly, to president in 2015/16.

“I sort of had a busy role there for a while,” he said.

One aspect of the club which impressed him was the volunteers who came each week to help with the Thursday meal.

“They do a marvellous job, as far as I’m concerned, at looking after us elderly people.

“They’re all so good – there’s not a growl amongst them,” Mr Keith said.

The late Ivan Elder encouraged him to look after the group’s investments.

“We’ve got a fairly good portfolio of investments.

“It’s the interest off them that enables us to keep the cost of the meals down.”