Waitaki Herald : January 7th 2015
16 WAITAKI HERALD, JANUARY 7, 2015 PROFILE/MOTORING Three decades of service ends ‘ By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org with the Boys Brigade in Oamaru. Plant, who was captain of the Oamaru Boys Brigade for around 15 years, was recently recognised for his efforts with an award at a ceremony held at Oamaru’s Eveline Church, which he described as ‘‘quite emotional’’. ‘‘I would have a laugh with A people and say I’ve been in the Boys Brigade for 30-odd years and still haven’t got a Queen’s Service Award. ‘‘The church decided they would present me with my own award.’’ He first became involved with the Boys Brigade after being asked to help out on a field trip 33 years ago. ‘‘Our eldest son was in the boys brigade and the captain at the time wanted to take some senior boys for a tramp. ‘‘Because I’d been up around the Lake Ohau area quite a bit he got me to assist and I led the group for the tramp . . . I was sort of conned into being a helper.’’ Plant said he continued his involvement with the group from then on by doing officer training before becoming an officer of the junior section in 1985. He then became lieutenant in charge of the team section before taking up the role of captain and leading the Oamaru group as a whole from 1999 until his retirement. While Plant said he had a lot of fond memories from his time with the Boys Brigade, some stand out more than others. ‘‘Certainly the outdoor activities and stuff like that. Probably the other thing would be in 2007 when I got invited to partake in the national leadership and development course.’’ fter more than 30 years, Bruce Plant has called time on his association I would have a laugh with people and say I’ve been in the Boys Brigade for 30-odd years and still haven’t got a Queen’s Service Award. The church decided they would present me with my own award. Bruce Plant ’ Another highlight for Plant was seeing boys grow and mature during their time with the organisation. For example, he recalls several boys aged around 17 or 18 being left to fend for themselves for three nights in a forest, with nothing to do but reflect on life. ‘‘They grew up in those three days . . . it’s probably the only time in their whole lives they had three days without any disturbances or distractions, just their bible and journal. ‘‘Some of those guys, I’d had them since they were 6 or 7 and then they’d go out at 17 or 18. I’ve watched how they have grown and it gave me a real sense of pride.’’ Plant laments the fact it is getting harder and harder to attract young men to the Boys Brigade, especially in leadership roles. He said work commitments and lifestyles in general have played a big part in that. In the past, Plant, who also served on the national Boys Brigade executive committee for five years, has also received a Citizens Awards from the Waitaki District Council and has been recognised for his service by the Rotary Club of Waitaki. Time to go: Bruce Plant has recently ended his long association with the Oamaru Boys Brigade. Photo: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD/FAIRFAX NZ Dodge tradition saluted FROM Page 11 Proud owner: Doug Wither (Clyde) and his ‘‘Black Beauty’’ 1938 Dodge BrosD8vehicle at the Clyde Lookout. DodgeNZRally: 1938 Dodge Bros Sedan, 1923 Dodge Bros 4 Tourer, 1920 Dodge Bros4Tourer, 1929 Dodge Bros and the organisers Nola and Alistair Day’s 1926 Dodge Bros4Tourer. Great lineup: From left, 1929 Dodge Bros Senior 6,1928 Dodge BrosDAand the Dodge truck used as a backup vehicle. Green machine: A 1926 Dodge Bros Roadster. Dressed the part: With their 1923 Dodge4Tourer are Colin and Margaret Wrack of Whangarei. Their intention to complete the full tour did not eventuate as they had car problems at Roxburgh and sadly the car was returned home to Whangarei by transporter. This was the only major breakdown for the whole tour.
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