Proud to represent Gayndah Bowls
TWO decades of service to the Gayndah Bowls Club and Ladies President Helen Walker has thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.
"It has certainly gone fast, I had a couple of breaks here and there but I have been back here ever since then,” Mrs Walker said.
Even though Mrs Walker carries the title and responsibility of her role as Ladies president, she still looks at it as just being one of the girls.
"To me the only differences are the badges I wear,” Mrs Walker said.
"I'm still just one of the ladies, the job has a lot of responsibility to it but I enjoy it a lot,” she said.
Mrs Walker was honoured recently with a Ladies President Day at the Gayndah Bowls Club.
"It was a marvellous day, I had such a lovely time with everyone,” Mrs Walker said.
"It was a day about fun and that to me is what a presidents day is all about, being social and having fun.”
Mrs Walker found herself in Gayndah 20 years ago when she married a local and became an integral part of the bowls club soon after.
"I got involved with the Gayndah Bowls right away and it wasn't too long after that that I was the Ladies president,” Mrs Walker said.
"I've had a position of some type every year since I have been here.”
It was the small town community feel that had Mrs Walker instantly enamoured with Gayndah.
"If you are a stranger the people here tend to make you feel right at home,” Mrs Walker said.
"The first time I came here I had someone take me under their wing and introduce me to a new circle of friends,” she said.
"That's what I really like about Gayndah and it makes it feel worthwhile living here.”
Mrs Walker's role in the community extended beyond the Gayndah Bowls Club.
"I was the president of the Gayndah chapter for Inner Wheel on four occasions and was also the district president at one point,” Mrs Walker said.
"I visited 19 clubs over my 12 months in the role as district president which was a wonderful experience.
"Travelling around was an important part of that job.”
Mrs Walker's contributions to the Gayndah Bowls Club over the past two decades never went unnoticed and in 2012 Mrs Walker was awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award for Queensland.
Even though it was her night to shine, even then Mrs Walker helped cater the event.
"I was also lucky enough to be awarded Citizen of the Year in 2010, Ashley Harris and a couple of the girls at the club nominated me,” Mrs Walker said.
"I nominated him a couple of years before because of his work teaching the juniors.”