DISTRICT LONG SERVICE AWARD: BARRY POMEROY
At the recent Nelson-Marlborough-Westland District AGM Barry Pomeroy was presented his 50 year District Long Service Award by the National President, BJ Clark. On receiving his certificate Barry stated his actual association with the Golden Bay and Collingwood RSA's spanned some 63 years. In 1954 at the age of 17 Barry started playing the bugle at ANZAC Day parades which he continued until 2004.
In 1956 Barry underwent Compulsory Military Training at Burnham Camp and completed his regulatory service in 1959 with the rank of Sergeant.
In 1967 he was made an 'Honorary Life Member' of the Collingwood RSA and carried out various committee appointments until 1988 when he was elected Vice President and became the Collingwood delegate to the Golden Bay RSA. In 1990 he was elected President of the Collingwood Branch, a position he held until February 2016. In 2002 he was made a full 'Life Member' of the Collingwood Branch. In 2008 Barry was awarded the RNZRSA National Gold Star and Certificate. In May 2011 he was elected Vice President of the Golden Bay RSA, a position he held until 2015. Concurrent with these positions, Barry also held the appointment of Vice President - Nelson, Marlborough and Westland District from August 2012 until August 2018.
In June 2017 Barry was awarded the Queens Service Medal for his services to the community, his citation recognizing him as a pillar of the Golden Bay community.
Barry, supported by his wife Gae, willingly gives of his time, expertise and knowledge and he is to be commended on this most recent awarding of the RNZRSA 50 year District Long Service Award.