Volunteer extraordinaire for Rutherglen and district, Greg Lumby of Brimmin, will be running with the Queen’s baton in Yarrawonga next February, in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“It’s very exciting, a real honour, given the number of people who would have been nominated,” he told the Free Press. “I’m really rapt about it and pretty proud.”
Greg, who will turn 50-years-of-age next August, voluntarily devotes enormous time to many organisations in Rutherglen. He goes beyond volunteering and takes on active leadership roles, working hard on the ground and in the committee room.
The long list of voluntary work includes: Victorian Federation Farmers Rutherglen Branch 25 years including president, currently treasurer; Noorong Country Fire Brigade 20 years including secretary six years and in fifth year as First Lieutenant; Rutherglen Agricultural Society 15 years including current role of president for last seven years; Rutherglen Football and Netball Club spanning 20 years, with co-ordinating and coaching junior teams, Auskick and being club president for last seven years.
After being named Tallangatta District Football League Volunteer of the Year, Greg went on to claiming North East Border AFL Volunteer of the Year last year.
It has been estimated Greg, a farmer, has devoted over 80 years of unpaid service to the Rutherglen area.
is why on June 22 this year, at the Rotary Hand-Over Dinner in Rutherglen, Greg was made a Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary’s highest individual recognition for outstanding voluntary work in the community.
At the dinner, outgoing Rotary President Ted Shanks spoke in glowing terms about Greg’s community involvement.
Incoming president Colin Foster has since added his praise to the Free Press in respect to Greg, mentioning all the organisations in which Greg is involved.
Greg loves Rutherglen. “I enjoy being involved in the community and working with good people makes it all the more enjoyable,” he said.
A wonderful example of that was earlier this year with the raising of over $100,000 for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre for cancer research following the sad passing of Rutherglen football coach Karl Jacka.
“We are just overwhelmed and it just goes to show what a supportive community we live in,” Greg said at the time.
He and wife of 27 years, Kaylene have four children, Jemma, Dale, Matthew and Sara.
“I’m passionate about Rutherglen and the organisations in it, and with the annual show I like to see the agriculture side continue,” Greg said.
“I wasn’t much of a footballer but I like the administration side.”
That community leadership is so deserving of his selection to be a batonbearer.