It was a special annual general meeting for Murray Watch.
Not only did the meeting mark a quarter of a century of the group’s existence, but a few members also celebrated their 25th year with the organisation.
Bobbie Tanner, Murray Bridge councillor Theo Weinmann and Murray Watch president Rayleigh Burgess are the three current members who have been with the group from the beginning, and Ms Burgess presented Mr Tanner and Cr Weinmann with congratulatory plaques.
“I would sincerely like to thank Bobbie and Theo for 25 years on the Murray Watch committee. Not many people are as dedicated as you, so thank you for being there and supporting me on ups and downs along the way,” Ms Burgess said.
Several other members were also presented with certificates acknowledging their varying years of service.
Ms Burgess wasn’t left out of the thank yous – she was presented with a gift card and a card, a gesture that nearly overwhelmed her.
“I didn’t expect this at all,” she told the Standard.
Ms Burgess said the organisation has been through everything.
“We have been through drought, banks collapse and floods. Our organisation took a major role through these times, the phone rang hot,” she said.
For those who don’t know, Murray Watch is a seven-day-a-week contact point where residents can report offences, incidents or areas of concern they may have along the river, lakes or surrounding environs.
Anyone wishing to report activity near the river can contact 8531 0710 or visit www.murraywatch.org.au.