GEOFF Gale was a major figure in steering the 2021 Murray Bridge Show during the toughest times of the pandemic and he has been rewarded with the 2022 Award for Active Citizenship at the Murray Bridge Australia Day Awards ceremony on Wednesday.
Rural City of Murray Bridge chief executive officer read a quick bio of Geoff, detailing his work in the community.
"Geoff was president of the Murray Bridge Agricultural and Horticultural Society over the 2021 year and he took the roll on it a time of particular difficulty; the out-going committee had all stepped aside, the society was struggling around issues of debt and financial management and facing all that comes with a COVID-environment" he said.
"He bought the community together to reinvigorate the society, bringing it success, holding a great dinner, engaging the society with a whole new group of younger people and eventually holding a nationally recognised excellent show.
"He completed his term with the society financially secure. Showing a profit of $30,000.
Geoff has spent his life in community service from early days on Jervois Tennis Club moving to Monarto in 1970 where he undertook roles in various sporting groups and community groups.
Geoff was a humble recipient, saying he was just a figure head for the group of up to 50 people who put the show on. "They all pulled together and did a fantastic job in my opinion," he said.
He thanked the Rural City of Murray Bridge for their support of the show society.