Club marks 50 years

Guests travelled from far and wide to join the Y’s Men’s Club of Port Pirie as the group celebrated its 50th birthday.

About 70 guests filled the Port Football Club to help the service organisation mark the milestone and celebrate their outstanding work in the city. 

Wider Y’s club members travelled from Adelaide, Broken Hill, Geelong, Ararat and Bendigo to attend the weekend’s events.

Club president Bob Fimeri said they were happy with the support they received from visitors on both Saturday and Sunday.

Two special honours were presented on the Saturday night.

Area President for Asia Pacific Tung-Ming Hsiao, of Taiwan, and Regional Director Christine Van Der Zee presented 50-year service awards to charter members Allan Sedunary and Barry Warner.

Ms Van Der Zee said she had a wonderful time in Port Pirie and thanked the local members for their warm fellowship.

Mr Hsiao echoed similar sentiments and said it was a pleasure to attend the club’s celebrations.

While introducing Mr Sedunary and Mr Warner to the stage, she said it was an honour to be able to present the two charter members with the awards. 

Mr Sedunary told the gathering he had thoroughly enjoyed being in the Y’s Men’s Club.

Earlier in the evening, Port Pirie Regional Council mayor John Rohde paid tribute to the work the Y’s Men and other service clubs did in Port Pirie. 

“The camaraderie between service clubs is inspirational to watch,” he said.

“At the major events on Port Pirie’s calendar, the Y’s Men are clearly visible.

“Thanks for the contributions and ongoing committment to the city of Port Pirie.”

Throughout the night, memories and jokes were shared over the microphone and an electronic presentation of photos showed Y’s Men, partners and friends – past and present – working in the community and enjoying social activities. 

At the major events on Port Pirie’s calendar, the Y’s Men are clearly visible.

Mayor John Rohde

The weekend’s festivities continued on the Sunday with the club’s famous fish luncheon where club members and guests enjoyed more fellowship. About 50 people attended the lunch.