Celebrated stalwart moving on

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Given Janet Noah’s reputation for keeping herself busy and involved in her community, it is hard to believe she would stop all that when she soon leaves Clinton for her new home of Cromwell.

‘‘I was asked by someone the other day if I would continue volunteer work when I moved.
‘‘I said, ‘No, I’ll probably stay away for a bit’.
‘‘He said, ‘Could I get that in writing?’.’’

Never one to sit and twiddle her thumbs, Mrs Noah was one of six volunteers from the district to receive a Clutha District Community Service Award late last year.
The annual event recognises those who go above and beyond in their community.

Of Cromwell, Mrs Noah said, ‘‘I won’t mind helping out on different things. It is a good way to meet people, like when I started here in Clinton’’.

Since 1993, she has been involved in a variety of organisations and efforts in Clinton.
Mrs Noah had been a member of the Clinton Golf Club since 2007 and was involved with fundraising for it to renovate its clubhouse kitchen and bar area.

She was president of the Clinton Flower Show committee and involved with the Clinton Community Centre, helping at working bees and with catering.

And every four days she hopped on a ride-on mower to keep the Clinton Cemetery grass looking presentable. There might be some concern those responsibilities would fall by the wayside in her absence.

However, Mrs Noah was not concerned. ‘‘I’m not indispensable. ‘‘There is always someone who will step up — it was always as part of a team anyway.’’

She said getting her award last year was ‘‘very humbling’’.

‘‘I never expected to get anything.

‘‘I didn’t do anything expecting recognition for it, but it was part of what I like to do.’’

She said there were many people she could think of who would deserve awards this year.

Mrs Noah encouraged Clutha residents to consider groups, individuals or young people working hard in their communities. Nominations for the awards are now open.