LOCAL LEGENDS: Woolgoolga Men's Club president Trevor Goldthorpe with member Jack Goodenough, treasurer Ian MacAndrew, secretary Barry Scholfield and members Errol Stevens and Noel Bultitude.
LOCAL LEGENDS: Woolgoolga Men's Club president Trevor Goldthorpe with member Jack Goodenough, treasurer Ian MacAndrew, secretary Barry Scholfield and members Errol Stevens and Noel Bultitude. Claudia Jambor

Men’s Club written into local history

THE activities of Woolgoolga Men's Club will be cemented in local history with their minute books set to be donated to Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.

Formed in 1969, the club was established by a group of men wanting to volunteer on projects in the local community, with the foundation meeting held on August 7 of that year.

The meeting was initiated by Doug Munro, with Norm Waldseth elected president and John McGarrigle elected honorary secretary.

Members met for a dinner meeting once a month and held a working bee the following Saturday morning, with minutes recorded at both the meeting and working bee.

The club had a total of 60 members over its 46 years, ranging between eight and 17 members at any one time.

Special mention must be made of Noel Bultitude, who was a foundation member in 1969 and remained as part of the club until it concluded in 2015.

He is described as a true stalwart of the club.

For many years, the main activity of the club was to provide firewood for the barbecues at Woolgoolga Lake Reserve.

The club worked with Coffs Harbour City Council in its later years, with the council supplying some materials such as timber and road base when requested.

The club's final meeting and working bee were held on October 6 and April 18 last year.

While the club was forced to wrap up due to its aging membership base, some members have expressed interest in continuing their work.

To learn more about Woolgoolga Men's Club and to read their minute books, visit Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.



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