Val is a woman of substance
WHEN finding this year's winner of its Woman of the Year award, Quota International didn't have to look very far.
For the past 15 years Quota had awarded the prestigious title to someone from outside the local branch of the hard-working organisation but this year the winner was found within.
Val Browning has been a Quotarian for a quarter of a century and was considered a more than worthy winner of the top gong at Friday night's women of achievement dinner at C.ex Coffs.
Mrs Browning is well known throughout the community not only for her work with Quota but also at 2AIR-FM and the Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod Society.
Nearly 20 years ago the local eisteddfod was in need of saving and Mrs Browning was the white knight for the now popular event.
Even now she's still putting in the hard yards ensuring the eisteddfod continues to grow.
Mrs Browning spends countless hours recording the hundreds of entries for the myriad of sections so young performers can show their wares on stage each year.
At 2AIR-FM, Val presents programs, is a valuable teacher with her one-on-one tutoring renowned through the station, does valuable fundraising for the community station as well as spending hours in the office answering the phones.
Members of Quota International help people in need, both in their local community and throughout the world.
It was at the insistence of Mrs Browning that the local branch of Quota became involved in devel- oping a youth refuge.
Having been Quota treasurer for many years, Mrs Browning is still the person people go to for advice on how to keep a balanced book.
It is little wonder Quota was more than happy to recognise one of its own when handing out this year's prize.