Club gives out rare honour
HIS community spirit, mateship and longstanding association with the Grafton District Services Club provided good reason for president Warren Tozer to be awarded life membership.
And the timing couldn't have been better.
His service to the club was recognised at the AGM last month, eight years after he first joined the board.
Mr Tozer said the award was significant because it coincided with GDSC general manager Arthur Lysaught's final year at the club.
"I moved to Grafton in 1979 and worked for Tooheys... I moved here to manage the brewery," he said.
"In the same time, Arthur was appointed as the secretary manager of the club, so we've had a working relationship since 1979."
Mr Tozer said their families had grown up together, and the two had become firm friends over the many years.
"It was a real honour, especially in Arthur's last year at the club."
Managing the brewery meant Mr Tozer has been involved with the club for many years.
He joined the board on October 31, 2005.
"In that span I've served four years as the vice-president, and have spent the past four years as president of the club," he said.
"The club industry taught me the importance of a club like ours in a community."
Mr Tozer said he enjoyed seeing the club give back to its community.
"Fifteen years ago a group of us got together and formed the Helping Hands Committee," Mr Tozer said.
"It looks at people in our community who need help from time to time.
"The club gave us the facility to be able to do that - the opportunity to help a person or a family really in need of help."
GDSC general manager Arthur Lysaught spoke highly of Mr Tozer.
"I've been in this role for 36 years and over that time there has been a number of life memberships awarded but, if ever one of them was truly deserved, it would be Warren's.
"He is an incredible man and I'm very proud to call him a friend.
"He's been a mate, a mentor and an incredible support over the years.
"Seeing Warren awarded life membership to the club was one of those great thrills in life."
Mr Lysaught recognised Mr Tozer's contribution to the community, the South Grafton and Clarence River jockey clubs, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the Helping Hands Committee and his support of various sporting clubs around the valley.