Stalwart awarded top RSA honour

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 12:01 30/07/2013
George Mullinder

Former Bluff Memorial RSA president George Mullinder receives the RSA gold star award from Otago-Southland RSA president John Longman at a ceremony at the Bluff RSA clubrooms last night. His wife Eleanor watches on.

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Bluff Memorial RSA stalwart and former president George Mullinder has been awarded a top RSA honour at the club he served for more than 30 years.

Fifteen of those years were as the club's president.

Mr Mullinder received the RSA gold star award from Otago- Southland RSA president John Longman at a ceremony at the Bluff RSA clubrooms.

Surrounded by fellow RSA members, friends and his wife Eleanor, Mr Mullinder, thanked the gathered crowd.

"I told you all a few weeks ago I didn't think you would see me again but it looks like you will never get rid of me," he said.

In the crowd was Mr Mullinder's predecessor Fred Ryan who according to Mr Mullinder was the instigator for his rise to president.

"He always seemed to be out of town visiting friends or a cousin when a function or event came and as vice-president it was left to me to fill in," Mr Mullinder said.

"So when he retired he said 'well George you've been doing my job anyway so why not take the reins'. I didn't expect to be here 15 bloody years. I enjoyed it and I hope I served the cause faithfully."

Current Bluff Memorial RSA president Lindsay Key said it was only fitting the RSA gold star award be presented to Mr Mullinder for his service not only to the RSA, but for the work he had done in the wider community as well.

Executive member David Alexander said Mr Mullinder was a legend and could be credited along with his committee for ensuring the Bluff Memorial RSA remained an important part of the community.

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