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Queen’s Birthday honour mistaken as a joke

Bev Hoffmann, Dimboola, has been awarded an OAM in Queen's Birthday honours.

Bev Hoffmann, Dimboola, has been awarded an OAM in Queen’s Birthday honours.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Wimmera recipient of Queen’s Birthday honours initially believed a notification of her award was a joke.

Beverly Hoffmann, a key figure in the foundation and development of netball in Dimboola, won recognition for her service to sport and the Dimboola community with a Medal of the Order of Australia, OAM.

Mrs Hoffmann, who considers promoting, developing and being heavily involved in community sport and general activities as a part of life, said she had been caught by surprise.

“I opened the letter and read it and thought ‘ah, this is a joke, who’s doing this?’ When my daughter came home I said ‘I’ve got a good practical joke for you’,” she said.

“My daughter said ‘what is it mum?’ I said ‘well read this letter’ and she said ‘I don’t think it’s a joke, I think it’s real’. Then I showed my son and he said ‘I think it’s real mum’.

“I couldn’t get over it because I’m simply me, nothing else.”

Mrs Hoffmann was one of five people in the region on Monday’s list.

Graeme Harris of Donald, for services to the Donald community, and May Ferrier of Birchip, for services to the Birchip community, Leo Watkins from Ararat and Karen McIntyre from Lake Bolac also received OAMs.

Mrs Hoffmann, despite a lifetime effort in promoting community sport, said she was unsure how she felt about her OAM.

“I feel a bit embarrassed about it. I’m proud to think someone thinks that I deserve to have something like that – because I would never in my wildest dreams. I used to read where people got these things, but myself, no way would I ever think I would get such an award. It is an honour.

“Really, I can’t believe it is me that is getting this award. It is only little old me, I’m just Bev Hoffmann.

“I’m just doing what I think I should be doing and think there’s nothing special thing about it.”

Mrs Hoffmann’s list of achievements accompanying her award suggest otherwise.

In sport she is or has been: Founding member of Dimboola Croquet Club, vice-president and member, since 2013; 1952 founding member and life member of Dimboola Netball Club; Dimboola Football Netball Club, Dimboola Football Netball Club life-member, 30 years; Wimmera Netball Association, life member; Dimboola Football Club Ladies Committee; founding member, Dimboola Basketball Association for Ladies; President, Wimmera Golf Association Seniors; president and secretary, Dimboola Golf Club Ladies Committee.

Community: Vice-president, Dimboola Probus Club; St Peter’s Anglican Church Dimboola member; treasurer, Young Members Department, Dimboola Anglican Church.


Graeme Harris, Donald

Community and sport: Past president, Donald Football Club; Donald Chamber of Commerce and Industry member, 20 years; Donald 2000, founding member, 22 years; Donald Apex Club, life member; Donald Football Club, life member; Johnson Goodwin Aged Care Homes, board member, former board member; Donald Lions Club, former president.

May Ferrier, Birchip

Community: Wirrim Branch, Country Women’s Association of Victoria, member since 1983; Birchip Uniting Church guild member.

Leo Watkins, Ararat

For services to the community including the Stawell and Ararat Cross Country Club.

Karen McIntyre, Lake Bolac
Karen is a founding member of many Lake Bolac groups including the Lake Bolac Community Centre, information and business centre, library, community bank and district netball and football clubs.

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Posted on Jun 10 2019

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