IT’LL all work out on the day boss.These are words that have been said many times within the walls of the Bulga Community Centre by the long standing past president, Errol Smith.These few words reflect the relaxed leadership Mr Smith displayed during his 32 years as Centre president but that relaxation was in his words only, certainly not replicated through his actions.Around 70 people gathered at the hall on February 1 to celebrate the Centre and to honour Mr Smith for his dedicated 32 years as president of the centre’s management committee.Singleton mayor John Martin presented Mr Smith with life membership and he wasn’t the lone recipient of this honour.Life memberships were also presented to Mr Smith’s wife, Judy for her years as the centre’s secretary and committee dedication. John Tulloch, Betty Harris and a posthumous award to Lloyd Turnbull presented to his son, Frank, recognising their contribution to the centre as past trustees.The five were presented with commemorative key rings and then Mr Smith unveiled an honour board onto which their names were engraved.Around 70 people attended the event and heard how Mr Smith was just 16 years of age when he first got involved in the community centre, riding his push bike to attend meetings.Treasurer Phil Reid said his job on the committee had been nothing short of enjoyable, a great experience especially given the manner in which Mr Smith led the committee.“He had a free spirit to the committee, under his leadership I don’t recall him ever trying to hold back ideas from others.“He would run the meetings with the suggestions and outcomes flowing freely among the members.“Errol was so relaxed with the meetings at times you would look up and ask where he had disappeared to and he would be either overlooking some problem we had been discussing in the centre or out having a puff and all of this made the centre meetings enjoyable and with successful outcomes,” Mr Reid said.The centre, the lifeblood of Bulga, has undergone many improvements over the years including the extension to include a men’s toilet facility, the kitchen upgrade to stainless steel and the relining of the supper room.But it was his attitude that continues to have the biggest impact with members reflecting on those words ‘It’s all work out on the day’ with every project and function they organise.Mr Reid also reflected on the team success of Mr and Mrs Smith with Mrs Smith being on the committee for many years, nine of those in the position of secretary.The connection Mr and Mrs Smith have with the centre continues, despite their move from their Milbrodale property into Singleton.Both continue to be on the executive committee and travel to Bulga for meetings and travel to do their stint on the roster to run the raffles at Bulga Tavern.Betty Harris, John Tulloch and the late Lloyd Turnbull were all approached in the 1980s to take over the vacant positions of the community centre’s trustees and accepted the responsibility without hesitation.Initially, the centre was called the Bulga School of Arts and was held in trust and owned by the community.The original School of Arts was built on land owned by William Glas McAlpin and in 1893 the transfer of land was registered to the original trustees. Betty Harris is a granddaughter of one of the original trustees, Ashton Clarke.Trustees were accountable for any legal problems, as were the committee, but in 1990 this was eliminated when the centre became incorporated.These three were easy choices for trustee selection because of their involvement at Bulga.Lloyd Turnbull had the post office and the mail run from around the early 1940s and built and ran a garage in 1957, which was where the Bulga Tavern now stands.John Tulloch still operates the local family vineyard which began in 1920.Betty Harris was born locally and along with her husband and family still run their local orange orchard at Bulga.
Life Membership to the Bulga Community centre was presented to Lloyd Turnbull whose son, Frank, accepted the award, Betty Harris, John Tulloch and Errol and Judy Smith.
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