OLD BAR TENNIS CLUB INC
Old Bar tennis stalwart, Barry Baillie, has finally retired from the position he held with the Club as maintenence/handyman, for the past 23 years.
Barry, who recently turned 79, made the announcement at last month’s General Meeting.
Barry was transferred to Taree in 1981 with the Post Master Generals Office (now Australia Post). He had played tennis all his life, so he soon became associated with the game in the Manning.
Barry moved to Old Bar in 1990 and continued in Old Bar Championships and the Manning River District Tennis Association Competitions.
As time went on the courts became synthetic grass in 1995 and in 2003 another two synthetic courts were constructed. The work included sweeping/vacuuming leaves off the courts, regularly sweeping the sand back into the court surfaces, removing leaves from the guttering, ensuring the nets were in a good condition and pruning/planting windbreaks.
The Club is indebted to him for the long hours he put in over the 23 years he carried out the role.
Barry held a number of positions with the Club during this period, including President (1994/95 and 1999/2000) and Treasurer (2005/08).
He was rewarded with a life membership in 2001 as a result of the tremendous amount of time he volunteered to the Club.
Barry continues to be a member of the administration committee of the club.
SAY SOMETHING GREAT ABOUT BARRY
Rosemary Probst says,
"Barry has always made himself available when needed and a 'sweetheart'to work with."
MERILYN ARMSTRONG says,
"Inspirational, hard worker, team leader, community minded, good for a laugh and great tennis player- what else can I say except if people in our society had Barry's passion for life we would live in a better place. Congratulations on your nomination and all the best to your future, hopefully will catch up for a coffee!"
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