BFNL Welcomes New Board Members

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The Bendigo Football Netball League welcomed two new board members with the retirement of two long standing directors at their Annual General Meeting.  Paul Byrne and Ron Cawthan retired from the board and Jason Griffin and Peter Davey were elected.

Paul Byrne joined the board in 2008 bringing financial and leadership skills.  His long serving chairing of the Board occurred during a time of significant change and helped establish the administration hub to enable efficiencies and economies for surrounding leagues.  Paul is very community and socially oriented and would highlight the importance of community connection for football and netball clubs and our league.  Paul always stated that he aims to leave an organisation in better shape than when he joined and we thank him for his contribution to the BFNL.

Ron Cawthan is both a life member of the BFNL and Castlemaine FNC.  In 2010 he joined the BFNL Board and was also inducted into the BFNL Hall of Fame.  Ron is also the games record holder for Castlemaine.  Ron’s experience in club administration was extremely valuable for the BFNL Board. Whenever making decisions, Ron would always ask what impact the decision would have on clubs and particularly the volunteers administrating the clubs.  Ron was passionate about ensuring clubs outside of Bendigo were always given appropriate attention and their situation taken into consideration.  Ron will no doubt remain involved in some manner at a local level in Castlemaine.

Jason Griffin played is junior football with South Bendigo Football Club and his senior football with South Bendigo, Golden Square, Kerang and Elmore.  He was a tax accountant at AFS and Associates for nine years and is currently the financial controller of Bendigo Mazda, Bendigo Mitsubishi and Renault and Echuca Mazda and Mitsubishi.

Peter Davey is a life member of the BFNL and Golden Square FNC and was inducted into the BFNL Hall of Fame in 2010.  He played 303 games and 17 interleague games.  Peter was a teacher and principal around Bendigo for more than 40 years including 18 years at White Hills Primary School before retiring in 2010.  He was then employed by the Department of Education Office in Bendigo for two years working with and supporting principals in the regional schools.