Love for Romsey lauded

Lancefield Romsey Lions Club members Geoff Clarke, Angela Heywood, Jenny Stillman, Les Saultry, Ged Mclaughlin and Wendie Mclaughlin.(Lancefield/Romsey Lions Club) 244514_01

By Oliver Lees

Avid community worker and Lancefield-Romsey Lions Club president Jenny Stillman has been recognised for her 19 years of service to the Romsey community.

Ms Stillman was presented with a community service award by her peers at the Lancefield-Romsey Lions Club during a dinner hosted by the Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association (RRBATA) before COVID-19 restrictions came into place.

Lions Club vice-president Angela Heywood said Ms Stillman is a dedicated member of the community.

“We thought it would be a wonderful gesture to give her the award. She really just loves Romsey,” Ms Heywood said.

“She’s a lovely lady who has been involved in so many things around here.”

Although residing in Clarkefield, Ms Stillman became involved in community organisation in Romsey when she first sent her children to kindergarten in the town in 2002.

She’s served as a committee member for the creation of an ecotherapy park in Romsey, which in May, after more than a decade of advocacy, received its third and final stage of funding.

Ms Stillman has also been an active member of the RRBATA, Christmas in Romsey and served as a board member for the Bendigo Bank in Romsey.

She said she was “humbled and grateful” by the recognition, but admitted to feeling uncomfortable accepting individual accolades.

“It [the award] was very much a surprise, a very pleasant surprise,” Ms Stillman said.

“It’s about making a difference, to me what’s satisfying is seeing the work that can be done locally and more broadly within the Macedon Ranges.”

“What I do is the consequence of all the people I work with, and I’ve been lucky to work with very good people.”

Oliver Lees