Show goes on with Matt as president

November 29, 2017

The 2018 Finley Show Society executive committee (from left) Amanda Watkins, Lindy Weller, Matt Mueller, Scott Watkins and Carol Kennedy.

Matt Mueller is the new president of Finley Show Society after Keith Kennedy officially stood down from the position at last week’s annual general meeting.

Mr Mueller was elected unopposed, with secretary Carol Kennedy and treasurer Scott Watkins both re-elected.

Amanda Watkins and Lindy Weller were elected as vice-presidents.

Mr Mueller, who joined the Show Society in 2005, says he’s looking forward to his new position.

‘‘My aim is to keep our younger members involved and continue to keep running a successful event every year,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve been vice-president under Keith for the past year and I think as a fresh face I can bring new ideas forward.

‘‘I thank Keith for his time as president and his commitment to the role, and also the rest of the committee because we wouldn’t have a successful show without them all,’’ Mr Mueller said.

Mr Kennedy was president of the Finley Show Society from 2008 to 2012 before taking up the position again in 2016. He will continue to serve as a committee member.

Mr Kennedy said it was time to allow younger members of the Show Society to take over.

‘‘I can’t be in the position forever. Matt is a determined young man and I think, as we’ve seen with the other elections of Lindy and Amanda, that we’re allowing fresh faces and ideas to drive the show.

‘‘I’ve been thinking about retirement for a while and I’m glad Matt was happy to step into the role and I know he’ll do a great job.’’

Mr Kennedy said his proudest achievements as president were ensuring the Finley Show maintained its strong reputation and presiding over the 100th annual show.

‘‘Finley Show Society is looking forward to another great year and hopes the community continues to support us and our events,’’ Mr Kennedy added.

■ The Finley Show 100th anniversary books are still available for $25 from the Finley Newsagent, Murray Hut Clothing and the Southern Riverina News.

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