Friendly Ron recognised as ‘backbone’ of Noosa
AFTER 60 years patrolling and a stint as president, Ron Lane still finds the time to meet and greet new members at the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club.
Now in his 70s, Ron joined the club in 1956 and is a lifetime member for his club-changing contributions.
The surf sports department has never been stronger, but it's Ron's work around the club that is most important to him.
"I have a slogan around here that says 'there are no strangers at Noosa Heads, just friends you haven't met'," he said.
"I joined in the old days when mateship was very prominent; it was a good way of life.
"You've got to maintain your traditions; if you let them slip the club goes backwards."
Ron received an Australia Day Sports Medal in 2000 and a Certificate of Achievement in 2009 for his outstanding commitment to the community.
He is so widely regarded that he was charged with training the first squad of volunteers at Rainbow Beach SLSC.
But his efforts don't stop at surf lifesaving.
Ron is an executive board member for the Noosa Pirates Rugby League Club and helped it raise $30,000.
Noosa Heads SLSC's Carmel Savege said Ron was the "backbone" of the Noosa region.
"He still does so much for someone in his late 70s," she said.
"Ron's involvement extends beyond the surf club … he's always doing fundraisers for the community. He's definitely outgoing, he just loves meeting people."
Ron is among the region's most dedicated volunteers.
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