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Recognition for long-lasting commitment

JOHN and Helen Conway, pictured, have been presented with Life Membership of the Old Scholars Football Association for their outstanding and long-lasting volunteer commitment to the Richmond Football Club.

Both aged older than 60, John and Helen are the first members of the Richmond Football Club to receive this recognition, with Helen also being the first female Life Member of the Association.

John and Helen commenced official roles with the club in 2002, with John as the president and Helen as part of the committee.

For the next 19 years, John and Helen continued to provide the core management capacity and capability to operate the club.

John demonstrated an enormous ability to lead a community organisation, develop healthy relationships with key stakeholders such as the Clarence City Council, plan for the health and wellbeing of club members, and consider the best interests of the game in making strategic decisions.

John’s list of achievements at the club include nine senior grand finals (five wins), six reserves grand finals (three wins), the upkeep of Richmond Oval, the driver of $2 million of capital improvements to Richmond Oval, the initiator of night football at the club, establishment of the Richmond Mini Blues program and a strong advocate of Association representative football.

Many of John’s accomplishments are easily overlooked and he has continually helped all members at the club.

Helen has been secretary at the club for the past 17 years and treasurer for many of those years.

Her contributions to the club range across key areas, including sponsorship, marketing, player registrations, fundraising, bar and kiosk operations, volunteer management, members, player apparel, stakeholder communication, matchday management, governance and risk management.

Helen’s commitment and effort around the club has her regarded as the fuel that keeps the club’s engine room running smoothly.

John and Helen’s commitment to the Richmond Football Club goes well beyond any measurable contribution, with almost 20 years of full-time selfless investment to improve the culture, governance and functionality of the club.