CELEBRATING CLUB VOLUNTEERS
Thursday nights at Congupna Football Netball Club would not be the same without Leesa Shannon.
For the past three years Shannon has been part of the team cooking and serving the traditional Thursday night dinners.
Through her experience, Shannon said chicken schnitzel, chips and salad was overwhelmingly the most popular dish, with her volunteering starting after being rostered to work at the canteen.
Having first become involved at the Road when her sons began playing there, Aidan and Joel continue to take the field for the Murray league club, with Matt becoming a star at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley League.
Shannon said she has never questioned giving up her Thursday nights to help the club run smoothly.
‘‘Tuesday and Thursday have always been footy training nights or when I used to play netball, they were netball training nights, so it just becomes ingrained,’’ she said.
With clubs always crying out for more people to help out, Shannon said most members at Congupna were willing to do their part.
‘‘We normally ask someone if they can do something and normally they say ‘yes’, like most clubs there are the same people doing the same sorts of jobs, but at Congupna we seem to be lucky that if we ask, we get help,’’ she said.
Shannon’s involvement goes beyond ensuring all the players are well fed for their games.
She runs a fundraiser in memory of Terry Keenan, who was killed by a single punch in 2012.
‘‘I organise a day where we play Mulwala Football Club, Terry Keenan was a past football coach at Congupna and this year is the second year when we play Mulwala that we have a big fundraiser for the Step Back Think campaign and the guys wear bootlaces,’’ she said.
‘‘I organise that and am on the gate and sell raffle tickets, Terry’s wife (Wendy) comes and speaks to both clubs.
‘‘It’s become an ongoing thing in conjunction with Mulwala and it’s a really food initiative.’’
With the football season over for another year, Shannon said she would spend some well-earned relaxation time in Bundalong water-skiing and wakeboarding.