The concept of a Friendship and Fellowship Award was first raised at a QCAS Board Meeting in August 2010 and was endorsed by the QCAS Board at a Board meeting in November 2010.
The Friendship & Fellowship Award is available to the QCAS Board to acknowledge individuals and or organisations not directly connected to the Queensland Show Movement who have contributed to the long term success of Queensland Shows. Nominees for this award are approved by the QCAS Board on an adhoc basis whenever a nomination is received from a member of the board.
Award Recipient 2015
Photo taken by Queensland Country Life
QCAS PRESIDENT KEITH BETTRIDGE PRESENTS THE QCAS FRIENDSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP AWARD TO MRS DOROTHY MARCH FOR HER OUTSTANDING SUPPORT TO THE QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE MISS SHOWGIRL COMPETITION
MRs Dorothy March
Miss Showgirl SponsorFor the third time since its inception, the Queensland Chamber of Agricultural Societies has awarded its Friendship and Fellowship Award to Mrs Dorothy March.
For the past 20 years Mrs March has spent July surrounded by glitter and taffeta as she prepares 11 dolls for the Queensland Country Life Miss Show Girl Finalists at the Brisbane Royal Show.
Dorothy was introduce to the “show business” by her parents in 1974, when her father invested in a ride called the HorseOPlane. Dorothy met her husband on the show circuit and together they owned and operated rides including the Hurricane, Whizzer, Jumbo Slide and Wave Swinger.
The Marches traveled the country traipsing from the Eastern Coast to NSW Tablelands and often making it as far as Perth. It was here that Dorothy was inspired by her daughter when they came across a novelty store that stocked mostly items for boys. Her Daughter Narelle suggested her mother should make something for the girls and hence Dorothy began making her dolls on sticks!
Business boomed and her customers ranged from toddlers to women grown. Dorothy has said that she can remember streams of women lining up on the first Saturday of the Perth show to get the doll they coveted. Even after all this time Dorothy still enjoys making these dolls.
Mrs March has been a valued supporter of the Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl competition for many years, so it was only fitting that the presentation was made at this year’s Showgirl celebration dinner at this years’ Ekka.
Award recipients March, 2012
Mr Terry Nilon and Mr Angus Lane 2012 Friendship and Fellowship Recipients
Mr Terry Nilon
Showmen's Guild of Australasia
Awarded in acknowledgement of his support to the Queensland Show Movement over a period of 40 years. Terry has always ensured that the interests of the Show Movement as a whole were considered alongside the interests of the Showmen's Guild and Agricultural Shows.
Terry and his wife Maria, along with their children have traveled the Show Circuit all their lives.
Terry has attended, and continues to attend QCAS Board meetings on a regular basis and is active in assisting with the development of Show procedures at all levels. Terry is a straight shooter who always thinks ahead and is ready to assist when required.
Mr Angus Lane
Angus and Vicki Lane have supported the Queensland Show Movement for over 30 years ensuring the very best in professional announcing is provided wherever they present. Angus has always researched his facts and shown the Queensland Show Movement in the best possible light.
Vicki has supported Angus throughout his long and outstanding career with the Show Movement and has maintained meticulous records of all equestrian events.
Each Saturday morning of the Show Season Angus has provided a commentary on ABC Southern Queensland ensuring that all the current topics relating to Agricultural Shows are brought to the attention of rural Queensland.
One of the best known voices at agricultural shows around Australia, is that of ring announcer Angus Lane.Extract from ABC Rural:In 2013 Angus Lane received an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honour's list for services to agricultural shows.
Mr Lane says he wanted an involvement with the show ring from a little boy.
"Having thirty years on the land and listening other show ring announcers it was always something I wanted to do.
" The opportunity arose, at little Jandowae and since then I have had the opportunity to make it my life and a full time profession."
For over two decades Angus Lane has been ring announcer at the Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Brisbane and Toowoomba Royal shows, countless regional shows, Beef Expos and equestrian events around the country.
Angus has been involved in many community groups and was Queensland Father of the Year in 2002.
He says his links with the land, have always pushed him to bridge the urban city divide.
"We all have a story to tell and I believe, as a presenter and an announcer at shows, it's up to me to find out those stories."