At the 2019 AGM held in Mornington, Ian Keeley #4403 was awarded Dearnley Medal #61, and this was the submission for the award.
On behalf of the Wollondilly Wanderers Branch, I would like to nominate Mr Ian Keeley member #4403 for the Dearnley award.
Further to our conversation at the AGM . I have listed a few things Keeley has done for our branch and Ulysses club.
I have only known Ian for 10 years , and as he is the quite achiever I am not privy to all he has accomplished.
Through conversations with our older branch members I am aware Keeley had a great influence on the Wollies holding them together, after the split. This is when Macarthur branch was formed.
Ian is a true Ulyssian at heart. He is the first person to put his hand up to help any Wolly member who needs it from laying bricks to chopping firewood, Ian is there to help. Sometimes it’s just a chat and a cuppa for a friend that needs it.
Des May’s Suzuki had expired (worn-out), Keeley found one the same model in Adelaide. Keeley rallied our branch to raise $3000 to purchase the bike for Des. Another member (Ian Brookes) then mounted the controls on brake side (Des has only one arm). There were a lot of tears when the branch presented the bike to Des.
Keeley is a stone mason by trade. When Dick Lindsay rode on Keeley donated a stone to mount the plaque on. When Old #1 rode on Keeley then rearranged the stone that #1’s and Dick’s plaque could be placed side by side.
He is always looking out and listening, and when someone needs a hand he is there.
He has organised numerous working bees for our members who had medical issues or just couldnt manage a task. He has organised many a working bee at a member’s house or laid bricks for a Wolly in need.
He has run the raffle for our branch on and off for many years.
Ian is the driving force behind our Christmas community ride for the past 4 years where we have raised much needed funds for the Southern Highlands Community Centre.
With the hundreds of gift vouchers donated the centre doesn’t only use them at Christmas but gives them out to the needy all throughout the year.
Kick the tin – Keeley (as he is affectionately known) carries the tin to every meeting and rattles it at the appropriate time for donations – all proceeds go to the Community Centre.
Head office needed help packing and unpacking the merchandise for the AGM’s, Ian got a group together and we go to Head office and help out. We have been doing this for a number of years now.
He has a wealth of knowledge with branch history and is always the go to guy if we need answers on something.
Ian is the quite achiever – he sees something needs to be done and he just gets on with it.
He doesn’t ask or want any praise. He is the mate you want to have.
I have checked with all my committee members and they are in full agreement that Ian Keeley is deserving of this award.
The National Committee congratulates Ian and thanks him for his service