CLUB Narooma is losing two of their directors as they retire and move on to be closer to family.
Klaas Blink the clubs treasurer and Noel O’Hehir senior vice president have resigned their directorships and are moving away from Narooma.
Klaas Blink was elected to the Narooma Bowling Club board on September 8, 1996. On September 22, 2002 he was elected treasurer spending more than 17 years on the board.
“I retired on March 3 this year and I have worked as a director of the club for 6385 days,” Klaas said.
Noel has been on the board for 12 years of which he spent two years on the Bowling and Recreation Club board and five years on the Narooma Bowling Club board.
“I have been on the board since the amalgamation of the Services Club and Narooma Bowling Club,” he said.
Klaas and his wife Willie Blink have just put their house on the market and once it is sold they plan to move to Mildura to be closer to their daughter Michelle and her husband Denny. Their son Mark lives in Bendigo.
“I have a great granddaughter call Mahli who is 18 months old and I have never seen her,” Klaas said.
Klaas and his wife have lived in Narooma for 21 years coming here from Croydon in Melbourne where he worked as an Industrial Engineer.
“Moving is a hard decision to make, but when you make up your mind you want it happen as soon as possible,” they both said.
Noel lost his wife Lorraine to cancer seven years ago and would like to spend more time with his family.
He has already sold his house and plans to move to the Yarra Valley in Melbourne to be with his three daughters Anne-Marie, Adele and Clare and his seven granddaughters Bethany, Grace, Isabella, Olivier, Georgia, Madeline and Brigit.
“I’m going to enjoy going to the footy with them,” he said.
Noel has devoted a lot of time to junior sport in Narooma and is the patron of the Narooma Devils Junior Rugby League Club.
Since he has been in Narooma Noel has played bowls, golf, worked for the Coastal Patrol and he also started the Narooma Croquet Club.
“We have had an exciting and interesting time working with the board over the years,” he said.
There will be a directors and wives special dinner held in their honour at Club Narooma on Wednesday, April 15.