IF YOU know Adrienne Wilson, you probably think of her as a real gem.
At the 2013 NSW Rural Women’s Gathering in Scone at the weekend, the energetic 93-year-old’s name was added to the Hidden Treasures Honour Roll, confirming what the city already knows.
It was Mrs Wilson’s involvement with Griffith Meals on Wheels over 45 years, with 28 years as president, which earned the bubbly role model the accolade.
A humble Mrs Wilson said it was an “enormous honour”.
“I am astonished,” she said.
“I don’t know if I really deserve it.
“I’m just amazed.
“I often say that there is more to volunteering than giving. As a volunteer you learn through service, enjoy better health, gain self-confidence, build a sense of independence and expand your social circle. You also share yourself with someone in need.”
While Mrs Wilson recently stepped down as president of Meals on Wheels, she still volunteers her time to help a number of local organisations, including the Griffith War Memorial Museum.
Her most recent claim to fame was in June when she was found to be the oldest living student at the Hanwood School 100-year anniversary.
Coleambally’s Penelope Sheppard, who has given 50 years to education in Coleambally and is a tireless community worker, also had her name added to the honour roll.
NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson and Citizenship and Communities Minister Victor Dominello announced the list of 96 rural women who have had their names added to the prestigious list.
“These women, from across the state, have been formally recognised in a unique annual honour roll known as Hidden Treasures,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“This honour roll provides a long lasting legacy to our tireless women volunteers, who are the backbone of many rural and regional communities.
“Volunteers are essential in rural NSW, without them many groups, including art and environmental groups, charities, emergency services, education and sporting clubs would struggle to survive.”