Inaugural Quota Club Community Service Award in memory of Beryl Edwards goes to reading program stalwart Senior Constable Barbara Beard

The Quota Club has a new Community Service Award in memory of a long-serving foundation member, Beryl Edwards; and inaugural award-winner Senior Constable Barbara Beard is a long-serving volunteer of Quota’s Cops and Kids reading program.

Beryl Edwards joined the Quota Club shortly after it was formed more than 60 years ago and was a member until her death. Beryl and husband Harry were well-known in Goulburn, where their family still resides. The Belmore Park wishing well was a pet project.

Even in her latter days in Warrigal, Mrs Edwards kept up-to-date with Quota meeting minutes and was enthusiastic about all Club matters. She served on all committees and took executive positions locally as well as in the district office, promoting Goulburn at every opportunity.

Conscious of her loyal commitment, Quotarians named the new Community Service Award in Beryl Edwards’ honour, so it is fitting that the first award recipient is another person who has given great service to the Club for more than 10 years.

Senior Constable Barbara Beard volunteers for Quota’s reading program, in conjunction with the Veolia Trust, in all Goulburn schools. Once a week, two Quotarians and a police officer visit a school where three students are selected to read to them. It demystifies police to children and helps them to read. The books read are also donated to the school library.

Senior Constable Beard has assisted this program since its inception. Her enthusiasm is infectious and the children are always so pleased to see her arrive.

Barbara Beard and Quotarian Del Mills.

Barbara Beard and Quotarian Del Mills.