COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Happy 90th Birthday Max Ray
Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—Happy birthday Max Ray, Maitland's 2012 Citizen of the Year, recipient of Maitland's 2008 NSW Volunteer Community Service Award and a McKell award in 2017, who turned 90 on recently. An Honorary Member of the SDA, since 1991, Max joined the Union in 1962. Max racked up an incredible 134 years' of volunteering, serving as Treasurer for East Maitland Men's Probus for 18 years, East Maitland Branch of the ALP for 12 years, Bruce Street Community Hall as Treasurer for 12 years and Secretary of local Masonic Lodges for a total period of 67 years. Max is still an active member of the East Maitland Branch of the Labor Party and Lodge Wallis Plains. Max grew up in Barraba, and started work in DMR (Main Roads) in Sydney on £2/8/6 a week, but as he said to me recently, "you couldn't afford a house on that money!" Max and his wife Maureen eventually moved to Maitland in 1960, where they lived together until Maureen passed away on 29 November 2016. Max we wish you Happy Birthday and thank you for your long service to our community!