Friends of the Arboretum Farewell Jocelyn PlovitsShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
I’ve loved the enthusiasm of Jocelyn Plovits in her capacity as President of the Friends of the Arboretum. But she thinks now after six years it’s the right time to step down, hand over the tools and find time for a bit more travel and her family.
Her happy band of Friends have made a huge difference to the Arboretum in so many ways, most you wouldn’t even notice, and as the team has grown so too has this magnificent addition to our city. Slowly – actually rather too slowly for we of maturing age – but trees like us are slow to mature and while anticipation of a great mass of forests blanketing the hill is the dream it will be a while.
For Jocelyn the farewell was a kind of au revoir as she intends to be among the Friends but will be keeping her involvement separate to the business of the group and among those Friends there were thanks, gifts and a plaque to honour her presidency as well as that of her predecessor.
Shane Rattenbury spoke so nicely of her contribution, obviously taking the time to research and check up on the lovely Jocelyn who some of her Friends revealed is just as likely to be found with a hoe in hand as shaking the hand of a dignitary.
Volunteers are the backbone of so many of our places and spaces, are providing care and service, front up for so many annual cultural events and activities and keep the underbelly engine room of this community operating smoothly. So too for this event where Colette Mackay a really good Friend, organized with Jocelyn the making of the sandwiches and nibbles for this event.
Jocelyn's gift to the National Arboretum to say thanks is a wonderful Wollemi Pine, maturing slowly with a hint of cones, and set firmly in a giant pot. The oldest pine watching the new forests emerge.