Jim Reid OAM
Congratulations to Jim Reid, honoured in the 2018 Queens Birthday awards.
In September the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove presented Jim Reid the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to the sport of full bore shooting and his involvement with community work.
Club Captain, Shaun Wingrove with Jim Reid and his Order of Australia Medal
A member of the Canberra Rifle Club since 1965 Jim was awarded life membership in 1995 and has taken on many roles within the club over that time including:
- role of Chief Custodian between 2009 and 2015
- a committee member between 1971 and 2015
- Vice Captain from 1986 and 1990
- a Member and past chair of the Social Committee, and
- was instrumental on construction of the clubhouse (Reid House)
His Irish accent always contributed to the conversation and his name continually comes up at competitions across Australia. To children around the club, being polite to Mr Reid can be rewarded with an ice cream or packet of chips while to the members, ‘where’s Reidy’ is the common call.
On the rare occasion he is missing its either family or ‘he’s Gone Fishin’. While having had success with shooting, the social side is his passion. New shooters and vistor’s will be the first to say, yes met and had a chat with Reidy, a great bloke. Still today after a Saturday afternoon shoot he can be found mixing with all and enjoying a beer with club mates Robbo, Laurie and Meddo.
Anyone you talk to will have memories of Jim, however one will be the old white Holden car that had more tools in the boot than most workshops and the trick, not to bump the stick that held the boot open. The front passenger seat was the position for his dog, one that shed enough hair to stuff a decent pillow and if you did sit down expect to do some hours of brushing. Towards the end of its life his old dog would sit on the front seat and with intermittent yaps try to tell Jim, its time to go home.
With over 50 years membership, Jim worked tirelessly around the club and grounds and the saying ‘Jack of all Trades and Master of None’ plays so true in the range of jobs he did. The many hours spent at the range and his service to the Canberra Rifle Club is duly recognized.