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Laurie Snell honoured with life membership of Waroona Poultry Club for 17 years of service to organisation

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Sean Van Der WielenHarvey-Waroona Reporter
New Waroona Poultry Club life member Laurie Snell shows off her later additions, two Rhode Island Red chicks.
Camera IconNew Waroona Poultry Club life member Laurie Snell shows off her later additions, two Rhode Island Red chicks. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

A Waroona community stalwart has been recognised for her contributions to the town’s agricultural heart.

Laurie Snell was awarded a life membership of the Waroona Poultry Club at the group’s annual general meeting late last month, becoming only the second person to receive the honour.

Ms Snell admits she was not expecting the accolade.

“It was a very nice surprise,” she said.

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Ms Snell was instrumental in the founding of the group, which started 17 years ago and has members from across the Peel region.

“A local lady and I started holding poultry auctions in town and the interest was so great that we thought maybe it’s time for a club,” she said.

Ms Snell has held a number of positions within the club since its inception, including president, vice president and secretary. She has only stepped down from the committee in July.

Her and other members have also assisted other groups, helping keep the Harvey Poultry Club afloat during a difficult period.

New Waroona Poultry Club life member Laurie Snell looks over her turkeys.
Camera IconNew Waroona Poultry Club life member Laurie Snell looks over her turkeys. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Harvey-Waroona Reporter

There have been a fair few stories Ms Snell can recall during her time involved with the club, including one rather unfortunate incident.

“Once a rooster that I was exhibiting at the Waroona Show got out and was running around the main arena during the official presentation - that wasn’t very good,” she said.

When asked whether she preferred chickens, turkeys or ducks, Ms Snell had a clear favourite.

“Turkeys, because of their character,” she said.

“Everyone has an individual character, they’re endearing really - and they’re just so alien-looking!”

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