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Royal Recognition for Barbara and Jim Morgan

Barbara and Jim Morgan’s lifelong service to the community has been rewarded with a citation from the Queen.

Owners and directors of Jim’s Self Storage in Williamstown, Victoria, James (Jim) and Barbara Morgan, were recently honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a function at Buckingham Palace.
For their lifelong service to lifesaving, Barbara and Jim Morgan received Certificates of Merit and were presented to Her Majesty at the ceremony. A total of 125 people from around the Commonwealth received awards. Of
these, 27 are Australian.

In the application for his Certificate of Merit by the South Melbourne Lifesaving Club for Royal Lifesaving Society – Australia, it was noted that “James has made significant contributions over the past 40
years as a member of South Melbourne Lifesaving Club and the RLSSA movement. In particular, through his role as the Club president, James has led the club to many achievements and successes in maintaining
good patrol practices, enhancing and developing skills for competition and furthering the goals and objectives of the Society. James was at the forefront of the Club’s first successes in IRB competition
both at state and national level.

“James continues to serve the club as an official on the beach and the pool at state, national and international [world lifesaving championships] level, including the 2013 Commonwealth Championships in Canberra and the 2014/15 Australian
Pool Lifesaving Championships. Jim contributes his expertise to the South Melbourne lifesaving club in the areas of beach events and pool lifesaving.” Jim’s wife Barbara has been an outstanding community worker for many years, and was
awarded an OAM several years ago. Her application for a Certificate of Merit by RLSSAV states that, “as a life member of RLSSAV and RLSS Commonwealth, Barbara has made significant contributions over the past 40 years as a member of
South Melbourne Lifesaving Club [SMLSC] and the RLSSA movement. Barbara has been involved at all levels of the sport of pool lifesaving [and open water] at a club and state level. This has included the
administration of the SMLSC, patrolling activities and in skill development and enhancement. 

Barbara is an internationally recognised official and has worked at all levels, including chief referee, and as a mentor to new and emerging officials.” Their son Ivor, manager at Jim’s Self Storage, told Insider magazine, “I am very
proud of Mum and Dad for their lifetime of service to lifesaving. They have been exceptional role models with all the voluntary work they do, and it is great that they have been recognised for this.”

Congratulations Barbara and Jim!

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