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Dedication and hard work have been recognised by the Rotary Club of Wanaka.

The group recently presented Lynne and Ralph Fegan with Paul Harris Fellow Awards for their “outstanding” contribution to the Wanaka community.

They received their awards during the club’s annual change-over dinner, held at the Cardrona Hotel on Saturday night.

Outgoing president George Scott recalled the services of the husband-and-wife team.

“It was a great honour to present the award to two people who have made and continue to make such a selfless contribution to others,” he said.

Mr and Mrs Fegan came to Wanaka in 1996 after 30 years in Franz Josef, where they owned a supermarket and souvenir shop.

They set up the bus company Wanaka ConneXions and Mrs Fegan set up the Alpine Community Development Trust (Community Networks), becoming its inaugural chairwoman.

She was also chairwoman of the Women’s Probus and Travel Club, held treasurer’s positions with the RSA, U3A, Presbyterian Church and Concert Society.

She also found speakers for Grandview Probus and worked with the Queenstown Lakes District Council on the Wanaka town centre strategy committee.

Mr Fegan is a Wanaka identity known for his community work.

He has worked with Victim Support, has been chairman of Lake Wanaka Tourism, is active on the RSA committee and with civil defence and the fire brigade, as well as being a justice of the peace and wedding and funeral celebrant.

Mr Fegan is also passionate about Wanaka Airport and the Wanaka community.

“The members of the Rotary Club of Wanaka acknowledge the wonderful dedication, work ethic and enthusiasm that Ralph and Lynne have brought to the local Wanaka community,” Mr Scott said.

Paul Harris Fellow Awards recognise outstanding work and contribution both to Rotary and the community.