THERE is a fantastic club I joined many Saturday mornings ago and continue to spend a lot of time with each and every Saturday throughout summer.
It's a club that has millions of members right across Australia and the membership spans a wide range of ages and interests.
The club's name - Volunteers Australia.
Each weekend there are hundreds of volunteers who are trackside, around the oval, by the court or at many other sporting venues doing what they can to help the competitors.
Doing so each Saturday at cricket in the morning and then athletics in the afternoon is something I have done for many years.
There is nothing special about what I do.
It's all about just chipping in to do the scoring at cricket, and helping in the running of track and field events in any way I can.
Although I would like to think I was a "great trier" on the cricket field, I was not so proficient with bat, ball or in the field.
Deciding to take on scoring was not a daunting or difficult decision.
I was won over by the approach by the late John Turner when I was spectating at a first XI match Bendigo United was contesting at Harry Trott Oval, which was not far away from my home at the time.
After a g'day and a shake of the hands, John, or Jock as he was known at cricket, asked if I could help do the scoring for the third XI.
His message in between that beaming smile of his was straight to the point - "would you be interested in helping us out."
A week later my stint as scorer began.
It's been an incredible run of watching many innings, and more importantly of meeting so many people, not just at Bendigo United, but from all BDCA clubs.
Scoring is not so difficult or taxing, but it's a role that hundreds of people willingly do.
It's the same at the athletics track where a lot of people willingly given their time setting up equipment, collating entry lists and results, serving food and drinks in the canteen, and much more.
Sage advice from my late grandfather, Harold Sandiford when I was young still rings true.
His words - "You will get more enjoyment out of doing things because you want to, not because you have to" - still ring true.
Thanks for your time is all a volunteer wants to hear.
The Bendigo Canoe Club Cup run on Sunday at Lake Weeroona was a great success through the work of race officials such as Matt Beale and Cass Murphy (pictured) and an organising team from near and far.
To apply an hourly rate of just a dollar for every volunteer at a sporting club or association would chalk up a wage bill of millions.
The Roll of Honour run in the Bendigo Advertiser is one way clubs and associations can recognise those volunteers who go about helping their club with little fuss or fanfare.
Here's cheers to all the volunteers.
Volunteers play a key role in all sorts of sports
Do things because you want to, not because you have to