At least three Lutherans were included in the Australia Day 2016 honours list. The congratulations of the church go to these and any other members honoured. Richard Bartholomaeus, Joan Lindner and John Wittwer were each awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia or OAM.
Richard Bartholomaeus, of West Lakes, South Australia, for service to the LCA and to aged care. He was the chair of Lutheran Homes Incorporated from 1982 to 1985 and from 1994 to 2015. He was its acting General Manager/CEO from 1991 to 1992 and board member from 1978 to 2015. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Lutheran Laypeople’s League of Australia from 1986 to 2008. He is former member of the LCA’s General Church Council. He is also a member of the church’s Loan Management Committee. He is a member at St Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Adelaide.
Joan Lindner, of Tanunda, South Australia, for service to the community of Tanunda. Mrs Lindner has been a board member of Tanunda Lutheran Home since 1977, as well as fundraiser and liaison officer. She was president of the Tanunda Lutheran Home Auxiliary from 1971 to1976. She is the treasurer of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rowland Flat, and has served as an organist and Sunday school teacher.
John Wittwer, of Hahndorf, South Australia, for service to the community of Hahndorf. He has been the chair of the board of directors of St Paul’s Lutheran Homes Hahndorf since 2008 and was a committee member in 2007. He also was involved with the founding committee of Cornerstone College in Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. He was also chair of the planning committee for the Hahndorf 175th anniversary celebrations in 2014.
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