Left: Nancy Fox. Right: Oscar Joppich (photo ALWS)

LCANZ members Nancy Fox and Oscar Joppich have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List.

The vice-chair of the LLL Board, Nancy, of Kirribilli New South Wales, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her ‘significant service to the financial and banking sector, and to women in business’, while Oscar, of Tanunda South Australia, has been recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his ‘service to the Lutheran church and to the community’.

As well as having been a member of the LLL Board since 2002, Nancy has served the LCANZ at congregational, district and churchwide levels in various volunteer capacities. A former trial lawyer turned banker from the US who is today a full-time non-executive director, her current service includes being a member of the LCANZ Constitution Review Committee, a consultant to the LCA’s Committee for International Mission, and a member of the LCA Judicial Tribunal.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nancy has served on not-for-profit organisations for 20 years, including mentoring several men and women. A volunteer firefighter with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, she is a member at St Paul’s Sydney.

Oscar Joppich has been assistant chair of the resident committee at Tanunda Lutheran Home (TLH) since 2014 and was previously its chairperson. He worships with his wife Irene and is a volunteer at TLH and St Pauls Tanunda.

A retired teacher who taught in state schools from 1954 to 1991, Oscar served on volunteer assignments in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from 1958–1959, 1992–1994 and in 1996. On the first trip to PNG, he taught the children of Lutheran missionaries at the Katherine Lehmann School in Wau, while from 1992, he and Irene were volunteer managers of the Lutheran Guest House, Goroka. In 1996, they returned to Katherine Lehmann to support the attempt for it to become an international school.

Oscar’s recent community service includes volunteering for the Barossa Community Transport Service and packaging association Barossa Enterprises, regional SA’s largest disability employer.

The congratulations of the church are offered to Oscar and Nancy and any other members honoured with awards.

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