IT WAS a big surprise for two long term workers at Sunshine Beach High School this week.
The school's senior managing convenor Kim Bird and P&C volunteer treasurer Larry Maroni were both awarded P&C life memberships.
Sunshine Beach High School P&C vice-president Les Murray said it was the first time they had given anyone the honour, but these two people deserved it.
"They were totally over the moon to receive it and I was chuffed to present it," he said.
Kim Bird, the mother of four children who all attended the high school, spent six years as a school volunteer, before taking on a permanent position.
"I've been at the school for 19 years altogether," Kim said.
Kim ensures the canteen has enough supplies to nourish more than one thousand students and 100 staff.
The awards were made extra special, because knee construction surgery saw Kim take 12 weeks off work, and was replaced by her daughter Niki.
But she's glad to return to work again and she said receiving the membership was a great welcome back surprise.
Retired accountant Mr Maroni took up the treasurer's position when he moved here from the United States eight years ago.
At the time, his two sons were attending the school.
They left about six years ago and he said although he was happy doing his job, he would also be pleased to pass it on to another willing worker.
Mr Maroni completes monthly financial reports for both the canteen and uniform shop.
Initially, he said he took on the role as a temporary position and has stayed on by default.
"I've been trying to resign," he laughed
"But they haven't been able to find a replacement."
Mr Maroni said his knowledge of budgeting and ability to produce a monthly financial statement ensured he kept the job.
"But I hope I'm not here forever," he said.
But with life membership, that's one question that may already have been answered.