I was born in South Australia in the 50’s. After high school I spent 3 years at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Training as a Registered Nurse and then another 12 months as a “Staff Nurse”. In between finishing my training and heading to Melbourne, Victoria to start training as a Midwife, I decided to travel to Western Australia to visit my 93 year old Grandfather as I hadn’t seen him for a number of years. That was a journey that changed my destiny as I met this fellow on the train and 15 months later we married!! I did complete my Midwifery training and after we married I moved to Boulder, Western Australia. Now that was a cultural shift! I was employed by Kalgoorlie Regional Hospital both as General Nurse and a Midwife for about 12 years.
Bill and I have been married for 40 years and have 2 beautiful daughters. Rivkah, who is married to Tristian, with a gorgeous son Archer and daughter Tabitha. They live just outside of Perth West Australia. Alizah and her husband Colin currently live about 50 minutes away from us in Ipswich, Qld.
After we left our previous professions we opened a computer business in Kalgoorlie.
We were introduced to Rotary by our Insurance Broker. Bill joined Boulder Rotary after attending 4 meetings in 1988. I joined The Inner Wheel Club of Kalgoorlie- Boulder as a Charter Member and was the 7th President. I also served on the IW District A40 Executive for 2 years.
During our time in Kalgoorlie I was the database manager for the Boulder Rotary Club’s annual fundraiser. I held that position for 16 years. The club honoured me with a PHF in 2004.
Aside from Rotary our interest in Ham Radio saw us involved in running the JOTA (Jamboree on the Air) for 25 years from the First Kalgoorlie Scout Hall: This is an International event that is still running and which we have continued to support with the local Girl Guides.
In 2004 we moved to Gatton in the beautiful Lockyer Valley, Queensland.
We both joined the Rotary Club of Gatton & Lockyer which has now changed its name to Lockyer Valley. We both left the club in 2015.
We have continued our support of the Rotary Foundation and I currently have a PHF with 2 sapphires.
Within Rotary we have hosted 6 YEP Students and are still in touch with 5 of them. We hosted members of the old GSE teams and have attended many District Conferences.
Outside of Rotary we are active in the Darling Downs Radio Club: Bill is Vice President and I am currently Secretary.
We are both active members of R.O.A.R which is the Rotary Fellowship for Rotarians of Amateur Radio. We have manned booths in Bangkok, Lisbon, and Sydney for the Fellowship and will be doing so again in Seoul. We tell Rotarians that hams are an untapped source of members as they are also community minded.