From President Kirsty Stark:
This week’s speaker was club member, Susan Gascoine, who gave her “Behind the Badge” talk. It was a great opportunity for all members to learn more about Susan and her life.
Susan attended Cabra and Mercedes before beginning her nursing training. While training, she was set up on a blind date with Chris Gascoine (also a club member). She said that when she walked downstairs to see him for the first time, she knew that he would be the person she would marry. Apparently he took a little more convincing, but after conning Chris into attending several balls together (Debutant Balls, as was the custom in those days) and having a great time, they married. Debutant Balls still survive. This link gives you an idea on what they were and are like: http://debutanteballs.com.au/
At the time, marriage meant that nurses had to quit work, and Chris’ work took he and Susan overseas. They ended up living in twelve countries over the years, in between four children – a son and three daughters, who are now spread between here and Canada.
Susan and Chris have several grandchildren, and the second-youngest has Cystic Fibrosis, which inspired Susan to take on her Renmark to Adelaide walk for CF last year. It was a fantastic success, and Susan is now searching for sponsorship to begin another walk next year.
Susan’s experience at last year’s District Conference inspired her to join Rotary, and we’re excited to have her as our newest member. Welcome, Susan!
Thanks to Mark Thompson, who has volunteered to be our club representative at the next ICE forum meeting with other Group 7 Clubs.
No Regular Meeting Next Week
There is no meeting on Tuesday morning, in lieu of the Combined Services Dinner Wednesday Evening. The Board Meeting will be meeting at Hibernia (in the old Magill Institute Building) instead, from 7:30am.
Our card game has now hit a jackpot of $50, so it’s well worth getting out of bed the following week!
Thank You from Eastwood
A Thank You from Andrew Kelly, Rotary Club Eastwood for supporting their recent Business Breakfast. $1500 was raised for the Hutt Street Centre. See link: