Governor of Rotary District 9700, John Glassford of the Coolamon Club, made his official visit to the Temora Club meeting on Monday night.
Mr Glassford gave an informative address to the members on his vision for the Rotary District during his term of office.
He is pictured here with Temora president Rob Oliver (left) and Tony Sinclair (right).
This week’s guest speaker was our President, Rob Oliver who has recently returned from a trip with his wife Helen to Alaska and Canada. Tonight, he wanted to tell us a little about just one part of his trip which was a visit to the Hutterite community in Canada.
The Hutterite’s originally came from Austria to Russia last century but were persecuted for their religious beliefs so emigrated to the USA and ultimately settled in Canada. They speak lower German, follow strict religious beliefs and dress codes.
Upon arriving at their farm, Rob couldn’t believe how much new farm machinery they had – the machinery yard covered 7 acres and was full of new John Deere equipment including headers, spray rigs, tractors – everything you could imagine.
There are no more than 125 people in the community – as the population grows, members break away and settle a new community. They share communal kitchens and dining rooms, but each family has their own home even through no house has a kitchen. All homes look the same and it is a cashless society.
Rob was struck with the fact that they are really just like us – but their life does adhere to some strict guidelines. For example, the role of women is cooking, housework and gardening while men make furniture and work the land. When girls turn 15 they receive a cupboard and when they marry they rec
eive a bed. When women marry, they leave their family and community to join their new husband’s community.
The Hutterites do all their own mechanical work, grow food in gardens, operate a dairy, raise chickens and sell fruit and vegetables at the markets. They accept technology such as telephones and the internet and were very interested to hear about farming practices in Australia. They grow wheat, canola and peas and pay tax.
This week’s guest speaker was new member Lyn Jefferis. As a new member of our club and also new to town we were all keen to learn a little bit more about Lyn and she had some interesting stories to tell.
Lyn was born in Wollongong, living there until recently relocating to Temora. She has been married to Jack (also a new member) for 44 years and they have two son
s – Paul (40) and Glen (38). Lyn lamented that over her lifetime she has seen big changes in Wollongong as it has morphed from a beautiful safe town into an extended suburb of Sydney with the associated crime. She remembers the beginning of this change being the Wanda Beach murders in the 60’s.
Lyn’s first job was as a Christmas casual at David Jones and they placed her in the china and glassware department. Her family thought it hilarious as she considered herself to be very clumsy and they used to visit her to see what she had broken that day. When she finished school, Lyn completed Business Studies and began employment with Armaguard where one of her duties was to look after the pay packets for BHP – real cash in envelopes. We were entertained with stories of cash falling off backs of trucks – quite literally!
After a personal experience with a struggling neighbour and her children, Lyn was inspired to go back to school and study Social Work and Welfare. She wanted to help children and do what she could to improve the situation for many who had no voice – but the reality of the working environment soon took its toll, and eventually Lyn had to walk away from this work. Lyn lamented that she can only imagine that for social workers the situation must be so much more difficult now that the drug ICE is having an impact on families.
Lyn worked at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a Security Guard at Olympic Park and says it was the most rewarding and interesting experience of her life. She volunteered for every position possible and worked around all parts of the venue. She got to meet celebrities and sports people and imparted a few impressions of those encounters.
Lyn is happy to be able to look back on a wonderful life as a wife and mother and is really happy to be able to move to this wonderful town. Everyone has been so helpful and friendly. Having always been community minded, Lyn believes that to help in community and do community things is helpful to self.
We are glad to have you with us Lyn.
Lyn Jefferis introduced our Guest Speaker Keith Anderson
Keith worked at the ANZ Bank for 27 years and a local accountant for 20 years. He now helps his wife in a local dress shop, Sadie Michaels, while still maintaining a few private clients.
Along the way, Keith obtained his Heavy Vehicle Licence mainly because he could!
Three weeks ago, while visiting a client at Hillston who is a cotton and cattle farmera conversation took an interesting turn when the farmer mentioned that he had just purchased a new tri-axle trailer near Toowoomba and needed it to be picked up. Learning that Keith could drive a truck, he asked if he had time to go and get it for him. Excitedly, Keith checked his schedule and hit the road to Pittsworth Qld to collect the trailer.
Keith entertained us with the story of his journey, showed us how a truckies log book works, informed us of the driving time and fatigue requirements and educated us on how to select a safe overnight parking spot.
Thank you Keith!
Our guests speakers tonight were husband and wife Guy and Emma Bowley who moved to Temora in 2011 to live at the Aerodrome Airpark.
Emma grew up on a vineyard and was always very interested in it so ended up studying Viticulture at Charles Sturt University. With her parents not agreeing with her choice of degree, she found herself having to pay her own way, so she found employment as a jockey which helped pay the bills while she studied. Emma has worked for Orlando and McWilliams wines and is now using her skills to help Michael and Kelly Harper at Korambi Wines here in Temora. It has been a challenge to adapt her skills to working in small batches but one which she has found exciting.
Emma has a love of aviation and is a pilot. A few years ago as President of the Temora Flyers she won an an International Award for the most outstanding organiser of an event for her role in the Temora Women in Aviation Event. She has been a volunteer at Temora Aviation Museum since 2011 and now works in the office three days per week.
Guy is an Ag and Fire-Bombing Pilot, but he hasn’t sprayed a paddock in eighteen months due to drought. Times are tough in the extended industry and you have to be creative to survive. For fun he volunteers at the Temora Aviation Museum, particularly on the Aircraft Showcase days.
Born in Sydney his family relocated to a farm at Tumut when he was six, so he has always considered himself to be a country boy. When he left school, he completed an apprenticeship as a Fitter Machinist at a local mill and the wages he earned paid for his flying lessons. He still uses his trade here and there. Guy says that people this the Ag flying is crazy because he is flying the aircraft at 220km/h with the wheels 6 feet above the ground under power lines but he considers the fire-bombing to be the most dangerous flying he does. The reason for this is you are usually flying in very turbulent conditions, low visibility due to smoke, windy and many other operators around you that you don’t normally fly with. Guy is also a flight instructor and teaches students to fly here in Temora which helps to pay for the maintenance and insurance on the aircraft.
In 1996, Emma and Guy moved to Jamestown in SA. A small town of 1500 people and they eventually bought a farm and planted a ten acre vineyard – right at the beginning of the drought. Initially they had great success with their wines. In 2004 they made one barrel of Shiraz and one barrel of Cabernet which both received five-star ratings. But at the end of the first three years with no water, the vines couldn’t support the quality anymore and the vineyard failed which was incredibly disappointing for them both.
This disappointment was Temora’s gain as it proved to be the catalyst for their relocation to Temora. What a wonderful diverse skill set this couple possess.