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Active Retirees : Active Retirees April-May 2012
52 | www.probussouthpacific.org Letters and numbers A founding member of the Salisbury Combined Probus Club, Jack McGavin is a career-long lover of numbers. In his retirement, Jack has turned his hand to poetry, to great acclaim among his peers. M y wife Maureen and I worked in the same bank for 10 years, but in different departments. She attended a dance at our local sports club with a friend, and I’d been playing rugby that afternoon and suffered a leg injury. I was sitting at the dance with my leg up on another chair and looking very sorry for myself. Maureen came and sat next to me until the dance was over, full of sympathy. I gallantly limped with her to the railway station and that was the start of everything. I was lucky enough to spend the last 20 years before retirement in a job I considered to be the best I’d ever had. I was the Budget Officer at the University of SA. I left home at 8.45am and was back by 5.15pm. I worked with figures, which is my second love to poetry. We had tennis courts, a gymnasium, and an Olympic-size swimming pool – why did I retire? In my late 60s and early 70s, I really didn’t have much time to spare due to jobs about the home, golf, overseas and interstate trips, and involvement with clubs. Life was busy. I am a founding member of the Salisbury Combined Probus Club. Formed 16 years ago by two Rotarians approaching all their friends, the club was mostly made up of couples. Having held every position on the club’s management committee has been a really rewarding experience. Write all about it In my late 70s I had a few health problems and, in the years since then, I have gone public with my ‘rhyme writing’ and visited many Probus Clubs. The height of this short-term literary career would be the most recent Probus Rendezvous. There I was, faced with an audience of 500, which was a bit intimidating. Luckily they were an audience just waiting to be entertained. They were all on holiday, enjoying a great meal, and the wine was flowing. In the family I have a daughter named Gillian and a son, Stewart. They’re both in their 50s. Gill worked in the media and WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Do you have a story to tell? We're looking for members to be profiled, so we'd love to hear it. Contact the editor, Hallie Donkin. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9556 9103 now lives with her partner, Phil, in the Adelaide Hills. They have goats and chooks, and she runs a conference and events company that provides catering, cooking being her forte. Stewart is the head ultrasono- grapher at a local hospital. He is married to Joanne, a theatre nurse at the same hospital, and they have a son called Shane, who works as a ward orderly at the same hospital. Shane and his partner Katie presented us with our first great-grandchild in February, a little cutie by the name of Ella. She was born in the same hospital, L yell McEwin – I think it should be the L yell McGavin! I might add that I have spent quite a bit of time there as a patient over the past few years and its nice to have ‘resident’ personnel there. •• MEMBER PROFILE ArchieFivePhotography
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