Rotary Club of South Launceston District D9830
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Club Meetings:
Thursday for fellowship at 6pm followed by Dinner at 6:30pm
Location:
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania

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Rotarian behind the Badge - Judith King

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018

Last week’s meeting features Judith King in a Rotarian Behind the Badge’ segment.

Judith was born in Bethlehem Hospital, Caulfield Victoria, which obviously immediately sparked in her a love of hospitals, spending much of her subsequent life in such places!

She said she can trace her family tree on her mother’s side back to 1024AD. One of her ancestors was a First Fleeter and became one of the founders of the Bank of New South Wales and a pioneer in the development of the Australian merino wool industry. Her family soon moved to the Northern Territory, where her father became and Air Traffic Controller at Daly Waters. Judith grew up with many aboriginal friends, being the only white child in her school. She became friends with several members of the Namatjira family. One notable achievement during her childhood was being instrumental in starting a bushfire with significant consequences.

Judith eventually went to university, graduating in Applied Science and Industrial Chemistry. Being one of very few women in this field, her first job saw her being given very menial tasks. She then decided this was not the field she wanted to be in and switched to nursing training, graduating from Prince henry’s Hospital in Melbourne. One of the dashing young male lecturers caught her eye and after a 12-week whirlwind courtship, she and Neville were married.

In her career Judith established a ‘Hospital to Home’ course in Canada and also trained over one hundred thousand nursing students in CPR. Judith also re-organised the Red Cross National Registered Training Organisation, turning it from a $600,000 loss to a $2 million profit. Judith also engaged in overseas marketing consultations with the Institute for Marketing Excellence.

A stroke some years ago ended Judith career, so she and Neville moved to Tasmania, where they became wildlife rescuers and carers and following a vegan lifestyle.

Judith concluded with a quote from Alvin Toffler: “Illiterates in the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”

Graeme LeFevre expressed at vote of thanks to Judith for a fascinating presentation.


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