Retirement hobby turns into full-time


As the years go by, Nyroca Camp continues to grow in popularity as a venue for all sorts of functions, and particularly so over the last few months. What began as a retirement engagement, has now developed into a full-time occupation, albeit I might add, still unpaid. But the creation of a worthwhile role in one’s third age, is not shared by everyone, and I consider myself very fortunate in the way the cards have fallen.

A number of schools have held camps at Nyroca over recent weeks, including Navigator College and Whyalla High School. It provides me with an opportunity to observe the teachers in action, and the burden of responsibility they carry, as in Navigator’s case amounted to nearly 50 students. Under the direction of Ms Sarah Stobhart however a full and comprehensive programme kept them all involved and interested.

Sean Sheedy of Whyalla High School, brought a class of Year 9s for a couple of nights, while participating in the aquatics programme at Coffin Bay. And Sean’s great attribute is his communication style, and the way he engages with, and relates to his students is first class. I wonder sometimes how such people achieve that advanced capacity in communication, whether they learn it at teacher training, pick it up themselves from observation of others, or perhaps their childhood rearing. But whatever is the case, from my observation, teachers generally these days are very talented and dedicated and perform a more demanding and complex role than ever before.

Wendy Holman of Cummins, brought a busload of seniors for lunch at Nyroca the other day, and those who were able walked up to the chapel, and those with limited mobility enjoyed the ambience of the surroundings. Retired farmers have always got something useful to say, whether it’s a commentary on the weather, farming politics or football.

Sue Olsen from Uniting Care Wesley, brought a group of ladies for a restful lunch around the campfire last week and it was entertaining to share in some of the stories with them.

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Ladies Probus Club of Port Lincoln last Tuesday, at the Boston Football Clubrooms. I was cajoled into speaking by Fay Stendt, and was quite surprised to see such a large group of ladies in attendance – about 50 I suggest. It is a most active club with various activities and organised outings. The current president Ruth Linsell, always reminds me that she and her husband Noel had a close association with Nyroca when they owned the adjoining farming property Mena Grange.

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