Alpine Observer - - News - Rod Hyde

What is your job?

I’m re­tired now, but I am in­volved with the Li­ons Club. I’m the allpow­er­ful pres­i­dent, and I’ll do that role for the next two years: firstly to learn about it, then to fol­low through. Is it some­thing you al­ways wanted to do?

I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, though I haven’t had a lot of time to do them.

I was born and raised in Yal­lourn, which is an­other State Elec­tric­ity Com­mis­sion town. I started in cubs the first chance I got and went all the way through scouts, se­niors and be­came a Queen’s Scout. I left Yal­lourn when I was 15. I couldn’t get a job or an ap­pren­tice­ship so I went to Mel­bourne and got an ap­pren­tice­ship with the Vic­to­rian Rail­ways as a fit­ter and turner. By the age of 12 I knew I wanted to fid­dle around with ma­chin­ery.

Dur­ing that time I boarded in Mel­bourne so I had no time for com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Af­ter my ap­pren­tice­ship I got called up – that’s the only raf­fle I ever won, but I never bought a ticket in it. I wasn’t al­lowed to go to Viet­nam be­cause I had two broth­ers over there and the army had a pol­icy about not send­ing more than two from one fam­ily into a war zone.

I was in the Royal Aus­tralian Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers tech­ni­cal corpse re­paired any­thing and ev­ery­thing – earth mov­ing equip­ment, tanks, Land Rovers, the lot.

I was there for two years then joined the Mel­bourne and Met­ro­pol­i­tan Board of Works.

We dug the pilot tun­nels for the Mel­bourne Un­der­ground. Then I went to Win­neke and worked on the Su­gar­loaf Dam, and then went to field ser­vice main­te­nance, look­ing af­ter all the wa­ter and sew­er­age in­fra­struc­ture. In Mel­bourne I got in­volved in

scout­ing again. I was scout mas­ter at 1st Croy­don Hills, but I gave it away af­ter eight years be­cause life was just too full on. What brought you to the Kiewa?

I’ve been com­ing up here since 1969. I love fly fish­ing and hunt­ing. I used to come up here for stress re­lief when I was hav­ing a bad time at work. What do you love about the job?

I’m at a time in my life when I want to give some­thing to the com­mu­nity, but when I moved here I didn’t want to com­mit my­self to any­thing un­til I felt com­fort­able with it. The Li­ons are a fan­tas­tic group – they are very com­mit­ted and I like what they do. I’d like to at­tract new mem­bers. What do you do in your spare time?

I still like fish­ing, and my part­ner and I are keen gar­den­ers. We also like travelling, bush­walk­ing and hik­ing. I’m also a mem­ber of the Mount Beauty Men’s Shed. I think that’s the best thing since canned beer.

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