30th year lunch joy for Rotto volunteers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SEVEN in­au­gu­ral mem­bers of the Rot­tnest Vol­un­teer Guides As­so­ci­a­tion (RVGA) marked the group’s 30th an­niver­sary with a lunch this month.

Wendy MacGib­bon, Pam Ghi­rardi, Beth Dun­can, Sue and Richard Fox, Elizabeth Rippey and Ken Keesing, who are still guid­ing, rem­i­nisced about the early days of the RVGA at Aris­tos.

The lunch was the first of sev­eral events that will mark the an­niver­sary this year.

Pres­i­dent Brian Gunn said the an­niver­sary marked the years of ded­i­ca­tion by hundreds of guides who aimed to make a visit to Rot­tnest mem­o­rable.

“In Oc­to­ber we will have a dis­play in the Salt Store on the is­land of our guid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties over the years and also cel­e­brate with an of­fi­cial din­ner,” he said.

Ms Fox said it had been a priv- ilege and de­light to share vis­i­tors’ en­joy­ment of Rot­tnest Is­land.

Pro­fes­sor Fox said it had been an in­ter­est­ing jour­ney watch­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion de­velop and flour­ish.

“We have gone from a group giv­ing six tours dur­ing school hol­i­days only to pro­vid­ing a mul­ti­tude of tours 364 days per year,” he said.

Ken Keesing said he had many happy mem­o­ries of week­ends with the guides at Kingstown Bar­racks, eat­ing to­gether in the army mess and plan­ning en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Rot­tnest Is­land is a won­der­ful ed­u­ca­tional trea­sure and I have en­joyed learn­ing so much from other knowl­edge­able mem­bers and pass­ing it on to tourists and chil­dren,” he said.

“I have a close at­tach­ment to Rot­tnest hav­ing been for­tu­nate enough to at­tend Army Re­serve train­ing with the Univer­sity Reg­i­ment at Kingstown Bar­racks in the 1960s.”

The RVGA, which now has 300 guides, was es­tab­lished in 1986 to pro­mote an in­creased aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance of Rot­tnest Is­land.

Front: Wendy MacGib­bon, Pam Ghi­rardi, Beth Dun­can and Sue Fox. Back: Elizabeth Rippey, Ken Keesing and Richard Fox.

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