Introducing Ruth Pearsons Second Vice District Governor, 201C2, 2020-21
I was invited to join the Lions Club of Kalgoorlie in 2012. This proved to be a seminal moment in my life. I have been lucky to enjoy the amazing feeling of serving those in need, within an organization which holds those values dear. The Ethics and Purposes of Lions is an amazing framework for living, and serving, with intent.
My family came to Australia as 10 Pound Poms, and my parents showed their gratitude by modelling community involvement to myself and my siblings. My personal community volunteer journey started in Mt Gambier. I was a Girl Guide, delivered meals on wheels, and joined Interact. These were the first steps on the ladder, which included many committee and volunteer positions, as my family grew and their hobbies and schools changed over time. Canteen volunteer, Big Sister Programme, Brownie Leader, School Council and Parents & Citizens, Sports, and Meals on Wheels are some of the areas where my energies assisted others. I undertook many positions in these organisations. My husband Colin has recently retired, which allows us more opportunities to be involved in the community.
I have also had a varied working life. My early work was at IMVS (Pathology SA) in Mt Gambier, and I have worked in retail and hospitality jobs over the years. I worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics as a Population Survey Interviewer for several years, until my family moved to WA for my husband’s employment. There I worked as a High School Laboratory Manager. When we returned to SA, I worked as a relief Laboratory Manager at many Schools including Mt Barker HS, Mary McKillop, St Peter’s Girls, Immanuel, Concordia and Pembroke Senior School. A decision to buy the Marion Cold Rock Ice Creamery Franchise in 2005 saw a change in direction for the next 4 years. My last paid position was as Visitor Services Supervisor at Western Australian Museum, Kalgoorlie.
We now live in our off-grid house in Hindmarsh Valley, enjoying our beautiful location with views to the Southern Ocean. Our children are scattered east and west, finding satisfaction in their lives. We are enjoying seeing their families grow, and 7 grandchildren bring us lots of joy
I am keen to see our organisation prosper, while being mindful that we face a much more challenging future. Working with the membership team showed me that efforts to gain new members will bring fresh ideas and energy into our clubs. Our Lions efforts will continue to be extremely valuable as the Pandemic continues, and I would like to see us working to assist the many who will be affected.