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Posted on Jan 24, 2017

Rural Youth were certainly memorable years. I recently read an article by Seth Godin called ‘The memories we rehearse are the ones we live with. I think that explains why our Rural Years are so memorable – we created lots of stories! We tell those stories over and over, and those stories become our memories. Some of those stories are for ‘another day’ and not for this article!

I joined Kingborough-Huon club in about 1986 and was a member for about nine years. I was Club President twice, Region Treasurer and on the State Executive and Agfest Committees. I worked in accounting and therefore often got the Treasurer’s job; but I enjoyed it.

I volunteered at one Agfest at Symmons Plains before Rural Youth purchased the Quercus site.

While I was a member, the organisation had lots of decisions to make. The purchase of the Rural Youth offices in York Street, the purchase of the Quercus site and then there were lots of capital expenses at Quercus like buildings and the underground power. These decisions were not taken lightly and the was much debate about them. Looking back now - we were so young - but somehow we made those big decisions.

I always enjoyed the weekends away and the farm tours. Wesley Hazell (Kingborough-Huon) would sometimes drive a mini-bus to state weekends in the North or North-West. We’d often collect the Oatlands boys on our way.

I came from a farming background and I enjoyed learning from farmers and Rural Youthies. I recall Liz Mann (Brighton Club), one evening at the accommodation block at Quercus, catching moths for her Ag Science insect collection. I found this intriguing; and it was one of those moments when I thought ‘that is what I should have done… an Ag Science degree’.

I married Anthony, also a Rural Youthie, in 1990. We have three children Amy, Jess and Jono. When Jono was almost ready for school I decided to go to Uni and study Ag Science as a mature age student. I had left school after year ten and so I had not even been to college let alone Uni. I completed my degree and have not looked back since. I have worked as an Agricultural Consultant for the past eight years. There is no way that I would have had the confidence to go to Uni if it hadn’t been for Rural Youth.

We made friendships that will last a lifetime and created lots of great memories.

A piece of advice: Always be willing to learn.

“Whether you think you can or you think you can't - you're right”.  Henry Ford.


Donna Lucas (Vincent)