Stewart Kirby has been elected president of the Victor Harbor and Port Elliot Lions Club and is certainly a 'man on the go'. This is his second term elected as president of this busy local Lions club as he was previously president for the elected one year period in 2013/14.
He is passionate about the work of Lions and all that it stands for and is particularly excited about local community based projects, such as helping those in need and his latest project purchasing defibrillators for this region.
Stewart said that a fellow Lions Club member recently alerted him to the fact that there were very few defibrillators in this area despite there being a dominant aging population. Stewart immediately began canvassing local businesses for funds to purchase more of these “life saving” units.
Stewart Kirby was born in Retford in Nottingham Shire in the United Kingdom and with his parents and two sisters immigrated to Australia in 1963.
Stewart had been trained as a hairdresser in the UK and upon arrival in Adelaide he secured a position as a hairdresser at Arturo Taverna. He later set up his own business and it was here that he claims he broke the golden rule. “I met and fell in love with Christine who was one of my customers in 1966 and we were married in 1970,” Stewart said.
The couple have two children; a daughter Natasha and a son Ian and three grandchildren.
He and Chris shifted to Victor Harbor in 2008 and shortly after their arrival, Stewart joined the local Lions Club. Stewart Kirby has been Chair of the Victor Harbor 'Food and Wine Festival' since its inception and it will be the seventh festival in January 2019.
This locally based festival has grown over the years and has had the continuing support from the City of Victor Harbor, as well as businesses in the area and local food and wine outlets.
Another project that is close to Stewart's heart and was a personal challenge for him, is the annual Fleurieu Calendar in which the Lions club took over in 2013.
Stewart has always got the community at heart and loves a challenge. Stewart’s goals are for more defibrillators in the community, the Food and Wine Festival to grow and the calendar to always be a reminder of the work the local Lions Club achieve in the region.