The Rotary Club of Encounter Bay began its new year with the induction of two new members, Jen Vonic-Joyce and Greg Hatcher and a report from guest speaker Stacy Andary on her visit to Missouri as a member of the Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) program. Alan Kluske introduced Jen and Greg to club members and president Alan Mullins carried out their induction.
Jen Vonic-Joyce is married to Greg, combining two children, Meg and Liam with Greg's children, Kaitlin and Joel. From trainee Detective in the Australian Federal Police to an organic vigneron in the Riverland, Jen has had an interesting career, with a strong emphasis in Youth work and leadership. She is currently working as a community liaison officer with Headspace. Greg has been a mechanic, farmer, project manager, youth worker, and career coach and is currently a lecturer with the Well-being and Resilience team based at Mt Barker TAFE.
Stacey Andary works with the SA Education Department in the alternative-learning centre. This focuses on working with 'at risk' and disengaged teenagers, providing personalised support and second chances in Education. As part of her GSE experience she saw comparable American situations and concluded that Australia is fortunate with the resources and opportunities provided.
Stacey is a mother of three children (husband Jed), and leaving them behind was her first challenge. However, she enjoyed every moment of her journey describing passionately her experiences, including projects such as fixing up motor vehicles by the homeless, looking at foster care programs, visiting youth prisons, and a day of anxiety experiencing a small plane flight. She was impressed with a "Shoes for soles (souls)" program linking a caravan excursion in North Missouri and collecting new shoes for the homeless along the way.