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VRWC Honorary Life Member - Kate Suich

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Kate with secretary Tim Erickson

Kate Suich with club secretary Tim Erickson

Kate first attended VRWC in 1981 with her future husband Mark Donahoo. In the early days, Kate's role was as a spectator but, from 1983 until around 2001, she was often involved in manning the feed table for the long distance events, a role she also performed when Mark raced for Australia in 1985, 1987, 1993 and 1995.

In 1993, when Barbara Gardiner took on the role of Social Secretary, Joyce Summers and Kate took on subsidiary roles organising social events and working alongside her in the kitchen.

As a team they organised the highly successful wake marking the demise of the old clubrooms in 1995. On this occasion, many past and present members attended.

Once new clubrooms were sourced in the Middle Park Bowling Club, social activities were once again scheduled, this time in the main room of the Bowling Club. These included dinners and trivia nights. Barbara and Joyce and Kate were responsible for organizing and at times catering for these events. Amongst the biggest of these organizational activities was the annual luncheon which was held in conjunction with the AGM for a number of years. Many other more minor events like club barbeques also took place.

Of course, all during this period, Barbara, Joyce and Kate continued to run the canteen on a weekly basis and raised much valuable money for the club, much of which was spent on equipment. They continue in this role to this day. It is fair to say that their work has been a major factor in the club's current success and inclusiveness.

In 2008, Barb and Joyce were granted Honorary Life Membership of the club. In 2010 we were pleased to be able to grant Kate her Honorary Life Membership.