Meet: AG Deidre Hughes

Deidre was born in Edenhope, Victoria. She was the 2nd daughter of a farming family from Neuarpurr, on the SA border.

After attending Naracoorte High School, Deidre became a Registered Nurse at the RAH before becoming a foundation staff member of FMC.

In 1978, she retired from nursing to help husband Denis manage their 60 acre farm at Ashbourne and to raise their 4 children Tom, Allyson, Peter and Luke.

She returned to the paid workforce in 1988 at Strathalbyn Aged Care and also returned to

full time study to regain her nursing registration. This led to a position at the Mt. Barker DSM Hospital where she stayed for 10 years, the last 6 years as Nurse Manager. In 2002, Deidre gained a position as the

Executive Office/Director of Nursing of the Eudunda Hospital where she stayed until retiring from full time work in December 2005.

After moving to Victor Harbor, Deidre studied for 12 months to gain a certificate in training and assessment and now coordinates and lectures for the Enrolled Nurse program at the new Victor Harbor TAFE campus.

The four Hughes Children are now young adults Tom and Luke live locally while Peter is on his way home from Sweden after 8 years of being a professional tourist. Daughter Allyson lives in Hobart. No grandchildren, but 3 grand-dogs.

Deidre joined the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay in March, 2006 just 4 months after moving to Victor Harbor and has held the positions of Director of Vocational Service, Director of Club Service, Bulletin Editor and President in 2009/10. She was recently recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Over the past 15 months she has been part of a community group to raise funds for a wheelchair access vehicle for a local quadriplegic, Sid James. The Sidzweelz Appeal raised $70,000 for this vehicle from the generous communities of the South Coast.

In her 2nd year as the Assistant Governor for the Group 4 clubs, Deidre enjoys mentoring the club leaders and being available to assist clubs to meet the objectives of Rotary. Quarterly Presidents meeting are held to exchange information from the District and between the clubs when everyone is encouraged to support all club projects within the group.

“Let’s all be Rotarians, not merely members of Rotary!”, she said.