COFFS CITY ROTARY • NSW • DISTRICT 9650

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Terry Maguire

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Info: Terry, tell us a little about yourself I was born & bred in Grafton and attended Catholic schools/colleges there until year 12. I loved water sports and the Grafton Olympic Pool was a favourite haunt. I’d hate to think how many times I climbed the diving tower! I also loved the beach and developed a love of surfing in my teens. Once I got my license I spent most weekends surfing at Mullaway & Arrawarra with friends. Unfortunately this is the reason I now have to visit the skin doctor so often. My father was a meat inspector and this helped me get casual jobs at the Grafton abattoirs during school holidays once I was old enough. This gave me great experience and I did a wide variety of jobs there. My father was also a keen photographer & operated the photo finish at the horses & greyhounds and he taught me to do it to give himself a break. This is where I developed my interest in photography. I studied meat inspection for about 18 months, as my father was the TAFE teacher, however I gave this away when I got a job at ANZ, where I stayed for 41 years. I was fortunate enough to spend most of that time on the NSW North Coast, leaving only for seven years at Newcastle in 1998. I studied at Newcastle Uni for a few years and achieved a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, as the bank was asking all its managers to achieve this if they wanted promotion. I returned to the Coffs Coast in 2005, where I finished my banking career in 2018 as a senior commercial lending manager.       Why did you join Rotary? I wanted to do something to help society and considered joining a service club the best way to do this. I was a member of Coffs Apex for a short period in the late 1980’s. I then joined Woolgoolga Lions and transferred to Nambucca Heads Lions after moving due to a work promotion in 1993. What in your life are you most proud of? Meeting & marrying Kris. I met her when I was transferred back to Grafton for a short period in 1983. I didn’t know her prior to this, even though she was also born & educated in Grafton and we later found out that our parents had known each other for many years.  If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be? I’m not sure about a possession, but the most important thing in my life is Kris. Otherwise, it’s our house at Sandy Beach, my car so that we can travel, my camera to record memories and to keep improving the photography skills, and my surfboard. Even though I haven’t used it for a while, it’s an incentive to try and regain my fitness level so I can hopefully get back on it one day.      How do you spend your free time? Now that I’m retired I have a lot of free time. I try to keep active by walking every day, mostly on the beach. Time is spent doing the weekly club bulletin for Coffs City Rotary, helping out with board duties for The National Cartoon Gallery, and recently, doing the Treasurer’s role for Coffs Coast Festival of Motor Sport Committee. Otherwise, we recently bought a Canadian canoe (Covid is placing restrictions on using it) and I’m always trying to improve my photography skills.   What are your top three favorite books or movies and why? A couple of my favourite movies are Good Will Hunting and Mystic River. They are good stories about people’s lives and helping each other. I recently read Richard Fidler’s “Ghost Empire” about the history of Constantinople (now Istanbul). It’s a fascinating account of historical eastern Europe. I also love a good crime/spy thriller. Daniel Silva is a great author and I’ve read most of his books. His main character Gabriel Allon is a great hero.   What is a skill you’d like to learn and why? I’d love to learn how to play a musical instrument, particularly the violin, as I love its haunting sound. Music is a good distraction to life’s problems and soothes the soul. I’ve always loved music and basically all genres. I’d hate to think how much I’ve spent on Hi-Fi equipment, records, cassettes and CD’s!