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Nangawooka Flora Reserve Plaque recognising the involvement of Don Overall's contribution

Seven members of the Zonta Club of the Fleurieu Peninsula and special guests spent a pleasant afternoon on a beautiful spring day at Nangawooka Flora Reserve on Sunday 20th September to recognise the significant contribution of the late Don Overall for his long term involvement in the Reserve.  Invited guests included Don's wife, Rhonda Overall, his daughter, Meredith Green and former Zontian, Liz Cooper who was club president when the Reserve was established in 1982, following the Fleurieu Zonta club's successful application for a local government grant in the Year of the Tree.

Don became mentor to the club designing the layout and using his knowledge of Australian native flora to select many of the plants.  The District Council of Victor Harbor prepared the site work and offered the expertise of some of its staff.  Our members and those of other local groups such as the members of South Coast Field Naturalists and later, the Society for growing Australian plants assisted Zontians with planting and hand watering during the early years.  It was hard work, often in very hot weather, but we were younger then!  Over the years, service clubs and others have donated seats, including the one our club donated in memory of charter member, Daphne Sweetman.   Sheds and bird hides have been built, as well as a toilet.

The plaque to recognise Don has been placed in the Alison Ashby MBE memorial gazebo.  The gazebo was a project of our club and the Australian Plant Society Fleurieu Group and was officially opened in 2001.
Today the reserve is supported by "The Friends of Nangawooka" initiated by Don in 2008.  This became an incorporated body in 2013 with Don as its inaugural chairman.  The City of Victor Harbor provides materials such as irrigation equipment, mulch and rubbish removal.
After Zonta club President, Leann Symonds, welcomed guests, Margaret Stephens and members spoke about Don's work during the reserve's development over 38 years.  All had an opportunity to walk through the park and admire the plants, many of them flowering.  They agreed that the Reserve was a valuable community resource where locals and visitors had a place where they could see the diversity of Australian native plants or just sit and enjoy the peaceful environment.

Back Row L to R     

Anita Williss, Ann Overall, Faye Anderson, Jane Bohnsack, Justine Henwood, Dianne Sinclair-Warren, Colleen Pearsons, Helen Appledore, Margaret Stephens.

Front Row L to R 

Christine Trenorden, Rhonda Overall, Liz Cooper, Meredith Green, Leann Symonds

Back Row L to R

Dianne Sinclair-Warren, Jane Bohnsack, Justine Henwood, Margaret Stephens

Front Row L to R

Rhonda Overall, Liz Cooper, Meredith Green.

2020-21 Board Members
     President   ...  Leann Symonds
     Vice Pres.  ...   Ann Overall
     Treasurer   ...   Jane Bohnsack
      Secretary   ...   Lesley Sporn
Carol Pearce, Colleen Pearsons, Dianne Smith,
Christine Trenorden, Anita Williss.
Committee Chairs
Fundraising   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...  Carol Pearce
Service   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...  ...  Colleen Pearsons
Membership/Classification/Attendance   ...  Ann Overall
Advocacy   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   Anita Williss
Programmes/Fellowship   ...   ...   ...   ... Leann Symonds
PR Communications   ...   ...   ...   ...   ... Margaret Stephens
Bulletin   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   ...   Di Sinclair Warren
International/United Nations   ...   ...   ...   Elisabeth Porter