Dawn retreats, a little, from huge show role

KEY ROLE: Former Maclean Show Society Secretary Dawn Stewart hands over the keys and responsibility to new secretary Nerida Dufficy.
KEY ROLE: Former Maclean Show Society Secretary Dawn Stewart hands over the keys and responsibility to new secretary Nerida Dufficy.

YOU'D think that after so many years of co-ordinating the Maclean Show, Dawn Stewart might have seen at least a few of the fireworks displays that light up the showground.

The Maclean Show Society secretary this week handed over the reins to Nerida Dufficy, which means Mrs Stewart might be able to watch the end of the fireworks for the first time after a 15-year stint as secretary.

"I wish I could say I'd seen the end of the fireworks or even the finals of the woodchops, but I've always been so busy up here in the office," Mrs Stewart said.

Mrs Stewart began the job in November 1998, and said she took on far more than she expected to.

"When I got asked to do the job, they told me it was only a little bit of work..." she said with a laugh.

The secretary is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the annual show, as well as the cattle dog trials, campdraft, cat show, and liaising with the Lower Clarence Pony Club, among other duties. "The secretary is basically the go-between person," Mrs Dufficy said.

Mrs Stewart said the role had afforded her many friendships in the local and show communities.

"I've met a lot of really interesting characters and lovely people," she said. "I wouldn't have met any of them if I hadn't have been in the job."

"The (Maclean Show Society) committee are such a great bunch of people."

Mrs Stewart said she was happy to hand over to Mrs Dufficy.

"Nerida's a very good candidate for the job," she said.

And though she might sneak out of the office a bit more, Mrs Stewart will still lend a helping hand at the next show. "I'll be back here helping Nerida in May for the show," she said.

Mrs Dufficy was looking forward to getting started as secretary. "I know I'm going to struggle for a bit and I'm going to have to call on people for support for the first few months, but I'll soon learn the ropes," she said.

"I've been involved with the show for quite a while, just doing little bits and pieces in the background."

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