Rotary District Governor 2017 - 2018
                          Peter Schaefer (Jennifer)
 
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Mobile:            0407 977 345
Email:              jenpe@bigpond.com
 
Hailing from Central Australia Peter, the Australian born son of German immigrants,grew up in Adelaide and “the Hills”.   Primary school was at Kangarilla and then Happy Valley and secondary schooling at Blackwood High School.
 
Peter commenced his working life in early 1974 as an electronics and weapons technician the Royal Australian Navy;maintaining weapons systems on surface ships for four years.   At the end of ’77 he transferred to the Navy’s ‘Fleet Air Arm’ to commence a 21 year military aviation career servicing Sea King helicopters, reaching the rank of Chief Petty Officer.  His military career offered a diverse variety of experiences ranging from sea/air rescues, police and bushfire support, to Community & Government support and Public Relations.  Peter also worked in avionic workshops, logistic commands and technical training. Having had a successful 25 year Navy career Peter retired in 1999.
 
In 2000 he and his family commenced a “desert change”, moving to the remote Aboriginal community of Kintore “Walungurru” in the Gibson Desert,Northern Territory, where his wife Jennifer, a medical practitioner became the community doctor for two and a half years.   Here Peter found himself employed as “School of the Air” home tutor for their son and also the Health Service Manager.   The Schaefer Family continued their remote experience moving to Nhulunbuy in remote East Arnhem Land, NT where he became a lecturer for the Charles Darwin University teaching literacy and numeracy to adult Indigenous mine workers.
 
Peter was introduced to Rotary International in 2003 when he joined the RC of Nhulunbuy.
 
The following Year the family moved to Alice Springs for secondary education opportunities for their son.   Peter transferred Clubs and Districts to join the RC of Alice Springs.
 
He continued active involvement in the community through his roles as Palliative Care coordinator for the Red Cross, realised a Serviced Accommodation business opportunity, and more recently, an active member and Executive Chair of the “Statehood Steering Committee – a government appointed community representative position to steer the Northern Territory to Statehood.         
 
Rotary involvement has been an integral part of Peter’s life since moving to the Territory, seeing him involved at all levels of Club management and various sub-committees – the Henley-on-Todd and the Club’s Education Trust, for several years.
Now semi-retired, Peter volunteers through Rotary and the local Church and is the Board Chair of Holyoake, an NGO counselling service for persons affected by addiction or abuse.  Peter is also currently completing a Diploma of Business – Governance.
Gardening, kite flying, the appreciation of the wide outdoors, bush camping and an appreciation of many music styles all add to his zest for life.

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