2005/2006 PDG Colin Thorn & Joy

Colin and Joy left Melbourne in January 1972 where Colin had been a lecturer at the Swinburne Institute of Technology. Colin spent five years in Wagga Wagga as a Senior Lecturer in what is now the Charles Sturt University.  Moving to Adelaide in 1976 he was appointed as a Director in the TAFE Central Office.
Transferring to Port Lincoln in 1987 Colin became the Director of the Eyre Peninsula College of TAFE for eight years before returning to Adelaide and Largs Bay in 1995.   Joy has returned to teaching and is currently a dedicated professional junior primary teacher at the Largs Bay School. Since returning to Adelaide Colin has worked as a Property Consultant in the Real Estate Industry.
Having been married for 42 years Colin and Joy have been parents to five children (4 boys and a girl) who in turn have presented them with seven grandchildren (5 girls and 2 boys). Just before they went to Wagga Wagga for the Rotary Zone Institute their daughter presented them with their seventh grandchild, and being a boy he restored some gender balance!
With the exception of a son and two grand daughters in Bunbury, Western Australia all their children live in Adelaide. As you might expect, with them residing in the Western suburbs since coming to Adelaide they are passionate Port Adelaide supporters and actively disclaim any Victorian connections!


Colin has been an active Rotarian for 17 years after joining the Port Lincoln Club in 1987. During his time at this Club he was active in Club Committees, served as Bulletin Editor and at the time of leaving Port Lincoln was the Club Secretary. After joining the Rotary Club of Largs Bay in 1995 he did a stint as Bulletin Editor before becoming Club Secretary and then President in 1999-2000. As Assistant Governor for the past two years, Colin has enjoyed working closely with the Presidents and their Club members in achieving their Club, District and Rotary International goals. Joy is also a Rotarian in the Largs Bay Club, becoming President in 2001-2002.
Colin is most excited at being selected as the District Governor for 2005-2006 and he and Joy are looking forward to the considerable challenges and indeed hard work involved in furthering Rotary at the Club, District and Rotary International levels.