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Introducing Transitional Board Members David De Cani


David came to Australia in 1966 and lived in Sydney until 1973 when he came to Devonport to live. He gained a position with APPM at Wesley Vale as a Pay Clerk and was then promoted to Paymaster at the Particle Board Mill at Wesley Vale and continued in this position for nearly twenty years, leaving due to the site closure.


A few months later he was offered the position of manager at Top Centre Laundry where he remained for four years, after which he decided to leave and set up his own business. He completed a certificate course in Business Management and leased space at the Devonport Town Hall to set up a theatre booking service (Appledore Entertainment), bringing artists to the theatre through different interstate agents. Whilst in the business he was appointed Executive Director of the Devonport Eisteddfod Society, a position he held for two years and has continued to volunteer with the Society every year since. His business survived for about five years, until the Town Hall Theatre was renovated, and the Council set up its own booking facility.


David then gained employment with Business & Employment as an Employment Consultant, an interesting and rewarding job. The company then changed its name to the O Group, where he continued as a consultant and office manager. In 2012 the business was offered to Mission Australia. was accepted, and he continued as a consultant until his retirement in 2014.


In the mid-eighties David was elected to the Chairmanship of Coastal Credit Union, a position he held for two years. As it was only a small organisation it was decided to amalgamate with the Island Credit Union. He was a member of the Board at Island State for a short period of time.


David has been a member of the Rotary Club of South-East in excess of thirty years. He has held the position of President twice, and secretary. He has chaired the Community Services Committee for many years, just elected again for the 20/21 year. During his time with Rotary David has been on four overseas trips to Fiji twice and the Solomon Islands - these were building projects. The fourth trip was to Nepal to visit Eye Camps where people were checked for eye problems or cataracts, due to living at such high altitudes. Those who were found to have cataracts were transported to Hatada Hospital for operations.


David’s sporting endeavours are many. His passion is refereeing soccer and this year completed his 44th year of officiating. The highlight of this career was being selected to officiate at the National Youth Championships in Melbourne in 1986. He was also selected to officiate at the final between NSW and WA at Olympic Park and has spent many years on referee committees. Other sporting endeavours have been indoor Cricket, Volleyball, Squash, Snooker and Billiards and Touch Football, playing and still refereeing.


David joined the Golf Club in late 2014 and in that time has served as Veterans President for two years and is in his second year as a Board Member.


His hope for the Devonport County Club is that it thrives and is run on a professional basis. He believes it is something that the area has really needed for some time and it will be great to see us attract National and perhaps International events to the club.

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