Cadets keep busy Margaret hopping

WHEN Margaret Lutz recently opened a gift from the St John Ambulance cadets she teaches in her role of superintendent of the Welcome Creek Division, she couldn't help laughing.

Nestled inside the wrapping paper was a pair of undies with frogs on it.

"The cadets love teasing me about my fear of frogs," Margaret explained. "And so do the parents.

"In the meeting room the other night one of the parents was looking at the floor and I asked him why, and when he said he was looking at a frog I dived out of the room. When I peered back in he was picking a roll of sticky tape."

Margaret's dislike of frogs goes back to her childhood at the family cane and dairy farm at Invicta.

"My 12-months-old brother was sitting on the kitchen floor and put his hand on a frog and the frog let out a huge croak and we both got a fright, and I've hated them ever since."

After leaving school, Margaret trained as a sugar chemist at the Home Hill sugar mill, and in the off-season she did the cane tester's course in Bundaberg.

She married Herb in 1974 and had two sons, Trent and Adam.

After working at Gin Gin Hospital for seven years, first as a domestic and then as the cook, she worked 11 years at Millbank Village before getting the job of supervisor at the Childers Hospital.

"Seven years later my husband had a major heart attack and I transferred to Bundaberg Hospital. I retired in July this year."

This busy lady was also secretary of North Bundaberg School P&C for 14 years when her sons were going there, and helped start the Safety House Program, as well as teaching Sunday school at the North Bundaberg Uniting Church and running the canteen at Junior Cricket.

She joined St John Ambulance 15 years ago and for eight years she's been superintendant at Welcome Creek.

"I love working with the cadets," she said.

You'll also see Margaret at fundraisers such as cent sales and the sausage sizzle at the Tender Centre.

Just don't tell her if you see any frogs.



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