Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)
Retiring the Trophy as Curtain Closes
Byline: Joanne Mann
GLADSTONE'S Ros Tooker is ready to relax after dedicating eight years as the volunteer trophy coordinator at the Gladstone City Eisteddfod.
As the curtain closes on the 2010 eisteddfod tonight Mrs Tooker is preparing to relinquish her role and is looking forward to "going home and putting my feet up".
Involved with the eisteddfod for about 20 years, initially through her children's participation, Mrs Tooker found her piano skills in need.
After not playing the piano for two decades she became a regular face on the eisteddfod stage; in one year providing piano accompaniment for about 150 instrumental performers.
"I joined the eisteddfod committee about 12 years ago. The eisteddfod gives quite a lot to children Co it gives them the opportunity to perform on stage and I felt I could give something back," Mrs Tooker said.
This year Mrs Tooker was in charge of more than 150 perpetual trophies; about 10 more than when she first took on the task.
She said her role, a solid two months work, involved locating and collecting trophies ensuring they were in good condition. …