Helen's new role in Rodeo Society
NEWLY-appointed Show and Rodeo Society secretary Helen Welsh is stepping into the role, 16 years after being crowned Miss Warwick Showgirl.
And just one month into the job, the Yangan mother-of-two is juggling the planning of her first major event, the Warwick Show in March, with a second round of flood recovery.
“We have volunteers helping out, which has been fantastic,” Mrs Welsh said.
“Rotary came out for a few days, some of the council registered volunteers came out on Saturday and Bryan Stephens of Total Cool pressure-cleaned the toilets and other things.”
With a flood damage bill believed to be between $70,000 and $90,000, Mrs Welsh said the society was concentrating on getting the arena up to standard before the show in March and rebuffed rumours the event would not go ahead.
“Planning is in full-swing and the show is definitely not cancelled,” she said.
“We are now looking for senior showgirls - which is a great chance for young women to open avenues and gain a sense of belonging within the community.”
Despite the hurdles which come with a new position, the new secretary was looking forward to the future and was confident in her ability to perform.
“I enjoy the challenges the job presents and I am really looking forward to working with the great committee,” Mrs Welsh said.
“We have so many excellent volunteers, which is the only way an organisation like this can be so successful.”
The mother of two young daughters, Catherine, 10 and Jessica, eight, Mrs Welsh said she was now relying on a strong support network to help her meet the challenges of her new role.
“I have very understanding family, extended family and friends who have generously put their hands up to help me out with the girls,” she said.
Mrs Welsh has accepted the fact her role will prevent her from seeing much, if not all, of the show and rodeo and said it came with the job.
“I won’t ever get to see (the show and rodeo) but when people walk out of the gates satisfied, I will know I’ve done a good job,” she said.
The Show and Rodeo Society is calling for young women, aged 18-26, for the Senior Showgirl title for this year’s show, to be held from March 25-27.
Pam Coy is co-ordinating the event and entrants can nominate by phoning the show office on 4661 9060.