Footy not forte, but knows how to help

October 05, 2017

Goulburn Valley League life member Ian Howard and board member Rhonda Kortum enjoyed Friday’s breakfast.


Rhonda Kortum admits she does not know a whole lot about football.

It makes her almost four decades of service to a number of football and netball clubs even more impressive.

‘‘I’ve been probably involved for about 35 years,’’ Kortum said.

‘‘Back in the day when I first started (volunteering) at Yarroweyah, I had just moved to Cobram and was looking for something to do.

‘‘I didn’t know much about footy then and I probably don’t know much more now.’’

In roles such as secretary, treasurer and head trainer, Kortum has offered her services to clubs across the region and beyond including Cobram, Yarroweyah, Tocumwal, Shepparton Swans and Mornington Peninsula-based Somerville.

‘‘They needed volunteers,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m not a martyr by any stretch of the imagination. The majority of the time you enjoy it, sometimes you pull your hair out, but you also meet a lot of great people along the way.’’

Kortum is on the Goulburn Valley League board and was among a number of volunteers recognised for their service at an AFL Goulburn Murray breakfast last week.

‘‘It was a good idea, but probably a pity that more weren’t able to attend with it being a busy time of the year,’’ she said.

‘‘I think it will probably grow though, with word of mouth and stuff like that it will snowball.

‘‘We obviously merged the football and netball boards this year, which has meant a lot more meetings, but on the whole I think it has been a smooth transition.’’

A life member of the Tocumwal Football Netball Club and VCFL Service Medal recipient, Kortum believed her volunteering years had been duly recognised by those she has helped across the years, and was sheepish about any further accolades.

‘‘I have been recognised enough in my time,’’ she said.

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