Narooma School of Arts president steps down

FAREWELL JOCK: Among the guests at Friday’s thank-you lunch on Friday for retiring School of Arts president Jock Munro were Liz Ferguson, left, who originally nominated Jock for president, and committee members Mina Watt and Laurelle Pacey.

FAREWELL JOCK: Among the guests at Friday’s thank-you lunch on Friday for retiring School of Arts president Jock Munro were Liz Ferguson, left, who originally nominated Jock for president, and committee members Mina Watt and Laurelle Pacey.

NAROOMA School of Arts committee members past and present paid tribute to Jock Munro for his 19 years as president over lunch at Quarterdeck last Friday.

Long term members recounted how Jock joined a new committee in late 1995 when the community took action to fix the School of Arts Hall - the Kinema.

This followed Eurobodalla Shire Council’s forced closure of the hall because of structural concerns.

Under Jock’s leadership, the committee carried out major work to strengthen the building’s structure, create the second cinema and disabled toilet and enhance the stage, made a home for Montague Art and Craft Society in the cottage, and created the SoArt Gallery.

He is excited by plans to enhance the School of Arts site with a new arts centre and improvements to the heritage-listed School of Arts Hall – Kinema to facilitate live performances.

Jock said after 19 years he felt it was time to step down and encourage someone else to lead the organisation through this next vital stage.

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