Guest of honour logs on to Rotary award

Mary Ridley has put her computer skills to good use at Belmont Senior Citizens Club.
Mary Ridley has put her computer skills to good use at Belmont Senior Citizens Club.

The 78-year-old is the treasurer and secretary for Belmont Senior Citizens Club where she has used her computing expertise to help the centre move from a manual to an automated system.

Ms Ridley learned her computer skills while working as an insurance officer for T&G Insurance after its merger with Colonial Insurance in the early 1980s where she was responsible for transferring data between the companies and across Australia.

‘Once I learned how to use the computer I made personal programs for people,’ Ms Ridley said.

‘I honestly didn’t think I could do it and when they came to me with what they wanted it just grew and grew.’

Rotary recognised Ms Ridley for her 18 years of contribution to the club, during which she has held a number of executive positions and assisted in operating its computer system.

Ms Ridley said she did not consider herself an expert on computers but was proud that her programs had resulted in saving days of work by streamlining arduous tasks.