District Governor
                                John Pohl
Rotary Club of Walkerville
Phone 08 8269-3936
Mobile 0412-956-177
John was born in Hamburg, Germany, and after a short stay in England, the family emigrated to Australia as ‘£10 Poms’.
For the first 3 years in Oz the family lived on a farm just out of Pinnaroo and John attended school across the border at Murrayville. When they all returned to Adelaide, John attended Adelaide Technical High School and went on to the University of Adelaide. From there he began his 36 year teaching career with the Education Department. He taught in many schools across the State, doing his country service in Whyalla. During his teaching time, John went on and did a Masters Degree in Computing and spent the latter half of his career teaching in this field in secondary schools and TAFE.
John joined the Rotary Club of Walkerville 2001 and has held many club and District positions over the past 13 years, including Club Secretary, President, District Secretary, ROMAC Treasurer and RAWCS Secretary. He and Elizabeth, moved to Vale Park after 27 years involvement in the Salisbury East district (Church, schools and kindergarten). John retired from the Education Department 13 years ago and he went back to ‘school’ and got his Real Estate Manager’s licence and in conjunction with Elizabeth, set up a property management company based in North Adelaide.
After 7 years, the company grew too big so they sold it and John retired again. Sadly, his wife Elizabeth passed away suddenly in 2013. Elizabeth was very active in Rotary at club and District level as well as in the local community and the Church.
John has been actively involved in sport, mainly cricket, and a variety of community organisations over the years. For more years than he can remember, he and Elizabeth cultivated and showed orchids of all varieties – a hobby which earned both of them life membership of the Gawler Orchid Club. They started with one plant when living in Whyalla and in no time the hobby grew to 1500 plants. They had a huge garage sale of plants before they moved from their Salisbury East home ‘plant nursery’ to Vale Park.
John is an active member of the Maylands Church of Christ and is a member of the Church Board. He has two talented daughters – Tanya, a sonographer, and Alissa, a solicitor, and a combined total of 4 wonderful grandchildren and 2 great sons-in-law.