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Page 4 The Log March 1993 "JO-eee, another handle, will ya?" is often met by a very good natured "Cive us a brcal" fiom our diminutive blond-ish ball of tue behind the bar. Never seen standing still unless both hands are fllmly anchored at a task to the membels' benefit, Jo Dishon originally blew in from Kaniva, in Victorja (or was it Edenhope... or Pefih... Naracoofte... or... ?) Gj: This was a difficult intervie\,v - Jo never stood still long enough to fuily answer a question. she had one eye on the main bar, the other watching over the Sailors Bar) Jo was brought up in Edenhope, on the wimmera Highway in Victoria, some hundred kilometres south west ofHolsham, where she completed her schooling "about a hundred ye:us ago . Getiing sick of life in a provincial town of Victoria, she decided to "Go west, Jo Dishon assistant bar manager too Duch, so she swapped that life for one in the hospitality industry. Liking life in the Kirracraig Hotel, she stayed there for three years, leaming how to pull beers and mix cocktails wilh the best of them. A change of scenery was just what a girl needed, so on the spur of the moment, Jo packed up and moved to Brisbane, where sbe very quickly joined World lnfomaiion Network as a sales representative. At'ter l0 months with that company, the boss was so iDpressed with her results, he sent her to Penh, and Staff Profile Darwin nother story in the irregular series that profiles staff members of the Sailing Club. young woman", and in 1981, moved the 55 kms to Naracoorte in South Australia. It was one way, sh claims, of beating the perishing Victorian w1nlelsl In Naracoorte, she supported helself as a check out chick in Woolies, but soon decided that the screaming kids being dragged through the cash rcgister lanes were there, with her well developed powers of persuasion, she managed to sell an aveGge of seven sets of encyclopedias per week. Her territory covered the whole of WA... After fourteen months on the road, encyclopedias becane a bit boring. She'd forgotten how appalling the Victodan winten were, and, well, Perth wasn't so far from Victoria anyway, so she rctumed there, to Kaniva. This town was only about 80 kms from where the odyssey started. Obviously, the hospitality industry was what appealed, and the Conrmercial Hotel received the benefit of her bustling enthusiasm. Once more, the winters werc too much to bear, and the funhest she could get from '10'C was Darwin, where she lobbed up in 1990. Two days after she ardved, Jo started at the DSC as a bar casual. The current General Manager was impressed with what he saw after he allivgd, so Jo is now yolll happy, smiling assistant bar manager.