KEVIN WEULE . . . I’VE HEARD THAT NAME SOMEWHERE BEFORE?
Depending where you come from, you could not be blamed for having heard the name of Kevin Weule.
If you followed Australian Rules football, it could be from the Albury district of NSW where he played 161 games with North Albury Football Club, or North Melbourne Football Club where he had a promising VFL career nipped in the bud when he broke a leg.
Or maybe it was in the ranks of Queensland Aussie Rules community where Kevin came in 1971 to captain-coach Coorparoo to play over 100 games and to represent the State.
It could have been in the motoring industry where he started out selling cars and then had his own car yard before he was chairman for 8 years of the AADA Used Car Division and member of the board of the MTAA Motor Trades Association Australia, and founding and operating for 19 years Queensland Motor Valuation.
Perhaps it was as a listener of the ABC 612 in Queensland and in Tasmania where he became a household name for 21 years with his own motoring show where he advised listeners on the value of their motor vehicles.
If you were a member of Rotary you may have run into Kevin as he was a member of the Wishart Rotary Club serving that organisation for 24 years and becoming a Paul Harris fellow for Rotary, its highest honour.
To put it mildly, Kevin Weule has done much in his life and the list above is just a part of it.
He has also become a valuable member of the North Stradbroke Island community.
“I was born in Brunswick in Melbourne and spent much of my early life in Albury, starting out with my football career which eventually led to the motoring industry; working for my father at Lavington Car Sales
“On moving to Queensland in 1971 I heard about North Stradbroke Island, visited and fell in love with the island, and Amity in particular.
His link and love with the island continued to grow and at one stage he built a home in Marinda Crescent, Point Lookout.
“We sold that after living there for a couple of years and now we have a 38 ft van that we stay in when at Amity.”
Given Kevin’s involving nature, it is no surprise he soon became part of the community in more ways than one.
For two years he was president of the Point Lookout Bowls Club and for a further 11 years he was president of the Amity Point Community Club inc., an organisation he still is heavily involved with today. He is also a Life Member of the Amity Club.
It was Kevin who had the Curlew Room built under the Amity Club that is now home to an annual art exhibition that he believes is good for the island and Amity; and he is looking forward to artists from all the islands getting involved next year.
In recent times Kevin has slowed down a bit.
He had a pacemaker installed in 2009 and he has been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease which has had an affect on his movement; and he reckons a hip or two might need replacing ‘one of these days’.
That hasn’t stopped him coming up with some pretty impressive projects.
“I would like to develop an Amity Club historical photographs Display Room for the club, and its history room is now being prepared upstairs,” he told The Friendly Bay Islander.
Kevin admits to having a ‘fairly busy life’ - you reckon!
It is great to know his contributions haven’t gone unnoticed.
Just recently he was advised by the North Albury Football Club that he has been proposed to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
“I am looking forward to going down for that,” Kevin added.
And, by the way, two other significant evens in his life include the time he participated in a 19 day round-Australia Mobile rally with Peter Brock, and in 1995 he won a new Ford 4WD participating in the Straddie Fishing Classic!
A wife Margaret and three children Daniel, Benjamin and Ziade and 5 grandchildren have also been a big part of his life.
And don’t be surprised if Kevin ‘pops up’ somewhere else in the not too distant future providing a steady hand on the tiller.