Local Identities Neil & Gloria MacDonald

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Discover a local Identities Gloria & Neil MacDonald. Here you can catch up with Neil & Gloria McDonald, of the Vasse General Store, who’s anything but your standard small business owners.

Vasse is a small town just passed Busselton and is our closest shopping area. Vasse Store is a Gull Service Station for all your refuelling needs on your trip down here, keeping it "shop local". They are also the Vasse Post Office as well plus have a wide range of goods inside, you can also pick up something to read or get a snack. 

They brought the store in July 2000 so Michael their son could run the farm. A must is check is the inside wall above the front of the shop to see the amazing collection of Trotting winners they have had a share in, it's really impressive. Some of their family helps in the shop as well.

They were both raised on dairy farms & Neil worked his farm & Gloria came from a dairy family but did not want to marry a dairy farmer! It must have been his cheeky smile that won her over and as dairy farmers they know how to work hard.

The Vasse Community Bowls Club is situated on the heritage rail reserve. It’s nestled in amongst the Vasse Old General Store, Timothy Vasse memorial and the Wardandi Track. The club was originally started by Neil over 20 years ago. It started outside the shop with a tilly lamp to shed some light on the green.

We soon learn, for Neil, a little elbow grease goes a long way – whether it’s reigniting a customer’s heating system during a cylinder delivery or going out of his way for a last-minute mission in the dark to help keep a local’s gas supply going strong. He’s quick to point out the store isn’t a one-man operation as much of its success is chalked up to the support of his wife Gloria, who manages the logistics, and his dedicated staff.  It represents the rich, growing history of the town. Neil & Gloria have 2 x children, 5 x grand children & 1 x great Grandchild. 

Plus you may wish to "like" there Facebook page for the store. A simple approach to community - As much as Neil’s efforts continue to influence and strengthen the local Vasse community, he’s quick to point out any positive impact can’t be achieved alone – it’s the support of friends that makes his job much easier. “I’ve always been of the idea that if people support you, you support them,” he said. 

Three generations of the MacDonald's have been to the Vasse School. Neil also has helped a lot in the local junior & senior football clubs plus the Sussex Landcare group & Vasse P&C. And he certainly walks the talk. Local friends have sold their mandarins from outside the shop plus you will see other local produce in trays. Neil has a weekly sausage sizzle you can enjoy usually every Thursday and you may notice Neil wears shorts and rarely wears long pants even on a chilly winters day, he loves a chat while your waiting for your sausage.

It’s clear Neil lives and breathes the notion of ‘paying it forward’ – doing unto others without asking for anything in return. Business hours are no excuse when others face difficult situations and he’s no stranger to going the extra mile to answer the call. Together, Neil and Gloria play an important role enriching the Vasse community – sharing with us some of the key reasons local matters.

Check out their Facebook page to see what new !

 

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