Glynis a real community champion
Glynis Denz says she has had many enriching moments as a member of Rotary, but one of the light-hearted ones stands out.
‘‘In 2009 we [she and husband Fred] were at a polio eradication camp in India with Rotary,’’ she said.
‘‘It was an unreal and unforgettable experience. But I remember being enticed to play cricket with some young people, because cricket was a language we all knew.
‘‘This boy came tearing in and bowled to me – I swung hard, hit it and it came off a building, hit a goat and another lad caught me. The look on his face was incredible.’’
In 1969, Fred and Glynis moved from Auckland into a Railways home in Porirua East. She said it was a fantastic time to arrive.
‘‘Porirua was still growing and there was a strong sense of community, much of it based around the church. We enjoyed so much being part of it.’’
After entering a land ballot, Glynis and Fred won a prime plot to build a house in Te Pene Ave, Titahi Bay, in 1973. Sons Karl and Gavin have flown the coop, but Glynis is still there, admiring her view of Porirua Harbour.
She and Fred were as involved in the community as possible. They were on school boards, helped establish the kindergarten in Herewini St, Rotary – at the local and district level – Relay for Life, founding the Porirua Wine Society, and much more.
Fred died of cancer two years ago. They were married 45 years.
Glynis, 67, said Fred would be disappointed if she slowed down.
‘‘You’ve only got one life so get on with it. Have fun and surround yourself with the right people.’’
She attributes her seemingly limitless energy to sessions at Ace Tiatia’s Athlete’s Village gym in Tawa.
Glynis was last year given a Porirua 50th medal, one of 50 people and couples honoured for the city’s milestone birthday.
Reflecting on her medal brings tears to her eyes.
‘‘I was gobsmacked. I thought, ‘Why me?’ There are far more deserving people.
‘‘On the night of the dinner, I was first on stage. I’d had a few glasses of bubbles before going up and was terrified I was going to trip.’’
Glynis Denz said she felt honoured and proud to be a Porirua 50th medallist.