YFC welcomes new members
With a range of new faces on the committee and a crammed events calendar it is all go at the Piarere Young Farmers Club.
Chairman Hugh Edward has been joined by vice chairman Simon Washer, second vice chairperson Rachel Napper, secretary Tania Mason and safety officer Brad Morgan. Michelle Lalich continues as treasurer.
Mr Edward said it is great to have such a strong committee with such a busy time ahead.
‘‘We’ve got the fencing competition at the Cambridge Show this weekend and Piarere has four teams of two entered,’’ he said.
‘‘ We’re involved in the Matamata Christmas Parade then we’ve got a barbecue at Horahora Domain plus our Christmas party.’’
Preparation for next year is also well under way, including the Young Farmer of the Year district finals in January.
‘‘Entrants have to complete 10 modules during the day then there are the speeches and quiz at night. The top two from the district go through to the regional final which will be held in Morrinsville in March, with the Waikato winner going to the national final in Masterton in July.’’
The other major upcoming contest is the Dairy Industry Awards in March,’’ Mr Edward said.
‘‘ Last year one of our members, Baz Nelis, won sharemilker of the year. I’m entering the manager of the year and a few of our guys will be in trainee of the year.’’
Piarere covers Matamata and its surrounding area, south to Tokoroa.
Membership is at 55 but despite club’s name it’s not just for farmers.
‘‘Our age group is 18-30 and we’re always looking for new members and you don’t have to be a farmer, just have a rural interest.
‘‘We have builders, and townies too.’’
‘‘Sometimes we have guest speakers but we talk about anything and everything really,’’ he said.
The Piarere Young Farmer Club meets every Monday night at the Te Poi Country Pub with a formal meeting on the second Monday of each month.