Rotary rewards service
Tirau entrepreneur Henry Clothier lives by a philosophy of paying it forward.
For more than 30 years, Mr Clothier has helped countless people in many ways and this selfless dedication to others has seen his efforts recognised by the Rotary Club of Matamata when he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship last week.
Rotary Club of Matamata director Glenda Milligan said Mr Clothier was a true entrepreneur who led by example in everything he did.
‘‘You won’t find the word ‘can’t’ in Henry’s vocabulary,’’ Mrs Milligan said. ‘‘ Giving back is a motto that Henry lives by – he acts as a mentor to many businesses and individuals and he has motivated numerous people into realising their potential.
‘‘Henry has a remarkably positive attitude and a tenacity for enjoying what he does in life. His thought process is geared to helping others, he gives freely and would really think he hasn’t done anything special at all,’’ she said.
For his part, Mr Clothier was humbled by the award, telling fellow Rotarians that it was a pleasure to receive the recognition.
‘‘I’ve always said you help someone and they can then help someone else in return,’’ Mr Clothier said. ‘‘ If I can leave my children with what my dad left me (in terms of values and standards) I will have achieved something.’’
Of his many Rotary achievements, one notable activity was the Millennium Flight in a Boeing 747 over Gisborne to be the first in the world to see the sunrise in Year 2000 – a venture which raised $11,000 for St John Ambulance.
He has also been a tremendous supporter of the Spinal Cord Society – helping with fundraisers and keeping the promotion of the cause in the limelight.
In his business life, Mr Clothier has held many different roles within Matamata and Tirau. He founded Henry’s Septic Tank Services, drove a taxi, owned an antiques store and was hugely influential in the development of Tirau into the town it is today.
He has also sat on the New Zealand Business Development Board and the South Waikato Expansion Trust (a trust which was about developing businesses in Tokoroa).
‘‘If you want to get things done, then Henry’s your man,’’ Mrs Milligan said. ‘‘Whether it be selling Christmas trees, supporting the Polio Plus scheme or leading a scrap metal drive, Henry can turn his hand to it.’’
‘‘He is someone that lives Rotary’s motto of service above self and he thoroughly deserves this recognition,’’ she said.
Selfless dedication: Tirau’s Henry Clothier receives his Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Matamata.