Ro­tary re­wards ser­vice

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

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.

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