Fred wins top Ro­tary fel­low­ship

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

From sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets and Christ­mas pud­dings to high­light­ing ar­eas of the world that most would never dream of, let alone visit, Fred Barrett has spent more than 20 years serv­ing the Mata­mata com­mu­nity through Ro­tary.

Last week at the club’s an­nual change of of­fi­cers evening, Mr Barrett’s 23-year con­tri­bu­tion to Ro­tary was recog­nised when he was awarded a Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship. The award, named af­ter the founder of Ro­tary, is given to those whose lives ex­em­plify the ob­jec­tives of Ro­tary.

‘‘This re­ally is a huge sur­prise,’’ Mr Barrett told fel­low Ro­tar­i­ans at the din­ner. ‘‘I would not have counted my­self wor­thy but thank you. I was in­vited to join this club in 1988 and have en­joyed ev­ery minute of it since.’’

Newly-elected club pres­i­dent Eric Muckle said Mr Barrett had been cho­sen for the award be­cause he demon­strated in his life a com­mit­ment to help­ing oth­ers.

‘‘Fred was pres­i­dent of our club in the 2003-2004 Ro­tary year and has held di­rec­tor­ships on sev­eral other oc­ca­sions. He has also been in­volved with the Ro­tary District Ex­change Com­mit­tee for a num­ber of years pre­par­ing young stu­dents for ex­changes over­seas,’’ Mr Muckle said.

‘‘Sev­eral years ago, Fred un­der­took to sell raf­fle tick­ets in Ro­tary clubs through­out the District, help­ing the club to raise more than $7000 for a Ro­tary pro­gramme which brings sick chil­dren from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to Aus­tralia and New Zealand for life-chang­ing or life-sav­ing op­er­a­tions.’’

Mr Barrett’s ‘‘ad­ven­ture’’ with Ro­tary be­gan in 1960 when aged 20 he was a Ro­tary Ex­change stu­dent to Nor­way. He worked his pas­sage to Nor­way on a cargo ship and for the re­turn leg he drove over­land from Lon­don to Cal­cutta, Mr Muckle said.

Since those days, Mr Barrett has trav­elled ex­ten­sively through East­ern Asia, the Mid­dle East and farflung parts of the world. Af­ter each trip, he will­ingly shares his ex­pe­ri­ences and sells DVDs of the ad­ven­tures with pro­ceeds to Ro­tary. Mr Barrett has also been in­volved in set­ting up the Tau­rima Trust Hos­tel in Hamil­ton for first-year univer­sity stu­dents, he has chaired the Mata­mata Chris­tian Busi­ness­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion and is a di­rec­tor of Longview Trust.

‘‘His en­thu­si­asm for Ro­tary has not waned over the years,’’ Mr Muckle said. Lucy Kra­nen­burg is feel­ing proud and re­lieved af­ter all her hard work lead­ing the ball com­mit­tee paid off with a splen­did oc­ca­sion last week. Lucy loves de­sign and or­gan­is­ing things so or­gan­is­ing this func­tion was right up her al­ley. Lucy has one of the lead roles in the School Pro­duc­tion of Quixote and is en­joy­ing play­ing her char­ac­ter who is feisty and thinks she owns the school.

Fred Barrett

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