Chang­ing guard at ser­vice club

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

New Mata­mata Ro­tary pres­i­dent Eric Muckle is look­ing for­ward to 12 months at the helm of the ser­vice club, aim­ing for a fun and ful­fill­ing year for mem­bers.

The Wa­haroa dairy farmer is the 65th pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata, fol­low­ing the club’s an­nual change of of­fi­cers’ din­ner held at the UMS clu­b­rooms.

‘‘ Ro­tary is about net­work­ing, con­nect­ing, and the shar­ing of ideas and build­ing re­la­tion­ships lo­cally, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally,’’ Mr Muckle told mem­bers at his rugby world cupthemed change-over din­ner.

‘‘As a club, we have sev­eral fundrais­ing ef­forts through­out the year so in one way or an­other all mem­bers are in­volved. These are our com­mu­nity fo­cus,’’ Mr Muckle said.

It was im­por­tant to put Ro­tary’s motto of ‘‘ser­vice above self’’ to the fore­front in or­der to achieve the best in the com­ing year, he said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s world pres­i­dent, Kalyan Ban­er­jee from In­dia, has themed the year ‘‘Reach within to Em­brace Hu­man­ity’’ and Mr Muckle said no mat­ter which way you chose to look at the year’s theme it was about peo­ple.

‘‘ At times I feel a lit­tle over­whelmed by the task ahead but I know I am sur­rounded by many ex­pe­ri­enced and sup­port­ive Ro­tar­i­ans,’’ he said. ‘‘It is there­fore first and fore­most my in­ten­tion for this year to be en­joy­able, ful­fill­ing and a fun year for all mem­bers.’’

Out­go­ing pres­i­dent David Wheadon said he was thrilled with what had been achieved by the club in the past 12 months.

‘‘The phrase ‘in my year’ is of­ten men­tioned in Ro­tary but this last year has been a real team ef­fort,’’ Mr Wheadon said.

‘‘In our com­mu­nity much has been achieved in the past year. All pres­i­dents and their teams have a tem­plate to en­rich Ro­tary and all that is associated with Ro­tary in their own spe­cial way.’’

Mr Wheadon said ac­tiv­i­ties with youth, the coun­cil and Mata­mata Col­lege had been some of the high­lights for the club in the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

The club had un­der­taken a large num­ber of projects within the com­mu­nity, he said.

Change over: Wa­haroa dairy farmer Eric Muckle is the 65th pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata.

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