Promoting clubs’ relevance
Raewyn Kirkman sees herself as a product of Rotary and in her new role as district governor of 56 clubs she is keen to promote the service organisation in any way.
Ms Kirkman was in Matamata last week to talk to members of the Matamata, Putaruru and Tokoroa Rotary clubs in a combined meeting. She highlighted the importance that Rotary played in all three communities.
‘‘Rotary in a nutshell is good people doing good things,’’ she said. ‘‘And we are good at it and it feels good doing it.’’
Ms Kirkman was introduced to Rotary in 1991 when she was selected for a group study exchange for six weeks in Holland and several years later was awarded a full Rotary scholarship for post-graduate study in New York.
She joined the Rotary Club of Waikato Sunrise in 1998 and this year was appointed the district governor of District 9930 covering clubs from Huntly to Waipukarau.
Ms Kirkman was quick to highlight the many successes of Rotary in today’s world, including the organisation’s drive to rid the world of polio – a threedecade challenge nearing a successful completion.
‘‘ We sometimes hear people say Rotary is becom- ing irrelevant but view Rotary will become irrelevant.’’
And Ms Kirkman said many non-Rotarians were also more than happy to assist in Rotary projects.
‘‘There are a whole lot of people out there who would be happy to participate with their local Rotary club.
‘‘ Let’s get these people involved,’’ she said. in my never
Service before self: Rotary District Governor Raewyn Kirkman, left, with local club president Eric Muckle during her visit to town last week.