Pro­mot­ing clubs’ rel­e­vance

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

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.

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