Ro­tary hon­ours two for self­less ser­vice

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Com­mu­ni­ties and clubs need peo­ple Gwen Kirk­wood and Barry Mckey.

That is ac­cord­ing to Ro­tary dis­trict 9930 gov­er­nor Raewyn Kirk­man who was in Mata­mata last week to present the duo with awards for ser­vice to the town over many years.

Mr Mckey has been a mem­ber of the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata for al­most 40 years and be­fore that was a mem­ber of the Jaycees Club in town.

He was recog­nised for his ser­vice with a sap­phire pin to his orig­i­nal Paul Har­ris Fel­low award, be­com­ing just the third Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian to re­ceive this award twice.

‘‘This has re­ally blown me away,’’ Mr Mckey said. ‘‘It is a huge hon­our. It is the fel­low­ship of Ro­tary that keeps me com­ing back.’’

Mr Mckey now lives in Tau­ranga but trav­els back to Mata­mata ev­ery week for Ro­tary and to un­der­take other com­mu­nity ser­vice with or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Mata­mata His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

He has held many po­si­tions in Ro­tary and was club pres­i­dent in 1997 and 1998 which he noted as a high­light of his time in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The club also recog­nised Mrs Kirk­wood for her out­stand­ing ser­vice to Mata­mata over more than 60 years.

Mrs Kirk­wood was awarded a Queen’s Ser­vice Medal some years ago for her work with the Waikato Branch of IHC, hav­ing spent more than 40 years on the lo­cal fundrais­ing com­mit­tee.

For al­most four decades she or­gan­ised the an­nual house-to-house ap­peals in town and helped with staffing the lo­cal Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Board Op­por­tu­nity Shop.

She has also worked with Save the Chil­dren, the Mata­mata Friend­ship Com­mit­tee, Meals on Wheels, Care and Craft, the Na­tional Coun­cil of Women, Sa­mar­i­tans, and the Mata-

like mata Christ­mas Choir.

‘‘I am very hum­bled to be recog­nised like this,’’ Mrs Kirk­wood said.

‘‘All the things I have done have been done in con­junc­tion with a lot of other peo­ple and they de­serve recog­ni­tion as well.

‘‘So I am ac­cept­ing this Paul Har­ris Fel­low award on be­half of all these peo­ple,’’ Mrs Kirk­wood said. ‘‘Ro­tary does won­der­ful work in our com­mu­nity.’’

Mata­mata Ro­tary pres­i­dent Eric Muckle said both re­cip­i­ents were wor­thy of the recog­ni­tion.

‘‘Gwen is an in­spi­ra­tion to peo­ple with her ser­vice-above-self at­ti­tude which is Ro­tary’s ideal and that is what makes com­mu­ni­ties run,’’ Mr Muckle said.

‘‘And Barry is a solid club man with a heart for Ro­tary and the com­mu­nity. He is in­ter­ested in his­tory and a wide va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity-in­spired projects and he is a vi­tal mem­ber of our club.’’

Ro­tar­ian Barry Mckey is pre­sented with a sap­phire pin to his Paul Har­ris Fel­low Award by Ro­tary dis­trict 9930 gov­er­nor Raewyn Kirk­man.

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