Coun­cil­lor leads Ro­tary trip

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian Leonie Tisch has em­barked on a once-in-a-life­time trip over­seas and she was awarded a spe­cial recog­ni­tion on her de­par­ture last week.

Mrs Tisch’s ser­vice to the Mata­mata com­mu­nity and Ro­tary were recog­nised with the award­ing of a Paul Har­ris Fel­low dur­ing the of­fi­cial farewell for her and her team.

She is trav­el­ling as leader of Ro­tary Dis­trict 9930’ s Group Study Ex­change team to Wash­ing­ton State and Canada with team mem­bers from Ro­torua, Gis­borne and Hamil­ton.

The five young pro­fes­sion­als – Na­dia Ber­toncini, Si­mone Walker, Dan Phillips, Stephen Thom­son and Bruce To­gia – will un­der­take vo­ca­tional and ed­u­ca­tional vis­its.

Mrs Tisch said some of the high­lights of the trip would be vis­it­ing the Boe­ing fac­tory, Mi­crosoft and Google.

‘‘I would like to see how lo­cal govern­ment works in the United States and Bri­tish Columbia as this is ob­vi­ously a pas­sion of mine,’’ she said.

‘‘Also I would like to get an un­der­stand­ing of how ru­ral health is funded and gov­erned with my board in­ter­ests in Pohlen Hos­pi­tal. Be­ing home-hosted by lo­cal Ro­tar­i­ans will also give a broad un­der­stand­ing of how life is over there.’’

As the team leader, Mrs Tisch said it was im­por­tant to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to al­low her team mem­bers to grow per­son­ally.

‘‘As fu­ture lead­ers in New Zealand, this . . . will be a once-in-a-life­time chance to gain knowl­edge and ex­per­tise of their own vo­ca­tions over­seas.’’

At the team’s farewell, Ro­tar­ian Lachie Dun­can said Mrs Tisch had car­ried out most roles within Ro­tary in her 11 years with the or­gan­i­sa­tion, in­clud­ing be­ing the club’s first fe­male pres­i­dent in 2009.

‘‘Leonie has per­formed all the tasks she has done with a grace and ef­fi­ciency.’’

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