Councillor leads Rotary trip
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.’’