Gra­zier’s turn in sad­dle

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Live­stock gra­zier Owen Farmilo has be­come the 68th pres­i­dent of the Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata, fol­low­ing the club’s an­nual change-over meet­ing at Mata­mata Race­course last week.

Farmilo fol­lows so­lic­i­tor Eric Tan­ner in the role and is keen to con­tinue the club’s lengthy his­tory of ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and to the wider in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity through Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional.

‘‘ Mata­mata Ro­tary has a proud tra­di­tion of ser­vice in our town and we al­ways en­joy do­ing said.

Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s pres­i­dent for 2014-15, Gary Huang from Tai­wan, has set the theme of ‘‘Light Up Ro­tary’’.

‘‘Light Up Ro­tary is not just a theme for the year – it is a call for all Ro­tary mem­bers to take ac­tion and make Ro­tary stronger,’’ Farmilo said. ‘‘ Ac­tion to in­crease mem­ber­ship, en­hance our ser­vice im­pact and ex­pand our net­works.’’

Farmilo said he would like to see the Mata­mata club in­crease the eth­nic


Farmilo di­ver­sity of its mem­ber­ship.

Tan­ner said his year at the helm of the club had gone quickly.

‘‘Dur­ing the year our most suc­cess­ful project was the Ru­ral Ur­ban din­ner to raise funds for Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional’s End Polio Now cam­paign.

‘‘Al­most 200 guests were en­ter­tained by guest speaker Dr Jacqueline Rowarth and al­most $10,000 was raised for the cause. This was thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port of many within the Mata­mata com­mu­nity, not just Ro­tar­i­ans.’’

The club also un­der­took a num­ber of com­mu­nity-based projects in­clud­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of dic­tio­nar­ies to school chil­dren, sell­ing Christ­mas ham­pers and Christ­mas trees and as­sist­ing with sev­eral street ap­peals for other char­i­ties.

Ro­tary’s sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion In­ner Wheel also had their change-over with Vera Farmilo suc­ceed­ing San­dra Hunter as pres­i­dent.

‘‘ In­ner Wheel meets monthly to en­joy friend­ship and fun and work to­gether with a spe­cific aim of serv­ing our lo­cal com­mu­nity,’’ Vera Farmilo said.


SWORN IN: New Ro­tary Club of Mata­mata pres­i­dent Owen Farmilo at the Coun­try and Western-themed changeover event last week.

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