Grazier’s turn in saddle
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.