Pres­i­dent changeover a red-car­pet event

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HATTAN

A busy year for Ro­tary Mata­mata cul­mi­nated in a red car­pet event fit for Hol­ly­wood.

The changeover event at Dal­tons Plan­ta­tion last Tues­day evening was a fit­ting con­clu­sion to a year spent in and around the com­mu­nity by the ser­vice club.

While pri­mar­ily an event where the club’s pres­i­dent is changed, the evening also fea­tured op­por­tu­ni­ties for the club to thank sev­eral of its mem­bers for out­stand­ing ser­vice.

In hand­ing over the chains of of­fice to David Hulme, Owen Farmilo said Ro­tary Mata­mata had achieved a lot in the past 12 months.

‘‘Dur­ing the year we tried our hand at en­ter­tain­ing by putting our toes in the cor­ner with Con­cert by the Lake.

‘‘ We tried our hand at gar­den­ing on Pe­ria Rd with the me­mo­rial walk­way.’’

‘‘ We’ve had a lot of fun, we’ve given away a lot of money ... I step aside with sat­is­fac­tion that we have all had a fan­tas­tic year in Ro­tary.’’

As in­com­ing pres­i­dent, David wanted to thank and con­grat­u­late Owen on an out­stand­ing year as pres­i­dent.

‘‘We were in­deed for­tu­nate to have his lead­er­ship and his di­rec­tion as the club took on two new and ex­cit­ing chal­lenges.

‘‘Owen has cer­tainly put a lot of pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion into our club this year and it hasn’t gone un­no­ticed.’’

David said it was a huge hon­our and priv­i­lege to take on the role as pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Mata­mata.

‘‘It is not a po­si­tion I take lightly and I’m priv­i­leged to fol­low in the foot­steps of 67 other great Ro­tary lead­ers in our club.’’

David looked for­ward to an ex­cit­ing year, with plenty planned in­clud­ing Con­cert by the Lake’s sec­ond ap­pear­ance at the Thissen’s prop­erty.

He also hoped to work closer with Starfish So­cial Ser­vices and have di­rect in­volve­ment with an in­ter­na­tional pro­ject.

At last Tues­day’s red car­pet event, In­ner Wheel pres­i­dent Vera Farmilo also passed over the pres­i­dency to Gay­lene Bay.

Photo: ALICK SAUN­DERS

From left, Owen Farmilo, David Hulme, Vera Farmilo and Lisette Hulme at Ro­tary Mata­mata’s changeover last week.

Photo: TERESA HATTAN

Im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent Owen Farmilo, right, hands the chains of of­fice to new Ro­tary Mata­mata pres­i­dent David Hulme.

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