President changeover a red-carpet event
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.
From left, Owen Farmilo, David Hulme, Vera Farmilo and Lisette Hulme at Rotary Matamata’s changeover last week.
Immediate past president Owen Farmilo, right, hands the chains of office to new Rotary Matamata president David Hulme.