Event recognises dedication
Rotary rewards selfless efforts
Three Matamata locals have been recognised and applauded for their time and effort given to Rotary projects over the past 12 months.
Rotary Matamata’s major project for the year was February’s Concert by the Lake. The event was a huge success and raised thousands of dollars for the service club and its future projects.
Speaking at Rotary Matamata’s changeover last Tuesday, new president David Hulme said many people gave so generously of their time, money and expertise to make the concert happen.
‘‘But there are two people who are particularly special to our Rotary club whose contribution needs further examination and thanks.’’
Peter and Ineke Thissen were then invited to the front.
The couple, who hosted the concert at their Jondor Rd property, were clearly emotional when presented with a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin (a second Paul Harris), in Peter’s case, and a Paul Harris Fellow for Ineke.
David went on to say that it was Peter and Ineke’s selfless efforts with Concert by the Lake that resulted in them being recognised by Rotary’s Board of Directors and club members.
‘‘ When Peter first proposed having a concert down by his lake I don’t think anyone could have conceived the amount of work required to ensure the success we had on the day.
‘‘Peter will tell you that the whole club pitched in to help and they did, but many of you don’t know the hundreds of hours that both he and Ineke put in to ensure the venue was ready for such a major undertaking.
‘‘He not only custom-built the pontoon and re-landscaped parts of his property to make the event possible, he also sank a considerable amount of his own money into the project.’’
David went on to say the club fully realised Peter didn’t do it alone.
‘‘Ineke put in as much work behind the scenes to ensure the Concert by the Lake was a success and therefore the Board of Directors wish to recognise Ineke’s contribution by awarding her a Paul Harris Fellow.’’
In receiving his sapphire pin, Peter said he realised not many in Matamata had been honoured with such an award. ‘‘ I really appreciate this.’’
The recognition there.
David said there was one person in the club who during the past year had taken it upon himself to ensure somebody did what was needed.
‘‘I’m of course talking about Don Stanley.
‘‘I’m personally in awe of the professionalism and organisational skills shown by Don in the leadup to Concert by the Lake.
‘‘His eye for detail, project management and man management ensured that this project was an outstanding success.
‘‘Not only did Don lead Concert
stop by the Lake, he spearheaded the Memorial Walkway . . . either of these projects would normally have taken the efforts of a year, so for Don to have completed both with such stunning success is a testament to his skills and dedication to Rotary this past year.’’
This work was recognised with the awarding of a sapphire pin to Don’s Paul Harris Fellow.
Also clearly moved by the recognition, Don said this had been one of his most enjoyable years with Rotary.
Since his first involvement with Matamata Jaycees 65 years ago, Don has been involved in all sorts of projects and didn’t want any recognition.
‘‘I do it because Matamata is my town, it’s our town. We’ve had a great life here and anything I can do for the betterment of Matamata I will continue to do it.’’
Don said he appreciated the honour but felt he didn’t deserve it.
‘‘I just had a lot of fun and had a brilliant team.’’
Matamata couple Peter and Ineke Thissen were thrilled to receive special recognition for their part in Rotary Matamata’s Concert by the Lake.
Rotary Matamata director Don Stanley received a sapphire pin to his Paul Harris Fellow.