Event recog­nises ded­i­ca­tion

Ro­tary re­wards self­less ef­forts

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By TERESA HATTAN

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

did

not

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.

Photos: TERESA HATTAN

Ro­tary Mata­mata di­rec­tor Don Stan­ley re­ceived a sap­phire pin to his Paul Harris Fel­low.

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