Ro­tary ded­i­ca­tion pays off

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - ABBY BROWN

Merv King re­cently joined the ranks of seven other Mata­mata Ro­tar­i­ans to be awarded a sap­phire pin.

The Paul Har­ris Fel­low sap­phire pin, one of the high­est awards a Ro­tary club can give, was pre­sented to King at the club’s an­nual Christ­mas party. The pin is an ad­di­tional hon­our for ex­ist­ing Paul Har­ris Fellows, much like a bar to a mil­i­tary medal.

King started get­ting in­volved in Ro­tary in 1969, with sup­port from his wife Janet.

He said one of the high­lights of his time with the group was tak­ing a team to Eng­land in 1989 on a Ro­tary-spon­sored pro­gramme that was known as the Group Study Ex­change.

‘‘Thanks to Ro­tary we have friends in Eng­land and around the world, many who we visit and they visit us.’’

King has been the as­sis­tant gov­er­nor of the district twice and was in­volved in the District Ro­tary Foun­da­tion Com­mit­tee. He was also part of the orig­i­nal Po­lio Plus district com­mit­tee.

He said the main thing he wanted to see was the club mem­ber­ship grow.

‘‘I want to see other peo­ple get the plea­sure Janet and I have had with the group. Ro­tary has en­hanced our lives im­mensely and we have got out more than we have put in.’’

The group has about 49 mem­bers and meets ev­ery Tues­day at the Tainui Room in the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre from 5pm.

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