Rotary dedication pays off
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.