Tisch off to head Ro­tary district

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

Even though a dis­as­ter in­spired Leonie Tisch to join Ro­tary, the club has given her roles she would never have dreamed off.

And now she’s ac­cepted the role of Ro­tary District Gover­nor af­ter first get­ting in­volved with the ser­vice club in 2001.

‘‘It was an ap­ple pie night, and a fundraiser for New York fire­fight­ers af­ter 9/11, and I was invited to judge them,’’ she said.

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‘‘If that hadn’t hap­pen who knows if I would have joined.’’

She of­fi­cially be­came a Ro­tar­ian in May 2002 and went on to be the club’s first fe­male pres­i­dent in 2009.

‘‘My theme was pink to rub it in,’’ she laughed.

The next pres­i­dent’s theme was the boys are back in town.

‘‘I’m not a fem­i­nist but women bring an­other di­men­sion and there was never a ‘us and them’ as­pect in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.’’

Just as her hus­band Lind­say has de­cided to re­tire from pol­i­tics to sup­port her in her new role, Leonie has also de­cided not to re-stand in her po­lit­i­cal role.

Af­ter 12 years on the Mata­mataPi­ako District Coun­cil she won’t be stand­ing at the elec­tion in Oc­to­ber this year.

‘‘I didn’t go on to Coun­cil to achieve cer­tain per­sonal things or to push my own ideas but rather to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Mata­mata.’’

Leonie also was in­volved in the District Health Board for four years and fol­lowed her two chil­dren through their school­ing by be­ing on the Board of Trus­tees. In her sec­ond three-year term on the col­lege BOT she be­came the first woman chair.

In Jan­uary 2017 she will fly to San Diego to be trained for her new Ro­tary role, which she will hold from July 2017 to July 2018.

As District Gover­nor of Ro­tary area 9930 she will be re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing sure the 55 clubs in the area, that stretches from Huntly in the North to Waipuku­rau in the South, run smoothly by grow­ing mem­ber­ship and be­ing a spokesper­son for the district.

She will have a lot of trav­el­ling to do as it is ex­pected she will visit each club.

Leonie Tisch

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