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‘‘You feel so bad that you can't be there to take on the role.’’
The Matamata branch of a youth organisation which aims to change the lives of young New Zealanders may have to close if it can’t find a new leader.
The Matamata Scouts will hold its final meeting tonight and then the group will be forced to travel to Putaruru every week for its meetings and activities, when school resumes for term four.
It comes after Brendon Gill, Matamata Scouts leader, had to resign after two years in charge, because of his commitments to work.
‘‘You feel so bad that you can’t be there to take on the role,’’ says committee member Michelle Gill.
‘‘We just feel like we have let the whole world down because my husband just can’t do it at the moment.’’
There are four Scouts, but Gill says there are also Cubs who will soon be ready to progress, so finding someone quickly has become important.
The Scouts have had two interim leaders travelling from Morrinsville which Gill says was only a short-term option, and this will discontinue as of tonight.
The two temporary Scout leaders are committed to helping a new leader settle into the position, if one can be found.
‘‘We won’t leave them in the lurch,’’ says Gill.
If a new leader can’t be found, the Scouts may continue to travel to Putaruru, where the club is very active but Gill says this is not the most suitable solution.
‘‘It’s an option and a band aid for now, but it’s not ideal to continue this long term.’’
Scouts aren’t the only section affected by a lack of leadership. Both the Kea’s and Cubs also have vacancies.
Tabitha Brogden takes the Keas (years one - three), Maureen Bobbett looks after the Cubs (years three - six), with Marlene Fisher floating between the two sections as she can.
There are 16 Cubs in Mata- mata, and others on a waiting list.
Gill says the more leaders there are the better it is for everyone.
‘‘It’s so much easier to cope, the kids don’t get so bored and doesn’t seem so overwhelming for just one leader.’’
The Scouts meet at the Scout hall on Broadway, next to Centennial Drive.
Keas goes for one hour, with Cubs and Scouts going for 90 minutes per meeting.
Anyone interested can contact committee chair Jenny HarperWalton on 07 888 5333.