District gover­nor starts her term

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - REXINE HAWES

Leonie Tisch de­liv­ered a heart­felt speech af­ter the of­fi­cial changeover which made her the first Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian and third woman to be­come Ro­tary 9930 District Gover­nor.

The District 9930 con­sists of 53 clubs, in­clud­ing Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, Coro­man­del and the Waikato.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 30 Ro­tary clubs, in­clud­ing Mata­mata were at a spe­cial lun­cheon held at the Mata­mata Club.

Tisch has held var­i­ous gov­ern- ance roles in pre­vi­ous years in­clud­ing Trust Waikato, Heart Trust and as a Mata­mata-Pi­ako District coun­cil­lor.

‘‘Each was a sig­nif­i­cant jour­ney for me, each has helped de­velop my lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance skills,’’ she said.

In her speech Leonie talked about her in­tro­duc­tion to Ro­tary, and how it has shaped her life.

She was in­vited to be­come a Ro­tar­ian in 2001 at the Ro­tary Mata­mata Big Ap­ple Night, which raised funds for the New York fire­fight­ers, fol­low­ing the Septem­ber 11 ter­ror at­tacks.

‘‘At that time, all I knew about Ro­tary was that it was a ser­vice club, and that they met be­hind closed doors in the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre,’’ she laughed.

‘‘My un­ex­pected jour­ney into Ro­tary be­gan on 7 May 2002.

‘‘And I am proud to be one of over 1.2 mil­lion Ro­tar­ian’s world­wide, of whom nearly a quar­ter are woman. Ro­tary has made a dif­fer­ence to me.’’

Tisch was Ro­tary Mata­mata’s first woman pres­i­dent from 2009-2010. She recog­nised Ro­tary’s 2017-2018 theme, Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence.

‘‘Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence rep­re­sents what Ro­tary is and does ev­ery­day and in many ways.

‘‘The logo sym­bol­ises di­ver­sity, all races and back­grounds unit­ing un­der ban­ner of ro­tary to make a dif­fer­ence.’’

She ac­knowl­edged pre­vi­ous district gover­nor, Keith Owens from Tau­ranga Te Papa Ro­tary in Tau­ranga, whom she said has been a valu­able men­tor as well as a spe­cial thank you to her own Ro­tary mem­bers of Mata­mata.

‘‘I proudly stand to serve District 9930. To­gether we can make a dif­fer­ence.’’

Leonie and Lin­day Tisch at the changeover for Leonie to be­come Ro­tary District Gover­nor for 9930.

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