District governor starts her term
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.