Ro­tary Club lead­er­ship takes turn

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke Ro­tary Club passed the gavel and lead­er­ship re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the next year from Dianna Mancer to Di Carter on Sun­day, June 24 in a low key changeover held at Di Carter’s home.

New pres­i­dent Di said she did not want the club mem­bers to go to the ex­pense of a for­mal func­tion.

Past pres­i­dent Dianna Mancer has had a busy year which started with a glit­ter­ing cel­e­bra­tion of the club’s 90th birth­day in Novem­ber at the town hall host­ing 80 guests in­clud­ing district gover­nor Mitchell Brown.

Since then the club has been ac­tive car­ry­ing out a va­ri­ety of tra­di­tional pro­grammes like pro­vid­ing 150 dic­tio­nar­ies for all Year 4 stu­dents in both Dan­nevirke and its coun­try schools as part of a Ro­tary World Lit­er­acy pro­mo­tion and send­ing a stu­dent to RYPEN, a week­end per­sonal de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

In April it sup­ported the Tonga re­lief ef­fort to help it re­cover from the dev­as­ta­tion of Cy­clone Gita, rais­ing money to pro­vide an Emer­gency Re­sponse Kit (ERK) or shel­ter box which pro­vides im­me­di­ate sup­plies in the event of a dis­as­ter.

This year the club was in­volved in the RYDA pro­gramme which pro­motes road safety to teenagers, most of whom are learn­ing to drive. This took the form of a one-day work­shop in which fa­cil­i­ta­tors worked with stu­dents to de­velop and prac­tise personalised strate­gies and life skills which will help them re­spond pos­i­tively to chal­lenges on the road, both as driv­ers and highly in­flu­en­tial pas­sen­gers. Nearly 100 stu­dents from Dan­nevirke High School and To­tara Col­lege were in­volved.

Ro­tary has also worked with Lions and the Dan­nevirke Com­mu­nity Board to progress the Ade­laide Rd walk­way.

Pres­i­dent Di Carter said her fo­cus for the year was to keep the pro­grammes de­vel­op­ing, ex­pand the In­ter­act Club at the high

school — Ro­tary’s youth arm — and to in­crease mem­ber­ship.

Ro­tary has a tea meet­ing three Tues­days per month at the Ser­vices and Cit­i­zens Club but at­ten­dance is not com­pul­sory at all of them. The club would wel­come new mem­bers. Please con­tact sec­re­tary El­iz­a­beth Ed­wards on 374 7865 if in­ter­ested.

IM­POR­TANT dig­ni­taries at the 90th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Novem­ber. From left: As­sis­tant deputy gover­nor Claire Mathews, Dan­nevirke Ro­tary pres­i­dent Dianna Mancer, Tararua mayor Tracey Col­lis, district gover­nor Mitchell Brown.

DAN­NEVIRKE Ro­tary past pres­i­dent Dianna Mancer with new pres­i­dent Di Carter at her home on Sun­day.

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