Rotary Club leadership takes turn
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.