Posted on Jul 13, 2023
I was born and raised in Te Poi on a farm that now has the fourth generation farming it. I was educated at local schools and started my working life at Stanley Construction, Matamata, as the first woman to do a joinery apprenticeship in the Waikato. I have gone on to work in farming, newspaper, manufacturing and currently work for a local business called Mimico as their Warranty Administrator. 
My mother was the first lady to join the Matamata Rotary club, so this was how I was introduced to Rotary. I decided a few years ago that I wanted to be involved in a community service group, so naturally went for Rotary. 
I have been a member of Rotary Matamata since 2017 and really enjoy the fellowship and friendship of our club.  I have held different director roles in the club, which I thoroughly enjoyed and was thankful for all the help I got in those roles.  Hence the next step up to President.
My best memory of Rotary so far was getting to work with the late Don Stanley again at the Concert by the Lake. Don was my first employer and he certainly gave me the work ethic I continue to follow today. The committee that ran this event certainly knew what they were doing, and I was impressed at how everything was so well organised. 
We are not all about service, we also have heaps of fun and get to enjoy the company of other like-minded people who happily give their time and effort to support those in need both locally and internationally.