Posted on Jul 05, 2019
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 women 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 for 2 years now and really enjoy the fellowship and friendship of our club.  I spent the last Rotary year in charge of organising the program which I thoroughly enjoyed and was thankful that people were so willing to come and tell their stories at our meetings.  This year I have become Director of Public Image and Youth and look forward to working with a team of like-minded people to get the Rotary name and image seen in the community. 
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 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.