Posted on Jul 07, 2019
I was raised in a rural part of Auckland with my parents owning a free range chicken farm.  I played lots of sports in my younger days namely netball, tennis and badminton. Employment was in secretarial roles with the Bank of New South Wales (now Westpac), ACC and NZI.
I travelled extensively to the UK (worked in hospitality for a year), Europe and Canada before being married in 1987 and moving to Matamata in 1991 where we have been dairy farming since and raised two sons and a daughter.
After the sudden death of my husband 10 years ago, I joined the Waikato Rivertones Sweet Adelines Chorus in Hamilton and sang with them for six and a half years which allowed me the opportunity to compete on the international stage in 2012 in Denver USA with a wonderful group of ladies.
I am currently President of the Matamata Women’s Club of which I have been a member for 10 years.
On the week I decided to give up my singing, I met Michelle Tanner who was selling daffodils on behalf of Rotary Matamata for the Cancer Society in town. She asked if I would like to come to a Rotary meeting, which I did on several occasions before becoming a member in November 2016.
I enjoy the regular meetings we have amongst very community minded people and the feeling of being part of this group. We are fortunate to have a good female influence which gives a great sense of belonging.
I am currently on the Administration Committee in a shared role of Programming Co-Ordinator which involves sourcing speakers and arranging quiz nights for our club.