Posted by Merv King on Oct 23, 2019
Born 1936, I was schooled at Waharoa Primary, Morrinsville College and Matamata College. After which I served an electrical apprenticeship with Wallace Tong. In 1960 I married Janet Landells and we have 3 children. As an Anglican I served on the vestry for many years. I started my own electrical contracting business in 1964 and semi-retired in 2005. In 1960 I started King Manufacturing and still manage this today. 
During this time, I have done consultancy work and designed products for a major international milking machine producer.
I joined Rotary Matamata in 1969 and have held most offices in the club over the years and my club has very generously awarded me a Paul Harris Fellowship as well as two Sapphire Pins.  At a District level I have held the following positions:
  • Initial inter-district committee to establish the PolioPlus programme
  • Two terms as Assistant Governor
  • District Foundation Committee member
  • Group Study Exchange Team Leader to the United Kingdom
  • Three years on the District Outgoing Group Study Exchange Committee.
  • Conference Organiser for District Governor Ted Coats in 1996
Recreation and interests over the years include cricket, rugby, tennis, squash, badminton, fishing, cycling, running, painting, singing in barbershop quartet, choirs and musical theatre shows, playing music in brass and dance bands. 
Rotary has immeasurably enhanced my life in friendship,  education and satisfaction in helping others and is a pearl beyond price.