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Words and photo by David Hulme
Rotary Club of Matamata, NZ
The Rotary Club of Matamata’s second annual Concert by the Lake event
is being hailed a success, with organisers now looking for ways to draw an
even bigger crowd in 2017.
Almost 300 people attended the concert, which was held on the property
of Rotarians Peter and Ineke Thissen, in Matamata, NZ.
Peter, an engineer, designed and built the pontoon the artists performed
from out on the water, in what can only be described as picturesque
This year’s crowd was entertained by Kiwi songstress Jamie McDell, who
performed a number of her solo hits before teaming up with her younger
sister Tess in a world-debut performance of their new collaboration called
The McDell sisters were joined on stage by the Tim Armstrong Beatles
Tribute Band, who literally had the pontoon bouncing as they pounded out
the Fab Four’s hits, while Tauranga-based jazz/blues band Kokomo provided
a melodic accompaniment during their time on the pontoon.
Rotary Club of Matamata event director Lynette Stanley said the club was
very pleased with the way the concert had gone.
“We have received nothing but positive feedback from concert-goers,
and we know there were several other huge events nationally that clashed
with ours, meaning ticket sales were down on last year,” Lynette said. “We
are confident that next year numbers will grow and we will be able to give
even more money to worthy causes.”
Proceeds from this year’s concert are being split between Pohlen Hospital
(the town’s privately operated hospital) and Starfish Social Services (a
counselling/mentoring program for at-risk youth in the area).
“Both of these charities have a large impact on our community, and it is
great that we can support them in any way we can,” Lynette said.
Work will begin shortly on getting ready for the 2017 concert, with the
first priority being signing the acts to perform.
Concert by the Lake turns
on the talent in support of
DRFC, RRFC, ARRFC,
E/MGA: The Rotary
world and The Rotary
many acronyms for
job roles, projects
and the programs we
conduct. The Rotary
Foundation is often
seen as vast and
complex, so to help
streamline the activities, a number of
specialist roles have evolved. These roles,
as well as those listed below, are part of
your Rotary Foundation team.
RRFC – Regional Rotary Foundation
Coordinator; and most Rotary zones
have two of these. From July 1, 2016
in Australia and New Zealand, the areas
covered are D9455 to 9670, PDG Eric
Wood, and for D9675 to D9980, PDG
John Barnes. The RRFC is a key resource
for grant management, fundraising and
programs of The Rotary Foundation, and
they also serve as trainers and facilitators.
ARRFC – Assistant Regional Rotary
Foundation Coordinator has a role similar
to that of the RRFC, but covering an area
of two to four districts, dependent upon
geography. They are an excellent resource
for PETS (President Elect Training Seminar)
as well as District Assembly and District
E/MGA – Endowment and Major Gift
Advisor. As large personal contributions
impact significantly on the overall share
of total contributions, this role was
created to assist with the identification,
cultivation and solicitation of major gifts,
as well as stewardship of planned gifts
and bequests to The Rotary Foundation.
The districts covered are in line with the
RRFC and the E/MGAs and from July 1 will
be headed by PDG Ron Geary (D9455 to
D9670) and PDG Monica Saville (D9675
DRFC – District Rotary Foundation
Chair. This role has similar features to that
of the RRFC, but at the district level. This
role chairs the District Foundation team
and there are a number of specialist roles
reporting to the chair.
If you need to know more about The
Rotary Foundation, these are the people
you can call on to give advice.
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