Rotary's new district governor Jonathan Usher (left)
accepts the chain of office from Gary Williams. Photo by
Rotary Club's lower South Island district governor
position has passed from one Taieri local to another.
In a small ceremony on June 26, Gary Williams handed over the
district chains to newly appointed district governor for the
lower South Island Jonathan Usher.
Former district governor Mr Williams, of the Dunedin South
club, said it took three years of organisation and leadership
training to prepare for the position, which was handed over
to a new candidate annually.
''Jonathan started his journey two to three years ago.
''If you're on the district governor train, then you know
your successors,'' he said.
He said he had achieved a great sense of satisfaction during
his time as district governor.
A particular achievement from the past year was raising money
for the Rotary Children's Ward at Dunedin Hospital through
the Carisbrook Project, in which Rotary clubs sold off
mementos of the former sports ground: turf, goal posts and
''It was a collaboration between the Dunedin area clubs.
''We raised quarter of a million dollars to put into the
Mr Usher, who has been with Dunedin Rotary Club since 1997,
said he was happy to be taking over the role, acting on
behalf of 30 rotary clubs from the Rangitata River
southwards. He had been to his first project as district
governor on June 29.
''Some young prospective Rotarians ran a rubber duck race in
Queenstown, raising $16,000 for resources to continue
cleaning up the beach area,'' he said.
Having the opportunity to meet members of all the clubs was
something he was particularly looking forward to.
''We don't just do projects here [in Dunedin].
''We're also trying to encourage new people to get
involved,'' he said.
It was good the district governor was changed annually, as it
meant new people could come in and bring different ideas and
experience to the table, he said.