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Marion´s Involvement

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The tribute to departing executive secretary Marion Patchett continued with a speech prepared by former District Governor and RC Tawa member, Pat Waite, highlighting Marion’s involvement with Rotary and her community over the decades.

Marion’s introduction to Rotary started with her late husband Glyn who was a member of the Tawa Club from 1974 for 34 years. Glyn was a vet with a 24 hour veterinary practice so the Patchett household was always very busy. Glyn was also very involved with District affairs and held a number of roles including District Foundation Chair and District Student Exchange Chair.

Marion and Glyn always welcomed exchange students into their home, hosting more than 30 students over the years. They became very close to a number of these students and their three children David, Denise and Corrine were exposed to a variety of different languages and cultures.

Marion was invited by the District Governor to help charter a new breakfast club in Porirua which she was actively involved in until 2004 when the club to closed. During the final meeting of the Kapi Mana Club Marion was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship.

Marion joined the District Membership Committee in 1997. She was on this committee for 5 years, serving as Chair of the Committee for 2 years. She was also involved in the District Matched NZ/Australia Student Exchange Committee which she was appointed to in 2000 with a spell as its Chair for two years. Marion is still a member of the District Matched Student Exchange Committee today.

Marion is also recognized for her notable involvement in Inner Wheel. In 1982 she was a Charter Member and Charter Secretary of the Inner Wheel club of Tawa. In 1984 she became President, District Secretary in 1988, District Chair in 1992 and District Extension Chair in 1994. Eventually she went on to become IWNZ Vice President for 2 years, IWNZ President in 2006 and finally, last year Marion held the position of an International Inner Wheel Board Director.

Both Marion and Glyn helped with numerous Girl Guide camps. As a young girl growing up in Paraparumu Marion was a brownie and then a girl guide. Ever since then, Marion’s influence has been felt by the Tawa Girl Guides. As a teenager Marion took on the role as a Brownies leader and went on to become involved in the movement for over 30 years, progressing to become a District Commissioner, and then Division Commissioner.

It was in 2002 when Marion became the first New Zealander to receive the prestigious Margarette Golding Award. Margarette Golding was the founder of Inner Wheel and the award was presented to Marion to recognize her contribution both to the Girl Guide movement and Rotary Student Exchange programme.