Doctor Elizabeth Berryman presented an address to the annual Dargaville Rotary Club ‘thank you’ supper last week

A chance to say thanks

by Andy Bryenton

A large crowd of close to 100 people attended an annual Dargaville Rotary Club ‘thank you’ evening, gathering at Dargaville’s Vintage Machinery Club auditorium on Wednesday, May 8 to listen to a keynote speech by Doctor Elizabeth Berryman.

Rotary president Viv Trounson says that the event, which included a catered supper as well as the featured presentation on modern medicine, workplace dynamics and dealing with crisis, served a greater purpose than just entertainment and fellowship.

“Above all else, it’s our chance to say thank you for all your help over the year. For a small club, our local Rotary does a lot of good, and it’s thanks to the assistance of our volunteers,” Mr Trounson said.

He spoke of many of the successful Rotary campaigns from international polio eradication through to local youth scholarships and exchanges, and an active future leaders’ programme. The often relies on non-member volunteers for big events; an example is Northland Field Days, where 15 club members went out to help assist with parking but brought more than 80 volunteers with them.

Doctor Berryman, herself a former Rotary youth leadership programme member, has recently returned from a speaking engagement in Houston, Texas, where she presented an address on ethics in modern medicine, with a focus on digital media.