Altrusa gets more Timaru influence
Altrusa International of Timaru has been exceptionally well represented at a national level.
Jenette Borrell is the third person from Timaru to be named governor of the New Zealand branch of Altrusa International District 15.
Mrs Borrell is the 15th governor of the group.
Timaru's Olwen Norton was governor for two years from 1991, and June Garth from 1999-2001. There are 22 of the service groups nationwide. With three of the 15 governors coming from Timaru, it's fair to say Timaru's leadership is disproportionately strong.
"Timaru has a very strong club who have been involved in the community for 42 years," Mrs Borrell said.
"I guess when you belong to a strong organisation you can see it does help make a difference in the community.
"When you believe in the ideas of Altrusa, it's personally very satisfying to move on or move up, to take membership to the next level."
Mrs Borrell was voted into her position in 2011 when she was made second-in-line to Wellington's Patricia O'Donnell.
"Although I knew I was going to be governor it still felt unreal to find myself in that position. It's a privilege and a great honour to represent the club, and now to be able to represent District 15."
It is Mrs Borrell's role to liaise with all New Zealand's clubs, and represent them on an international scale.
The governor usually attends an international convention at some far-off exotic location, but Mrs Borrell drew the short straw - this year the convention was held in Rotorua.
It was former Altrusa New Zealand governor Olwen Norton who first encouraged her to join 20 years ago.
A passion for service to others, promoting literacy and leadership, has taken Mrs Borrell and Altrusa to where they are today.
"To be able to give the time and skills I have to others fulfils me. To belong to a service organisation is wonderful."
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