‘Gutted’ over cancellation

Best-laid plans . . . Rotary District 9980 governor Tania Lowery is disappointed the planned Rotary district annual conference will not go ahead due to Covid›19 concerns. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON


“Gutted” is how Rotary District 9980 governor Tania Lowery feels after the annual district conference, which was planned to be held in Balclutha next month, was cancelled because of the Covid-19 alert.

The district covers the lower South Island from Temuka southwards.

“The Balclutha and Milton Rotary Clubs have together worked so hard to create a wonderful community›based conference here and we had to cancel it,” Mrs Lowery, of Balclutha, said.

“Attracting more than 150 registrants the clubs had taken on the task of changing the format of regional conferences, away from just sitting around talking to one of getting participants out into the wider community to undertake assistance projects while they were here.”

More than $17,000 had been assigned to support projects, which might still result in every school in Balclutha receiving some form of assistance, whether it be in the form of gardening or maintenance work, she said.

“We had planned tree and bush plantings at Naish Park, days for girls’ sewing, working with the local museums here and down in the Catlins, riparian planting in Waiwera South and a host of other environmentally based projects.

“We will still be undertaking these projects but all have been delayed and we are awaiting the word from the organisations as to when they may be doing them in the future,” Mrs Lowery said.