Shayne Mercer
 
Shayne was born 19th April 1960
Spent most of his working life in the "Rag Trade"
Joined the Rotary Cub of Fiordland in 1996
Club Secretary 1997 - 1999
Club President 2011-2012
ln 25 years as a club member he has served on all the club committees.
He has been director of most of these.
ln his year as President he oversaw:
Rotary’s birthday roadside clean-up,
Ongoing roadside beautification programme,
Literacy in schools. Supplying schools with dictionaries,
Spud in a bucket
Darts evenings
Guess the baby photo competition,
Trip to Mc Gregor’s Military Museum,
Bowls v Lions club,
Trip to Winton trots,
New Years Eve Party and fireworks.
Special occasions
Hosted GSE team from Philippines,
Hosted friendship Exchange group from Tasmania,
Frank Fisken rnade an Honorary member.
Fundraising
Chip Caravan. Kepler, Santa Parade, Rodeo, New Years Eve and Harness Street Racing
Polio Raffle.
Harness Street Racing.
H&J Stocktaking
Corporate dinner.
Funds for Scout Den
Food drops for Milton Rotary Club
Celtic Pride Concert for Waimutuku Pipe Band
 
BUT IT IS ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT REALIY STAND OUT
Year after year of organising and manning the street appeals.
Blind Appeal Guide Dog, stand out
The H&J stock-taking fund raising.
His help in running the small bore rifle-shooting club
 
His services to Cricket both in Te Anau and in the wider Southland community. Shayne is also the only Te Anau Cricket Life Member. ln his latter years he spent many years as a cricket umpire Southland wide. Without such services to sport all of our sports could wither and die Shayne was out weekend after weekend giving his time to others.
He agreed to be Santa Clause in the annual Children’s Christmas parade
He undertook to refurbish the children's playgrounds.
Under his guidance the club refurbished the Marina and the Henry St playgrounds.
 
BUT MOST OF ALL:
 
For the last seven years Shaye has been the driving force behind, and the organiser of the New Year’s Eve Firework display A task that has become more and more difficult each year but one from which he has not shirked.
 
Fellow members let us welcome Shayne to his most deserved induction as a Paul Harris fellow.