I am Neill Rumble, Treasurer of the Southland Multicultural Council. I am like the tiger who got old long in the tooth. I have been involved in many Not-For-Profit Organisations for over 45 years. I have had various governance roles and joined as an Executive at the last AGM.
My wife Dot Wilson and I have attended many potluck events and other events conducted by SMCI. The fun we shared with everyone last year inspired me to revisit the governance area and assist in making all these events successful. I am very fortunate that I have a married son in Japan with 5 beautiful grandchildren and talk to them regularly when it is a special occasion such as birthday or Xmas. I have a lovely daughter who lives in Christchurch in our family flat and have visited her this year.
Like all NPO we rely on volunteers and funders to assist in the day to day running of SMCI and a big thanks goes out to them without their support we would not function adequately. We have had several citizenship events this year and given away a large number of native trees to the new New Zealanders. For me personally it has been a pleasure to attend some of the ceremonies and talk to the families and individuals.
In October we fare welled Tushnica Dissanayake our Admin support person as she obtained a full time position with Alliance as an Accounts officer, Tushnica was a hardworking and efficient member. We welcomed Sumudu Fernando to the position.
September event was Father’s Day potluck night and was well attended by SMCI and the public.
I want to say thank you to the team for their hard work throughout the year and congratulate Meggy Bartlett- McBride our President, on being recognised as a Woman of Influence.
"There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it"