By MATTHEW MCKEW
Growing the membership and adding to the successful Tucker Beach project are the two key aims of the new Rotary Club of Queenstown president.
Lee-Ann Lines moved back to her home town two-and-a-half years ago from Auckland, where she’d been a member of Rotary since 2013.
The former real estate agent quickly established herself at the Queenstown club and joined the board, before becoming president at the start of July.
Lines: ‘‘It’s a privilege, you don’t just become president, you have to be invited, you don’t put your hand up or volunteer for it.
‘‘What I particularly love is working with the youth, that’s always been the passion.’’
Lines was the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards district chair for the lower South Island and has worked to put on an annual camp in Queenstown to promote leadership skills.
She and other members also worked with Wakatipu High School to send selected students to the University of Auckland for the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum.
In 2018, the Rotary Club of Queenstown built the 3.2km Tucker Beach Trail from Lower Shotover Bridge to the Tucker Beach Delta.
As president, Lines aims to build a shelter for when it gets too hot or too wet, as well as a barbecue area along the trail.
Her other aim is to increase membership by improving the visibility of the club in the resort, and has early plans for beach cleans and litter pick-ups.
‘‘I’d like it so we get more diversity in the club, more females and different ethnicities — so we’ll be trying to reach out to the local Brazilian community here in Queenstown.’’
One of the club’s current projects is partially funding and providing the labour to build a bouldering wall at Lakeland Park.