Stuart is living proof we can get alumni of our programs to join Rotary. He first came into contact with Rotary as an attendee of RYLA as a 20 year old in Auckland, New Zealand. Some 15 years later he was part of a D 9980 GSE team that went to Nigeria in 1987. That was the experience that has led to a lifetime of involvement with Rotary. He saw first-hand how Rotary can make a difference to peoples lives. Adrienne is a Past President of the Cromwell Rotary Club which they are both members of today. Cromwell is a village in Central Otago in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Over the years they have hosted 6 RYE students and their second son spent a year on the program in BC Canada.
Adrienne is a retired schoolteacher who most recently worked with children with special needs. Since retiring she has become a supportive grandparent and enjoys helping when she can with their 4 grandchildren. She is very involved in our small community and runs the local foodbank and loves the outdoor activities living in Central Otago offers. She tries to keep Stuart exercising but without doubt she is the fitter.
Stuart has worked in business all of his life and was CEO of the largest agricultural supply cooperative in New Zealand for 20 years. On retiring from that position he has focused on governance roles and chairs a number of boards of directors giving him a broad perspective of many sectors including NZ Cricket, University Bookshop (Otago) Ltd, Pioneer Generation Ltd, Infinite Energy (NZ) Ltd, and Well South Primary Health Network. He is also a director of a Rural Fire Authority and a Forestry Management company. He was a director of Rotary International 2010-2012 during which time he also chaired the RI Strategic Planning committee. He was an International Assembly training leader in 2003 and 2004. Stuart and Adrienne will be the moderators for Rotary International Assembly in 2017 in San Diego.
Together Adrienne and Stuart enjoy travelling (they have a daughter living in Europe) and they keep a large garden. Both enjoy reading and food and wine and meeting people. Stuart has a reputation for driving change and working strategically and believes more than ever Rotary needs to do the same to ensure we remain relevant to future generations.