Patsy Thornton

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BPW Kaitaia & BPW Doubtless Bay

I was a member of the Kaitaia BPW club for thirteen years and became President in 2001 when the club was failing and almost in recess. I endeavoured to rebuild the club by introducing interesting projects and encouraging women to develop and grow by belonging to organizations’ such as this.  At the end of my term as President Membership had increased considerably…

I have attended five conferences and while President attended all the bi-annual Regional meetings. In 2003, I attended the Oceania conference held in Rarotonga as a representative of the Kaitaia BPW club along with one other delegate.

In 2003, I was selected to represent BPW on the Claude Switzer Memorial Advisory Board and did so until 2009 and we now have another of our members representing BPW. The Switzer Home is a Retirement Home in Kaitaia and involves all sections of the Community.

In 2004, I undertook my biggest challenge ever involving BPW.

Having moved to Doubtless Bay in 2001 I soon realised the need for a club in the area.  I canvassed local businesses and residents and proceeded to ‘sell’ BPW. This culminated in a Public meeting being held with the support and approval of NZ President Anita Devcich.  I printed and delivered flyers, advertised in the local papers, local radio stations and our local Cable T.V.  The result was beyond expectations with forty women attending and a new Club, BPW Doubtless Bay was born!

I was elected President and served for two years and another two years on the committee then again became President in 2009 to 2011 and still remain on the Committee.

Unfortunately this meant transferring from the Kaitaia BPW Club to which by then was flourishing and there were members who also lived in the Doubtless Bay area that transferred with me. While we felt our going was a loss to Kaitaia BPW, our experience was necessary to ensure the welfare of the new club. I am very pleased and proud of this Club that has continued to be a success.

In 2005 I was presented with the Daphne Chapman Award for promoting BPW for which I was indeed humbled and proud.

Since then I have attended another four conferences the last being in Gisborne 2010

I was privileged to attend the launching of the Women’s’ Empowerment Principles at Government House in Wellington in February 2012.

CHALLENGES

A big challenge for me was that while I was President of the BPW Club in Kaitaia I was also President of the Kaitaia Rotary Club and at the same time running my business working long hours, but I managed to do justice to both Clubs and am justifiably proud of my achievements at that busy time receiving the District Governor’s Citation for commitment to Rotary Service.

In 2008 I received the distinguished “Paul Harris Fellow” Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

In 2004 I formed the Doubtless Bay Chapter of the International Red Hat Society a club purely devoted to Oldies just having fun!!

In June 2009 I again became President of the Kaitaia Rotary Club as well as still being actively involved with BPW Doubtless Bay.

In 2009 I was recognized by the Kaitaia and Doubtless Bay BPW with a certificate for my significant contribution through Club and National Representation when BPW N.Z. celebrated their 70thAnniversary.

I am proud to have also attained my Keys to Achievement Certificate in September 2009 having completed all categories.

                                     2001 –2002                 President of Kaitaia BPW Club

                               2000 – 2001                President of Kaitaia Rotary Club

        2002                              Immediate Past President of both Clubs

                                       2003 – 2009                Member of Claude Switzer Memorial Trust                                                                                        Board

Advisory committee (Kaitaia) (BPW Rep)

2004 – 2009              Directorships Kaitaia Rotary Club

2004 – 2009              Founder and President of new BPW Doubtless Bay

Business and Professional  Womens’ Club

2005                             Received the Daphne Chapman Award by BPW NZ

for the promotion of BPW

2006                            Formed Chapter Red Hat Society Club Doubtless Bay

2008                            Named Paul Harris Fellow Rotary International

2009                            Keys to Achievment Certificate

2009 – 2010              President of Kaitaia Rotary Club

2009 – 2010              President of Doubtless Bay BPW Club

2010 -2011                 President of Doubtless Bay BPW Club.

2011                            Appointed to Northland lottery Committee

 Patsy Thornton – Congratulations

Posted on June 1, 2011

Congratulations to Patsy Thornton, who was appointed as a member of the Lottery Northland Community Distribution Committee on 26th April 2011. 

PROFILE     PATSY THORNTON

I was a member of the Kaitaia BPW club for thirteen years and became President in 2001 when the club was failing and almost in recess. I endeavoured to rebuild the club by introducing interesting projects and encouraging women to develop and grow by belonging to organizations such as this.

At the end of my term as President, membership had increased by seven and we had a total of 21 members with a further seven members pending.

I have attended five conferences and while President attended all the bi-annual Regional meetings. In 2003 I attended the Oceania conference held in Rarotonga as a representative of the Kaitaia BPW club along with one other delegate.

In 2001 I represented the club at the dedication of the ‘World Leaders Build Houses’ (Habitat for Humanity) in Kaitaia at which the Prime Minister Helen Clarke officiated and in the same capacity attended an afternoon tea hosted by the Mayor.

In 2003 I was selected to represent BPW on the Claude Switzer Memorial Advisory Board and have done so until 2009 and we now have another of our members representing BPW. The Switzer Home is a Retirement Home and involves all sections of the Community.

While I was President, all BPW committee meetings were held at my home and followed by refreshments allowing for enjoying social time together.

In 2004 I undertook my biggest challenge ever involving BPW.

Having moved to Doubtless Bay in 2001 I soon realized the need for a club in the area. I canvassed local businesses and residents and proceeded to ‘sell’ BPW. This culminated in a Public meeting being held with the support and approval of NZ President Anita Devcich. I printed and delivered flyers, advertised in the local papers, local radio stations and our local Cable T.V. The result was beyond expectations with forty women attending and a new Club was born!

I was elected President and served for two years and another two years on the committee.

Unfortunately this meant transferring from the Kaitaia BPW Club which was by then flourishing and there were members who also lived in the Doubtless Bay area that transferred with me. While we felt our going was a loss to Kaitaia BPW our experience was necessary to ensure the welfare of the new club. I am very pleased and proud of this Club that has continued to be a success.

In 2005 I was presented with the Daphne Chapman Award for promoting BPW. for which I was indeed humbled and proud.

Since then I have attended another four conferences the last being in Gisborne 2010

PROJECTS AND AWARENESS

Kaitaia BPW Years:

In October 1999 the club hosted Business Woman of the Year, Irene Durham, for a public meeting where she spoke on Financial Planning Services.

In November 2000 as part of Project 2000 we hosted a panel on Women’s’ Legal Rights with four local lawyers at a public meeting.

I hosted a Jo Seager dinner (raising funds for cancer) at my home in 2000 along with another member who also hosted one. The proceeds went to Far North Palliative Care.

A seminar for women into Council was held in March 2001 with Robyn Leiffering a councilor from Whangarei presiding where we met the councilors and after which we submitted a report to support the Whangarei Club’s award for Ann Todd Bell Issues Award- Conference Dunedin 2001.

I organized cooking demonstrations along the Alison Holst style which were held at the home of a local woman who was renowned for her cooking skills and expertise, in 2002.

We have also had a presentation by Alison Mooney held at The Northener Motel and also had Alison Mooney as guest speaker at a seminar at Taipa.

Our main project ‘Art 2 Wear’, which has become an annual event, has escalated since its conception some years ago and in September 2000 was part of the 25th celebration of the Community Centre.

Throughout this time I have been on the committee, as President, vice President or IPP.

In 2003 I attended the Oceana Conference in Rarotonga.

Doubtless Bay BPW:

For the first three years we held an annual Garden Party at a member’s beautiful home on the shores of MIll Bay.

We have held three very successful fashion shows and a Chrissy Russell evening on “What to Wear.”

Each year we have held wine and cheese evenings on Daffodil Day to raise funds for Cancer.

We have donated two prizes that are awarded annually to the Taipa District High School for Excellence and Initiative and Junior Sports Girl.

We also have created a 2nd Chance Award also presented annually.

In 2008 we hosted a public meeting with Prime Minister Helen Clark

In 2010 we held a fund raising event to support Miss World N.Z. who lives in Northland and who was a guest speaker at our combined Christmas lunch with the other Northland Clubs.

We celebrated Suffrage Day in 2010 with a High Tea where a panel of women candidates who were standing for the local body elections were able to address us.

I have been involved in the organization of all these projects.

CHALLENGES

A big challenge for me was that while I was President of the BPW Club in Kaitaia I was also President of the Kaitaia Rotary Club and at the same time running my business working long hours, but I managed to do justice to both Clubs and am justifiably proud of my achievements at that busy time receiving the District Governor’s Citation for commitment to Rotary Service.

In 2008 I received the distinguished “Paul Harris Fellow” Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

In 2004 I formed the Doubtless Bay Chapter of the International Red Hat Society a club purely devoted to Oldies just having fun!!

In June 2009 I again became President of the Kaitaia Rotary Club as well as still being actively involved with the Doubtless Bay B.P.W.

November 2009 also saw me take up my second term as President of the Doubtless Bay BPW and continues on in 2011.
In 2009 I was recognized by the Kaitaia and Doubtless Bay BPW with a certificate for my significant contribution through Club and National Representation when BPW N.Z. celebrated their 70th Anniversary.

I am proud to have also attained my Keys to Achievement Certificate.

Personal

I am a fifth generation New Zealander, my great great grandfather being the first white man to come to Mangonui from Ireland in 1831. I was born in Auckland but lived in Ahipara on the Ninety Mile Beach until I married in 1959 when I moved to Kaitaia. My husband and I owned a Dairy for eleven years and then a Stationery shop for twenty eight years, the last eight I ran on my own after my husband passed away in 1991.

I have three very successful sons, two living in Auckland and one in Australia. I am the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren, four girls and three boys.

I attribute my success to my organizational skills, capabilities, business experience, initiative and dedication.

From the Roadshow

BPW Kaitaia and Doubtless Bay:

Membership:

President Kaitaia:                     2001 to   (concurrently President of Kaitaia Rotary)

President Doubtless Bay:           2004 to present

 

BPW Awards:

Daphne Chapman Award for promoting BPW: 2005

 

Professional & Personal Insight:

  • Patsy is a fifth generation New Zealander, her Great Great Grandfather was the first white man to come to Mangonui from Ireland in 1831. She was born in Auckland but lived in Ahipara on the Ninety Mile Beach until she married in 1959.

 

  • Her various professional career involved:

Bay of Islands Power Board (5 years)

Dairy ownership with her husband (11 years)

Change in career took place when they purchased a Stationery, books and gift shop, after his death Patsy continued to operate a further 8 years (28 years).

 

Other community roles:

  • As a member of Rotary has received the District Governor’s Citation for commitment to Rotary Service, in 2008 she received the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
  • Patsy formed the Doubtless Bay chapter of the International Red Hat Society (2007).

 

Patsy Thornton –  Her Story:

  • During her time as member of Kaitaia club (13 years):

Became President in 2001 when the club was failing and almost in recess

Endeavoured to rebuild the club by introducing interesting projects and encouraging women to develop and grow by belonging to organisations such as this

Achieved an increase in membership by 7 with 21 full members and a further 7 pending

attended five conferences

As President attended all the bi-annual Regional meetings

As BPW representative at the dedication of the ‘World Leaders Build Houses’ (Habitat for Humanity) 2001 in Kaitaia officiated by The Prime Minister Helen Clarke followed by an afternoon tea hosted by the Mayor

Attended the Oceania conference held in Rarotonga, 2003

BPW representative on the Claude Switzer Memorial Advisory Board from 2003 until 2009.  Another BPW member has now taken this role on.  The Switzer Home is a Retirement Home and involves all sections of the Community

While President hosted all BPW committee meetings in her home followed by refreshments and socialising.

 

  • BPW International

Þ Attended the Oceania conference held in Rarotonga, 2003

 

Kaitaia Projects that “have involved members of the club whose efforts made them all possible.”

  • Fundraising events:

For cancer:  Jo Seager dinner at Patsy’s home, another member also hosted one, such was the interest

Utilising the Alison Holst cooking style, demonstrations were held at the home of a local woman who was renowned for her cooking skills and expertise. A great fund raiser and immensely popular event.

 

  • Seminars covering Women’s Legal Rights and Women into Council. These were well attended by the Public and very informative.

 

  • Main project  ‘Art 2 Wear’,  an annual event Patsy has been involved with from its conception some years ago which has escalated over time.  It involves considerable time, effort and preparation by members but has been very rewarding.

 

 

A new club is ‘formed’:

  • The next challenge Doubtless Bay (2004):

moved to Doubtless Bay in 2001 recognised the need for a club in the area

canvassed local businesses and residents inviting them to a public meeting

culminated in a public meeting being held with the support and approval of NZ President Anita Devcich

printed and delivered flyers, advertised in the local papers, local radio stations and the local Cable TV

result was beyond expectations, over 40 women attended and a new club was born

was elected President and served for two years followed by another two on the committee

 

Doubtless Bay BPW projects:

  • First three years held an annual Garden Party at a member’s beautiful home on the shores of Mill Bay.

 

  • Held two very successful fashion shows and a Chrissie Russell evening on “What to Wear.”

 

  • Each year we have held wine and cheese evenings on Daffodil Day to raise funds for Cancer.

 

  • Donated two prizes that are awarded annually to the Taipa District High School for Excellence and Initiative and Junior Sports Girl.

 

  • Created a ‘2nd Chance Award’ also presented annually to women over thirty years of age.

 

  • Hosted a public meeting with Prime Minister Helen Clark, 2008.

 

Patsy notes:

“I attribute my success to my organisational skills, capabilities, business experience, initiative and dedication

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