Able to ‘do my own thing’

5 Questions with Rural Women NZ South Canterbury lone member Fiona Blake

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What is is, being a lone member?
It means I don’t belong to a branch – I [can go] everywhere.

How did you get involved with Rural Women?
Just because I have a rural background. I grew up on a farm and my husband and I were farming. It seems like an organisation that probably needs as much support as they can get because it’s a minority.

What do you enjoy about it?
Because I’m an individual member I can do my own thing, when I like. I might go to meetings or read stuff or be part of something that they are organising. I can just do it as I [want], but I’m still supporting Rural Women as an organisation. You can be as involved as you want.

How can people get involved?
To become a member, it’s just a matter of signing up and you just pay your annual subsidy. And if you are in a particular district, you get information from [the Rural Women group in that area].

What did you enjoy about the Rural Women NZ South Canterbury seminar held in Fairlie on Monday, which featured speakers including Billie Jordon who established The Hip Op-eration Crew, a hip-hop dance group?
I’m of the mindset that you don’t grow old and the admiration for someone who’s absolutely recreated herself to become such an amazing personality is so admirable. It inspires me to not grow old.