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The Wairarapa Young Farmers’ Club members who helped clear the Tinui Anzac track ahead of Anzac Day this year. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

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It may not have been the plan for Ashley Greer to become chairwoman of the Wairarapa Young Farmers Club, but she has stepped up to the mark.

Miss Greer, 28, has been named club chair after her predecessor Harry Eschenbach took a job in Canterbury.

Working as a relief milker on Willowpark dairy farm in rural Masterton, she is also studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in agricultural science at Massey University.

Balancing work and study is no mean feat, but Miss Greer is doing that while juggling her new role.

She moved to Wairarapa in August last year and then signed up as a member of the club.

She has since acted as publicity officer and new members liaison for the club.

Miss Greer said she has bought the tally up to five females out of six in the club’s executive team.

“I have a friendly and bubbly personality so that suited my previous roles . . . and should serve me well as chair,” she said.

As chairwoman, she is part of a team that brainstorms creative ideas for the club’s fundraising, and how it spends that money.

As a fundraiser, the club helped clear the Tinui Anzac track ahead of Anzac Day.

“I also am the face of the club and happily liaise with our supporters.”

Miss Greer said the new role would take up a lot of her time, but she hoped to make “our club awesome”.

The club has from 30 to 35 members comprising a range of professionals from farmers to lawyers and teachers.

For newcomers, the club meets every third Tuesday of the month at Lonestar in Masterton at 7.30pm.

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