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The Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa welcomes new members and here are just some of the good reasons why people decide to join a Rotary Club:
The Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa was established in 1988 with the formal Charter meeting was held on 27th August, 1988.
Professional Networking: A founding principle of Rotary was to provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Members are often leaders in business, industry, the professions, the arts, government, sports, the military or religion. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service-club organisation in the world.
The Opportunity to Serve: Rotarians provide service at both the local and national community and international levels. Service programs address health care needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, disaster relief and environmental clean-ups, to name but a few. Members experience the fulfilment that comes from giving back to the community.
Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. Leadership, public speaking and communication, organisation and planning, team-building, fundraising and teaching are just a sampling of the skills that can be exercised and enhanced through Rotary.
Friendship: Fellowship was a primary reason that Rotary was started in 1905 and it remains a major attraction. Today, with more than 30,000 Rotary clubs in over 160 countries, Rotarians have friends wherever they go. Rotary helps to build community as well as enduring friendships.
Cultural Diversity: Rotary International is an association of local clubs in many countries. Clubs are open to members of every ethnic group, political persuasion, language and religious belief. Rotary clubs contain a cross-section of the world's leaders. They practice and promote tolerance.
Good Citizenship: Membership in Rotary makes one a better citizen. Weekly Rotary club programmes keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, the nation and the world. Rotary's expansive network of clubs and programmes provides extensive opportunities for service and interchange.
World Understanding: Rotary members gain an understanding of humanitarian issues and have a significant impact on them through international service projects and exchange programmes of Rotary International and its Foundation. The promotion of peace is one of Rotary's highest objectives.
Entertainment: Every Rotary club and district hosts parties and activities that offer diversion from one’s personal and business life. Conferences, conventions, assemblies and social events provide entertainment as well as Rotary information, education and service
Family Foundations: Rotary sponsors some of the world’s largest youth exchange, educational exchange and scholarship programmes. Rotary clubs provide innovative training opportunities and mentoring for future leaders. They involve family members in a wide range of social and service activities.
Ethical Environment: Rotarians practice in their everyday lives The Rotary 4-Way Test which measures words and actions by their truthfulness, fairness, goodwill and benefit to all. Encouraging high ethical standards in one's profession and respect for all worthy vocations has been a hallmark of Rotary from its earliest days.
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Whangaparaoa Rotary ran the Hibiscus Coast Soap Box Derby for the 10 years it ran from 2008 to 2018 and not only raised over $55,000 which went back into our local community but at the same time supported charities and groups with opportunities for their own fundraising.
The Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa hold a Golf Tournament each year in support of local youth services with lots of great prizes, $40 entry and Ambrose Tournament Shotgun start. Teams of four or individual entries.
The Rotary Club of Whangaparaoa were instrumental in the redevelopment project of the Napangasale Junior Secondary School on the island of Tongoa in Vanuatu. With the aid of a Global Grant and support from the local Hibiscus Coast community a container of building materials, books and clothing left Auckland in mid July 2014. A group of Rotarians travelled to Tongoa later in 2014 and very successfully completed the school project
Unfortunately the swift hand of mother nature hit Tongoa island hard with Cyclone Pam and there was some damage to the newly built buildings and satellite. Project Manager Peter Wilson visited the island with support and supplies within weeks of the devastation and for an evaluation on what needs to be done
A further expedition was undertaken to Tongoa to help in repair and further support within the 2015-16 Rotary year
On-going work and support continues to date within the area and alongside the school and local community
Whilst on his return trip to assess the situation in Tongoa Peter Wilson met with a journalist who wrote an excellent article on Peter and the project. Read this fascinating account "Vanuatu: An Aid Workers Journey to the Edge of the World"