Rotary offers options

The Rotary Club of Kerikeri is pulling out all the stops to engage with the local community. It has launched a new website outlining its work, encouraging membership enquiries and creating new ways for people to get involved without needing to become members.

Residents of the town can use the website (kerikerirotaryclub.org) either to suggest community projects for Rotary to get involved with or to volunteer their own services for Rotary initiatives.

“Rather than dream up random community projects on our own we thought it would be good to seek suggestions from the community,” said Bruce Mathieson, the club’s President.

“And because we suspect there are quite a few people out there who would like to become involved in community projects but don’t want to become formally involved with Rotary, we’re making it easy for them to do so.”

Mathieson (36) is the youngest President of the club to date. He was installed in June and promised a year of change with a focus on local projects. He said the 37-strong club was one of the most active and healthy in the region but that he wanted to encourage more professionals and parents of young families to join its ranks. For this to happen the club would need to evolve and adapt.

“We’re looking at a heap of new membership options,” Mathieson said, “from introducing ‘couples’ membership through to adding breakfast or lunch gatherings to our existing meetings format.

“Rotary is an important part of the fabric of our community but for this to continue we need to remain relevant to, and in touch with, all parts of our community. Our new website is the first step towards this goal.”

Getting stuck in. Rotarians built the public barbecues in Kerikeri’s Stone Store Basin. The Kerikeri club’s new website gives non-members the chance to suggest other projects or volunteer their services.

Getting stuck in. Rotarians built the public barbecues in Kerikeri’s Stone Store Basin. The Kerikeri club’s new website gives non-members the chance to suggest other projects or volunteer their services.

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