A very warm welcome to the Rotary Club of Petone - Petone is nestled on the northern shore of Wellington Harbour in New Zealand.
The Rotary Club of Petone was established in 1951 and continues to assist, contribute and lead in many projects across the community and overseas.
Enjoy your experience here and as you will see, there are numerous opportunities to be involved in working together for the benefit of all in our own and other communities. Join us at Cafe Chavi (Jackson Street, Petone) on Tuesday nights - we meet at 5.30 for a 6.00pm start but let us know in advance so we can confirm catering numbers.
We're not going to speak too loudly here just in case jinx it but if the current run of weather continues we could be in for a great summer. The gardens are starting to sprout all manner of things and it won't be too long before fruit trees become laden with their crops.
For many of us this poses a problem - too much fruit and not enough people to take the excess.
If that sounds like you and if you'd be happy for donate the excess to various groups to distribute in to the community, then contact Community Fruit Wellington.
A group of volunteers will rescue the fruit and it will be distributed to those in need through Foodbank and Kaibosh Food Rescue,
Contact at 022 596 9577 or by email.
This year's Christmas meal is being replaced by a movie fundraiser with all proceeds going toward Polio Plus. US Ambassador Scott Brown acknowledged the work that all Rotary Clubs do and related that this was an issue particularly close to his heart as his mother was a polio sufferer.
The movie evening is on Tuesday 12 December at the Lighthouse Cinema - meeting at 5.30 for a 6.00pm start.
The movie is titled Breathe and is particularly pertinent as it is about pioneering polio survivor, Robin Cavendish.
We were joined by US Ambassador Scott Brown and his wife Gail last night. The Ambassador was presented with 5 PC's that the club had received from the New Zealand Racing Board and refurbished and upgraded. The PC;s are bound for Samoa where Scott said they will most certainly change some young lives over there.
President Mike welcomed District Governor Mitchel Brown to our club and wasted no time in having Mitch present Stewart Irwin and Warren Nelson, our newest members, their Rotary Pins.
Both Stewart and Warren already make significant contributions to a number of groups and organisations through our community and we look forward to working alongside them.
DG Mitch spoke of a number of goals that Rotary is aiming for this year and commented that we have already surpassed several of these. He was particularly taken with the Gift of Green programme (started by Roy Hewson) and was very keen to promote similar through other clubs in the district.
Mitch is very enthusiastic, full of energy and is certainly a great promoter of "Go Wild" about Rotary.
On Tuesday 2nd May, the City Development Committee of the Hutt City Council voted, almost unanimously (only the Deputy Mayor, David Bassett voted against), to support the Petone Rotary Fair running on saturdays for the foreseeable future.
Petone Rotary would like to acknowledge the support it has received over the past 2 years while this issue has been debated. This has been a particularly difficult time and we are relieved that we can now focus our attention on making the event (and future events) a fabulous one for the numerous communities the Fair serves, the stallholders who attend, the retailers and businesses it provides opportunity for and the many charities and organisations that benefit.
So, the 2018 Petone Rotary Fair will be held on Saturday the 17th February, 2018, on Jackson Street Petone.
Fair applications will open on 1 October 2017.