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 the Petone Central Bowling Club (Roxburgh 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.
It was a big night for Petone Rotary last week.
President John Prendergast and wife Donna, are moving to the Wairarapa, so our changeover was tinged with sadness. However, for the coming year we are having a rotational President, with four of our previous Presidents sharing the job.
The big news of the night was the awarding of no fewer than four Paul Harris Awards. The Paul Harris Award is Rotary's highest award, recognising those who have demonstrated the humanitarian and community objectives of the international Rotary Federation.
Two members, Pam Hanna and Gary Lewis were each honoured with a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin in recognition of their exemplary service to Rotary in addition to their other community activities in Petone. Both have been the faces behind Petone Fair in recent years.
Tui Lewis and Rob Wells were also honoured with a Paul Harris Award. Tui is also well-known for her service as a Hutt City Councillor and as Deputy Mayor. Rob has been Petone Rotary's financial supremo, sorting out the finances, including a substantial undertaking for our Trusts the Fair and club operational matters.
The evening was well-attended and it was great to be able to host honorary members Dave (and Caroline) Gratton, Yope Bonn, Hugh Mill along with guests Donna Prendergast, Helen Stevens, Dennis Jackson, Paddy Wells and Mike Bolton.
All the very best with your move to the Wairarapa John and Donna, and we hope you’ll pop in when and if you get the opportunity.
Murray wasn't able to be at changeover so a belated awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow was made the following week (11 July)
For quite a number of years now, Murray has taken the lead role in identifying and interviewing candidates for the many and various Rotary youth programmes that are available. In his own professional capacity he has inspired his students to gold winning performances in scientific competitions in New Zealand and internationally.
Murray is a key member of the Petone Rotary Board and is currently Assistant Governor for Rotary in the Hutt Valley.
Well deserved Murray, huge congratulations from us all.