Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Art, golf, water wells and youth sponsorship drive Paraparaumu Rotary

PP Reg Barlow passes the chain to President Marion Patchett
As I visit more Clubs around the District, I am getting a sense of the huge cumulative impact Rotarians in our District are having on our communities here and overseas.  Last night Assistant Governor Chris Garrett and I visited Paraparaumu Rotary where Marion Patchett is the new President. 
Paraparaumu Rotary organises an annual Art Show showcasing the talents of local artists, hosts a a golf tournament, and has provided 96 wells to poor rural communities in Andhra Pradesh, India since 2010.  These are only a few of their service and fundraising activities.  Marion provided me with a whole schedule of projects they intend to be involved in during the year. 
Paraparaumu Rotary is currently sponsoring a Youth Exchange student in Germany, intends sponsoring young people to RYPEN, RYLA, the National Science and Technology Forum and in August will support 200 students from Paraparaumu Rotary through the RYDA (Rotary Youth Driver Awareness) programme.
Even before I had mentioned it, Paraparaumu Rotarians told me they are already planning to celebrate 100 years of The Rotary Foundation doing good in the world, as they have been doing. It is heartening to see so many people in our Rotary Clubs spending their time and talents serving others in our communities.  

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