Sunday, 4 September 2016

Hutt City Rotary - their communities' "besties" both locally and overseas

President Sue Avison and DG Martin
Earlier this year Denise and I went to the 2016 Shapeshifter biennial sculpture exhibition which Hutt City Rotary puts a huge amount of work into.  In the DomPost Dowse Art Museum Director Courtney Johnston described Hutt City Rotarians as "my besties.  The work you do in the community just blows me away".  We have to agree.

When we visited Hutt City Rotary we heard about so many activities.  Local projects have included the fire sculptures, work on the Hutt River Trail, water fountains for the Great Harbour Way, and literacy in prisons.

Hutt City is a strong supporter of youth and have great relationships with two local primary schools and Hutt Valley High School.  They have just received a Rotary Foundation District Grant to support a technology forum to expand potential educational and employment opportunities for young people.  They have also just taken on running of the RYLA programme for the next three years.  They also support RYPEN, Science in Schools, dictionaries in schools and many other youth programmes.  

DG Martin, with Hutt City Rotarians - District Treasurer
Linton Adams & District Youth Protection Liaison Officer John Grigg
They have experimented with their lunchtime offerings, moving to a lighter lunch during the daylight saving period.  Relevant activities and meetings that meet members' needs have helped Hutt City Rotary attract and induct several new members recently.

Hutt City's international projects are diverse, including funding a coconut oil press in the Solomon Islands, life jackets for Africa, medical and educational support in Ethiopia and Debbie Mair's most recent work with orphaned elephants in Borneo with the Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species - these are just a few and they are developing more. 

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