Raetihi-Ohakune Rotarians meet in the shadow of Mount Ruapehu. I brought along my pull-up banner for the District Conference which shows Mount Taranaki, mindful also of the connection in Maori legend between Taranaki and the mountains in the centre of Te Ika-a-Maui.
Raetihi-Ohakune Rotary connects people across the community, for example by splitting and supplying firewood to the elderly with help from young people who need to achieve service for their Duke of Edinburgh awards. A major fundraiser involves delivering phone books to their communities.
We met in the historic Country Classic Lodge on the outskirts of Raetihi. This is a very large Victorian villa with various collections of interesting items on display in different nooks and crannies. Dinner was downstairs before we retired upstairs for a very enjoyable evening, including re-inducting a member.
Raetihi-Ohakune Rotary is a strong supporter of local youth, such as providing prizes for two Duxes at Ruapehu College (academic and trades), supporting art supplies for learning by local youth, and supporting junior Rugby.
These are just a few of their local activities and they also look overseas by supporting Emergency Response Kits and responding to disasters such as the Nepal earthquake.
I'm told this part of the country is getting very busy not only in winter for the ski season, but also in summer, and I am sure you would be as welcome as I was made if you are in the area when a Club meeting is being held.