The year in review
2022 was a significant year that saw change for us, where the club officially closed and Waikanae Rotary became a chapter under the Rotary Club of Mana Tangata.
It was great to have our final club dinner with some special guests in August, to share memories of the 56 years the club had existed.  We managed to find a new home for the club artifacts like the lectern, the badge box, the gavel and bell, etc.
And it was good to present the framed chain of office to Dave and Margaret Murton, as the first in the line of custodians to look after it.
So now we can all take a breather and reflect on the mahi that we as Rotarians are still doing in our community.
We have:
  • Provided prize giving for Waikanae and Kapakapanui Schools
  • Provided prize giving for Paraparaumu College and the Waikanae Rotary Scholarship Award for a student pursuing tertiary studies
  • Supported 2 applicants to the Summer Science Forum - Amelia Murray and Madeline Selby
  • Supported Saph (Saphire) Taylor to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) to be held in January at Forest Lakes
  • Provided funding to Starlight to allow them to make up packs for people with mental health issues who are in hospitals over Christmas

  • Part funded a publicly accessible defibrillator located at Waikanae Beach Bowling Club - Rotary signage bottom right

  • Successfully run the inaugural Nga Manu Education programme - which was recognized in the Wellington Airport Community Awards
  • Supported the annual Foodbank collection
  • Made a donation to support the Ukraine through the Hutt Rotary Club
  • Secured funding, thanks to the Waikanae Baptist Op Shop, to run a Healthy Heroes programme at Waikanae School in 2023
  • Continued to support the Lifting the Lid project that provides immediate counselling for college students at risk from Kapit to Foxton
We will be:
  • Looking to support students from Paraparaumu College to experience Rotary Youth Enrichment programme (RYPEN) in March 2023
  • Running the Kapiti Model Rail Show in April 2023 as a fund raiser for our projects.
  • Running the Healthy Heroes programme at Waikanae School
  • And COVID permitting, the Rotary Reading programme will kick off again.
We welcomed John Skene, Arie Hutflesz and Suzette Mcartney along to our breakfast meetings on the second Saturday of each month.  It was good to have Richard Starke there too.
So although the Rotary Club of Waikanae no longer exists, Waikanae Rotary does  and we continue to do good work in our community.
Remember you can listen to the Regional Rotary Roundup on Coast Access Radio (104.7 FM), and catch up on past episodes by clicking on this link  

As the year comes to an end, thank you for all of your support.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Enjoy your time with family and friends.

May the next year be a prosperous, joyous and 'service above self' year for all.
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