Celebrating a decade of community support

Current president, Russell Kilpatrick, and charter president, Warwick Thorburn cut the cake.

Papamoa Rotary Club has celebrated its tenth anniversary in style with a fantastic celebration at Classic Flyers Museum.

Sixty five people attended the function last Sunday, including current and past members and their families.

Guest speaker for the event was Bill Boyd, one of only two New Zealanders who have been selected to be World President of Rotary International. The role means Bill is responsible for over 33,000 Rotary Clubs world-wide.

The original club president, Warwick Thorburn, and district governor, John Tarbutt spoke about the challenges they had in forming in a new Rotary Club.

Current president, Russell Kilpatrick, and district governor, Leonie Tisch, also spoke during the event, giving a brief summary as to how well the club had developed in ten years.

Display stands showing office holders and club members for each of the ten years were also on display, as well as photographs and cuttings of activities during each of those years and details of money donated both locally and internationally.

In the last ten years the club has granted almost $200,000 to worthy causes, most of it going back to the Papamoa community.

And the evening was not complete without the cutting of the anniversary cake, rounding off a great occasion for all who attended.

Papamoa Rotary meets weekly at Robert Harris on a Thursday evening and it provides a great opportunity to meet other people and also to contribute to the local community.


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