Membership Summary

Rotary Havelock North Membership Objectives

  • Friendship and Socialising with fellow Rotarians
  • Service for Local and International Causes
  • Local Community Assistance
  • Assist other charities – providing personnel and funds for specific purposes
  • Have fun

Fund Raising

  • Te Mata Park Guard Duty
  • Christmas Raffle
  • All funds raised are distributed to specific causes

General Activities

Meeting Summary

The Motto of Rotary – “Service before Self”.

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.

There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.

The object of Rotary is to encourage & foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular, to encourage and foster:

The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

This objective is set against the “Rotary 4-way Test,” used to see if a planned action is compatible with the Rotarian spirit.

The 4-Way Test considers the following questions in respect to thinking, saying or doing:

Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Rotarians are men and women from all walks of life, occupations, cultures, religions and ages.  We help people in need, we support young people, we assist organizations and we are assisting in the eradication of polio from the world.

Rotary Havelock North provides the structure for members to get involved in local, national and international projects.  It also provides you with the opportunity of meeting and developing long term friendships with really nice people.  We have a lot of fun!

If you would like to know more about Rotary, and our Rotary Club in particular, please contact us.  We will be very happy to host you as a guest at one of our meetings.

Meeting Format

Rotary Havelock North meet at the Havelock North Community Centre, Te Mata Road at 5.30pm every Monday night.

The meeting starts with the opportunity to mix and mingle with all members and guests for half an hour.

At 6:00 pm the meeting is called to order and all guests are introduced.

A light meal is served (members pay $19.50) followed by tea/coffee.

Around 6:30 the more formal part of the meeting starts.

There is often a 2 minute talk (from a member) on any subject they are interested in.

Next a Sargent session.  The Sargent’s task is to find a reasonable cause to “fine” individuals or groups to raise funds for club purposes. The funds raised are distributed to people or groups for specific purposes.  For example, buy a saddle for a horse for riding for the disabled or similar.

Next on the agenda is often a guest speaker.  The subject is often related to local groups who need help with their activities, personnel or funds.  We often help with personnel or funds where a specific activity is needed.

Meetings finish around 7:30 pm

Local Community Assistance

Our motto is “Service Before Self“.  If our club is presented with a request for assistance (labour or goods) and it is deemed appropriate we will endeavor to assist.  Recent examples are: assisting with traffic flows for sporting events, removing weeds from Kiwi Pens and helping repair the paths, creating a garden plot for a school, running our Christmas raffle to generate funds for local and international uses.

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Donations – Jul 2017 – Jun 2018

Rotary Havelock North Donations July 2017 – June 2018

Rotary Havelock North has two major fundraising events each year, they are –

  1. Christmas Trailer Raffle
  2. Country  2 Coast

In the last 12 months, using funds primarily from these two events we have distributed in excess of $27,500 to many worthy recipients, most of which are listed below:

  • Waimarama Surf Life Saving Club – $5,000
  • Enliven eldercare – building a 100-metre exercise pathway – $4,887.
  • Goddam Memorial Hospital, Vanuatu, hospital upgrade – $4,000.
  • Dictionaries to local primary school children – $1,596.
  • Hastings Riding for the Disabled – $1,500.
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Hawkes Bay, youth mentoring – $1,500.
  • Prima Volta Trust, Hawkes Bay youth music programme – $2,000.
  • Assisting two students to attend Outward Bound courses – $1,104.
  • Interplast (repairing bodies in the Pacific region) – $1,000.
  • Havelock North Primary School, children’s garden project – $1,000.
  • The Cyclone Gita Tonga appeal – $1,000.
  • Sending a young person on a Rotary Young Leaders’ course – $750.
  • Assisting a student attend a Summer Science School – $750.
  • Purchasing Duffy books for Riverslea School – $580.
  • Assisting a student attend a Youth Science Forum – $250.
  • Assisting Hohepa residents attend a speech contest – $200.
  • Assisting a student on a Youth Exchange programme – $100.
  • Cure Kids – $100.
  • Rotary Young Person Enrichment programme – $180.
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Napier Road replacement trees

Napier Road replacement trees

Rotary is pleased to assist with the selection and planting of these new trees because we planted the original trees in 1973.

We were disappointed that the original trees needed to be replaced because of the upgrade the water main in Napier Road.

The new trees on Napier road are one of the many Rotary projects that improve the environment of Havelock North.

It is pleasing to see the Hastings District Council infrastructure improvements will now include the new Bradford Pear trees.
Napier Road replacement trees
Peter Longstaff and Ewan Wallace (who were present at the first planting in 1973) joined us for the tree planting.

Rotary helped choose the Bradford Pear species to replace the original trees. Rotary, Hastings District Council, and a band of volunteers planted the new trees today.

The Bradford Pear has a “pyramid” shape with densely packed branches that features a profusion of early spring blossom, with leaves that turn red, orange and maroon in Autumn.

The tree planting today was a reinvigoration of the 1973 project and we thank all those who helped.

John Pollard.
Rotary Club of Havelock North

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Paint The Town Red

Rotary Havelock North assisted with this fundraiser for the Havelock North Volunteer Fire Brigade

Paint The Town Red, the second fundraiser for The Gang of Four is for the benefit of the amazing men and women of the Havelock North Volunteer Fire Brigade who form a vital part of the safety and security of our Village.

Paint the town Red. A community fundraising project benefitting the Havelock North Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The entire Havelock North community is coming together over the weekend of September 21-23 to raise much needed funds for the Havelock North Volunteer Fire Brigade. We are asking you to learn more about the comprehensive programme of events and activities that are planned and how you can help.

No one will argue that the men and women of the Havelock North Volunteer Fire Brigade form a vital part of the safety and security of our Village. These unsung heroes perform just under 300 call outs every year and everyone in Havelock North either knows someone who has been helped by the Brigade or has experienced their assistance first hand. It’s time that we recognised their contribution to our community and repay them for their service.

For this initiative to capture the imagination of the people of Havelock North, and to raise awareness of what the Brigade does for our Village, we are trying to involve as many people as possible in Paint The Village Red activities.

Please join in this community initiative. It’s the right thing to do.

What will the money raised be used for?

Funds are being raised to build a comprehensive training facility behind the existing station. The training centre will improve brigade performance and train brigade members in the use of new life saving equipment and technologies.

It’s going to be a red hot weekend in the Village, so how can get you involved:

  • A Paint The Village Red donation envelope and info sheet will be delivered to every Havelock North household in the week beginning September 17.
  • A bucket collection will be held on Friday September 21 to collect the envelopes. (There will be drop off points for householders to deposit their donations before and after that date.)
  • Schools in Havelock North will run a Paint The Village Red mufti day on Friday September 21with proceeds from a gold coin donation going to the Brigade.
  • We are encouraging organised clubs and community groups within the Village to run events on Saturday September 22 with proceeds raised from these events going to the Brigade.
  • We will be selling Paint The Village Red tea towels over the weekend.
  • Hospitality will be running Paint The Village Red theme food and beverage specials.
  • Retail Stores will be running Paint The Village Red promotions.
  • A Village Gala will be held on Sunday 23 September. The Gala will be held on the grassed area behind the Fire Station. It will be a fun family day for the enjoyment of the whole Village.

While we are hopeful that we can raise a significant amount of money for the Volunteer Fire Brigade, we are equally driven to raise awareness of the service that these men and women selflessly provide the residents of Havelock North.

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Business Award

Havelock North Rotary was recognised by the Havelock North Business Association with an award.

The business award from Havelock North Business Association was for Longivity – 50 years plus.

Havelock North Rotary was chartered in May 1963.

The award was presented to John Pollard –  Havelock North Rotary President.

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