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Rotary Club Changeover Night

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Last week, Norfolk Island’s Rotary Club held its annual changeover at Bailey’s Restaurant. Outgoing President Arthur Evans handed over the club’s leadership to the new committee, who are embracing their job with fantastic enthusiasm.

The incoming committee is headed by Dr Kate Lemerle (President) and comprises Lynlee Sanders (Treasurer), Tima Iowane (Secretary), Vere Iowane (Club Service), Andrew Maxwell (Community Service), Sally-Ann Johnson (Vocational Service), and Lindsay Ford (International Service). The new committee will be supported by Arthur Evans (Past President) and Ian Kiernan (Past Secretary, now District Governor Elect).

Norfolk Island is part of District 9910 which comprises 41 clubs extending from the northern and western areas of Auckland to the whole of Northland and up into the Pacific including Noumea and Vanuatu. Despite the huge distances between our district’s clubs, as Rotarians we all share a driving passion to make positive changes in our community and the world. For more than 110 years, Rotary has inspired people from all walks of life to take action on projects that offer a sustainable future across six areas - fighting disease; saving mothers and children; providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; supporting education; growing local economies; and promoting peace.

This year’s international driving motto is to “Be the Inspiration” and the words of the incoming Rotary International President Elect, Barry Rassin, are particularly relevant for us on Norfolk Island. He drew attention to the sea which not only separates Rotarians around the world, but also gives us a sense of connection. He called on us all to be inspired to do more, to be more, and create something that goes way beyond us. He reminded us that by working together we build a better world, and these words will be the guiding vision for our Norfolk Island team this year.

The Rotary Foundation provides a range of funding to help turn project ideas into reality, as well as supporting youth leadership with scholarships and international exchanges. Several young people from Norfolk Island have already benefited and we hope to continue this tradition. Rotary Community Corps are an opportunity for anyone in the community to join with the local Rotary Club to solve a local community problem, no matter how big or small. We are keen to mobilize this hands-on action approach and invite anyone to contact us with ideas you have to solve local issues. We also have access to global and district grants to fund a variety of projects and activities that can create sustainable change across Rotary’s six areas of focus. So we are keen to identify projects and make a difference to our community as well as support our neighbours especially in times of crisis.

Becoming a member of a service club like Rotary is not only a great way to network with people in the community, it also makes our community as a whole much stronger. Together, great things can be achieved, and we warmly invite anyone of any age who feels inspired to build a better world to come along to find out more about Rotary. Our dinner meetings will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at Governor’s Lodge, starting on 26 July at 5.30 PM. For more information contact Dr Kate on 52112.

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