Rotary making a difference in Horowhenua!
Spot the yellow hi-viz Rotary jackets in Horowhenua! People young and old who are connected with Rotary working together in the community – we’ve set up a fence line along 2km of Foxton beach to protect dunes; planted new plants in the wetlands; raised funds for Shelterbox; spruced up local schools. We’ve had a district conference weekend with a difference. What was special?
To illustrate - the Saturday was just brilliant. Why? Two inspiring speakers on health
and care for our future/our youth; followed by active community projects from Foxton to Palmerston North and down to Paraparaumu.
The active project day was followed by a great 'beach' party – Tawa Rotary was awarded a prize. We were delighted that Aisling could join us - we sponsored her at this year's Rotary Youth Leadership Award programme. Her fresh and enthusiastic perspective has been infectious.
We enjoyed working with many different people with a common interest in positive action. Then the debrief when we returned to the Manawatu College - sharing stories about the positive community response we received and the fun we experienced working together on projects.The projects were well thought through so that if anyone of us had physical limitations and couldn’t dig fence holes or put up a new shed, we were still able to participate such as collecting donations.
It’s been a real pleasure to include Aisling in this Rotary community experience and provide this opportunity to meet many other people associated with the wider Rotary efforts.This year’s District Conference has been a great way to regain energy and passion that's essential in voluntary efforts.
Have a look at the Rotary District 9940 Facebook (Conference 2014) for further photos and stories from this year's Conference.