Some Past Projects

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

    Rotary International encourages districts (or clubs) to run courses for young people in “leadership camp format” to encourage potential leaders and provide them with training in fundamentals and ethics of leadership, communication skills, problem solving and conflict resolution, building self confidence, and the elements of community and global citizenship. District 9940 attempts to provide such a course every year for 18 to 25 year olds. The demands on the organising club are great and many clubs are reluctant to take it on.

     

    The Rotary Club of Wanganui ran successful courses in 2002,2003 and 2004. Club member Neil Bates was the driving force in 2002 with Bob Smith taking responsibility for the other two.

     

    Here are impressions of  the 2004 course from two participants

    Amy Carroll who works for the Wanganui District Council:

    “My life will never be the same”,“Gives you stuff that works in real life”

     

    Sam Gordon, who is studying physics and maths at Auckland University, spoke next. He described how he had received a “toolbox for life”: a set of skills for interacting with people, a sense “of who I am” , a launchpad for the rest of his life. He came away with a network of 40 new friends and a quote that is engraved in memory “Strive to be inspired”

     

    ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS

    Rotary International encourages districts (or clubs) to run courses for young people in “leadership camp format” to encourage potential leaders and provide them with training in fundamentals and ethics of leadership, communication skills, problem solving and conflict resolution, building self confidence, and the elements of community and global citizenship. District 9940 attempts to provide such a course every year for 18 to 25 year olds. The demands on the organising club are great and many clubs are reluctant to take it on.

     

  • Rotahomes

    Many Clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand are providing funds and practical help to build simple practical homes for Fiji families with very little income, often from only seasonal canecutting work. About 700 homes have been built in the last 20 years.

    The homes are basic but a huge improvement in living conditions for many families

    For several years the Rotary Club of Wanganuiraised funds for the construction of one home a year.

     

    In addition the club sent teams (in 2005 and 2013) to Fiji to construct a home

     

  • Majestic Square

    In 1999 the club celebrated its 75th Jubilee with a major Community Project. The old Majestic Theatre had been demolished several years earlier and the site was suitable for some sort of central focal point for the city. It was decided to build a performance centre, a sunken garden and pedestrian links.

     

    Rotary's role was to raise $75000 for the project and to involve business houses and individuals to make donations and have pavers and plaques set into the pavement as a permanent record.

  • Trees at Springvale Park

    Springvale Park is a large area of sportsfields in Wanganui. There is little shade in summer or protection from the weather in winter for players and supporters.There were a few trees around the perimeter but many more were required. Club Member Shirley McDouall kicked the tree planting project off with a generous donation. Negotiation with the Wanganui District Council resulted in a major planting programme for the park. The plan had become quite a large project so the other Rotary Clubs in Wanganui were asked for assistance and the project became a combined clubs project. The Council specified very substantial frames around the tress to protect them from vandalism and accidental damgage. The frames were costing more than the trees and although club funding was provided, substantial funds have been provided by the Eleanor Burgess Trust in Wanganui.

     

    In 2009 the first trees were planted: oaks and gums along the boundary and nuts behind the Stadium. In 2010 further oaks and gums were planted and pohutakawas near the entrance to the park. Planting will continue for two or three more years until the park boundaries are completed.

     

  • The Lifescan Project

    Probably the biggest project undertaken by the club was the building of two houses in one weekend to raise funds for The Wanganui Eyecare Trust to purchase a CT Scanner for Wanganui Hospital. Nelson Palmer of the Rotary Club of Wanganui was the convenor of the project and the two other clubs, Wanganui North and Wanganui South participated.

     

    They persuaded dozens of building supply merchants to provide materials and 190 skilled tradesmen to donate their services and in two days, built two houses which were sold to Wanganui Boys College as hostel accommodation. The initial use of the buildings however was as the administration centre for the N.Z. Masters games in Wanganui.

     

    The organisation required to complete the houses in two days was undertaken by Nelson and the committee from the three clubs. Murray Wight coordinated the building process. It was a successful effort and made a major contribution to the scanner appeal which benefited from a whole series of community fundraisers at the time.

     

    The Wanganui Chronicle of the 2nd March 1993 reported the completion of the

    project with a full page supplement naming and thanking all the firms and individuals

    who contributed. The also showed a photograph of the $100,000 cheque presented

    to Lifescan and the buildings in the background.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    L to R :Colin Slaughter( Pres. Wanganui North), Brian O'Donnell (Pres Wanganui)

    Nelson Palmer (Convenor), George Bowers (Pres. Wanganui South),

    John Broadfoot (Eyecare Trust)

     

    Note: In fact a MRI scanner was purchased and in 2004 the Eyecare trust has initiated another major appeal for a new MRI scanner with much improved resolution and performance. All Wanganui Clubs are making contributions to this appeal.

     

    One of the houses in use 2004. The other is in the background

     

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