If you are someone who wants to contribute to the community Petone Rotary has something for you.
The club has set up a satellite club for those who want to help the community without the obligations that go with being a Rotarian.
Petone Rotary president Neil Potter says the new club has been 10 and 12 active members. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm. They’re keen to get stuck in and do something.”
He says the satellite club is sanctioned by Rotary International and is an initiative aimed at getting people who would not normally join Rotary to become active in it. “There’s a perception that to join Rotary you’ve got to be an older businessperson.”
Although Rotary has many women members, Mr Potter says some women are put off by the atmosphere and the way things are done. “The satellite club is targeting people who want to contribute to the community.”
Unlike a regular Rotary club, the satellite club will meet once a fortnight for a coffee rather than dinner. Its rules will be more relaxed than those of regular Rotary clubs.
“The satellite club will be independent but will still fall within the umbrella of Petone Rotary. So its members are free to attend meetings of Petone Rotary.”
The satellite club’s next meeting is at 7.30pm on Thursday (April 12) at the Dowse in Lower Hutt.
If you are interested call Mr Potter on 5686885(work). or go to www.facebook.com/petonerotarysatellite