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    SERVICE ABOVE SELF

    ROTARY CLUB OF TAWA A HISTORY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAWA 1969-1991

    * THE FIRST

    TWENTY ONE YEARS BY

    Gerald S. Aburn

  • SERVI CE ABOVE SELF

    ROTARY CLUB OF TAWA A HISTORY OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAWA 1969-1991

    * THE FIRST

    TWENTY ONE YEARS BY

    Gerald S. Aburn

  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

    I gratefully acknowledge the assistance I have received from many people in preparing this history; including Past Presidents, the President,

    club officers (past and present), and many Rotarians.

    The late Eldon Armstrong and the late Frank Munro both provided a wealth of material relating to the earlier years of the club, without which my task would not have been feasible.

    Also to Nancy for her patience over the past two years.

    G.S.A.

    Published in 1993 by

    THE ROTARY CLUB OF TAWA

    P.O. BOX 51-086 Wellington

    New Zealand

    ISBN 0 473 01836 5

    Cover printed by

    PolPrint Limited, Tawa

  • The OBJECT of ROTARY

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

    FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

    SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

    THIRD. The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life;

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

  • CONTENTS

    PART I THE BEGINNING

    1. Why A New Club? 2. Organisation Meeting 3. Charter Presentation 4. Constitution and By-Laws 5. Committees

    PART II THE CLUB FLOURISHES

    6. Membership Development

    7. Year by Year Summary of the Club's Activities and Main Achievements

    PART III- MAJOR PROJECTS AND CLUB FINANCES

    8. Major and On-Going Projects 9. survey of Club Finances

    PART IV THE FUTURE

    10. Another Rotary Club in Tawa? 11. Women in Rotary 12. Future Focus of Rotary?

    PART V APPENDICES

    I. Charter officers and members Past Presidents II. Paul Harris Fellows III. Past office holders IV. Current members as at 30 June, 1991 V. Past Members - Those "Called to Higher Service"" and others. VI. Exchange students.

  • PART I

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    THE BEGINNING

    1. Why a New Club? 2. Organisation Meeting 3. Charter Presentation 4. Constitution and By-Laws 5. Committees.

  • 1. WHY A NEW CLUB?

    The possibility of forming a Rotary Club in Tawa was investigated as far back as 1951 according to records held at the headquarters of Rotary International. The developing city of Porirua was eventually chosen as the home for a new club for the area in 1960 and the new Borough of Tawa was included in its territory. Although there were many potential Rotarians in Tawa there were insufficient to maintain a club under then existing Rotary rules relating to membership, which made no provision for a residential qualification. This was not introduced until 1968.

    The question of a Rotary club being formed in Tawa was again raised when the president of the Rotary Club of Porirua submitted his formal report to the District Governor in 1968. District Governor Bob Dockery referred to this during his official visit to Porirua apd asked that club to consider sponsoring a new club and ceding the necessary territory. District Governor Bob asked Eldon Armstrong to be his Special Representative and to conduct a

    survey. In due course the Porirua club resolved to sponsor the proposed new club, to cede the relevant territory and to endorse the appointment of its Past President Eldon as Special Representative for the formation of the proposed new club.

    When the survey was completed early in 1969 it showed that half of the 44 members of Porirua club lived in Tawa and that up to 17 would join the new club because they both lived and worked in Tawa, and felt they could best serve Rotary in Tawa in this way.

    However, it was obvious that it would be in the interests of both the Porirua club and the proposed Tawa club that there be a postponement of about six" months to enable Porirua to build up its membership. District Governor Bob agreed to this arrangement and thus the formation of the Tawa club was commenced in earnest in October 1969.

    During the six month standdown period six Porirua members had left Rotary, reducing the number of Porirua members likely to join Tawa to 14. However the number of members remaining in Porirua would also have been reduced to 24 had that club not been active in enrolling new members at that time. The success of Porirua's efforts was shown by the fact that, while 14 members were leaving to join Tawa, that club had by December restored its total membership to 35, the same number that Tawa started with. The 1968 amendment to Rotary rules establishing a residential qualification for membership was undoubtedly a major factor in ensuring the growth of Rotary membership in the area.

    The effort by the Porirua club in building its membership back up to 35 to replace those joining the new club was most commendable and this enabled two strong clubs to flourish side by side where only one had existed previously.

    2. ORGANISATION MEETING

    The Organisation Meeting of the "provisional" Rotary Club of Tawa was held in the Clubrooms of the Tawa Bowling Club, Tawa on Tuesday 2nd December, 1969 at 7.45 pm.

    District Governor's special Representative Eldon Armstrong was chairman. In attendance were 33 other Founder members and the following visitors:

    District Governor Stan Ransom

    Extension Counsellor, Past District Governor Russell Laurenson

    District Governor Nominee Alex Irvine

    Vice president Jim Merrylees, deputising for President John Verran of the Rotary Club of Porirua

    From the Rotary Club of Porirua

    Immediate Past President Millen McKay

    Secretary Jack Ninness

    Treasurer Allan Turner

  • Director Bill Lowe

    Charter member George Fussell

    Fellowship Chairman Bruce Ferguson )

    Apologies were received from the one other Founder member of Tawa who was unavoidably out of town, and from John Verran and Gordon Gandell of the Porirua club.

    A telegram of congratulations and best wishes for a most satisfying adventure in service was received from the President and all members of the Porirua club.

    Numerous formal resolutions were put to the meeting and passed. Firstly, there was the resolution to make application to Rotary International for the granting of a charter to the new club. Other resolutions related to the adoption of the standard Constitution and By-Laws of Rotary clubs with appropriate details specified, such as the territorial limits of the new club: times, days and places of club meetings, directors meetings and annual meetings: elections of officers and directors: constitution of the nominating committee.

    The officers and directors of the club were then elected for the initial period ending 30 June 1970. Other appointments were also made. Appendix i lists Founder/Charter officers and members of the club.

    The meeting concluded by it being agreed that all Founder members would contribute the full admission fee (rather than those who were previously Rotarians only paying half, as was traditional). As a result the club was able to contribute $350 to Rotary Foundation. The club thereby achieved its 100% Plateau in Rotary Foundation immediately it was formed. This was a notable achievement which was specially commended at the District Assembly in 1970.

    The first regular club meeting was held the following Tuesday, 9th December, 1969 in the Ballerina Lounge, Main Road, Tawa at 5.30pm.

    The first Directors' meeting was held on the same day in the office of H C (Cam) Anderson at Carter Merchants (Wgtn) Ltd., Tawa.

    3. CHARTER PRESENTATION MEETING

    The Charter Presentation Meeting was a ladies night held in the Overseas Terminal, Clyde Quay, Wellington on Saturday, 4th April, 1970 and commenced at 6.30pm.

    The Rotary Club of Porirua had sponsored the new club which had been admitted to membership of Rotary International and its Charter issued. It was the first club established in District 294 (later 994, now 9940) that relied heavily on the residential qualification to enable it to recruit members. 19 of the charter members had residential qualifications.

    The Chairman of the meeting was Eldon Armstrong in his capacity as District Governor's Special Representative. Guest speakers were Mr EMU (Mervyn) Kemp, Mayor of Tawa (later Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian), and Dr GA Wall, Member of Parliament for Porirua. The main address was delivered by Rev. Walter Hurst, Dean of Wellington, a member of the Rotary Club of Wellington.

    The Charter Presentation on behalf of Rotary International was made by District Governor Stan Ransom, who with assistance from Extension Counsellor, Past District Governor Russell Laurenson, presented each Charter member with his lapel and dinner badge.

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