Matariki & Changeover, June is a time for reflection and celebration for the Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport.
As one of the newest clubs in the district, the Rotary Club of Rotorua Passport reflects on the changes many have faced & proudly acknowledges the achievements to date.
Over these past 3 years, the club has kept flexibility and fun as a focus while working to deliver meaningful projects for the local and international community.
Key highlights for the club have included sending two container loads of supplies to the Islands (Fiji and Tonga) and working with fellow Rotorua and Christchurch clubs to get two ambulances to Tonga.
The creation of “Expressions” the club’s inaugural, sell-out, annual Art Auction not only raised $20,000 for St-John last year but also provided a much-needed quality social event for people to reconnect while the pandemic situation allowed.  The date is set for the second Expressions evening 0n 26th August again at the 5-star Pullman in Rotorua. Art lovers from around the district should keep an eye out as tickets go on sale shortly.
Past President Alia Branson is personally proud of an ongoing project to support Women’s Refuge, that started from a vote at her changeover in 2020. “Rotorua has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the country so supporting Women’s Refuge makes sense and aligns with the Rotary International area of focus – “Maternal & Child Health,” says Mrs. Branson. The club provides personal hygiene packs for those in need and has recently received a District Grant and funds from the Rotary Club of Rotorua Sunrise Charity House auction to assist with this project.   
Charter President and founder Chris Joseph says he is proud of the achievements and contribution of Rotorua Passport while embracing flexibility, affordability and fun to provide a pathway for new members that suits their family and career commitments while encompassing the ideals of Rotary.
The club wishes our incoming President Victoria Travis well for the new year ahead. We hope that the new public holiday for Matariki gives you time to think of those who have passed and brings joy to your family.
Photos of the group in front of the container to Tonga (the one with Don, Dane, Lynne & Chris; also the 2 ambulances for Tonga taken at Lynne & Chis’ during TV One feature; if a third is warranted, use one from the packing of Women’s Refuge packs)