Rotary is...

Rotary is an organization of business and professional
leaders (men and women) united worldwide,
who provide humanitarian service, encourage
high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill
and peace in the world.

Rotarians meet weekly for fellowship and interesting and
informative programmes dealing with topics of local and
global importance. Membership reflects a wide cross-
section of the community's business and professional men
and women.

The main objective of Rotary is service in the community, in
the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotarians develop
community service projects that address many of today's
most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and
hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence.

They also support programmes for youth, educational
opportunities and international exchanges for students,
teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career


Rotary Club of Riccarton

The Rotary Club of Riccarton was founded in 1953.
Now, over 50 years later, it has about 90 members, men
and women, making it one of the biggest clubs in the
Christchurch area.

The club meets each Monday lunchtime at the Chateau on
the Park, corner of Kilmarnock Street and Deans Avenue.

The Rotary Club of Riccarton is one of the 32,000 affiliated
but autonomous clubs in 207 countries which make
up Rotary International. There are 1,220,000 Rotarians

Each year the Club distributes about $150,000 to worthy
causes in the community.

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The Rotary Motto is SERVICE ABOVE SELF


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What has the Rotary Club of Riccarton done
for the local community?

Some of the projects undertaken over the years include:

Sir John McKenzie Memorial Children's Library
(now a toy library)

Hei Hei Community Hall
Riccarton Boy Scouts' Den
Templeton Homes Fair
Defensive Driving Scheme introduced & became nationwide
Shifting Deans Cottage

Bankside tree planting

Matipo St Rest Centre for aged people
YMCA Wainui building projects
Caravan for Paraplegics

Disabled Persons' Walkway, Arthur's Pass
Siemens Science Experience

Cholmondeley Home Golf Tournament - $430,000 raised
over 19 years

Support for Wharenui School and Villa Maria College

1/3 of total cost of
'Rotary wheels for Cancer Patients' van

Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Riccarton, as part of the worldwide Rotary
community, takes part in and supports many Rotary International
programmes such as:

Polio Plus - the programme to eradicate polio began in
1985 and more than 2 billion children have received the
oral polio vaccine.

Health, Hunger and Humanity grants made to 280 large
scale projects in 75 countries since 1978 have totalled
US$74 million

Disaster Recovery - from hurricanes in Guatemala, Mexico,
and USA, earthquakes in India and Pakistan - is new since
2005 and already US$6.4 million has been raised.

Ambassadorial Scholarships - since 1947 47,000 scholars
from 110 countries, costing US$476 million

Group Study Exchange - Since 1965 12,000 teams of
non-Rotarians from a variety of professions
on 4-6 week exchanges
 more than 57,000 individuals
 at the cost of US$92 million.

Becoming a Rotarian

An important distinction between Rotary and other organisations
is that membership in Rotary is by invitation. Rotary clubs invite
individuals to join and become members.

Prospective members must:

 Hold, or be retired from, a professional, proprietary,
executive, or managerial position.

 Have the capacity to meet the club's weekly attendance or
community project participation requirements.

 Live or work within the locality of the club or the surrounding

Often an individual considered for membership is invited by
a member to attend one or more club meetings to learn more
about Rotary, The sponsoring member may then submit the
name of the candidate to the club's membership committee.

An individual who is interested in membership can contact
the local club directly.

The Rotary Club of Riccarton website is
and our postal address is
PO Box 8073 Christchurch 8040


The Rotary Club of Riccarton....  Meetings: Mondays, 12:15-1:45 pm Chateau on the Park, corner Kilmarnock Street and Deans Avenue Christchurch - email:
Interested but can't make a Monday lunchtime meeting?   There are sixteen other Rotary clubs in Christchurch New Zealand.

A breakfast or early evening meeting may suit you better and there are clubs in most other centres.  Check for details on the Rotary District 9970

Why join a Rotary Club?

Professional networking - service opportunities- international awareness - friendship

good citizenship + family foundations - leadership development - diversity in membership + promoting an ethical environment

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