About Us

What is Rotary?

Rotary is more than a volunteer service group making a difference in your community. We’re one of the largest international humanitarian organisations in the world, made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives. The difference we make starts with our members. Visit www.rotary.org for more information.

What does Rotary do?

  • Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges.
  • It connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries, who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.
  • Rotary's number one goal is to end Polio worldwide (in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).
  • It aims to build peace and understanding through education, humanitarian service and by connecting young leaders.
  • Rotary's specific areas of focus are: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing access to clean water, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, growing local economies.
  • It operates under four basic principles: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The Whangarei South Rotary Club

The Rotary club of Whangarei South was chartered in 1975 and the first President was the late Jack Richards. In the 1989–1990 Rotary Year women were able to join Rotary. The President that year was the late Graeme Kearney and he promoted this new form of membership. Our first woman member was Judith Allen and first woman President was Sandra McKersey.

Our club falls within District 9910, covering clubs from Kaitaia in the north, down to Henderson and across to Onehunga/One Tree Hill and then off shore to Norfolk Island, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. There are nine Areas in our District and our club is in Area 2, taking in the Rotary Clubs in Whangarei and Dargaville. Our Club holds a high profile within the District, with many of our members holding positions on District Committees. We currently have two members who are Past District 9910 Governors, Sandra McKersey (2001–02) and Maxine Neighbour (2010–11).

In 2002 the club of Whangarei North joined with Whangarei South, creating the largest Rotary club in Whangarei. We currently have approximately 60 members. Our aim is to "make a difference locally and globally" and our club members are very active in supporting community initiatives.

Over the years our club has hosted many International students, either on a one year exchange (from all corners of the world) or on a one term exchange from Australia. We have an ongoing commitment to actively promote youth activities. Find out more in What We Do.

Our membership consists of a range of ages and professions, and our members choose their level of involvement, depending on their own committments. Our club recently completed a visioning exercise, where we brainstormed our club goals for the medium term (2016-2020). Find out more here.

We welcome anyone who would like to learn more about Rotary and what we do in the community to come along to one of our meetings and experience our club's legendary hospitality.