Rotary appoints a new president
The oldest president passed the baton to the youngest at a celebration of all things Rotary.
Norman Cameron, Waiheke Rotary president for the past 12 months, ended a "memorable" year for fundraising and community assistance by passing the chain of office to new president Dave Cook on Saturday night.
In summing up his year in office, Mr Cameron mentioned substantial donations made by Waiheke Rotary to St John Ambulance, Waiheke Netball, Rugby and Soccer clubs, Waiheke Coastguard and the SPCA.
He also noted contributions to aspiring Waiheke youth working to "achieve greatness in a variety of sports and projects".
Most of the funds had been raised in the three Rotary run community events held annually on Waiheke – the Onetangi Beach Races, Wharf to Wharf Fun Run and the Waiheke Marketplace King of the Bay Fishing Competition.
New president Mr Cook arrived on Waiheke with his wife Sandy and two children only seven years ago but, as Mr Cameron explained, he has become well known through the couple's many business and community activities.
For the next year, Mr Cook will head a strong group of Rotarians who meet on Monday evenings and fundraise to give monetary and personal assistance to a wide variety of Waiheke individual and community needs.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Cook warmly acclaimed his fellow Rotarians for bestowing the privilege of the presidency on him and outlined his board of directors for the coming 12 months.
Encouraging all members to a year of "fellowship and fun", he reassured all Waihekeans of his commitment to the community he has so valued since arriving here with his family from Zimbabwe.
Rotary welcomes members from a broad cross-section of the Waiheke community, from school teachers to real estate agents, builders to the local vet.
To find out more about Rotary, call membership director Lynn Humphrey on 372-7852.