As a Rotary Club our number one priority is to provide service to our community both local and international.
We also consider it important to be an active club with regular social events for our members – car rally, quiz nights, theatre, surprise dinner guests, BBQ’s, fishing trips, visit to Mayor Island and tourist attractions in the Bay , interactive events and a variety of speakers at our weekly Wednesday night meetings.
The Rotary Club of Tauranga recently celebrated the club’s 7Oth anniversary along with the 30th anniversary of our association with its sister club, the Rotary Club of Kasaoka, Japan. The event included guests from its sister clubs of Broadbeach, Australia and Kasaoka Japan.
Our club participates in the Rotary Friendship Exchange programme.
We are well known in Tauranga for our annual Easter weekend book sale fundraiser which has been going on for many years. Our local community donate their second hand books, magazines, dvd’s, records and jig saw puzzles. Club members and many friends of our club spend about 6 to 8 weeks gathering these donations from business sites in and around Tauranga, sorting, pricing and placing these goods to then sell over the Easter weekend. It is estimated we more than 40,000 books are donated annually, which results in a great fundraiser for our community projects and one of the biggest recycling events in our area.
In partnership with Priority One, we organise one of the biggest Career Expo’s in New Zealand – a three day event held around August each year giving students and their families’ exposure to a large variety of Tertiary Education, Training or Career options.
Our club has donated funds and/ or assisted with
- Special book sale raising funds for Waipuna Hospice
- Creating Rotary Grove at McLaren’s Falls
- K Valley tree plantings
- Hairy Maclary Sculptures on the Strand
- Tauranga Heritage Walk
- School of Science - Rotary Rockets
- Support our local schools: literacy programmes, goal posts, student exchange programme to Japan, Duffy Books for primary students, Trees for Survival, buses to the Tauranga Art Gallery
- We support students who apply to attend Outward Bound, Summer Science, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of of Enrichment)
- Rotary's End Polio Now program and The Rotary Foundation
- Funding a dental suite for the Pacific Hope, a ship based in Tauranga and managed by Marine Reach, that assists people in the Pacific Islands with dental and medical aid.
- Disaster relief through donations to a local Rotary club in the area or to Shelterbox
Our Grant’s Committee assess applications from various organisations asking for funding towards their projects.