The Rotary Club of Whakatane West was chartered in 1970 and has been proudly serving the Eastern Bay of Plenty community since then.
The club has a long-standing commitment to youth programmes. Each year we host an inbound and sponsor at least one outbound International Exchange Student, sponsor two young leaders to attend RYLA and sponsor several senior school students to Summer Science Schools. We work closely with Trident High School, which is an active corporate member of our club. We are proud to support the vibrant and innovative Interact Club at Trident.
We have a Youth Achievement Fund, which is funded by the club and a private benefactor as equal partners. The fund has $10,000 a year to give to young people in our community to help support them to achieve their goals. Over $30,000 has so far been given to Eastern Bay of Plenty youth to attend world championships in various sports, international youth forums, national dance and speech competitions and leadership camps to name but a few.
Charity golf tournament
Our major annual fundraising project is a charity golf tournament. We raise funds for a different local charity each year. Over the last few years the Ohope Volunteer Fire Brigade, Child Cancer Eastern Bay of Plenty and the local branches of St John and the Alzheimers Society have benefitted from between $10,000 and $14,000 each.
The Rotary Bike Park was funded by a significant donation from our club. It sits near the centre of town and offers a loop cycle track and BMX tracks and jumps of varying difficulty. Cyclists of all ages and abilities enjoy this wonderful community facility.
Kiwi Tracker and Whare
We are proud to support the Whakatane Kiwi Trust. As well as its work in reintroducing kiwi into the local bush and predator eradication, the trust runs an education programme for schools children. Our club funded the construction of a whare in the bush, which is the centre of the education programme. We also helped fund the educational material for the participants and assisted with working bees to develop the track and the whare.
Fun and fellowship are important to we ‘Westies’. Our car rally is an annual highlight. We enjoy a croquet night, games and movie nights, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and various other social events during the year.