Maketu Rotary - Our Projects
 
For over a century, Rotary clubs worldwide have existed for a single purpose - service.  It's what we do. 
 
Following Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self", Maketu Rotary carries out an extensive range of service projects at the local level and as part of Rotary's global outreach.  Here is just a snapshot of what we do.
 
 
Youth
Beginning with a major rennovation of the Maketu Surf Lifesaving Club facility in 2005, our connection with the surf club has been unbroken over the past decade via financial support, building maintenance, and providing equipment and supplies.
 
Maketu Primary School, also, has been an annual recipient of Maketu Rotary's support.  Our members participate in the school's weekly reading programme to raise literacy levels in the children.  The club funds the Kiwi Can programme that builds important life skills. 
 
We've purchased computers for the school and each year provide a personal dictionary to all Class 5 students as part of Rotary's Dictionary Project.    In recent years we have extended our support to the Pongakawa and Pukehina primary schools. 
Our club has participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange programme, hosting students from France and Argentina. 
 
We support local youth in attending RYLA, a summer camp that develops leadership skills.  Several young adults have received scholarships to attend Outward Bound
 
We are involved in the new "Stars of Maketu" annual awards banquet which honours Maketu's young adult achievers.
 
Community
Maketu is fortunate in having several dynamic organisations that serve Maketu and neighbouring rural communities.
 
Our partnership with these organisations include fundraising efforts to enrich the efforts of the Maketu Fire Bridgade, Maketu Coastguard, Maketu Health and Social Services Agency, and the Whakaue Marae.  Further, Maketu Rotarians volunteer their time participating with these organisations in various projects and activities.
 
Mai Maketu is the monthly community newsletter.  Maketu Rotary covers the printing costs for local distribution and plays an important role in distribution of the newsletter via this website. 
 
Our club runs the monthly Maketu Market that provides both a shopping and social service while raising money for small community grants.
 
You already know about www.maketu.nz  At this moment you are reading this page in the community website created and produced by Maketu Rotary.  Just wander around this site and see the many ways the website serves our community.
 
The club works closely with the Maketu Community Board and Maketu Projects Committee.  Our club's Historic Marker Project and the creation of the Maketu Digital Library are two examples of substantial projects that address identified community needs.  Currently we are working the New Zealand Transit Authority to create rest areas along the new Tauranga Eastern Link cycleway. 
 
Environment
When it comes to protecting the environment, Maketu Rotarians roll up their sleeves and dig in.  You'll find us planting dunes, cleaning up the village, protecting the endangered New Zealand Dotterell, and working in the beautifully restored Kotuktuku Gully.
 
International
 
Rotary is an international service organisation with over 1.2 million members in over 200 countries.  Rotarians are committed to serving their local community as well as the global community. 
 
 Maketu Rotary has raised several thousand dollars to help Rotary End Polio.  Our members have participated in hands-on work teams in Fiji and Tanzania.  We participate in the Tanna - Te Puke Together project which is helping Vanuatu rebuild from a recent devastating cyclone. 
 
We support the Rotary Foundation which drives Rotary's diverse efforts to address global problems of disease, poverty, literacy, and conflict.  Our club commits 10% of all fundraising efforts to the Rotary Foundation, and our members individually contribute to the foundation.   Maketu Rotary is annually recognised as one of the top supporters of The Rotary Foundation in District 9930.