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We meet Thursdays at 12:30 PM
Cobb & Co Restaurant
20F Anzac Avenue
Dunedin,  9016
New Zealand
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The Rotary Club of Dunedin was pleased to present a donation of $4,050 to the Otago Youth Adventure Trust at our Club Meeting on Thursday 9th May. The funds were proceeds from Circus Quirkus fundraising. OYAT Chairman Stephen Woodhead gave a presentation on the Trust's activities in the community and our own members Graeme Chesney and Catherine Goodyear recounted our Club's involvement over the years.

Stephen spoke about the great work that the OYAT who are half the partnership with the Milton Rotary in the OYAT/Milton Rotary Tramping Club, they can have between 900 – 1,200 trampers per year, on walks and cycle trails. 

The OYAT primary focus is on youth with schools being the main users of the camps. They significantly depend on donations, such as from Dunedin Rotary, as they have a number of large assets to maintain, such as the Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre, which takes up to 90 people, Berwick Lodge taking 67, and the Sutton Camp 20. Activities include abseiling, kayaking, archery, group projects and wall climbing. 

Tautuku was a Judge JD Murray initiative in the 60s for wayward youth and Berwick by Rotary in the 80’s. All these camps are needed and so is regular maintenance, which requires funding from somewhere. The Trust employs 2 permanent and 2 part time staff. Looking to the future, a web site is being up graded and marketing initiatives undertaken to support the great work being done.

Graeme Leith

We were privileged to hear from six members of the Professional Development Group from Rotary District 9830 Tasmania, Australia. The group consisted of the following: 


George, the Team Leader - a Finance Manager 

Annie, a 28 year old Marine Scientist. 

Laura, a 30 year old Business Development Manager. 

Margot, a 26 year old Rural Reporter with ABC Radio. 

Graham, a 30 year old Engagement Specialist with Tourism Tasmania. 

Ellen, a 26 year old Wildlife Management Officer. 


All speakers were passionate about Tasmania and provided us with some very interesting information.

Rotary Club of Dunedin member and past District Governor Bruce Cowan was recognised at the recent District Conference in Oamaru. In presenting Bruce with a sapphire pin to his Paul Harris Fellowship, District Governor Andrew Hamilton noted Bruce's work and dedication to our Rotary District which has been spread over the past six years. During this period he has faced many challenges, which have been dealt with the upmost integrity and upholding of the principles of the Rotary Four Way Test. He has put 100’s & 100s of hours of work into helping run and support the Rotary District. First as an Assistant Governor, then as a member of the Governor Train, including his year as District Governor, and then recently as Chair of the District Training Committee – and always with a smile on his face. Congratulations Bruce!
A big congratulations to Alice for winning the Four Way Test Speech Completion Final at the District Conference last weekend!
The Trees for Families event was successfully held again on Saturday 11th May. There was a great turn out once again. Thanks goes to the City and Community team and other volunteers for digging over 60 holes!


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