Rotary starts at an early age in Airport Rotary

Airport Rotary was formed three years ago and has had an association with Papakura Central School all that time.

Rotarian life starts early in the Rotary Club of Auckland Airport Area, says club president, Guy Slocum.

“Our members are very proud of the fact that we were one of the very first clubs in New Zealand to establish a Rotakids section within our club,” says Slocum.

Despite the name Airport Rotary, the club spans the area from Half Moon Bay down to Papakura and Members live in such diverse locations as Half Moon Bay, Howick, Botany, Papakura, and Wattle Downs.

“With the kind permission of the Board and Principal of Papakura Central School, Airport Rotary established their Rotakids section at the school a little over a year ago,” Slocum says.

“The idea of Rotakids is to give children the opportunity to engage in project management and community service in a way that might not otherwise be possible.”

So far, the children have managed a project to provide climbing frames within the playground area and the current team is looking at establishing a garden area within the school grounds.

“Members of the club are passionate about following the two Rotary maxims that they should always be ‘people of action’ who ensure that whatever they do ‘makes a difference’.”