The election of office bearers held at Rotaract’s annual general meeting on June 27 saw Rima Moeka’a taking up the president’s role.
Lawyer Tepuretu Whitta was appointed the vice-president and Byron Brown as the secretary, while Daniel Fisher was elected as treasurer.
Former president Harriet Tuara-Strickland was appointed Rotaract Rarotonga’s Sergeant of Arms.
These positions came into effect on July 1.
In her president’s report, Tuara-Strickland said that the 2017/18 year had seen a number of continuing innovations that they built upon to advance and enhance the name of Rotaract Rarotonga.
She said she was excited by all that had taken place in the course of a year and all that lay ahead for their slowly thriving club.
“It has been a great privilege and honour to serve as a president for the past year and I would like to thank everyone for the support they have shown during my tenure,” Tuara-Strickland said.
“I wish to thank all members of our club for their support and in particular my steering committee, who have stuck through thick and thin to help complete our objectives and projects.
“As we end another chapter, a new leaf is turned tonight and we can deservedly take a sense of pride from our small but impactful accomplishments this year.”
Tuara-Strickland said the demand for Rotaract volunteers was increasing more than ever, with many more requests from those seeking assistance in the community.
She said it was not an easy task recruiting members who were willing to volunteer their time and efforts.
However, Tuara-Strickland said that with the small team they have had over the year, the work rate and dedication towards completing their projects has been tremendous and was deeply appreciated.
Highlights of Rotaract in 2017/18
• Accepted invitation to assist the first-ever Raro Rumble for Charity event organised by Maire Browne at the Avatiu Clubhouse. Rotaract was honoured to be the chosen charity for the event and volunteered to assist with logistics on the night.
• The annual and very popular Junior Spring Ball with an ‘Under the Sea’ theme. The aim was to create a fun, safe environment for young kids aged 5-12 years so they could have a great evening together during the school holidays. The night was a huge success despite adverse weather and other events coinciding on the same night. Rotaract was also privileged to receive the assistance of Tereora College’s Room 19 art class, who created decorations to use on the night.
• Attended Rotary meeting with visiting District Governor Roger Harvie and his wife Georgie, with the bonus of witnessing member inductions of Chrissy Thomas and Phillip Henderson to the Rotary family.
• Supported annual Rotary Bob Boyd Golf Ambrose by registering a team and assisting with raffle selling.
• The annual Christmas in the Market was another huge success, despite not having fireworks for the first time. This is Rotaract’s biggest event for the year, with funds raised going to support current and future club projects.
• Supported Christmas in the Box again by purchasing four boxes to help four families in the Cook Islands.
• Answered the request of Te Vaerua Rehabilitation for a new office chair to aid a student of the Creative Centre who has physical disability in her spine. This was presented to Dawn Hosking at the Creative Centre.
• Sponsors Acknowledgement Dinner to show Rotaract’s appreciation to sponsors who have continuously supported the organisation throughout its projects.
• Donated $200 towards the Cyclone Gita Appeal organised by the Cook Islands Red Cross.
• Celebrated World Rotaract Week with a week-long radio quiz, Facebook Selfie Competition, and a dinner get-together for all members of Rotaract at the Cafe Ariki.
• For the fourth year, Rotaract volunteered at the RSA Anzac Breakfast, helping to cook and serve breakfast to those who attended the dawn service. In return, RSA is putting up a plaque at the facilities to acknowledge the services of Rotaract towards the Anzac Day event.
• Ran a quiz night for Tupapa Maraerenga Rugby League Club. In return the club kindly donated $100 to Rotaract.
• For the second year in a row, Rotaract assisted Autism Cook Islands through its Light It Up Blue Family event at the National Auditorium.
• In an effort to take a stand against bullying, Pink T-shirt Day was in full force for the fourth year in a row, with members of the public, schools, and other organisations wearing pink to show their support and provide a donation. This year Rotaract ran a Creative Arts Competition amongst schools in the Cook Islands and rewarded them for their efforts. More than 300 pink wristbands were sold to assist with Pink Shirt Day 2019. Donations to the tune of about $600 were also received from schools and businesses.
• ‘Restocking for Raro’ – a project initiated by Rotaract Club of Dunedin in conjunction with Rotaract Rarotonga to donate educational resources to the children of the Cook Islands. This is an ongoing project that Rotaract is carrying out. The first lot of cargo has been received via AIRNZ Cargo from the kind-hearted people of Dunedin and will be distributed to schools.