‘Exciting pressure’ to ensure Rotaract’s survival

Friday February 28, 2020 Written by Published in Local
Rotaract executive committee Tabby Berg, left, Rima Moeka’a, Harriet Tuara-Strickland, Tepuretu Whitta, Byron Brown, Krystal Solomon, Tekura Moeka’a, Peka Fisher, Mahonri Williams, and Daniel Fisher. 20022509 Rotaract executive committee Tabby Berg, left, Rima Moeka’a, Harriet Tuara-Strickland, Tepuretu Whitta, Byron Brown, Krystal Solomon, Tekura Moeka’a, Peka Fisher, Mahonri Williams, and Daniel Fisher. 20022509

Rotaract Rarotonga’s goal is to retain members and maintain a good number of volunteers to keep the organisation going.

 

Survival, in other words.

That may not sound the most ambitious goal, but with new members joining its 2020 executive board, the incoming president says it’s a positive sign of things to come.

Byron Brown says it’s a privilege to take on the new role. “My peers trust me in this position, and it brings a lot of exciting pressure to ensure I bring my best qualities to the table to lead the team.”

Rotaract is the youth wing of the Rotary business association. It aims to bring together 18-to-30-year-olds to exchange ideas with community leaders, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

Last year, some of the team’s charity events were put on the back-burner due to other commitments.

This year, though, the new executive are determined to run their traditional Rotaract Week next month, the Easter Scavenger Hunt, Junior Spring Ball, Charity Quiz Night and of course the popular Christmas in the Domes.

“This year we definitely want to focus more on growing our numbers and getting more young people involved with us, not only for the social elements, but also for the capacity-building and networking opportunities that come with it.”

“Outgoing president Rima Moeka’a did a great job in the role, and it’s been good learning from and observing how things are done over the years,” says Brown.

The 2020 executive team will meet soon to discuss their strategic approach and highlight the key areas and themes within the communities that need to be addressed, for Rarotonga and the Pa Enua.

Maintaining the relationships with Rotary Rarotonga and Rotaract groups within the 9920 district is also at the top of the list.

In the past year Rotaract has branched out with the broader network and attended the Oceanic Zone Conference.

“This helps to raise the profile of our club, keep us in sync with the entire organisation and provide capacity building opportunities for our members.”

Members can look forward to attend workshops in the region with the support of Rotary International.

Rotaract has supported different charities and is keen to hear from any groups or organisations that need assistance.

“We have been very grateful for the volunteers who assist us with our bigger events, such as Christmas in the Domes, when we have a great group of about 40 to 60 volunteers to join us,” says Brown.  

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