Rotaract Rarotonga’s new executive members are ready to serve the island and beyond in 2024. PHOTO: ROTARACT FACEBOOK PAGE/23122114
Rotaract Rarotonga held its first annual general meeting (AGM) post-Covid on Wednesday, electing a new executive team after the “major success” of Christmas in the Park last week.
Byron Brown, the
outgoing president of Rotaract, reflected on his time with the non-governmental
organisation (NGO) and welcomed the incoming team for 2024.
“I’m very excited
for the new exective that’s on board, bringing new blood and new energy,” Brown
Some of the new
team members felt empowered to join the club after the success of this year’s
Christmas in the Park, which spread Christmas cheer to a crowd of 1500.
struggling for the last few years. I feel good knowing there’s a new group,
some who haven’t been involved in Rotaract before Christmas in the Park but are
willing to give their time to help out the community.”
Brown joined the
NGO right before the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the world.
The team back then
stayed true to their motto: “Service Above Self”.
“During Covid time
we did rounds of pizzas to help out where we could. It was a great experience.
I’ve made alot of friends through Rotaract and the events we’ve run.”
But members were
lost over time as Covid forced them to move on and leave the country.
The pandemic also
delayed the AGM for years as “it didn’t feel right without a good membership
drive” but Christmas in the Park has breathed new life into the club that
serves communities across the Cook Islands.
Daniel Fisher (aka Taniera) joined the club in 2015. Brown presented him with a
trophy in appreciation of his service.
“He’s been a
steady rock and heart of the Rotaract group. He’s departing after nine years.
I’m sad to see him go but he has done his time, happy to pass on the torch.”
Brown leaves the
new executive with strong connections and relationships with Rotaract Oceania,
a regional body of Rotaract clubs including other Pacific Islands, New Zealand
He is heading to New
Zealand to live but will continue networking on behalf of the club here in
Toru Nooroa is a long serving member of Rotaract.
“I am honestly honoured and grateful to accept
this role, it’s been a few years and I am looking forward to another challenge
for serving our community,” Nooroa said.
“My aspiration for 2024
is to build our connection with the Rotary and to keep supporting our
commitment with our community such as a Christmas in the Park, Autism Blue Day.
I hope throughout the year my executive team and I can spread enough fun and
inspiration for future members. Service Above Self.”
The club await
confirmation to start a sandfly trap trial in Mitiaro and Aitutaki in the new
Brown said the new team is in good hands. “I’d like to thank our Rotary Club who supports Rotaract, the business who support with sponsorship, previous members, and to the new executive. The finances are in a good place and I look forward to what they do in the next year.”