About Us - About RCW

Who we are


The Rotary Club of Wellington was chartered on 7 June 1921, the first Rotary club in New Zealand!

The foundation of our work is to provide service to build stronger, better functioning communities, in Wellington, New Zealand and in neighbouring countries.

With around 160 members, our membership comprises a wide range of people and professions, with an equally diverse range of backgrounds and personal interests.

They work in the top levels of small business and large enterprises, for the private and public sectors. Many are also members of professional and community boards and committees.


The Club’s Committees

Welcome to the action end of our club. Here’s where fellowship and service above self really happen in our Rotary club. Take a look at the range of committees and projects below, think about what you’d enjoy doing and where your skills might best apply, then let us know what interests you. Our committees work on a wide range of activities, with the bigger committees being separated into project groups. Your involvement in one or more activities is welcome.

One of the attractions of Rotary is that you get to choose the community activities which appeal to you. These activities are the best way to get to know others and where you form new friendships, and the large size of our club means we have a very interesting range of activities going on at any one time. If you have suggestions for other things we could be doing, we’re keen to listen.

Community Service Committee

Chair - Karen Coutts

With our goal being to make a real difference to the community through the initiatives we support, the club’s Community Services Committee identifies and facilitates projects for us all to contribute to through our time, our club funds and personal donations. Current activities include focusing on Wellington’s homeless community, in particular supporting Te Aro Health Centre, providing volunteers for the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand annual blood pressure awareness campaign and supporting other charities in their annual campaigns. Being able to give back to our local community is something close to the heart of everyone in our club. If you would like to get involved and make a difference for our local community we would love to hear from you.


Fellowship Committee

Chair - Lesley Moffat

Also known as The Fun Committee, we organise a range of enjoyable social events for members and their families which help us get to know each other better. Focussing on friendship, the programme may include movie evenings, golf, a Melbourne Cup event, billiards evenings, wine options evenings, drama and theatre, the President’s Dinner, brunches, and Thirsty Third Thursdays. Most events require registration through the website, by email or at the Monday lunch.


Fundraising Committee

Chair - John Boshier

By getting people to contribute their ideas and energy to projects which are both enjoyable and raise money, this committee helps the club achieve our goals. As well as ongoing activities such as the weekly Sergeant sessions, there are major events which occur once a year, of which the most successful at present being Jumbo Tennis, a high profile and profitable event which will continue into the future. Our newest initiative is to bring the art works of John Lennon to Wellington in March 2015. The committee has devised guidelines for our operation with a funds target, and a reporting template which will be used throughout the year. Our intention is to make this committee fun and productive, giving members a real sense of achievement. Would you be interested in joining this committee?


International Committee

Chair - John Fletcher

As part of our commitment to service above self, the club’s International Committee partners with other Rotary clubs in New Zealand and overseas to help improve the lives of communities in developing countries. We focus mainly, but not exclusively, on the Pacific where New Zealand has special responsibilities. Our aim is to make a difference through well-designed and targeted projects using the skills of our members, and the funds we raise which are supplemented, where appropriate, by Rotary International and our fellow clubs. Our priorities for 2014/15 are to develop an experience-based training programme for hospitality students in the Pacific, to continue our support for a dentist service in a remote part of Papua New Guinea, and we are looking at developing a housing project in the Philippines. If you want to make a difference to lives in developing countries, this committee is for you.


Membership Committee

Chair - Martin Matthews

A strong, active and diverse membership is at the heart of the club’s success in being an influence for good in Wellington. This committee is responsible for facilitating the recruitment of appropriate new members into the club, encouraging existing members to nominate great candidates, and helping to ensure all new members become active and engaged as quickly as possible. We have set targets for the future size and diversity of the club, aiming to grow the membership of the club by about 80 to 221 by 2021, the year of our centenary.

Youth Committee

Chair - Andrew Jackson

How does Rotary obtain a member of 120 years of age? By getting the youngest generation involved in Rotary now. They are the future of our clubs and the Youth Committee is tasked with helping them travel, study, turning them into leaders and linking our clubs together internationally. We do this through scholarships, leadership programmes and international exchanges. Can you help?


Projects Committee

Chair - James Austin

The projects committee oversees and coordinates the club’s major projects, that is those which have moved beyond their respective parent committees to become a (sub-)committee of their own. These are currently EUREKA!, the Forum, Jumbo Tennis and Tree Planting. The committee also arbitrates (if necessary) between the claims the respective projects make on club resources. The committee works within the club’s strategy to determine future projects and the future direction of projects.


Major projects


Convenor - Francis Wevers

The purpose of the Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! awards programme is to identify and foster young leaders who, through their knowledge of science, technology, engineering or mathematics, their entrepreneurial vision, and their persuasive communication skills, will bring about the New Zealand foreseen by Sir Paul Callaghan: “the most beautiful, stimulating and exciting place in the world in which to live.” Regional organising committees based on Rotary clubs are responsible for organising regional workshops and preliminary competitions. This committee organises the national finals in Wellington each October. $28,000 worth of prizes and scholarships were available in 2014. More information is available at www.eureka.org.nz.



Convenor - Mark Wheeler

Envisioned as a community benefit activity rather than a fundraiser, Rotary Forum leverages off the club’s extensive networks and expertise to stimulate debate on important local issues. The three we have held have been highly successful: 2011 looked at lessons from the Christchurch earthquake for Wellington, 2012 covered the local government debate and options for Wellington, and in 2013 we addressed the constitutional question. In December 2014, the Forum is a lead-in to the District Conference and has the theme ‘Survive and Thrive in NGO Land’.  The Forum Committee have always been passionate and dedicated to making a difference to Wellington in conjunction with our partner the Victoria University of Wellington. More information at http://rotaryforum.org.nz/.


Tree planting

Convenor - Ian Prisk

We plant around 2,500 plants on Mt Victoria each year and we need your help to ramp that up to 10,000 per year. We enjoy tremendous support from the Mt Vic community, who see this as their backyard and are more than willing to pitch in. With a BHAG of planting 100,000 trees by 2021, we need more plants than the Council and Forest and Bird can supply, so we have started growing and collecting our own native plants. In the process, we have discovered quite a community of people and organisations that are growing and planting their own natives. One example is the Paparangi nursery which is supplying seeds and seedlings for the Trees For Survival project, a great initiative which we also promote through Rotary.


Strategic Committee

Chair - Youssef Mourra

The Strategic Committee facilitates the development and ongoing optimisation of the club’s strategic intent and direction through the creation and maintenance of a strategic plan. When directed to do so by the President, we help the club’s other committees align their activities to the strategic intent, and better document and improve our processes to ensure the club remains strong and healthy. If you have an interest in strategic execution and/or an interest in improving processes and contributing to the strength of our club, you may wish to consider joining this committee.


Vocational Service Committee

Chair - Andrew Miller

This committee enables members to apply the expertise from their vocations, or callings, in support of community initiatives through funds, expertise and the ability to influence decision makers in business and government. This year’s challenge is to harness our diverse skills to assist social enterprises which seek to provide social services using business-like methods to generate sources of income. Working with the Ākina Foundation, which has support from government, Contact Energy and other funders, the committee aims to create the equivalent of an angel investment fund where the returns are innovative ways of serving the Wellington community. The committee has also established support for migrants to gain work that is related to their qualifications and created the annual Rotary Forum and visits are organised to members’ workplaces to foster understanding of the diverse skills within the club.



Convenor - Francis Wevers

The Communications Committee is responsible for managing the club website as the primary tool for communication with members. The website hosts the online database of member profiles, the weekly newsletter, and a continuous historical record of what the club does year in and year out. The website is also a primary tool for the work of all committees as they reach out into the community. In addition the committee prepares news content and the majority of other content for the website, distributes the club newsletter to other Rotary clubs in District 9940, and ensures the club’s Facebook page is up to date. The committee initiated the club’s mobile app, online event registration and financial transaction modules, and manages the day-to-day relationship with the club’s web hosting service. Members of the committee also assist and teach other club members how to resolve problems they may have with their computers or the internet. If you would like to help this key aspect of our communication, or if you have any suggestions, get in touch.



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