Ruby award for top Rotarian

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Ser­vice to hu­man­ity was recog­nised re­cently at the Ro­tary Club of Tawa, when 16-year mem­ber Pat Waite was pre­sented with a Three Ruby pin to his Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship.

Mr Waite has given ser­vice lo­cally, re­gion­ally, na­tion­ally and at an in­ter­na­tional level.

He is the first club mem­ber to have been district gov­er­nor of Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional – re­spon­si­ble for 60 clubs and 2200 mem­bers – in the lower half of the North Is­land.

Dur­ing his time as gov­er­nor, he led Ro­tary to take a stand against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and, in the year ahead, will be work­ing to in­crease aware­ness and sup­port around the is­sue of sui­cide.

He has been a na­tional leader in the fight against po­lio, par­tic­i­pat­ing in im­mu­ni­sa­tion pro­grammes in In­dia, and he led a del­e­ga­tion of 32 Ro­tar­i­ans to In­dia to sup­port the In­ter­na­tional Po­lio Erad­i­ca­tion Pro­gramme.

Mr Waite is also in­volved in or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Sky­light Trust and Mary Pot­ter Hospice, and has held gov­er­nance roles within both pub­lic and pri­vate en­ti­ties.

‘‘Ro­tary is a very im­por­tant part of my life and has al­lowed me to be part of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that truly makes a dif­fer­ence in the world that we live, not only in­ter­na­tion­ally but also within our own com­mu­nity and coun­try,’’ he said.

‘‘Say­ing ‘yes’ when asked to join the Ro­tary Club of Tawa was one of the best de­ci­sions that I have made.’’

Mr Waite is look­ing for­ward to con­tin­u­ing the club’s on­go­ing in­volve­ment with Tawa Col­lege, an in­ter­na­tional ma­ter­nal health pro­ject in Vanuatu, im­prove­ment of san­i­ta­tion and wa­ter col­lec­tion at a school in Tonga. He hopes to lead one fur­ther del­e­ga­tion to one of the last parts of the world where po­lio still ex­ists, be­fore the vi­ral disease is erad­i­cated from the world.

Hon­oured: Longserv­ing Rotarian Pat

Waite, flanked by Tawa club pres­i­dent

Tony Hey­ward and Prime Min­is­ter John

Key.

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