Ruby award for top Rotarian
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