Com­mu­nity spirit at Roundtable

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Born in Brazil and raised in the USA un­til he was 16 year­sold, Roundtable na­tional pres­i­dent Ju­lian But­ter­lin then lived in France un­til he ar­rived in New Zealand in 2015. A sous chef at Vines Vil­lage Cafe, he also helps out with Marl­bor­ough Fut­sal As­so­ci­a­tion.

What at­tracted you to join­ing the Roundtable in the first place?

I had re­cently ar­rived from over­seas and were new to Blen­heim. I first heard about Roundtable and their in­volve­ment with the Blues Brews & BBQs. From here I also learnt about the ca­ma­raderie of the as­so­ci­a­tion and the good that they do for the com­mu­nity.

This was the start of my jour­ney.

If you had to ex­plain to some­one who had just landed on planet Earth from Mars what the Roundtable is, what would you say?

The Roundtable is a group of young like minded men (aged 18 to 45) unit­ing to­gether to add value to the com­mu­nity by way of fund rais­ing, giv­ing back and hav­ing fun along the way …… In Mar­tian of course.

As na­tional pres­i­dent, what are your main goals for the year you are in office?

I’m cur­rently work­ing on a project to ex­pose the his­tory of the Na­tional Roundtable right here in Blen­heim.

What Roundtable projects have you helped with in the past?

We get in­volved in quite a few of the lo­cal fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing cook­ing the mus­sels for the Have­lock Mus­sel & Seafood Festival, as­sist­ing with Marl­bor­ough 4 Fun events and man hours for com­mu­nity groups such as schools. We also are very in­volved with the Marl­bor­ough Sports Awards.

What are the pos­i­tives of be­long­ing to an or­gan­i­sa­tion like Roundtable?

Again there is the ca­ma­raderie, friend­ship, hard work and the sense of well do­ing for our com­mu­nity. We have fun do­ing so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and there is scope to travel within New Zealand and In­ter­na­tion­ally within Roundtable world­wide. We are non-for profit and all funds that we raise as a group we give back to the com­mu­nity as grants mostly for sport­ing and aca­demic.

What would you say to any­one who is con­sid­er­ing join­ing?

I would sug­gest that they make con­tact with one of our mem­bers to hear about Blen­heim Roundtable first hand. The best way to do this would be via our Face­book page or com­ing along to our so­cial after work drinks or one of our meet­ings which are held at Clubs of Marl­bor­ough – every 1st and 3rd Mon­day of the month at 7pm.

Roundtable na­tional pres­i­dent Ju­lian But­ter­lin has a lot he wants to achieve to help the Marl­bor­ough com­mu­nity.

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