Community spirit at Roundtable
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.