Tu­rangi Ro­tary cel­e­brates 50 years

Taupo Times - - MOTORING - STEPH RANGI

Tu­rangi Ro­tary have cre­ated a lot of mem­o­ries for a lot of dif­fer­ent peo­ple over the past 50 years.

On Tues­day night, mem­bers cre­ated a few more mem­o­ries as they came to­gether to cel­e­brate their 50th birth­day. They were joined by past mem­bers, the District 9930 Gover­nor and the deputy Gover­nor.

Dur­ing the night mem­o­ries were shared, in par­tic­u­lar by orig­i­nal char­ter mem­ber, John de Lau­tour.

In 1966 Taupo¯ and Tau­marunui Ro­tary were one or­gan­i­sa­tion and it was not un­til the fol­low­ing year that Tu­rangi had suf­fi­cient mem­bers for Ro­tary In­ter­na­tional to give them their own char­ter.

De Lau­tour re­called their char­ter night and said it was a huge cel­e­bra­tion.

‘‘Three hun­dred peo­ple reg­is­tered for the char­ter night and 500 turned up,’’ he said.

De Lau­tour had 40 years in the Tu­rangi Ro­tary Club and re­mem­bers the projects they worked on in those early years.

‘‘The build­ing of the orig­i­nal Turtle Pool was the largest ven­ture we achieved,’’ he said.

‘‘The club raised the first $5000 with a Walk-a-thon to Tokaanu and back, then I got a fundraiser friend from Wairoa to run a car­ni­val, rais­ing over $30,000.’’

There were plenty other ways they raised money.

‘‘[We] even ran a gam­bling evening in the Waihi Pukawa shearing shed,’’ de Lau­tour said.

‘‘The po­lice warned us not to do this but the club de­cided to still go ahead. Well, the po­lice with their dog teams ar­rived and Tu­rangi Ro­tary were sum­moned to a court sit­ting in Taupo¯ . The out­come was, we were let off, though I don’t know why.’’

Since their for­ma­tion, The Tu­rangi Ro­tary Club has been in­volved in many projects in Tu­rangi over the years, in­clud­ing the pub­lish­ing of a Trout Recipe Book, build­ing of the stone wall along the en­trance to the Na­tional Trout Hatch­ery, host­ing in­ter­na­tional ex­change stu­dents, sup­ply­ing a de­fib­ril­la­tor to the St John’s Am­bu­lance and, more re­cently, one to the Trout Hatch­ery.

In a pre­sen­ta­tion by Leonie Tisch, the District 9930 Gover­nor, Tu­rangi Ro­tary have raised over $200,000 in the last year which is a record con­tri­bu­tion for the area.

With mem­o­ries shared, laugh­ter had, and the night en­joyed by all, the Tu­rangi Ro­tary 50th was a cel­e­bra­tion to re­mem­ber as they pre­pare for the next 50 years.

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