Karori Rotarians were treated to some youthful snap, crackle and pop at our meeting on 11 April. Three young people who had received Rotary assistance reported back on their experiences and a candidate for the RYLA spoke of his background and of his hopes for the future.
Rotarians from the Karori and Kau Kau Rotary Clubs had the opportunity to view first-hand the rescue fleet, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and fixed wing aircraft at the Wellington Life Flight Trust base, Lyall Bay, on Tuesday night. The questions put to Sebastian Grodd, Marketing and Fund-raising Manager, and the crew of the Life Flight fleet, clearly indicated a deep interest in their business.
Our speaker on 14 March was Roy Ferguson, Wellington North Rotarian and former New Zealand Ambassador to the United States. Roy spoke on the recent US election and the inauguration on 20 January this year of the 45th President - Donald John Trump, a 70 year old businessman and television personality.
Rotary Karori is proud to be a supporter of the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute. We have recently made a grant to the Institute towards the travel costs of an Institute staff member who will visit the Salk Institute in the United States in order to learn more about recent advances in stem cell technology that allow the creation of new healthy tissues.
Rotary Karori places a high priority on working with young people in our community. We recognise the challenges faced by many young people and look for ways to provide mentoring and positive and supportive advice. One of those is the Karori Youth Centre operating out of the Karori Community Centre.
At our meeting on 14 February, we heard from Christoph Zintl, Youth Development Adviser at the Centre. Christoph was accompanied by Heather Baldwin, chair of the Community Centre (l to r: Christoph Zintl; John Barton, Club President; and Heather).
Christoph has been working with young people for many years, initially in Christchurch and later in Karori. During this time, he has noted that the age range of young people at the Centre has expanded over time, and now is from 11-25 years. He observed that "young people need encouragement to do better." Through helping young people, "you get involved - what you get behind the scenes is very different to what you see."
The youth advisers are careful to avoid being judgmental. Instead, they focus on helping young people to make good choices and to develop motivation and confidence to carry through on those choices.