Posted by Mary-anne Stuart-William
September was an active month for the Rotary Club of Waiheke. 
We presented Youth Art Awards
We contributed vital equipment to the Waiheke Health Trust
We gifted dictionaries to Year 4 students
We helped out at the Gulf News Trolley Derby
We inducted 2 new members to the Club

September in Review

September kicked off with Rotary in action at the Gulf News Trolley Derby. Rotarians rolled up their sleeves to help out with this long-running community event by setting up the course, marshalling and tearing down the course again. The weather even managed to  play along until the end of this family outing on Waiheke.
Photo: The fire truck rolling down the main drag of Oneroa, signalling the commencement of the Gulf News Trolley Derby.
It was great to see the recent contributions from Rotary Waiheke to the Waiheke Health Trust in action. Rotary recently contributed towards a Spirometer and an Ear Suction Device for the clinic. Both pieces of equipment save our community from having to travel off-island for these procedures, and both have been deployed immediately.
Photo: Jen Glover and a Practice Nurse from the Waiheke Health Trust, and President Leighton demo'ing the Spirometer and reports.
For more than 10 years here on the island, Rotary has gifted the Usbourne Illustrated Dictionary to Year 4 students, which usually retails for around $30. This year is no different and the dictionaries were gifted in September 2023. To date more than 200,000 dictionaries worth more than $5 million dollars have been distributed nationwide.
Photo: Rotarians Sherryn El Bakary, Youth Director and Fiona Rubie, Fellowship Director presented the Year 4 students with their illustrated dictionaries.
Waiheke Youth Art Awards Ngā Tohu Toi Rangatahi o Waiheke is a competition for all under 18 youth who live on Waiheke Island. It consists of a number of categories, each it’s own award. The Rotary Club of Waiheke proudly provided the grand award for Excellence with a prize of $1000 to Ella Singh with her "Estranged Thing" artwork.
Photo: President Leighton presents Ella Singh with the Award for Excellence.
September saw 2 new members being inducted into the Club. We wholeheartedly welcome Brendan and Jenny.
Brendan Agnew is a resident of Rocky Bay and a business owner (Handy Man) in the Waiheke community.
Jenny Amies is a resident of Surfdale and is an owner of Waiheke Living in Ostend. She is passionate about customer service.
Photo: Jenny Amies is inducted into the Rotary Club of Waiheke by Sherri Hinch and Marcus MacKenzie.