Queenstown Rotary pitches to youth volunteers

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An energetic high-powered Australian is speaking at a Rotary Club of Queenstown public meeting designed to enlist young Rotarians. 

Social entrepreneur Holly Ransom, 24, is formerly the world’s youngest Rotary president and a Young Australian of the Year finalist. 

Ransom’s speaking at the meeting this Monday entitled ‘Rotary A New Generation: Do You Want To Make A Difference?’. 

Queenstowner Joan Kiernan, a past Rotary district governor, says: “Rotary has done a lot of important work in the area over the years and it is vital that work continues. 

“The stark reality is that the age of the existing members means that work will not be able to continue unless we find new members who can contribute ideas, skills and enthusiasm.” 

Only 14 of the club’s 80-odd members are under 60. 

Kiernan adds: “We must find a way to attract a new generation to community service work. 

“If that means some of the old traditions are broken, then so be it.” 

Following Monday’s meeting, Rotarians hope there will be a group formed of younger people from the Wakatipu keen to work alongside the existing club or even to form their own. 

Cromwell Rotarian Stuart Heal, who is the New Zealand Cricket board chairman, Pioneer Generation chairman, Southern Primary Health Organisation chairman and a former Rotary International director, will also speak. 

The meeting, at Frankton’s St John rooms, starts with drinks and nibbles at 6pm.