what we do  
Being part of Rotary is about bringing your skills, experience and enthusiasm to help make our community a great place to live and work, while making some great friends along the way.

We meet most weeks for a social half hour, a meal, a little club business, and usually a guest speaker. We gather around 5:30 pm on a Tuesday, usually at The Timaru Town and Country Club, 99 Douglas Street, Timaru, have dinner at 6 pm (cost $21.00) and are finished by around 7:30 pm.

We look for things we can do to help make South Canterbury a great community. We:
  • carry out practical projects such as building park benches in West End park, or cutting up firewood and delivering it to those in need;
  • carry out fundraising activities to support local groups such as Plunket and the Foundation for the Blind;
  • support local initiatives such as the MRI Scanner appeal, and
  • fund young people's involvement in activities such as Outward Bound, National Science Schools, and youth development projects such as the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.
These are just a few typical examples of the wide range of things we do - there are many, many more.
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It's up to you how much time you commit

Members choose which activities they get involved in, and how they are involved. Some members enjoy practical projects, while others enjoy planning and running fundraising events and community activities.

Some members can't regularly make it to our weekly meetings but enjoy being involved in our projects and other activities. The level of involvement is entirely up to each member.

It's not all meetings and hard work ...

Several times a year we get together for social activities; we have an active tramping / cycling group that organises a relaxing expedition each year for those members who want to take part.

It doesn't cost the earth to belong to Rotary

It's not particularly expensive. members pay about $20 a month to cover Club and Rotary International dues. And we pay about $20 for a 2 course meal at the weekly meetings we attend.

Contrary to popular belief members aren't require to fund any of our work from their own pockets. We carry out community fundraising activities to raise money for projects we're undertaking; what we do contribute is our time, expertise, and a little blood, sweat and tears.
being a member  
Being a member involves paying an annual subscription that costs about $20 per month and attending club meetings and activities that fit in with your other commitments.

Most members usually attend the weekly Club meeting and pay around $20 for the 2-course meal. We have a cash bar at the social half hour before the meal.

Members contribute their skills and talents to support Club activities, but always at their own discretion. Many members are involved in other community groups and activities, and we understand that our members have to balance their club involvement with their family and work, and their other interests.

Some members have work and other commitments that mean attending the weekly meeting is a bit of a stretch so they join in and support other Club activities as and when they can.