On 16 May 2013, the Rotary Club of Wellington North named longtime Khandallah resident, Beth Pethig as a Paul Harris Fellow.

Beth is a widow, mother of five and grandmother of 10, and is heavily involved in a large number of Wellington community groups which help other people.  She is involved with them in many different ways, including involving cooking, catering and providing a venue for dinners at her home.  The groups include:

Church-Khandallah Presbyterian, Save the Children, Citizens Advice Bureau, Victoria House -University hostel, Amity English as a Second Language, Probus, Inner Wheel, Serendipity Garden Club, Neighbourhood Book group, Cancer Society – Daffodil day,  Angel-Immigrant Refugee Services, Dental Nurses Group and Plunket.

Beth is also a constant source of support and inspiration for family and friends, as well as this awesome list of organisations.

16 May 2013 saw 90 family, friends and Rotarians and partners gather at the Khandallah Town Hall.  The award is traditionally a closely-guarded secret until the announcement, and so it was to be.  Beth’s family and close friends gathered in an upstairs area until seating themselves quietly at the back of the group when the programme got underway.  If Beth had turned her head she would have seen over 50 of her family and friends seated quietly behind her, but the announcement came as a great surprise, as did the sudden realisation that everyone was there.

Speakers from four of the organisations that Beth serves talked briefly about her work, and then her son Mike spoke on behalf of the family.

Rotary District Governor, Graeme Blick presented the award and read the citation.

The Rotary Club gained considerate satisfaction at not only being able to acknowledge a huge community contribution, but also being able to meet and mix with it’s community.

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