About Us

"The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood”
– Paul Harris, 1905

Rotary's theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.” - Download Be The Inspiration Citation

The Rotary Club of Hastings Karamu meets weekly at the Hastings Golf Club.

  • Meetings are held on Thursdays and start at 6:00 pm
  • Club members and their guests begin to gather from around 5:30 pm for a drink and a yarn - loosely described as “fellowship”


    Hastings Karamu Rotary Club


    President - Roger Mulvay

    In Hastings Karamu Rotary Club the position of President enjoys enormous support from the members. I am looking forward to a great year of service to the community, contributing to Rotary International and fellowship in the club.

    I am married to Linda and we are fortunate to have a blended family of five girls and one boy with eight grandchildren who are racing into the future.

     The highlights in my background include a Masters Degree in Entomology, designing and making furniture, expanding exhibitions and managing The Kauri Museum, property development, investment and management as well as Aikido, fishing, orienteering and striving to maintain a balanced outlook on life.


    Past President - Jeff Burson

    Hastings Karamu Rotary Club Jeff Burson

    It is my great pleasure becoming the president of such a fantastic positive club. It is my hope to carry this club to great things in this coming year. We have so many amazing things planned to ensure the remarkable name of Hastings Karamu Rotary is upheld.

    The Cocktail Party was an event we held again this past year to help with the costs of an amazing service that is still free for everyone and anyone that needs it.

    The Cranford Hospice Golf Day is also a great way of giving back to another exceptional local service. This fun day makes a great contribution towards the wonderful work that goes on at the Cranford hospice.

    Individually we can achieve a little but the Hastings Karamu Rotary Club is a club where great individuals get together and make anything possible.


    Club Treasurer: Paul Michaelsen

    Hastings Karamu Rotary Club - Paul Michaelson

    Paul has been a member of Hastings Karamu Rotary since 2012. Paul decided to join Rotary on the recommendation of a fellow member as he was looking to join a local volunteer organisation that was giving back to the Hastings community. Paul enjoys the great fellowship within the club along with the great work the club is doing in the community.

    Paul grew up in Hawkes Bay and completed his secondary education at Karamu High School. Paul has worked in banking for over 25 years, and is also District Councilor on a volunteer basis for the NZ Automobile Association.

    Paul enjoys several sports such as Rugby, Cricket and Motorsport. He also enjoys a social game of snooker from time to time.

    Paul has 2 children and his partner is Melissa.


    Club Secretary: Graeme Coomer

    Joined Hastings Karamu Rotary Club in September 2012 and holds the role of club secretary.

    Graeme has been an active member of Brass Bands for most of his life and has been made a life member of both the Wellington Brass and Woolston Brass in Christchurch. Other interests include running, cycling, trout fishing and travel.

    Graeme is Married to Judith and has a Son, now living and working in Auckland, and a Daughter living and working in Denver, Colorado and has 4 Grandchildren.