Young Totara awardees over the years have gone on to become successful in their endeavours, with recent awardees being involved in Rotary projects. In August 2019, Ben Keimpe Hofmans is the receipient of the “Young Totara Award” for the District 9970. Ben was nominated by the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise and the Rotary Club of St Johns through Ainie Kwok for his dedication, perseverance in helping with the setup of 3D printers at Aidanfield Christian School in Chrischurch. The 3D printers funding have also been kindly donated by the Chenery Memorial Trust.
Ben is now a first year University of Canterbury student studying engineering. Since receiving the Award, Ben has attended and participated at the Rotaract Oceania Conference in Auckland. He was also one of the volunteers at the Rotary Oceania Conference, held in September.
The Young Totara Award was designed and introduced over 2 decades ago by District 9970 to recognise the contribution made by young people to their community through their achievements, by their service to their school, group or society and by being good role models to other young people.
Now this proven award is available for clubs in District 9920 to adopt.  For all information go to
This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise young people and to show appreciation of their contribution. At the same time, it is a wonderful opportunity to introduce other Rotary Youth Programs such as RYLA to these awardees.