Class 17 (2018-2020)
Kate Huth, Australia
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Global Studies
Kate Huth is originally from Australia where at a young age, she began her community service work with Apex Australia, a volunteer community service organization engaged in a diverse range of projects across the country. She also spent a year in Denmark as a Rotary Exchange Student, before returning to Australia to study Applied Linguistics. After years of involvement, Kate joined Apex Australia and served on the State Boards as the Youth Officer, with a focus on engaging youth in community projects. Kate spent three years in Indonesia teaching ESL, moved to Italy for one year, then, completed her journey by returning to Australia to gain her BA Ed as an Indonesian teacher.
Kate furthered her involvement with Apex Australia, serving on local, state and national boards for seven years. During her four-year term as an International Relations Officer, she travelled widely throughout the Asian countries with Apex organisations, arranging inter-country exchange trips to increase opportunities for the community-based organisations to assist each other. Kate was the first women National President of Apex and after serving many years on the Apex National Board, she became Apex Global Chair.
As part of her Global role, she travelled to Bangladesh and India, working to rejuvenate the Associations and increase interaction with the international community. She spearheaded the formation of Women’s Apex Clubs, giving women recognition for their work at a community level.
Kate was the driving force behind the formation of two Apex clubs in Lombok, Indonesia, focused on environmental and educational concerns. She was also involved with the introduction of a STEM based social enterprise program into Malaysia. This has included working with the local managers of the program to develop confidence in using varied teaching and learning methods to encourage differentiated thinking techniques.
Kate has always held a belief that the best way to generate genuine change is from the bottom up and she hopes to continue her hands-on work to achieve those necessary changes. She believes that by working with Rotary through the Peace Fellowship she will be able to help create lasting change in education and communities throughout the world.