Rotary Club of Papakura 

14 August 2019| Issue 7

Speaker of the Week - Tijn van Eeden
Make sure to come along and get to know a little more about our RYE Inbound student Tijn van Eeden from the Netherlands as he shares about his life including his home country, family and hobbies.
Youth Activities
Its been a busy week for our team involved in Youth activities starting with our RYLA Chair Mike Williamson backed by his right hand Sue, attending the Newmarket Club’s celebration of their long involvement with RYLA. A large group of RYLAIANS from this year’s event presented a very interesting account of their learnings and experiences. The extremely well attended event saw the Camp Mum Georgie Harvey awarded a Paul Harris award, so well deserved for a wonderfully inclusive and supportive wife to PDG Roger our DG in 2016/17. This role of camp Mum is a biggie and Georgie was so well loved by all and it’s easy to see why. Congratulations from us all.
PDG Ron Seeto asked if we were using the Cancer Fundraising Tea towels that his daughter Ruby designs and markets and I could not answer that. Does anyone know if we have purchased any for this purpose?
Blue Edge
Week 1
With a great first week complete it has been fantastic to get the program underway, we have had great support to get us to this point and thank everyone who has supported this program so far.
Monday 5th August
PAT test
Guest Speaker(s): Rhonda Lee
Wednesday 7th August
Army pre employment fitness test
Guest Speaker(s): Army recruiting
Friday 9th August
The young people have shown great tenacity arriving at 5:30am each morning. As the sessions have gone by, we have seen the young people step outside of their comfort zones. They have brought enthusiasm and positive attitudes to each session and have been extremely supportive of each other. As week two approaches, the intensity of the sessions will increase as well as a greater responsibility being placed on the young people to ensure they and their peers are prepared for each session, ensuring each other knows what’s required for each session, deciding on who is going to thank the trainers and speakers on the groups behalf and making sure they are ready on time.
Papakura Rotary Year 29  1976 – 1977
 President Noel Allington (Brick Laying)
A visit was received from a GSE team from California.  We hosted Barbara Liedl, an exchange student from Lafayette, U.S.A.  and we successfully nominated Phil McConkey for The G.S.E. team to visit the USA. 
Over four hundred people attended a Bereavement Seminar in the Papakura High School and a further substantial donation of instruments was made to The Papakura Music School.
Foundation and International Service Info Evening
A joint Foundation and International Service Information Service evening is to be  held on Wednesday 4th September  at the KOLMAR Centre, Papatoetoe.
This is an  opportunity to learn more about some significant projects or programmes already in progress or being planned and how funding from the Rotary Foundation is critical to making these happen. 
We would like each Club to have members attend. Please share this event information with your Club members.
This is also an opportunity to ask questions and be better informed in planning your own projects and future programmes. Get a better understanding or how support of the Rotary Foundation is so important to our projects, and how you can make a difference by supporting the Rotary Foundation . 
The programme will be from 6.30 to 8.30pm .
If there is sufficient interest, there may be an opportunity to have some bistro food available from around 5.45 pm until the programme starts. Please let me know if you are interested in this option (contact details in the attached notice). 
Please rsvp by 31st August.
Jeanette Drysdale
D9920 International Service Chair
PDG Jennie Herring
D9920 Foundation Chair 
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Absolutely Dead Brilliant
An Obituary printed in the London Times
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who
has been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long
ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm; 
- Life isn't always fair; 
- And maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing
regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental
consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed
to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot.
She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death,
-by his parents, Truth and Trust,
-by his wife, Discretion,
-by his daughter, Responsibility,
-and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 5 stepchildren;
- I Know My Rights 
- I Want It Now 
- Someone Else Is To Blame 
- I'm A Victim
- Pay me for Doing Nothing
Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. 
If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing


Thursday 19th March 2020
Papakura RSA 
5.30pm for Dinner @ 6pm
Meeting @ 6.45pm

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Youth

Attendance: Robin Matheson




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