Rotary Club of Papakura 

29th October 2020, Issue 17

From the President's Desk
Wow – what an AGM!!!
By my calculations (including apologies), 88% of our membership took part in our AGM. Thanks Steve (and Murray Cooper) and Warren for your presentation of the Club and Trust financial situation at the end of the 2019/20 Rotary year. The RC of Papakura is in a financial position that would be the envy of many clubs in our district.
Congratulations to Anne in her acceptance of President Nominee for the 2022/23 year. I know that, just as I have, you will receive the ongoing support of all members as you undertake this role.
The Directors have given the go-ahead for the Cosgrove Primary School Dental Hygiene Project. Lars and the Youth Committee have put considerable time and effort in getting this project to the start line. The project will see all students (some 500+) supplied with a toothbrush and toothpaste for use daily at school. These are kept in each classroom (about 26 stands required (Stainless Steel with Rotary Logo)) and each term the children take home their toothbrushes and we replace them. The program came from the RC of Otahuhu (Mummy) and they state that the children in the schools they are running the program in have the best dental health in the area. After the initial set-up costs, the program will have an ongoing annual cost of about $2000 +/- per year for consumables.
I know the Government is talking (don’t they spend a lot of time ‘talking’?) about doing something about the dismal state of youth dental health but, from what I can make out, their response will be to make more money available for special orthodontic procedures. Sort of like putting an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. What we want to do with this project is put a fence at the top of the cliff.
Almost forgot – Happy Birthday for last Monday. The RC of Papakura was 72, having been chartered on the 16th of November 1948.
Yours in Rotary
Polio Train - Friday 23rd October

Pictures from the Polio Train lunch at Papakura

ROMAC - Update on Vaea 

Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children 

Vaea who was then about 14 months old and his grandmother Lesilei who brought him to New Zealand.
Back in 2016 John Ross asked the Club if we could help an infant boy from Vavau’u, Tonga.  John had been approached by the boy’s family while in Tonga.  Little Vaea had been born with a cleft palate and harelip and this resulted in making feeding him very difficult.  He was also at risk of being ostracised as he grew up.
With wonderful help from ROMAC, Vaea and his grandmother, Lesilei Mahina. They were flown to Auckland and initially were settled into Ronald MacDonald house while Vaea was assessed.  Unfortunately, surgery was delayed several times because Vaea was unwell, and then Christmas happened.
In March surgery was successfully carried out at Middlemore Hospital by Dr. Zac Moaveni.   Vaea and his grandmother returned to Tonga a few months later.
John Ross has seen Vaea a few times over the last 4 years. Vaea is now living with relations in Nuku’alofa and is about to start school.
Our Club can feel very proud of the difference we have made through ROMAC to this young boy’s life and that of his family.
Vaea now 5 years old
District News - Penrose Rotary 

Penrose Rotary Charity Auction 19th to 30th October 2020

Penrose Rotary are delighted to advise that their Online Charity Auction to raise funds for Reading Enrichment and Youth activities at One Tree Hill College is now live.
The Auction has a variety of Holidays, Books, Collectibles, Liquor, Artwork, and other appealing items. You can scan these in the link to the Auction site at
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Christmas Raffle
The Community Committee is running the annual Christmas raffle
Please bring an item along to Rotary that would be suitable for a Christmas hamper sometime between now and the end of November. 
Malcolm will be selling tickets for the hampers.
The draw will be at the Christmas party on the 29th of November.
Proceeds from the raffle will go towards buying Christmas items to donate to families in the Papakura area. 
Santa Parade 6th December 2020

Santa Claus is coming
Sunday afternoon 6th December
All leave is cancelled
The Parade starts at 3pm. Streets will be closed from 1pm and the Parade floats will assemble early afternoon.
The Club will run the BBQ sausage sizzle.
This is a key event for the Club in show-casing the activities of Rotary to the public so member’s support for assigned roles or general duties is appreciated.
Thank you,
Community Committee.
Save the date
Bag Tags
Lois McKay is collecting bread bag tags for Sustainable Papakura. Please bring any tags to Rotary. Thank you
Thursday 26th November 2020
Papakura RSA
5.30pm for Dinner at 6pm
Meeting at 6.45pm

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: International

Attendance: Robin Matheson




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