Rotary Club of Papakura 

12th November 2020, Issue 19

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
Papakura Rotarian "Army" declares another "Victory"
A few weeks ago, we heard from and got inspired by Mel Tipene – Talking about her Project “Kuraconnect” and her vision togather all sports organization across every society in our Community.
Friday 6 Nov, the last of a series of 4 Touch Rugby event for the lower socioeconomic sector – was Held at Bruce Pulman park.
For this occasion, Mel Tipene and Kuraconnect managed to arrange a large donation of water, bread and sausages to cook for the troops.
Enter the recently commissioned Crime Watch trailer and the Rotarian army – in a puff of smoke and with the sun behind them. President Alan was leading the charge from the front. General and Public liaison officer George Wilson by his side and a handful of trusty soldiers (Lloyd, Barry, Lars) followed hot on their heels.
Every one rapidly set up camp and we got stuck in doing the cooking and feeding.
Salvation Army Food Parcel Packing at Manukau
Last Tuesday saw another keen team of recruits head toward Manukau to the Salvation Army Depot to join with members from Newmarket and Remuera Clubs to perform a wider than normal suite of tasks no the least a major packing of a pallet of fresh carrots donated from a Pukekohe Grower. Peter, Warren and Maurice demolished the job and never want to see another carrot again, but thanks guys.

Ted, Sue Vicky and Lois repacked both flour, rice in great quantities, and then got stuck into joining the packing line with the great efficiency and experience that they always exhibit.
A great effort by all concerned and further endorsement that our projects don’t need to be about Dollars but are just as rewarding when Community Service is the major driver.
These are the dates to put into your diary if you are available and of course, the desire, we can roll along any Tuesday and be appreciated but certainly on our Papakura specified days. George will continue to send reminders.
We have had a great 6 months helping at The Salvation Army Food Distribution Centre in Manukau, and I know all of the Rotary efforts have been greatly appreciated by the Salvation Army team at that location.
I would personally like to thank you all for your support over that period.
So this is the last Roster for 2020.
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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
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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