Rotary Club of Papakura 

23rd July 2020, Issue 3

From the President's Desk
What a great turnout last week. It has been a while since we have been scratching for seats upstairs. As I said at the meeting, ‘the Salvation Army have a reputation for working at the bottom of the pyramid’. Thank goodness they do.

By all reports the team of Rotarians and Partners and helpers had a great session at the ERK pre-packing session last Thursday. George informs there is another pre-packing session next Thursday (6/8/20) and he is looking at a Saturday session on the 15th of August, for all those unable to participate during the week (of course those who do weekday sessions will be more than welcome as well).
George Wilson has just finished ANOTHER Dry July. (I think George is that busy he doesn’t have time to drink). I’m sure those of you who have inadvertently forgotten to donate to George’s efforts can still do so at 
Our congratulations to Tracey Faber on her PHF Sapphire awarded to her by District 9920. Tracey’s work with the Exchange Students is well known and appreciated by all involved (especially the students) and managing everything over the Covid-19 period took some doing.
Regards Allan 
Speaker on Thursday 23rd July
Cassidy Faber
Make sure you come along to hear about Cassidy's exciting year in Argentina on exchange.
Conservation Volunteers NZ
Tree Planting at Waitawa Regional Park
Kia Ora from Clair Hobi.
Clair is the Regional Manager at Conservation Volunteers NZ. They are running a planting project at Waitawa Regional Park (Kawakawa Bay) with support from Rotary's Forests of Peace and Remembrance. It would be fantastic if some rotary members could attend a commemoration planting day they will be holding on Wednesday 29th July.  
Please feel free to give Clair a call on 021706022 if you are interested in volunteering for this planting.
Rotary International 

Holger Knaack - President 2020-21

Presidential message - July 2020
This does not seem like a time for great optimism, but it has to be. Long before Rotary was founded, the world dealt with great crises that tested humankind's ability to progress and endure. In the age of Rotary, the world has faced many more catastrophes; however, we have survived, and every step of the way, Rotary has helped the world heal.
Every great challenge is an opportunity for renewal and growth. I revealed the theme of Rotary Opens Opportunities at the International Assembly in San Diego just as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning, but these are words that I have believed for many years.
Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.
Governments and institutions are gaining a greater appreciation for the types of public health partnerships that are critical to our work. People stuck at home, eager for greater connections and hungry to help their communities, are now embracing the values we have promoted since our beginning.
All of this is positive news, but just because there are greater opportunities than ever for Rotary to thrive does not guarantee that we will succeed. The world is changing rapidly — and was doing so even before this crisis. People were starting to move away from regular lunch meetings and toward online gatherings. Friendships were being cultivated and revived in social media relationships even before most of our meetings moved to Zoom and Skype. Younger generations have a strong desire to serve — but have questioned whether they could play a meaningful role in organizations like Rotary or whether they might make a bigger impact forming different types of connections. Now is the time to put everything on the table, test new approaches, and prepare Rotary for the future.
The COVID-19 crisis has forced all of us to adapt. This is good, and our new Action Plan specifically calls on us to improve our ability to adapt. But adaptation is not enough. We need to change, and change dramatically, if we are to face the challenges of this new age and provide the Rotary the world so desperately needs.
This is our great challenge, not just in the next year but into the foreseeable future. It is up to us to remake Rotary for these new times — to wholeheartedly embrace the ideas, energy, and commitment of young people eager to find an outlet for idealism. We must become an organization fully enmeshed in the digital age, not one that simply looks for online ways to keep doing what we have always done.
The world needs Rotary now more than ever. It is up to us to make sure that Rotary Opens Opportunities for generations to come.
Allan a happy man in Red and Black 
Thursday 6th August 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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