Rotary Club of Papakura 

26th November 2020, Issue 21

From the President's Desk
So we are just about to complete the first 6 months of the Rotary year – and what a 6 months!
At the start of my presidential year, I thought our Rotary activities would be severely restricted by the dreaded Covid-19 situation.
While Covid-19 has had some effect, mainly the cancellation of our bike show, I am amazed as to what we have achieved so far this year.
The ERK box packing was an outstanding success. Papakura RC volunteers contributed 182.5 volunteer hours with 50 volunteer visits over the 32 days of packing. We were the second most ‘helpful’ club (behind Ellerslie Sunrise who contributed 226.5 volunteer hours) However, if I ignore the club who had one volunteer attend on one day for 4 hours, The Papakura RC volunteers had the highest daily average at 3.65 hours per volunteer visit. Thanks to all who were able to help with this fantastic project.
The Salvation Army food packing, at both Manukau and Papakura, has been extremely well supported. Thanks and congratulation to all who have been involved in this. I know the volunteer support and reliability of the Papakura RC teams have been much appreciated by the packing organizers.
As Covid-19 allowed, the helpers at the Edmund Hillary Breakfast in schools have toiled away feeding (very) hungry children on a weekly basis. Thanks for your dedication to this worthwhile cause. We also shifted a truckload of sand into the sandpit at the Whanau Centre.
In addition, who could forget the magnificent Christmas Parade and BBQ we organized and ran earlier this month. I understand it was the highlight of Father Christmas’s year.
Congratulations to the Education Trust team for your work in organizing the awarding of 10 scholarships this year. A lot of work and an outstanding result.
Many clubs have readdressed their meeting frequency (partly in response to Covid-19) and I am getting feedback that some feel that, as a result, they have lost some of the drive for Rotary. I am personally pleased that we have retained the status-quo and feel that our meetings are very well attended with a good range of interesting speakers (thanks speaker team).
We also have some exciting things planned for the next 6 months. Watch this space.
A very big ‘Thank You’ to Anne for her work in producing our weekly bulletin. An outstanding result Anne, and very much appreciated.
Finally, Lois and I wish you and your families a Very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Please look after yourselves and we will see everyone in January.
Proud to be a Papakura Rotarian,
Steve in action at the AGM
Papakura High School Prizegiving
Roger and George attended the recent Prizegiving, the last for John Rohs our wonderful friend and Principal of the School.
We certainly hope that the new appointee will carry on the great work that John has cultured!
Salvation Army Packing at Manukau
Our first day is Tuesday 1st December and I have George, Maurice, Dawn, Lyn, and Donna on my confirmed list. Could any others that are available for this day please notify me ASAP. This is a Papakura Club only day so we need the numbers if we can manage, as around 15 is our target. 
Our second day and the last for the year is on Tuesday 15th December, this is a shared day with the Newmarket Club. I have Ted, Sue, Dawn, Anne, Niamh, Vicky, and Donna on my confirmed list and again please notify me ASAP. 
Thanks again to each of you for your unending support. I only wish that we didn’t have this dreadful need in our community, but we should be proud that we at the very least are doing something tangible and worthwhile. So many people simply just talk about it but this is Rotary in Action alongside our Sally friends. 
PS. If I do not get responses, I will be ringing.
Cheers, George
The three musketeers 
Ted, George and Peter Corner from Newmarket Rotary packing flour at Manukau last Tuesday the 17th November.
Last Thursday RYDA for AGC Strathallan students. 70, year 11 pupils attended RYDA at Bruce Pulman Park. What a great venue to host the students.
Thank you to Barry, Ted & Peter.
Cheers, George
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.
Give you a laugh
Thursday 17th December 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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