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Rotary Club of Papakura 
2019-2020 

29 April 2020, Issue 35

 
Rotary 
Papakura Rotary Zooming Meeting - International Speakers 
An International Zoom meeting last Thursday as two of our previous exchange students Frederikke from Denmark and Lily from France joining the meeting. Frederikke and Lily gave us updates on life at home, school and life in Europe with Covit-19. It was so lovely to chat with you both and hear that you and your families are all well.  A big thank you to Frederikke and Lily for getting up early to meet us. 
Speaker of the Week  - 30 April 2020
Kerryn Swanepoel - Watercare Services Limited
 
Join us online this Thursday to speak with Kerryn.
Kerryn has worked in various roles in Watercare Services over the past 9 years.
Her roles have varied from the front line reactive response for breaks and bursts, through to her current role as a Major Development Programme Lead, where she works with communities and developers to deliver integrated infrastructure outcomes.
Her education as a behavioural scientist has led her to a valuable career in the water industry. Kerryn is passionate about improving people’s interactions with their environment and unlocking innovative solutions to the utilisation of our natural resources.
Anzac Day 2020: Stand at dawn
Lest We Forget
 
Across the country, people stood at their driveways on Saturday 25th to commemorate Anzac Day with "individual acts of commemoration".
The Covid-19 lockdown has changed how this year's Anzac commemorations have occurred.

David Cox has shared the incredible service and sacrifice his family made during World War 1 and 2.
"Six of my father’s uncles served in WW1.  Three were killed, two at Gallipoli and one at the Somme.  My grandfather was seriously wounded at Chunuk Bair, after the Wellington Regiment had successfully taken the ridge the previous day.  Another great uncle was seriously wounded.  Only one brother from the family escaped uninjured.
My father was wounded at Cassino, Italy during WW2".
 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "While we cannot physically come together, I know we are united by our respect for our veterans and our service personnel.
"Nationwide from dawn and throughout the day, our individual acts of commemoration - that is what will form our collective tribute."
Volunteers for Salvation Army deliveries in South Auckland
Email from Peter Ross
Hi All,
I have spoken to Mavis Crawley of Salvation Army at some length
The Manukau Foodbank require volunteers to assist with:
  • Packing food parcels for distribution
  • Delivering food parcels as “runners” and “drivers”
  • Delivery teams will go out in twos to make deliveries around South Auckland and be given Salvation Army flyers to display in their car, vests as well as the delivery run sheet.
  • Depending on the sizes of their cars this may take up to 2-3 trips each.
The Foodbank is inundated with requests for food parcels, but the workload to deliver is variable. The Volunteers are planned on a day by day basis for this work and some are not always available so at times there is a need for back up. Hence the variability in the requirement for assistance. Some of those volunteers that have been packing are in need of a rest so back up is also required here.
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RYPEN Online Training
The attached link has Module 3 of the 6 episodes of the on line learning that the RYPEN Team have produced under the watchful eye of our District Youth Committee Deputy Chair Annie Kwok. Please click the below link and enjoy this presentation with has been very well received by the disappointed awardees of this years cancelled camp.
A look back at some past Epidemics
Published in Wellington College Old Boys' Association Newsletter
 
Some interesting information about past health crises and how schools and students coped.  This Wellington College newsletter is from David Cox’s old school.
Technology has changed how we do things but the realities of epidemics are still the same.
 
On-line media and digital learning platforms have made a huge difference in helping our boys keep focussed in this day and age.  Spare a thought for our former students whose studies were much more antiquated during times of previous epidemics.
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Positive Peace and a Pandemic
 
By Rebecca Crall – Rotary Blog
It is easy to see the health crisis created by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. What’s not as easy to see are the long-term impacts of the crisis on peace, particularly in states with government and public health infrastructures weakened by violence or unrest.
Fortunately, Rotarians have an amazing capacity to use their ingenuity to address the world’s most pressing challenges. And the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. As the Area of Focus Manager for Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention, I have been spending some time thinking about the pandemic in terms of peacebuilding and human resiliency.
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Study Online 
Free online courses from Harvard University
I can highly recommend the free online courses at Harvard University. This is a great way to learn something new or have fun learning about your favourite subject. Most courses are about 2-3 hours per week. A great way to help with any boredom and keep learning. 
 
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Feijoa Date and Ginger Loaf 
Thank you to Donna Cox for another great receipe
 
FEIJOA, DATE AND GINGER LOAF
 
1 cup feijoas, peeled and diced
150g dates, chopped
100g crystallised ginger, chopped
150g brown sugar
50g butter
250 mls boiling water
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
270g flour, sifted
1 Tbsp ginger
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
 
1. Pre-heat oven to 180C on bake and line a loaf tin.
 
2. Place the feijoas, dates, ginger, sugar and butter into a large saucepan, add boiling water and bring to the boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool.
 
3. Sift together flour, ginger, baking powder and soda and add to the fruit mixture once cooled along with the egg and vanilla.  Do not over mix.  This mixture is quite heavy.
 
4. Spoon the mixture into the lined tin and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Last Laugh
 
Meeting:
 
Thursday 20th August 2020
Online meeting at 6pm. 
 
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