Rotary Club of Papakura 

12 September 2019| Issue 10

Papakura High School Police Academy

The recent visit by five members of the Papakura High School Police Academy along with DP Troy England were a pleasure to host and we received a presentation that was very entertaining and engaging, proving once again the high-quality product that the School is producing.
Hotaka Piri Kura — launch of the PHS Police Academy took place at the School on Wednesday March 20th commissioned by the Police Area Commander David Glossop who was sponsored by our Club on a GSE (Group Study Exchange) Tour many years ago further proof of the reach and benefit of Rotary.
Speaker of the Week - Nona Pedersen
Twenty-something executives are a rarity in the boating industry, but the field gets even tighter when that executive is female. Nona Pedersen admits that she didn’t know much about the industry in 2014 when she applied for a market research job at New Zealand-based Oceanmax. Five years later, she is managing day-to-day operations as its general manager. It wasn’t easy sailing (excuse the pun), to get to where she is today. It took a lot of hard work and dedication to build up her skills to fulfil a big role like this. Nona credits great mentors, a fantastic business, a can-do attitude and the RYLA program for getting her here and to set her up to achieve her ambitious career goals. Nona will be sharing her story as well as her key learnings from her RYLA experience in 2018.
Nona Pedersen, General Manager at Oceanmax
Update from Cassidy 
Hola gente! As month 7 has ended, I have a lot to tell and a lot to share, as I think this has been a big month in terms of growth. While my first few months were extremely hard here on exchange, month 7 has presented me with different struggles and I’ve actually had a very tough time. This of course doesn’t mean there weren’t highlights, laughs and moments of sunshine, but weeks of struggles definitely changed my perspective.
Why are you a Rotarian?
Robert Higham 
I was surprised when I was asked the same question over 11 years ago by a member shortly after being welcomed into the club (under President Lloyd Williams), adding, why hadn’t I joined Probus instead, hinting that our club needed younger people in it.

During my retirement, and after catching up with deferred maintenance around the house, it seemed that a way of giving a little back to the community would be best achieved with a service organisation. So, when asked to join Rotary, I felt this could be a good move. Some of my time was already taken up with other organisations, however I knew several Rotarians, the fellowship aspect appealed to me; this was a well-respected organisation, and by becoming a member would be a means of fulfilling these ambitions.
District International Rotary Foundation Meeting

Last Wednesday Allan, Peter and I attended this meeting and were very impressed with all the presentations. But we jointly agreed that it’s very hard to understand the wider good of some of these wonderful projects and developments unless you either attend District Presentations or Conferences and not everyone can or wants to get that involved due to wider commitments.

District News - ROMAC 

ROMAC - Another Successful Operation


From Wayne Brewer, ROMAC Representative District 9920

ROMAC is a totally Rotary funded project offering life saving and dignity enhancing surgery for Pacific Island children that is not available to them in their home countries.  ROMAC operates across all districts in Australia and New Zealand.

In Auckland the families are accommodated at Ronald McDonald House, mainly for surgery at Starship, and are hosted by local Rotary clubs who provide support and look after the family's day to day needs.  Some clubs have a group of members sharing this most rewarding activity of caring for families in need.  The ROMAC NZ committee offers full support and guidance.

Elizabeth Thomson from Downtown Rotary, whose report follows, has hosted a number of families and is currently looking after Ben Mahit and his mother Mayling from Vanuatu.  Also in Ronald McDonald House at the moment is Jasminah and his mother Angelina.  They are being hosted by Josie Adriaansen and the Rotary Club of Brown's Bay, District 9910.


Papakura High School Fair 
The Papakura High School Fair will be held on Saturday 14th September and will be a mixture of the usual School Fair activities with Food Stalls from different ethnicities and stalls full off the cultural backgrounds along with all manner of groups involved with the life of the School. There will be the usual Car Boot sales and many more activities.
How old are you?


All meetings cancelled until further notice

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Youth

Attendance: Robin Matheson




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