Rotary Club of Papakura 

7April 2020, Issue 32

President's update
Grant says the fact that "everything during lockdown is more difficult" was highlighted to him when Sonia attended a hospital appointment last week. 
Friday, Sonia travelled into Auckland Hospital for an appointment regarding a persistent cough. Grant's mum took Sonia in, as Grant is still required to self isolate as he has had an ongoing 'niggly' throat and headaches (he is almost done, day 13 today!). The carpark was completely full of staff cars and Carpark B was closed. This meant parking at the Museum and quite a lengthy walk for Sonia, which was tough going given she was not feeling great.
On arrival, staff were hesitant to let Grant's mum come in to the waiting room. After discussion's explaining that she did not have a mobile phone and therefore Sonia would be unable to contact her know when she was finished, staff reluctantly agreed to her staying. It was discovered after an x-ray and CT scan that Sonia had fluid on her lung. She has had 1.2 litres drained from her right lung and will remain in hospital for the next week. 
Going for what she thought was an out patient appointment, Sonia did not plan ahead for a stay in hospital. She is up there with no changes of clothes, no toothbrush, no phone charger etc and Grant had no way of getting them to her, with the strictly enforced lockdown procedures at the Hospital. They have now agreed that a suitcase can be left at the reception and it will be taken up to Sonia by the staff.  
Our thoughts are with you all Grant and we wish Sonia a speedy recovery. 
Papakura Rotary Meetings go online 
First online meeting done and dusted. It was a casual affair giving us a chance to share our 'lockdown' stories and see some friendly faces. Beer's, wines and the odd cup of tea were shared, with a few laughs. We had 21 members online and are hoping to get a few more of you at the meeting this week. Look out for the event invite from John Fothergill.
You can join the meeting as a practice, anytime ahead of Thursday's meeting just to check that you can use zoom. I have put some screen shots of what you will see at each point. Please give it a try and message if you are having any trouble. 
Open the email sent by John and click the link below 'Join zoom meeting'
Click open or download and run zoom if it is the first time you are using zoom
If a password is requested, please enter 111111
Click Join with video
You can mute and unmute your audio on the bottom left of the screen
To finish click leave the meeting
RYDA update
This is an outline of my views regarding the RYDA Programme from a 48 year Rotarian who has not only made all of our Youth related activities a prime focus but one who has been closely involved with this valuable Youth Driver Awareness  Programme since its introduction to  New Zealand. 
Interestingly although  the fundamental core objectives have remained the same the continual development of RYDA to maintain best practice standards and improvements have been mind  blowing and measurably more effective, from the feedback that I have obtained from attending over 30 days as a Rotarian Volunteer Steward and talking with many students over the time of this experience. 
RYE - Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange is still going strong, in spite of the Global pandemic Covid-19. This was a quick snapshot of our Inbounds having one of their bi-weekly meetings with Inbound Coordinator Robyn Ingram (St John's President) using zoom. They are hosted by the Rotary clubs of Papakura, Pukekohe, New Market, Tuakau, Pakuranga, Drury and Waiheke Island. The students are keeping in contact with their families at home and being so far from loved ones at this time is difficult but all are determined to stay and see out their exchange. They are due to leave New Zealand early July. Time will tell if that is possible.
We have 4 Outbound students on exchange at present, with one student returning from Denmark last week. The rest are showing extreme resolve and are also determined to get through this time in their host countries Germany, Chile, Austria and France. The students began their exchanges in January so have not had a lot of time in their host countries before the lockdown's began. They are concentrating on learning their languages and getting to know their families and the culture of their new home countries. 
These young people are wonderful ambassador's for their countries and our programme. I could not be more proud. Keep them in your thoughts as they work through this pandemic without their loved ones close by. 
RYE D9920 Chair
Online Shopping options
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Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group
The following is a special call to action from
´╗┐Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus, WASRAG
Dear Rotarians,
We are called to respond to the coronavirus crisis, as our voices and Rotarian commitment to Service Above Self are needed across the entire globe right now.
Rotary International has long committed to access to safe water and sanitation as one of the Areas of Focus The reality is that the majority of healthcare facilities in developing countries do not have adequate access to soap, water and sanitation. These conditions impact two billion people worldwide at a time when handwashing is crucial to curtailing this COVID19 pandemic. 
Together we can be a united voice, helping provide safe conditions for all staff and patients.
Hand-washing steps using the WHO technique
And the last word goes to ....
Thursday 9th July 2020
Papakura RSA
5.30pm for Dinner at 6pm
Meeting at 6.45pm
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