Rotary Club of Papakura 

17th December 2020, Issue 24

Merry Christmas
From the President's Desk
Greetings Fellow Rotarians
The TV News Presenter informed me tonight that it was now 1 year since the first case of Covid-19 was detected in New Zealand.
So much for those of us, that thought the whole thing would be over in a couple of months!
I am extremely proud of the way the Rotary Club of Papakura has handled the last 12 months. We have kept the club active and helped the community with a number of projects and situations.
Due to ‘you know what’ we will be running a zoom meeting this Thursday evening. John F will be sending out details soon.
My thanks to PE Sue for keeping things ticking over while I was away restocking the freezer with fish for the next 12 months.
I am very disappointed with the latest Level 3 lockdown. I had spent last Saturday playing some very good bowls in the qualifying rounds of the Club 4’s competition, and qualified, only to have the Post Section play on Sunday cancelled!!!.
I can tell you one thing – a ‘Boomer’ did not cause this latest lockdown.
Catch you online Thursday.
President Allan
Salvation Army
Foodbank Tuesday 15th December
Grateful thanks to each of you for a SUPERB effort over these last 6 months with the food packing.  You are all a wonderful testimony of love and kindness. 
Best wishes
Free Drinks
Martin will put some money from the member’s card raffle behind the bar on Thursday night. So come along to enjoy a drink and celebrate Christmas.
Motorbike show February 6th and 7th
Great work from all the club members helping at the Bike Show. A very busy few days.
Support for Hayley James
Club members will remember Hayley who was a scholarship recipient last year.  She had left a very difficult family situation and was living independently.  She spoke back in early December about her first year at University where she had been studying Law and Commerce.  She passed all her papers with excellent grades and gained entry to Law School.  However, she has decided that Law is not for her but will continue with Commerce.
Hayley is working over the summer holidays at a variety of low paid jobs in order to finance her University and accommodation costs, which will be considerable.
Both times after she has spoken, several club members have approached me suggesting that the club continues to support Hayley financially.  I am recommending to Directors that we continue to give some support to Hayley.  
Some club members have already kindly donated but if other members would like to contribute as well, donations can be made to the Club’s Charitable Trust through Warren Megget.  Donations are tax-deductible.
Hayley needs assistance at the beginning of February to pay a bond for accommodation in Wellington and also her substantial fees.
Thank you

A huge thank you to everyone who has sent through photos, articles, reports, updates and quotes for the Bulletin this year. 
It is said that the most precious gift we can give is Time. When we give of our time, we give a little of yourselves and a part of our life to someone else. Time in the service of others is what defines all Rotarians.
Very best wishes to you all for a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2021.
Stay safe and enjoy the well-deserved break.
Editor of Papakura Rotary Bulletin
Thursday 4th March 2021
Meeting by Zoom

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Youth

Attendance: Robin Matheson


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