Rotary Club of Papakura Inc.

July 28 2018 | Issue 6

From the President's Desk

Hello fellow Rotarians and other readers,
Well this will be the last bulletin for 2018!
Firstly, thank you all for giving me the support you have over the last 6 months. You have all made my job so much easier than it could have otherwise been and it is greatly appreciated! We have had another outstanding fundraiser, some great fellowship events, worked hard at making a real difference to our community with numerous projects  and made a really good effort at increasing our profile and sharing our stories. I am proud of what we have achieved as a club and looking forward to the second half of my Presidential year.
We have the Choral Society coming on Thursday to sing Christmas Carols as a 'Thank You' for us getting their Piano repaired, so make sure you come along. It would be really nice to have partners join us too as we get in the Christmas spirit.
I  really enjoyed listening to the Education Trust scholarship recipients speeches, hearing how their first year had gone and from those about to embark on their first year in tertiary education in 2019.  I look forward to it each year and still believe this is one of our best nights of the year.
So that’s a wrap on 2018. Tracey and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year.
Quote of the week;
“Service is the rent we pay for a living. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”  Marian Wright Edelman
Till next Year,
RYLA - an experience of a lifetime

It was inspiring to hear the inside scoop on the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) week from our sponsored participant, Jazz Pickett last Thursday evening. Without a doubt, the experience has had a significant impact on Jazz and we wish her all the very best as she moves forward into the next phase of her life.
ERK packing done and dusted


Wednesday saw Dave Looney and his Pakuranga members complete the packing of 73 Emergency Boxes  and they did this with the help of a few of our members. Our thanks go to them all. The completed Boxes were packed into the two 20ft Containers on Saturday 28th July by the Ellersie Club  signalling the end of this years 750 unit packing of this project.
Thanks Papakura for your continued support and some further stats will be advised in due course.
Edmund Hillary School Garden Project

Barry Hobman and I visited the Ed Hilary School and Barry discussed the Planter Box that they are hoping we will oversee. As it will not cost us, we were happy to take the next steps and look  for materials etc. The idea of this project is to involve us, the PD Workers and the Students as a three way learning process. Naomi Lees and Carol Goldsmith impressed us with their sincerity, enthusiasm and depth of knowledge regarding all opportunities at the School.
We quickly suggested that President Jon and David Wright set up a meeting to further our knowledge of the needs that we could as Rotary become involved with. We will keep you updated.
Kokako Lodge - next RYPEN location!
This week was a busy one staring with a visit with Ainie Kwok -District Oversight for our Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), to the Kokako Lodge at Hunua Falls and an evaluation regarding suitability. There she met up with Joe Keenan (our last years RYLA candidate) and this wonderful young man not only convinced us that the venue would be suitable but he showed the true value of his background. He was able to offer so many great ideas and input that we immediately confirmed our booking for 29 to 31 March 2019!
Peace run for our local Primary Schools

Papakura's Edmund Hillary School  hosted a Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run event on Friday the 27th of July. Two Peace Run teams ran (including Rotarian Ainie Kwok from St Johns Club) carried torches from Clevedon in the east and from Clarks Beach in the west, and converged at Edmund Hillary School school at 10 am. 
A Week in the Life of Lily
This week marks the beginning of Rotary Youth Exchange Student Lily's 4th week in New Zealand and with our Club. Read on to find out how she has settled with her Host Family  and what she has been up to!
District Corner

District Call to Action

Interplast Australia & New Zealand is actively supported by Rotarians in Clubs and Districts throughout Australia and New Zealand.  Many clubs support Interplast because of the massive transformation of lives this surgery offers children.  Read on to find out how...
International News
How has an organization founded by a man under 40 lost its relevancy among young people in the same country in which it began? I adore participating in Rotary, but as I ventured outside of my district I noticed something jarring—in America and around the world, very few millennials are involved in Rotary. People aged 18-35 just don't come. In session after session, training after training, I heard that Rotary is shrinking in the US. Members are dying off and are not being replaced by younger blood, and something needs to change…stat.
Roger That!
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.



Thursday 13 December 2018

Papakura RSA 

5.30pm for Dinner @ 6pm

Meeting @ 6.45pm



Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Community

Greeting: Community

Attendance: Robin




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