Rotary Club of Papakura 

7 October 2019| Issue 14

Welcome to Lars Lundo-Nielson
Lars Lundo-Nielson is welcomed into the Club by President Grant Matheson

Born in Denmark 1967, Lars spent much of his childhood living a nomadic lifestyle rarely spending more that 2 years in one place. During the 1st 10 years, he lived in 3 different cities in Greenland.

Lars attended high school but decided this was not for him and switched to Tech to have a dabble with electronics.

During this time he heard about the Navy looking for people to join their electronics and computing courses. Thinking this sounded great, Lars applied to join and spent the next 7 years training, graduating and working at various positions as a computer technician. 

Lars met Nicky in 1992, on a holiday to the Greek islands and  started a long distance relationship (UK and DK) which eventually took him to the UK for a few years, working in various computing roles starting in retail then big corporates.

In 1996 the couple visited NZ and got married. They fell in love with NZ so went back to UK to save up a bit of money.

Late 1998 Lars and Nicky arrived back in NZ and Lars got a job with a computing company for a couple of years. He moved to Merck Sharp and Dohme (multinational pharmaceutical) where he has been for the last 18 years,  now working for them as a self employed contractor.

Along the way Lars and Nicky had 2 lovely daughters, Katrine and Pia. Katrine is currently away on Rotary Exchange to Denmark, sponsored by Pukekohe Rotary club and Pia is in year 12 at Rosehill College.

Speaker of the Week
Join us this week to hear from Past District Govenor Jennie Herring and get a better understanding of what The Rotary Foundation is and how it is making a significant impact worldwide.
A day in the life of Tijn ...
Rotary Youth Exchange Student Tijn was hosted for the afternoon by Morris and Vicki on Tuesday for his first trip to  Hunua Regional park, which he thoroughly enjoyed. The visit also gave him a chance to be won over by the newest Jones family member, Jess who according to Tijn is "extremely cute".  He had his first Kiwi BBQ of the 'summer' and was most proud to say he happily put some broccoli on his plate! He has come along way in the 'vege department'. Thanks very much Morris and Vicki for the hospitality and if anyone else would like to sieze the opportunity to get to know Tijn a little more, there's no doubt that he will jump at the chance.
This week is the last week that Tijn is with the Faber's and come Friday, he makes his first move of the exchange, already a quarter of the way through!  Tijn will spend the next three months with Lars, Nicky and Pia Lundo-Nielson and he is really looking forward to getting to know them all.  In late October is off to the TARGA rally with President of Drury Rotary Peter Martin and two other exchange students for a week and he has his  3 week South Island Trip coming up, so there will be plenty for him to share in his "One Minutes"!
Why am I a Rotarian?
I started going to Rotary with Steve in mid 2014. Steve was a member of the Porirua Sundowner club, a small but very friendly club Steve  had joined a couple of years earlier.  I was warmly welcomed and they did lots of social activities so it was very easy to fit in. The big fundraiser each year was Christmas wrapping at the Porirua Mall, which was a lot of fun.  So when we moved to Auckland during 2015 we agreed that we'd join a local club as a way to become part of the local community and to continue all the good things we'd enjoyed at the Porirua Club, helping in the community and being with other positive socially minded folk. I enjoy working with and helping people - as I do working at Starship hospital. When I am required and available, I love helping with the Breakfast in Schools programme. I also really enjoyed helping with the youth camp at Kokako Lodge. My shift work at Starship Children's hospital means I am not able to attend as many weekly meetings as I want to so would like to thank you all for your understanding on this.
Papakura Rotary - Year 32 1980 - 1981
Bert McCollum
1980 saw Bert McCollum in the chair and the Club fully committed to the Ambulance Project which he had initiated the previous year. The city council made available a block of land in Ray Small Drive, Rob Bersma drew his fifth plan for an Ambulance Station in Papakura and the Club set out to raise $200,000 to build the station and equip it with a Life Support Unit. The major fundraising was a direct telephone appeal aimed at soliciting donations and enrolling members.
Save the Date
2019 Papakura Rotary Christmas Party
75 Karaka North Road
$50 per person 
BYO drinks
Invitations will be sent out by email, please RSVP early.
RYLA Information Evenings
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Via "Zoom" at 6 pm
Thursday 30 April.
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Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Youth

Attendance: Robin Matheson




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