Rotary Club of Papakura 

5th November 2020, Issue 18

From the President's Desk
Wow – what an AGM!!!
By my calculations (including apologies), 88% of our membership took part in our AGM. Thanks Steve (and Murray Cooper) and Warren for your presentation of the Club and Trust financial situation at the end of the 2019/20 Rotary year. The RC of Papakura is in a financial position that would be the envy of many clubs in our district.
Congratulations to Anne in her acceptance of President Nominee for the 2022/23 year. I know that, just as I have, you will receive the ongoing support of all members as you undertake this role.
The Directors have given the go-ahead for the Cosgrove Primary School Dental Hygiene Project. Lars and the Youth Committee have put considerable time and effort in getting this project to the start line. The project will see all students (some 500+) supplied with a toothbrush and toothpaste for use daily at school. These are kept in each classroom (about 26 stands required (Stainless Steel with Rotary Logo)) and each term the children take home their toothbrushes and we replace them. The program came from the RC of Otahuhu (Mummy) and they state that the children in the schools they are running the program in have the best dental health in the area. After the initial set-up costs, the program will have an ongoing annual cost of about $2000 +/- per year for consumables.
I know the Government is talking (don’t they spend a lot of time ‘talking’?) about doing something about the dismal state of youth dental health but, from what I can make out, their response will be to make more money available for special orthodontic procedures. Sort of like putting an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. What we want to do with this project is put a fence at the top of the cliff.
Almost forgot – Happy Birthday for last Monday. The RC of Papakura was 72, having been chartered on the 16th of November 1948.
Yours in Rotary
Polio Train
From left to Right. PDG Jennie Herring, President Allan, PDG Ron Seeto, and our very own DG Craig Horrocks holding his sign upside down as a symbol of the chaos that exists in this crazy world in which we live.  
The sausages were well received by us all and the cheque for $1,750.00 was very well received and appreciated as Allan reported in last week’s bulletin. 
Stand up for Papakura 💚
Graeme Dingle Foundation
On Monday 28th September Catherine Armstrong from Papakura High School gave an exclusive interview to John Campbell on TVNZ Breakfast in an urgent appeal on behalf of 1,300 young people in Papakura.
Gabriel De Guzman, one of the RYPEN Team Leader was a counsellor at the Foundation.
For more information about the wonderful work of the foundation view the website -
Letter from Alfriston College
The Papakura Community Crimewatch BBQ Trailer 
The Papakura Community Crimewatch BBQ Trailer on its first official outing at Bruce Pulman Park on Friday, October 16th. The occasion was the first Friday night round of the Secondary School Touch Series. Which is organised by Kuraconnect the organisation that is chaired by Mel Tipene who recently spoke to us at our Club Meeting. 
Mel is also chair of Papakura Community Volunteers and Papakura Athletic and Harriers Club and is working hard to form an umbrella group of volunteers. The vision “ To be active, responsive and caring in times of need “ with a mission “ To make the impossible possible, Changing lives-one plate, one meal, one friendship at a time”.
Papakura Rotary is going to run the BBQ for them again on their final night Friday 6th November. All Rotarians welcome to come along, have a sausage, and take a look at the BBQ in action. 
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Christmas Raffle
The Community Committee is running the annual Christmas raffle
Please bring an item along to Rotary that would be suitable for a Christmas hamper sometime between now and the end of November. 
Malcolm will be selling tickets for the hampers.
The draw will be at the Christmas party on the 29th of November.
Proceeds from the raffle will go towards buying Christmas items to donate to families in the Papakura area. 
Santa Parade 6th December 2020

Santa Claus is coming
Sunday afternoon 6th December
All leave is cancelled
The Parade starts at 3pm. Streets will be closed from 1pm and the Parade floats will assemble early afternoon.
The Club will run the BBQ sausage sizzle.
This is a key event for the Club in show-casing the activities of Rotary to the public so member’s support for assigned roles or general duties is appreciated.
Thank you,
Community Committee.
Save the date
Wine bottle caps
Papakura Lions club is collecting wine bottle caps (the metal ones, not corks) as a fundraiser. Please give your wine caps to Donna. Thank you
Thursday 26th November 2020
Papakura RSA
5.30pm for Dinner at 6pm
Meeting at 6.45pm

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: International

Attendance: Robin Matheson




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