Rotary Club of Papakura 

19 September 2019| Issue 11

Blue Edge -  September 2019
Play House
On Monday the students starting painting the play house which is going to get donated to a local Play Centre. Half the students painted the play house while the other half did fitness back at the school. Guthrie Bowron donated colourful paint and brushes. The inside is going to get painted with chalk paint so the children at the Play Centre can draw all over it. There is another day allocated to put it together and the team at Guthrie Bowron are coming along to see the work the students have done. They did well and didn’t get too much paint over themselves!
Benjamin Polis our International Exchange Student 2012/13 
A visit from Benjamin Polis our International Exchange Student from 2012/13 in the Presidential Year of Graham Viall and Benja as we fondly named him was hosted by the Wilsons, Burgeses, Barbera McArdle and Debbie Wright.
He was an appreciative, polite student and a pleasure to host as he just fitted straight into the family routine with no fuss or bother and participating fully in everything that the Club became involved with. Of course, it was a year to remember under Graham and Benja still remembers the fun of the Motorcycle Show at the Vodafone Centre and collecting loose change in a bucket from all and sundry for Polio.
Why am I a Rotarian - Roger Goldstone

Why am I a Rotarian? A challenging question as it could take a chapter, but here is the shorter version.
At going on 86 and as the “father” of the Club in age, I feel lucky to have been in Rotary for 43 enjoyable and at times challenging years. What has kept me in Rotary? Keeping involved. Over those 43 years I have been a Club Director several times, Secretary, Sergeant, President, served on 3 different District committees and 20 years ago was nominated by the Club for District Governor.
Probably lucky I didn’t make it. I was also The Probnus District Chairman for District 9920 for 8 years and 1 of 2 NZ Directors on the Probus Board for the South Pacific based in Sydney.
Update on Jarrad
Most of our Members will recall the previous article in our bulletin and the fundraising appeal that was launched on Give a Little to assist the Ambrose Family from Clevedon. Remembering that Jarrad, the father of a family of 5 Boys aged under 10. 
Papakura Rotary Year 31 1978 – 79

President Ray Coles (Recreation Hunting) 
President Ray Coles faced a very busy year as Cliff Dickey had now been inducted as Governor of District 292.  Cliff had the responsibility for sixty-four clubs.  All the New Zealand Clubs from Tuakau to Kaitaia and sixteen island Clubs from Norfolk Island to the New Hebrides, to Fiji, the Samoas, Tonga and Rarotonga.  The sixty-four Clubs flew the flags of eight separate nations.  The Club gave its utmost support to Alan Herkt’s committee in the organisation of the District Conference at Trillos and the result was one of the most memorable of conferences and for members the extra work involved was more than compensated for by the fellowship experience.
Rotary International - Rotarians respond in the Bahamas

ShelterBox Head of Operations Alf Evans, left, confers with local contacts including Past RI President Barry Rassin, right, in the Bahamas.

Report compiled by Diana White, past district governor, and District 7020 Rotarians
The destruction left behind by Hurricane Dorian is devastating. In parts of the Bahamas, literally everything is gone, replaced by piles of rubble where homes once stood. Roads blocked with debris and thousands on thousands left homeless and in need of supplies.

As Rotarians in District 7020, one of two districts that cover the Caribbean and hard-hit Bahamas, we immediately switched into assistance mode. Significant donations of supplies are funneling in from various local efforts and through international disaster relief agencies.

As this aid continues to come in, Rotary in the Bahamas is beginning to move to longer-term strategies in preparation for helping the economies to recover. We will get in to do a needs assessment as soon as access is possible and work in coordination with the government. We also plan to raise impactful funding to bring these communities back.
It will take time; but that is what Rotary is best at.
Charlie Brown Corner


All meetings cancelled until further notice

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Youth

Attendance: Robin Matheson




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