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Rotary Club of Papakura 
2019-2020 

21 April 2020, Issue 34

 
President's update
Grant says the fact that "everything during lockdown is more difficult" was highlighted to him when Sonia attended a hospital appointment last week. 
 
Friday, Sonia travelled into Auckland Hospital for an appointment regarding a persistent cough. Grant's mum took Sonia in, as Grant is still required to self isolate as he has had an ongoing 'niggly' throat and headaches (he is almost done, day 13 today!). The carpark was completely full of staff cars and Carpark B was closed. This meant parking at the Museum and quite a lengthy walk for Sonia, which was tough going given she was not feeling great.
 
On arrival, staff were hesitant to let Grant's mum come in to the waiting room. After discussion's explaining that she did not have a mobile phone and therefore Sonia would be unable to contact her know when she was finished, staff reluctantly agreed to her staying. It was discovered after an x-ray and CT scan that Sonia had fluid on her lung. She has had 1.2 litres drained from her right lung and will remain in hospital for the next week. 
 
Going for what she thought was an out patient appointment, Sonia did not plan ahead for a stay in hospital. She is up there with no changes of clothes, no toothbrush, no phone charger etc and Grant had no way of getting them to her, with the strictly enforced lockdown procedures at the Hospital. They have now agreed that a suitcase can be left at the reception and it will be taken up to Sonia by the staff.  
 
Our thoughts are with you all Grant and we wish Sonia a speedy recovery. 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Provides 148 Emergency Kits to NEMO for distribution by MORDI
Published on District 9920 Website
 
 
The Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa works with Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS) to ensure that Tonga has a supply of the Emergency Recovery Kits available for events like TC Harold. Last time these were used were for TC Gita. Since then two new containers have been in place.
 
Following the needs assessment by NEMO and MORDI a request was sent to Rotary on 14 April  to release half of one of the containers to assist with the Immediate Response to assist affected populations on Tongatapu and ‘Eua. Approval was provided on the 15th. NEMO directs where the distribution is to take place to avoid duplication, while MORDI handles the distribution through its network. Distribution took place during 15-16 April.
 
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Papakura Rotary - zooming along
 
Great to see so many members at last weeks meeting. Hoping to see a few more of you this week!
Speaker of the Week - Freddie
 
Join us for our Zoom meeting this week as we get a 'visit' from our 2016/2017 Danish Exchange student Frederikke. It has been three years since she finished her exchange with us and she is about to finish her last year at school.  We will have a chance to find out what she has been up to since her return  and she will also give us some insight to life in Denmark during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Anzac Day commemorations from your Doorstep
Published by Radio New Zealand
 
People are encouraged to join virtual commemorations on Anzac Day as Covid-19 lockdown continues in the country.
 
Dawn service at the ANZAC Commemorative Site in Gallipoli. 2018 marks the centenerary of New Zealanders returning to Gallipoli to pay their respects to their fallen for the first time.

The dawn service at the Anzac Commemorative Site in Gallipoli in 2018. Photo: NZDF

Initiated by the New Zealand Defence Force and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association, the Stand At Dawn campaign calls for New Zealanders worldwide to take a moment to remember fallen servicemen.

People can join at 6am on 25 April by standing at their letterbox, front door, lounge rooms or other places while staying within their bubble.

They can tune into RNZ National, listen live on the internet for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6am.

 
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Papakura Rotary Year 37  1984 – 85  President Jim Innes  (Dentistry)
 
 
QUO VADIS - WHITHER GOEST THOU?
 
This is the question that faces every incoming President of Rotary.
 
Jim Innes presided over a mass of activity. We built a $17000 sound shell in Central Park under the direction of Barry Hobman. This amenity is being used by all age groups. The project caused a major drain on the Club’s funds as expected financial support did not materialise.
 
Members completed a cool store project at Waharau camp. Against many odds the Karaka Farm Festival proceeded. It did not contribute much to Club funds but it was good fellowship. Club visits, debates, theatre evenings, night trots and a weekend away on the Spirit Of Adventure were some of The activities which helped to make a busy and interesting year.
 
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