Rotary Club of Papakura 

19th November 2020, Issue 20

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
RYDA Program 2020 -2021
The following is an update on the Driver Awareness Programme in our area. Anyone that would like to see a program in action, speak to George Wilson to make a booking.
Our RYDA Programme is well worth visiting and I would encourage all Rotarians to experience it firsthand, as it is enlightening, to say the least.
  1. Alfriston College – 8 and 9th September  - completed 314 students over 2 days
  2. St Cuthberts college  - 28th October – Completed 138 Students
  3. ACG Strathallan  -19th November – Planning 70 students
  4. Baradene College – 3 December – planning 190 students + we have 18 students joining them from Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School (who missed out this year).
  5. Papakura – 18th February -Plan 80  - at Pulman Park
  6. Southern Cross Campus – 25th February  - Mt smart
  7. Glendowie College – 13th April 
  8. Tuakau and Onewhero – 13th May – still, TBC that date
  9. Pukekohe Highs School – 18-19 May – 2 days getting kids that missed this year as year 13.
  10. Waiuku College – 22 June – Karaka sports ground.
George Wilson
Rotary International
Published on the Rotary International Webpage
Hunger hits home: The pandemic reminds us that food insecurity isn’t just ‘over there’
Hunger and malnutrition unleashed by COVID-19 could carry the impact of the pandemic far into the future
by Roger Thurow Illustrations by Phil Wrigglesworth
Late 2019, just before the coronavirus began its relentless march around the world, I joined a group of fourth graders in their crowded classroom in an Ethiopian village. Their teacher posed an adventurous question to the students: What would you like to be one day?
“I would like to be a nurse and help people.”
“A doctor!”
“A teacher or a businessman.”
They were answers you might hear in any fourth-grade classroom, anywhere in the world.  But this was no ordinary group of elementary school pupils, so I asked a follow-up question: How old are you?
The answers: 18, 18, and 21.
At the time of my visit, I saw this classroom — with half of its students aged 18 and older — as an indictment of humanity’s past neglect of nutrition and agricultural development, which had allowed hunger to persist in our world. Many of these students were young children in 2003 when, in the first great hunger crisis of the 21st century, 14 million Ethiopians, many of them children, faced starvation. For the children who survived, this severe early malnutrition often resulted in stunted bodies and brains.
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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
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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