Rotary Club of Papakura 

20 July 2019| Issue 4

You answered my call 
I asked, and you answered. Papakura Rotary Club - you are amazing!
My sincere thank you to everyone that sent me something for the Bulletin or replied to my email asking  "Why are you a Rotarian" ? This week it has been an absolute pleasure to put together the Bulletin and I just wanted to say a GREAT BIG THANK YOU!
New Weekly Segment - Why are you a Rotarian?

I have lived in a small community my whole life where everyone knew their neighbours and waved to every other vehicle on the road. If someone in the community was ill, we all pitched in to help with jobs or meals, collected their mail or simply called in for a cuppa and a yarn. I was brought up by my Parents with the same values.

I have been accused of being a workaholic and have a huge stamina, energy and pride in what I can achieve. The nature of my job is very solitary with little outside interaction. When Graeme approached me to come to Rotary with him, I initially thought I was going to help him to attend meetings and also to give Robyn a  break, however soon after they moved into Pukekohe.  I realised I was enjoying the inclusiveness and friendship offered by the club members, the variety of guest speakers and vocational visits, the classical concert which was way outside of my musical preferences, the Motorcycle Show and the interaction with our various Rotary Exchange students, so I stayed.

Papakura Rotary, along with the Rotary Clubs of Drury and Manurewa-Takanini are the organisers of RYLA 2020. This will be an exciting project in which planning is already underway-the dates for the next RYLA are the 27th June - July 4, 2020.
There are lots of jobs that need to be done, ranging from those that take a couple of hours to others that require some commitment from now until the end of the event.
The major roles include:
Volunteers - this role has been snapped up by George
Awardees - Has a busy workload. This role starts with planning meeting in November, then starts pushing clubs into gear recruiting awardees. The role then is liaising with awardees up to the start of RYLA
Programme - a team effort that helps with the programming. Most of the programme is sorted so it involves contacting and confirming speakers
Community Day - getting projects organised for the community day that RYLARIANS attend
Island Phase - Liaising with the District committee to ensure the smooth running of the 2 day challenge on Rangitoto/Motutapu
Graduation Dinner - planning the Friday night graduation dinner
Duty Rotarian - on duty at Willow Park for a 24- hour period so involves an overnight stay, helping out where required to ensure the smooth running of the daily programme.
These roles will be shared by members of the other 2 clubs, so it is not just Papakura members who will need to fill all of the roles. There will be lots of other, smaller jobs so don’t be slow in registering your interest.
Talehau Tonga Project 2019
Shallow trench ground water supply under construction (2011). Water is fresh but non-potable
Bruce Hart, Ted Lees and Brian Shove will travel to Vava’u on the 5th of August 2019 until the 13th August 2019. The Rotary Club of Papakura Inc is experienced with carrying out project work in Tonga having completed numerous water supply systems over the last 16 years.
Out of the Dark Mushrooms
For those of you at last week's meeting, Phil Matheson from Out of the Dark Mushrooms certainly gave us some food for thought! 
From humble beginnings in Hunua in 2009, Out of the Dark Mushrooms has been a family endeavour, inspired by founder Phil Matheson’s world travels where he first saw Oyster mushrooms being grown on coffee grounds.
Blue Edge Leadership and Team Building programme
Counties Manukau South Police and Blue Light are introducing the Blue EDGE ( Educate Develop Grow Empower) 'in school' leadership and team building programme to Rosehill College with financial support from both Drury and Papakura Rotary Clubs.  
Rotary Downunder ... a closer look
During the last rotary year I tried to give a short synopsis of the articles of major interest to us as Rotarians. I have found the last 2 issues most disappointing and ask myself, what is there in this issue of interest to the average Kiwi Rotarian?
In the July issue of rotarydownunder the Presidents message is as most times an interesting read. From there we have a guest editorial re RI Conventions, a few pages on Aloha Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Global warming. These are followed by 8 pages “The Past is Prologue”. A couple of articles from Australian Clubs – Mosman &bribie Island and then 20 ages of Standout Community Events. The Rotorua Walking Festival, 1 page on our NZ Motorcycle Show, 1 page from Wellington - Singers to Listen For.
Papakura Rotary Year 26  1973 – 74  President Cliff Dickey  (Road Construction)
Cliff Dickey led by example, and the major project was the development of Ray Small Park.  Local schools were recipients of concrete tables and seats.  The I.H.C. Pre-School Day Centre received a range of play and orthopaedic equipment. 
Lessons from Geese


Lessons from Geese provides a perfect example of the importance of team work and how it can have a profound and powerful effect on any form of personal or business endeavour. When we use these five principles in our personal and business life it will help us to foster and encourage a level of passion and energy in ourselves, as well as those who are our friends, associates or team members. 

The Importance of Achieving Goals: As each goose flaps its wings it creates an UPLIFT for the birds that follow. By flying in a 'V' formation the whole flock adds 71 % greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. 
Lesson: When we have a sense of community and focus, we create trust and can help each other to achieve our goals. 



Thursday 12th December 2019
Papakura RSA 
5.30pm for Dinner @ 6pm
Meeting @ 6.45pm

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Youth

Attendance: Robin Matheson




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