Rotary Club of Papakura Inc.

11th March 2019 | Issue 30

From the President's Desk

Hello fellow Rotarians,
So last week we had the Club Assembly for those of you that missed the meeting.

It feels like we are on the right track after going through the goals and Strategic Plan from the last few years, which is promising for the future.
It has been a very busy weekend for me, managed to remove another 38 possums on Friday night then headed to the beach on Saturday morning on the bikes. Saturday night I found myself at the Blues Chiefs in a corporate box and then finished the weekend at LETS (leadership Elect Training) on Sunday. Tough life but someone has to do it.
Great to hear we have our RYLA spots filled thanks to Martin and Warren Mills too.

Quote of the week;
 (I read this last week while looking for quotes for RYLA and liked it.)
“The future needs passionate, happy, and confident young leaders willing to challenge the status quo and stand up for their convictions.” Richard Branson

See you all on Thursday,
Sad News 
Laurie Henwood passed away on Wednesday 6th of March. 
Laurie joined Rotary in the 1978-79 year with President Ray Coles.  He was Club Service Director in 1997-98 and was due to become President the following year.  Unfortunately his wife, Gay, became terminally ill and Laurie stepped back so he could devote his time to Gay.  Laurie was a great story teller and his “one minute” notices were legendary.  He helped to organise many hay making events to raise funds for the club.  Another important hobby of Laurie’s was harness racing and Laurie delighted in organising evenings at “the Trots” for club members and partners.  Laurie resigned from Rotary a few years ago as his health declined.  We will miss him. 
Laurie’s funeral will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Papakura, Tuesday 12th of March at 11am
In his own words ..
Sadly we lost Laurie Henwood this week and tomorrow we will come together to celebrate his life.  Historian, Warren Garlick came across a note by Laurie setting our his joining and time in Rotary and we have decided to share it with you here...
Making hay while the sun shines ...
The Club’s Hay project commenced in 1973 after Des Vince, a member of the Club, purchased what was known as Duckworth Farm on the corner of Settlement and Dominion Roads.  He offered the hay from the block to the Club and Past Presidents Ray Coles and Noel Bryant asked Ross Ferguson, who owned a hay baler and all of the other necessary equipment, if he could arrange the haymaking.  Later the property was purchased by the Papakura City Council and the Auckland Education Board and the Club was able to continue to make hay off it until it was developed for housing.
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evenings


Rotary Youth Exchange is an incredible opportunity for students aged 15-18 to experience living in another culture and country for one year. This programme is something I am extremely passionate about and have seen it change the lives of every student who has taken part in it. Our goal is to provide more students with this opportunity, so if you know anyone who has a "carpe diem" attitude, please let them know about our Information Evenings.


Tracey Faber

RYE D9920 Chair

Livin' la vida loca
My second Host family who I will live with from May
I have been in Argentina for nearly a month and a half now and although things were a little rough to start, I am happy to say I am now having the absolute time of my life!
I have just recently started school and I am enjoying the differences both in the classroom and with the people. I am going to a small, private school about an hour from my house (early wake ups for me!) and stay with the same class for the entire day. In Argentina, for the last year of school all of the students attend a ‘upd’ the night before the first day of school. The ‘upd’ is a party to celebrate the last first day of school for Year 13, so of course I attended and had the best time. We danced and partied all Tuesday night and then went to our first day with no sleep! I didn’t sleep for 30 hours and let me tell you, bed that night has never felt so good!
Lily is bringing the sizzle...
Lily is spending her Saturday fundraising for an Emergency Response Kit as a way of giving back to Rotary supporting her during her exchange. If you are feeling little peckish between 10.30am and 2.30pm , it would be wonderful to see you support our girl! A sausage sizzle with a french twist!
Car Rally postponed

The car rally which was scheduled for Sunday 17th of March has been postponed until further notice.   Many club members who would have liked to take part were unable to participate on this date.
Mt Eden Rotary Quiz Night

 Mt Eden Rotary invites you to its Quiz Night fundraiser. Grab your mates and get a team together, or just come along yourself and we'll match you up with a team. Please SHARE this invitation with anyone who you think may find it of interest. 
District Corner
We are only 2 months out from the  District 9920 Conference in Napier. The conference boasts a fantastic location and venue, some excellent pre- and during-conference activities, as well as a lineup of speakers that you won't want to miss!
Roger That! 
"Small acts, when multiplied by millions, can transform the world" Howard Zinn


Thursday 23 May 2019

Papakura RSA 

5.30pm for Dinner @ 6pm

Meeting @ 6.45pm



Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Fellowship

Attendance: Robin




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