Rotary Club of Papakura Inc.

11th March 2019 | Issue 30

From the President's Desk

Hello fellow Rotarians,
So this is it, my last week as President and what a year it has been!

I want to say a massive thank you to the whole club for the great support and help I have received over the last 12 Months. It really was a lot of fun, mixed in with some hard work which is often the best combination. Leading Papakura Rotary and working alongside you has been an honour and I am grateful I was given the opportunity. As a Club we have done ourselves proud and I believe we have had a substantial impact on our wider community. 
Changeover registration is now closed for this Saturday. Remember this is a formal evening and a chance to flash it up a bit and based on last year will be good fun!
Tracey and I cannot be there for Lily’s speech on Thursday which is very sad as she has just been a fantastic exchange student. Please get behind her and come along to see her off. She did a great job at farewell of thanking her host families and the club. Not a dry eye in the house. You will be missed Lily!
See you all on Saturday night,
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 12 September 2019
Papakura RSA 
5.30pm for Dinner @ 6pm
Meeting @ 6.45pm

Meeting Responsibilities

Duty Committee: Community

Attendance: Sue Williamson




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