Updates from previous years' awardees

Hi everyone!
Thank you so much for selecting me as a recipient of this scholarship last year. With the money, I was able to purchase a high-quality laptop, which is such an important resource for any uni student - especially considering the year we had, which had such a large focus on online learning. A good laptop makes all the difference and by making this purchase, I felt much better equipped and I was able to further my work and efforts at university this year. 
This past year I have been studying First Year Health Science at the University of Otago. Alongside moving to the other end of the country, I was able to get out of my comfort zone, have so many new and exciting experiences, make some unforgettable memories (if the hall asks, we didn't try to hide a cat in the hall's library during a late-night study session), and gain some more independence. This year certainly didn’t go how I’d anticipated, with lockdown and COVID creating a massive blunder through most of my second semester, moving it all online. Nonetheless, this helped me learn to adapt to change and made me appreciate my time in the halls of residence. Regardless, I still loved my first year of university and overall, I came out of this year very satisfied and happy with my results.
While I went into this year thinking I was gonna come out as a Pharmacy student at the end, my strong distaste for biochemistry and chemistry which arose a mere few weeks into the year made me rethink my carefully thought out plans. However, as the year passed, I quickly discovered my interest and passion for public health. Therefore, next year I’ll be studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Public Health and minoring in Statistics. Public health appeals to me because it has a focus on the health of the entire country, working at a population level rather than focussing on an individual level. I’ll be able to work with and impact entire communities at once rather than individuals at a time. I’ll also reach communities and prevent problems before they’re even started, instead of waiting to work with people after they become sick, as well as implement the importance of our right to health. Following my time in university, I hope to eventually work in either epidemiology, biostatistics or health policy, all of which are areas of public health that fascinate me. 
For the rest of the summer, I plan on working to earn some money for uni next year, soaking in the warm weather (which I’ll certainly miss when I’m back in Dunedin), and getting some much-needed rest to re-charge and prepare to hit the ground running next year!
I’d like to thank Rotary again for awarding me with this scholarship and for your support; I’m so grateful and so disappointed I wasn’t able to see you all in person. 
Hira Qadeer
Updates from previous years' awardees Donna Cox 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Letters from 2021 Scholarship Awardees

Kia Ora, my name is Tatiana Phoenix O’Keeffe-Pauu. I am of Maori/Samoan descent and was born in Bundaberg, Australia, on May 20, 2003, resulting in me being the eldest of 6. My mother has struggled financially for most of our lives as she has been a single mother. Thus, we moved to New Zealand in 2009 in the hopes that we were able to connect with our extended family members, although that became a distant reality. Thus we were left in an unfamiliar country with a lack of support. Although, the hardships we faced unconsciously became my motivation to strive for excellence. Hence, resulting in my ambition to approach university. My academic and leadership successes from my time at Papakura High school are evidence of the determination and potential I have. During my time at Papakura High school, I have worked hard to exceed expectations ensuring I uphold fantastic grades and take every opportunity. In all three levels of NCEA, I achieved excellence endorsement, all whilst being heavily involved with extra-curricular groups. While at high school, the most incredible privilege I was given was Kaitiaki Whanau(head prefect), where I was given the opportunity to be a positive influence on the students. Now that my journey at high school is over, I will begin a new one at Otago University, where I will be studying law and accommodating in one of the halls provided by the university.

Kia ora, my name is Taylor Bell. I am 18 years old and I live with my mum, dad, and older sister Paige. We have been living in Papakura for roughly 6 years. 

I come from a competitive and spirited family. Sports have been a part of my life forever, and they continue to be one of my biggest passions in life. I did track and field for 12 years, and even ended up with two national medals in my event in 2018 and 2019. I’ve been playing football for the last 11 years and it stands as my biggest passion currently, and I plan to continue playing into next year when I attend university. 

In saying that, this year I was my school's 1st XI Girls Football Team Captain and I have been a valued member for the last five years. At school, I consider myself to be quite the allrounder. I have participated in many sports over the years, as well as contributing to the Arts in terms of productions and music performances. I have held various leadership roles, such as House Leader, Peer Support Leader, Sports Committee Member and Rainbow Group Leader, which have allowed me to work with a range of people and personalities. I have established a diversity group at my school in order to support LGBTQIA+ youth, as I felt that there was a lack of support for this group and speaking on behalf of my experiences with my identity, I would have valued such a group during my times of struggle and acceptance. I have been Endorsed with Excellence in NCEA Levels 1, 2, and 3 and plan to continue my academic endeavours at Auckland University. I am studying a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology in 2022 in order to further understand processes of the brain and human behaviour. I believe that this path of education will enrich my knowledge of society and people altogether. A future career path I plan to pursue is a Clinical Psychologist. I want to follow the footsteps of both my parents who have both served with the New Zealand Police in Counties Manukau and give back to the community as part of my career. I would love to work with at-risk groups; including NZ Police whanau, minority groups and young people in the future.

I’m very grateful to the Rotary Club of Papakura for awarding me with this scholarship so that I can pursue these endeavours in 2022
Letters from 2021 Scholarship Awardees  Donna Cox 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Did you know - 30 Nov 21

Rotary in New Zealand really blossomed in the post war years with 15 clubs being chartered 1947/48 - one of which was our own club as a daughter of the Otahuhu club.  Although the pace of new clubs slowed, vets from the 2nd World War - young and eager to retain their habit of service - joined clubs in droves, and the now middle aged vets from WW1, once the founders of Clubs, found themselves Presidents and Governors.
Rotary played an important role during the 1951 waterfront dispute, assisting in resolving the animosity and misunderstanding between the unions, workers and industry by holding fireside meetings with all parties present for informal discussions. These involvements took place right through the country and clubs provided pathways of recovery for many disputes that were very often straight out misunderstandings.
Rotary kept growing, and by 1956 there were three districts and a membership of 4,000 across 82 clubs. The Lions were arriving to challenge our stronghold. They were also a service club founded in Chicago in 1917, and sharing a similar commitment to projects to assist the community, but Lions membership was broader, reaching out to include the blue collared worker. Lions grew to nearly 9,000 members by 1971 - only 1,000 fewer than Rotary with its 50 year history.
In 1970 the fourth district was created in NZ.  There were now 22 clubs across Auckland, and in this Golden Jubilee year in New Zealand we celebrated our 10,000th member, and achieved 185 clubs.  The Auckland Club, at 300 members, joined the top ten clubs in the world. We were the most intensively cultivated Rotary district in the world, with one in 250 Kiwis becoming a Rotarian.
Rotary has started up or founded some incredible community establishments and legacies such as Outward Bound 1961, Life Line 1965, The Crippled Children Society, Blood Transfusion Service 1953, Abilities Incorporated 1959, TB Association 1946, Defensive Driving 1967, the Asthma Society 1965, to name just a few - of much interest to me are the names attached to those projects - all leading business people !!!!
Our first RI President Harold Thomas, and Charles Taylor, sowed the first seeds to start Interact in 1962 at New Plymouth Boys High School and Rotaract (18 to 30 year olds) was first chartered in 1968 at Mt Albert, Auckland, growing to 50 clubs by 1971.
Did you know - 30 Nov 21 George Wilson 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Update on Bike Shows 2022 - one date to save! 

Sadly the NZCRR (NZ Classic Motorcycle Racing Register Inc.) have cancelled their annual event on 5th & 6th February 2022.
Weekend - 13th - 15th May 2022 - Bike Show, Henderson Trust Arena 
Graham has been investigating with Event Director Azhar, the feasibility & risks of holding a Bike Show in 2022.  It is felt there will be minimal risk if it has to be cancelled at the last minute in comparison to the need to protect our existing IP (there have been rumours circulating on organisations wishing to get in on the action).  It is envisaged to be a smaller show, more like the ones our club held at Manukau, but a bit bigger, however we will be supported more by the sponsor list we have developed over the years.  We do not expect the Motor Industry Assn to support us as they basically have no stock available.  and we will not be chasing them but simply offering them a limited space availability on a ‘first in’ basis.  Azhar has booked the venue deposit which can be rolled over should we be unable to hold it.  The Directors held a meeting on Friday and confirmed our involvement in the Bike Show.   
Ted's Projects Committee will be Graham's support and steering committee for both events. 
Bring on 2022!  
Update on Bike Shows 2022 - one date to save!  Sue Williamson 2021-11-27 11:00:00Z 0

Scholarship awardee Hannah Ford

Hi my name is Hannah Ford,

I am extremely grateful and proud to be a recipient for the Rotary Club scholarship. I I have just finished my journey at Rosehill College where I spent the last 5 years of my life there. I am currently on exam leave with my first exam coming up in a few days - which is exciting! I have been extremely lucky at Rosehill College to have had the best teachers which have all helped me gain excellence endorsement in level 1 and in level 2 with multiple subject excellence endorsements. 

My plans for next year is that I intend on going down to Otago University where I will be studying a Bachelor of Arts and Science majoring in Human Nutrition and physcology. I am extremely excited for this next chapter of my life as it has always been a dream of mine since I was little to go down to Otago University and fulfil my dreams. My long term goal is to become a qualified Nutritionist where I can help a variety of people in all different aspects in life. This is a strong passion of mine therefore this is what pushes me to succeed.

As I said, I can't thank the Rotary Club enough for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to fulfil my dreams. I am extremely grateful.

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Scholarship Alumni Nov 24

Below are letters received from previous awardees of our scholarships.
Olivia Skelling - Rosehill College
This year I started studying for a conjoint Law and Arts degree at the University of Auckland. For my arts degree, I took a range of courses - Italian, Spanish, Psychology, and Ancient History. I really enjoyed all of my courses, I'm proud of the work I put in this year as my overall grades range from B+ to A+.  During the year I also got a main role in a theatre production run by the university's drama club, which was extremely fun and exciting! Over the summer holidays, I plan to work as much as I can, as well as getting in a bit of relaxation before starting it all over again next year!
Olivia S
Nabaa Faisal
I am doing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Auckland. In my first semester I passed all classes with an A+, A or A- and I'm on track to do the the same in Semester 2. So far I've enjoyed University, although it was a big step up from high school and it took a while to adjust, I've had a really good first year. I have met some wonderful people this year and they have made my first year a lot of fun and hopefully I'll be able to meet more people in my following years of study. A special moment from this year was being awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Statistics. Being awarded this certificate in my first semester of Uni really helped me feel a lot more confident and assured me that if I put in the effort, I can do well in University. These holidays I am working full time so I can support my studies next year where I will be back at University at the end of February. I want to thank the Rotary Club of Papakura, again, for the scholarship, which helped me towards purchasing a new laptop and textbooks that I needed for my classes this year. I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and New Year. 
Scholarship Alumni Nov 24 Donna Cox 2021-11-23 11:00:00Z 0

President Sue - 25nd November

We had a really interesting presentation by PDG Alan Eyes a comprehensive presentation (off the cuff) on the electricity market & where EV's will fit into it.  I turn on a light, charge a phone, not really thinking or understanding the complexity of the generated power sources and pricing structures which underpin a commodity we take for granted.  George summed it in up in his thanks to Alan that he had taken a potentially boring subject and making it very light and enjoyable.  Look out for a new business starting up in Papakura - one of our members who will remain unnamed is looking at towing a generator to charge up stranded EV's (particularly MG's) who run out of power.
I know many of you have been in contact with Morris & Vicki over the past few weeks throughout Vicki's time in hospital. So good to hear Vicki is home and in Murray's words "in good spirits, looking remarkably well and being her usual positive self".
Best wishes & heartfelt sympathies to Anne, Philip & Niamh on the passing of Anne's Mum in Ireland on Friday. Anne returned to Ireland in August to visit her family - our thoughts are with you all & extended family.  
An example of selfless Service Above Self  
On Saturday Mike & I went along to Papakura High School's vaccination drive to assist the Crimewatch volunteers and George who was on burger prep.  His commitment to the task was challenged when he started to receive texts & photos of fish from his mates who had invited him along on a fishing trip. Despite the enticement of fresh fish and stunning weather, George turned down their offer due to his Rotary commitment.  A true example of Service Above Self.
Rotary Christmas Puddings - on sale now
Yes, it's that time of the year - time to buy your Christmas Puddings! 
If you are interested in purchasing your Christmas Puddings please contact Malcom. 
This week's meeting
Our meeting will start at 5pm with Hayley James updating us with her progress. Hayley was awarded an Education Scholarship in 2019 and began her studies at Victoria University in 2020.  She has faced much adversity in her life and has dealt with this in a very mature way.  Hayley has shown great determination to succeed at University.  The Club gave her a further grant at the start of 2021 to help with her expenses.
We commence the AGM at 5.25pm.  
Take care, Sue 

See you Thursday! 

 25th November  Hayley James 5pm, followed by our AGM 

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Salvation Army Packing

The good news is that we have resolved our issues with the vaccination status of both the Manukau and the Mt Wellington facilities and both have now assured us in writing that everyone in their facilities are now double vaccinated.
Had this been the case originally, then we would not have had any hiccup in our support.  We are all on again, with the first packing at Manukau taking place Tuesday this week and Jenny has set up a new line that is expressly designed for a clear open space location with plenty of ventilation and a limit of five of us Rotarians on any given day.
We have two packing days at Manukau Tuesday and Thursday - 9 to 11.00 am, and we are currently trying to consolidate two teams with some reserves and with a mandate to pack quality not quantity.  We aim to enjoy the fellowship whilst following the strictest Covid prevention rules at all times - i.e. masks, double vaxxed volunteers ,hand sanitisers etc.  Although Jenny and her warehouse manager are floating around, we will be the only people in the main warehouse.
If you haven’t yet spoken to me about this wonderful opportunity to assist with this Community Service Project, and you would like to get involved, then please give me a call on 021 736 966 and we will fit you in as gaps come about .
Warren, Ted and George are going back to assist at Mt Wellington as shelf stackers and cardboard clearers on Wed 24th.  Hopefully we can back out of that task as other clubs build up their efforts.  In the meantime we are not intending to supply our club members on the packing line due to the extra travel time etc.
Thankyou for your ongoing support for this programme.
Salvation Army Packing George Wilson 2021-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

Letter from Georgia-Rae

Kia ora koutou,
I am very honoured to be one of the recipients of the Rotary Scholarship in 2020. I’d like to say a big thank you for the support from the Rotary Club of Papakura, it has been a massive help. I have just completed my first year in a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Microbiology at the Auckland University of Technology. For those who don’t know, microbiology is the study of microorganisms which includes bacteria, viruses, fungi etc. I gained a great desire to learn about the causes and implications of microorganisms so I can positively contribute towards research that is a part of finding solutions for global disruptions such as the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Letter from Georgia-Rae Donna Cox 2021-11-15 11:00:00Z 0

President Sue - 15th November

This is the first full week that Mike & I aren't working at home together which weirdly seems not the norm!  He is back at school gearing up for the return of the junior as seniors prepare to leave for the year, some not to return.  One does feel for those students (and no doubt you will have family affected by this) who have missed out on those special last-school year events i.e. senior prizegiving, graduation, traditional farewell antics. Thank you to the Scholarship Committee for ensuring the process of selecting our annual scholarships happened smoothly.  Quite a challenge for our members and the students involved with no face-to-face interviewing.  
Salvation Army Packing 
George, Warren & Jackie, Ted & Sue attended the packing at the Manukau Salvation Army today to see how it will work out in the future.  Warren advised is was encouraging to see the improvements made so all is looking positive for the club's ongoing involvement. 
This week's speaker is PDG Alan Eyes from Pukekohe Rotary.  Alan is  the Energy Manager at NZ Steel, a Chartered Accountant, and since 2002, a trustee of the Counties Power Consumer Trust. He will speaking on electric vehicles and how they fit into the electricity market. 
Rotary Christmas Puddings - on sale now
Yes, it's that time of the year - time to buy your Christmas Puddings! 
If you are interested in purchasing your Christmas Puddings please contact Malcom. 
Have a great rest of the week and into the weekend.
Take care, Sue 

See you Thursday! 

 18th November   Alan Eyes - EV's & how they fit into the electricity market

  25th November  AGM 

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2022 - two dates to save! 

Weekend - 5th & 6th February 2022
The NZCRR (NZ Classic Motorcycle Racing Register Inc.) have sought our help with ticketing their event once again. 
Weekend - 13th - 15th May 2022 - Bike Show, Henderson Trust Arena 
Graham has been investigating with Event Director Azhar, the feasiblity & risks of holding a Bike Show in 2022.  It is felt there will be minimal risk if it has to be cancelled at the last minute in comparison to the need to protect our existing IP (there have been rumours circulating on organisations wishing to get in on the action).  It is envisaged to be a smaller show, more like the ones our club held at Manukau, but a bit bigger, however we will be supported more by the sponsor list we have developed over the years.  We do not expect the Motor Industry Assn to support us as they basically have no stock available.  and we will not be chasing them but simply offering them a limited space availability on a ‘first in’ basis.  Azhar has booked the venue deposit which can be rolled over should we be unable to hold it.  The Directors held a meeting on Friday and confirmed our involvement in the Bike Show.   
Ted's Projects Committee will be Graham's support and steering committee for both events. 
Bring on 2022!  
2022 - two dates to save! Sue Williamson 2021-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Pop-up Vaccination

A big thank you to the members of Papakura Rotary Club,

What an amazing two days we had to hold the Pop-up Vaccination Centre at Rosehill College.

THANK YOU to the community of people that came through and received their vaccinations. We managed to give 355 vaccinations over the course of two days. We are so thankful to our people for showing up to do their bit in keeping their family and community safe.

THANK YOU to you all who were on hand from the setup of the event, delivery of grocery boxes, cooking/serving on the BBQ, handing out the giveaways and to those who donated towards the giveaways.
Working together we made this all happen and to be a successful community event.

Pop-up Vaccination Anne Henwood 2021-11-02 11:00:00Z 0

Covid Masks

Rotary New Zealand recently embarked on a project called The Million Masks against Covid, and as part of this endeavour our Club decided to participate by providing 400 masks to each of the Papakura and Manurewa Marae. 
The project is being supported by the Chennery Trust - we are most grateful for their $1,000 support to add to a grant of $600 from our Sunshine Fund.  Both of the Marae were very grateful for the gift of these tight fitting, effective products.
Pictured below is George, standing next to the Kaumatua from the Manurewa Marae during the presentation last Friday, both wearing the masks with the Rotary logo proudly displayed. 
Covid Masks George Wilson 2021-11-02 11:00:00Z 0

President Sue - 4 November

Soap entrepreneur; NZ representative swimmer and keen painter, Laura Harkins, gave us an awe inspiring insight into her achievements.  Her mother Jenny commented that Down Syndrome has not stopped this young lady and her family's goal has always been to give her every chance to live a productive, busy life full of opportunity for her future.  Laura has an engaging personality & spoke about her business, Laura's Soaps, competitive swimming and her passion for art which she sells online.  She was asked where she sold her soaps or how can you purchase them.  Laura's email address is harkins.lauraruth@gmail.com or look up her Facebook page - Laura's Soaps or instagram account - laurassoaps   

Congrats Anne!
Anne put her hand up on behalf of Rosehill College to do all the planning & preparation to run last weekend's pop up community vaccination event at Rosehill College. Thank you to everyone who offered their time to help in various ways  and support her.  Anne, trust you are having a well earned rest! 
In the Rotary Calendar November is Foundation Month so this week's speaker is Jennie Herring, District Foundation Chair. 
November is also when we hold our club's AGM. I have been thinking on a way to sugarcoat the date with a creative name but in reality this is an important meeting which unfortunately will no doubt be on zoom. We do need a quorum (50% of our club members) so please note Thursday, 25th November in your diaries.  
Take care, Sue 

See you Thursday! 

 4th November   guest speaker - Jennie Herring 


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The Rotary Emblem George Wilson 2021-10-24 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Give Every Child a Future

Last year Auckland Rotaractors raised awareness and crowd funded for Rotary Give Every Child a Future involving Rotaractors across the world.  The willingness of Rotaract clubs worldwide has been the driving force and the Move for GECAF campaign has sparked an international collaboration to raise awareness of what other Rotaract clubs are working on and how they can gain support from afar.  Rotaract clubs from American Samoa to Bosnia, Canada to Denmark, Italy to Jamaica, New Zealand to Uganda and Brazil to The Netherlands have come together to be a part of this initiative.

In September Rotaract Oceania hosted an online workshop discussion on the future of Rotaract in Oceania and invited Michelle Tanner to speak on the Rotary Give Every Child a Future initiative.  Michelle has worked in the vaccine & child health area for over twenty years, is a Rotarian with a passion for the eradication of polio. She is the Marketing Chair for Rotary Give Every Child a Future and shared her knowledge on the history of vaccination programs Rotary has been part of and her experiences, including two visits to Pakistan.

Watch the Rotaract Oceania online workshop to hear about the Rotary Give Every Child a Future project

Rotary Give Every Child a Future George Wilson 2021-10-23 11:00:00Z 0

Feel Good Doing Good

Hi George
I want to thank you personally for the time you spent helping us put together the Emergency Response Kit boxes.  
Can you please pass on my thanks to all your Papakura Rotary Club members that came to assist. Peter, Sue, Gayle, Lyn, Dawn, Brian & Maureen Shore, Ted and Bernie. (sorry if I have missed someone out - writing sometimes is hard to read!)
Please also pass on my huge thanks to the RYLA candidates Callum, Steffi, Jodie, Sarah, William, Lucy, Charlotte, Alex and Natasha who came along to the working bee.  It was just tremendous to have everyone's assistance.
600 boxes have been packed into 2 containers and are on their way to Fiji and Vanuatu.
It was lovely to have everyone join us with their smiles and willingness to work, it made our job so much easier to complete the project.
I have attached a spreadsheet which shows how many hours it took to pack all the boxes and the number of volunteers we had to achieve our goal.
A fantastic project for Rotary with the motto "FEEL GOOD DOING GOOD" 
Take care
Feel Good Doing Good George Wilson 2021-10-18 11:00:00Z 0

President Sue - 17th October

Comment of the week from hubby - conversation went like this:
Me:  "I can't believe we have a son who has turned 34!''.
Mike:  "I can't believe I have a wife turning 60!''
On Thursday we welcomed Simon Craggs who spoke about the challenges of another long lockdown. This one in particular posed a bigger challenge than in March 2020 as it resulted in Simon & four other staff delivering 200 devices to students
without the ability to study at home.  Papakura High School received some great news from the Ministry as they are now out of statutory management after nearly eight years.  This is a major achievement with assistance given by the Turnaround School Program but Simon acknowledged his predecessor John Rohs for the work he did to turn Papakura High School around.  
Simon also acknowledge Papakura Rotary, thanking the club for our support of the school and also himself.  He suggested to any members - either past pupil or those interested in receiving their newsletter to fill out the form on school's website. Click below for the web page:  
Club Anniversaries
Congratulations to:
Rob - 17 years Papakura Rotary (21-10-2004)
Grant - 9 years Papakura Rotary (18-10-2012)
We have guest speakers booked for the next two weeks & I have included a bio on them for your interest: 
This Thursday - 21st October
Sarah Blyde - Rocket Lab Ambassador
Sarah is a project engineer at Rocket Lab, a space company that builds and launches the Electron rocket in New Zealand. She grew up in Auckland and went on to study Engineering at the University of Auckland before moving to Western Australia to work as a petroleum engineer. Whilst there, she became fascinated by the growing space industry and decided she wanted to be part of all the action so went to France to do a Masters degree in Space Studies. The pandemic kicked off halfway through and she came home to New Zealand to finish her studies remotely before ending up with her dream job at Rocket Lab! Space isn't her only passion though - you'll often find Sarah out training for her next marathon, on the water kiteboarding, or hiking up a mountain somewhere."
Thursday - 28th October
Laura Harkins 
Laura is a young lady with Down Syndrome who is showing that having a disability doesn’t stop her from excelling in multiple facets of life. With her passion and achievements in Special Olympics swimming, art and a successful soap business, Laura is showing that it is possible to break down the barriers often placed on those having a disability. 
It looks like we will be continuing our online meetings for some time which I understand does not suit us all.  Despite this extended lockdown, our club is still actively serving our community & doing as much as can to keep club initiatives ticking along - and I am grateful to you for ensuring these things are happening. 
Keep safe & take care, Sue
 See you Thursday! 
Guest Speaker:  Sarah Blyde
 28th October   Laura Harkins



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RIP Rotarian & friend Cliff Dickey

Clifford Dickey 
How does a person give a worthy tribute to a fellow who gave 58 years of his life to Rotary ?
From the time Cliff entered the Rotary movement his life revolved around Rotary, its fellowship and activities.
Cliff Dickey joined the Rotary Club of Papakura in its 1963/64 year with the classification of ROADING CONSTRUCTION and became President of the Club in the 1973/74  Rotary  year.  On becoming President, Cliff chose young Rotarians to be his directors with Merv Russell for Youth, Don McKenzie for Vocation, David Laidlaw for Community and Murray Guy for International. I think we all were less than two year old  Rotarians but Cliff was happy that lack of experience was replaced by enthusiasm. All committees functioned well under Cliff's leadership.
Projects included the second Clevedon Carnival at the Polo grounds raising $5,000, Concrete Tables and stools were made and installed in Papakura parks with the  year culminating in the purchase of a Toyota Dyna truck costing $20,000 being sent to Avelle College in Samoa to enable the students to travel to sports activities as well as being used on the school farm.
In the 1978/79 Rotary year Cliff was elected District Governor for what was the largest Rotary District (in area) in the world. The District Conference held at Trillos Downtown was the highlight of a fantastic Rotary year and was talked about for many years thereafter.
With the formation of the Drury Rotary Club in 1987 Cliff decided to move and become a member of the young club but he retained his interest in his Papakura Club by attending all our annual changeover events up until last year.
1967-68 Paul Haris Fellows: Norm Inder. Ken Green, Noel Bryan,- Merv Kemp, Cliff Dickie

Cliff & Ruth at the club's 2014-15 Changeover
Rotary has lost one of its most enthusiastic supporters and tonight we salute the memory of Cliff Dickey.
Murray Guy 
RIP Rotarian & friend Cliff Dickey Murray Guy 2021-10-11 11:00:00Z 0

Polio Club Challenge

(No, not Jacinda’s challenge. We have all achieved that one and are now patiently awaiting our rewards.)
This Challenge is from Past RI President Bill Boyd and challenges every club in New Zealand to become a End Polio Now Club by every club member donating $10 to the Polio+ campaign.
The Rotary Club of Papakura is taking up this challenge!!!
So, how are we going to get $10 out of every club member?
At last week's club zoom meeting it was suggested that, as our contributions to Rotary have been minimal over the last 2 months (no meal costs and no Sergeants sessions) we would get the Treasurer to invoice members $10 per month (starting with September and October) as a ‘Sunshine Levy’. The first of these will go to this End Polio Now Club challenge.
If any member does not want to accept this levy, please just email the Treasurer, steve.budd@xtra.co.nz with ‘opt out of Sunshine levy’ in the subject line.
Lets do this team and prove, once again, just how active the Rotary Club of Papakura is.
Past President Allan 
Polio Club Challenge Allan McKay 2021-10-11 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Fiji & Covid Response

At our Thursday's zoom meeting PDG Malini Ragwhan, DGN Vineeta Nand and AG Poasa Werekoro gave an insightful presentation into the work and achievements of our Fiji Clubs.  
Poasa outlined some of the many projects completed by clubs post-Covid and Rotary Fjii:
Rotary Fiji (Rotary and Rotaract clubs of Fiji)  has a lot of experience in organising responses to crisis situations in Fiji, particularly cyclones.  Its purpose is to provide a united front for the Rotary Brand making use of resources (manpower and finance), skills bank and best division of labour.  The work of Rotary Fiji is driven by the Area Governor through a committee initiating the necessary projects assisted by sub-committees.
Vineeta's presentation focused on Rotary Fiji's Covid Assistance:
Rotary Fiji was activated to assist Fijians affected in the tourism sector in March 2020, a year on is making a big impact in Fiji communities. In April 2021 it activated assistance in providing affected Fijians with food and baby essentials which is done in conjunction with various NGOs and groups to ensure the aid is given to those in real need and on an equitable basis.  People in need of assistance apply and their application is assessed and either approved, modified or declined.  To avoid unneccesary contact, relief is deliverered in various ways: 1) parcels are packed and delivered direct to the family 2) the family receives a coupon that they can redeem to a set value at an appointed supermarket only or 3) bulk supplies are delivered to, eg. a village committee, to distribute to those most in need.  Rotary Clubs also run their own projects alongside Rotary Fiji: 

Malini spoke on the Fiji Oxygen Project which is a Global Grant but has taken on a significant role in Rotary Fiji's Covid Response. 
Covid has had a big impact on the roll out of the Global Grant - oxygen concentrators were put into storage as they couldn't be installed in targeted areas due to lockdown borders.  Rotary has approved 6 concentrators can be mobilised as part of the Covid response. 
Poasa, Vineeta and Malini's finished their presentation with the below statistics:
  Sue Williamson
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President Sue - 3rd October

Last Thursday we welcomed PDG Malini Raghwan, DGN Vineeta Nand and AG Poasa Werekoro to our zoom meeting. They gave a really informative and professional presentation which left many us in awe of what the Rotary & Rotaract clubs are achieving. 
I am thrilled to say we are giving $2,130 towards the Fiji Covid Appeal - our $1,000 club donation has been topped up with $1,130 member contributions. I have emailed DGN Vineeta our thanks and advised her of our donation to the appeal. 
Thank you to everyone who contributed smiley
Club Anniversaries
Congratulations to:
Bernie - 43 years Papakura Rotary (05-10-1978)
Roger - 41 years Papakura Rotary (02-10-1980)
Lars - 2 years Papakura Rotary (03-10-2021)
Speaking of achievements - one particular member joined the meeting and 
had his own spin class, clocking up 21km!
Anyone care to join Lars at our next zoom meeting ?  
This week's speaker is Dawn Crispe, community manager at the Beautification Trust. She will speak on community initiatives in our local community.
Keep safe & take care, Sue 
 See you Thursday! 
Guest Speaker:  Dawn Crispe 
                           Community Manager Beautification Trust
 14th October  Simon Craggs, Papakura High School 




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Did You Know - 29 September

Rotary started in the Unity Building in downtown Chicago in 1905, and the very first project was to build a Toilet Block.  Two of the four original founders dropped out in the first weeks and generally, even back then, the member turnover was around 10% each year.  Prior to the First World War, other new clubs worked at proposing new roads, working to assist with first emergency aid, and disaster relief.  After the war a major milestone was achieved with the establishment of the International Society for Crippled Children in 1922.
Arch Klumph suggested that the 1917 Convention set up an Endowment Fund with a humble donation of $26.50, that in 1928 became known as the Rotary Foundation, and today has grown to a net worth of US $1.27 billion.
Did You Know - 29 September George Wilson 2021-09-28 11:00:00Z 0

Mana Tangata - People of Action

Well what a great read for all those who really enjoy their ROTARY, and a must read that will open up the mind as to how much Rotarians have achieved in New Zealand in the first 100 years. As I have been a Rotarian for almost half those years, I am ashamed to admit to what little I knew about these outstanding and intertwined achievements of those that put Service above Self.
Some of the reading that I have done in the past regarding our Rotary achievements on the world stage has nearly always seemed remote to me, and it has taken this read about our own people to link it all together to really have some meaning. I knew that the Auckland and Wellington Clubs were the first to be Chartered in New Zealand, but its the how, who and when, and the complex strands that have occurred that really held my interest and built a pride within me of me being a Rotarian.
The book tells the Rotary story of service in the community and place in society for 100 years, and how it is changing to go on into the future.  The professional historian Stephen Clarke has done a wonderful job of pulling it all together, backed by two great Rotarians - Anand Satyanand and Bill Boyd - and no doubt many others who would have offered their input without question.
For those who won’t read the book, I will try to include some snippets in future bulletins under a heading of "Did you know ?"

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President Sue - 27 September

As we rolled into daylight saving over the weekend, one gets the feeling we have come out of winter, headed into spring and are on the home straight to summer.  I don't think many of us envisaged that we would be putting our clocks forward in lockdown, albeit level 3!  Local councillor David Newman joined our zoom meeting last week touching on a number of topics, at first centered around the challenges faced in getting Covid vaccine rates up in Papakura and planned rollouts over the upcoming weeks. When he offered to answer any questions he opened himself up to a raft of subjects which made for a very interesting meeting.  
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Fiji Covid Appeal and doubling the club's contribution. I had emailed PDG Malini Raghwan in regard to joining us at one of our meetings to speak on the Covid situation in Fiji which she has accepted.  This week she will be joined by DGN Vineeta Nand and AG Poasa Werekoro who will give a 30 minute presentation. 
Once again we will meet at 5pm to finish before dinner time (although last week I wasn't expecting Daniel to be still answering question 75 minutes after we started!).  
A plea from me - please, if you have any ideas on speakers (relatives/friends/work colleagues) who would be willing to fill a zoom speaker spot, I would really appreciate your feedback. 
Keep safe & take care, Sue 
Dare you to look at this and not start singing ....! 
 See you Thursday! 
Guest Speakers:  PDG Malini, DGN Vineeta & AG Poasa 
                             Rotary's response to Covid in Fiji





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President Sue - 19 September

Stunning Saturday weather had us working in our daughter's garden (social distancing of course!) for five hours, clearing one side as their miniature schnauzer puppy was up awake all night scratching. Great result with the culprit plant pulled out, puppy no longer scratching (& sleeping all night) and Mike & I nursing sore backs! But a welcome break from the working week. 
This week I have invited Daniel Newman, our Councillor for the Manurewa-Papakura Ward to speak at our zoom meeting.  He will focus on the local vaccination situation and his take on the needs in our community. 
I am also trialling an earlier start time of 5.00pm to finish before dinner time so it isn't encroaching on dinner & family time. 
Thrilled we will be in level 3 from Wednesday, but mindful we do have a way to go before we can have our normal weekly meetings!   Please, if you have any ideas on speakers (relatives/friends/work colleagues) who would be willing to fill a zoom speaker spot, I would really appreciate your feedback. 
Keep safe & take care, Sue 
 See you Thursday! 
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Rotary Oceania Online Event September 12

I was privileged to be asked to attend this meeting which I thought was only going to include participants from Oceania - New Zealand ,Australia and the Pacific Islands - but to my delight young people from all over the world attended.  Some 26 Countries in all, because of the dreams of our own Auckland City Rotoract Member, the master of communication, Becky Giblin.
The main presenter was Michelle Tanner from the Matamata Rotary Club who gave the best overview of our Polio Eradication Programme.
The main Rotoract subject of the event was to present the GECAF (Give Every Child A Future) Project .
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President Sue - 12 September

Hi everyone,  my zoom question last Thursday (name one Rotary project which really "rocked your boat") sparked a lot of chat.  There was a variety of projects spanning community, international and youth, plus fond memories of many hilarious fellowship events.  I got thinking how much was achieved without the technology we have at our disposal today - no cell phones let alone smart phones, no social media and further back, no computers! Although both Andrew & Kathryn will be more formally introduced once we are back to our weekly meetings together, I asked them both to do a impromptu "thumbnail".  Kathryn's transfer went through two weeks ago and our membership is now at 47.
Club Anniversaries
Congratulations to Jon Faber - 6 years Papakura Rotary (03-09-2015)
If you are joining us on zoom this week…
If you could teleport yourself to your favourite New Zealand destination, where would you be? 
Keep safe & take care, Sue 
 No More Paper!
To improve the efficiency and ease of our Treasurer’s work, all club expense claims are to be emailed to Steve, attaching a copy of the receipt/invoice. Our club’s financial are held digitally in Xero so there is no need for any paper trails. Your receipt can be emailed as a scanned copy or a photo. 

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President Sue - 6 September

Hi everyone, trust you are keeping safe, well and occupied.  Mike & I are certainly doing a lot of walking around Wattle Downs but on Saturday we decided a change of scenery was needed. So we did the return walk along the Southern Path from Waiata Shores to Karaka, giving us a great insight to that stretch of the motorway.  Mike couldn’t help himself pulling up a few weeds along the way and we did surmise how nice it would have been to get a Macca’s icecream for the return trip!
Technology failure struck Monday morning when my trusty laptop wouldn’t charge due to the left hand side being broken for some time.  Mike broadened his vocation and took drastic measures to fix the laptop by using a spanner as a clamp and it is now charging perfectly.
If you are joining us on zoom …
Think about this question – name one Rotary project which really “rocked your boat” …
Keep safe & take care, Sue 
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To improve the efficiency and ease of our Treasurer’s work, all club expense claims are to be emailed to Steve, attaching a copy of the receipt/invoice. Our club’s financial are held digitally in Xero so there is no need for any paper trails. Your receipt can be emailed as a scanned copy or a photo. 
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Recognition of Rotary Service 

In recognition of 100 years in Rotary, past RI President Holgar Knaack issued thank you letters to all club members with over 25 years in Rotary. 
On their recent visit, DG Steve Chaney & his wife Edith, presented the letters and a 2021/2022 theme pin to our members. 
At the time of writing the club's average years of service per member is 20.  Apart from a great spread of Rotary knowledge, we also have many years of experience in mentoring youth, running community and international projects and knowing the needs of the community we serve. The hands-on Service Above Self culture which has spanned the life of our club is what makes us all proud members of Papakura Rotary.
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From the Archives:  

Playground equipment & a mini bus - two projects serving to change lives in the local community
19th Year  - 1966/67 - President:  Bob Jolly
The club took on a project which was the beginning of a very worthwhile improvement to the Massey Park playground equipment.  This was made possible by the club’s tradesmen and the generosity of local firms. The project spanned the following two Rotary years with continued improvements.
21st Year  - 1968/69 - President:  Jack Kidd
The club sponsored a mini bus for use by voluntary workers and patients at Kingseat Hospital, funding a large portion of the cost.   As there was always the demand to take patients for outings, the mini bus was noted as having “a terrific impact on the Hospital”.  From the club’s perspective, it was noted that more people have had pleasure from this one project than any other.
From the Archives:   Sue Williamson 2021-09-03 12:00:00Z 0

Emergency Box Packing

Well it finally happened, and it is all over due to the need to complete the packing in a hurry because a new paying Tennent started to bring in large items of equipment no matter if we were ready or not.  This caused an absolute panic for reasons of Health and Safety if nothing else.
We were informed of the requirement to complete the remaining ERK boxes last Thursday - I found out on Friday hence the reason for my Call to Action email to all members and a reach out to the RYLA team who helped a couple of weeks ago.  As luck would have it, 33 members of Takapuna and Browns Bay Clubs manned the packing line with around another 12 or so preparing the Tarpaulins and fitting in the completed Buckets.
Veteran packers like John and David Hawke (who both turned up with a couple of extras), Allan Hayward from Newmarket, and of Food Box Packing fame, and me turning up to check out for the Sunday packing and around 2.30pm the whole job was complete with all Boxes packed. What a shock and a great relief - but then a clean up was still needed to allow more machinery to be stored ( A Nightmare ).  Lots of emails ,texts and phone calls  to cancel the Sunday packers, I finally arrived home exhausted and never want to see another ERK box again.
Perhaps spare some thought for Willard and Gabby Martin and David Broadhead from the Ellerslie Rotary Club when they were left with this challenge - not fair to say the least and full credit to them all for the splendid job that they undertook with very testing parameters at the end. Very well done Ellerslie.!!!
The photo of John with the very last Box tells it all and that’s the machinery being moved in next to him - the other shot  is what it was like 2 hours prior the finish.  Click Read More to see more images.
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Foodbox Packing

Salvation Army Foodbox Packing
Further changes are happening at the Manukau depot and we have now been reduced to two packing Tuesdays per month - the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays - so we can relax a little now and only the core group need to attend both days.
The Papakura packing day, where we need full troop attendance, is on the 2nd Tuesday when we will share the day with the Manukau City Sunrise Club, so our next day is September 14th.
The 4th Tuesday, which is the 24th August, will be manned by Otahuhu and Halfmoon Bay Clubs with maybe just a few of us to assist with rubbish etc.
If any one really feels like travelling into Mt Wellington then Allan Haywood from the Newmarket Club would be very pleased to see you as Mt Wellington is packing every WEDNESDAY.
The address is 18 Allright Place Mt Wellington
Time is from 9:00 - noon.
The Salvation Army remain very grateful of our help.
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RYLA ERK Packers

The Team of this years RYLARIANS who came  on Sunday  to pack 111 ERK,s Boxes . 
We had so much fun, and the resultant pack number absolutely blew me away as, after the slow and tricky start, this group were absolutely outstanding - not only at the packing but also jumping behind the packing line to fold up clothing and de-frag items that were running low on the line.  A self starting  characteristic that is missing in many young people today and further proof that the RYLA programme works.
Rewarding for me at a personal level after all the years of being involved with ERKs, but also to receive the buzz that you feel with the absolute privilege of working alongside these fine young people.
WELL done RYLARIANS , and a HUGE thank you. 
A special mention has to go to the small team of Rotarians who graciously gave up their Sunday to come up to  419 C Rosebank Road and undertake a special job at the beginning of the ERK packing line .
I popped up there on Saturday as the organiser and found that the line was well set up and a credit to the setup team.   However, the first process where the Buckets, Tarps etc were prepared prior to the beginning of the production line had a problem. The Tarps were not uniform in size from a folding point of view and I needed clever hands to undertake the work in order to accomplish a smooth flowing supply to my RYLA slaves on the main line. 
Enter four life savers as per the photo ,Brian and Maurine Shove, Bernie Kay and the usual ,clever and reliable Ted Lees. This team came to my rescue  at short notice  and made the day possible for 111 units to be packed and we should be so grateful to them as not only did they master the tricky task of the Tarps,  but also prepared and folded heaps of clothing . Special thanks guys - I definitely owe you all .
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Zone 8 Conference 2021

Registrations for the 2021 Zone 8 conference are open now, and you can attend from the comfort of your own home!
This virtual conference over the weekend of 11 & 12 September is focused on Learning, Leading and Action putting a spotlight on the essence of Rotarians and the way we get things done.
Hear from a range of inspirational speakers and thought leaders in this flexible 2-day program covering a broad selection of topics for you to choose from.  
Registration from $25 with individual and group options available.  Open to all Rotarians.
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President Sue - 5 August

Thank you to our guest speakers,  Donna & Morris for speaking on their trips to the Chatham Islands.  Great photos & stories gave us all an insight to what hasn’t really been a “tourist’ destination for the average Kiwi but has become more popular now we can’t travel overseas.  It will no doubt become a bucket list destination for Mike & I. 
Thank you to George for organizing the ERK packing with 8 of the Rylarians on Saturday, along with some of our members.  Our RYLA dinner meeting is being organized by George & Mike, with invites going out to our rural cluster clubs. 
This Thursday is DG’s Steve Chaney’s official  visit along with his wife Edith who is the Leadership Elect Learning & Development Chair.  The club’s first District Governor’s visit was on 29th September 1949 – the DG was Bill Gordon who spoke at the luncheon meeting with a Club Assembly held in the evening.  I remember when Mike joined Rotary the DG’s visit started in the afternoon with a meeting with the club’s Directors, followed by pre-dinner drinks, then a very formal meeting.
See you on Thursday
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President Sue - 29 July

What a great meeting with excellent fellowship, followed by Judith’s enlightening & entertaining talk, including answering our varied questions.  Congratulations to Lars who was presented a Paul Harris Fellow by PP Allan. 
Club Anniversary congratulations to Barry Hobman – Happy 40th! Papakura Rotary (23-07-81)
We have been invited to Drury Rotary on Monday, 16th August to hear their guest speaker, retired Army Brigadier Paul Southwell. 
Our club has certainly been hands on with the ERK’s pre-packing  for both the RYLA Community Day and Papakura nominated times  - an impressive 109 of voluntary hours!
See you on Thursday 
President Sue - 29 July Sue Williamson 2021-07-19 12:00:00Z 0

RYLA Wrap Up

Our two-year involvement with RYLA is now complete!  Thank you to all members involved since 2019 from candidate selection (and sponsorship); volunteering for various duties in many capacities and ensuring our club involvement was first class. A big congratulations to District Chair Mike for his stellar work and ensuring our club was kept informed of all developments as they unfolded.  Special mention to Vicki & Morris – Camp Mum (nurse) & Dad who along with Mike & Sue lived in at Willow Park during the Rotary’s time in camp.  Whilst we returned to our warm homes, our “outdoor adventure contingent” commenced their 48 hours of RYLA in wet, cold weather, getting little sleep – thank you Jon, Grant, Bruce, Iain and Tim.  Thank you to George & his team of volunteers for doing so much, including set up on the Friday, seizing cell phones on the first Saturday while shivering outside on registration duties and finally to the community day- both the organization and running of several events. 
We look forward to hosting our 2021 Rylarians at an upcoming meeting to hear of their experiences.
RYLA Wrap Up Sue Williamson 2021-07-19 12:00:00Z 0

DG Steve Chaney

Kia ora Koutou Katoa
I am very humbled and priviledged to serve all the members of D9920 as the 101 District Governor for the 2021-2022 Year ahead.
I want to acknowledge IPDG Craig Horrocks for his leadership, commitment and time over the last year, to review and improve many areas of governance to ensure the District Leadership Team was better placed to be effective support for clubs and its members going forward. Thank you Craig.
I would like to congratulate the 2021-2022 Club Presidents for stepping into your role as leaders within your clubs. Do it your way and have fun.
My appreciation to the District Leadership Team whom agreed to take up a District role. I look forward to working with you and the District Governor Train to continue to review, re-set, and further strengthen our work in and for Rotary over the coming months.
To the RC Manukau City Sunrise, thank you for taking up the ‘wero’challenge of supporting myself and Edith as we embarked, only 21 months ago on this journey to District Governor.
And finally, to my whānau, thank you for your unwavering support and aroha that enables me to continue to, “Serve to Change Lives”.
Ngā mihi/Yours in Rotary
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District Changeover 2021

Sunday the 4th of July, the Manukau Institute of Technology held the gathering of approximately 120 District 9920 Rotari-ans in acknowledgement of the past year and to celebrate the ushering in of the new. Past DG Craig Horrocks handed over the DG chains and mantle to Steve Chaney who has been a member of Rotary since 1984 and was Charter President of the RC Manukau City Sunrise in November 1998. Edith be-came an official Rotarian of the RC Manukau City Sunrise in March 2020. We were treated to the harmonious Chaney whanau waiata tautoko, followed by food, fun and fellowship.
Thank you all for your hearty support and participation!
Ngā mihi/Yours in Rotary
District Governor Steve Chaney 2021-2022
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RYLA 2021 Recap

On Saturday 3 July 120 RYLA Awardees arrived at Willow Park, Eastern Beach where Mike Williamson was Camp Leader, ably assisted by our President Sue and Vicki & I were Camp Mum and Dad. George Wilson was also in attendance as Chief Helper. The Awardees, who varied in age from 20yrs to 28yrs and previously unknown to each other, immediately engaged in conversation and within a very short time it was almost as though they had known each other for years.
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Changeover 2021

A great time was had by all at Changeover on 1 July 2021 as we said farewell to Past President Allan and Welcomed new President Sue.
Click here to see the photos.
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President Sue 15 July

Sue’s Snippets
Great start to this President’s year, being an apology for my first meeting!  Thank you PP Allan for stepping in to save me a round trip from Mt Wellington – Papakura – Willow Park, reducing my carbon footprint.  Congratulations to Robert for winning the raffle & taking away a healthy sum!           It has been a full on week at RYLA - the first few days we were fortunate to have sunny winter days, albeit a bit cold at camp.  Some of us were fortunate to return to our own beds for a couple of nights knowing others were starting their phase in wet, cold conditions … and that was before they even left Willow Park!  For Mike & I, it was a pleasure to spend time with Vicki & Maurice who did a stellar job as Camp Mum & Dad, gaining the respect and gratitude of all Rylarians.
See you this week – we will be in “catch up” mode having missed committee meetings last week.  We will have a RYLA wrap-up; committee meetings, followed by Directors.
15th July – RYLA Wrap-up (club members);  short committees catch up; Directors meeting
22nd July – Judith Collins
5th August – DG Steve Chaney visit
12th August – Committees
19th August - Directors
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RYLA 2021 underway

This year's activities got underway on Saturday 3rd July with a very orderly reception of Awardees taking place at Willow Park on a cool but burgeoning beautiful day that only occurs in our wonderful City of Auckland.   
It needs to be said that this slick operation would not be able to materialise if it wasn’t for people like Peter Ross, Todd Hanlon ,Steel Gibson, Dan Whittaker ,Grace Cussell - along with the vital support roles like Chairman Mike Williamson and all the wonderful support personnel from our various Rotary Clubs.
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A talented former exchange student

Click this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31ugC8o7JO8 - to see a video of the great work done by the Nordoff/Robbins Zentrum for music therapy in Witten, Germany.  Lutz Neugebauer, who appears in the video, is the stepfather of Paula Busse who was hosted by the Rotary Club of Papakura in 2014/15 - Paula provides the vocals for the video.  If you remember, Paula was also a talented violinist who received standing ovations when she performed at the Concert at Karaka.
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Work it ...

Malcolm and Bernie testing Fitness equipment ready for the Rotary Walkway at Pulman Park!!
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Goede Reis Tijn

Waiting at the airport arrivals to meet our new exchange student Tijn seemed to take forever.  We even thought he may have slipped past us.  Suddenly there was a bright glow radiating  from the immigration arrival doors as he and his fellow Dutch exchange student Anna emerged wearing florescent orange jackets.
He arrived with a smile but also the usual trepidation, new country, new people, new homes, new foods,  however his English was perfect which made it much easier to get know him. 
I remember him saying his big concern was being able to make friends which he has certainly shown  this to be an unfounded fear.   The Rotary International Students have all formed an incredibly close bond supporting one another through what has become a very unusual time.   However the exchange isn’t about just the Rotary Students forming friendships but also about integrating  into the New Zealand Schools and New Zealand way of life. 
Tijn has made many friendships at Rosehill College but unfortunately just as he was back into the full swing of school after an incredible summer holidays visiting the Coromandel, Waiheke and navigating various excursions around Auckland  everything came to a screaming halt.  As lockdown was being announced Tijn was given a days notice and shuttled from the Kennedy-Jarmans to his new host family the Fothergills.   As nervous as he felt about the transition he again settled in well and had a great time with them.
Tijn embraced the Papakura Club as part of his extended NZ family and has always been a keen participant on Thursday nights making an effort to get to know all the members.  He spoke at each meeting for a couple of minutes about his week and we have watched his confidence grow.  I received many compliments about how much they have enjoyed him being there and his enthusiasm for involvement in the club fund raising and other Rotary projects.
Over the course of the year the glow of the orange jacket has dimmed considerably as more and more souvenirs from his great adventures have been attached (and perhaps also dimmed  due to the jacket being overdue for a wash).
Tijn you have been a fine example of a Rotary Student and seeing your personal growth over the year has been wonderful.  I wish you all the best for the future and I’m sure you will continue to be a great ambassador for Rotary putting Service above Self.
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Papakura Rotary  through the years - Year 41

Papakura Rotary Year 41  1988 – 89  President Gary Craig  (General Law)
The 1988/89 year saw Gary Craig take over the Presidential Chain of Office.
Community Service activities again included a trip to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway for elderly citizens of the area, and a Rural/Urban night at Waiau Pa which was held instead of the usual Club meeting.
On the International front, $1000 was donated to Neil Ritchie’s VOSO group to provide Lens Implants for patients in the Islands.
Graeme Matheson as team leader, and a team member selected by the club, were included in the GSE team to Switzerland.  We had both Incoming and Outgoing Exchange students, with Noriyo coming to us from Japan, Rachel Cox going to Japan, and Fiona Campbell going to USA.
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Ambassadorial Scholar Connor Lind

Hello Rotarians,
In January 2020, my family flew into Auckland Airport to see me for about a week during my time here in New Zealand. We spent a few days in Auckland and then flew to the South Island to experience the beauty that everybody talks about. As soon as I stepped off the plane in Queenstown, I was in awe of the terrain that was in stark contrast to that of the North Island. There were mountains and rivers and lakes surrounding the Queenstown airport, with some people taking photos on the runway (which you aren’t supposed to do). A short plane ride transported us to what seemed like a completely different world and a part of New Zealand that I had not experienced yet.
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Salvation Army Foodbank Manukau

My previous opinion for the Salvation Army  and its activities wasn’t really well informed and was based on my assumption that this organisation  was very similar to many of the other religious organisations that abound in our Country, all of whom do wonderful work for the under privileged. I was  correct in that they do perform some of the same functions but little did I realise to what extent and to what depth this wonderful organisation operates, not to mention the immense scale.

To say that I was blown away would be an understatement and this not only extends to the operation that we all saw at the Manukau Facility in respect to product volume,  packing and distribution  system but also  the background infrastructure and systems in place that provide a delicate support system for their complexity of needs.

The operation has councillors, legal help and life skill specialists and more who can all link in to a holistic approach to determine the needs of the individual or family, from that first conversation they set up a file in the data base that results in the final volume of bread, meat etc that gets distributed at the collection stage alongside the Food Box.

Day One of our visit on Thursday 4th our team of ten hardy Papakura Rotarians met up at 10.00am with our District Youth Chair Peter Ross and after the usual signing in protocols we ventured into the Warehouse and packing area to a set up production line not unlike our ERK's packing line and after some initial minor hiccups the team packed some 177 boxes of mixed groceries some of which were produced in a seperate packing area and were made up of damaged product. Our team worked until 2:30 pm with a short break for lunch but we all were extremely satisfied with the packing effort and the big learning was the need to have a couple more helpers behind the packing line replenishing the shelves due to the gradual increase in speed of the packing.

Day Two on Tuesday 9th saw a team sixteen very keen Rotarians including Peter and Sally Ross from the Newmarket Club and this time both of our wonderful exchange students Tijn and Matthias all determined to beat the record but sadly we could only pack 146 Boxes but again we learned a few tricks and our team in the secondary packing section really repacked an enormous quantity of broken product and based up flour etc, all adding to a gigantic effort.

Day Three Wednesday 10th was a distribution day where the both Tijn and Matthias not only excelled in the completion of the final individual loading of the dispatch trolleys but also were privy to the workings of the computer directed system, met the people receiving the goods and gained an in depth understanding of real value of this project ,a learning that will stay with them the rest of their lives. The packs handed out were 51 and that is about normal per the three distribution days (hence running out of storage space due to our packing numbers). The idea of the boys gaining this experience was Peter Ross's and although I was their Chaperone for the day I was so privileged to be a part of this experience which us all a greater inside into the real workings of this wonderful organisation.

Thanks so much everyone who participated, you are the real STARS and I am sure that we will get further days made available in the future as some of the other clubs may need assistance.
Salvation Army Foodbank Manukau 2020-06-16 12:00:00Z 0

Walk in the Park

Sunday 28th June 2020
  • Our last weekend of the Rotary year, so why not come together & talk about what has been going on in your clubs, your lives & how we are all coping.
  • Things have changed, so time to reflect, have a chat with old & new friends, while enjoying a morning walk. Café open afterwards for a well deserved coffee….
  • Our route is approx. 5km long, & you will be guided by our Rotary Windmills. (please note you can turn around at any time & do at your own pace)
  • Dress up in Rotary colours, t-shirts, tutu’s, whatever you feel like.
  • Bring your friends & family as the more the merrier. Everyone is welcome.
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Papakura Rotary - through the years

Papakura Rotary Year 40  1987 – 88  President Graham Hall  (Auto Tuning)
1987 and Graham Hall was faced with raising $14,800 as our share of the world wide Polio Plus program.
It was suggested that the Club purchase a section in the Pahurehure Estate and build a house for sale to raise the funds. It was an ambitious project and so it was that on the 13th August 1987 the club voted on the following resolution “That the Club support the building of the house to raise funds for the Polio Plus Project”. Moved by Jim Innes and seconded by Neil Ritchie the motion was enthusiastically endorsed.
Papakura Rotary - through the years Warren Garlick 2020-06-02 12:00:00Z 0

A day in the life ...

A big thanks to President Grant for the vocational visit last week and a personal look into the Forestry industry. The feedback was that members really enjoyed the visit and were struck with the size of the operation. "Very impressive" was a comment made more than once!
A day in the life ... 2020-06-02 12:00:00Z 0


A thank you sent through from IHC volunteer co-ordinator Anna Wong for the support given to a local family during lockdown. 
Hi Lloyd
Thank you so much to Papakura Rotary for the food parcels that have been delivered to Michelle.
  • Michelle now has an advocate working with her so they are putting into place services to come help her and her son. 
  • Taxi chits have been put into place for her so she can travel without taking public transport.
  • IHC have provided her with supermarket vouchers, therefore Michelle will no longer need the support of the food parcels Rotary has been supplying.
  • The funding top up from the Govt is also helped.
When I spoke to Michelle, she seemed not so stressed, compared to that first week when I initially talked to her. She has asked me to pass on her sincere thanks to Rotary for the past weeks of food delivered to her door.
Appreciate all the Rotary has done for Michelle, and how things were so efficiently and quickly kicked into action.
Keep up the great job that Rotary does!
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Rotary Downunder - May 2020 2020-05-18 12:00:00Z 0

Papakura Rotary Year 39  1986 – 87  President Iver Davidson  (Woollen Yarn Retailing)

Iver Davidson set out to acknowledge some of the efforts of those in the community who give service but receive little recognition for their efforts.
The Club organised a special dinner to mark 21 years of service by the Papakura Meals on Wheels service. All past organisers, drivers and helpers were invited and Certificates of Merit were presented to Pat Rollerson, Phill Topp, Ruth Hughes, Vera Knibb, Dulcie Lyall and Bill Green. 
Papakura Rotary Year 39  1986 – 87  President Iver Davidson  (Woollen Yarn Retailing)   2020-05-18 12:00:00Z 0
Papakura Rotary Year 38  1985 – 85  President Murray Guy   Warren Garlick 2020-05-06 12:00:00Z 0

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.
Rotary Provides 148 Emergency Kits to NEMO for distribution by MORDI 2020-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

Papakura Rotary Year 37  1984 – 85  President Jim Innes  (Dentistry)

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.
Papakura Rotary Year 37  1984 – 85  President Jim Innes  (Dentistry) 2020-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

RYE - Rotary Youth Exchange

Rotary Youth Exchange is still going strong, in spite of the Global pandemic Covid-19. This was a quick snapshot of our Inbounds having one of their bi-weekly meetings with Inbound Coordinator Robyn Ingram (St John's President) using zoom. They are hosted by the Rotary clubs of Papakura, Pukekohe, New Market, Tuakau, Pakuranga, Drury and Waiheke Island. The students are keeping in contact with their families at home and being so far from loved ones at this time is difficult but all are determined to stay and see out their exchange. They are due to leave New Zealand early July. Time will tell if that is possible.
We have 4 Outbound students on exchange at present, with one student returning from Denmark last week. The rest are showing extreme resolve and are also determined to get through this time in their host countries Germany, Chile, Austria and France. The students began their exchanges in January so have not had a lot of time in their host countries before the lockdown's began. They are concentrating on learning their languages and getting to know their families and the culture of their new home countries. 
These young people are wonderful ambassador's for their countries and our programme. I could not be more proud. Keep them in your thoughts as they work through this pandemic without their loved ones close by. 
RYE D9920 Chair
RYE - Rotary Youth Exchange 2020-04-06 12:00:00Z 0

RYDA update

This is an outline of my views regarding the RYDA Programme from a 48 year Rotarian who has not only made all of our Youth related activities a prime focus but one who has been closely involved with this valuable Youth Driver Awareness  Programme since its introduction to  New Zealand. 
Interestingly although  the fundamental core objectives have remained the same the continual development of RYDA to maintain best practice standards and improvements have been mind  blowing and measurably more effective, from the feedback that I have obtained from attending over 30 days as a Rotarian Volunteer Steward and talking with many students over the time of this experience. 
RYDA update George Wilson 2020-04-06 12:00:00Z 0

Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group

The following is a special call to action from
Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus, WASRAG
Dear Rotarians,
We are called to respond to the coronavirus crisis, as our voices and Rotarian commitment to Service Above Self are needed across the entire globe right now.
Rotary International has long committed to access to safe water and sanitation as one of the Areas of Focus The reality is that the majority of healthcare facilities in developing countries do not have adequate access to soap, water and sanitation. These conditions impact two billion people worldwide at a time when handwashing is crucial to curtailing this COVID19 pandemic. 
Together we can be a united voice, helping provide safe conditions for all staff and patients.
Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group 2020-04-06 12:00:00Z 0

We are all in this together ...

We really are in unprecedented times and many of the younger members of the club are happy to help out our over 70's who are following the recommended advice to stay home.  Please let us know if you have friends or neighbours who need a hand too. We are all in this together. 
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Women in Rotary

It's back, the Annual Woman in Rotary Walk.
Please note this is for EVERYONE, not just the woman in your clubs.
Getting out & about before Winter hits, giving you the opportunity to have a chat with members from other clubs & just a feel good morning.
Approx 5km & you just follow the Rotary Windmills.
Ending up having a coffee or brunch at Cornwall Park Cafe.
  • 9am start at Cornwall Park Rotunda (the one by the café & close to carpark)
  • The park is approx. 5km long with no need for a map, as route will be laid out for you. Just need to follow the colourful windmills showing you where to turn. (Please note you can turn around at any time during walk & do at your own pace etc. It is not a race)
Some points to note:
  • Cornwall Park don’t allow any type of fundraising, so please respect their wishes on this.
  • We are however allowed to do this ourselves, so a gold coin donation for the walk would be awesome, & proceeds going to Polio Plus.
  • Dress up in Rotary colours, whether it be your green Woman in Rotary colour, club colours/t-shirts. Feel free to add tutu’s or other Rotary bling.
  • Bring your friends & family as the more the merrier. Everyone welcome
For more information, please contact: 
PDG Leanne Jaggs
Email: leanne@searlegroup.co.nz Ph: 021908644
Women in Rotary 2020-03-16 11:00:00Z 0

Local scouts attend 22nd Jamboree

We heard from Scout Leader Jarrod Ambrose and  two members of Clevedon Scout Group, about their experiences at the 22nd New Zealand Scout Jamboree held at Mystery Creek in Hamilton. Our Club contributed funds to allow the local scouts attend the Jamboree and take their place amongst 4000 scouts from around the country. Eleven days of challenging activities which gave opportunities to test their personal limits, work together as a team, develop their critical thinking, survival skills, and independence. Gabrielle was the 'star of the show' last Thursday evening, speaking confidentially and interjecting when she thought there was more detail needed! To read Gabrielle's account of the Jamboree, please read below...
Local scouts attend 22nd Jamboree 2020-03-03 11:00:00Z 0
Papakura Rotary Year 36 - 1983 – 84 President Stewart Purvis Warren Garlick 2020-03-03 11:00:00Z 0

A priceless Afternoon

Last Friday Peter Wilcock and I enjoyed a stunning Harbour Cruise around the Auckland Harbour aboard Downtown Rotarian, John Boscawen's "Mona Rose". It was a very rewarding experience in many ways. Rotarians often ask me what drives me forward to engage so enthusiastically with my varied Rotary involvement and my quick response is that you get back so much more than you put in and this opportunity is but just one example of that answer!
A priceless Afternoon George Wilson 2020-03-02 11:00:00Z 0

Tijn tackles Tongariro

Thursday 13th February we went to the beautiful Tongariro National park. The journey started at the BP station of Papakura, where I went straight after school. The van that was supposed to pick us up was a bit later than expected, but this didn't keep us down. After about 1.5 hours there they were. Some of the students were from district 9920 and also all the kids from district 9910. It was lovely meeting these kids; for me, this was the first time seeing them in person. It was an excellent experience to meet other rotary exchange students. We also met the chaperones for the weekend. It was a very long drive. We stopped to get some dinner at dominos. Luckily the ride went smoothly and was good talking with everybody arrived around 10 pm in Turangi holiday park all tired and ready for bed.
Tijn tackles Tongariro 2020-02-16 11:00:00Z 0

District Corner

Rotary clubs are starting to get underway after the summer break.  I hope you had a good break and have returned full of energy and enthusiasm for the new Rotary year.
The end of last year was dominated by bush fires in Australia, a measles epidemic in Samoa and more recently the coronavirus spread around the world.  I want to thank all the Rotarians and clubs who gave so generously for the Bush Fire and Measles Appeal.
The Rotary National Science and Technology Forum has held its 31st summer camp attended by 168 Year 13 students who spent two weeks in Auckland learning and seeing the different possibilities offered for careers in science and technology.  The co-operation between Auckland University, AUT and Massey University is good to see.  Jan and I attended the opening ceremony, the BBQ midway through and the formal graduation dinner.  This event is a credit to Rotary and reinforces our investment in youth.  Well done to the hard-working trustees and organising committee.
District Corner 2020-02-16 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evenings

Rotary operates one of a select few real exchange programmes - for each student we welcome to our Club/city/country, Rotary sends a student out to another place around the world.
The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people regardless of nationality desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
If you know a 'stand-out' young person who is ready to seize this opportunity, please speak with Tracey and let them know about the upcoming information evenings!
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evenings 2020-02-16 11:00:00Z 0

A thought to ponder ....

A Science enthusiast, Papakura High school student, Catherine Armstrong quoted Sir Isaac Newton during her presentation.  I wanted to get a little more background on the quote and if you too are interested please click the read more.
A thought to ponder .... 2020-02-16 11:00:00Z 0

Shefali Mehta QSM, BEM & JP and Interplast


Last week we were privileged to have Shefali update us on Interplast in Asia Pacific; she is an absolutely amazing  woman with a huge heart and a work rate to match and as I said in my introduction she is a Rotarian Pocket Rocket! After migrating to New Zealand in 1997, Shefali joined Auckland Harbourside the following year and the Club hasn’t been the same since. She has served on many committees and when President in 2012-13, the Club raising $107,000.00 for Starship and Auckland Medical Research. She is hugely active in the wider community and was awarded a Queens Service Medal in 2016 for services to the Indian Community along with everyday activities as a JP and Deputy Chair for Global India New Zealand.
Shefali Mehta QSM, BEM & JP and Interplast George Wilson 2019-12-02 11:00:00Z 0
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Hola from Cass

This month has come with changes, new perspectives, positives and negatives, pros and cons, decisions and growth. I feel as if I continue to grow month to month and even week to week.
I changed families this month and am now in my third and final family. This has bought all sorts of emotions. I’ve moved in with  the family of one of my really good friends from school, Josefina, into her apartment. I now live two blocks from school so can have a decent sleep before school. I also know I’m very adjusted to living here, because if I don’t feel like putting on shoes I’ll just walk to school in my crocs and socks! In the family there are the two parents and an older sister who’s 24. Straight away I felt very comfortable in the house and in this family and I have things I didn’t even know I was missing. They say “I love you” to each other all the time, and the energy and love in the house is so warm and it is refreshing to be a part of. With my host sister Jose, it’s working really well as we have different groups of friends and also friends in common, which means we don’t spend TOO much time with each other. We’ve written a list of things we want to do together in Cordoba, and the family are taking me to the mountains next weekend.
Hola from Cass 2019-11-20 11:00:00Z 0

Digital Light it up for Polio

Posted by George Wilson
A group of Dedicated Rotarians met at Aotea Square in the City to support the live screening of a" Digital Light Up For Polio “which screened at 11.00 am last Saturday 16th November. The film covered off the 5 Reasons why we need to rid the World of this dreadfully debilitating disease and one if it came back in force like the Measles has could cause a major world health disaster.
Digital Light it up for Polio George Wilson 2019-11-20 11:00:00Z 0

What a great day for a Bike Ride!

Posted by Lars Lundo-Nielsen
Sunday was an early-ish start with the Alarm going off at 7am. A quick breakfast and then loading up the car, Rotary's Counties Cycle Classic on the agenda for the day.
A quick and easy 52km around the Pukekohe/Waiuku country side. The 565m of climbing a detail forgotten about in the excitement. However the sun was out and the wind minor - good start! 
What a great day for a Bike Ride! Lars Lundo-Nielsen 2019-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

District Corner - The Allied Health Training Activity

The Allied Health Training activity to be held in Kiribati during May 2020 (dates to be confirmed) will run alongside a surgical team visit who are travelling to Kiribati through the generous support of another donor.  This will be the second allied health training activity to Kiribati following an inaugural visit in May 2019.  The program will be delivered at the Tungaru Central Hospital in Tarawa, Kiribati.
District Corner - The Allied Health Training Activity 2019-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

Papakura Rotary - Year 32 1980 - 1981

Bert McCollum
1980 saw Bert McCollum in the chair and the Club fully committed to the Ambulance Project which he had initiated the previous year. The city council made available a block of land in Ray Small Drive, Rob Bersma drew his fifth plan for an Ambulance Station in Papakura and the Club set out to raise $200,000 to build the station and equip it with a Life Support Unit. The major fundraising was a direct telephone appeal aimed at soliciting donations and enrolling members.
Papakura Rotary - Year 32 1980 - 1981 2019-10-08 11:00:00Z 0

Why am I a Rotarian?

I started going to Rotary with Steve in mid 2014. Steve was a member of the Porirua Sundowner club, a small but very friendly club Steve  had joined a couple of years earlier.  I was warmly welcomed and they did lots of social activities so it was very easy to fit in. The big fundraiser each year was Christmas wrapping at the Porirua Mall, which was a lot of fun.  So when we moved to Auckland during 2015 we agreed that we'd join a local club as a way to become part of the local community and to continue all the good things we'd enjoyed at the Porirua Club, helping in the community and being with other positive socially minded folk. I enjoy working with and helping people - as I do working at Starship hospital. When I am required and available, I love helping with the Breakfast in Schools programme. I also really enjoyed helping with the youth camp at Kokako Lodge. My shift work at Starship Children's hospital means I am not able to attend as many weekly meetings as I want to so would like to thank you all for your understanding on this.
Why am I a Rotarian? 2019-10-08 11:00:00Z 0

Welcome to Lars Lundo-Nielson

Lars Lundo-Nielson is welcomed into the Club by President Grant Matheson

Born in Denmark 1967, Lars spent much of his childhood living a nomadic lifestyle rarely spending more that 2 years in one place. During the 1st 10 years, he lived in 3 different cities in Greenland.

Lars attended high school but decided this was not for him and switched to Tech to have a dabble with electronics.

During this time he heard about the Navy looking for people to join their electronics and computing courses. Thinking this sounded great, Lars applied to join and spent the next 7 years training, graduating and working at various positions as a computer technician. 

Lars met Nicky in 1992, on a holiday to the Greek islands and  started a long distance relationship (UK and DK) which eventually took him to the UK for a few years, working in various computing roles starting in retail then big corporates.

In 1996 the couple visited NZ and got married. They fell in love with NZ so went back to UK to save up a bit of money.

Late 1998 Lars and Nicky arrived back in NZ and Lars got a job with a computing company for a couple of years. He moved to Merck Sharp and Dohme (multinational pharmaceutical) where he has been for the last 18 years,  now working for them as a self employed contractor.

Along the way Lars and Nicky had 2 lovely daughters, Katrine and Pia. Katrine is currently away on Rotary Exchange to Denmark, sponsored by Pukekohe Rotary club and Pia is in year 12 at Rosehill College.

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Why am I a Rotarian - Martin Baucutt

This is not so much about “why I joined Rotary” but more about “how I joined Rotary”.
It was a fine Sunday and with two free tickets to the football at North Harbour Stadium, I took my next door neighbour to see the game. Working for AFF at the time gave me a free car park and entry into the upper lounges. We sat on the balcony next to another Referee, who was also a Rotarian, and started to talk about the game and other things.It turned out that this person’s son in law was also my sons teacher at Auckland Grammar and then the question popped out “do you know what Rotary is about?”
Why am I a Rotarian - Martin Baucutt 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0

Why am I a Rotarian - George Wilson

Why I joined ROTARY!

Three great men influenced my young life, my Father ,Don Rowlands ( Mr Rowing NZ and MD of Fisher & Paykel ) and Noel Bryant ( Past President of Papakura Rotary and my Father in Law )

Dad was a very practical man and one who was a great Christian who lived his faith by his deeds to others and drummed into me that one did not have to go to Church every Sunday to be a good Citizen but a little bit would help me. His greatest strength that he passed on to me was his belief that you should try to practice a good deed to someone in need every day and I do follow that example. Thanks Dad!

Don Rowlands  was an incredible man ,mentor and leader and friend ,with his vast Rowing discipline, experience and coaching techniques coupled to his business knowledge he was the pinnacle of our Rotary Motto “ Service above Self “ and really lived the Four Way Test. He invited me to the then Panmure Clubs Luncheon Meeting several times in my early years in Manufacturing and my first contact with ROTARY.

The Panmure Club doesn’t exist today as changing demographics play on service clubs and when I look back on the meeting formality, pomp and ceremony I can understand why and am proud of Rotary's progress to adjust to the changes. Interestingly they nearly cancelled his membership once because he could'nt meet the Attendance Requirements of the day and yet his Community Service levels could not be matched by anyone as he was deep into building the Rowing facility at Karapiro, laying international courses for Olympics and was Chairman for the Panmure Young Citizens Centre. His favourite saying to me was” when the ball gets close enough son simply kick it away!" He taught me all there was to know about goal setting.

Noel Bryant after assessing me from an intention point of view, in respect to his youngest daughter, was an unbelievable Human Being as he could see no bad in anyone ,his compassion was endless and he lived to improve the lot for the disadvantaged and the sick. His work in Rotary was well respected by his peers and I looked up to him as a person that I could really learn from. He did not take kindly to me tearing up his paddocks whilst practicing my Grass Track driving techniques in the hay paddock, but he quickly forgave me as was his great nature. Noel invited me to come along to a meeting of the Papakura Club in early 1975 in the original RSA top story in O'Shannessey Street. I got hooked and was inducted into the Club in 1975/1976 year with Ray Wallace as President.

The rest is history and for another day except to say that these three men shipped me into the Rotarian that I am today and I trust that I do them proud and that they can rest in peace in the knowledge that I will carry on their ideals.
Why am I a Rotarian - George Wilson 2019-09-22 12:00:00Z 0

Papakura Rotary Year 30 - 1977-1978

Eric Jerkovich was President in 1977 and it was fitting that in this year we had a double student exchange. Our outward bound student Kim Farmer was hosted by The Rotary Club of Sao Paulo Perdizes in Brazil and we hosted the very popular Cindy Kenoyer from The USA.
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Papakura Rotary Year 29  1976 – 1977

 President Noel Allington (Brick Laying)
A visit was received from a GSE team from California.  We hosted Barbara Liedl, an exchange student from Lafayette, U.S.A.  and we successfully nominated Phil McConkey for The G.S.E. team to visit the USA. 
Over four hundred people attended a Bereavement Seminar in the Papakura High School and a further substantial donation of instruments was made to The Papakura Music School.
Papakura Rotary Year 29 1976 – 1977 2019-08-13 12:00:00Z 0

Blue Edge

Posted by Assistant Sergeant Steven Doyle
Week 1
With a great first week complete it has been fantastic to get the program underway, we have had great support to get us to this point and thank everyone who has supported this program so far.
Monday 5th August
PAT test
Guest Speaker(s): Rhonda Lee
Wednesday 7th August
Army pre employment fitness test
Guest Speaker(s): Army recruiting
Friday 9th August
The young people have shown great tenacity arriving at 5:30am each morning. As the sessions have gone by, we have seen the young people step outside of their comfort zones. They have brought enthusiasm and positive attitudes to each session and have been extremely supportive of each other. As week two approaches, the intensity of the sessions will increase as well as a greater responsibility being placed on the young people to ensure they and their peers are prepared for each session, ensuring each other knows what’s required for each session, deciding on who is going to thank the trainers and speakers on the groups behalf and making sure they are ready on time.
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Edmund Hillary School Camp 2019

At our last meeting we had Kataraina Nock, Principal of Edmund Hillary School, and a  year 8 pupil, Faith, tell us about their recent time at YMCA’s Camp Adair, Hunua.   The school, which is a Decile 1, has been unable to fund camps for the pupils for many years, but this year reached out to the community for assistance.  The total cost of the camp, including food and transport was $25,000.   70 pupils and several staff, plus one parent, spent 4 days in the beautiful rural bush setting.  Papakura Rotary Club, in conjunction with Downtown Rotary and a District Grant, gave a total of $6,000 towards the cost.

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Why are you a Rotarian?

Malcolm Glasgow, member since 1991
"Fellowship!! I used to love the “Barrier Trip” that was held every year around February – April. Three - five boats would head out usually on a Thursday lunch time and head for Fitzroy harbour at Great Barrier Island. The general premise was fishing but there was a lot of laughing, eating, drinking, swimming, diving and generally solving the problems of the world. There were many stories to be told and most of them were in the class of “what happens on tour, stays on tour”. This is something we should try to organise again!"
Check out a couple of other photo's below..
Why are you a Rotarian? 2019-07-29 12:00:00Z 0

RYE - a month of 'yellow'

If you close your eyes and imagine the colour yellow, that pretty much sums up my latest month here on exchange. As my sixth month comes to a close, I feel utterly and completely satisfied but not only that, I feel like I’m shining with happiness! When I reflect on the relationships that I’ve made and not only that but the growth I’ve had as a person I feel a sense of pure happiness and overall, just positive about this roller coaster of an adventure. 
RYE - a month of 'yellow' 2019-07-29 12:00:00Z 0

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.

New Weekly Segment - Why are you a Rotarian? 2019-07-19 12:00:00Z 0

Talehau Tonga Project 2019

Posted by Brian Shove
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.
Talehau Tonga Project 2019 Brian Shove 2019-07-18 12:00:00Z 0

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.  
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Peace Fellowships


Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centres.

Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centres program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

read more

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Interplast Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Programme  2019-07-16 12:00:00Z 0

Hola from Argentina!

So my 5th month on exchange has drawn to a close. Sometimes, the days seem to drag out and other days I feel like I’ve blinked and it’s over! I remember when I first came, and the other students were saying they only had 5 months left and now they’re gone, and it just makes me realise how crazy the whole concept of time is while on exchange. It’s been a pretty quiet month, just fitting into life here, seeing my school friends when I can, doing my Spanish homework and just being with my family.
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DG Changeover 2019 

DG Gary Langford and Immediate Past DG Ingrid Waugh
The District Governor Changeover  was held at the Remuera Golf Club this year and was a great chance to hear some amazing D9920 stories from our outgoing District Governor, Ingrid Waugh and the vision for the coming year from DG Gary Langford. The clubs in our District have worked hard to make significant changes to their communities both locally and globally and was very clear that "Service Above Self" is not just our Rotary motto but a way of life for  a great number of D9920 Rotarians.  
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RYLA Graduation Dinner

Donna, David, Peter and Martin with our RYLArian's and ROTApacific awardee's
Willow Park Christian Camp was the venue for the week long RYLA programme which ended in a superb Graduation Dinner on Friday evening. Over 230 guests celebrated with the RYLArian awardees who were clearly elated with their achievement of completing the challenging programme. Our club chose to send 3 remarkable young local's to RYLA this year and we look forward to hearing them share their stories and experiences at this week's meeting.
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Governor General launches Rotary Oceania's Centennial Activities

Rotary’s activities and celebrations to mark 100 years of Rotary in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Islands were officially launched at Government House in Wellington on 20 June 2019. An audience of more than two hundred were introduced to Rotary’s plans which will lead up to the celebration of 100 years of Rotary achievement in Auckland in 2021.  Most importantly, it is the impact we have in our communities that we should celebrate during this time. 
Read the  entire Rotary Oceania article here
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ROTA Pacific comes to Papakura

Peter and Bernie spent the day on Wednesday at Hobbiton with the delegates
Papakura has had the pleasure of hosting this years ROTA Pacific Tour delegates in the week prior to RYLA. The delegates Tabtiha Berg (Rarotonga) and Porani Tapari-Pin (Tahiti) staying with Donna and David, Veronica Reddy (Fiji) and Priya Chand (Fiji) staying with Warren and Jackie  and Seforan Fatiaki (Fiji) and Shrivneel Kirpal (Fiji) staying with Tracey and Jon, have had a full on first few days and all the while trying to adjust to the climate! In the first 3 days they have managed to fit in two Rotary meetings, a Vocational morning, Laser Tag with the RYE students, a trip to Hobbiton, and 8 km walk, a visit to Hamilton Gardens and getting all their gear sorted for RYLA!  A huge thank you to Peter Wilcock who has worked tirelessly to co-ordinate with other clubs and put together a week that has given the delegates experiences they will never forget! 
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Rotary Continues Pacific Expansion

Kiribati is one of, if not THE, poorest nation in the Pacific with communities in desperate need of a helping hand.  District 9920 has recently initiated two major undertakings that will help these communities substantially.  Here District 9920 Governor Ingrid is shown a community garden during her April visit.
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A Wonderful Reunion in Norway ...

Dear Kiwi friends and family! 
I just wanted to share with you how wonderful it was a few weekends ago to meet again with some Rotary Exchange Students I met in NZ in 1992 - 93! It was exceptional. We had the chance to visit Bodil in Norway, we were 5 of us (Ariana, from Switzerland, Elina from Finland, Tanya from Canada, Bodil from Norway and myself). You surely saw some pictures on Facebook... Not from me, because I am a bit lazy with social media, I sneak on your lives, but do not post much of my life..
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RYE 2019 Farewell

Jenni (Germany/Half Moon Bay), Viki (Austria/Pakuranga), Tracey Faber, Lily (France/Papakura) and Maria (Denmark/Sommerville)
Friday night saw the celebration of another year of Rotary Youth Exchange in D9920. Four of the five current inbounds have almost completed their year and the Counsellors and Host families joined the girls to reminisce over the wonderful year that was.  There were plenty of stories, photos, tears and food so all in all a great night.
Lily did a super job of sharing her experiences, feelings and gratitude of her year in New Zealand.
Make sure you are at the meeting on the 20th June as she will give her farewell presentation to the Club. Lily will be sorely missed by the Club; her 'one minutes' have just been priceless!
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A life in Argentina ...

Hello again from Argentina! I am here to say once again, that time really does fly, because the fact that I am already one third of a way through my exchange is absolutely - loco - !
My month began with my counsellor, which is so fitting as he has become such a nice and comforting person in my exchange. 1 de Mayo is ‘workers day’ and a public holiday for Argentina. The argentinian’s eat ‘locro’ on this day, which is a traditional dish in Argentina that is almost a combination of a stew, a curry and a soup and is one of my all time favourites! I went to my counsellor’s house and spent time with his family and I felt so welcomed, and it was nice to be treated like a ‘granddaughter’. 
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RYE Selection Weekend

Inbounds and RYE Applicants getting ready for team building on the High Ropes course
The 2019 RYE Selection Weekend was held at Kokako Lodge over the weekend. We were blessed with stunning weather (but VERY cold nights) and were incredibly well fed thanks to Lisa and Vicki! We spent the weekend getting to know the applicants, delivering presentations on the  details of the programme and interviewing both them and their parents. At the conclusion of the weekend, we are tasked with making the 'final' selection of who would be our 2020 Outbounds.
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Papatoetoe Central's fundraising event blows our socks off!

George, Bernie and Ash got a chance to catch up on the night
Papatoetoe Central Rotary's Indian Diaspora night was a great success. It was the perfect combination, guests had a wonderful night and a significant amount of money was raised to support four charities: The Rotary Foundation, Cure Kids Fiji Oxygen Project, The Middlemore Foundation and Kids Can.
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Lily takes on the Challenge...

Lily, along with her fellow Inbounds students of both D9920 and D991, spent last week at Challenge camp.  Definitely out of her comfort zone but she rose to the challenge, gave service above self and thoroughly enjoyed her week! The week-long camp provides an environment that will physically, intellectually and emotionally challenge young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend such a camp. It is a wonderful experience for our RYE students and often one of the highlights of their exchange. In typical Lily words "It was so cool"!
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Rotary Youth Exchange

Time is running out but it is not too late!  Applications must be in by the 30th of April!!
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Argentina, here I come!

President Jon and Tracey's 17 year old daughter Cassidy has 58 days until she leaves for her one year Rotary Youth exchange to Cordoba, Argentina. She joined us last Thursday to tell us about where she will be spending her year. She will be hosted by Rotary Club Monserratt Cordoba in the heart of the city. She will be the only New Zealand Rotary Exchange student in Argentina (D9920 is the only district currently exchanging with Argentina) and we are sure she will be a great ambassador! We wish her all the very best and look forward to reading her monthly report!
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Ride Forever NZ Motorcycle Show 2018

President Jon Faber and Malcolm Anderson, winner of Classic Bike of the Year, Best in Show and the People's Choice Award
And that's a wrap! Our Club's annual fundraiser, The New Zealand Motorcycle Show, reached new highs in it's 6th year and was an outstanding event delivered to the Community despite the decidedly average weather!
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Christmas is coming

The Papakura Rotary Christmas Parade is a Community Event proudly supported and run by our club for the last 40 years, along with the Papakura Business Association. 
There is always plenty of community spirit and a wonderful atmosphere on the day which is filled with spectacular floats, happy faces and family fun.
This year the parade will be at 3:00 p.m. on December 2nd. 
Teams of Rotary volunteers are involved with Traffic and Float management to ensure the day runs smoothly. Make sure to stop in and see us, we are renowned for having best BBQ on offer at the parade.
The parade leaves from Central Park, travels down Great South Rd to Broadway and into Railway St and back to Central Park.
You can download a registration form for 2018 here, or register online here.  Registrations close on Friday 16 November.
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Guess Who is Coming to Dinner? 2018-08-20 12:00:00Z 0

Kootuitui Ki Papakura

Posted by Bernie Kay

Kootuitui Ki Papakura is a charitable organisation comprising of collective communutity representatives including Mana Whenua and was established in 2015 to provide services for a cluster of schools in Papakura. The purpose is to support Whanau and schools to enable better life outcomes for tamariki.

Kootuitui Ki Papakura Bernie Kay 2018-08-20 12:00:00Z 0
Northern Ireland to New Zealand Anne Henwood 2018-08-18 12:00:00Z 0
Edmund Hillary School Planter Box Project George Wilson 2018-08-16 12:00:00Z 0
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A Week in the Life of Lily

Posted by Claire Hart
This week marks the beginning of Rotary Youth Exchange Student Lily's 4th week in New Zealand and with our Club. Read on to find out how she has settled with her Host Family  and what she has been up to!
A Week in the Life of Lily Claire Hart 2018-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

Peace run for our local Primary Schools

Papakura's Edmund Hillary School  hosted a Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run event on Friday the 27th of July. Two Peace Run teams ran (including Rotarian Ainie Kwok from St Johns Club) carried torches from Clevedon in the east and from Clarks Beach in the west, and converged at Edmund Hillary School school at 10 am. 
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Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s) 

Posted by George Wilson
Our leader Dennis Millard instructing the ladies from the Newmarket Club on the intricacies of the packing line
During this last week the ERK packing tempo lifted with Auckland, Parnell and Newmarket Clubs setting a blistering pace! Each  Club packed close to 175 units, a wonderful result of which they should all be very proud. There is only  73 boxes left to be packed on Wednesday night from a total of 750 units.
Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s) George Wilson 2018-07-21 12:00:00Z 0

District Corner

Click the link below to find out how a  Rotary Global Grant Application, led by District 9920 and the Rotary Club of St Johns, with the support of five of six Rotary Districts in New Zealand was approved by Rotary International in mid-July, securing the first-year funding for the Onja project, which will “utilise Madagascar’s untapped human talent” for a unique computer programming venture.
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Tonga - Fresh Water Project 

Bernie Kay and a local Eua family at the completion of new spouting on their house.
Last Thursday evening, Tim Wilcock (International Committee) presented on the latest Fresh Water project in Eua, Tonga. Another outstanding International Project by some extremely passionate Rotarians and Volunteers.  A huge Thank You to all involved.  Click the 'Read More' tab to view Tim's presentation.
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Happy Birthday to Lily 2018-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

RYLA - Letter of Appreciation

Dear Rotary Club of Papakura,
I would like to sincerely thank you for sponsoring me to attend the RYLA course of 2018. I greatly appreciate the opportunity you have given me to gain valuable knowledge and tools to help me realise my potential and develop my skills as a leader. The course was extremely worthwhile and I have taken away so much to reflect on and implement in my personal and professional life.
RYLA - Letter of Appreciation 2018-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

Roger That!

Roger's quote of the week ...
One of life’s most painful moments comes when we must admit that we didn’t do our homework, that we are not prepared.
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International News


A giant artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel restores marine life and protects the livelihood of several fishing villages in the Philippines


In the calm blue waters of Lamon Bay lies a source of pride for local fishermen and a submerged salute to Rotary: an artificial reef in the shape of a Rotary wheel. The wheel has helped restore the local fishing industry, which was devastated by large-scale commercial fishing vessels that used dynamite, cyanide, and fine mesh nets from the late 1990's through the early 2000's.

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Lifepod Appeal

A wonderful charitable event is being planned which will help save the lives of a million babies.

Sir Ray Avery’s LifePod Appeal is to be held at Eden Park on Waitangi Day, 2019. The Live Aid style concert will feature a star-studded cast including a performance by an unrevealed music icon who has never before performed in New Zealand. The charitable event aims to raise $4 million to produce 2,000 LifePod incubators to be sent around the world as a gift from New Zealand to save the lives of one million babies. LifePods are Sir Ray Avery’s incubator invention manufactured at a fraction of the price of alternatives.

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District Changeover 2018

Posted by John Fothergill
Those of you who have been to previous District Changeover events will have images of a breakfast that seemed to go on forever with endless formalities and awards and people falling asleep over their coffee and tea.  This year, DGE Ingrid decided to change it up a little and instead held a cocktail function at the Barrycourt Motel in Parnell – home of the Rotary Club of Parnell.  Papakura was represented by George Wilson, Peter Wilcock, Allan Mackay and John Fothergill. 
District Changeover 2018 John Fothergill 2018-07-13 12:00:00Z 0

In the words of George Wilson ...

Posted by George Wilson

George Wilson share's his gratitude and thoughts on receiving the Bert McCollum Trophy celebrating him as our "Outstanding Rotarian of the Year" at Changeover in June. Click on the 'read more' link to hear in George's words what this Trophy means to him and learn a little about the wonderful project that sparked the inception of this Trophy.
In the words of George Wilson ... George Wilson 2018-07-08 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

Posted by George Wilson

Team Lima  on stage at last Fridays Awards Dinner and Presentations at Willow Park Christian Camp Eastern Beach.
Well what a night was had by all! The winning team were only a whisker higher that the next two teams so high was the quality of the participants, who were drawn from across our district.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards George Wilson 2018-07-08 12:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference

“The Rotary Foundation is the most visible expression of Rotarian generosity – a generosity that not only brings benefits but also brings help and cooperation to solve the problems that affect mankind.”  – Paulo V. Costa, 1995-96 Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair in a speech to the 1996 convention
The Rotary Foundation of RI is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.
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RYLA - Team Papakura 

Freya Jenner (ACG Strathallan) and Jazz Pickett (Star Insurance Specialists) were up early Saturday morning to check in for the week at RYLA. They made sure they had plenty of options for warm clothing after the cold snap this week ( 3 bags each)! They are part of 120 RYLA attendees, and are sure to do Papakura Rotary proud. Freya will give a presentation to the Club about her RYLA experience on July 19th and we will meet Jazz on the 26th. 
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ROTA Pacific

We had the company of some very special young people at Thursday's Meeting. In New Zealand with the ROTA Pacific Programme ahead of their week at RYLA are Ashmita Kant, Anshu Sharma, Suzie Lata (Fiji); Marian Ngaputa, Maya Soloman (Cook Islands); Tasman Milo(Samoa). They were hosted for the day by Peter and George, and were treated to some good old fashioned Kiwi must dos!
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Community Awards

We came together last Thursday to celebrate some stars in our Community. These are people who go out of their way to make a difference in other people's lives and clearly share our belief of 'Service above Self'.
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Rotary International News

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration


Rotary International President-elect Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large. 

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

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It's a Wrap

As we wrap up another amazing year of contributing to our Local and Global Communities, it is time to celebrate our achievements.
Being part of one of the most active clubs in the District, having an Outstanding Annual Fundraiser, the time you have given and the service you have provided, have made the following achievements possible.
It's a Wrap 2018-06-15 12:00:00Z 0

Club News

Papakura Girl taking the Rotaract reins in Wellington

Madison Faber, one of our 2016 Education Trust Scholarship winners, is excited to taking on the role as President of the Wellington Rotaract Club in July 2018.
Madison and her team are looking forward to embracing this year's Rotary theme of 'Be the Inspiration' and are focussed on encouraging young people to take the opportunity to make a difference to their community by embracing Service Above Self. 
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Rotary Youth Exchange

RYE student Caitlin - Having the time of her life

April has been a very eventful month. I have moved families, celebrated my birthday,  travelled, attended a baptism and rotary events and met many new people.  
Moving families has been so easy. My new host family is amazing and so Kind hearted. I have two host brothers (both in their late twenties) and my host mother is a gem. The house I live in currently is massive. I have to climb four sets of stairs just to get to my room. The house is situated in the middle of the city which makes it so much easier to get to school (it used to take me an hour on the bus, now it takes 15 minutes to walk) and I have the opportunity to see friends on the weekends because I don’t have to rely on buses
(which don’t run in the weekends). My host family have also organised for me to start rowing (my home is also right next to the river) and possibly swimming. I can’t wait to see what’s to come and to get even closer with my current host family. 

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Club News

Changeover 2017

Papakura Rotary Changeover 2017 was the stuff dreams are made of! There was plenty of laughter, good food and even better company as we celebrated the 16/17 Rotary year in style.
Hosted by outgoing President Noeline Westley, the theme for the evening was set on arrival, as we were surrounded by fairy lights and dream catchers all handmade by incoming President Bruce Hart’s daughter, Anna. MC for the night, Morris Jones had us roaring with laughter and kept the evening running smoothly.
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Rotary Youth Exchange

Jacqui says "Amazing is an understatement"

I’ve had so many new experiences, from meeting all the exchange students, to spending two weeks on a bus with them all, to preparing to say goodbye to everyone as they head back home at the end of their exchange.
The first time I met all the exchange students was at the orientation weekend in Capilla,  95 both inbounds and out bounds.  I knew I would become good friends with a lot of our group, the excitement for the north trip was contagious, and I found myself unable to wait for two weeks of crazy.
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Environment/ Conservation


Trees for Survival

Please support our District's programme "Trees For Survival".  We have two planting days - 16 August 2017 (rain date is 23 August) with Kelvin Road School students, at 29 Aicken Road, Ararimu and 25 August (rain date TBA) with Papakura Normal School students, at 11 Fitzpatrick Road, Brookby.  Do your bit for the environment. It really is a great day out. A delicious lunch is provided. 
If you would like to be involved, please contact us
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Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children


Little Vaea has had his cleft lip repaired, he has recovered well and he is eating and drinking without problems. Since his last visit to the club, there is a significant difference in his appearance and he has grown into a full blown toddler who entertained us all with his hijinks at our evening meeting.  Donna and David Cox were up at 4.30am on Tuesday morning to get the family to Auckland airport, and he has now flown home to Tonga to await his cleft palate surgery. There were plenty of tears when he was greeted by his family, who didn't recognise him! A truly wonderful result.
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Rotary Youth Exchange - Jacqui in Argentina

Our Outbound Student, Jacqui Philp has had an exciting last month in Argentina. She has settled into school, is enjoying plenty of game time on the hockey field, is coming to grips with the language and loving the culture. Jacqui has spent her first 4 months with the Sanchez family and has certainly been made to feel at home. Take a look at a snippet from her latest report. 
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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