The Return of our Unknown Warrior

 

Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson - 'The Return of our Unknown Warrior'

Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson KNZM, OBE, AFC, spoke at Tawa Rotary on 28 September 2021 on the return of our unknown warrior to New Zealand.
 
Then Prime Minister the Rt Hon Helen Clark asked Sir Bruce as Chief of Defence Staff to take charge of a significant mission to find and bring home one of our New Zealand soldiers who had fought in World War 1. His story was very moving and gave us an indepth understanding of the journey.
 
On Armistice Day (11 November) 2004 the body of an unidentified New Zealand soldier was laid to rest in a tomb in front of the National War Memorial in Wellington. He had been one of some 9,000 New Zealand soldiers who were buried in unknown graves overseas. His body had been excavated from Caterpillar Valley Cemetery on the Somme (in northern France) and brought to Wellington. After an all-night vigil at Parliament, the Unknown Warrior was given a full military procession through the streets of Wellington before an estimated crowd of 100,000. The body was then interred in a tomb designed by New Zealand artist Kingsley Baird, which featured greenstone crosses representing the Southern Cross. [https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/34145/the-unknown-warrior]
 
Joining with us to Sir Bruce at the Tawa Rotary meeting were Inner Wheel Tawa, Tawa Lions, Tawa RSA, honorary Rotarians, and Rotarians' partners. A real pleasure to see all.
The Return of our Unknown Warrior Laura Sommer 2021-10-02 11:00:00Z 0 Community,Tawa

Charity Ball for community milk bank

Charity ball for Community Milk Bank

This fundraiser is for a community milk bank - by Tawa and Plimmerton Rotary and Fine Cuisine.
 
A new date is proposed to hold the Charity Ball on Friday 15 October 2021 at 7.30pm.
Venue: Boat Shed, Wellington.
The event timing is subject to COVID-19 alert level 1, and if more than 100 guests are permitted.

Featuring Wellington Band, the Jive Bombers.
 
Tickets $45 per person. 
Book a table of ten and get two free tickets.
email: elaine@finecuisine.co.nz or text 0274497502.
Charity Ball for community milk bank Laura Sommer 2021-09-18 12:00:00Z 0 Community

Facemasks donated to Tawa College

Facemasks for Tawa College students

Tawa College Principal, Murray Lucas was grateful for the 200 masks donated for the students. These disposable masks are to address an immediate need in the interim.
Pictured from the left are Tawa Rotary President Karyn Meade, Murray Lucas and Rotarian, Elizabeth Sutton[15 Sept 2021]
 
Rotary has kicked off a big campaign to donate masks for students. More than 2000 masks were donated to Porirua College students during the week.
 
Facemasks donated to Tawa College Laura Sommer 2021-09-18 12:00:00Z 0 Community,Tawa
Apply Now! - Rotary Youth Leadership Laura Sommer 2021-09-04 12:00:00Z 0

Building Hope Fundraising Lunch

Come along - Building Hope Fundraising Lunch on 31 August!
 
Due to COVID-19 Alert Level restrictions, we regret to advise that this event has been cancelled.
 
This lunch is to raise funds to assist the prevention of youth suicide in our community. 
 
Great feature speakers are Sir Graham Henry, Preston Lyons and Jason Pine, MC.
 
Tues 31 August 2021 (midday to 2.30pm) - t
Venue: Porirua Club, 1 Lodge Place, Porirua
$85 per person. Cash bar available.
 
Book your tickets: buildinghopelunch@gmail.com
Pay Tawa Rotary Club account: 02-0552-0015577-00.
Building Hope Fundraising Lunch Laura Sommer 2021-08-21 12:00:00Z 0

Nominations sought for Tawa Rotary Pride in Work Awards 2021

 
 
Nominations are sought before 20 September 2021 for the Tawa Rotary Pride in Work Awards.  
 
The Tawa Rotary PRIDE IN WORK AWARDS, organised in conjunction with the Tawa Business Group, gives Tawa businesses and organisations the opportunity to publicly acknowledge employees who are outstanding performers in the workplace.
 
Let’s celebrate your employees’ achievements!
 
The Tawa Rotary PRIDE IN WORK AWARDS, organised in conjunction with the Tawa Business Group, gives Tawa businesses and organisations the opportunity to publicly acknowledge employees who are outstanding performers in the workplace.
 
Nominations sought for Tawa Rotary Pride in Work Awards 2021 Pat Waite 2021-08-02 12:00:00Z 0 Community,Tawa,business

Stuff the Trailer for Tawa Foodbank

A successful community project, Stuff the Trailer, has been held on 31 July for the Tawa Foodbank.
 
Many thanks to all for your participation in making today's Stuff the Trailer another successful community project for Rotary and our joint partners in this venture being Tawa Inner Wheel, One Agency and the Tawa Salvation Army foodbank. The day was even more blessed by the wonderful weather and no wind.
 
Sarah Opie conveyed her grateful thanks for our help in replenishment of their food bank shelves, in readiness for the 2nd half of the year, as a result of the Saturday’s effort.
Stuff the Trailer for Tawa Foodbank Laura Sommer 2021-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

Tawa Rotary - Duties Description

 
Judith Gray, our Club Services Director, has helpfully provided a description of the tasks for each of the duties that you may from time to time be rostered for.    This document may by downloaded here.
 
Please arrange a substitute if unable to attend or you have to leave early, and ALSO please let Judith know.
 
Important for catering: please register guest attendance and apologies for non-attendance on MONDAY BEFORE MIDDAY  to: tawa.rotaryapologies@gmail.com. 
 
For the 2017/18 Longview Roster, see here for more.
 
Tawa Rotary - Duties Description Judith Gray 2018-04-14 12:00:00Z 0

Tawa Rotary’s 2018 Book Fair - 
Preliminary Announcement

In 13 weeks you’ll be able to restock your reading pile.  The date for the Book Fair has been pencilled in for the two weekends of July 14/15 and 21/22.
“Why the picture of Sparky, New World Tawa’s all-electric delivery van?” you might ask. Because we’ve already had requests to pick up large collections of donated books and we’re grateful for the loan of the Sparky to allow us to do this.

Tawa Rotary’s 2018 Book Fair - Preliminary Announcement Ian Munro 2018-04-13 12:00:00Z 0

Tawa Community Service Award -
Judith Havill

Posted on Apr 13, 2018
 
We offer congratulations to Tawa Rotary member Judith Havill, who was recently nominated for a Tawa Community Service Award. Judith was presented with her Award certificate at the meeting of the Tawa Community Board held on the 12th April, by Board chair Richard Herbert.
 
See more for the citation details ...
Tawa Community Service Award -Judith Havill Richard Herbert 2018-04-12 12:00:00Z 0
Nominations sought -Tawa Young Employee Award Don Rushworth 2018-04-09 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary's highest honour to Pat Waite

Our congratulations to Tawa Rotarian and Past District Governor Pat Waite on receiving Rotary's highest honour - the Service Above Self Award - presented by Rotary International President Ian Riseley on 6 March 2018. Outstanding news and very well deserved recognition of the significant time and talents that Pat has shared to help others.
Photo credit - Svendsen Photography; from left, Melva Waite, Pat Waite and Ian Riseley.
Rotary's highest honour to Pat Waite Laura Sommer 2018-03-09 11:00:00Z 0

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.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

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.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

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.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

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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