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A youth silicon valley - Tony Hassed, 28 Mar 17Tues 28 March- we heard from Tony Hassed, Rotary Club of Wellington on the topic, a 'Youth Silicon Valley’.

Tony captured our hearts and minds as he spoke about his waking at 2am one morning with an idea to support youth skills’ development in technology – starting with supplying 3D printers to low decile schools. Tony’s idea has gathered momentum with support that has included Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop and SCOPE – young professionals supported by the Rotary Club of Wellington. Since providing a 3D printer to Linden School in 2016 – the benefits have been evident with the students’ creations and projects as they learn how to use the technology.

Donations sought - Foster Hope NZ

foster hope nz backpacksPlease help  - donations sought - winter pyjamas (boy or girl aged from 1-15 years old, soft toys, beanies for children under foster care.Foster Hope nz

The Board has given a $500 donation to Foster Hope and Elizabeth Sutton is the liaison person for ongoing support. A small committee has been formed - Denise Garcia, Gaylene Lines, Judith Gray (and anyone else who would like to support this worthwhile cause). Brian Frampton has kindly offered his ITM Tawa at 36 Main Road Tawa, for a drop off of any donations for Foster Hope.

See more.

End Polio Now - Fundraiser

End Polio Now

Venue:   Light House Cinema, Pauatahanui
Movie    “Their Finest” staring  starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, and Bill Nighy    
Date:     Tuesday  11 April 2017
Time:     5.30pm for a 6pm movie start (allow for traffic)
Cost:      Entry by pre-sold ticket at $20 per person – limited to first 70 sales

Fundraiser:   This event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation END POLIO NOW! project
Food     In order to maximum the donation to this worthy cause and to cater for the flexibility of everyone in terms of time and food requirements please note that no food or beverage is included in the ticket cost.    Patrons are welcome to purchase their own food and beverage requirements direct from the Lighthouse café – in terms of selection availability it would be better to arrange this prior to the movie time.    So plan to come earlier if at all possible and join in the fellowship also.

This event has been organised by Tawa Rotary as a fundraiser event for the Rotary Foundation END POLIO NOW! Project.   As well as just having an alternative fun night out.

This is a good occasion to also invite family and friends and potential Rotary (or Inner wheel) new members and to highlight one of Rotary’s most important and best known international projects – END POLIO NOW!  

How so quickly we forget that it was only a few decades ok that polio was ravaging the youth of New Zealand, and without the vaccine regime that now exists this virus could so easily return to New Zealand.   But this regime is very expensive in resources worldwide.

Thus Polio eradication has been a focus project worldwide for Rotary International over the past 30 years and its 1.2 million members - in conjunction with World Health Organisation, UNESCO and the Bill Gates Foundation.  

The aim of this programme is to bring to an end the complete eradication of the polio virus from the world - we are almost there, and there now less than a handful of cases per year remaining and there is hope of an elimination in the next few years - to be followed by at least three years of monitoring, before eradication can be confirmed by WHO.  

But there is still a huge effort required to continue the vaccination programme to eliminate the last case of polio and Rotary Clubs throughout the world and in New Zealand continue to raise funds to support this programme and to encourage governments to also contribute to the campaign.

If anyone is definitely keen but unable to attend the next Rotary evening – please let Richard Herbert, Director Rotary Foundation know so he can reserve tickets for you.  Thank you to those who have already indicated their numbers and paid Richard.

Other Events

22 Apr Tawa Memorial unveiling
21-23 Apr D9940 Conference & District Assembly
12-14 May Rotary at Better Home & Living Show, Wellington

Unveiling – Tawa Memorial

Unveiling Tawa Memorial 21 Apr 2017Tawa Rotarians have been invited to attend the unveiling and dedication of the Tawa Memorial on Saturday 22 April 2017.artists impression of Tawa MemorialThose of us attending DG Martin's District 9940 Conference in New Plymouth will unfortunately be away that weekend, but for those not attending the Conference, this is an open invitation for all Tawa Rotary Club members to attend the unveiling. [President Andrew]

[Photo source:artist's impression]

Rotarians at Better Home and Living Show in Wellington

12, 13 & 14 May 2017

Venue: Westpac Stadium

Open from 10am – 5pm each day

Volunteers NEEDED. To fill shifts of 2 – 3 hours.

Please contact Jo Newlove, District Chair Public Image to volunteer.

Branding/Promotional Material - this is an opportunity for you and your club to promote your projects and successes. We would like to have promotional material, along with a Rotarian or two to talk about it, at the show.

This is a perfect opportunity to talk to people about Rotary and encourage them to join us.

Rotary Global Rewards

Highlighted at yesterday’s National membership symposium to bring to your attention:

Explore Rotary Global Rewards to find discounts and special offers, along with opportunities to give back to Rotary.  The Rotary Global Rewards programme offers Rotary and Rotaract club members’ discounts on products and services for travel, entertainment, and merchandise. Access the Rotary Global Rewards program from the Member Center.

2015-16 Rotary President K.R. Ravindran and Rotary's Board of Directors developed the idea for the rewards programme:  to help clubs enhance member satisfaction and retention; and to thank members for their service and generous support of The Rotary Foundation.

District Governor Martin’s April Message

DG Martin and Denise Garcia

An extract from DG Martin Garcia’s April message:

The National Membership Seminar informed and inspired us to increase our Rotary membership, taking account of the differences between generations, the use of social media and RI flexibility. What a talented group of leaders and facilitators we have in Rotary and particularly in our District. Our minds are increasingly turning to the District Conference in New Plymouth in a few weeks where we will be celebrating our differences. Please support the many tours and activities that our Taranaki Rotary Clubs are putting on that weekend. It is not too late to register and we would love to see you at the Conference.

Rotary’s theme for April is Maternal and Child Health Month, a theme that resonates particularly with my wife Denise who is a midwife. This theme is one of the Rotary Foundation’s six key areas of focus, the others being conflict resolution, disease prevention, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.

This year, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating. 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. See more.

District Training Assembly - being held on the afternoon of 23 April 2017. We would especially welcome Rotarians who are NOT attending conference, but are keen to travel to and register for the afternoon of District Training Assembly learning and development to enhance their contribution to their Club in the coming Rotary year. We look forward to your registration of attendance for this annual specific training event that our Rotary District provides to our Rotarians. Find out more.

District Conference 2017 - This year's conference will be held in New Plymouth in April. Join us to celebrate a programme with top entertainment, fabulous speakers, a weekend full of magic and sharing the Fellowship of Rotary. Local Rotary Clubs have put together an exciting range of activities. Further information available here.

Register for the 2017 District Conference. Register here.

A youth silicon valley - Tony Hassed, 28 Mar 17

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