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Austen Rangi 21 March 2017Austen Rangi was jointly sponsored by Tawa Rotary and Porirua Rotary to attend the Rotary National Science & Technology Forum, held in Auckland, January 2017. 

Austen Rangi - 21 Mar 2017Austen has a very impressive academic record to date and is the head boy at Tawa College. He has diverse interests including sea cadets, karate, underwater hockey and barbershop singing. He intends to study an engineering degree.

The 14 day residential programme - conducted by Rotary and Tertiary Institutions of Auckland - is for outstanding all round science, maths and technology students in Year 12 who will be returning to Year 13 and are planning to study the sciences or technology at tertiary level.

At the 21 March 2017 meeting, Austen shared his experience and highlights from attending the programme. He was inspired by the very knowledgeable speakers and the opportunities presented. He also showed an entertaining video clip of him singing at the last night function with a barbershop quartet made up of fellow students from the Forum – impressive what can be achieved within a short time of knowing each other!

Questions from the floor prompted interesting insights from Austen, particularly as Head Boy at Tawa College, and the opportunity that exists to raise awareness of these Rotary development programmes among students.

Club Update

PDG Pat Waite update to Tawa Rotary 21 Mar 17PDG Pat Waite updated Tawa Rotary on proposed changes to the bylaws and constitution that arise with the Rotary Council decisions that provide greater flexibility in the way Clubs operate – topics ranging from membership options through to frequency of meetings.

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 agreed to give a donation to Foster Hope and Elizabeth Sutton has become 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 business ITM Tawa at 36 Main Road Tawa, for a drop off of any donations for Foster Hope.


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 event is open to all on a first-come basis and is limited to pre-sold 70 tickets.  Richard will be selling tickets and collecting money at Rotary nights on Tuesday 28 March and 4 April.  

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 couple of Rotary evenings – please let me know so I can reserve tickets for you.  Thank you to those who have already indicated their numbers and paid me.  
Richard Herbert
Foundation Director
Rotary Club of Tawa

Other Events

1,2 Apr Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair
22 Apr Tawa Memorial unveiling
21-23 Apr D9940 Conference & District Assembly
12-14 May Rotary at Better Home & Living Show, Wellington


Book fair – Plimmerton Rotary

Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair 2017Plimmerton Rotary will be holding their annual Book Fair again over the weekend 1st/2nd April at the Kennel Club in Prosser St, Porirua. As usual the income will be split between their Community projects such as the Te Ara Piko pathway and Life Education Trust North Wellington



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.

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 Memorial

Those 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]

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 March Message

DG Martin and Denise Garcia

DG Martin Garcia's message (extract) : This month is Rotary’s Water and Sanitation Month.  As Rotarians we can make a significant difference to improve the lives of others by providing water and sanitation. ...

Water and sanitation is one of the six areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation.  Our giving to The Foundation and accessing grants to improve water and sanitation should be a key focus of each of our Clubs.  Some of our Wellington Clubs, for example, are currently supporting the Philippines Waterfields Water Project Pampanga through a Foundation Global Grant to provide potable water to villages in the Philippines.

See more at:

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.

Austen Rangi, Rotary National Science Forum, 21 Mar 17

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