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Dr John Langham, Linden Medical Centre

Dr John Langham 10 Mar 2015Dr John Langham addressed the club last Tuesday and gave us insight into the question “Why I can’t find a seat in the waiting room?” In essence the patient load per GP is huge, the administrative requirements for GPs are huge and the facilities in Tawa are constrained!  

 Dr John described the arrangements between the Tawa Medical Centre and the Linden Clinic, as being two separate organisations sharing administrative services, with each partner being responsible for their own patients. He described the demographic profile of the Linden Clinic has a high level of transient patients as opposed to a largely stable patient profile in Tawa. To our shock, he statedSergeant at arms Peter Lockery 10 Mar 15 that the Linden has had the highest incidence of Tuberculosis in NewZealand.

He discussed patient record confidentiality, mentioning that patient information is not even shared between the two Centres, let alone between CCDHB and the Medical Centres. It appears that there is resistance within the partnership to information sharing. The club underwent a straw poll as to the willingness of ourmembership to allow information sharing and online services such as the ability to order online repeat prescriptions, make and cancel appointments or email the GP. The response from the club was an overwhelming level of support. We will just have to wait and see if the partnership moves down this road.

Sergeant at arms, Peter Lockery, (pictured on the right) did a great job in character and costume - having fun at Tawa Rotary!

Expect the Unexpected!

St Patricks Day 2015Tuesday 17 March - we are celebrating St Patrick's Day - 'expect the unexpected'!

We are having an Irish themed menu and entertainment. (No change to meal cost). There will be invited guests, including District Governor Anthony Scott and his wife Nicky.

Celebrating St Patricks Day in IrelandTawa Rotarians are encouraged to invite your partners and friends to this occasion as well.

Important – for catering purposes: please advise absences and guest numbers (if not already done so), as soon as you know and at least by 8.00am on Monday 16th March - don't leave to the last minute!!

Remember "the luck of the Irish" - you won't want to miss out.

Malcolm Andrews, Club Services Director 2014/15

Upcoming events




17 March

St Patricks Night (partners invited)

President       Martin

24 March

RYLA Students

Gaylene Lines

31 March

Movie, Lighthouse Cinema

Richard Herbert



PolioPlus fundraiser

End Polio Now CampaignPlease note for your diaries for Tuesday 31 March - we have the movie fundraiser at Lighthouse Pauatahanui to see 'The Second Best Marigold Hotel'. A great fundraiser for Polio Plus. 

Venue:   Light House Cinema, Pauatahanui

Movie:   “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

Date:     Tuesday  31st March

Time:     5.30pm for a 6pm movie start

Cost:      Entry by pre-sold ticket at $20 per person – limited to first 60 sales. Invite your friends, neighbours, family!

Tickets are available from Richard Herbert, Director, Rotary Foundation.

Fundraiser:   This event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation END POLIO NOW! project

District News

Congratulations to the District 9940 on the launch of the new website that's now live at:

Check out the District 9940 Club Development newsletter that's available at the following link: The newsletter refers to several interesting items that include:

  • new Rotary months focusing on the 6 areas of focus
  • applications being accepted for innovative and flexible Rotary Club pilot to experiment with the variations on the traditional Rotary structure
  • District Assembly on 3 May at Palmerston North Boys' High School
  • Rotary touch points (engaging members) to create stronger clubs
  • Michael McQueen speaking on membership trends in Rotary

Recent leadership development has involved our Club members, PE Ken Pearson, Gaylene Lines and Denise Garcia who spoke on their recent experiences with South Pacific PETS for Ken and the Rotary Leadership Institute Module One attended by Denise and Gaylene.

Parting thought from PDG Deb Gimblett and the Club Development Team : Membership = engine. Membership is (engine) the power source of Rotary.


Goalsetters Awards Dinner

Wednesday 1 April 2015 - an invitation to join the Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Goal Setter Awards Dinner to:

Recognise two high achievers who have overcome significant hurdles in pursuit of their goals.

These awards are presented annually to students in the Wellington/Kapiti areas who are completing post secondary school study. The recipients have demonstrated a history of goal-setting and achievement, contributing service to others while overcoming significant personal barriers.

Hear the story of the guest speaker, a successful Hurricanes rugby player.

Enjoy a superb three course meal, a glass or more of wine and the company of fellow Rotarians and friends.

Venue Hotel InterContinental, Grey Street, Wellington

Cost: $80.00 (includes dinner and drinks

Dress code: business or cocktail wear.

Tickets from:

For more Goalsetters information, see:

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