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St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Tuesday 17 March 2015, we were pleased to welcome District Governor Anthony Scott to our St Patrick’s evening.

DG Anthony gave an interesting overview of current issues in Rotary, and said there were three main areas he wanted to emphasize:

1 – The role and position of Clubs within Rotary International (RI)

2 – The environment in which we operate

3 - Future challenges in Rotary

He said individual Members, Clubs, and Presidents do all the work, not District. Rotary exists because we all gather together not because RI exists. The DG is not the top of the tree – Clubs are autonomous and we make all the progress.

Rotary operates in a challenging environment. In 1969 all members attended working bees in the evening – now there is so much to watch on TV. Of all the NZ Clubs that were formed in the 60s/70s, half have not survived. Most Clubs are finding it very difficult to attract new members. But we shouldn’t beat ourselves up, because there are now so many conflicting pressures in society. He said Clubs knew they had to adapt and many different ideas were being trialled. Perhaps we should move to a January to December year.

In the future, Rotary will still be relevant if we keep to our core values. Do we belong to our Clubs or does the Club belong to us? - if so, that is a barrier. Our communities need to see what their Rotary Club stands for and it is not a question of the number of Clubs but what they do for their communities.

We joined Rotary to provide leadership, to exchange views, and to take action. Tawa – we are your Rotary. In conclusion, Anthony thanked the many Tawa members who gave their time to District matters.

In thanking DG Anthony, President Elect Ken issued a challenge to members – Let’s make a difference.

An extract from President Martin’s news to members:

“I am sure everyone enjoyed St Patrick’s night and thanks to those many people who helped make the evening such a success, particularly Peter and Dianne Lockery in charge of the decorations and Kildunne School of Irish Dance, Tawa, 17 Mar 15entertainment, Malcolm Andrews and team for the other arrangements, Tawa Bowling Club staff for entering in to the fun with green attire and drinks and our resident Irishman, Tom Humphries. It was great to be able to support with a donation of $250 the Tawa-based Kildunne School of Irish Dance for their Brisbane competition…”

“Congratulations to our two recipients of well-deserved awards:

  • Melva Waite – Honorary Life Membership
  • Robert Armstrong – Paul Harris Sapphire pin.”
Melva Waite and Pres Martin Garcia 17 Mar 15 Robert Armstrong, DG Anthony Scott, Pres Martin Garcia 17 Mar 15 Robert Armstrong, Paul Harris Sapphire, 17 Mar 15
Melva Waite and Pres Martin Garcia

Robert Armstrong receiving Paul Harris Sapphire pin from DG Anthony Scott; with Pres Martin Garcia onlooking.

Robert Armstrong, recipient of the Paul Harris Sapphire Pin


Rotary Youth Leadership

RYLA 2015

On Tuesday 24 March 2014, we have the privilege to hear from participants sponsored by Tawa Rotary who attended the National Science and Technology Forum - Dinura Perera and Lizzie Parkinson; and Matt Cashman and Annalise Havell, who attended the 2015 Rotary Leadership Award (RYLA) programme.

The National Science and Technology National Forum held in Auckland in January 2015 is a programme 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 a tertiary level. It’s reported that such an opportunity provides experience that result in overall personal growth and renewed motivation to succeed.

RYLA is a leadership programme for young people aged between 18 and 24 who have demonstrated leadership potential. RYLA seeks to recognise, encourage and develop future community and workplace leaders by offering them an intensive training experience.

RYLA demonstrates Rotary’s commitment to developing future leaders by offering them a globally recognised programme. 

From a RYLA 2015 participant: “I also learnt the leadership is NOT about the title. Leadership is about, courage, stepping outside of your comfort zone, thinking outside of the box, collaboration and partnerships.”

Upcoming events




24 March

Science & Technology and RYLA Students

Gaylene Lines

29 March

Transfer remaining books from Plimmerton Rotary Book Fair


31 March

Movie, Lighthouse Cinema

Richard Herbert

7 April

Tawa Rotary AGM - financial statements and directors' nominations for 2015/16

Books for Borneo - Irene Corpuz


3 May

District 9940 Assembly, Palmerston North



Volunteers Needed - 29 March

We need to pick up the remaining goods from the Kennel Club (Porirua) when Plimmerton Rotary’s Book Fair ends at about 4.00 pm on 29 March. Doug notes that Tawa New World has kindly agreed to provide their van again and Plimmerton Rotary also has some transport to assist.

Re the Tawa Rotary Book Fair - the current proposal is to hold the Tawa book fair after Queen’s Birthday weekend. This timeframe gives us all of May to lay out the store, collect, sort and display books.

Please help to load at the Kennel club and unload at Tawa New World on Sunday afternoon, 29th March.

Our best wishes to Plimmerton Rotary for a successful book fair on 28/29 March.

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

Rotary NZ - Vanuatu update

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Rotary New Zealand appeal for funds to support our Neighbours in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam is receiving a good response with donations coming in from as far away as the UK and Europe.

400 Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) have now arrived or schedule to arrive in Port Vila with another 600 to follow as transport becomes available.

To ensure a speedy and effective distribution, we have arranged a partnership with World Vision to assist Rotary in the distribution as they have a large team of full time workers based in Vanuatu.

Rotary will be collaborating with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs Emergency Task Force and the Vanuatu Disaster Management Office to ensure that the Emergency Response Kits are directed for best possible advantage to those affected.

The NZ Government is about to offer to NGO’s competitive funding opportunities and we are most likely to make a bid to support families rebuild their homes and  re-establish their vegetable gardens in addition to clean, water, health and education issues.

Donations are urgently needed now to enable us to quickly replenish the Emergency Response Kit (ERKs) stock and also to provide matching funds for any bid we make for funding the activities mentioned.

From Tawa Rotary - we have been able to donate $1,607.50 to Rotary New Zealand’s Vanuatu relief appeal. $1,000 came from our fundraising activities throughout the year, and contributions collected at the St Patrick’s evening were $507.50. Old NZ coins collected at their supermarkets were given to Pres (DGN) Martin Garcia by DGN Alan and Sandy Stephens of District 9600 South-East Queensland, Papua New Guinea and this was made up to $100 for the Vanuatu appeal.

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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