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Self Advocacy for Disabled Persons

David Corner, IHC Self-Advocate 19 May 2015At the 19 May 2015 meeting, we had guest speaker and Tawa resident David Corner, who has been a Self-Advocacy Adviser with IHC for 18 years. His role is speaking up for the rights of disabled persons in all aspects of their lives, and he gave examples of ways and means of self-advocacy for a disabled person.

He has represented Asia Pacific at Inclusion International forums, and has spoken at disabled persons forums and assemblies around the world eg. America, Spain, London, Bangkok Delhi and Australia.

David is an avid sports fan, his favourites being league and cricket but is knowledgeable on many more codes. He has recently taken up both indoor and outdoor bowls.



Member’s Update

Tawa central flood, May 2015Steve Pettigrew talked about recent construction that has happened at Tawa Take Note for earthquake strengthening; and then the flooding experience that occurred in Tawa central. The stream came up quickly through the back door and staff had to quickly raise the photocopy paper above floor level, unfortunately limiting space to get anything else above ground level. Steve noted his appreciation for the great job that Tawa College students did to help clean up. Photo sourced from



Upcoming events




26 May

Forum & District Presentation

Past President Pat Waite
2 June

Book Fair Setting Up

Ken Pearson
9 June

Carol Green - Eat your way to better health

Ken Woodgate
16 June

Book Fair Setting Up

Ken Pearson
23 June

Dame Beverley Wakem

Pat Waite
30 June

Rotary Club of Tawa

Presidential Changeover

1 July

District Governor Changeover



Club Forum

A Foundation for the FutureThe Club Forum on 26 May will be different – the theme will be “Change in Rotary”. For a start, our meeting format will change for the night –

  • An extended fellowship time from 5.45pm
  • Local personality and “call a-spade-a-spade” raconteur, Brian Frampton, will host the Sergeant’s Session during fellowship time.
  • A new room layout will be trialled
  • Food will be served from 7.00pm and will comprise finger food and other delicacies.*
  • Our mystery speaker will address:
  • Making Rotary Clubs stronger and more viable
    • Club Development within District 9940
    • Preparing for the future and tailoring our Club for local needs.

(* For those with special dietary requirements, please note later serving time)

Don’t miss a very interesting night – next Tuesday from 5.45pm.

Fundraising event – Hats & High Tea

Congratulations to Past Pres Irene Corpuz and the team of helpers who worked hard to deliver a successful event today with the Hats and High Tea – a fundraiser for the charity, Dress for Success. Jo Newlove, District Director of Public Relations, did a great job as MC for the afternoon. Each guest received a package of goodies on arrival; they were served high tea in style; and learned tips on dress styles to suit body shapes; and two Rotary projects – Toot4Tucker and Books for Borneo. The event was fully booked. We look forward to seeing the photos from the event.



Rotary International - Relief for Nepal

Here is the latest news from RNZWCS Ltd about the situation in Nepal.

“Rotary New Zealand continues to monitor the situation in Nepal following the earthquake on 25 April 2015 and which will now include the regions affected by the earthquake of 13 May 2015. With respected Rotarians in Nepal who have had associations with Rotary Clubs in New Zealand over many years, donors can be confident that their money will be managed with utmost integrity, accountability and reporting. They continue to have dialogue with people from New Zealand on the ground. “The terrain and weather conditions in Nepal are such that there are demands most people who haven’t visited there cannot imagine” their spokesperson said. Rotary New Zealand’s response will be with the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase and they are in contact with a number of New Zealand Rotary clubs who have partnered with clubs in Nepal over many years with good outcomes. Rotary is proud of the community to community partnerships between New Zealand and Nepal.  They will work also with them also in the coming months. The public of New Zealand are responding to its appeal. Those who still wish to make their donation should do it now which will enable them to assess the level of activities that they will support.

Four donation options are:

At any Westpac Branch or by Internet Banking Quoting 03 1702 0192208 01 Ref. 0999

Paypal at –

Give a Little at -

Cheque to RNZWCS Limited
PO Box 20309

Christchurch 8543

District 9940 News

District 9940 Changeover 1 July 2015

District Changeover Details 1 Jul 2015District 9940 Changeover is being held on 1 July 2015. Attached details refer. District_Changeover_Invitation_PDF [size 127Kb]







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