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Bulletin 29 March 2015


Rotary supporting youth leadership

RYLA and Science Prog 2015 - 24 Mar 15We heard 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 night 24 March 2015
PP Tony Heyward and Chris Black 24 Mar 15RYLA 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. 

Members and guests had fun with getting tied up in knots! - a RYLA challenge.


Members voted on whether our Club should apply for Rotary International's Innovative and Flexible Clubs pilot programme.  The pilot will run from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017 and both President Elect Ken and President Nominee Andrew (pictured), who will be Presidents in those years, support our application for this pilot.  The Board recommended we apply for this pilot programme to allow us to make changes that will ensure the sustainability of the Club.PN Andrew Watson 24 Mar 2015




Upcoming events




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


PolioPlus fundraiser

End Polio Now CampaignTuesday 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.

Thanks to Richard Herbert, Director, Rotary Foundation for organising this fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation END POLIO NOW! project.


Community action - Tawa Rotary

The projects we do locally really resonate with our community.  This article on our Facebook page has so far reached 111 people and is one of our more popular posts.

“Tawa ‪#‎Rotary, helping our community, today installed a clothesline at the Redwood Club which provides services for the elderly, people with Alzheimer's disease, and related disorders. Many thanks to the following people:

  • Clothesline provided by Tawa Inner Wheel.
  • Posts and concrete provided by ITM Building Supplies Tawa (Rotarian Brian Frampton)
  • Labour to dig holes/ concrete posts and set up clothesline (Rotarians Mike Kelly & Chris Black).”

This was a great cooperative effort.  We can certainly achieve a lot in partnership with others. Our work on the Tawa business centre hanging flower baskets is an example of this.  The next round of refreshed baskets is being paid from Tawa Community Board discretionary funds and we will be installing them in April.  Tawa Community Grants Funding has allocated Tawa Rotary funding of $1,500 for a second hanging basket replenishment later in the year, plus an additional $500 for maintenance of the watering system. This funding followed an application lodged on our behalf by Richard Herbert.

Another great partnership is with New World Tawa throughout the year.  Another book fair is in sight at their premises with books from Plimmerton’s book fair received on the weekend.

Rotary NZ - Vanuatu update

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.

If you really love movies and a good cause, how about joining the Rotary Club of Wellington South at the premier of the movie, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren to raise funds for the Vanuatu relief effort?  Wednesday 8 April at 8.15 pm is the time, the Roxy Cinema Miramar is the venue and tickets cost $20.  Details can be found on their Facebook page

District News

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

Further details are available on the District 9940 new website at:

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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