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Bulletin News 5 April 2015

PolioPlus fundraiser

End Polio Now campaignWe had a very enjoyable movie evening last Tuesday at the Lighthouse Pauatahanui.  Thank you for supporting Rotary’s efforts to remove polio from the world.  We raised $500 towards End Polio Now which will be $1,500, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s contribution of 2 for 1.  Thanks to our organiser and Rotary Foundation Director Richard Herbert for what he rightly describes as “a fantastic effort by the club”.

Rotary Book Fair

There was a good turnout of members last Sunday at Tawa New World to receive the first of many books for the Tawa Rotary Book Fair.  With our usual key leaders Doug and Frances Burrus unavailable this year, PE Ken’s team will be looking for support from across the Club.  Working bee times will be set that should suit contributions from everyone.  On the basis of Sunday’s turnout, we are confident of good support.

Defibrillator Training

A large group of Tawa Bowling Club members turned out for the defibrillator training session last Monday and a smaller group of Tawa Rotarians.  Grant Traill, President of the Tawa Bowling Club, thanked Tawa Rotary for our donation, which was assisted by a District Grant from the Rotary Foundation.  


Upcoming events




7 April

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

Books for Borneo - Irene Corpuz


Andrew Watson

14 April

Gareth – RYLA

Gaylene Lines

3 May

District 9940 Assembly, Palmerston North



AGM & Books for Borneo

This week - 7 April 2015 - our AGM will resume and conclude with the presentation and adoption of financial statements and the election of directors.  As President Martin notes: “There is an awful lot of work that goes on throughout the year to support the running of your Club.  This week I would like to highlight and thank Bruce Phillips’ work as Treasurer, supported by Past Treasurer Don Shanks (who files our returns to the Registrar of Incorporated Societies and DIA Charities Services) and our Auditor, Peter Chisholm. 

I would also like to thank our Secretary, Richard Hutchinson, who is always doing something behind the scenes for the Club, such as sending out Board or AGM meeting agendas or minutes.  Just an example – while I get to hand out awards and certificates on special occasions like St Patrick’s night, it is Richard (often with help from Mary) who orders, or prepares, prints and frames these.  Congratulations Richard on last week celebrating 20 years with Tawa Rotary, although I understand you have been a Rotarian for over 30 years in various Clubs.”   

Past Pres. Irene Corpuz will also talk on the Books for Borneo Rotary project – a significant effort that was initiated in 2013 and involved collecting children’s books, sorting, labelling and then shipping the books to Borneo in early 2015.

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:


Bulletin 5 April 2015

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