May 12, 2020
Topic: That New Zealand will be a better place because of Covid-19
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New World Tawa

Our thanks to New World Tawa for their sponsor of our weekly raffle and support of Rotary fundraising projects.
Weekly Rosters and Duties
Tuesday 12 May 6:00pm
Starting / Parting thought - Des O'Sullivan
Introduce / Thank Guest Speaker - Peter Lockery 
        Sergeant/Quiz Master  - President Judith
The topic will be:
    That New Zealand will be a better place because of Covid-19
The Affirmative team is: Louise Munro (Leader)
John Melville, Mark Carroll.
The Negative team is: Tony Heyward (Leader)
Brian Frampton, Karyn Meade.
Adjudicator - Peter Lockery 
Presidents Piece - 11 May 2020
from President Judith

I look forward to seeing you all online at 6.00pm Tuesday night. 
Have a good week.

Office Holders & Responsibilities 2019/20
Club Meeting 12 May 2020

Our club meeting will be via Zoom at 6.00pm on Tuesday 12 May

You just need to go onto your computer, ipad, tablet or smartphone, click on the link and you should be taken to the meeting automatically. It helps to have your microphone and camera activated.

 Be in front of your computer/laptop/tablet/smartphone, click the link below.

Join the Zoom Meeting:
Donations for the debate to be deposited into the Club Account.
The image above will be interesting tomorrow night, something to do with 26 Figures of Speech !!!






Last Weeks Meeting 05 May 2020
Guest speaker for Tuesday 5th May, was John Evans a Partner from  Hayman Lawyers, Wellington.
While John has lived for most of his life in Wellington, he hails from Glasgow in Scotland, but has also lived and worked at various times in New Plymouth, Auckland, and Guam.
After working in construction management, John completed his law degree from Victoria University in 1996 as what was then known as a "mature student", the only criteria for which was to be over 25.
John has experience in employment, family and trust law, as well as civil litigation up to the Court of Appeal level.
He gave the club an excellent update on pending changes to family trusts, he outlined the both implications and the opportunities.
General Notices
Have you thought of upskilling or increasing your knowledge of Rotary during this lockdown?
Have a look at this link, log-in and have a browse. There will be on-line course for everybody.
Update on Virtual Stuff the Trailer

Last week I mentioned that Tawa Rotary and Inner Wheel would have a Food Drive to collect much needed items for Kiwi Community Assistance (KCA).
I have been working on this during the past week and this is where it currently stands,    This will be a “Virtual Stuff the Trailer” event.
 Countdown Tawa and New World Tawa have both agreed to putting trolleys in their foyers marked appropriately to collect the donated items
  One supermarket has offered to match dollar for dollar the amount that the donated items come to – I am in negotiation with the other company to offer the same.
Allister McDonald of Ray White Real Estate has agreed to make signage to go onto the collection trolleys.
We will set up an online donation portal if people would rather donate money to the cause
 Malcolm Sparrow will include notification in the Tawalink Newsletter
 Ian Munro will put up posts about the event on our social media outlets
 Vibrant Tawa will advertise it on their social media links
We will need a roster of people willing to clear the trolley daily and manage getting the items to KCA.
Please let me know by email ( or text (0274406098) if you are willing to be part of that roster.
Judith Gray

Fund Raising Committee - Update
We need to continue our fundraising activities, even through this Covid- 19 environment.
   The fundraising committee (Karyn Meade, Gaylene Lines, Robyn Peterson and Elizabeth Sutton) had a discussion last Wednesday evening to work on this.
As you were aware we had a few fundraising activities arranged, obviously these events are on hold. However it is essential for Tawa Rotary to get some income in during this pandemic set back, and to be seen to be out in the community assisting.
The idea will be to continue to attend meetings knowing that the charge for the evening is to be used for charitable purposes, rather than to provide you with a meal.
  The fundraising committee have arranged events for those meetings to provide a bit of light relief.
Thank you for your support.
Take care everyone, keep safe and well, and remember if you need any assistance you only need to contact President Judith or any of the Board Members.

Presidential Message May 2020

Mark Maloney  -  President 2019-20

May 2020

Increasing our ability to adapt: That is one goal of our new Rotary Action Plan. And wow, have we seen that ability put to the test this year.

In March, Gay and I were to visit Zimbabwe, Turkey, and eight other countries over the course of 30 days. After participating in a medical mission in Zimbabwe and Commonwealth Week activities in London, on the 11th day, we were packing our suitcases for Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

While attending a dinner at the High Commission for Pakistan in London, we received word that it would be impossible to travel everywhere on our itinerary. So, instead of flying to Zurich, we returned to Evanston and One Rotary Center.

Throughout early March, the news about COVID-19 became increasingly serious throughout the world. Following the advice of local officials, we canceled UN presidential conferences in Paris and Rome. Soon, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global pandemic, and we consulted with authorities on more critical decisions. We asked all Rotary districts and clubs to curb face-to-face meetings until further notice and to hold virtual meetings instead. To the districts and clubs that have adapted so quickly, thank you.

The Rotary Board of Directors held its first-ever virtual meeting to make the most difficult decision of all, to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend, I am disappointed. We acted to protect the health and safety of convention attendees and their families, friends, and colleagues, as well as those who call Honolulu home, and I am confident we made the right decision.

I want to thank the 2020 Honolulu Convention Committee, the Host Organization Committee, the 2020 Honolulu Convention Promotion Committee, and Rotary staff for planning what would have been one of the best Rotary conventions yet. I appreciate their hard work.

This issue of The Rotarian was going to press as the decision about canceling the convention was made, and many other decisions across the Rotary world were still up in the air. Future issues of The Rotarian and of Rotary's regional magazines, along with Rotary's social media channels, will keep you informed.

We began this Rotary year promoting the importance of the new Action Plan for all Rotarians and Rotaractors. Today, we are putting that plan into action out of necessity. That includes the possibility of a convention-like experience with you through a virtual event. We will have more to say about this in the near future.

The world is changing rapidly, and so must Rotary. Our adaptability and strength will help us navigate this experience. The world needs our leadership today more than ever. Truly, Rotary Connects the World.


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The Rotary Club of Tawa has been helping local and overseas communities since 1969.
We meet Tuesdays at 6:15 PM
Tawa Bowling Club
Grasslees Reserve
Davies Street
New Zealand
0274 406 098
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