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Rotary - Tuesday  23 November 2021 Details

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SetupKaren / Euan
RaffleLaura Sommer
AttendanceJohn Melville
Opening / Parting ThoughtMartin Garcia
Intro / ThanksPaul Drummond 
PhotosKevin Walker

Richard Hutchinson

Club Service - Tawa Rotary

President Karyn Notes
Hi all,
A busy week for us Rotarians this week.
The weather managed to hold out  for our working bee at Longview on Tuesday night, where 10 of us a real workout mowing lawns (up hill), digging weeds out of rock gardens, lifting and moving paving slabs, waterblasting, hedge trimming, vege weeding and more – followed by a lovely bbq provided by their chef.
The effort was hugely appreciated by Noelette and her team, and made a big difference to the place. But I think we all agreed there is a lot more to be done, and a real opportunity for us to form a real relationship with Longview, so expect to have more working bees and yummy food up there next year.
Yeterday we had a number of us selling raffle tickets at Outlet city.  Tickets are selling quite well and we’ll be looking to do it again next weekend – pls let Liz Sutton know if you can provide an hour to help sell the tickets.  Please also continue selling your allocated tickets and let Liz know if you need some more.
Also yesterday was the Stuff the Trailers event, our twice yearly event with Inner Wheel to restock the cupboards at the foodbank.  A huge thanks to all those who helped out in various ways.  Was certainly a bit different from previous years, with not as much donated, at the Countdown site, something I suspect is a sign of how so many are struggling.  Also interesting was the number of comments about how great it was to have the sausage sizzle, and that people had missed those over the past months with lockdown.
We looked pretty fancy in our new green hi-viz vests, although of course, I was the one that got mine grubby pretty much straight away – with mustard and sauce going everywhere except on the sausage.  A big thanks to Denise and Judith Gray for starting the process and then Paul Drummond for getting the final product sorted.
Another topic of conversation over the BBQ yesterday was the Xmas function at the Sprig and Fern on the 14th Dec.  As well as asking you to advise attendance, and menu preferences, I’d also asked if you wanted to do a Secret Santa – it was mentioned yesterday that we generally have enough ‘stuff’ and maybe that money could be better spent on a small gift for a local charity, such as House of Grace.  Your feedback on that to Richard would really be appreciated.
On Wednesday night, I was a guest at the Inner Wheel Xmas meeting.  A pleasant evening, and of course, it was nice to see a number of familiar faces there in the form of Rotarians there to support their wives who are members.
Next week (30th) is the visit to Wrights Hill. ($26 for the tour and dinner)  I’m getting regular reminders from the Karori club that we MUST confirm numbers by the 23rd November.  So if you haven’t done so already, please let Richard Hutchinson know if you’re attending ASAP,  either directly, or through WhatsApp or the Apologies mail.
A very timely speaker this week, with Dr John Langham being our guest. With all the vaccine efforts going on, vaccine certificates starting to be required to attend anything, mandatory vaccine requirement for many industries, and Covid19 now in Wgtn, it should be an interesting evening.
Notices and Events
Gaylene Lines - Update
Gaylene is at home recovering from her surgery.  She is up to visitors. We wish Gaylene a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back at Rotary.


Our District-based team for End Polio Now are working hard to raise funds to continue our effort internationally to stamp out Polio throughout the world.   With only two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) with Wild Polio left, and with only one new case reported in 2021, we are very close to striking it out.   And the best news yet is that the new Taliban administration seem to be supporting the programme and vaccinations have resumed in Afghanistan and border crossings with Pakistan.
Our local "Ride The Train for Polio" event has been delayed due to an COVID and the aim is to continue with this event next year on the 27th of February.
Longview Working Bee Tue 16th Nov 2021
Longview working bee, a great evening of service to the community
Fundraising Update 
Stuff the Trailers Food Raising Project
Sat 20 November 2021
Update from Liz:
Ticket sales going well,  and if all 2000 tickets sold we potentially can hand over to the Wellington Childrens Hospital $7500.00
I plan next weekend to have another session of selling books at Outlet City Tawa this Saturday 27 November 2021 
Start at 10am, finish at 3pm
Can I have some volunteers to do an hour please.   State your preference of time
Please Contact Liz Sutton
Christmas Gift wrapping  Outlet City
Commence first weekend in December  Saturday and Sunday   11am to 2pm, and the week leading up to Christmas,  every day for approximately 4 hours.
I will be organising a roster soon.
We have combined this project with Inner Wheel, to make it feasible. 
It is a gold coin donation for wrapping and all proceeds to Wellington Childrens Hospital
Each year Karori Rotary arranges for Christmas puddings to be available – brochure attached.
Cost is $20, with $5 retained as a Club fundraiser.
Orders to Paul Drummond by 10 December.
The Club needs to order in lots of 6.
Paul Drummond
Rotary International is sending its top representatives to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 in Glasgow in November 2021.
Having embraced protecting the environment as a priority in 2020, Rotary is instructing its team to offer the worldwide networks and expertise of its members to help avert climate catastrophe.  
“This is a call to action for EVERY ROTARIAN, not just in our Clubs, but in our personal lives and the institutions and businesses we lead, to make the changes urgently needed to turn this crisis around,” says environmental lawyer Karen Kendrick-Hands, ESRAG's representative on the delegation. “That’s why it’s so important that we are there.”
Regional Children’s Hospital
Our Support
Some of you may have seen this article (attached)  in the Herald yesterday regarding The Lion’s donation of $500,000 to the Wellington Hospitals Foundation for the Children’s  Outdoors Playscape.  This will be located outdoors at the new Regional Children’s Hospital beside the main hospital in Newtown, Wellington.
This is an ideal opportunity to thank all the clubs in our district for the amazing effort to raise very close to our target of $400,000 for the 2 Rotary Whanau Family rooms in the hospital.  Our current total is just over $350,000; and I know of approximately $25,000 to come very soon.
imageThe photo to the left shows the very “standout” balconies which form part of the Rotary rooms.  Unfortunately, because of COVID restrictions we cannot go into them to have a look around as yet, however I am advised that the outfitting of these rooms is underway.
The hospital is at the transition stage and some of the staff are learning how to use the new building and the new equipment that will be available to them in preparation for a February 2022 opening.
Our next project with the hospital will be to support them with a significant piece of equipment that they will need.  I have been in discussions with Bill Day (Port Nicholson Club and Chair of the Wellington Hospitals Foundation) about the possibility of Rotary supporting the funding of audio equipment to test hearing loss for children.  This will involve application for a District Global Grant. 
I will keep you informed about this as more information about the need is provided.
In the meantime, I reiterate the Project teams sincere thanks for the efforts across the whole of the district to support this project and l look forward to being able to advise in the very near future that we have achieved our goal.
If you are looking for ways to help achieve the last bit needed for this project, don’t forget about the alcohol wipes fundraising project being run out of Whanganui. To make this as easy as possible for clubs, and to eliminate any financial risk to them, the deal is:
1. There is no up-front cost.
2. Whanganui clubs will deliver the cartons of wipes to participating clubs, as long as they get bulk orders. We suggest this is arranged through the 13 networks and the AGs..
3. The recommended sale prices are: $2 per packet; 3 packets for $5; $25 per carton of 24 packets.
4. We expect $25 per carton of wipes SOLD to be donated to the Children’s Health Trust.
5. Clubs may use this as a fundraiser i.e. pay $25 per carton and on-sell at $2 per packet, thereby making $23 per carton. In Whanganui some schools are using this as a fundraiser for fundraising for student activities.
We would hope, though, that they would return all of the proceeds to the Children's Health Trust.
6. Whanganui has a Trust Account which they are utilising to receive all funds raised by this initiative. We suggest using one account so we can keep track of funds raised from this initiative.
As long as clubs identify themselves when they deposit to this account, we can acknowledge their contributions.
The account is:
Wanganui North Rotary Club.
03 0791 0730308 00
I have been told that motels, B&B’s small business and individuals are buying these.  I have just sold 16 cartons to trades people (builders and plasterer’s) who see them as an easy way to clean down benches and other surfaces after they have finished renovations.
 Bob Smith is the contact person for these  (
On behalf of the project team and the district in general  -  thank you
Adrienne Murray
Chair Rotary Children's Health Trust
New Rotary Year 2021/22 
2021/22 Tawa Rotary Board / Leadership Team
  • Karyn Meade – President
  • Joe Asghar - President Elect 2022/3 
  • Richard Hutchinson – Immediate Past President
  • Paul Drummond – Secretary
  • John Melville – Treasurer
  • Richard Herbert – Communication Liaison
  • Judith Gray – Community
  • Richard Herbert – Foundation
  • Club Services - Richard Hutchinson 
  • Pat Waite / Denise Garcia – Projects
  • Liz Sutton – Fundraising
  • Non-Board Roles:
  • Bulletin – Tony Heyward
  • Website – Laura Sommer
  • Facebook – Kevin Walker

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