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Sanitise and Stay Wise
President Karyn Notes
Hi all,
After an excellent, but very sobering presentation by Dr John Langham on the current state and future of Covid, I’m sure many of us went away thinking about some of those modelling numbers:
  • For the fully vaccinated, 586/13000 people in Tawa, basically 1 in 26, will catch it – 3 of those will die.
  • For those unvaccinated, 60% will catch it and 50 will die.
The advice to ensure we’re all stocked up with paracetamol, fluids, food and prescriptions in the event that we have to isolate for a couple of weeks at very short notice, was excellent, but also makes us think about our members and community who live alone, or will need help and what we as a club can do. Whether it’s just regular contact with another person, or doing shopping and other errands, I’m sure there’s something we can do while still keeping ourselves safe.  Keen to get any suggestions of ways we can help or names of people available to help if required.
As we move into the traffic light system, and the holiday season approaches,  people are going to be moving around the country, so we may be seeing Covid in our community sooner rather than later.  The Vaccine Certificate requirements are going to change the way we interact.  While Rotary hasn’t mandated Vaccine Certificates, they are certainly encouraging all our members to be double vaxxed and it’s something that is going to effect our activities going forward.  While we’re waiting on confirmation from the Bowling Club as to their requirements, we know that our Xmas dinner at the Sprig and Fern WILL require the Vaccine Certs.  Other activities we do in the community going forward will likely be the same.  Everyone has their reasons for getting the jab, or not, and while we can’t force someone to change their reasons we also need to be kind and respect their decision while doing our best to protect our members.
This week we were vey ably represented by Richard Herbert at the handover of the Stuff the Trailers cheque to the Salvation Army Foodbank. While the food donations were down this year. $1200 in cash collected across both sites was a great effort by the people of Tawa.
I attended the monthly network meeting with AG Kathryn Beattie and the presidents from Porirua and Plimmerton, where much of the talk again revolved around Covid and the vaccine certificates.
Thanks to Liz, John, Richard Hutchinson, Laura and Paul who spent time at Outlet City selling raffle tickets.  Also to Kevin for transporting the mud kitchen around each weekend.  The raffle closes on the 15th December, so only a couple of weeks to sell all your tickets.  We’ll be at Outlet City again next weekend, so all help will be appreciated.
Thanks to Judith Gray who’s managed to purchase an EFTPOS machine and donated it to the club.  I’m sure it be of huge benefit at things like the raffles and Xmas wrapping as well as the bookfair and other events going forward.

Things to note:

  • No meeting this coming Tuesday 30 Nov
  • Next meeting: - 7th Dec, Speaker is Peter Dunne. This will be our last formal meeting for the year.
Xmas Dinner
  • Monday 29th Nov is the Final date for RSVPing to theXmas dinner on the 14th Dec at the Sprig and Fern.  Partners welcome
  • $39 for the 2 course meal
  • And as voted on at the last meeting, no Secret Santa but a small gift - $10-15 for Foster Hope will be appreciated.  Liz Sutton is confirming gender and age suggestions.
Xmas Wrapping
  • Next weekend we start the Xmas wrapping at Outlet City to raise funds for the Wgtn Regional Childrens Hospital.  This will go through to Xmas, so please advise Liz of your availability to help ASAP.
  • 2 hour shifts, each weekend in December, and then also during the week in the week prior to Xmas.
  • Please sell and return all your ticket stubs with cash to Liz as soon as you can – the meeting on the 7th Dec will be the best opportunity. 
  • If you are able to sell more tickets, please contact Liz directly
  • If you’re able to do an hour next Saturday at Outlet City selling tickets, between 10-2, pls contact Liz directly
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.
Tawa Rotary Xmas Function - 14 December 
Sprig & Fern Tavern Main Rd Tawa

Time 6:00pm Tuesday 14th December

2 Course meal for $39pp

Optional: Bring a small gift for a boy or girl $10 - $15 value to go to Foster Hope

Our venue is keen to get numbers so please don't delay in confirming your attendance.

Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday 1st December to: Richard Hutchinson


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.
Fundraising Update 
Update from Liz:
Ticket sales are going well.  Can we have one final push over the next 2 weeks
 Remember, all proceeds going to Wellington Children's Hospital.   If all tickets were sold we could potentially raise $7500.00.  Please see Elizabeth if you want more tickets.
Christmas Wrapping  Outlet City.
We commence our Christmas Wrapping this coming Saturday and Sunday.  10am - 2pm.
I need volunteers for Sunday please.  Ideally 4, as that would mean doing only 1 hour at a time.  Again all gold coin donations are going to Wellington Childrens Hospital.
Please Contact Liz Sutton
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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