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Rotary - Tuesday  28 September Details
This weeks we are delighted to welcome:
Air Marshal Sir Bruce Reid Ferguson, KNZM, OBE, AFC (born 14 July 1949) is a retired Royal New Zealand Air Force officer who served as Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force and Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau
He took up the appointment as Director on 1 November 2006 for four years, stepping down from the role in 2011.
Previous to this he was the acting director of the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, after he retired earlier in 2006 from a distinguished military career which culminated in four years as the New Zealand Chief of Defence Force.
Investiture of Sir Bruce Ferguson as KNZM,
by the governor-general, Sir Anand Satyanand, was at Old St Paul's, Wellington, on 14 August 2009.
On retiring from Chief of Defence staff, Bruce Ferguson became the Country’s Top Spy, as head of the Government Communications Security Bureau and “knocked heads” with then Prime Minister John Key.
You are invited to join us to hear Bruce Ferguson address the Tawa Rotary Club at the Tawa Bowling Club at 6 Davies Street Tawa, on 28 September 2021. 
Partners and friends are most welcome to join us for this special & informative evening.  Please RVSP as soon as you can to Director Richard Hutchinson.
SetupKaren / Euan
RaffleNot Required
AttendanceDenise Garcia 
Opening / Parting Thought Not Required
Intro / ThanksPeter Lockery
PhotosLaura Sommer
SergeantNot required
President Karyn Notes
Update from Karyn:
H all,
A quieter week for me on the publicity front, no presentations this week.  However a good night at Free For All for about a dozen of us on Tuesday night, helping them prepare for the opening of the new shop.  They were very appreciative of our efforts, that ranged from painting, to pot scrubbing, wall washing and window cleaning.  Pat even managed to score a couple of good books, so hopefully he has time to sit down, put his feet up and enjoy them.
This week’s meeting will be on a bit more of a grander scale with Air Marshall Sir Bruce Ferguson, talking on the return of the unknown soldier.  We have invited a number of other clubs, not just Rotary, but also Lions and the RSA among others, so we’re hoping to see a good turnout, not just from our guests, but also our club members – and of course, just like any other meeting, you’re welcome to bring your partner, family or any others you feel would be interested – just pls get your RSVPs in ASAP so we can get the catering organised.
It will be a longer presentation than normal – 45mins, so pls be aware of that and we’ll be rejigging our normal meeting schedule to cater for that.
Our condolences to Past President Richard Hutchinson and his family, Mary, Connie and Allister on the passing of Richards father recently in New Plymouth.
Others of us are also struggling with medical issues of our own or our family member, and while we’re lucky  to be in Level 2, lockdown fatigue and stress is still a vey real thing, so please, remember the Rotary family is here to support any of us having issues or needing help – you just need to reach out.
From the Board
There are still a number of people who have yet to pay their subs for this year.  As they were due in July, please pay these ASAP.  We now have the options for regular partial payments as opposed to a lump sum amount.  But if you have any issue or concerns, Karyn or John are always willing to chat and work through issues or options
Milk Bank Ball
With the move to level 2, the committee has been able to reschedule the ball to Friday 15 October.  Numbers will be reduced in line with Covid restrictions, so to ensure your seat for this great event, please get in quick to get your tickets - $45 each for a great night and a worthy cause – pls see Denise Garcia for tickets and further information
Party in the Plaza
Work on this continues – there’s a meeting next Saturday, 2pm at the Sprig and Fern for anyone interested in helping out on preparations for this event.
Liz Sutton has worked with the MenzShed to produce an amazing mud kitchen that will be raffled on the day of the Xmas Parade and Party in the Plaza, an amazing Xmas present for some lucky child perhaps?
Pride in Work Awards
Pat and his team have done a great job in promoting this with at least 7 nominations so far, will be a great night on the 19th October.  With Dr Chris Galvin the speaker on the night, it’s going to be a very inspiring evening.
Some good news recently in that the Taliban have agreed to allow Rotary to continue vaccinations in Afghanistan, one of only 2 countries left where Polio is still classed as endemic.
Youth night is confirmed for 26 October, where we’ll have our Innovative Young Minds attendant speaking on their experience.
Notices and Events
Charity Ball ( UPDATE) 
NEW DATE:  Friday 15 October 2021  at 7.30 pm at the Boat Shed Wellington. ( Level 1 only and if we are allowed more than 100 guests) 
See Denise for tickets and more information !!!!!!  
Denise has asked if your require tickets PLEASE message Denise or Tony and they will sort this out for you, if you have said you are going PLEASE pay ASAP
WORLD POLIO DAY – 24th October
from Director Richard Herbert
With all of the talk presently around COVID vaccinations we sometimes forget that vaccinations are not new.   Indeed, several of the covid pandemic response tactics rely on the polio eradication infrastructure developed by Rotary.
This past week on 24th September Rotarians world-wide celebrated World Polio Day.   This Day was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis, and also to continue to create awareness about the worldwide effort for polio vaccination and the eradication of polio.  
Rotary has contributed more than $2.1 billion to polio eradication since it launched the PolioPlus program in 1985, and it’s committed to raising $50 million each year for polio eradication activities.  Each $ donated goes toward fulfilling Rotary’s promise to the children of the world: No child will ever again suffer the devastating effects of polio.
Since 1988, the number of children affected by polio has reduced by 99 per cent – from 350,000 cases in 125 countries, to fewer than 200 cases today in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio but we’re not done yet. The message is clear: as long as polio exists somewhere in the world, we have to continue vaccinating everywhere.  Rotary still needs funds to continue immunizations and surveillance efforts.   
You can make tagged personal donations via the Rotary Tawa charity account for which a charity donation receipt can be issue – please use the reference EndPolio so that these funds will be passed on through district to the RI Foundation EndPolio Programme, and a receipt issued to you.
Polio Plus Dinner
Mark in your diary now
Polio Plus Dinner,
Tuesday 5 October, 6pm, 
Cost  $25 per head
Venue   tbc
Turemic  (A Local Indian Restaurant) is providing the meal
Details to follow.


As you might be aware Plimmerton Rotary Club have been organising a Melbourne Cup evening for a number of years now and will be doing the same on 2nd November this year. President Kay has asked me to invite your Club to join us once again. The venue will be open from about 4.00pm as the race starts at 5.00pm, and we will have the usual sweepstakes and a chocolate wheel with lots of prizes.

Dinner will be from about 6.00pm and will be followed by a funny money casino event. Again we will have prizes for the casino event and also the best fascinator for the ladies and best dressed man. And of course partners are very welcome for the evening.

If you could please let us know numbers attending for catering purposes by the latest on the Sunday evening prior to the event that would be excellent.
Many thanks Allan Nichols
Please let Club Services Director Richard if you are attending
Last week at the working bee at "Free For All"
Looked like fun !!!!
Generation Link Programme.  

Call for additional volunteers to support a new pilot programme in Tawa.  

Over lockdown volunteers from the Vulnerable Support Charitable Trust saw a need for a greater connection between generations and have initiated a project called Generation Link.

Generation Link aims to connect the seniors of our communities with local tamariki in school, during school hours. Hampton Hill School Tawa are excited to be part of our Generation Link Pilot Program.  We are looking for Volunteers who would like to be involved with the project and are able to offer 2 hours of their Wednesday afternoon to take part in facilitated activities with the senior children from Hampton Hill School.
If this is something that you are keen to be part of please email or call or text Ali on 021 665433.



Pride in Work Awards 2021
Pride in Work Awards 2021
We have received eight (8) nominations for a Pride in Work Award which will be presented at our Club Meeting on Tuesday 19th October.
The nominations are from:
Tawa College (2 nominations)
Linden School
Tawa Squash Club
Enliven Longview Home
Nada Bakery
Tawa Village Bakery and Café
Tawa Residents Association
Whilst nominations have officially closed we could take another one or two as long as I have them by end of September as we need to get certificates prepared.
All of the people nominated plus one or more from their workplaces are attending on October 19th to support the awards as well as listen to quite an amazing guest speaker. To recognise the special occasion our caterer is doing something special for us. So the entrance fee will be increased from $25 to $30 for this night.
ALL MEMBERS – PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THE AWARDS and bring your partner. We will have in our audience future members who may be having the first experience of a Rotary meeting.
Our guest speaker is someone you may have seen on Television recently commenting on a recent high profile court case.
cheers Pat 
New Rotary Year 2021/22 
2021/22 Tawa Rotary Board / Leadership Team
  • Karyn Meade – President
  • Richard Hutchinson – Immediate Past President
  • Paul Drummond – Secretary
  • John Melville – Treasurer
  • Richard Herbert – Communication Liaison
  • Judith Gray – Community
  • Louise Munro – Youth
  • 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
Guyana Rotary club brings COVID-19 vaccines to remote communities
Members of the Rotary Club of Demerara, Guyana, are using their decades of experience in fighting disease while delivering COVID-19 vaccines and aid to a remote region of the South American country. 




Club Information
The Rotary Club of Tawa has been helping local and overseas communities since 1969.
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Sep 28, 2021
"The Return of Our Unknown Warrior"
Oct 19, 2021 6:00 PM
Tawa Rotary Pride in Word Award Dinner and presentation
Nov 09, 2021
"Supporting the Governor General and My Rotary Involvement
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Polio Fundraising Dinner (venue tbc) $25pp
Oct 05, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Youth Evening
Oct 26, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Spring Into Tawa
Oct 30, 2021
Melbourne Cup Function at Plimmerton Rotary
Nov 02, 2021
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Stuff the Trailer Collection
Nov 20, 2021
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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