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Guest Speaker: Deborah Hart - see notice below
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Our thanks to New World Tawa for their sponsor of our weekly raffle and support of Rotary fundraising projects.
Weekly Rosters and Duties
Next Zoom Meeting - Tuesday 28 April 6:00pm
Starting / Parting thought - Tom Humphries
Introduce / Thank Guest Speaker - Pat Waite
        Sergeant/Quiz Master  - Des O'Sullivan
This week our meeting will include a vegetable sculpture competition.
Entry is $10 each. Please design and show your entry on screen at 6.00pm Tuesday 28th.
A guest judge will announce the winner who will receive a much sought after prize in the coming weeks.
Presidents Piece - 27 April 2020
from President Judith
Anzac Day 2020 – quite a surreal and historic day in many, many ways.
Celebrated in solitude or small groups but nevertheless so meaningful and in fact I personally found it to be more poignant than ever. While most of us have not endured the tragedy and hardship that war carries with it, we have been waging a war of our own for the past five weeks. I absolutely applaud any of you who have done this time on your own and I salute the rest of us who have been cooped up with family and friends.  Sometimes its been fun, sometimes its been downright annoying and other times its been joyful to know we have the support and love close by.
As we await the (small) freedoms that are coming from Tuesday its given us all an understanding of life in a different way and that is no bad thing. Children have learnt to not expect immediate gratification all the time and I think that’s a very good lesson to learn. We will appreciate the small wins a little more and the importance of friends and contacts.
I think our Rotary club has played a part in this ‘getting through’ and I thank everyone who has made contact with other members along the way. Lets not lose that connectivity. You will have read my email yesterday (I hope?) and noted that we are planning some community donations and projects in the upcoming months and I hope we may get back to normal meetings before the end of my tenure as President.
In the meantime its good to take a moment to reflect like we did on ANZAC day and be pleased that our own war is under some control. Although we cant quite see the light at the end of the tunnel we know we have the strength and the means to get through.
Hoping to see you all on Tuesday at our zoom meeting. Just ‘click on the link’. A great guest speaker – see her bio in this Bulletin. Also a special guest to judge the Vege Sculptures. Wait and see…..
Have a good week.

Anzac Day 2020
ANZAC Day April 2020
We acknowledge and thank Phil Harland
Office Holders & Responsibilities 2019/20
Club Meeting 28 April 2020

Or club meeting will be via Zoom at 6.00pm on Tuesday 28th April.

Our Guest speaker this week is: Deborah Hart
A lawyer by profession, the former executive director at the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, Deborah Hart is currently a Panel Member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal, the Director of ASH NZ and the chair of the board of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
She undertook the independent review of the Banking Ombudsman Scheme and is now carrying out a review of the NZ Bar Association, and is a former member of the Government’s Small Business Advisory Group.
One of Deborah’s strengths is helping organisations to strategise effectively, particularly at times of crisis.
Mum to 3 adult boys, Deborah lives in Auckland with her partner, John Walton, as well as Falafel the Wonder Cat and Sheeba – a Portuguese Water Dog.
In her spare time, reads, hikes and cooks, and when not in Lockdown, she hangs out with family and friends.

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.

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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.
Fund Raising Committee - Update
We need to continue our fundraising activities, even through this Covid- 19 environment.
   The fundraising committee (Karyn Mead, 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.
    We have pledged to give money to the Salvation Army and to provide vegetable boxes to needy families (this was passed at the last Board meeting and Judith will tell you about that).
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.
  The first of these events will be a vegetable sculpture competition on Tuesday when we have our next Rotary Zoom Meeting. Each Rotarian, whether you attend the zoom meeting or not, will be asked to pay $10; but please also be willing to prepare a sculptured vegetable.
 The competition will be judged by our caterer Elaine, who has been asked to join our meeting on Tuesday and give a 3 minute talk.
 The winner will receive a very nice bottle of wine, which will be socially distanced delivered.
On 12 May we are holding a debate, looks like being a lot of fun.
  Obviously will be a zoom meeting debate.  For that meeting, we are asking each Rotarian to pay $20 (to be used for charitable purposes).
  Payment will also provide you with 2 raffle tickets for the meat raffle which will be socially distanced delivered to the winner.
Thankyou for your support.
  Look forward to seeing you on Tuesday with your vegetable.

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 April 2020

Mark Maloney  -  President 2019-20

I spend a lot of time thinking of family, not just my own or the extended family of Rotary, but also the families we are helping in the communities we serve. In many parts of the world, mothers and children face challenges to survive that most of us will never comprehend. According to the World Health Organization, the risk of a woman in a low-income country dying during pregnancy or childbirth, or from related causes, is about 120 times higher than that of a woman living in a high-income country. It is encouraging that infant mortality rates are declining globally, yet 4 million babies annually still die within the first year of life.

In April, Rotary turns its attention to maternal and child health. And when we think of what we can do to help, we can look to clubs like the Rotaract Club of Calabar South-CB, Nigeria, for inspiration. It teamed up with the Rotaract Club of Canaan City (CB) in a program focused on educating mothers on best practices to prevent infant mortality and promote postnatal health for themselves and their babies. In Bangladesh, the Rotary Club of Dhaka North provides free surgeries and medicine to pregnant women who cannot afford the hospital costs associated with giving birth. I encourage you and your club to go to to find projects like these that are helping to save mothers and children.

Club Information
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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