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Cheboche Trust, Nepal

Di Patchett, Cheboche 26 Apr 16Di Patchett knife from Nepal, 26 Apr 16Di Patchett, National President for Inner Wheel, shared her fascinating experiences in Cheboche, Nepal that also provided insights into the purpose of the Cheboche Area Trust. This New Zealand Trust was established in 2002 after Di, Katy and Bruce Austin visited Cheboche and they decided to start this trust to help develop health and education services for the people living in this Nepalese village. Di spoke about the projects that include donations of clothing such as good quality used school clothing, educational resources and scholarships and a major project with rebuilding and resiting Cheboche School and solar power installation. She and her husband, Euan (Tawa Rotarian) are actively involved in gathering contributions and fundraising activities. How we can assist is through individual donations and participation in fundraising activities.

Pictured right - Di is holding the Nepalese knife that she was able to bring back when she visited Nepal in 2002.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



3 May

Morgan Holland, Hands on Science

Continuation of AGM

Tony Heyward

10 May

Claire Tyler - Enduring Power of Attorney Peter Lockery

17 May

CPR Refresher Gary Denton

24 May

David Barber - Writer/Retired Foreign Correspondent  

31 May

Book Fair preparation  

7 June

Book Fair Preparation  

14 June

Major David Bennett, Salvation Army - Nepal & Fiji Devastation Martin Garcia

21 June

President Elect Andrew Watson - Vision for 2016-2017  


Hands on Science

Morgan Holland, a senior student at Tawa College, was sponsored by Tawa Rotary to attend the 'Hands on Otago' programme at Otago University earlier this year. An article on this growing programme was published on Dunedin News: video clip follows:

Annual General Meeting

The continuation of the Tawa Rotary AGM has been deferred to Tuesday 3 May 20

Collectors wanted – Salvation Army

Tawa Rotary is assisting the Salvation Army with their annual collection on Saturday 7 May at New World Tawa from 9am-7pm.

We will require 2 collectors for each hour as we will be looking after both entrances.

Chris Black, Director Community Services, will be mentioning this at the Tuesday 26 April meeting. If members are able to assist they can fill out a form there or e-mail with their preferred times.

Tawa Rotary 2016 Gigantic Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will be held once again at the Tawa New World Mall spare shop over the weekends of 11/12th and 18/19th June. This is an important event in the life of Tawa Rotary and now represents our largest fund-raising opportunity. So it is important that all members are able to participate in the organisation prior to and supervision on the day, and clean up afterwards, to make this a highly successful event.

As well as the actual sale days there will be working-bees beforehand on at least two Tuesday evenings prior and three Sundays during May to organise the setup of trestles and the layout and sorting of books. I hope that all members will make this a priority in their diaries to come and help. More details on individual working-bees will be posted closer to the time once we have confirmation from New World on the when the whole room will become available for our setup.

Members may receive inquiries from the public about where to drop off books. Books can either be dropped to the large bin that is placed for this purpose within the New World Mall north corridor. Or if donors would prefer to have the books collected then I’m happy to do this – please either forward the request to me (with a name, address and contact phone number), or ask donors to contact me directly. For members who have books of their own for the Book Fair or who are holding stocks to contribute, then please don’t add these to the bin, but bring them with you to one of the Sunday work bees, or arrange with me to have them collected.


Richard Herbert

Tawa Rotary 2016 Book Fair Convenor

Phone: 2326828, mobile 0274455942


Editor's Note: a big thank you to Wendy Betteridge for posting an event notice on our Tawa site, and promoting this book fair through Our Porirua.

Other Rotary news

District Conference:

DG Simon Manning, Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton 1 March 2016DG Simon Manning pictured from left with Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton.Invitation to combined Conference May 2016

Note from DG Simon Manning as he distributes the April newsletter

"If you haven’t already registered for Conference, please do so ASAP. This will assist us greatly with confirming we have the correct numbers."

To register now please go to:





Rotary Gym Discount

“Can you pass this on to your Tawa female Rotarians and/or partners: Casual entry into any of our classes is $10 or join us with a membership and receive 10% discount.

Please find attached our new group fitness class timetable.BIG_WALL_TIMETABLE.APR [size 316Kb]

It would be lovely to have your club Rotarians join so that they can feel the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and improve their fitness.

Debbie Mair, Porirua Configure Gym for Women

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