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An extract from the 12 Sept 17 meeting of things happening at Tawa Rotary:

Tawa Community Patrol

Michael Johnson Tawa COmmuniy Patrol 12 Sep 17Slide Tawa COmmunity Patrol 12 Sep 17Guest speaker, Michael Johnson visited Tawa Rotary on 12 Sept 2017 to talk about the Tawa Community Patrol.

The Tawa Community Patrol was established in 2008 and acts as the 'eyes and ears' of the New Zealand Police. Their aim is to provide a highly visible presence to prevent and report crime and promote safer communities. The Tawa Community Patrol has over 40 volunteer members who are all locals of diverse backgrounds, ages and skills. Michael highlighted the evolution of the Community Patrol and the positive effect it has had for Tawa  

Several Rotarians are involved with the Tawa Community Patrol. Tawa Rotary has also provided early sponsorship that included lighting for the Patrol vehicle.

Member's Talk

Bill Sommer spoke on his previous Royal NZ Air Force experience that included being part of a special flight to test new navigation equipment to determine the exact location of the North Pole. He commented that this type of precise navigation is now used by the public wither their GPS. 

Tawa Rotary Subscriptions

The Treasurer has advised that the 2017/2018 subscriptions are now due. If paid before 31 October 2017, the subs are $290 and $320 if paid after that date.

Those members who require a tax invoice please advise the Treasurer directly.

Payments should be credited to the Club's main account 02-0552-0037039-000

Tawa Rotary Book Fair

Book Fair poster 2017Thank you to the Rotarians who are helping with sorting the books for this year's book fair.

Doug Burrus has been asked to run the project and he so far has Ken Woodgate, Gaylene Lines, Andrew Watson, Robert Tredger, Pat Waite and Richard Herbert as mid-week volunteers to set up the book fair. Any others wishing to volunteer will be welcome, so please let Doug know if you can be available from time to time.

As the trestles and trays and subject signage are established, we will obviously need more helpers for sorting and placing the books. Richard would again like the fiction to be laid out by author name – a lot more work than random distribution. We can do much of this during the weekends.

Meantime, we can do a bit for the environment by saving supermarket bags to use for the book fair and reduce our dependence on new bags.

The Tawa Rotary Book Fair is a major Rotary fundraiser for charity. The Tawa Book Fair dates are now set for 7/8 and 14/15 October and we'll start ramping up advertising for donations in the coming week.

Soft toys for Foster Hope 

soft toys for Foster HopeAnd now it’s the turn of the soft toys. Tawa Rotary has added soft toys to their pyjama and beanie collections for Foster Hope, the charity that supports children taken into foster care, often at short notice. So, please look into the back of the cupboards and under the beds for any soft toys in good, clean condition that you feel your family can part with. Or perhaps even find us a new one. The drop-off point is ITM on Main Rd, Tawa. One more child with warm PJs, a beanie and a soft toy to cuddle down with is one more child that feels just that little bit more loved.

Pictured: Tawa Rotarians and June Matthews of Foster Hope, with donated pyjamas and beanies, test the cuddle factor of some of the soft toys. From left Elizabeth Sutton, June Matthews, Gaylene Lines, Brian Frampton and Tony Heyward.

A further appeal for more beanies has been shared via Facebook, local news and our website.

Entertainment Books – fundraiser

Tawa Rotary is raising funds for charity through selling Entertainment Books. Please share with your family, friends, colleagues, to support this fundraiser. See: Entertainment_book.  Andrew Watson

Book Launch

Tawa Historical Society – in association with Friends of Tawa Bush Reserves – is launching a new book “Tawa The Tree, the Community and its Reserves’ on 9 October. Rotary has had some involvement with Reserves over the years, and this is noted in the book. tawa-tree-book-flyer

Members interested in purchasing a copy can do so at the pre-launch price of $30-00. Orders can be placed with Ken Woodgate (

Rotary Movie Fundraiser

This Movie fundraiser has been organised by Port Nicholson Rotary for a small town in Lautoka that provides housing for young, destitute families. The demand for cyclone-proof housing has escalated following Cyclone Winston in February 2016 and they have a proven house design that survived the category 5 storm.

The movie is a true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

Wednesday 27 September at 7.00pm

Penthouse Cinema, 205 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn

Tickets: $25

Meal option: 2 for 1 deal $35.00. No bookings required but please arrive by 5.45pm.

All proceeds helping to build cyclone-proof houses for young families in Fiji following Cyclone Winston

Payment online: Rotary Club of Port Nicholson Charitable Trust Account 03-0502-0407484-00 Reference your name and ‘Fiji’

Enquiries: Bev ph 021 569 249

Help with Tawa Christmas Parade

For your diaries : Saturday 2 December at 2pm. 

As in previous years, volunteers will be sought from Tawa Rotary to help with the marshalling for this year’s Christmas Parade in Tawa. It’s a great opportunity to contribute to this important event in our community. Xmas_Parade_General_Invitation_2017

District News

EndPolioNow! - Countdown to History

Countdown Yellow, Sept 17How will this work

EndPolioNow, Sept 17It will start a count-up on the date of the most recent case of polio and count-up for 24 months at which time a countdown will start for the final Countdown for 12 months where history will be made.

Each time there is a new wild polio virus case, the count-up will restart.

To coincide with this, we intend to promote this by producing a

Polo shirt @ $39-50 delivered.

If you are interested please forward your order including size

(P300MS (men’s) and P300LS (ladies) ‘Sprint’ Polos)

Payment with order to Michael Fagg, E:

Bank details are 03-0774-0886116-00 ref Name/Polio

National Membership Seminar

National Membership Seminar, Oct 2017

Rotarians are encouraged to register for this National Membership Seminar - cheap flights are noted in the latest D9940 special edition. 

All those wanting to strengthen and grow their clubs, this seminar is a must. 

Community Patrol in Tawa

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