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Instruction from Wellington Free Ambulance, 17 May 16“Early defibrillation combined with CPR can improve survival rates to as high as 74% when defibrillation is provided within three minutes of collapse. For every minute that is wasted, the chance of survival decreases 7-10%.” [Quremed]

Brian Frampton, 17 May 16On 17 May 2016, Tawa Rotarians and guests from Tawa Lions were provided with training on CPR and using a defibrillator . Training was provided by Wellington Free Ambulance with support from the Tawa Fire Service. 

Exchange student, Helena, 17 May 16Advice received from Wellington Free Ambulance that you can save a life. Each week, 3 Wellingtonians fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest. It can happen to anyone at any time, without any known heart disease or other risk factors. Remember your DRSABCDs * see table. Download the free AED Locations app from iTunes or Google play.

Pictured left - Rotary Exchange student, Helena putting into practice the instruction we all received on steps to applying CPR while the 111-call is made to get help from emergency services.

D Danger Check the area for dangers
R Response Check for a response
S Send

Send for help (111)

A Airway

Open airway

B Breathing

Check for breathing (listen, look, feel)


Start CPR (chest compressions)

D Defibrillation

Apply defibrillator if available.


Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



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  PE Andrew Watson

28 June

Presidential Changeover  

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.

Shakespeare Lives!

Rotary loves fostering talented youth and especially their leadership skills!

Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival provides your members to be stimulated and excited by the 5 and 15 minute scenes they will be performing at the Michael Fowler Centre on 3rd and 4th June (over 70% are student directed!).

Details are attached.Shakespeare_Lives [size 253Kb]

Selected from all over the country these secondary school students will astound all!

A perfect opportunity for fellowship, please encourage your members to attend at some stage at the Festival.

On behalf of Dawn Sanders ONZM QSM

Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ

Toi Poneke: Wellington Arts Centre

Other Rotary news

Changeover invitationDistrict Changeover: 26 June 2016 at Tawa Bowling Club, Tawa, 1pm

We strongly encourage you to support this Rotary event, to take the opportunity to thank DG Simon and to meet the new leadership team for 2016/17.

District Conference 2017: District Governor 2016-17 Martin Garcia has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. To find out more and register, see:

Newsletter: The District Governor's newsletter for May 2016 has been published.

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

Mb: 021 0274 7494”


Duties Tuesday 17 May Tuesday 24 May Tuesday 31 May
Speaker: CPR training

David Barber

Book Fair Working Bee

Attendance: Malcolm Andrews Paul Drummond Ken Woodgate
Greetings: Richard Herbert Richard Hutchinson N / A
Setting Up: Karen Searle / Ken Woodgate Karen Searle / Tom Humphries All Members
Clearing Up: All Members All Members All Members
Photographer: Richard Hutchinson Peter Lockery Denise Garcia
Grace & Parting Thought: Russell Smith Brian Frampton N / A
Speaker Introduction*: Gary Denton Doug Burrus N / A
Speaker Thanks: Mark Carroll Andrew Watson N / A
Raffle: Bill Sommer Euan Patchett N / A
Sergeant: TBA TBA N / A
Long View Roster:     5 June:  Andrew Watson/Irene Corpuz


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Save a Life - CPR/Defibrillator Training

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