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Maj David Bennett, 14 June 16Major David Bennett is National Coordinator of The Salvation Army's Emergency Services. He spoke to Tawa Rotarians on 14 June 2016 about his recent experiences following the earthquakes in Nepal and the cyclone in Fiji.

David has been a Salvation Army Officer for 50 years and is also incoming President of the Rotary Club of Wellington North. David was heavily involved in the response to the Christchurch earthquakes helping people get everything they needed, from food to documentation. He received a Paul Harris Fellow for services following the Christchurch earthquakes.

In the Nepal earthquakes 8,702 people died and 505,745 houses were destroyed and many were damaged. Many people were displaced and living in camps for a long time. 2.8 million people were in need of humanitarian aid, with over 800,000 people in hard to reach places. While only about half the geographical size of New Zealand, the population of Nepal is about 27 million people, 83 percent in rural areas, making distribution of aid more difficult. Access to outlying villages was by mule or helicopter.

David and his Salvation Army team delivered food packages to 11,000 families in the 11 weeks David was in Nepal. Many people walked hours to pick up their packages.

Cyclone Winston was the strongest cyclone ever recorded in Fiji resulting in the deaths of 44 people while 55,000 homes were destroyed or damaged. David and his team went into the interior and ran programmes to help local children affected by the cyclone.

Rotarians in Tawa

A warm welcome was extended to incoming Rotarian, Judith Gray. Judith is owner and Managing Director of Nada Bakery. One of her contributions to the community is as Governor for Scots College.

Robert ArmstrongAu revoir Robert Armstrong – Robert shared his highlights from his long tenure with Tawa Rotary and the community, as he and his wife Carol have moved into Wellington city. Fortunately he is continuing to be involved with Rotary. This brief mention does not represent the significant contribution that Robert has had with Tawa Rotary. We wish Robert and Carol well with their new life in the city.


Vision 2016/17 - Pres elect Andrew

President elect Andrew Watson will present his vision for 2016/17.

We also look forward to hearing from Helena Saker-Heck, Rotary exchange student on “My Home, My Rotary” as she prepares to return home to Brazil.

Anaseini Nuku - Grant recipient - will also be attending our 21 June meeting.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



21 June

President Elect Andrew Watson - Vision for 2016-2017

Helena, Rotary Exchange "My Home, My Rotary Club"

Anaseini Nuku - Grant recipient

 PE Andrew Watson

26 June

District Governor Changeover (at Tawa Bowling Club)            DG Simon Manning DGE Martin Garcia

28 June

Presidential Changeover

Farewell to Helena

Pres Ken Pearson/Pres elect Andrew Watson

5 July

Nick Leggett, Mayoral aspirant, Wellington City

Tony Heyward


ANZ Rotary Business Breakfast, Karori

Karori breakfastJudge Hon Peter Boshier, Chief Ombudsman, will speak at the next ANZ/Rotary business breakfast meeting in Karori on Tuesday 28 June, at the Karori Park Café.


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 June 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.

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”


Be a Gift to the World

Devastation in Nepal and Fiji - Major David Bennett

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