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  • Note for your diaries
  • Tawa Young Employee Award - Nominations sought
  • Show - Register for 'Breaking up is hard to do'
  • Foster Hope Appeal
  • Collectors needed - Mary Potter Hospice Appeal
  • District news
    • Rotary International Convention 2018
    • Register Now - Rotafest - District Conference 2018
    • Challenge: 1.2 million trees
    • Rotary Foundation - End Polio Now
  • Duties


Note for your diaries ...

Date Event Liaison
24 April 2018 Sarah Davies, World War 1 Commemorations  
11-13 May ROTAFEST District 9940 Conference and Assembly, Palmerston North  


Tawa Young Employee award – 2018

Tawa Rotary in association with the Tawa Community Board are launching new Vocational initiative for 2018: The Tawa Young Employee award.

Details regarding the criteria for eligibility may be found at the following URL: with a link to the downloadable nomination form that can be completed by the nominee’s employer.

Please help your Vocational committee by providing any information you may have on employers in the Tawa, Linden and Grenada catchment who may have young staff who could be eligible for nomination. Contact Don Rushworth at either or at 027 4907841 with any information you may have on employers who you believe have eligible young employees who could benefit from receiving such an award.

A few things to note:

  1. Nominations close on May 18th
  2. Staff eligible must be between the ages on 17-24 and not yet 25 at closing date
  3. A presentation of this award will take place at the Tawa College Hall on June 7th, 2018

Show – Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Register interest now!

Tentative booking for the whole theatre for the Friday night -  10 August. We can have drinks and nibbles first, and they can even start a little earlier if we wanted to.

As noted previously, while it’s some time away, we do need to gauge interest now, so we can secure the theatre for 10 August.

Please register interest with Elizabeth Sutton.

Foster Hope appeal

Slippers and pyjamas are sought for children - Foster Hope Charitable Trust as the cooler months approach.Foster Hope

Tawa Rotary has been actively collecting for children supported by Foster Hope Charitable Trust.

June Matthews, Foster Hope Charitable Trust notes that the appeal was so successful last winter and has continued with summer pyjama drive.

"I would love for the pyjama drive to kick off again with your help, and I have been thinking, what if we included slippers and pyjamas in it this year too? We had a few donated along the way and there were a few cases that received these and were absolutely chuffed! I think it would be good (and important) to keep the focus on the pyjamas, but I think there are a few families, especially the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren that would also really appreciate the extras too.

I’ve been thinking about your other offer too, what if we met up one night to make up toiletry bags? We could get a few people along, and I could bring the toiletries to be packed up, and the toilet bags, and everyone could have lists of the ages they were making up? It makes the pack making days so much easier when we can just slip a toilet bag already filled in and is probably easier to do offsite."

Elizabeth Sutton, Project Lead, Foster Hope Appeal

Collectors needed – Mary Potter Hospice

Mary Potter Hospice AppealCollectors are needed in Tawa to help with the Mary Potter Hospice Appeal on Friday 18 May between 7am through to 7pm; one hour shifts.

This annual appeal is to keep our Hospice services free to the community. See more.

They have asked if we can cover Countdown and New World in Tawa. I have at this stage advised we can perhaps only do New World, as a number of our members will be at work on a Friday. I will email Inner Wheel and see if they can perhaps help at Countdown. However, if we are inundated with volunteers, I will advise we can do both.

Please advise a shift you may be able to do.

Contact: Elizabeth Sutton.

District News

Rotary International Convention 2018

Rotary International Convention 2018

RI President Ian Riseley has invited Rotarians to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention, Toronto 23-27 June 2018. PDG Martin Garcia is leading the push encouraging people from District 9940 to attend. Rotary International Convention, 23-27 June 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This Convention is sure to be the most inspiring convention yet with an impressive turnout from Australia and New Zealand.... Here are some ways you can support: Lead by example and register if you haven’t already! Visit the RotaryDownUnder Facebook page and the Rotary International and HOC websites where you’ll find helpful information.

Book now! - Rotary Conference

Rotafest 2018 - District ConferenceBook now to attend this year's District Conference - RotaFest 2018. See more.

District Governor Mitch Brown encourages Rotarians and partners to attend this year's District conference  - the booking link on our District Website for registration and accommodation that will get you to the District's biggest event of the year - RotaFEST 18.

"My thanks to Rotary Club of Palmerston North Rotarian and House of Travel owner Steve Parsons, who will assist us with the registration, accommodation and event booking platform for the whole weekend of the 11-13 May 2018. Steve has already booked placeholders for accommodation at the five closest hotels with 200 beds locked in to support the accommodation of our Rotarian's attending RotaFEST 18. Get ready to book your Rotary event of the year -RotaFEST 18,where you will be able to GO Wild About Rotary! See more

Challenge: 1.2 million trees

Ian Riseley 1.2 million trees challengeDistrict Governor Mitchell Brown emphasised at yesterday’s District Board meeting meeting the challenge by Rotary International president Ian Riseley for Rotarians to plan 1.2 million trees – one for every Rotarian in the world by Earth Day 22 April 2018. Ian Riseley says planting trees shows long-term commitment to the community. See:


Rotary Foundation - End Polio Now!

End Polio NowEnd Polio NowA USD$10,000.00 payment has been paid from the District 9940 Foundation account to the End Polio Now campaign. Along with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International means our USD$10,000.00 turns into USD$45,000.00 a pretty amazing effort on behalf of our district. Read more in the Rotary Foundation Newsletter: rotary-Foundation-newsletter-Mar_2018

Starting at our 27 March meeting of Tawa Rotary, raffle tickets were being sold to contribute to the EndPolioNow fundraiser that's underway in our District. If you're able to help with selling these raffle tickets, please get in touch with Elizabeth Sutton.


For the 2017/18 Longview Roster, see more.

  • Introducer*: the rostered member introducing the speaker is asked to email a brief written summary of the talk by Friday that week.  Email to Laura Sommer
  • Please arrange a substitute if unable to attend or you have to leave early. 
  •  Important for catering: please register guest attendance and apologies for non-attendance on Monday before midday  to:

  • PLEASE let Judith Gray know if you cannot do your duty
Duties 2018 Tues 24 April

Tues 1 May


Tues 8 May

Mon 14 May



Sarah Davies - WW100 Programme



Visit Johnsonville Rotary Club

Speaker British High Commission

Greetings, attendance and raffle Ken Woodgate/Stephen Pettigrew      
Setting up Karen Searle/Euan Patchett      
Photographer Richard Hutchinson      
Predinner toast/ & Parting Thought Robert Tredger      
Speaker Introduction*/Host: Malcolm Andrews      
Speaker thanks Russell Smith      
3 minute talk Phil Harland      
Sergeant Martin Garcia      
Long View Roster        


Rotary Making a Difference 2017-18 Theme

  For earlier bulletin notices of our meetings, refer to Club Meeting Reports.

 “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.” Ian Riseley, Rotary International President 2017-18.

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