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David Barber, Whizzing all over the PlaceTues 24 May 2016, we welcomed guest speaker, David Barber who is a writer and former foreign correspondent. He is one of New Zealand’s most travelled journalists reporting events from over 50 countries. A 2015 Wellingtonian interview with David highlights a really interesting career - he has written a book on his extensive travels entitled, Whizzing all over the Place.


Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



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

26 June

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

28 June

Presidential Changeover  


Tawa Rotary 2016 Gigantic Book Fair

Tawa Book FairOur 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.

Doug Burrus has led a working-bee on Saturday morning 21 May to continue laying out the books we have, and start sorting the Fiction - initially into rows of A-C, D-L, M-S, T-Z,  plus a few large groupings of single authors.  If anyone has free time at other times please let Richard Herbert (0274455942) or let Doug know for key arrangements etc, and you’re welcome to pop-down anytime when it suits your availability. Richard plans to arrange with Salvation Army to have the remainder of their books delivered the following Saturday so we will have another working-bee then to help unload and more sorting – to be confirmed at our meeting on Tues 24 May.

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 please either forward the request to Richard (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 work bees, or arrange with Richard Herbert to have them collected.

Rotary's theme for May 2016 is Youth Service

The strength of Rotary’s programmes for youth is the opportunity provided to young people for training and skill development in leadership, international affairs. We are fortunate to currently have Helena on Rotary Exchange from Brazil, and plan to host an exchange student in the new Rotary year. Tawa Rotary has supported students to attend other youth development programmes such as the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPEN), Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), and the National Science and Technology Forum.

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

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Be a Gift to the World

David Barber, writer and foreign correspondent

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