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Morgan Holland, a Year 13 student at Tawa College, was sponsored by Tawa Rotary to attend the 'Hands on Otago' programme at Otago University earlier this year. An article on this growing programme was published on Dunedin News: video clip follows:

Tuesday 03 May 2016, our guest speaker Morgan Holland, gave us a very good update from her recent trip where she attended the Otago University Hands on Science Experience back last January.

Morgan Holland 3 May 16The Hands on Science Experience is a week-long science event for students in Years 11/12. It is held at Otago University, students are accommodated in a hostel, attend seminars at the university, participate in a small research project of their choice, and see the science that takes place in and around Dunedin. Morgan gave us a very good account of her trip and shared many of the experiences she had, which included dissecting a shark.

It was a pleasure to hear Morgan speak - we all appreciated her commitment and passion to learn and study medicine and science. She was most appreciative of Tawa Rotary’s support which enabled her to travel to Dunedin.

Council on legislation

PDG Pat Waite reported on the Council on Legislation that he attended in April. Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed legislation. The Council gives us a voice in how our organization is governed. The 2016 Council on Legislation met in Chicago 10-15 April. The following link is a summary of the 2016 Council action:

Annual General Meeting

The continuation of the Tawa Rotary AGM was deferred to Tuesday 3 May 2016.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2016)



10 May

Claire Tyler - Enduring Power of Attorney Peter Lockery

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  

Collectors – Salvation Army

Tawa Rotary is assisting the Salvation Army with their annual collection on Saturday 7 May at New World Tawa from 9am-7pm.

We will require 2 collectors for each hour as we will be looking after both entrances.

Chris Black, Director Community Services, will be mentioning this at the Tuesday 26 April meeting. If members are able to assist they can fill out a form there or e-mail with their preferred times.

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.

Other Rotary news

District Conference:

DG Simon Manning, Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton 1 March 2016DG Simon Manning pictured from left with Sue O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Sutton.Invitation to combined Conference May 2016

Note from DG Simon Manning as he distributes the April newsletter

"If you haven’t already registered for Conference, please do so ASAP. This will assist us greatly with confirming we have the correct numbers."

To register now please go to:





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 10 May Tuesday 17 May Tuesday 24 May
Speaker: Clare Tyler CPR training

David Barber

Attendance: Euan Patchett Malcolm Andrews  Paul Drummond
Greetings: Richard Hutchinson Richard Herbert  Richard Hutchinson
Setting Up: Karen Searle / Tom Humphries Karen Searle / Des O'Sullivan  Karen Searle / Tom Humphries
Clearing Up: All Members All Members  All Members
Photographer: Laura Sommer Richard Hutchinson  Peter Lockery
Grace & Parting Thought: Tom Humphries Russell Smith  Brian Frampton
Speaker Introduction*: Peter Lockery Gary Denton  Doug Burrus
Speaker Thanks: Pat Waite Mark Carroll  Andrew Watson
Raffle: Don Shanks Bill Sommer  Euan Patchett
Sergeant:  Malcolm Andrews TBA  TBA
Long View Roster:

 15th May:

Richard and Mary Hutchinson



Be a Gift to the WorldNote: 

* 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:


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