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Johnston Connelly 26 Jan 2016At our first meeting for the year held on Tues, 26 Jan 2016, we welcomed guest speaker Johnston Connelly. He spoke about IHC’s unique volunteer friendship programme. The programme is about making a positive change in someone’s life and gaining a new friend in the process.  It is about spending time doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, with a person with an intellectual disability. A full induction and orientation programme is provided for new volunteers, and IHC also provides ongoing training with specific emphasis on understanding intellectual disability, communication and first aid. Applicants invited are age 17 and above from all walks of life who have a clean police record, a warm heart and big desire to support others.


 Visit to Vega – 2 Feb Meeting

Vega visit 2 Feb 2016The meeting on 2 February, Tawa Rotary is hosting Karori Rotary with a visit to Vega – a NZ company that’s described as the global leader in high performance aids to navigation. ‘Vega designs and bVega - case studies of global serviceuilds specialised signal lights for safe movement by sea, air and land. Some of the most challenging waterways in the world are marked by PEL Sector Lights made by Vega.’ It was founded in 1972 and is the only NZ company designing and manufacturing for this market.

The evening will include a factory tour, intro to Vega and its products, meal, raffle and President’s notices.

No particular dress code is required by visitors. 

Cost will be $25.00 (GST inc) per person for catered cold buffet meal and light refreshments. There isn’t a bar available.

Start time will be 5.45pm for 6.15pm. We hope to finish by 8.00pm.

Location:  Vega is at 21 Heriot Drive, Porirua (link to Google Maps)

Photos courtesy of the Vega gallery.

Upcoming Events 

Date (2015)



02 February

Vocational Visit to Vega Industries. Hosting Rotary Club of Karori Malcolm Andrews

09 February

Jay Robinson, Head Librarian Tawa, & WCC Team Leader  

16 February

Bill Day- Wellington Hospitals Foundation Visit Pat Waite

23 February

Councillor Nicola Young Malcolm Sparrow

01 March

Superintendent Tusha Penny President Ken

Coming up – outstanding speaker!

Coming up on 1 March – PDG Pat Waite notes “Superintendent Tusha Penny from the NZ Police is an outstanding speaker. As only one of three women Superintendents in the NZ Police she is, in my opinion, a strong candidate to one day be the first female Commissioner of Police. I heard her speak at an Inner Wheel Conference a year or so ago and I was struck with her energy, passion for her job and for the community she works to protect”. 

Superintendent Penny is the first officer to ever take on the role of National Manager - Child Protection and Sexual Violence. She spearheaded a national change management programme to accelerate police response to the Commission of Inquiry. She has been recently appointed to Superintendent, National Manager: Prevention at Police National Headquarters. 

Rotarians are encouraged to invite their friends and family to this special occasion.

District news

The District Governor's newsletter for January 2016 is available: D9940_Newsletter_January [size 3.1Kb]

Our best wishes are conveyed to District Governor elect Martin and Denise Garcia as they return from International Assembly held in San Diego. Rotary's annual training meeting gives incoming district governors the chance to share ideas for strengthening clubs and improving communities with Rotary leaders from around the world.

Rotary Club of Paraparaumu – early notice received is that their Charity Golf Day is Thursday 17th of March 2016 at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Course. Select the following PDF for further information: Rotary_Golf_2016_Early_Notice [size 1.75Kb]

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