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Kristeen Johnston, Soroptimist International (Wellington) 21 Jul 2015Kristeen Johnston, president and volunteer of Soroptimist International (Wellington) spoke at the 21 July meeting.

Soroptimist International (Wellington) was the first club of its kind in New Zealand and in November 2014 celebrated 75 years in the community. The mission of this organisation is to inspire, action and create opportunities to transform lives of women and girls in the community.

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. The organisation promotes equality, development and peace.

Kristeen is a past President and life Member/volunteer of “Dress for Success” – another worthwhile volunteer organisation and a project we are familiar with, having done a successful “High Tea” fundraiser very recently.

Kristeen cares about education, health, arts, culture, poverty alleviation, civil rights, human rights and social services. In her free time, if she has any, Kristeen enjoys literature, blogging, photography, movies, gardening, crafts and politics. Her consulting business specialises in sales and training.

Welcome back Gareth!

Gaylene_Lines_and_Gareth_Power-Gordon_21_Jul_2015Gareth Power-Gordon returned to tell Tawa Rotary about his amazing experience in Arkansas - one of two RYLA graduates selected.  Gareth is pictured here with Gaylene Lines, Director of Youth services.






Upcoming events

Date (2015)



4 August

Kathleen Wright, Sub Urban Co-working


11 August

Matt Crawshaw - Good Cents

Pat Waite

18 August

Stephanie Lamborn, Volunteer Service Abroad

Elizabeth Sutton

25 August

Visit to Gillies McIndoe Research Institute, Dr Swee Tan

Pat Waite

1 Sept

Bishop Duckworth, Anglican Bishop of Wellington

Richard Hutchison

8 Sept

Reports from Committee Chairs


15 Sept

Chris Whelan, Exec Director, Universities of NZ


22 Sept

District Governor Visit

Pres Ken Pearson

President Ken's Plan for 2015/16

Pres Ken PearsonPresident Ken Pearson will present his plan for this Rotary year.




Project Osiligi - District Grant

Osiligi Rehabilitation, KenyaFantastic news that Tawa Rotary, supported by a District grant, is now able to send funds to Osiligi (Kenya) to buy furniture for the classroom. We heard about Osiligi at a February 2015 meeting. International services director, Judith Havill, has received the latest newsletter on Osiligi’s development – the attached refers to the recent visit by NZ High Commissioner, Richard Mann to open the new classroom block.Osiligi_-_July_news_2015_NZ [size 3MB]

Call to action - Ethiopia

The Rotary Club of Hutt City is conducting a feasibility study to identify and define the critical needs to alleviate suffering and loss of life in Ethiopia. With data and results from the study, they hope to secure funding and organise an international project in partnership with other aid organisations. This is the first time a New Zealand Rotary club has gone into Ethiopia. We are invited to a 5 August fundraiser and help with donations towards travel costs.

From Debbie Mair, Hutt City Rotary:

I will be travelling with Nathanael Hailemariam (Nati) who is a development player with the Wellington Phoenix. Nati hopes to return to his birth village during our visit. Nati was born in war-torn Sudan before settling in Auckland with his Ethiopian parents, father Andualen, a technical engineer, and mother Asrat Belay, a mental health nurse, when he was two years old. Nati will act as our translator. The Hutt DHB, Christchurch DBH along with Medical Aid Abroad have donated medical tools/instruments. We plan to visit for 3wks and will deliver new clothing, food, medical tools & educational supplies to orphanages, schools, medical centres & communities in need. We need to raise additional funds to pay for the cost of the air freight and transportation in and around Ethiopia of these supplies. We fly out to Ethiopia on Sun 23rd August.

We are hosting a fundraising event to raise funds to pay for the transportation. We ask for your kind assistance to promote this fundraiser with your members. The cost for airfreight with Emirates is huge and they offer us no reduction or assistance in our baggage allowance. We would love for you to donate your club's sergeants’ and/or happy dollar sessions to this cause. In return we will visit your club as a guest speaker to share our video footage and talk about our time in Ethiopia. Can you help us?

Rotarians are invited to a "mix n mingle cocktail party” to be held by the Hutt City Rotary Club at the Dowse Art Museum Lower Hutt on Wed 5th August from 5-7pm.

Bring your friends to mix with Rotarians, Dignitaries and Phoenix Players. This is a fundraising event to raise funds to transport supplies into Ethiopia. The cost is $20ea, to be paid on entry. You will receive a warm welcome, food, drinks and the opportunity to mix n mingle. The evening will kick off with some videos on successful Ethiopian aid projects; followed by a surprise hair raising scene!

Bring some money with you as we will run a raffle and a silent auction not to be missed.

RSVP to Deb –

Thank you,

Debbie Mair

Mb: 021 0274 7494

Director of Special Projects

The Rotary Club of Hutt City

Here are some links to follow their visit to Ethiopia and donate to this cause -

Media news story:

Make a donation here:

Follow our journey via posts, photos and video diaries by clicking GOING to this event:

Rotary news

District Governor Simon Manning

District Governor Simon Manning is regularly posting on the District 9940 site and Facebook. You don’t have to subscribe to Facebook to be able to view the contents. He is challenging all clubs to commit to attending the 2016 District Conference in Nelson. Put the dates, May 6-8 2016, in your diary and see the event page for updates here.

The DG's Blog link on the Members' page takes you to his updated news. has been updated with information that has “gone live” at midnight 1 July 2015. You will find helpful information there about what our district and other districts are up to.

Inspiring Action - Soroptimist International

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