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Michael Hogden, 18 Apr 2017With Johnsonville Rotary as our guests at the 18 April 2017 meeting, we were privileged to hear from Michael Hodgen, Michael is past President of Johnsonville Rotary – he has held significant roles during his career that include the East Cape Attorney-General, Crown Counsel for Bill of Rights (NZ).

Michael posed the question- Why do we nowadays constantly hear of ISIS and Al Qaeda inspired terrorist attacks?

Al Qaeda arose from the US, Saudis and Pakistan using Jihad in Afghanistan and Wahhabi “volunteers” like Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda’s Jihad included terrorism (which it justified via Wahhabi Islam).

The US 2nd invasion of Iraq, overthrew the secular Iraqi state and “Al Qaeda in Iraq” arose out of the appallingly poor decisions made by the US administration in post invasion Iraq (and the US throwing together Iraqi officers and Islamic extremists in a detention camp).

The US and some NATO members used a “no fly zone” decision by the UN Security Council (including Russia & China) to effect “regime change” in Libya. The misuse of this UN Resolution has turned a well-off state into a failed state; with numerous Islamic extremist groups. The Libyan army arms have gone all over west Africa to extremist groups (and, via the CIA, to Syria).

The US (esp. CIA), Saudis and Turkey used the same game plan, as used in Afghanistan, against the secular Syrian state. A massive flow of arms, finances and Jihadists, went across the border into Syria to any groups fighting against the Syrian government, including ISIS and Al Qaeda.  The “rebel” areas of Syria are now dominated by heavily armed groups following the Al Qaeda philosophy.

ISIS and Al Qaeda use the media & internet highly effectively to promote their aims. They are aided by the Saudi funded mosques, madrassa, preachers & teachers, which now occur worldwide (e.g. Belgium & Indonesia), which act as a seed-bed for ISIS and Al Qaeda (and home grown terrorism). Former Jihadists from Syria (travelling back via Turkey), are an additional source of trained terrorists.

Upcoming Events

Date (2017)


25 Apr

Anzac Day – no Rotary


2 May

Chris Burns, Director Arohata/Rimutaka Prison

Pres Andrew

9 May

Special General Meeting – adjourned AGM

Pres Andrew

16 May

Tawa Rotary Indoor Bowls

Malcolm Andrews

Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal

Tawa Rotary has been asked to supply collectors for this annual appeal on Saturday 6 May.  The hours are 9am until 6pm and collectors are needed at both the car park and plaza entrances to the New World supermarket.  This amounts to 18 one-hour slots we need to fill.  With no meeting on April 25th, the best opportunity to put your names on the roster is the meeting on 2 May – a bit close to the actual date.

Would all members (and partners, if possible) please consider whether you can make an hour available on 6 May.  Our collectors will be inside out of the weather, so it isn’t too much of a chore.

Doug Burrus is organising the project and the roster, but will be away on collection day.  He would like a volunteer to look after things please.

The Salvation Army will deliver buckets and signage and pick up the donations during the day.  All we have to do is smile and look hopeful for an hour each!

Rotarians at Better Home and Living Show in Wellington

12, 13 & 14 May 2017

Venue: Westpac Stadium

Open from 10am – 5pm each day

Volunteers NEEDED. To fill shifts of 2 – 3 hours.

Please contact Jo Newlove, District Chair Public Image to volunteer.

Branding/Promotional Material - this is an opportunity for you and your club to promote your projects and successes. We would like to have promotional material, along with a Rotarian or two to talk about it, at the show.

This is a perfect opportunity to talk to people about Rotary and encourage them to join us. To take advantage of this booth we need Positive, Passionate Rotarians to be at the booth/stand to talk about Rotary, and hopefully get some new members......for their club.

District Training Assembly

The District Training Assembly was held on the afternoon of 23 April 2017. The presentations used at this Assembly are expected to be uploaded on the District 9940 website for Rotarians to access in a couple of weeks’ time.

District News

Congratulations and thank you to District Governor Martin and Denise Garcia, PDG Pat Waite, Chair of the Conference organising committee, Malcolm Andrews, Michael Archer, the wider Rotarian team and partners who were involved in hosting a successful conference supported by various Taranaki activities. The key speakers were excellent - challenged our assumptions on diversity and inclusion; and captured an emotional response through DG Martin Garcia presenting trophy to Tawa Pres Andrew Watsonhearing the experience of a 14 year old struck with polio; and the experience with transporting ‘Bob’, the Unknown Warrior to New Zealand.

Tawa Rotary has won a trophy for the most members combined with distance travelled to attend District Conference. Photo - DG Martin Garcia, right presenting trophy to Pres Andrew Watson, Sat 22 April 2017.

Rotary’s theme for April is Maternal and Child Health Month. This theme is one of the Rotary Foundation’s six key areas of focus, the others being conflict resolution, disease prevention, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.

This year, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating. Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. See more

Michael Hogden - Isis and Al Qaeda, 18 Apr 2017

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