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Russell Smith - this is your life!

Russell Smith, 6 Mar 2018Tawa Rotary was delighted to welcome one of our longest serving members, Paul Harris Fellow and past president, Russell Smith as  our guest speaker on Tues 6 March - talking on his interesting life and career. 

Russell was a prominent sportsman from an early age and in his teenage years he played representative hockey for Horowhenua and Slazenger Shield tennis for Manawatu. 

After leaving school Russell attended Teachers Training College specialising in PE. There Russell studied and trained with another Wellington sporting icon Mick Williment who became a close friend.

During his early teaching years Russell was involved in a variety of coaching roles in many different sporting codes while still playing senior representative tennis and hockey for Wellington.

Russell married Julie in 1966 and they have 3 children.

After a 7 year career Russell left teaching and entered the business world.

He studied for and completed a 3 year Certificate in Business Management. Russell worked in a number of engineering and manufacturing businesses in the Porirua/Tawa areas. He finally decided to start his own sports goods business, Russell Smith sports,  which he ran in Tawa and Karori for a number of years.

Russell has been an active member of the Tawa Community all his married life and he was the driving force behind the establishment of the Kapi Mana Tennis Association headquarters (now the Tawa Tennis Club) at Taylor Park.

Russell's other interests when he can find time include classical music, carpentry and cabinet making and gardening.

3 Minute Member's Talk

Philip Harland, Rotary 6 Mar 18Philip Harland spoke briefly on his distinguished career as a Diplomat with reference to the different countries he served in - alongwith being involved in the local community including Rotary.

Note for your diaries ...

Date (2017)

 Event  Liaison
6 Mar 2018 District 9940 - visit Rotary International President Ian Riseley  
6 Mar 2018 Jo Cribb, Past CE Ministry for Women, Strategist, Gender & Policy Expert  
20 Mar 2018 RYLA candidates  
27 Mar 2018 Margaret Alve, Cancer Society  
11-13 May 2018 RotaFest 2018 District Conference   

Fun at the Family BBQ and Picnic 

BBQ notice 27 Feb 18 A great eBBQ 20 Feb 2018(1)vening with family, friends and Rotarians at the BBQ and picnic held on Tuesday 27 February at Grasslees Reserve opposite the Bowling CLub, Davies Street. Family BBQ 27 Feb 2018(3)Family BBQ 27 Feb 2018(2)





Pest Free Tawa

On Saturday 17 March Pest Free Tawa is holding their formal launch at the Greenacres School gala event.   See attached PDFPest_Free_Tawa_March_newsletter_2_1  for their newsletter and further details, also available on their FaceBook page - and note the exposure Rotary is getting.   Hope all of the Tawa Rotarians have signed up for a trap and reporting catches to them.

Show – Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Register interest now!

Tentative booking for the whole theatre for the Friday night -  10 August. We can have drinks and nibbles first, and they can even start a little earlier if we wanted to.

As noted previously, while it’s some time away, we do need to gauge interest now, so we can secure the theatre for 10 August.

Please register interest with Elizabeth Sutton.

Women’s Health & Beauty Expo - Fundraiser

Health and Beauty Expo 21 Mar 2018Wed 21 March, 7pm

The Inner Wheel Club of Tawa is completing their planning for a Women’s Expo to raise funds for the charitable organisation ‘Look Good Feel Better’. This trust is Inner Wheel New Zealand’s national project and is a concept where women and men undergoing medical treatment for cancer are given a make-over and ways to assist them to look good and keep looking good during the times when loss of hair is a consequence of treatment. Make up tips, alongside ways to wear scarves and wigs assists individuals to feel comfortable about continuing to participate in social activities.

We have 24 confirmed exhibitors. Tickets are $20.00 which provides attendees with a goodie bag, free drink and nibbles throughout the evening.

Ticket sales Carolyn 021 369115 or

District News

Rotary International Convention 2018

Rotary International Convention 2018RI President Ian Riseley has invited Rotarians to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention, Toronto next year. PDG Martin Garcia is leading the push encouraging people from District 9940 to attend.

Dear Rotarians:

I’d like to personally invite you to attend the 2018 Rotary International Convention, 23-27 June 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This Convention is sure to be the most inspiring convention yet with an impressive turnout from Australia and New Zealand.

Your influence as a leader goes a long way in encouraging members to attend, so I ask that you make convention promotion a high priority this year. This is a critical time as the deadline for early registration savings is 15 December. Most of our local Rotarians know about the convention but we need to get them inspired to register!  Rotary International Director Noel Trevaskis and Toronto Promotion Committee Executive Team member Evan Burrell have been working hard to promote the registration campaign and they really need your help.

Here are some ways you can support:

  1. Lead by example and register if you haven’t already!
  2. Carve out time in your club meetings to motivate your fellow Rotarians by sharing personal testimonials and my video invitation to Rotarians in Australia and New Zealand. Click HERE to download the video.
  3. Make sure your club members feel welcomed by extending a personal invitation
  4. Encourage members to visit the RotaryDownUnderFacebook page and the RI and HOC websites where they’ll find helpful information.

I look forward to seeing you in Toronto where we are sure to receive a warm welcome from our wonderful Canadian Rotarians! Thank you for your support.

Ian Riseley
Rotary International President 2017-2018

Invitation - Visit by Rotary International President to District 9940!

From DG Mitchell Brown's district newsletter:

"It gives me the greatest of pleasure to advise that our Rotary District will host an amazing Rotarian and our great Aussie mate, Rotary International President Ian Riseley.

RI President Ian will be in New Zealand for our Presidents Elect training weekend at Waipuna Conference Centre, Auckland. Our District Presidents Elect will enjoy a great weekend of networking with Rotary peers, training, development and learning for their incoming role of Club President with the unique opportunity to hear from and experience first hand the inspirational leadership of our Rotary International President Ian Riseley.

Rotary International Pres Ian Riseley 6 Mar 2018Following this weekend we will host RI President Ian on Tuesday, 6th March here in Palmerston North for an afternoon of visiting the WildBase Recovery centre. This will be followed by an evening function hosted by the Rotary Club of Feilding, at the Feilding Convention Centre from 6pm. I would encourage Rotarians to respond to the invitation that PDG Ross Murray will be sending out to coordinate registrations on behalf of Rotary Club of Feilding President Ken Casey to be at this extra special Rotary event. RI President Ian will not only enlighten and challenge us in our Rotary world but will be presenting the Rotary Clubs of Stratford, Marton, Pahiatua and Hutt City with their commemorative certificates for 75 years of service in Rotary and to their communities. An evening for all Rotarian's, not to be missed!" See more.

Register Now! - Rotafest 2018

Rotafest 2018 - District ConferenceBook now to attend this year's District Conference - RotaFest 2018. See more.

District Governor Mitch Brown encourages Rotarians and partners to attend this year's District conference  - the booking link on our District Website for registration and accommodation that will get you to the District's biggest event of the year - RotaFEST 18.

"My thanks to Rotary Club of Palmerston North Rotarian and House of Travel owner Steve Parsons, who will assist us with the registration, accommodation and event booking platform for the whole weekend of the 11-13 May 2018. Steve has already booked placeholders for accommodation at the five closest hotels with 200 beds locked in to support the accommodation of our Rotarian's attending RotaFEST 18. Get ready to book your Rotary event of the year -RotaFEST 18,where you will be able to GO Wild About Rotary! See more


For the 2017/18 Longview Roster, see more.

  • Introducer*: 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:

  • PLEASE let Judith Gray know if you cannot do your duty

Duties - 2018

Tuesday 13 March

Tuesday 20 March

Tuesday 27 March


Dr Jo Cribb - Past CE Ministry for Women, Strategist, Gender & Policy Expert



Report from Rotary Youth Leadership Award Participants

Margaret Alve Cancer Society

Greetings & Attendance & Raffle Russell Smith & Ken Woodgate Steven Pettigrew & John Melville Paul Drummond & Martin Garcia
Setting Up: Karen Searle & Euan Patchett Karen Searle & Tom Humphries Karen Searle & Euan Patchett
Photographer: Peter Lockery Laura Sommer Richard Hutchinson
Predinner Toast/thought & Parting Thought: Michael Kelly Robert Tredger Ian Munro
Speaker Introduction*/Host: Judith Gray Gaylene Lines Denise Garcia
Speaker Thanks: Liz Sutton Mark Carroll Malcolm Sparrow
3 [Three] minute talk Paul Drummond Peter Lockery Robert Tredger
Sergeant: Pat Waite Des O'Sullivan Malcolm Andrews
Long View Roster:      


Rotary Making a Difference 2017-18 Theme

Print copy of the Duty Roster, select: Duties_as_at_4_March_2018

  For earlier bulletin notices of our meetings, refer to Club Meeting Reports.

 “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.” Ian Riseley, Rotary International President 2017-18.

Russell Smith - this is your life

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