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 Winner Doug Burrus of Brazilian theme and Helena Sader Heck 29 Mar 16At the Tues 29 March 2016 meeting, $376.80 was raised in the sergeant’s session and special raffle for the Fijian crisis. We’re more than happy to accept additional donations next Tuesday 5 April to add to the total.

To welcome our international Rotary exchange student, Helena Sader Heck, Rotarians dressed in Brazilian theme. Doug Burrus won theRobert Armstrong 29 Mar 16prize, particularly as he chose the right Brazilian colours – green shirt and yellow tie. Some others were more ‘international’ than expected - learned that red is not a national colour in Brazil! We enjoyed Helena’s presentation as we heard about her future interest in studying medicine and a brief introduction to her family and country. We look Gaylene, Helena and Laura 29 Mar 16forward to a further opportunity to hear more.

The meeting continued with group conversations on membership that were prompted by Membership Director, Pat Waite. Pat shared his census research on the demographics and make up of our Tawa community to consider opportunities for potential members of Rotary.


Upcoming Events 

Date (2015)



5 Apr

Ian McKinnon Robert Armstrong

12 Apr

Nina Sochon, Team building and inspiration John Sloan

18 Apr (Mon)

Visit to Zealandia with Johnsonville Rotary  

26 Apr

AGM & Di Patchett, Cheboche Trust Nepal Malcolm Andrews

3 May

CentrePort Visit Pres Ken Pearson

10 May

Claire Tyler - Enduring Power of Attorney  

Ian Duncan McKinnon CNZM, QSO, JP

Ian McKinnon, 5 Apr 16 meetingOur distinguished guest speaker, Ian McKinnon is visiting Tawa Rotary on 5 April to talk on the topic, ‘Town and Gown’.

Ian is a former Deputy Mayor of Wellington City Council and retired from the Council at the 2013 elections. He has been Headmaster of a number of prominent private schools in New Zealand, including Wanganui Collegiate School (1980–88), and Scots College (1992–2002). He was also Lower Master at Eton College in the UK from 1988. Ian is on the University Council of Victoria University of Wellington, after being Chancellor for several years. His extensive service to education and the community has been recognised with Queens Birthday awards; he was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1992, and a Justice of the peace. Photo sourced from


Tawa Rotarians are reminded to please bring the 2 page worksheet that Pat will collect and put together an action plan for the Club. If you can’t attend the 5 April meeting, please email a copy of your completed worksheet to Pat Waite.

New home required for Club’s BBQ

We need to find a new home for the Club’s BBQ. If you have suitable storage space available in a garage, or similar, please contact Peter Lockery. The Club only uses it once or twice a year so it is available for your own use in between!!

Volunteers please - the Redwood Club

The Redwood Club has drivers, but is aiming to get two-person teams as a safety measure (same logic as the Longview Home wanting a driver and helper for their outings – just in case something happens). The members are all elderly and variously either dementia sufferers or stroke victims, mostly not too safe on their feet. 

In effect, each volunteer is “riding shotgun”, helping members on and off the bus or walking them to their doors. Additional volunteers are required for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (Doug Burrus does Wednesdays). Each volunteer does one day per week. The duty goes from 3.30pm till 5.00pm and is not onerous. Club Members come from the Tawa, Porirua, Johnsonville and Newlands areas.

If you are available to help, please call Wendy on 232 5521.

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:“…the March DG Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find details on how to register for our district conference in Nelson in May. Please register for conference as soon as possible. If you haven’t been to a conference in a few years, may I strongly urge you to consider coming to your district conference this year.”

To register now please go to:





 Zealandia visit with Johnsonville Rotary

Please keep Monday 18 April free. More details will be coming.

Johnsonville Rotary has invited us to visit Zealandia. Guest speaker: the new CEO of Zealandia, Paul Atkins to be introduced by Kerry Prendergast. See more

Rotary Porirua Fundraiser

India Lunch 24 April - End Polio fundraiserIndian lunch at the Whitby Taj on Sunday 24 April – $40 per head includes 410 donation to the World’s Greatest Meal to End Polio.

Gordon Beattie advises: “there are limited numbers and we are halfway after less than a week. Therefore early response please – the Sunday afternoon of the long weekend. Indian dress will be worn for those that have it (Sarah, Clive, Kath and Glynis).”






Anzac Day Special Commemoration and Breakfast

Anzac breakfast(1) 2016Monday 25 April 5.00am-7.30am

The Rotary Clubs of Mt Victoria and Port Nicholson invite you to a special occasion to commemorate Anzac Day.

  • 00 a.m.onwards arrive at Pukeahu War Memorial, Buckle Street, for Anzac Day Service (make own way).
  • Service commences 5.30am
  • 20 a.m. Service concludes. Make own way to Copthorne Hotel, Oriental Parade, for breakfast and fellowship

$35.00 per person includes continental or cooked breakfast, tea and coffee. Cash bar available.

This event Anzac_Day_Breakfast_April_2016 is fund raising for Wellington Children’s Hospital. 

RSVP by Wednesday 20th April to Mark Chiu or Joy Durrant

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