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Changeover - Oh what a night!

guests at ChangeoverChangeover night is always a special occasion in Rotary Clubs as many officeholders change roles and the past year is celebrated. Sixty-nine members, honorary members, partners, friends and members of Inner Wheel gathered last Tuesday evening to celebrate a very successful year under the leadership of President Irene supported by her partner Andrew. The Club rooms and tables were decorated in gold and black, the meal was superb and MC Malcolm Andrews managed a very well-organised programme. We were honoured with the presence of District Governor Elect Simon Manning, and members of Inner Wheel New Zealand - National Council Secretary Di Patchett, Tawa Inner Wheel President Sue O’Sullivan and Past National President Marion Patchett.

Pres Irene and incoming Pres PatOutgoing President Irene Corpuz reviewed the past year, explaining the vision and strategy she had brought to the Club to create a more visible, more relevant, viable, active and engaged Rotary Club. The Club had stepped up with enthusiasm. The Rotary wheel is increasingly being seen in association with Rotarians’ activities in the community and the revamped website is a now a professional, welcoming and informative experience. Ngaire Best, Laura Sommer congrats Denise Garciaand Andrew Watson are due particular thanks for their public image role. Irene thanked all directors and leaders of key activities and projects for their work during the year. Irene was particularly pleased to note that the Club had strengthened significantly and the membership decline had been reversed with five new members welcomed into the world of Rotary. Denise Garcia - new memberThe newest member, midwife Denise Garcia had been welcomed earlier in the evening. President Irene was thanked for the leadership and change she had brought to the Club and she received a standing ovation.

Martin Garcia Paul Harris AwardA Paul Harris Fellow was awarded to Martin Garcia, who noted that Rotarians are here to help others succeed and he thanked his fellow Club members for their help over the years.

Incoming Presidents Past District Governor Pat Waite (July to December) and Martin Garcia (January to June) will build on the existing vision and strategy, taking account of members’ survey responses. There are opportunities for change Presidents Pat, Martin with Andrewand new activities, but they will also hold to the core values that make the Tawa Club unique. The Board and key leaders for 2014-15 were announced and welcomed.

The following is the presentation: Tawa Rotary Year Ahead 2014-15 [size 278Kb]


Congratulations to Raffle Winners

Simon Manning

Tony Heyward

Bill Sommer

Mark Carroll

Martin Garcia

Ann Dale

Parting Thought

Confucius said "It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness" which provides the context for this year’s Rotary theme: “Light up Rotary”. 

Light Up Rotary


Book Fair

A great effort has been achieved over both weekends for Book Fair along with opening during the week to take the opportunity to raise further charitable income. The location has made a difference with attracting the foot traffic to the Tawa New World mall.

The Sunday clear-up is a bit different this year, with the members of other Rotary Clubs working at the same time from Carterton, Heretaunga and Plimmerton Rotary clubs. We’re also selecting children’s books on Sunday afternoon to go overseas. Unsold encyclopaedia sets (whether for children or adults), sets of animal books, Readers’ Digest condensed books and other similar items are being boxed up for Heretaunga. They have projects to send these to schools in the Pacific Islands. Big thanks to all who came along to help from Inner Wheel, our families, friends and Rotarians.

District 9940 News

Thank you to our outgoing District Governor Deb Gimblett. You've encouraged us all to explore what's possible - as was evident with this year's District Conference that got us out into the community 'doing good'. Congratulations to Neville Gimblett who has been presented with a Paul Harris Award by Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key. 

A warm welcome to our new District Governor Anthony Scott and his partner, Nicky.

Go to for the latest District news.

Good health @ Revolve

The Tawa Rotary Revolve Gym class is held each Sunday, at midday, or 10 minutes earlier if you wish to warm up on a treadmill. At Revolve Gym, The Mall, Tawa. Tawa Rotarians and their friends / relations are very welcome to join - so come along and give it a go. FREE for first time attendees – else only $10pp per session. A bargain for a 40 min. weights and exercise circuit to tone up those muscles. Want to find out more? - get in touch with Richard Herbert.

Print copy of the notices, select the following: Bulletin Notices 5 July 2014 [size 224Kb]

Tuesday 1 July 2014

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