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90th Birthday Celebration for the MG

Ross ArmstrongOn the 90th anniversary of MG, Ross Armstrong the President of the MG Car Club, traced the history of MG through the ages.Ross Armstrong and Russell Smith 12 Aug 14

It all started in 1921 when Cecil Kimber with his expertise in design and coach building joined Morris Garages (hence MG). The first MG was produced in 1924. Ross showed us many of the models that have been produced up until the present day. He told us that the four MG Car Clubs in New Zealand have a total of about 1000 members and that there are over 5000 MG's currently in New Zealand.

The clubs conduct Classic Car Racing at different venues throughout New Zealand from which they have raised in excess of $100k for cancer.They also run motorcanas, autocross, concourse and rallies. For many years MG's have featured in the Tawa Christmas Parade thanks to Ross.attentive audience 12 Aug 14

Member’s Talk

Denise Garcia 12 Aug 14New Tawa Rotarian Denise Garcia spoke about her role as a midwife and child birth educator, assisting, enabling and empowering women. She has seen quite a bit of change over recent years, particularly a lot of cultural change. Denise noted that New Zealand is seen as a leader in the birth partnership model. Denise also serves on the board of the Perinatal Maternal Health Trust.



District Update

Tony Heyward is a member of the District Club Development Committee. Tony reported on a significant amount of change happening in Rotary. The Committee’s work includes an e-Club initiative, connecting with alumni, an eGentic pilot study seeking leads for new members and Club visioning to help Clubs grow.

Raffle Winner

Congratulations to winner of the New World raffle: Richard Hutchinson

Parting Thought

Parting thought: Steve Pettigrew - “I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.” [Terry Pratchett]

Light up Rotary





Mealtime 12 Aug 14Laura Sommer & Chris Black 12 Aug 14





Register for Conference 2014

Ken Pearson and Martin Garcia are encouraging members to attend the combined District Conference and Institute from 5 to 7 December. This is a unique opportunity right on our doorstep to experience two days of information, inspiration, entertainment, fun and meeting with fellow Rotarians from the District, New Zealand and Australia.

Early bird registration closes 30 September.

From 1 October the current $285 + $70 (for the Saturday night function) will increase to $325 + $70. So get on line and register now at (A saving of $40 if you register early).

A programme is available on line; and you can register now. More activities and speakers will be added. The Facebook page is

PS: The next District 9940 Conference after this is not until May 2016 (no District Conference in calendar 2015).

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.

For print copy of these notices, select the following: Bulletin notices 17 August 2014 [size 329Kb]

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