Tuesday 18 March 2014
We had an address from Mark Vivian, CEO of the NZ Stroke Foundation, on the topic “Staying up to date with strokes”. He said 1 in 8 of us will have a stroke and between 50 and 80% are preventable. The key is FAST, standing for Face, Arms, Speech, and Time. If you see one of these signs, don’t waste time. Around 8% are clots, and these must be treated within 4 hours. One third are fatal, one third recover, and one third have serious disability.
Mark thanked the Club for the great assistance given with the Blood Pressure Awareness Campaign, and there were already demonstrated successes with New Zealanders. The key is to have a healthy blood pressure – 120/70 is good but lower is better.
The winner of last week’s New World Tawa raffle was Robert Tredger.
Last week’s parting thought was from Bill Sommer on the perils of the Internet.
The Gym Class will not operate on Sunday 23rd March (due to the Rotary Conference).
On 25 March we have a Club Forum, including an update on progress by the various Committees for the year to date. If you have any questions or matters you want to be brought up at the Club Forum on 25 March, please send President Irene an email.
Andrew Watson advised that for our Club Raid from Plimmerton and Johnsonville Clubs on 1st April we will have a Wine Appreciation Evening. Test your wine skills, maybe even learn a little bit, but most of all come along and have some fun. We will be featuring 5 Kiwis and 1 Aussie (wine) in a blind tasting event. There are even team prizes to be won! The evening will be run by wine consultant, Chris Morgan who has extensive wine demonstration experience for leading NZ and international wines. This will be a fun night designed to improve your wine enjoyment. Cost just $26 a head which includes all food and wine. And show our guests the real Tawa hospitality. Due to anticipated numbers, it will not be possible to make this a partner’s evening.
DG 9940 Dispatch. Here is DG Deb’s latest March Dispatch newsletter. Members are encouraged to read and keep themselves informed of Rotary events in the region. http://www.rotarysouthpacific.org/_temp/9fc44d-511bae36-b2dc-41d7-a596-a1022a7858f9_6E57EB3E-D935-4B6E-9948-36A7C7C57FD3.pdf