Raewyn Sutton, Manager Health Promotion with the Cancer Society of Wellington was our very well-informed speaker. The Society’s mission is to improve community wellbeing by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer. Raewyn observed that a cancer diagnosis impacts on not only the patient but many other people, so the Society provides supportive care for all those affected ensuring they are well informed. Raewyn, a nurse, manages the health promotion programme to help reduce the incidence of cancer. Key messages focus on being smoke free and sun smart, increasing physical activity, maintaining good nutrition, limiting alcohol, and the importance of screening and early detection. Men’s health is also being promoted through http://getthetools.org.nz/.
To fund its support work, health promotion and research sponsorship, the Cancer Society is involved in a range of fundraising activities including Daffodil Day and Relay for Life. Please give generously on Daffodil Day this Friday 29 August. http://www.daffodilday.org.nz/.
Laura Sommer gave us an insight into her life as a barbershop singer with the Wellington chorus of the Sweet Adelines, which she manages to fit into a busy life alongside family, work and a number of roles in Rotary. As part of the performance contract, she is required to dance as well as sing – the musical instrument used is the voice.
A noteworthy example of this art is by the Musical Island Boys quartet (MIB) who are the 2014 International Barbershop Quartet Gold Medal Champions. This is clearly an activity Laura enjoys and has led to her travelling with the chorus to represent New Zealand at international competitions in locations such as Denver, and the forthcoming competition in Baltimore later this year. http://www.sweetadelines.co.nz/
Congratulations to winner of the New World raffle: Russell Smith
Parting thought delivered by Ken Pearson: “Actions always prove why words mean nothing.”
Raise funds - Daffodil Day
From the Cancer Society site: the daffodil is one of the first flowers of spring, whose bright yellow blooms remind us of the joys the new season will bring. It represents the hope there is for the 1 in 3 New Zealanders affected by cancer. The donations received go towards vital scientific research into the causes and treatment of all types of cancer, as well as providing a wide range of support services, information, health promotion and education programmes to reduce cancer risk, awareness campaigns and programmes for people affected by cancer.
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 www.rotaryinstitute.org.nz. (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 https://www.facebook.com/RotaryWellington2014
Register at http://institute.huttvalleyrotary.org.nz/
PS: The next District 9940 Conference after this is not until May 2016 (no District Conference in calendar 2015).
Building a Bigger Rotary Family [August: Membership month]
An extract from International President on Building a Bigger Rotary Family: Gary C.K. Huang never imagined he would become Rotary International's president when he joined in 1976, but now that he is in office, he hopes to increase membership to 1.3 million by the end of his term. "It's simple. The more members we have, the more people we can help. A stronger membership base will result in stronger communities," says Huang, who on 1 July became Rotary's first Chinese president.
"We need to showcase our good work to everyone in the community. Rotary Days need to be fun and all inclusive. Invite your family, friends, and neighbors to participate. My hope is at the end of the day a few non-members will want to join Rotary," he says. "Let's give people the opportunity to experience what it's like to make a difference. Rotary Days can achieve that."
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 these notices, select the following link: Bulletin notices 24 August 2014 [size 234 Kb}