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Club ForumPresident Pat Waite led a very interactive Club Forum to discuss matters raised by Club members. Members discussed ways in which the Club could display its identity while making the Club more welcoming and modern for prospective members.

Doug Burrus reported on the success of this year’s book fair and the challenges for 2015, including venue options.

Phil Harland at Club Forum July 2014Phil Harland noted that there was nothing to stop another Tawa Rotary and Historical Society Southern Trail walk taking place now the new bridge at Willowbank has been built. He also mentioned Tawa Historical Society’s proposal to build a Memorial for those who fell in the wars and Wilf Mexted Scenic Reserve’s information board which is part of a former Tawa Rotary project and needs updating.

The Club agreed to provide members with monthly summaries of Board meetings. Members suggested the Club also needs to review its fundraising strategy, strengthen relationships with schools and consider admission of associate members.

Member’s 2 Minute Talk

PE Ken Pearson July 2014President-Elect Ken Pearson spoke about his recent trip with Centreport to ports in England, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.  While the capacity of some of these ports is huge compared with New Zealand ports, New Zealand is doing well by international standards  




Spin the bottle

Peter Lockyer 22 July 2014Tony Heyward spinning the bottlePeter Lockery, sergeant for the evening, tested our knowledge of Tawa Rotary history - with group responses chosen by the Mk 4 selection device, spin the bottle.





Congratulations to Raffle Winner

Congratulations to New World Raffle Winner – Tony Heyward

Parting Thought

Parting thought from Gordon Mygind: “If we knew as much about town planning as we do about apartheid, we would be out demonstrating against it" - Ian Athfield.


Stadium help

Funds raised through our duty management at the Stadium go to charity. We provided the following Duty Managers for Saturday’s 26 July Football United Tour EPL Games. The shift started at 11:30am with finish by 6:15pm.

Pat and Melva Waite

Martin Garcia

Mark Carroll

Dianne Tredger

Marion Patchett

Robert Tredger

Laura Sommer - who was replaced at 3:00pm by Shona Heyward

Richard Hutchinson who was replaced at 3:00pm by Tony Heyward

Dave Somers, in his email appeal for help, conveyed the following message to Tawa Rotarians and friends:  “I thank you for your help at previous events. You have been a good group of people to work with and I hope to have a few more events with you at my back.”

News from Cassie, UN intern in New York

Received from Cassie on 15 July:

Cassie at Capital Hill New York“I am now only two weeks away from finishing my internship and I am still crossing things off my NY bucket list! There is so much to do here that I feel as though even if I stayed for a year my list of things to do and see would just keep growing. I have deeply enjoyed my time in NY working for the NZ Mission and it has certainly been an enriching and eye-opening experience for me to see international diplomacy in action. Since my last update I have done some work on the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States targeted at tackling the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons.

After the end of my internship I will be embarking on a camping bus trip down past the appalachian mountains to Texas and then back up again to LA. I hope to spend some time in between sight-seeing to write a summary of my experiences so that people can know the support Tawa Rotary offered me. From there I will fly to Taipei, where I have been offered a scholarship by the Taiwanese Government to study Chinese for six months. I expect to return to New Zealand in March 2015, and would be happy to attend a Rotary meeting then.

Best regards,


Upside Down, Inside Out and All Over the Place – 20 weeks to Conference 2014

Wellington 5-7 December 2014. And you are invited.

Rotarians and friends from some 15 countries across the 21 districts of Australia and 6 of New Zealand – and thus reaching out across the South and South West Pacific – will be in Wellington for a week.

It culminates in a combined Conference and Institute Friday 5 to Sunday 7 December, at the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.

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

Register at

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).

PS: The next District 9940 Conference after this is not until May 2016 (that’s right, no District Conference in calendar 2015). The December 2014 Conference is so good, you will need all that time to gear up for the next!

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 notices available at the following link: Bulletin Notices 27 July 2014 [size 363Kb]

Tuesday 22 July 2014

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