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Members of the Rotary Club of Tawa shared an enjoyable evening with Top table at Johnsonville RotaryJohnsonville Rotarians at the Johnsonville Community Centre. We were addressed by Air Marshal (Retd) Sir Bruce Ferguson who gave an enthralling account of his career.

Starting as a teenager with the Air Force he soon became a helicopter pilot, Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General and eventually Air Marshal. This led to Sir Bruce being appointed New Zealand Chief of Defence and then Director of the Government Communications and Security Bureau. Sir Air Marshall (Retd) Sir Bruce FergusonBruce showed honest surprise at how he came to these achievements, but evident in his speech was a commitment to hard work, courage and a loyalty to New Zealand. He gave some fascinating insights into the roles he has held and the New Zealand and world leaders he has met. We are privileged as Rotarians to be able to hear from people, such as Sir Bruce, sharing a diverse range of perspectives that help us to show tolerance and understanding to all peoples.  The photo shows Air Marshal Ferguson when he was visiting Afghanistan in 2005 - photographed with locals with Grundig radios that were donated to primary schools in Band-e-amir [source: Defence Chiefs deliver the goods, 2005, NZ Defence Force).

Johnsonville Rotary Public Image AwardCongratulations to Johnsonville Rotary on receiving a Public Image Award presented by DG Nominee and Assistant Governor for our cluster, Simon Manning.



Book now! Fun Movie night

Monuments Men movie imageComing up at the Lighthouse Cinema, 27 May to see the Monuments Men. Great night for us to enjoy. Please let Des know now if you are attending as an early indication of numbers is necessary to get prime seats and arrange food!

  See poster: Movie The Monuments Men 27 May 2014

Training on our New Website

Ngaire is co-ordinating Tawa Rotarians’ attendance at a training session on how to manage content on the new website. The session is being held on Monday evening for Tawa and Plimmerton Rotarians who are creating content and photos to be published on the respective websites.

Fraser Carson and Sheridan Bruce – whose business, Fresco, set up the Tawa Rotary site - have generously offered to give their time free of charge to provide the training. Wendy Betteridge from Plimmerton Rotary has ensured the e-Learning Centre is available.

Wendy has provided the following overview of interconnected community sites that are in place:

  • The Plimmerton Rotary website is pretty well-established now.
  • The e-Learning site is posting information quite regularly.
  • The Shine website is about to get very busy.
  • The Health Porirua site is on the verge of taking shape with Pacific Health at the forefront of its future development.
  • The Tawa Rotary site is up and running.
  • The Pauatahanui Residents Association site is growing.
  • The new site being built for Te Aro Piko will soon be ready to go.

Various members contribute content such as Peter’s bulletin news, the photos from each meeting and input provided on projects and club services. Currently, Laura is the only one in Tawa Rotary who knows how to upload this content on our website. This knowledge was gained through Fraser and Wendy’s help prior to our new site being launched. The huge advantage of this site is that we can have more than one person uploading content on the website while oversight is maintained to ensure consistency and quality of content.  It's great! - we don’t need to have special IT or webmaster knowledge – it’s like typing content in a Word document or attaching a photo to send to friends online.

This forthcoming training presents an excellent opportunity for our members to work together and ensure Tawa Rotary grows in strength by connecting online with our communities and fellow Rotarians. 

Message from RI President Ron D. Burton (May 2014)

RI President Ron D Burton 2013 14I've had a unique opportunity to be a part of the polio eradication campaign from its very beginnings, more than a quarter century ago, to where we are now, which is truly "this close" to the end.

None of us knew back then how long eradication would take, or how many obstacles we'd meet along the way. I'm not sure how we would have felt about taking on the challenge if we had known. But there is one thing I know for sure: that every single day of the last 29 years has been worth it. Because over those years, we have saved millions of children from being paralyzed by polio. There's no way to put a price tag on that. And today, we are closer than ever to a world in which no child will be paralyzed, ever again.

It's been a long race to the finish line. That line is now in sight. But we'll only cross it if we keep moving forward. And the only way to do that is with the help of every single Rotarian, everywhere in the world.

The first thing we need is your voice, and your advocacy. Think ahead to World Polio Day, on 24 October: What can your club and district do to raise awareness? Write letters to your elected officials, hold a purple pinkie fundraiser, plan an event with a local school. If you or someone you know has a story to tell about polio, share it at The most important thing is to keep the momentum going. Let your community, and the world, know that the fight against polio is at its most critical stage yet.

I'm glad to report that the End Polio Now – Make History Today campaign is going well. Rotary met the terms of the new agreement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and received US$70 million in matching funds in January, which will be fully committed in this calendar year. We have four more years of this agreement remaining, during which the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one every dollar Rotary spends on polio, to a maximum of $35 million per year. I encourage all of you to do what you can to help us make the most of this opportunity. I know that together, we can engage Rotary to end polio – and change the world, forever.

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Join us at Rotary Convention in Sydney

Sydney conventionDon’t miss out - days are counting down to the 2014 Rotary International Convention to be held in Sydney 1-4 June. 
Everything you need to know can be found here: Never has such a massive Rotary event been so close to Wellington. Some 90 Rotarians and partners from Wellington District have already registered.


Good health @ Revolve

Stop Press!  The Rotary Gym class weekly circuit will continue again from 25th May – all welcome.

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.


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Tuesday 6 May 2014

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