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Amazing train experience

Clive Thompson 7 Oct 14Clive Thompson is a train enthusiast and former president of Steam Incorporated (NZ) that operates steam trains on the main trunk line. A recent achievement has been the return of the veteran steam engine “Passchendaele” to the rails at Anzac Day this year following 20 years’ renovation. It was named to honour New Zealand Railways workers killed in World War I.

Clive was accompanied by his wife, Sarah, who is the president elect for Porirua Martin Garcia & Sarah ThompsonSundown Rotary. She had trimmed down Clive’s original ‘2 hour’ presentation to 20 minutes that afternoon – which made it interesting for Clive to keep up with the changes! Nonetheless, we were given a really good appreciation of the significant voluntary work that members of Steam Incorporated undertake – the hours that are required to restore carriages and engines to their former glory so they are able to run excursions on the main line.

New World Raffle Winner

Congratulations to Phil Harland.


World Polio Day – 24 October

24th October 2014 designated World Polio Day by the World Health Organisation is a reminder of Rotary New Zealand’s part in the fight to eradicate polio, which would be only the second human disease to be eradicated. Only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus.

Stuart Batty is Rotary’s PolioPlus National Advocacy Advisor for New Zealand. He says “Rotary New Zealand have raised NZ$6.8 million for Polio Eradication since 1985 and since 2002 the New Zealand Government has given NZ$5.2 million. Overall, remarkable progress has been achieved in the fight against polio. Since 1988, the number of polio cases has been reduced 99% from 350,000 a year to about 400 in 2013. In 2014, Southeast Asia was certified polio-free after India eliminated the disease from its borders, an incredible feat for a country once considered the hardest place on earth to stop polio. Earlier this year, the Director-General of the World Health Organization declared polio to be still a public health emergency of international concern. As such, WHO urged polio-impacted countries to ensure travellers leaving their borders are immunised against the disease. This decision puts additional measures in place to ensure New Zealand as well as the rest of the world protect the incredible progress to rid the world of the disease.

Rotary worldwide, made polio eradication its top priority in 1985 and has since contributed US$1.3 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunise more than two billion children in 122 countries. A highly infectious disease, polio still strikes children mainly under the age of five in parts of Africa and South Asia. Polio can cause paralysis and sometimes death. There is no cure for polio, but for as little as 60 cents worth of oral vaccine, a child can be protected from the disease for life.”

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Register for Conference 2014

District 9940 has the privilege to be hosting this event, sanctioned by Rotary InternationaI. Exciting speaker line up, entertainment from the very young to the wonderful Dame Malvina Major telling her Rotary story and an evening at the TSB Arena with a 'Black and White' theme. Join your other District friends in Wellington December 5-7 in the Michael Fowler Centre.

From 1 October the registration fee is $325 + $70 per person for Saturday night’s dinner. So get on line and register now at

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

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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.

Tuesday 7 October 2014

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