Rotary International Convention
Last month Tawa Rotarians and partners Pat and Melva Waite, Peter and Dianne Lockery, Richard and Margaret Herbert, and Martin and Denise Garcia attended the Rotary International Convention in Sydney. They reported back to the Club on their experiences attending plenary sessions, breakout sessions, entertainment and social events.
[Pat Waite and Dianne Lockery at registration]
Peter explained the huge logistical operation involved, the venues and transport involved and the friendliness of other Rotarians. A 3km Charity Walk for “End Polio Now” on the Saturday raised $150,000 and PM Abbott pledged $100 million to the cause. Tony Abbott’s father, who has been a Rotarian for 50 years, was in the audience and both received a standing ovation.
Martin spoke about some of the inspirational speakers, such as former Rotary scholar Maya Ajmera who supports grassroots organisations for children and women through her Global Fund for children and Mr Toilet, Jack Sim, who is improving sanitation and health in the developing world. Richard noted that Jack pointed out there are more cell phones in the world than toilets.
Denise spoke about attending breakout sessions on maternal health where Rotary is making a difference in developing countries through small teams of midwives or large, sustainable projects.
Richard also commented on speakers and mentioned attending breakout sessions on the Rotary Foundation, overseas projects reducing poverty and making Rotary fun. Richard concluded with a quote from then Rotary International President Ron Burton, “Many of us go to Rotary every week. Some of us might get brave and go to another Club. A few of us have been lucky enough to experience a NZ Rotary conference. But until you go to an International Convention you don’t really get close to appreciating all that Rotary does and represents.”
Convention coverage and videos can be found at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/member-news/rotarys-convention-coverage
Member’s 2 Minute Talk
Two-minute talk – incoming President Pat Waite spoke about his work for the Real Estate Agents Authority where he chairs one of the regional complaints committees. The committee must first decide whether a complaint should be investigated. Investigators will then look into the matter, for example searching Council records, before reporting to the committee which makes a decision.
Congratulations to Raffle Winner
Congratulations to New World Raffle Winner – Chris Black.
Parting thought from Pat Waite – "Success comes in cans, not cannots".
Doug announced that the interim results from the Book Fair have been very positive with over $20,000 raised. Big thanks to Rotarians, family and friends who helped with the big pack-up.
District 9940 News
Congratulations to our new District Governor Anthony Scott and his partner, Nicky.
Pictured here with their family and Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key at a recent Premier House function [source www.rcw.org, 24 June 2014]
Go to http://www.rotarysouthpacific.org/ for the latest District news.
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 last meeting and notices: Bulletin Notices 12 July 2014 [size 216Kb]