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Tony Hassed, Vibrant Tawa, 7 Feb 17Tony Hassed, Wellington Rotarian and Chair of Vibrant Tawa, shared really interesting insights into a vision that is happening for Tawa. Vibrant Tawa is the trading name for the Tawa Progressive and Ratepayers Association. This initiative involves Tawa-based businesses, property owners and local community. Included was the proposal for Tawa to be established as a business improvement district. Vibrant Tawa’s focus is to grow Tawa as a strong, lively, friendly community that's engaged with residents and businesses, sporting, cultural, artistic and interest groups. Pictured: Tony Hassed with Pres Andrew Watson (left). Stacey Richardson who is an active participant with Vibrant Tawa also attended Tawa Rotary's meeting as a guest - pictured here with Tony. Stacey Richardson and Tony Hassed, 7 Feb 17

Tawa New World Dollar Promotion

Tawa New World has offered Tawa Rotary the opportunity to be the beneficiary of a campaign where shoppers are asked if they would like to add a dollar (or more) to their bill. We could have this opportunity twice a year.

After meeting with Manager Cameron Hogg, we have tentatively agreed to run the campaign on Friday, Saturday, Sunday - February 24/25/26. We will agree point of sale advertising and scripts for the cashiers over the next fortnight.

We would like to capitalise on the promotion by placing a desk in the New World foyer, manned by two Rotarians. The objective would be to raise the awareness of Rotary in the community, and to encourage new membership enquiries. A roster will be developed for Saturday 25 February, but if there was strong support from members, we could do some of Sunday 26th as well.

Members will be updated over the next few weeks.

The Tawa Rotary 2017 Book Fair

A start has been made to the planning for this project. However, it is complicated in that the Tawa Mall spare shop has been leased temporarily to the Salvation Family Store while their Main Road building undergoes seismic strengthening, and a number of key Rotary personnel being away for the Rotary Conference and Convention during the first half of the year. So dates have not yet been finalised and we’re looking for someone to help out with taking a lead with the preliminary organisation activities.

Thanks to the owner of Tawa Junction we have been fortunate to have available for the time being temporary storage for our surplus books and about 320 boxes were moved before Christmas from the New World temporary store shop site to Tawa Junction. Additional new books are also being added as people make contact wanting to donate their surplus books, including 30 boxes from the clearance of the Salvation Army Family Store.

Menzshed Tawa

There is a second public meeting coming up to enlist members to set up an incorporated society to progress the Menzshed Tawa project. It's to be held at the Tawa Community Centre at 4pm on Thurs 23 February. The project needs maximum possible support to press the case for assistance from the Wellington City Council in locating a suitable site or building - so every extra member counts. Any support from Rotary members will be most appreciated.

This project is still at a very early stage with no building or site yet, but looking for members and very much appreciating any assistance and support given by Tawa Rotary. Now is a good time for Tawa Rotary to be involved from the start. If anyone is interested in joining or wants more information, let Doug [Burrus] know.

This is a “not for profit” community project open to women as well as men, but primarily intended for elderly single people and those not in employment to give them the opportunity to take part in social activities. These can be personal or local community projects or simply a place to sit down with a tea or coffee and chat.

Loneliness for old people can become a serious problem and Menzshed is one way of helping them keep in touch or make new friends.

District News

Effective Membership Strategies

District 9940 National membership seminar, March 2017Please register now for an opportunity to learn more about how to share Rotary with other people and how to develop effective membership strategies. Rotarians are invited to participate in a national membership seminar being held in Wellington on 18 March 2017 - this has been advertised through various channels including via Tawa Rotary's Facebook.  The cost is $50 per person and to register, the following is a link to the registration form.

District Governor Martin’s Summer Message

DG Martin and Denise Garcia

DG Martin Garcia's message distributed to all District 9940 Rotarians prior to Christmas is available at  He raises some questions for us to consider such as - what your Club will do to mark Rotary’s 112th anniversary on 23 February 2017 and The Rotary Foundation’s 100th anniversary in June 2017. You may be planning for your weekend in Taranaki on 21-23 April at the District Conference.

District Conference 2017 - DG Martin has announced the conference that will be held in New Plymouth in April. Join us to celebrate a programme with top entertainment, fabulous speakers, a weekend full of magic and sharing the Fellowship of Rotary. Local Rotary Clubs have put together an exciting range of activities. Further information available here.

Register for the 2017 District Conference. Early bird registration deadline has now passed. Register here.

The District Website established on 1 July is available at:

Vibrant Tawa - Tony Hassed

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