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President-Elect, Donna, and incoming Assistant Governor, Adrienne, came back from Suth Pacific President-Elect Training, brimming with ideas for the coming Rotary year. Here are some of them.
Is there anyone who is willing and able to support Rotary Youth Exchange and the young people involved by becoming a host parent? Please let Ken or Donna know by next week at the latest. If we are unable to find three or four host parents then we will not be able to have a student next year.
We are now at the second to last stage of the build of Te Ara Piko on the north side of the Inlet. The Committee feels that is no longer needed for planning or organising events for this. In fact, we only need to fundraise for perhaps another two years. It is hard for the committee members to make a difference going forward and it has been decided that the current committee will stand down and a new fundraising committee of two or three people will be formed.
Sincere thanks are offered to the team for all their hard work and to Ron Lucas and our previous member, Roger Fitzpatrick, for putting this major project on the books.
The Transmission Gully Fundraiser has been deferred until next summer when there will be more to see and hopefully good weather back again. The date in February is yet to be confirmed and is dependent on other major events in Porirua.
As 7 March is International Women's Day, Adrienne could not let it pass without a few quotes from inspirational and influential women.
'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.' - Helen Keller
'Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.' - Golda Meir
'The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.' - Amelia Earhart
'What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.' - Jane Goodall
The Outside World
7 things you don’t know about Rotaract. If you think you know even a little about Rotaract, you may be amazed at what you read here.
From Allan Nichols, 'If you were on a desert island what book would you want with you? How to build a boat!'
This week’s happenings
Year 13 Rotary Service Above Self Award recipient at Aotea College, Ben Sawrey, has taken on the responsibility of engaging in a wide range of extracurricular activities and is always willing to help in the college and the wider community. He is an intermediate youth group leader, organising and facilitating meetings every Friday night. He is also a member of the Secondary Students Choir representing New Zealand in Hong Kong and Shanghai, an active participant in the Coffee @ Charlie’s Aotea Jazz Band, a pivotal member of the Rugby Union 1st XV, Dragon Boating and JNS Barbershop Group and Aotearoar Boy’s barbershop chorus and Aotearoar Nationals. He has also been a leader of Kapa Haka. Ben has already secured NCEA Level Three merit endorsement. In addition, Ben was a recipient of a Porirua Youth Award in August of last year, valued at $1500, in recognition of his outstanding contribution and leadership in the Arts. He has invited us to a concert later in the year. More about that later.
You've probably received it directly, but in case you missed it, here's the link to the digital copy of the March 2018 Rotary Down Under.
And in case you haven't received your March DG's newsletter, here it is. You can use the links to register for RotaFEST 18 from 11-13 May in Palmerston North.
What’s coming up in March and beyond?
Sunday 11 March - Mana Zonta is holding a breakfast to celebrate International Women's Day. The speaker will be Louise Nicholas OMNZ. Here's their flyer. Zonta_IWD_2018
Tuesday 13 March - Amy Williams of Wellington Free Ambulance about CPR training.
Saturday and Sunday 17-18 March - And then it's the Book Fair. Are you doing all you can to promote the event? Thanks to everyone who has offered to help, and a reminder that we need all hands on deck to make this a successful event. More people are needed for Friday and Sunday afternoon if possible, please.
Tuesday 20 March - Steve Lowe will talk to us about Angel Flight - improving lives, one flight at a time.
Tuesday 27 March - Les is preparing to welcome us to Whitby Bowling Club, this time with a twist. Check it out.
Sunday 8 April - X Games Discovery School - We have supported and assisted Discovery School for the last two years and they have asked for our help again - which we can give in a variety of ways. It has been a lot of fun and if you are able to spare the morning or afternoon (the whole day is from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm), please give Richard Sherwin a call.
Who’s on duty for the next month?
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