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Weekly Update - Elijah's Journey - 30 August 2022









President Denise welcomed our guest speaker, Elijah Mareko, Youth Mental Health Advocate, and his parents Norman and Tina. She also welcomed Neil Macdonald, guest of John O'Connell and possible future member of the club. 

President's Notices

Club Presidents will be asked to vote on regionalisation in Zone 8 by representing the views of the majority of their members. The vote will read:

"This club approves participation in a pilot to develop, test and evaluate a new regional approach to supporting and governing Rotary and Rotaract clubs and members in Zone 8 from July 2023 to June 2026.” Yes or No. 

Voting commences from noon AEST on Thursday 15th September and will remain open for 15 days, closing at noon AEST Thursday 29th September.

For those wanting more information , Webinars have been organised and President Denise will be attend one of these . If any member would like to attend a webinar, please let Denise know. 

September is Literacy Month, a subject very close to our President's heart.  

The speaker said …

This week we were treated to a talk by Elijah Mareko, Mana MP Barbara Edmond’s nominee to be the Mana representative at the 2022 Youth Parliament. It was entitled “My journey through 2022- so far”. He wants to see young people take more interest in politics, and confessed that for him, a political career is now looming as an alternative to joining the RNZAF. You can read Mike's report here.


Phillip Reidy was The Person Behind the Badge tonight and regaled us with the story of his very eventful and fascinating career. You can read what he had to say here

What’s coming up in September and beyond? 

Next week, 6 September, is committee night. As President Denise said tonight, it's the time to get stuff done and get stuff sorted.

For all future events, go here.


Jenny reminded members that an order has now gone in for Rotary jackets. These will arrive in about three weeks time.

Denise wished Euon Murrell and Ann Scannell respectively very safe and happy holidays abroad.

This week’s happenings

Past President Kay delivered six boxes of antiseptic wipes to Rangikura School a few days ago. The school use a lot of these and were, as always, grateful for our support. The wipes were given to us by Past DG Bob Smith and compliment the boxes we also donated some months ago.

The Outside World

In this article, you can read about Rotary Projects around the World; in the United States, Venezuela, Greece, Madagascar and Kazakhstan. Stories from other parts of the world helps us to appreciate that there's a lot going on everywhere where Rotary has a presence. This photo shows District 9220 Rotarians addressing humanitarian needs caused by the recent famine. 

On 23 August, the City of Evanston celebrates 68 years as home to Rotary International World Headquarters. You can read some of the history from those years in this article.

Parting Thought

Graeme Blick gave us the Parting Thought tonight. with a quote from Dolly Parton. "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!" 

Who’s on duty for the next month?

Unable to do your duty? Please find a replacement and inform Leigh Corner. 
If you're a late 'no show' please tell President Denise. 
Please arrive at 5.45 pm if you're on Door duty or hosting the Guest Speaker for the evening.
Need to apologise or bring additional guests? 
Advise the Receptionist at Professionals before 10.00 am on the Monday before the meeting on 233 9955 or email if you prefer. 
Please provide the name (and spelling if necessary). The same applies if you're going to be late.


Weekly Update - Elijah's Journey - 30 August 2022

Guests are welcome to our Dinner Meetings. 
For apologies or additional guests, please phone or email Phillip Whearty before 10.00 am on Mondays (or before 10.00 am on Tuesdays if Monday is a statutory holiday) on 027 448 9094 or email


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