With stuff to get done following the meeting, there were no visitors. But President Denise was delighted to welcome back from holiday, Chris Garrett and Joe Perera.
President Denise reminded us that September is Literacy month. Did we know that 776 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate? That's 17% of the world's adult population. She directed us to a Basic Education and Literacy Rotarian Action Group (BELRAG) which you can read about here.
She also commended The Guatemala Literacy Project to us. This Project is working to reverse the country's low literacy rates and keep children in school. More than 800 clubs have been working on this project for 25 years.
Denise told us that, for a second year, Rotary International, Kiwanis International, Lions Club International and Optimist International are working together to celebrate and give back to our communities with a week-long service event to be held from 11-17 September. She encourages us to share joint service projects on social media and on Rotary Showcase.
There will be an additional Board meeting this month via zoom on 8 September at 6.00 pm to discuss the survey results and decide 'where to from here'.
The normal monthly Board meting will be via zoom on Monday 12 September.
Dexter gave us the Viewpoint tonight - "Keep the Faith" - about the ups and downs of the fortunes of the New Zealand Warriors. You can see the charts he used here.
What’s coming up in September and beyond?
Next week, 13 September, we will be mentally challenged with our "Annual Quiz Night". You can find more details here.
As you can see in the note below the roster, you can find out about all future events here.
Bill reminded us that 5-11 September is Conservation week. We have received funding from the Ministry of Primary Industries and Porirua City Council, who are promoting a planting day on Tuesday 20 September from 9.00-12.30 pm at the Rotary Forest of Peace and Remembrance. Come along and join the crowd. All Porirua City Council staff have been asked to participate. 10,700 plants have already been planted since 2020. The hope is to plant a further 4,000 on the 20th. The plan is to drill holes in advance and lay out the trees in position. There are plenty of different jobs - planting, making up the plant protectors, tapping them into place, taking photos and checking on those who are planting. Bring gumboots, a sun hat, water and snacks.
AG Kay drew our attention to the visit that Bill Day has organised on Sunday 18 September to tour the new Wellington Children's Hospital before it opens. Te-wao-nui-invitation
The Communications Team is in charge of the Raffle for September - an important way to augment Club funds and keep your subs as low as possible. We thought we'd do something a little different this month, as you can see from the flyer. All four team members will have raffle tickets available each Tuesday throughout September so you can buy yours at any time, including on the night of 27 September itself when prizes will be drawn. Watch out for Phillip, Mike, Rhondda and Wendy - they will be lurking! Tickets are $5 each and cash is great or you can pay on account. You can buy more than one ticket as the odds are good and the prizes will amaze!
This week’s happenings
Week after week, braving wind, rain and sleet, a group of hardy Rotarians turn up at Porirua Gardens to weed, plant, and harvest all manner of vegies to take to the Salvation Army Foodbank. Of course additional volunteers are always welcome, but we believe that most of the members have no idea what our Porirua Gardens project looks like. So, here's a warm invitation to all members and interested people to visit. Contact Nick if you would like to pop in - just to make sure that the gate is open.
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Meryll Evans' cancer news is not as favourable as she was hoping, and she will be undergoing treatment soon. She doesn't need any additional help at present but we'll keep an eye out for her as time goes on.
Kay Phillips gave us the Parting Thought with a quote from Nelson Mandela. "Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can change the world".
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you prefer.
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