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Read Mike's report on the story we hard tonight from Kim Murray and Rebecca Morahan, two local women who identified a need in Porirua: some mothers, or other family members, need to be coached to help them feed their families properly.
President Donna welcomed Carolyn Wallace, a strong supporter of WELLfed. She also welcomed Graeme Blanchard, Pharmacist from Cannons Creek, and Gwen Hoople who is interested in considering membership with the club.
This week's happenings
Here's a fascinating site to visit to see what thousands of visitors to Rotary headquarters experience Room 711 each year, a recreation of the office where, on 23 February 1905, Paul Harris met with three acquaintances to start a club based on mutual cooperation and informal friendship.'
President-elect Euon sent round two boards, one for the Bowls night on 19 March and the other for the Conference in Whanganui from 17-19 May. If you missed either and would like to add your name, please tell Euon. He's off to President-elect training in Auckland this weekend. We'll have to see if he looks any different when he gets back ...
President Donna drew members' attention to the raffle at the door. Proceeds will go to help Maisy Bentley with the costs of her upcoming visit to the United Nations as the New Zealand Youth Ambassador. The raffle will be at the door again next week and it will be drawn at that meeting. Please give generously. Maisy has a strong connection with and support for our club.
Information about the invitation from Porirua Club to join them at Bothamley Park today (Wednesday), the Red Puppy Appeal and Innovative Young Minds all appeared in last week's Update. You may already be too late to join members of Porirua Club for the first (if you don't get this Update in time!), Peter Cox will bring a 'board' around next week for the Appeal, and if you would like to put someone forward for the IYM, please tell Sue Adams.
President Donna and Allan Nichols said that collections for the Book Fair are going really well. She thanked the hard-working team for all the volunteer hours they're putting in.
President Donna thanked Graeme Tongs for the hours of time he spends keeping our information up to date on Club Runner. Please ensure that you let him know if there are any changes to your contact details.
The organisers of the Porirua Grand Traverse are seeking volunteers - lots of volunteers - for Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April to help with car parking, marshalling, administration and the like. If you can help on either day, please tell President Donna.
What's coming up in March and beyond?
Next week, 5 March, is a planning meeting. Goodness, is it really nearly March already?
A reminder that the Zonta Club of Mana has invited us to their International Women's Day Breakfast on Sunday 10 March at 9.00 am. This is always a very enjoyable event. Assistant Commissioner Tusha Penny will be speaking about 'A Woman's Journey in a Man's World'. You will see that it is mentioned (as 'Brunch') in their January 2019 newsletter here. Zonta_January_newsletter_2019 (Note: The Editor and Deirdre will be there. Come and join us.)
On 12 March, Amanda Santos will be speaking to us. She is CEO of Tekron and is apparently unafraid to break the traditional CEO stereotype.
You can find future events here. Events such as the Bowls evening, the visit of members on a Friendship Exchange from the US and Canada, the Book Fair and the cinema fundraiser. Never let it be said that you aren't well informed!
Last week Tania Woodcock provided us with some food for thought with her Viewpoint which is now posted as a blog called 'Think before you give'. And in his Viewpoint on the same evening, David Pine challenged us all to think about our health. It's fair to say that some members left the meeting with quite a bit on their minds. In this week's Viewpoint, Graham Wallace told a salutary tale about the accident he sustained on Mana Esplanade and exhorted members to set a safe driving example to our families, our friends and anyone else who drives with us. He suggested a $1 fine each time a driver exceeds the speed limit, to be donated to club funds.
Joe Perera gave us the parting thought: 'Don't worry about the past. You can't change it. Don't worry about the future. You can't predict it. Don't worry about the present. I didn't get you one!
Who’s on duty for the next month?
Unable to do your duty? Please find a replacement and inform Philip Mottram. If you're a late 'no show' please tell President Donna.
Please arrive at 5.45 pm if you're on Door duty or on Introduction duty to greet the Guest Speaker and be his/her host for the evening.
Need to apologise or bring additional guests?
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