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The Speaker said ...

You can read Mike's notes here on what Tony had to tell us about the challenge to club leadership presented by a drop-off in attracting and retaining new members.

Tony mentioned the very many links that are available on the Rotary International site -  For those of you who haven't ever visited the site, or not visited very often, here are some links that will certainly help when we, at our club, have ideas that might need additional background information and help:

Project Lifecycle Resources
Starting a club
Steps to apply for grants
Public relations - how to promote our club

If you want to access the training modules, you have to create an account with RI or, if you already have one, sign in.
If you would like to know how to take courses and find resources, here's the Learning Center Course Catalog.  catalog_2018


Bill McAulay told us a bit more about the Rotary Best Speaker Awards that will be held on Saturday 26 May (see 'what's coming up'). Those Rotarians who have attended this event in the past have been struck by the courage, determination and creativity demonstrated by the participants. The Youth Committee will be there in force and he encouraged many more Rotarians to experience this very memorable event. 

President-Elect Donna thanked all the people who had helped at the Discovery X games and said that it was a good way to showcase Rotary in the community.

She also mentioned that Ben Sawrey will be performing with the National Secondary School Choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral on Saturday 28 April at 7.30 pm. Tickets are $20 for seniors. If you would like to make up a group, please email Donna and add your name to her list. Kim Hill will be interviewing the Choirmaster on National Radio this Saturday after the 11.00 o'clock news.

PE Donna thanked David Pine for the words he had written about Greig Cunningham's presentation last week. She told the club that we are hoping to liaise with the Rotary Clubs of Porirua and Tawa to go for a grant for Balibo to contribute to the building of three classes for 120 children. Importantly, toilet blocks are going to be inside the building to reduce the chance of children being child trafficked and raped.

As part of WW100 - Remembering WW1 100 years on and ANZAC Day 2018, the Trust Porirua City Brass will be performing their tribute to the Anzacs at Elim Christian Church, 11 Heriot Drive, Porirua on Saturday 28 April from 2.00-4.00. You can find out more details here.

The Outside World

To reinforce what Tony Heyward had to say, has been nominated for a Webby Award from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which called 'one of the five best sites in the world in its category'. You have until the 19th to cast your vote for here.


We were delighted to welcome Jessica Sebastian, Managing Solicitor at the Whitireia Community Law Centre in Porirua. She came as the guest of Graeme Blick who is keen to help her to get a Rotary scholarship to study a Masters in Human Rights at Friedrich-Alexander Unversity in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany.

In addition to Jessica, Adrienne introduced us to Carey Church, a Rotarian from Cambridge.

This week’s happenings

The Kapi-Mana Music Festival and Competitions will take place over Queen's Birthday weekend from 1-4 June 2018. You can find all the details on their website. If you can offer time to help, please contact Carolyn Rait on 234 7422.

Sir Peter Jackson's Quinn's Post Trench Experience is now open at the Pukeahu National War Memorial, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington. You can find plenty of information here. Next week, Donna will be asking for expressions of interest to do a tour with high tea (minimum of ten people).

In a stunning coup for the Porirua community, 15-year-old violinist with the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra, Tuloa Faraimo, who played a solo at the Sole Mio concert in Porirua recently, has just been offered an internship with Orchestra Wellington

What’s coming up in April and beyond?

On 24 April, Chris Laidlaw will talk to us about his work with Wellington Regional Council. If you want to know more about Chris, you could get hold of his book, 'Somebody Stole My Game' in which he proposes that rugby is not sustainable if it continues down the commercial path it is currently following.

On Wednesday 2 May and Tuesday 8 May we are conducting mock interviews at Aotea College.

On 8 May, Dr George Allan will talk to us about The Art of Project Management.

On 15 May you can hear Dr Wayne Severn, a Drug and Substance Analyst, talking to us about training detection dogs in the detection of illicit drugs.

On 22 May, Ian Balme will talk to us about Forgotten World Adventures.

Details about the Rotary Best Speaker Awards on 26 May 2018 are available on our Events page. There's still time to check it out and let Bill know if you have any contacts who might know people who would like to enter.

Parting thought

Barry McEwen gave us the parting thought. Bill Gates was at dinner in New York and gave the waiter a tip of $5. The waiter had a strange look on his face so Bill asked him what was up. 'On the same table', said the waiter, 'your daughter gave me $500 and her father is the richest man in the world'. 'She is the daughter of the richest man in the world', replied Bill Gates. 'I am the son of a woodchopper'. The moral:  Never forget your past. It is your best teacher.

Who’s on duty for the next month?

Unable to do your duty? Please find a replacement and inform Philip Mottram.
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?
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.

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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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