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Weekly Update - Electric Shock


Plimmerton Rotary Weekly Update

Tuesday 4 October 2016

The Speaker said ...

David Pine's story, Electric Shock, can be found here. Sigurd Magnusson's talk challenged the thinking of many members who gathered round him afterwards to learn more. 'The world is on the brink of a transport revolution, with electrically powered vehicles likely to dominate the landscape in a very short time', he said.

Allan Smith, Chair of Mana NZ Special Olympics, with athlete Gary Allbright, accepted a donation from the club. You can read what he had to say here.

And we entertained visiting Rotarian, Stuart Rennison from Ipwich in Suffolk in the UK (not for the first time) and his son, Neil Rennison from nearly Pukerua Bay.

President Peter informed us that The Sweet Georgia has been booked for the Christmas Cruise/Dinner for Tuesday 13 Dec. The vessel is located at Queens wharf (next to the Police vessel the Lady Elizabeth). More information will follow shortly.

This week's happenings

Our Porirua
The September Our Porirua E-Newsletter has been sent out with lots of information about our own club and what's been happening in our community. If you're not on the mailing list, and would like to be, let Wendy know. 

Can you help Maisy?
With only three months to go before Maisy sets off on her Global Development Tour she is still seeking sponsorship. Can you help, perhaps by going to the Nigel Kennedy event in Porirua this Saturday? You can read about her exciting tour here.  global_development_tour_2017

The DG's health is in safe hands
A small group gathered at Whitby Mall on Saturday to check on the blood pressure for over a hundred people. You can see who came for a check up here.

What's coming up in October

Next week's speaker - Tuesday 4 October
On Tuesday 4 October, Paul Latham will be talking to us about Ahuru Mowai Trust, a Trust set up for Special Needs children in Porirua.  

Inlet Cleanup and Barbeque - Sunday 9 October
If you can help with this event on Sunday 9 October, get in touch with Angus Langbein and find out where to be, when and what to wear. The Barbecue afterwards makes all the effort worth while but let Angus know you're coming so that he can order the right number of sausages!

Virtuoso Strings Orchestra Concert - Saturday 15 October
This will be on Saturday 15 October at 7.00 p.m., at the Auditorium at Aotea College. You can get your tickets in advance from Northern Music, Kilkerran Place in Porirua, Take Note, Main Road, Tawa or Whitby Pharmacy, or you can pay at the door. This is a great way to support our local youth. 

And what's coming up in November

Discovery X-Games - Sunday 13 November
Last year we sent a team of helpers to these games and Discovery School say that we were 'absolutely amazing'. Feedback from the helpers showed that they had a lot of fun. Donna will be organising another team this year and will be looking for as many helpers as possible - up to 60. The event runs from 10.15 a.m.-3.30 p.m. A board will be going round next week. Here is a flyer to give you more information.  discovery_x_games

Parumoana Speech Competition - Friday 25 November
Wait for a tap on the shoulder from David Knight or Bill MacAulay. They're sure to have it all under control but save the date so that you can come and support this event on Friday 25 November in the Aotea College library at 9.30 am.

Pauatahanui Garden Trail - Sunday 27 November
Only two days later, the second Garden Trail will be staged, in conjunction with Inner Wheel, on Sunday 27 November. You can visit an intriguing range of urban and rural gardens from small to large around the Pauatahanui Inlet. 

The Outside World

Latest news from Nepal
Denise Duke has sent us an update about the progress that's being made in Ghusel in Nepal since she came to talk to us in April and how much more still needs to be done ... 

We're Rotary - There's no limit to what we can do
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Thought for the week

Weekly Update - Electric Shock

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