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Weekly Update - The Magic of Thinking Big



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The Speaker said ...

David provides an excellent memory about the enthusiastic address by Ian Balme who noted that in the early days of the “Forgotten Highway”, it was not always plain sailing.” I had this grand idea of what I wanted to achieve but it took a lot longer and cost a lot more than I had ever imagined.”


President Jenny thanked the members who turned up wearing pink. Pink Shirt Day is about working together to stop bullying by celebrating diversity and promoting positive social relationships. It’s about creating a community where all people feel safe, valued and respected, regardless of age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or cultural background. to commemorate mental health day. It was quite a colourful turnout!

Mike Doig is seeking help for a Syrian family. Their two primary-age children are at Glenview School. The family is living in Tawa for the next ten weeks after being moved around Porirua several times. The principal would like the children to stay at Glenview to give them some continuity. Oranga Tamariki won't help with the additional costs of petrol to drive the children to school each day and they need help. The father is willing to do some casual work or members might be willing to donate some petrol vouchers. Please contact Mike if you can help.

A team will be going to Fiji from 11-18 August to help with some building work. A container is leaving New Zealand at the end of June with an assortment of items. The local people like t-shirts and shorts so if you have any that are surplus to requirements, please bring them to Rotary next week.

President Jenny offered congratulations to Bryan Waddle who has recently been honoured with an award for service to broadcasting. Bryan confessed that the award has come as a bit of a surprise.

Adrienne told us that Joel Bowater is back in town and looking for casual work to raise money for when he goes overseas at the end of July. Many Rotarians can vouch for his flexibility and hard work.

The Almoner said ...

Graham Craig's knee is much improved as is his general health. He hopes to be back at Rotary early in June.

Noel Evans is still in Ward 4 and walking with help. His health is improving too.

Ian Catherall is also in Ward 4 in Kenepuru.

We have news that Brian Paget, a former member who has now moved to the Wairarapa is very, very ill. David is sending a card.

The Outside World

Former First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush, an advocate for literacy, education, and women’s rights, will speak at the 2018 Rotary Convention being held in Toronto, Canada from 23-27 June.


It was lovely to have another visit from Kay Phillips, who will join the Club on 12 June, Peter Oliver, guest of Bruce Couch from Havelock North, Julie Betteridge on her birthday, Velma Knight and, of course, Amandine.

This week’s happenings

Following the mention in last week's Update of the win in the Polio Eradication raffle that was drawn at RotaFEST, President Jenny called on Lesley Thompson to present her with the $5 note signed by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Here's a short blog about the successful mock interviews that took place at Aotea College recently in conjunction with Partners Porirua.

Lynne Phillips, Chair of the 9940 Rotary International Youth Exchange Committee is looking for four outbound students to go overseas in January 2019. The deadline has been extended and applications are being sought. If you have any likely prospects, please talk to Outbound Co-ordinator, Caroline Campbell on 021 021 42227 or

Amandine has written a great blog about her experience at RotaFEST. You can read all about her weekend here.

We've been a bit short of Inner Wheel newsletters this year but here's their news for May. Hopefully, we can post the missing copies soon. 

Porirua Rotary is holding a movie fundraiser for the combined colleges' Polyfest. They hope the students will support it more readily at the cheaper price.  Mamma_Mia_Poster

There will be news in next week's edition with the result of the inaugural Quiz Night at Porirua Rotary on 23 May and how our esteemed Rotary team fared. Watch this space ...

What’s coming up in May and beyond?

This Saturday, 26 May, is the Rotary Best Speaker Awards competition. We know that several members of Poirura Rotary will be coming. If you can come to support the contestants on this amazing day, ask Bill to send you a copy of the run sheet.

The next Wine and Cheese gathering will be from 4-6 pm on Sunday 27 MayChris will be in touch with you on the day with details of where you're to go with your wine and cheese.

The CEO of Life Education Trust, John O'Connell, will be speaking to us on 29 May and we will be presenting him with the funds we raised for LET at the Book Fair.

And remember that Committee night on 5 June is the last in this Rotary year. Let's make it memorable before we hand over to the 2018-2019 teams.

On Wednesday 18 July, the Light House in Pauatahanui has been booked for a showing of the Balibo movie.

You can find information about all future events here.

Parting thought

The parting thought came from Leigh Corner - 'The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet' by Benjamin Hoff. Pooh said, 'let's find a way, today, that can take us to tomorrow. Follow that way, a way like flowing water. Let's leave behind the things that do not matter, and turn our lives to a more important chapter'. 'Perfect', I said, 'I knew you could do it'. 'Have we reached the end?' said Pooh. 'Yes', I replied, 'I suppose so'. 'It seems to be the end' said Pooh, 'it does, and yet'. 'Yes, Piglet'? 'For me, it also seems like a beginning'. 


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.

Weekly Update - The Magic of Thinking Big

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