Plimmerton Rotary Weekly Update
Tuesday 21 February 2017
No speaker this week
It's the third Tuesday again so members went off to do some future planning in their Committees.
The District Governor's February 'Hot off the Press' is now available. If you haven't received your own copy, you can read it here.
Kapiti Expressway. President Peter joined over 20,000 people pouring onto the Kapiti Expressway for an open day last Saturday that gave the community a chance to walk on the asphalt of a project that opens to traffic this month.
Rotary's birthday. Rotary International is celebrating 112 years of service on 23 February. A suitably decorated cake was our dessert after dinner.
Rotary Foundation turns 100. Graeme Blick responded to our toast to the Rotary Foundation which began when Arch Klump gave the first donation of $26.50. Foundation funds have been used for vocational students, peace scholars, humanitarian grants, district grants and the Polio eradication programme. What will be the next challenge? Will it be Water? Our District asks each club to donate $100/head/year to The Rotary Foundation so the work can continue.
Firewood - The firewood project is ready to get underway again with a ‘paddock’ full of dry firewood to be sold. Spread the word and give Peter names of buyers.
Wendy Betteridge is hosting a young Frenchwoman from 14 April to 16 June. Lucie is studying law and will be an intern in our court system. Club members are encouraged to include Lucie in any appropriate family activities while she is here.
The Outside World
Bill Gates has confirmed that he will be speaking at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, from 10-14 June. You can register for the Conference here.
Thought for the week
This week's happenings
Titahi Bay Primary School principal, Kerry Delaney, is asking for volunteers to be a Marshall for their Triathlon on 4 March from 8.30-11.30 am. It's a 'sitting down' job - just 'enjoying the scenery and watching the beautiful kids run and bike past!' If you can offer some time, please contact Peter Cox on 237 6642.
Who's going to Parihaka on Monday 24 April after Conference? If you are you may be interested in this clip from a TV programme about the Maori Battalion and what ANZAC day means to their descendants.
Drinks at the Co-op on Friday 24 February from 5.30pm.
What's coming up in February and beyond?
Tuesday 28 February - Leigh Corner will speak to us about 'The synergy of veterinary and medical research' on .
Saturday 4 March - Join Levin Rotary at a 'Hats & High Tea' party at Horowhenua District Council from 1.30-4.30pm. Let Adrienne know if you're interested.
Tuesday 7 March - We can enjoy a Bowls night at Whitby Bowling Club at about 5.00 p.m. Les Austing needs numbers for catering one week beforehand so please let him know that you're going. You can email him, or his number is 234 8916 and you can leave a message.
Monday 13 March - Laurie will be the guest speaker at Johnsonville Rotary Club. President Peter will attend and supporters are welcome.
1-2 April - 2017 Book Fair: The collections have started in earnest. The busiest times when help is most needed is all day Thursday and Friday when PD workers will help with moving boxes of books from the lock up to the Kennel Club, on Saturday morning which is especially busy and on Sunday afternoon for the clear up. Please distribute as many flyers as you can.
8-12 April - Peter Lillico informed members of the visit from a group of Rotarians from Uganda and Tanzania who require home hosting for a few days. Please let Peter know if you would like to assist.
Who's on duty next week - 28 February?
Greeters: Peter Turner and Philip Mottram
Hosting Laurie: Nick Walmsley
Grace: Donna Reed
Introduction: Roy Gilmour
Thanks: Gwyn Akeroyd
Parting Thought: Mike Doig