Pap Rotary Xmas 2019
Papanui Rotary Christmas 2019
A happy band of 45 club members and partners joined together at the Presbyterian Village Community facility to celebrate our Christmas wind up for 2019.
What a pleasure it was to have Deborah from Ambrosia Kitchen and her team to cater and look after us.
A delightful selection of hors d'oeuvres was served at our table.
This was followed by Lois’s surprise entertainment in the form of 9 year old Eliza playing guitar and singing a bracket of songs.
In place of a regular Sergeant’s session, Rob Thomson provided the material for some entertaining, thought provoking and hilarious activity. Every attendee was given the name of a part of the body or a medical condition and was asked to stand and provide an alternative description for this; e.g. indigestion –the consumption of food indoors as opposed to outdigestion as at a barbecue or picnic.
The main course was a feast fit for royalty with pork raised to a large extent on acorns, beef, new potatoes, a yummy chicken and noodle salad and a mixed green salad with accompanying dressings.
Prior to dessert being served, Santa (alias Arie) arrived and dispensed the small gifts that everyone had brought. There was a lot of inquisitive looks and much frivolity as the array was opened and displayed.
The raffle was drawn next and the prize winners more than satisfied with their success. Thanks to Cynthia Tizzard for doing a great job wrapping and displaying the gift baskets and other prizes.  The dessert table groaned under the selection Deborah had prepared for us. What a diet breaker!  The sumptuous meal was topped off with a satisfying tea or coffee.
There was a great deal of mingling and chatter as club members and partners relaxed in a wonderful atmosphere of friendship.
President Keith was a very able MC.
Thank you to Lois and a variety of helpers who put together an outstanding and most enjoyable night.
Merry Christmas everyone and our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
Xmas Service Message
A Christmas Message from Susan Hunter
This abridged article that Susan, a previous President of the Rotary Club of Toronto put up in a previous year has some sound comments on what “service” is about.
It is said that the most precious gift you can give is time. When you give of your time, you give a little of yourself and a part of your life to someone else. Time in the service of others is what defines all Rotarians. This is especially true during the Christmas season.
For many months leading up to Christmas, our members spend an enormous amount of time planning and preparing two spectacular celebrations to make many people very happy.
Both celebrations require planning on a grand scale, which several members do with great enthusiasm and passion.
So many of our members give of their time and service. As you may know, the definition of service is evolving in Rotary and the long-standing focus on “attendance” at a weekly gathering is being challenged by the hard realities of work and life that demands our time and forces us to prioritize our attention.
At The Rotary Club of Toronto, we need to talk about what service means to us. Our Club Board of Directors is engaged in this conversation and I encourage you to get involved in this dialogue.
As our membership evolves with the ever changing world in which we live and work, we need to be responsive and flexible with how we define time and service to Rotary.
For me, service can mean different things.  Some participate on Committees identifying the philanthropic projects worthy of our support, while others come out to our events and parties to lend a helping hand, or take part in trips in faraway places. And there are dedicated members who just do the many activities that make things happen at our Club. All manner of service is worthy and valuable.
The world needs Rotary, now more than ever. Our singular mission is to improve the lives of people and to create a better world. In whatever way you choose to serve Rotary, I sincerely thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community, our Club and our members.

And at this special sacred season, I hope you take the time to reflect on the many blessings of your life and the privilege to be of service to others. Hedley and I extend our very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a bright New Year to you and your families.
Samoa Appeal
Pacific Measles Outbreak
Stuart sent this through with a big thank-you to all of those who have supported this appeal and to all those still to do so.
Rotary New World Community Service (RNZWCS Limited) have received a request from the Rotary Club of Apia to support them in supporting the Ministry of Health and communities in Samoa.
The Ministry of Health have specifically sought assistance from Rotary for health centre furnishings and supplies (beds, screens, trolleys, wheelchairs etc.)
The Rotary Club is also providing family support for those bereaved families. To date 72 children have died with some thousands under care and observation.
Donations in New Zealand may be made through RNZWCS Limited.
Receipts will be issued for Tax Deductible purposes. (CC26860)
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Cheque to RNZWCS Limited (Rotary New Zealand), PO Box 20309, Christchurch 8543
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Winning Numbers are Go!
Our fundraising activity based on those having the bonus Lotto number or the numbers either side each week is underway!
Ron Sedgley struck the bonus number (#8) last Saturday with Gordon and Faye Sedgley coming in on either side.
Winners the week before were Lois Flanagan (#26) with Jill Archbold and Tony Taylor coming in one-off.
Upcoming Activities from Tony
Merry Christmas everyone and our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
We will hope to see you all at President Keith and Heather’s place at West Melton for a barbecue to kick off our 2020 on Thursday 16th January.
Papanui Bush Project
Reminder that the following events are planned for the Papanui Bush project going forward:
  • Saturday January 18th: a community planting session. 
  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month: gentle weeding session.
Contact Denis for more info.
Thought for Christmas …
“Did you know Santa's not allowed to go down chimneys this year? It was declared unsafe by the Elf and Safety Commission.”
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Coffee Morning at Reality Bites Cafe (10am)
Reality Bites Cafe
Jan 03, 2020 10:00 AM
Planting & Weeding Day at Papanui Bush
Bridgestone Reserve
Jan 14, 2020
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
First meeting of 2020
11 Brampton Drive
Jan 16, 2020
5:55 PM – 8:30 PM
New member presentation from Neville
The Papanui
Jan 23, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Talk by the Principal of Papanui High School
The Papanui
Jan 30, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 16th January 2020
Allen, John
Vote of Thanks
Barltrop, Charles
Duty Roster 23rd January 2020
Barltrop, Charles
Speakers Host
Wright, Max
Vote of Thanks
Archbold, Doug
Visitors Host
Courtney, Nick
Bates, Mandi
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 30th January 2020
McNee, Ken
Speakers Host
Van Beek, Verdi
Vote of Thanks
Allen, John
Visitors Host
Courtney, Liz
Davey, Barbara
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidy up
Sedgley, Ron
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