DG Visit
A Visit from the District Governor
We had the pleasure of welcoming and hearing from our District Governor Gary Hopkinson at last week’s meeting.
A retired architect, Gary shared that he attended Greymouth High before training at two Universities plus on the leisure side continues to enjoy fishing and sailing.  He has spent over 40 years in the scouting movement and was then asked if he would like to join Rotary on the Coast … and the rest is history.
In terms of the ongoing development of Rotary, Gary feels that getting members out and doing “stuff” is important and noted that even small projects can make a real difference for the communities we work with.  His club currently sponsors young women in overseas countries to go to college so as to help raise the education levels of their villages.
He also talked briefly about (1) the Centennial project which will involve four clubs from NZ & AU building support for immunisation and (2) looking at the process involved in working towards amalgamating Districts 9970 and 9980 which he feels will be quite the challenge for us going forward.
When asked what his best moment was as a Rotarian, he commented with a grin: “Marrying another Rotarian.”
Liz thanked Gary on our behalf for taking the time to visit us and share his thoughts going forward.
Tony PH
Paul Harris Presentation
Tony Taylor was presented with the Paul Harris award in recognition of his many years of service and contribution to youth.
Tony joined Rotary in 1990 and has served during his time with us to date as both President and Board Director.  He also primarily established the Rotary Associates group which included building a strong link to the University of Canterbury focused on enabling youth to experience voluntary service.
This was hard slog at the start, but through Tony’s perseverance the programme had 50 applicants after a year.  Since then it continued to grow as more clubs and students came on board. 
This has resulted on over 1,000 youth being introduced to and experiencing what Rotary volunteering is about with a number of Rotary clubs having benefitted from the experiences of youth involvement through Tony tireless efforts in this area.
When asked about a memorable experience, Tony shared that it is the quality of the students themselves that he felt was amazing.
Roteract Visit
Visiting Rotaract Students
A panel of Roteract students, accompanied by UoC’s Emerging Development Leader Jo Carter, visited us last week and were asked, as a panel, a number of questions about their experiences including how this has changed their feelings about volunteering and fellowship.  Their replies included:
“I love being involved in doing something practical.”
“I have learnt the value of a friendly and welcoming approach.”
“I found it a great way to meet people, make friends and gain organisational experiences.”
The group then presented Tony with a gift of a University of Canterbury hoodie in appreciation for his work.
PR Activs
What Has Papanui Rotary Been Up To?
The Amazing Race Project
We were treated to a video that highlighted many of the recent activities we have been engaged in including:
University of Canterbury Rotary Associates Program
Community Painting Project
Local Railways Track Clean Up
The Amazing Race
District Rifle Shooting
Ronald McDonald Meals
360 Degrees Walking Track
Papanui Bush Project
Hanmer Forest Working Bee
Trailer Raffle
These and many other activities we have been actively involved with, including the gathering and sending of key supplies to Pacific Island countries,  support the goals of “impact, reach, engagement and adaptability” which are key components of International Rotary’s Strategic Plan.
CI Trip
Chatham Island Trip
The stunning Te Kopinga Moriori Marae
Papanui Rotary Club are planning a week’s Rotary trip to the Chatham Islands, leaving Christchurch midday Tuesday 31st March 2020 and returning Tuesday 7th April 2020.
We have 20 seats booked on the aircraft, airfares are $770 pp return.  Ten rooms have been booked at the new five star hotel at a cost of $380pp per night. 
This includes all meals, transfers, 5x day escorted tours of the Island, the use of two mini vans on the free day, and a final evening meal at the Admiral Gardens (drinks included). Plus the book, “Discover the Chatham Islands”, prior to departure.
Please email Keith Mitchell on email to reserve your place on this tour to an amazing part of New Zealand.  First of 20 will be on the list.
Stuart Batty was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for our humanitarian response to people of Pacific countries work over many years.
Papanui High School is opening their annual hospitality class afternoon teas to us. This is a great opportunity to support the school and enjoy a really yummy afternoon tea that is prepared and served by the students as part of their NCEA assessment.
Details are below. Please let Denis know as soon as you can if you would like to attend one of the three afternoons offered.
Hi Dennis
Please could you encourage your lovely members to come for afternoon tea again for me.
Tuesday 17th September 3pm 
Wednesday 18th September 3pm
Thursday 18th September 3pm
The cost is $5.00 per person which can be paid on the day. 
Gluten Free is available but we need to know.  I need numbers as soon as you know so then I will send it out to the staff here
Thanks so much: Judy Coleman (Asst HOD Catering).
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Committee Night
The Papanui
Aug 29, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Ronald McDonald House
The Papanui
Sep 05, 2019
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Coffee Morning at Reality Bites Cafe (10am)
Reality Bites Cafe
Sep 06, 2019 10:00 AM
Planting & Weeding Day at Papanui Bush
Bridgestone Reserve
Sep 10, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Weeding and Planting at Papanui Bush
Papanui Bush
Sep 10, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 29th August 2019
Colley, Cheryl
Visitors Host
Flanagan, Lois
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Set Up
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 5th September 2019
Batty, Stuart
Speakers Host
Allen, John
Vote of Thanks
Dodd, Shona
Visitors Host
McNee, Ken
Murnane, Jonny
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 12 September 2019
Forsyth, Simon
Speakers Host
Wright, Max
Vote of Thanks
Denhard, Gary
Visitors Host
McMurtrie, Denis
Bates, Mandi
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
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