Making a Difference
Rotary Making a Difference
Content from Rotary District 9970’s Newsletter
Rotary’s recent first-ever virtual convention attracted more than 60,000 registrants and 175,000 viewers during its week-long program at which a number of world leaders and partner organizations spoke about how we are all coming together to help each other through the pandemic.
In a video address, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said we need to work together to find solutions to the problems that are weakening our societies. 
“Your [Rotary’s] efforts have made a significant difference  in eradicating polio, in strengthening communities around the globe, in alleviating the suffering of vulnerable populations, and in building a safer, healthier, and more peaceful world,” Guterres said.
A panel of global health experts also discussed how the infrastructure that Rotary and its partners use for polio eradication has helped communities tackle the needs that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Christopher Elias, president of the Global Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said that:
“In pretty much every country where the polio eradication initiative is active, which is over 50 countries, those assets have been dedicated to the COVID-19 response. The world is benefiting, particularly in the poorest countries where we’ve been chasing down the last cases of polio; we’re greatly benefitting from the infrastructure that (Rotary’s) polio initiative has built over the last three decades.”
Talent Quest
The Great Papanui Rotary Talent Quest
You never Know …
Evan has been giving some thought to the Rotary evening at 1 Kiln Place, Kaiapoi, on 20th August from 5:30 pm onwards as follows:
For some fun and entertainment we will present a "Papanui Rotary Has Talent” show (PRHAT).  
All very tongue in cheek and quite informal.  Members and partners might show us how talented they are and they might like to 'hide behind a stage name'.  The fellowship committee members will be the glamorous 'Talent Judges'.
They might say "It's a YES from me!"  For the evening people will need to bring finger food (yes keep it simple), plates, cups and a folding chair would be useful. Drinks (soft drink, beer ,wine,tea and coffee) and glasses will be provided.
Of course this will be a partners night.  No need to dress up,unless your talented performance requires it!  You may be good at magic, or music (I have a piano or singing (lipsynch?) or making us laugh, playing the ukelele, "flying a DC3"or displaying your photographyor sailing your yacht"or surprise us with your talent.
Warm  regards: Evan.
The President’s Blurb
What a wonderful night last Thursday night at the club. The Brown Paper Bag Auction was lot of fun and at the same time raised over $1200 for club funds.  Assistant Governor Craig Murphy attended and sent a lovely message next morning saying how much he enjoyed the evening with us. 
The next fundraiser is the Quiz night this Sunday night being hosted by the International committee at Bailies Bar and Restaurant.   The Membership committee also has a Quiz night booked in October and Gary Denhard and the Youth Committee have booked the BBQ hut at Mitre 10 for a couple of Saturdays in the Spring/Summer. 
Mark Bond (son of Alan Bond) has been nominated for membership and the board is progressing this.This week there is another potential member coming to our meeting. 
This week I will be attending a cluster breakfast with other club presidents - this is a monthly event.  Later in the week I will be putting out a summary of last weeks board meeting as well as a couple of lines about the cluster breakfast. 
Thank-you for the many messages of support I have received in the last few weeks.
Papanui Bush is Go
A reminder from Denis that weeding at Papanui Bush is every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 9.30 am.  We hope to have a morning tea on the coming Tuesday the 11th as we push onwards and upwards.
2016 Speech Finals Night
Sarah Cumming, the Deputy Principal at Heaton Normal Intermediate School, is happy to once again have the school host the Papanui Rotary Speech Competition.  
The following dates are their preference:
  • Preliminaries: Thursday 17th September in the Learning Resource Centre & Room 20.  Avoiding break times would be great so participants are not distracted by the noise. 
  • Finals:  Thursday 24th September: in the Performing Arts Centre.
More details coming shortly.
Gordon has shared that Joan Hawley, wife of a former member of the Club the late John Hawley, has passed away and that the Funeral Service will be held at the Harewood Crematorium Chapel , Wilkinsons Road, on Wednesday at 11.00 am.
Thought for the Week
Upcoming Events you are welcome to attend
Club Night at Papanui Club
The Papanui
Aug 06, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
Quiz Night
Baillies Bar
Aug 09, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cooking at Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House
Aug 10, 2020
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Club meeting at the Papanui Club
The Papanui
Aug 13, 2020
Venue to be advised
Aug 20, 2020
5:55 PM – 7:30 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Duty Roster 6th August 2020
Spicer, Anne
Speakers Host
Thomson, Evan
Vote of Thanks
Archbold, Doug
Visitors Host
Flanagan, Lois
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 13th Aug 2020
Van Beek, Verdi
Speakers Host
Taylor, Tony
Vote of Thanks
Anderson, Kathy
Visitors Host
Digby, Neville
Geerlofs, Arie
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
Duty Roster 27th August 2020
Tizzard, Tony
Speakers Host
Stringer, John
Vote of Thanks
Allen, John
Visitors Host
Denhard, Gary
Thomson, Rob
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
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