Papanui Rotary Club Chat 21 Jun 2022

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Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
21st  June 2022
 
 
Kate from Globus Travel
 
We welcomed back Kate Imrie who updated us on the offerings that Global Travel offers us going forwards as the world increasingly opens up to international travel with no Covid testing now required to return to NZ which has led to bookings taking off.
 
Her company Globus Travel specialises in coach touring which is cheaper and safer.  Their motto is “All About the Passenger” with a focus on tours to different places rather than typically chosen big name locations.  “Every day on tours there are choices as to what you might do ” smiled Kate with lots of free time built in.
 
Safety is a top priority with personal distancing, health screening and regular cleaning of all touched surfaces now a top priority to help achieve this.  Mask requirements of different countries are also followed. A key focus going forwards is opening up options with mothballed places as a long term strategy.
 
For an additional low fee the company also offers a full refund should you wish to cancel up to 30 days before the start date which helps manage unexpected illness and bumps in the road. 
 
“You can access me via travel agencies” noted Kate and the company has recently employed more staff in NZ to manage demand.
 
We thanked Kate for her update and if you wish to contact Kate please call her on (027) 476 3923 and access the Globus website here.
 
 
Thursday June 23rd - Changeover Night! 
 
We look forward to welcoming Stuart Batty into the role of President for the next Rotary year and the presentation of four Paul Harris awards. 
 
NOTE that the meal will follow the awards and start at approximately 6:40 pm as Stuart will be in attendance from 5:00 pm to 6:45 pm before he leaves for another event.
 
We also have a surprise guest after the meal that you don’t want to miss!
 
Please email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are (1) not coming to this event or (2) if you are bringing additional family or a friend with you.
 
 
Thursday June 30th - Community Board Visit
 
Two representatives of the Papanui-Innes Community Board will be joining us this evening for a meal followed by the presentation of an award to one of our members.
 
 
Pink Ribbon Breakfast
 
A great breakfast was held at Deryn’s place at the weekend that raised just under $400 for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ. 
 
Some great packages were up for grabs.
 
Deryn is emailing those unable to attend to see if the money raised can be increased to over $400.
 
 
Welcome Sheun!
 
We were delighted to induct Sheun Fasheun into our Club last week.  Sheun was accompanied by his friend Surinder Tandon who is also a long serving Rotarian with the Lincoln Club.
 
Following an intro by Stuart who will be his mentor as well as fellow member of the Foundation / International Committee, Sheun spoke about his passion for becoming a Rotarian and his commitment to becoming a full and active member of our Club.
 
Welcome Sheun … we look forward to the valuable skills and experiences in especially the social services arena that you bring to our Club and the opportunity to get you know you better as we serve our local and wider communities going forward.
 
 
“Pap Bush Going Well” from Kathy

A select few Rotarians met down at the Papanui Bush recently. We had a productive day mowing, trimming and planting. Jim planted a Totara.  We were all rewarded as we sat at the picnic table sharing our morning tea over by the new  Brain Tree building that is now in use.
 
 
We had a King Fisher come and watch us. Sadly I did not have my proper camera with me so had to make do using my phone camera. It was as though the King fisher was thanking us for planting him some nice new native bush for him to live in and giving us reward to help entice more folk to come down and help us out.
 
 
Many hands make light work and there are jobs suitable for all be it mowing, trimming, planting, making up the cardboard plant shelters or just chatting and sharing fellowship. You can park in the Brain Tree car park for handy access to where we are planting.
 
Hope to see a few more Rotarians at our next session coming down to see our resident King Fisher, and how the bush is growing.
 
 
 
As well as still hoping to have a few more Centurions sign up from our Club midst, our Give a Little presence in support of helping eliminate Polio has done well and we are getting closer to meeting the goals but we still need your support to get over the line.
 
Click here …
 
 
… to make a much appreciated donation. 
 
Remember that a key thing to do is to also share the above link with friends and family. Every dollar helps!
 
 
Food for Thought
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 21 Jun 2022 Grant Paice 2022-06-20 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 14 June 2022

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
14th June 2022
 
 
John Price
 
We were treated to an excellent overview of the NZ Police by District Commander Superintendent John Price which included reference to the challenges greater Christchurch has faced in recent times.
 
A former teacher, John joined the Police in 1987.  On promotion to Inspector in 1987 he returned to Christchurch   which included leading the response to the earthquakes. 
 
He served as Kapati Area Commander and then as National Manager Development at the Royal NZ Police College before returning to Christchurch in 2015 as District Commander which included leading the response to the Port Hill fires and the 2019 Mosque shootings.
 
In 2020 John was awarded the Officer of the NZ Order of Merit.
 
John began his presentation by suggesting that a key thing the Police aim to achieve is to make NZ the best place in the world for children.  “Unlike the UK which has 42 Police organisations and the US 18,000, here there is only one which makes things a lot simpler and we are seen as one of the best in the world” noted John.
 
In NZ the Commissioner is controlled by an Act and has discretion over how it functions.   There is no political interference as the Police work for the Govt which John feels is a much better system with the role of the Police being to operationalise strategy.
 
In Canterbury there are 30 stations, 975 sworn Police Officers plus civilian staff and in Christchurch the station also houses Fire and Ambulance which is great in emergencies.
 
“We manage ~600 calls a day” continued John “which means we have to choose which ones to respond to.”  A significant part of their role is managing mental health issues with family violence also being large as it requires 3-4 hours to manage these callouts. They also manage ~100 people taking their lives, ~eight murders plus ~300 search & rescue callouts per year.
 
Policing in NZ got underway in 1829 via the activities of Sir Robert Peel who developed it as the Peace Force.  “This helped NZ become one of the few places in the world where a child can offer an ice-cream to a Police Officer” smiled John. 
 
 
He also noted that he spends a lot of his time discussing with his staff why we come to work based on the aim of helping people feeling safe and being safe.
 
This is focussed on three areas: (1) safe roads (2) safe homes and (3) safe communities with key aspects to the role of police including having to reassure, organise, control, rescue, support, and provide media briefs on top of regular duties.
 
John then alluded to various key activities that occurred in the previous years the response to the quakes, the Port Hills fire and the Mosque incident.  “In any incident we also ensure that we support other lead agencies that are involved” noted John.
 
Re the Mosque incident, there were 136 victims, 51 deaths and all schools were placed in lockdown.  “Our challenge was to help people feel safe during this incident by sharing the message that ‘we have got this’.  The support of the media was a great help here” explained John. 
 
As a result of the Police action which John coordinated, the entire incident took less than half an hour from alarm to apprehension.  Post incident actions by everyone involved also helped get the Muslim community back quickly which helped build trust.
 
 
In conclusion John gave an example of how the Police are seen in the community by asking us what often happens when gang members are under serious threat themselves.  His answer?  “They call us!” he smiled.
 
 
 
Thursday June 16th
 
We will be joined this evening by Kate Imrie who spoke to us some time ago re travel options with Glovis.  She will be giving us an update re how global travel changed since Covid arrived and the developing opportunities available to us now as the world increasingly opens up going forward.
 
 
Thursday June 23rd - Changeover Night! 
 
We look forward to welcoming Stuart Batty into the role of President for the next Rotary year.  Stuart will be in attendance from 5pm to 6:45 pm as he has another event to attend later in the evening so be there early to wish him well.
 
The evening will include presenting 4x Paul Harris awards to Club members, plus being visited by a special guest after the meal.
 
Please note that PH Awards will be given out before the meal which means we will be going through to access our meal at approximately 6:40 pm.
 
 
 
2nd reminder that you are cordially invited to the 2022 Papanui Rotary Women’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast Fundraiser

When: Saturday 18th June 2022
Time: 9.30am
Where: 17c Ramore Place, Redwood
Dress code: As pink as you wish
RSVP: datregurtha@gmail.com by 15/6/22

In Lois’s absence, and with her good wishes, hosted by Deryn and Kathy
 
You can donate cash, or we will have the EftPOS machine available. We’ll also have a raffle, lots of yummy food, and lots of fun and laughter.

 
 
A Letter of Thanks
 
Dear Grant
 
On behalf of the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust Inc., we would like to thank the Rotary Club of Papanui so very much for your donation. 
 
I have finished recording our data for 2021 and we have had a record year.  We have pasteurised 348.389 Litres of donor breast milk and helped over 302 families during this period. 
 
This total included a number of twins and young mothers dealing with breast cancer.  Everyone who walked through our doors last year was helped with pasteurised donor milk for their baby’s. 
 
It is through generous donations from associated companies and organisations like yourselves that allows us to continue to support mothers and babies during the transition between leaving hospital and establishing their own supply.
 
Once again please pass our grateful thanks to your committee for your most generous donation to our Milk Bank.
 
Kind Regards
Marion Ryder
Board Secretary
Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank
 
 
Supporting the Elimination of Polio
 
Kathy Anderson shared the photo above of her friend who has been working with children and families receiving Polio vaccinations in Mogadishu Somalia with Unicef.
 
As noted by Jim at last week’s meeting, we still have a way to go to meet our target fund raising level so please consider becoming a Centurion if that is an option for you.
 
As an additional option targeting Polio, our Club’s new Polio Give a Little fundraiser has been set up by Gary for those club members who want to help Rotary’s international Elimination of Polio target before the end of the Rotary year.
 
Every year when we have our Polio Appeal we are always surprised by the number of people who have someone in the family who has suffered from polio.
 
A few dollars is all you need to contribute. As of Tuesday 14 June we have raised $740 of the $2000 goal via this added option.  Go to …
 
… to make a much appreciated donation. 
 
A key thing to do is to also share the above link with friends and family. It is easy to do and every dollar helps.
 
Congrat.s to Gary who came up with this great idea which is also available on our website and is making things happen.
 
Gary appreciates all the emails saying “good job” and “wonderful initiative” but he’d love to see some money coming in as well J.
 
 
 
Change of Contact Message from Tony & Cynthia Tizzard
 
“Our house has been sold and we will be leaving Brogar Place at the end of June.
 
We will, however, be vacating the house on Sunday 19th June and temporarily moving in with our daughter and her husband at the address below until our villa at Summerset Cavendish is finished in December this year.
 
Our address will be:
 47 Grants Road, Papanui, Christchurch 8053
 
Our contact telephone numbers are:
Tony 021 664 801
Cynthia 021 134 7444
 
There is no landline connection.
 
Our email address remains the same:
 
Cheers Tony & Cynthia
 
 
A Request
 
Would members please bring a grocery item to Rotary this week (16th June) to be used to complete the raffle prizes for Changeover night.  
 
 
Food for Thought
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 14 June 2022 Grant Paice 2022-06-13 12:00:00Z 0

Polio Give a Little Page

Posted by Gary Denhard on Jun 12, 2022

Help Papanui Rotary to eliminate Polio worldwide. We have a Give a Little Page. Your $10 becomes $30.

When you were young you probably had a free Polio Vaccination at school.
 
Now you are older and free from Polio it might be time to pay a little for this safety belt which has given you a better chance at a pleasant life.
 
Papanui Rotary has setup a Give a Little page to make it easier for you. We are looking to raise $2,000 by the end of June.
 
 
You don't have to leave the house.
 
A couple of countries are still struggling to have what we have taken for granted.
 
A small donation turns into a significant one to help eliminate Polio throughout the world.
 
For every $10 you donate the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate $20.
 
The elimination of Polio worldwide is almost there but more funding is required to eliminate it completely.
 
This year, Papanui Rotary is participating in a world-wide Rotary International program to achieve a target amount of US$50 million by 30 June this year. For every $1 we raise, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will donate another $2.  Every little helps. This is the chance for you to remove Polio from the future of all children worldwide.
 
All money raised will go into this fund.
 
Polio Give a Little Page Gary Denhard 2022-06-11 12:00:00Z 0

Somalia Polio vaccinations

Posted by Gary Denhard on Jun 11, 2022

Kathy’s Friend helping with Polio Vaccination in Somalia. You can help with some funds.

Kathy Anderson has shared the photos above of her friend who has just been working with children and families in Mogadishu Somalia with Unicef, 

They are very concerned about the low polio vaccination rates in Somalia with the wild polio cases in Malawi and Mozambique.
 
Kathy thought that putting this information in the club might help reinforce Jim Hudson’s call for donations to the polio fund.
 
Rotary International are still searching for that elusive total of US$50million by June 30 – to ensure Rotary earns the 2:1 match from the Gates Foundation.
 
It is up to individual club members to heed Jim’s call for funds.
 
Thank you for sharing this Kathy. The article from the Unicef website is below:
 
 
Round 2: The fight against polio continues in Somalia
 
Today, Somalia is launching the Round 2 Polio Vaccination Campaign with a target to reach 3.5 million children below 5 years of age.
 
There is strong evidence that the polio virus is circulating in Somalia, with new cases and environmental samples detected; including confirmed cases from neighboring countries. With low routine immunization coverage and a high concentration of people in Internally Displaced Person's camps due to the recent drought and the transmission characteristics of the wild polio virus.
 
Polio was detected in Malawi earlier this year and that puts Somalia at a greater risk of an outbreak and further exacerbates the spread of diseases such as polio and measles.
 
The Ministry of Health and partners are planning to conduct integrated campaigns composed of Polio, Measles, Vitamin A supplementation and deworming. UNICEF is supporting with extensive cold chain and vaccine management to ensure that quality polio vaccines are readily available.
 
Health systems throughout the world have been rapidly overwhelmed and compromised by the COVID-19 crisis. In Somalia, coupled with drought, access, insecurity and pastoralists movements; essential health services and routine immunization programmes that are normally strengthened by supplementary immunization activities and national campaigns have been severely affected.
 
Speaking at the launch, UNICEF's Representative to Somalia, Angela Kearney, said “The polio vaccine is safe, effective. I can assure you that a high coverage is the surest way to prevent polio and the debilitating effect on our children.”
 
Today, vaccines are estimated to be one of the most cost-effective means of advancing global welfare. We should make sure that Somalia’s children are able to walk, play, dance and learn. Data shows us that, vaccinated children do better at school, with economic benefits that ripple across their communities.
 
The polio vaccination campaign is possible thanks to donors like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Rotary International.
 
Somalia Polio vaccinations Gary Denhard 2022-06-10 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 08 June 2022

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
8th June 2022
 
 
 
 
Thursday June 9th
 
This week we have Canterbury's "Top Cop" District Commander Superintendent John Price addressing us. 
 
John describes himself as only part of an extraordinary team in Canterbury who have been working with a real purpose and commitment over the past 10 years to do their very best for our people and the community they serve every day.
 
Afterwards we are inducting Sheun Fasheun into the Club.  We look forward to a good turnout to formally welcome Sheun as a Club member.
 
Remember to email Deryn at rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming to any of our Thursday meetings.
 
Thursday June 16th
 
We are still sourcing a speaker for this meeting and will email you all when this is in place.
 
Thursday June 23rd - Changeover Night! 
 
We look forward to welcoming Stuart Batty into the role of President for the next Rotary year.  Stuart will be in attendance from 5pm to 6:45 pm as he has another event to attend later in the evening so be there early to wish him well.
 
The evening will include presenting 4x Paul Harris awards to Club members, plus being visited by a special guest after the meal.
 
More details to follow shortly.
 
 
 
Musical Evening a Hit!
 
Our fun Music Evening last week was quite the challenge as we attempted to identify both the artists of 24 songs and guess the member who put them forward as their personal choice.
 
It proved a good test and the winners were Geoff for picking the most Artists of the songs with Kathy & Heather both picking the most right answers for which members put what song forward.
 
The complete list of the songs submitted including a number of old favourites was:
 
 
 
In addition to the above items that were available to buy. The ones below were also available with members bidding for them in a silent auction.
 
 
Many thanks to the Fellowship team for the evening.  Doug also gave a special thanks to Deryn for doing a great job of organising the items for sale and comparing what was a fun evening.
 
 
 
You are cordially invited to the 2022 Papanui Rotary Women’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast Fundraiser

When: Saturday 18th June 2022
Time: 9.30am
Where: 17c Ramore Place, Redwood
Dress code: As pink as you wish
RSVP: datregurtha@gmail.com by 15/6/22

In Lois’s absence, and with her good wishes, hosted by Deryn and Kathy
 
You can donate cash, or we will have the EftPOS machine available. We’ll also have a raffle, lots of yummy food, and lots of fun and laughter.

 
 
Food for Thought
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 08 June 2022 Grant Paice 2022-06-07 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 01 June 2022

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Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
1st June 2022
 
 
 
 
 
Our “A Musical Mystery Evening” event tomorrow night (June 2nd) from 6pm-8pm should be a great night!
 
It is a Partner's Night full of fun, laughter and Mystery!  Each member is asked to contribute one song to add variety to this event. 
 
If you haven’t done so already, please email Deryn here ASAP with your song/artist selection and the Fellowship Committee will take it all from there.
 
We also have several items from the 60's onwards that would have been donated to an op shop had we not taken them. We will offer to sell or auction anything on the night.
 
They include old glasses, jugs, fancy bottle, plates and other glassware, doilies etc. along with a musical decanter. Nothing of any particular value, but they could be of interest to those of us who have lived through that era.
 
If not sold they still go to an op shop.
 
Also please email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming to this event.
 
 
Next week (June the 9th) we have Canterbury's "Top Cop" District Commander Superintendent John Price ONZM, OSt addressing us.
 
John describes himself as only part of an extraordinary team in Canterbury who have been working with a real purpose and commitment over the past 10 years to do their very best for our people and the community they serve every day.
 
 
 
Keith received this from Emily Waiti, the Fundraising Administrator with Aviva.  Well done all members who assisted on the day.
 
 
‘Thank you so much for your support with Aviva’s Annual Street Appeal!  With your incredible support we were able to raise $36,081 for our Annual Street Appeal, well surpassing our expectations!
 
You managed to raise $836.80!
 
Every little bit is so incredibly important to reaching that overall total. We could not have done it without you.
 
Regardless of how much you raised, we are so thankful for your presence out and about that weekend. Every person you spoke to or who even just passed by, becomes a little more familiar with Aviva.
 
Some of them have already gone on to donate online. Some of them may decide to donate next time. Perhaps most importantly, you have helped spread awareness to our communities, so that when one of them needs help, they will know we are here and that they can come to us for support.
 
Thank you for all you do!
 
If you haven’t already please fill out this Volunteer Feedback Survey 2022 to help us improve future Appeals and other volunteer activities.
 
Thank you again!”
 
Emily Waiti
Fundraising Administrator
 
 
Centurion Update
 
Rotarians are traditionally slow starters to support worthy ventures.  Our Polio Eradication goal again this year is for every Rotary club to come up with US$1500 towards Rotary International’s contribution of US$50m. 
 
We in Papanui have opted for Centurion membership to achieve this.  To date we have raised NZ$1000, which equates to about US$620.  We need another 14 Centurions for us to reach our goal.  I know we can do it. 
 
Please do it by depositing NZ$100 to The Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust,  Account No. 03 1355 0661945 00.
 
Deryn will give you a receipt that enables you to claim one third back.
 
Thank you.
 
Jim Hudson
 
 
Let’s Find Out about Another Club…
 
The "Downtown" Club
 
With a membership of 199, we are the largest Rotary Club in the largest Rotary District (5010) in the world!
 
Since 1941 we have come together in an effort to make our
community and world a better place.  If you are one of our
members, we hope you will find this site a useful tool for
accessing the Rotary information you need.
 
If you are visiting our beautiful city we hope you will "make up" at one of our regular Tuesday meetings. Not only will you see an
interesting program, you will have a chance to meet some of the friendliest people on earth!
 
 We hope you'll join us sometime. 
 
Anchorage Rotary Club
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
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Papanui Rotary Club Chat 25 May 2022

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
25th May 2022
 
 
 
No Meeting this Week
 
As noted in an earlier email to members and in the Events section of our webpage we are not having a meeting at the Papanui Club tomorrow (May 26th).
 
 
Our next meeting is planned for June 2nd from 6pm-8pm and should be a great night! Titled:
 
“A Musical Mystery Evening”
 
It is a Partner's Night full of fun, laughter and Mystery!
 
Each member is asked to contribute one song to add variety to this Partners evening. 
 
If you haven’t done so already, please email Deryn here with your song/artist selection ASAP and the Fellowship Committee will take it all from there.
 
We also have several items from the 60's onwards that would have been donated to an op shop had we not taken them. We will offer to sell or auction anything on the night.
 
They include old glasses, jugs, fancy bottle, plates and other glassware, doilies etc. along with a musical decanter. Nothing of any particular value, but they could be of interest to those of us who have lived through that era.
 
If not, they can still go to an op shop.
 
Also please email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming to this event.
 
 
Bridgestone Event this Friday the 27th
 
We have received this invitation to a pre Arbor Day planting at the Bridgestone Reserve just over the Railway line on Langdons Road before Tony's Tyre service this Friday the 27th.
 
It will start at 9.30 and leave when you like. Best to wear gloves and gumboots suggested. Spades will be provided. The mahi will be light planting and lots of fellowship.
 
Come and see the new Brain Tree and Cancer Society Buildings. TVNZ will be joining us so I want to put on a good showing of our club. Please come even if it is just for a look and chat.
 
Contact Denis McMurtrie at (021) 125 1920 if you need more info.
 
 
Daffodils for Aratupu Pre School
 
Hi All.

I dropped the daffodil bulbs that Heather and Keith gave me into Aratupu for the children to plant.
 
 
They were very pleased.

Kathy
 
 
 Food for Thought
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 25 May 2022 Grant Paice 2022-05-24 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 17 May 2022

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 17 May 2022
17 May 2022
 
 
Peter Moore on the Job
 
Peter Moore, the Chief Fire Officer & Manager Airfield Operations of Christchurch International Airport, gave us an informative talk about his team’s valued work.  Peter, who was introduced by Kathy, began by noting that he was a Rotarian while serving as Chief Fire Officer in Tonga some time ago.
 
He began by showing us a video of a large fire aboard a China Airlines flight just after it landed in Okinawa. This was a very dangerous fire and we were impressed with how quickly those on board were evacuated from the plane before the cabin fractured.  Peter next shared with us key information about the fire service operation at Christchurch International Airport.
 
Panthers on Patrol
 
Christchurch Airport is rated Category 9 (the max rating is 10) for rescue and firefighting purposes, according to International Civil Aviation Organisation classification. AFS operates 24/7, 365 days a year and employs 46 staff, with a minimum of nine fire fighters on duty at any one time.
 
“This means we are resourced to respond with a minimum of three vehicles, with a total capacity of 26,900 litres of foam solution at a rate of 12,900 litres per minute, along with 450kg dry chemical powder at 4.5kg per second. We are required to be able to reach the furthest point of the airfield within 3 minutes of the alarm being raised” continued Peter.
 
The AFS operates specialised, state-of-the-art, all-wheel drive aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles manufactured by Rosenbauer. Their major foam vehicles are the Panther model (above), including a High Reach Extending Turret, while structural fire and medical emergency response is provided by the smaller Airwolf model. 
 
 
AFS fire fighters respond to approximately 550 calls per year, mostly for aircraft, medical, general fire and hazardous substance emergencies. They also perform a wide range of airfield services including runway inspections, wildlife management, perimeter security and foreign object checks and removal.
 
When asked what some of the requirements are to join the team, Peter noted that the first key test is for colour blindness and if present it is an automatic “no”.  A willingness to learn and work as part of a focused team is also highly valued.
 
The organisation is a private company owned by Christchurch City Holdings. Part of the airline landing fees are used to finance their operation.  Training is a big part of their daily activities in order to ensure they are ready to both keep the airport area safe and to be able to respond rapidly to emergencies that may arise.
 
Max thanked Peter for his overview of the valued work his team provides not only to the airport but also to other emergencies in the greater Christchurch & nearby areas when called upon.
 
 
 
Please note that, due to Covid, this has been postponed for now.  We will be in touch once things settle.
 
Deryn & Grant
 
Have you emailed Deryn at datregurtha@gmail.com your favourite song and who sang it? Remember to do this ASAP so the organising team can prepare for this fun evening.
 
 
Bridgestone Working Bees: “We need your help.”
 
As per recent Chats, the next upcoming event at the “Bush: is this Tuesday as follows:
 
Tuesday 17th May:  NZ Conservation Trainees, group training for a job in Conservation, will be coming to help us starting at 9:00 am.
 
Come and join us to meet the trainees and work alongside them.
 
Denis
 
 
 
A snap sent through by Keith of our experienced packing team at the completion of a recent Foodbank afternoon at Kilmarnock.
 
 
 
This Thursday the 19th of May we welcome Leah World about the continuing success of the Peer Support Programme that we support at Papanui High.
 
Be prepared to take part in some basic activities provided by some enthusiastic others who will be accompanying her.
 
Next week (the 26th) … details coming shortly.
 
Please make sure you email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming to our weekly meeting.
 
 
For those quizzers among you …
 
Quizmaster Bert Walker: Well known in Christchurch Cricket & Soccer circles and for running quizzes around Chch.
 
When: Friday May 20th.
Time: Arrive at 6.30pm for 7pm start to quizzing.
Where: The new Richmond Club off Stanmore Rd. Carpark entry off London St or Avalon St.
 
Cost: $20 pp and tables of 6.
 
Finger Food supplied to each table. Private bar and happy hour until 8pm!  Sold right there.
 
Raffles & Prizes: Excellent goodies.
 
Teams: So … get your team of 6 together and let Paul know at
 
If you don’t have a team – just turn up and we will get you sorted.
 
 
 
A reminder to collect up any unwanted handbags and scarves to donate to ZONTA for their sale on Saturday 2nd July at the St Albans Community Centre to raise funds for a local charity called "Project Esther" which provides wrap around support for women in crisis and "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren". 
 
They need lots of handbags, all shapes and sizes, colours and styles, in good clean condition.  Donate those handbags you no longer use or don’t like anymore or if you are just needing to make room for new handbags.
 
They also love to sell scarves and belts plus this year they would like to include special occasion hats - if you have any of these languishing in your wardrobe they would love to find them a new home too.
 
Please bring these along to the Thursday meetings at the Papanui Club.
 
 
 Food for Thought
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 17 May 2022 Grant Paice 2022-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 10 May 2022

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets 
10 May 2022
 
 
 
 
Last Thursday we were delighted to hear from Club Member Jenny about her experiences during a trip through the Ukraine.  She was ably assisted by her husband Geoff on slide show duty.
 
Jenny visited the Ukraine in October 2013.  She flew from St Petersburg to the Crimea with a budget Russian airline which was an experience in itself and joined the tour party in Yalta. 
 
The Promenade at Yalta
 
Jenny spent three days seeing the sights and then moved across southern Ukraine to the Dneiper River, the longest river of Ukraine and Belarus, where their group joined a river cruise at Kherson.  “We made a day trip to Odessa which is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe” noted Jenny.  She was unsure what type of instrument the person below was playing in Odessa.
 
A musician in Odessa
 
The group then travelled up the river until they reach Kyiv (below) which had some amazing architecture.  “Kyiv itself is a very beautiful and historic city. It has the oldest monasteries and churches in all of Russia” said Jenny.
 
 
It was a very insightful tour because many of the places they visited took them closer to understanding the Ukraine and its determination to be free of Russian control.  Jenny was in the Crimea four months before the Russians seized it and so had reasonably interesting guides who could talk about its cultural and historical significance to all Russians and Ukrainians.
 
A yard in a Lavidian Palace where the 1945 Yalta Conference was held.
 
On the way up river the group visited many towns that are closely connected with the war today.  They also visited a Ukrainian village where we had a lunch and heard of their experiences during the great famine of the 30s which was imposed by Stalin so that he could build dams by selling the Ukrainian grain overseas to earn foreign currency.
 
 
This interesting picture demonstrates a typical area for sunbathing and how very little room you often had in areas where the population was crowded.
 
“I came away with a deep understanding of the country, its people, and a sound knowledge of its culture & history” concluded Jenny.
 
Mark thanked Jenny for her insights into what she experienced on her trip through the Ukraine and her slides that showed the fascinating architecture, places and insights she experienced during her trip.
 
 
A Sad Loss
 
It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Jennie Barltrop last Friday evening. Charles was by her side as she slipped away in Christchurch Hospital. 
 
Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Jennie Barltrop, c/- PO Box 5058, Christchurch 8053. In lieu of flowers, donations to Blind Low Vision NZ, Guide Dogs, would be appreciated and may be made online at bit.ly/jabarltrop0605
 
A Celebration of Jennie's life will be held in the Lamb & Hayward Westpark Chapel, 467 Wairakei Road, Burnside on Saturday, May 14, at 10.00am.
 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Charles and his family.
 
Tony & Grant
(Note: included with Charles' permission)
 
 
You are cordially invited to the 2022  
Papanui Rotary Women’s
Pink Ribbon Breakfast Fundraiser
 
When: Saturday 21st May 2022
Time: 9.30am
Where: 17c Ramore Place, Redwood
Dress code: As pink as you wish
RSVP: datregurtha@gmail.com by 17/5/22
 
 
In Lois’s absence, and with her good wishes, hosted by Deryn and Kathy
 
You can donate cash, or we will have the EftPOS machine available. We’ll also have a raffle, lots of yummy food, and lots of fun and laughter.

 
 
Bridgestone Working Bees: “We need your help.”
 
As you may know the Papanui Rotary Club has been planting in the Bridgestone Reserve (Papanui Bush) for some years. Now is the time to complete some planting and to make a good presentation for the Braintree which opens in four weeks’ time. Late Autumn planting is best.
 
The next upcoming dates are as follows:
 
Friday 13th May: NZ Conservation Volunteers (9.00 am start). Good opportunity to mix with “new” people.  We are hoping to have the PRESS attend this event.
 
Tuesday 17th May:  NZ Conservation Trainees, a group training for a job in Conservation, will be coming to help us starting at 9:00 am.
 
Friday 27th May:  This is our pre-Arbor Day “Big Push” Community Plant & BBQ day.
 
For more info please contact Denis McMurtrie at (021) 125 1920.
 
 Calculating your Rotary Club’s Carbon Footprint (Abr)
 
Global warming and Climate Change are having a significant impact on our planet.  At the UN COP26 event at Glasgow there was universal agreement on the need to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
 
Most of us going about our daily lives cause greenhouse gas emissions.  You may have seen carbon emission values on your power bill or airline ticket.  But let’s not forget the impact of our Rotary activities, our club meetings, projects & conferences.
 
Yes! Carbon dioxide emissions do occur when we meet at our Rotary Club.  These result from the way we travel to meetings; the type of electricity used for lighting, presentations, and heat control; even the food we eat and how it is cooked. 
 
Projects & conferences may also involve significant travel.  Whilst we don’t want to stop any of these activities, we should recognise what is occurring and consider sensible changes to reduce our footprint.
 
Over the last 18 months an ESRAG international team from NZ, Australia, UK, & the US developed the idea of creating a tool that could properly estimate the carbon footprint of your Rotary club.  This idea has now been extended for the Oceania region using certifiable emission factors. 
 
There is a pathway for other regions to develop a calculator with appropriate emission factors. The major sources of emissions for Clubs are:
 
  • Travel to meetings, events and projects
  • Meals and drinks
  • Electricity and other power sources at the venue
  • Overnight accommodation and air travel for projects and conferences
  • Waste.
The calculator uses data collected by the Club to provide a detailed report showing the source of carbon emissions, allowing the development of an effective emissions reduction plan.  It is anticipated Clubs will also seek to offset any remaining emissions by investing in carbon credits or reduction projects typically tree planting or forest regeneration.
 
Details about the calculator, data collection forms, as well as reduction & offset tips can be found on our website www.esragoceania.org.   ESRAG Oceania is launching the Carbon Calculator for the use by any Club in Australia and NZ at its meeting on Thursday 19 May  at 7.25pm AEDT.  Please book via Humanitix:
 
 
 
 
A reminder that we are collecting for Aviva (Live Free from Violence) at Northwood New World on May the 20th.  We could still do with a couple more people so there are at least two per shift. 
 
Contact Keith on if you can help.
 
 
 
This Thursday we welcome Peter Moore, the Chief Fire Officer & Manager Airfield Operations of Christchurch International Airport who will share his interesting role with us.
 
Next week (the 19th) … speakers being finalised … details coming shortly.
 
Please make sure you email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming to our weekly meetings.
 
 
 Food for Thought
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 10 May 2022 Grant Paice 2022-05-09 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 03 May 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
03 May 2022
 
 
The Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds
 
This week we were privileged to hear from popular club member Neville Digby relating his experiences as a guest at the SHPG facilities in the Pisa Range near Cardrona.
 
Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds is an award winning international automotive proving ground located in the South Island of New Zealand, offering winter testing from June to September.
 
SHPG is a global leader in winter testing facilities for automotive, component and tyre manufacturers. It was established in the early 1990s, after Japanese motor companies Toyota and Sumitomo began inquiring for a suitable site for testing new engines and tyres in the southern snow. 
 
It covers 400ha of private land and usually operates during southern winter months. Global car manufacturers seek to test new models during the Northern Hemisphere summer. The facility operates under strict discretion for other clients and employs stringent efforts to keep out of the public eye.
 
There are 16 testing areas with each being self-contained with full facilities and exclusive. No site is visible from any other. Vehicle testing areas cover all aspects of winter vehicle requirements which include the following facilities:
 
 
Snow Flats:
ABS 7 brake system development; Esc, ESP, VSC and Chassis handling development.
 
Snow and Ice Circles:
Load testing, snow dust ingress testing and engine cooling development.
 
 
Ice Flats: AWD chassis and electronic traction control development, HVEV/PHEV motor control and electrical system development.
 
Hill Gradients: TRC and drive train development, drive force distribution and differential development.
 
SHPG takes pride in their business core values of safety, security, confidentiality, efficiency, and customer service. Customers are their utmost priority.
 
Neville’s presentation was liberally illustrated with a great series of photos.   After some interesting questions, Tony Taylor thanked Neville for his excellent and informative talk to us.
 
For more info & pictures you can access their website here.
 
 
Centurion Update from Jim
 
A warm ‘thank you’ for all those who have contributed to the Centurion Fund so far. We need another 15 Centurions if we are to reach our target of US$1,500 from the club.
 
This is what is being asked of us if Rotary is to reach its goal of US$50 million this Rotary year. Many clubs will not reach that figure, many will exceed it, but that is the average across all clubs to achieve it. 
 
Being a Centurion doesn’t qualify us for a Certificate or a Lapel badge (though it used to).  But it does give us the satisfaction of contributing towards the elimination of polio through an organization committed to achieving just that. 
 
The ongoing costs of organizing Immunisation Days (over 110 million Indian children were immunized over 3 days in January 2021) and vaccine research are immense. 
 
Please do your bit by forwarding your contribution to the Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust, account no:  03-1355-0661945-00, ref. Polio and Deryn will send a receipt. 
 
Thanking you: Jim
 
 
Christchurch Club Celebration
 
We are with the Mayor Lianne Dalziel, President of the Christchurch Rotary Club Charlie Rattray and his wife Gay to help celebrate their 100th year.  They are the 3rd local club to reach this milestone.  Thanks to Simon Forsyth who joined us for this and took all the official photos. 
 
We thoroughly enjoyed the event where 80 people were present including past and present members.
 
Kind regards Liz
 
 
 
This Thursday we will hear from our own Club member Jenny Haworth who will share her experiences on a trip to the Ukraine and what she came away with in terms of its culture and history.
 
The week after (May the 12th) we welcome Peter Moore, the Chief Fire Officer & Manager Airfield Operations of Christchurch International Airport who will share his interesting role with us.
 
Please remember to make sure you email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming to our weekly meetings. 
 
Also, a gentle reminder that if you are rostered on to a job for the night and can’t make it, please see if you can find a replacement as your 1st step.  If you are having difficulty finding someone then please get in touch with a Board member for assistance.
 
 
A Sad Loss
 
Sadly we have to report the passing of long time member and current Honorary Member of our club, John Gimblett. John died peacefully on Sunday morning.
 
His death notice will appear in The Press tomorrow morning with full details of a Memorial service to be held next Monday 9th May at the Charteris Bay Golf Club. 
 
Tony Tizard
 
 
Food for Thought
 
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Papanui Rotary Club Chat 26 Apr 2022

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
26 Apr 2022
 
 
Keith at the Controls of a DC3
 
We were delighted to hear from our own Keith Mitchell who spoke about his life in the Aviation industry. Parts of his presentation are summarised below and a more detailed account of his talk will be placed on our website in due course.
 
Keith began his talk by stating that after a brief period of Farming the rest of his working life has been in aviation.  His wife Heather has been a real trooper over the years.  She initially thought she had married a farmer and has stuck with him all the way.
 
Would he do it all again?  Yes, he certainly would!
 
Keith learnt to fly at the North Otago Aero Club in 1962 but it was in 1966 that he really got involved.  He spoke about a wide range of his experiences including not only flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft but also other activities throughout the wide field of aviation including:
 
  1. Aviation is all about having Licences and Qualifications and Keith first qualified as a licenced aircraft engineer. 
  1. In 1970 he moved across the airfield at Timaru to work on helicopters and stayed there for the next 30 years leaving the helicopter industry at the end of 2000.
  1. He is qualified as a fixed wing pilot and holds an ATPL Licence with flight examiner approvals both in NZ and Australia. He also holds a commercial licence for helicopters.
  1. Along the way Keith has been very involved in the industry via the AIA and the new Board of the Civil Aviation Authority under the chairmanship of Sir Ron Cater of Becca Carter. He was appointed VP for a five-year appointment.
  1. Keith was involved in aircraft accident enquiries including an aircraft accident of the coast of Kaikoura and a DC3 incident in the Kaimai Ranges in 1963.
  1. He was also involved in two coroners hearing as an expert witness.  The big one of these was the Bannerman accident that crashed at the end of Runway 20 in Christchurch.
  1. At the end of the Century he started work with Pionair Aviation based at Wigram and his first commercial flight was a tour of NZ with three DC3 to celebrate SPANZ. This commenced his DC3 flying which ended in 2021 when he felt he needed to be home more.
  1. His talk covered DC3s flying in NZ, Australia, and two seasons in Tonga plus spending time there getting AWP flying again and being responsible for training pilots and air crew.
  1. Keith then shared other areas where the DC3 was involved including Germany, Korea, and Vietnam where it was referred to as Puff the magic dragon.
On reflection Keith felt that the DC3 played an important part in the development of aviation in NZ and for the development of our high country. 
 
It was a remarkable aircraft that 1st flew in December 1035 and in 13 years’ time it will have flown for 100 years. Keith noted that there is no ship or rail machine that is still in commercial service for this time period.
 
Verdi thanked Keith for his presentation on his long, varied involvement in the aviation industry and for sharing his passion for the DC3.
 
 
Vintage Fashion Parade
 
The Vintage Fashion Parade is happening in 2022!! 
 
We have booked the same Sunday just one year later, for this great event. The new date is Sunday 11 September 2022 at 4pm at Chapel Street Centre. 
 
If you are holding tickets then of course these will be honoured for this year’s event. More details to follow. 
 
It is exciting that we will host the parade and are grateful to Deborah Gill-Smith for agreeing to go ahead. 
 
Please advise friends and family who have tickets of the new date. All the models- we will be in touch in July to ensure you still fit your clothes! 
 
Any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact Lois at loisflanagan@gmail.com.
 
 
AVIVA Street Appeal
 
Good afternoon.
 
AVIVA have scheduled the Papanui Rotary Club in to assist with our Collection for Friday the 20th of May at New World Northwood. Collection times would be from 9am to 6pm.
 
We’ll be sending out further information in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
This Thursday the 28th of April welcomes Peter Moore, the Chief Fire Officer & Manager Airfield Operations of Christchurch International Airport who will share his interesting role with us.
 
The following Thursday (May 3rd) we will hear from our own Club member Jenny Haworth who will share her experiences on a trip to the Ukraine and what she came away with in terms of its culture and history.
 
Please remember make sure you email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming to this week’s meeting. 
 
 
Aratupu Garden Revamped
 
Two youngsters taking a peek at our Club Members’ efforts recently in tidying up the Aratupu garden area.
 
 
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Papanui Rotary Club Chat 19 Apr 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
19 Apr 2022
 
 
Yvonne Hiskemuller
 
We were delighted to have Yvonne Hiskemuller, Chair of the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank who we supported with funds raised from our Trailer Raffle, join with Liz Courtney at last week’s Zoom meeting to give us more insight into how this valued service came about, what it offers and how it operates.
 
The aim of the Milk Bank is to provide easily accessible, short term donor breast milk to mothers while they establish their own milk supply. The donated breast milk is frozen, pasteurised, checked and given to parents and caregivers free of charge.
 
The WHO notes that donor milk is 2nd only to real milk, and recommends that it should be made available to everyone who needs it.  Often referred to as liquid gold, it stops a large number of potential issues by helping to protect the immune system which gives women time to produce their own milk.
 
In 2015, one of the reasons Yvonne and Liz initially started this as a project to attract women to Rotary.  It took 4 ½ years, which included bringing the DHB on board, to get it started for free.
 
Four Rotary Clubs supported the project financially and it needed the raising of $30,000 to get it up and running and since 2019 it has helped 1,800 families and babies.
 
A partnership with St Georges has been in operation for over three years with the hospital giving the service rooms from which to run the service.  “In addition, with many other supports in place, we can offer a Gold Service in maternity care” noted Yvonne.
 
Milk is expressed, pasteurised (which takes 6 hours to complete), and then frozen. The use of the final product helps meet the needs of women in the community to give their babies the best start in life. 
 
While other services are often in hospitals, this service is different in that it is the only one in a community centre and the future with St Georges is stable because they are an independent provider.
 
Also, the service offered here is open to anyone whereas others are often more focussed and therefore are not as all-encompassing with respect to the protection offered which includes “mother to mother” support.
 
The service also offers a Facebook page which often attracts users of the service to look at becoming donors themselves.  After suitable screening those chosen are then sent a kit to do this.
 
In order to keep the service going, the milk bank needs to raise $30,000 annually.  One of the best aspects of the service is that they can support mothers for a longer period of time than many other services which makes a real difference in assisting with the bonding process plus it also reduces post-natal depression noted Yvonne.
 
In closing, Yvonne shared that they are very proud that theirs is a Rotary project as they have a huge need for ongoing fundraising.
 
We thanked Liz for arranging for Yvonne to join us and the valuable work they both do to help promote, support and maintain this much needed service.
 
 
 
This Thursday the 21st of April sees us returning to the Papanui Club at the usual time where our speaker for the occasion is our own aviator extraordinaire Keith Mitchell who will be giving us some insights into his extensive experience in the aviation industry.
 
Please remember to make sure you email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming. 
 
 
 
Aratupu – Ready for Action!
 
Last Saturday saw an enthusiastic number of Rotarians attend a working bee at the Aratupu Preschool where we completed a range of tasks including weeding, tree trimming and a general tidy-up of the garden area.
 
 
Many thanks to all who helped on the day which we hope will support the ongoing use and enjoyment of this area for the children, parents, staff and visitors.
 
 
Zonta Sale Info from Liz
 
After speaking with Cheryl and sending through information to my PI group, we would like to ask all our Rotarian partners and women Rotarians to collect up any unwanted handbags and scarves to donate to ZONTA. 
 
They are having a sale to raise funds for a local charity called "Project Esther" which provides wrap around support for women in crisis and "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren". 
 
This could give our club the opportunity to raise its profile in the local community. I will talk to the ZONTA group to see if we can partner with them and put up posters in local shops in Papanui to advertise this sale if they give us permission to do this.
 
Details of this event are:
 
Wanted: Pre-Loved Handbags for our “Famous Pre-Loved Handbag Sale
 
The Zonta Club of Christchurch-Canterbury fundraiser event happens every two years and the next eagerly awaited sale is on Saturday 2nd July at the St Albans Community Centre,
 
We need lots of handbags, all shapes and sizes, colours and styles, in good clean condition.  Donate those handbags you no longer use or don’t like anymore or if you are just needing to make room for new handbags.
 
We also love to sell scarves and belts plus this year we would like to include special occasion hats - if you have any of these languishing in your wardrobe we would love to find them a new home too.
 
Zonta is an international organisation for women who work in various ways to raise the status of women wordwide.
 
Our motto is: Empowering Women through Service & Advocacy.
 
We do this by fundraising for charitable organisations, service, advocacy, education and fellowship.
 
By donating to our Handbag sale you are helping us raise funds for our local charities “Project Esther” who provides wrap-around support for women in crisis and “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren”.
 
For pick up or delivery details phone Catherine 021 2133713 or email fundraising@zontachristchurch.org.nz.
 
 
 
We recently gave three Pak N Save Vouchers to the Principal, Mike Anderson, of Waimairi School.  They were gratefully received and he rang Liz to say “Thank You” to the Club.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 19 Apr 2022 Grant Paice 2022-04-18 12:00:00Z 0

Aratupu Pre-School Garden Project

Posted by Gary Denhard on Apr 16, 2022

GARDEN MAKEOVER FOR ARATUPU PRESCHOOL

Last Saturday saw an enthusiastic number of Rotarians attend a working bee at the Aratupu Preschool where we completed a range of tasks including weeding, tree trimming and a general tidy-up of the garden area.
 
Many thanks to all who helped on the day which we hope will support the ongoing use and enjoyment of this area for the children, parents, staff and visitors.
 
Aratupu Pre-School Garden Project Gary Denhard 2022-04-15 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 12 Apr 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
12 Apr 2022
 
 
Return to the Papanui Club
 
There are quite a number of members sharing that they are keen to return to the Pap Club which has restarted their buffet on Thursdays.
 
I checked with Board members and we are OK with this so we are going to try it next week on the 21st as a test run.
 
I spoke to Jenny at the Club and we will be back in our usual room.  We can access this from the rear door via the back car park.  Meals will be where we point to what we want at the buffet area with staff putting our choices on out plates.
 
I have also asked that we use sound distancing which means having a maximum of four of us sitting at each table which Jenny supported as a great idea.
 
As a result of this, Keith’s planned talk to us at this Thursday’s Zoom meeting has been transferred to the week afterwards at the Pap Club.  Liz & guests will still talk to those who attend this week’s Zoom on the 14th (see below) as planned.
 
 
 
Aratupu Preschool Garden Reminder
 
As covered in the last chat, our working bee at the Aratupu Preschool Garden at 97 Harewood Road is this coming Saturday the 16th of April at 9 am.
 
Remember to bring garden gloves and tools to use. We will provide morning tea.  Please let Keith know if you are free to help guide us with numbers. 
 
We look forward to seeing you then:
 
Lois 
 
 
Recognition of Support
 
The latest Jobortunity Quarterly Report featured a reference to us as noted above.  Thx for forwarding this Stuart.
 
 
 
Our Zoom activity at 7:00 pm this Thursday the 14th of April is hearing from Liz and a visitor from the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank who received Club Funds from the trailer raffle.  They will share more details about this valued and much in demand service with us.
 
I will send the link to this meeting out later. Remember to write the password down as it may be needed to start the session after clicking the hyperlink.
 
Note: as mentioned above, Keith’s talk on his comprehensive aviation experiences that was planned to be after this is now delayed a week as we will be back at the Papanui Club next Thursday the 21st where he is now our guest speaker.
 
 
Where Are the Easter Quiz Prizes?
 
Our fun Easter quiz was well received last week.  The winners were Jenny 1st, Lois & Tony T (2nd equal), and Keith 4th.  Thanks for another great quiz Rob!
 
These will be dropped off at your house over the Easter holiday period.
 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 12 Apr 2022 Grant Paice 2022-04-11 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 06 Apr 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
06 Apr 2022
 
 
 
Stephen Kearney (MSc, MClin, DipBus), a clinical psychologist and Chief Medical Officer with the Defence Health Directorate, gave us an excellent presentation last week about building resilience in difficult times.
 
Stephen’s work includes helping prepare staff for various roles in the Defence Force which includes helping those going overseas to function at their best plus also assists with supporting and developing strong leaders. 
 
“Those who try to live up to high standards and place the needs of others above themselves can often result in issues that can get in the way” noted Stephen.
 
He noted that as we get older, life can often tend to become much more complex with raising children often adding chaos in one’s life which is often the opposite to what we expect.
 
He next shared a Mental Health Continuum …
 
 
… and asked us what it might be like going from yellow to orange.  “Yellow is common and reversible” noted Stephen “whereas Orange can be unsustainable and can impact your functioning.  Red is trouble and can have significant effect on how one functions.”
 
He next shared the Te Whare Tapa Wha model and noted that these four areas can all interact with each other and, when we are at our best, we have a purpose in life and what is important to us as part of this approach is valuable to us.
 
 
When things are becoming a challenge, these can manifest in these areas in the following way:
 
Mental & Emotional:
Sadness, anger, loneliness & isolation.
 
Social Well-Being:
Withdrawal, outbursts and manipulation.
 
Physical Well-Being:
Alcohol, sleep issues, illness and injury.
 
Spiritual Well-Being:
Cynicism and disengagement from passions.
 
Stephen then shared how we can overcome these issues:
 
Mental & Emotional:
Writing these issues down and challenging yourself to look at them in a different way which includes focussing on the good things you have experienced.
 
Social Well-Being:
Identifying who is in your network and deciding which relationships are the best ones to invest in.  Connectiveness and the depth of relationships is seen as especially valuable here,
 
Physical Well-Being:
Looking at your diet, exercise, sleep patterns and alcohol usage to help you be in good shape.
 
Spiritual Well-Being:
Reflection on one’s belief and asking oneself: “How do I want to be remembered by those I care for and how might I show this?”
 
Stephen next shared that what the US Armed Forces think makes a great soldier is connections as these are seen as of most value when having to weather the storms life brings.
 
He stressed that we need to make sure we have fun and enjoyable things in our lives especially when we are either crazy busy or facing challenges.  “What we think of in the ‘now’ is often based on the past and we need to ensure it doesn’t’ overshadow moving forward in a different now as things change” concluded Stephen.
 
Grant thanked Stephen for sharing this model with us and for his insights into what can help when facing challenging times.
 
 
 
Aratupu Preschool Garden
 
As discussed at last Thursday’s meeting, we are planning to have a working bee at the Aratupu Preschool Garden at 97 Harewood Road on Saturday 16 April at 9 am. As can be seen in the photos, the garden needs some TLC and tidying. 
 
Aratupu has asked us to help with the garden as the volunteer who used to care for it has now retired. We gave the volunteer a Community Award several years ago for his work on the garden which is used to grow vegetables and fruit to feed the children and their families in this hard working community.
 
This is a great opportunity to get involved in our community and make a real difference to families. We know it is Easter Saturday on 16 April but we want to get started so we can get the work done and some winter vegetables planted before the weather gets too cold. We hope to also plant Spring bulbs for the children to enjoy.  There are lots of great things we can do! 
 
Please join us on Saturday 16 April at 9 am.  It is a while since we were able to do a project so let’s make this a great one! 
 
Bring garden gloves and tools you need to use. We will provide morning tea (maybe even some of Kathy’s famous scones)!  It’s a great chance to have fellowship while making a difference to many families. We are delighted New Horizons Rotary is also going to help.
 
Any queries, please contact Keith or Lois. Please let Keith know if you are free to help to guide us with numbers. 
 
We look forward to seeing as many of you as can come on 16 April.
 
Cheers Lois 
 
 
 
Papanui Bush Time!
 
A reminder from Denis that we are back at the Papanui Bush next Tuesday morning the 12th and we will need helpers to plant over 100 trees that we are receiving from Trees for Canterbury.
 
 
The usual cuppa will be on so bring your thermos and come join the fun & comradery!
 
 
 
Our Zoom activity at 7:00 pm this Thursday the 7th of April is a fun Holy Quiz from our own quizmaster Ron Thomson!  Be there or be square.
 
The following week on Thursday the 14th of April we will start our Zoom meeting by acknowledging the delivery of our cheque from the Trailer Raffle to the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank with those involved present.  This will be followed by a presentation from our famous flyer Keith Mitchell about his amazing lifetime of experiences in the aviation world.
 
I will be sending out the Zoom link for this week tomorrow. Remember to copy down the Password as you may be asked for this after clicking the join link.
 
 
 Food for Thought
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 06 Apr 2022 Grant Paice 2022-04-05 12:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 29 Mar 2022

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Papanui Club Chat Snippets
29 March 2022
 
 
Mary-Lynne Paice
 
Last week we were privileged to hear from Mary-Lynne Paice who works as a Head Insolvency Officer with MBIE.
 
Mary-Lynne’s main career was initially in office admin but she also had stints at other careers including a short period of retail while teacher training and teacher relief.  She met Grant at one of her admin jobs with the Ministry of Education’s Psychological Services.
 
“I started my BA in Canada, majoring in Archaeology and graduated in 2000.  I didn’t really get to do any digs but did work in the BC Museum photographing human bones for a little bit. I also taught skiing for one season, teaching the kids – hard work!” continued Mary-Lynne.
 
In Canada she did pretty much the same work but, apart from some initial temping, worked for about 5 years for a construction company and then for Mercer, a large consulting company that deals with superannuation plans.
 
On her return to NZ Mary-Lynne started with some temping, then worked for the University of Canterbury Mechanical Engineering Dept. for two years, and then completed teacher training and did some relief teaching.  She also worked at the Family Court for a bit.
 
“In 2007 I became an Insolvency Officer with MBIE (then Ministry of Economic Development), and the following year became a Senior IA, then a two years later joined what we call the Complex Team as a Lead Insolvency Officer. “We deal with complex bankruptcies involving companies, properties, and all kinds of other assets, and we also do some liquidations” noted Mary-Lynne.
 
As an initial IA her team processed No Asset Procedures, Debt Repayment Orders, and bankruptcy applications and did the admin for low risk bankruptcies.  As an Insolvency Officer she looks to see if any assets can be sold or recovered including properties, cars, company shares and insolvent transactions.  They also try and pay out dividends to eligible creditors. 
 
“We also refer non-compliant bankrupts to our Compliance team who investigate insolvency breaches which can sometimes include prosecution.  I have been part of one prosecution and currently in the process of another” noted Mary-Lynne.   
 
They don’t get a lot of liquidations, usually ones where there’s no money in it, but pretty much follow the same processes as the private liquidators like PwC, KMPG etc.  In addition she is also a current H&S rep for MBIE, part of the Cashel St Committee and part of the National Field Worker committee which keeps her busy.
 
When asked what are the main challenges faced in these roles Mary-Lynne identified trying to get in contact with and achieving compliance or selling bankrupt’s assets, especially when clients don’t want to be helpful.
 
With respect to the impact of Covid, there hasn’t been an increase in workload which is probably mainly due to the benefits people are able to get but this could change later noted Mary-Lynne.  The only other impact has been staff pretty much work from home now.  They are fairly well set up and can chat to each other but it’s not the same as being together.
 
Mary-Lynne finds that MBIE’s pretty good to work for, flexible, interesting but sometimes challenging. In terms of who would be a good fit for this job, she suggests that they would have an accounting or legal background, an ability to be flexible and be able to deal with challenging people & situations
 
“Some work can be interesting as we get to see & sell all kinds of assets including properties, cars & farm equipment” continued Mary-Lynne.  She once had 30 cows to seize & sell plus staff have had horses, boats, you name it but contrary to some belief they don’t generally sell someone’s pet dog or cat!  
 
Max thanked Mary-Lynne for sharing her interesting journey and insights into the work she does with the Insolvency Service.
 
 
Update re Papanui Club
 
Grant spoke to Jenny at the Papanui Club on Monday.  They are currently operating in a reduced capacity while on the Red traffic light level.  This includes not having meals on Thursday evening. In addition they are also currently operating with reduced staff as a result of many being off work with Covid.
 
As we pass the current peak and move to Orange level the chances of being infected in the hospitality industry should be significantly reduced.  Indications from Govt. at this stage suggest this will start in the greater Auckland area in early April with the rest of the country following suit as numbers and the associated risk of infection reduces.
 
Jenny and I felt that it would be best at this stage to wait until we move to the Orange setting before returning to Thursday meetings with meals being available. Hopefully this will be in mid to late April.
 
In the meantime let’s try and keep in touch. 
 
 
To All Intending Centurions
 
A reminder that to those who wish to take advantage of tax rebates on donations for this financial year, then please forward your CENTURION contribution by internet banking by this Thursday the 31st of March.
 
There has been no change in the number of wild polio cases since my last report.
 
The response to the single new case in Malawi is to vaccinate over 9 million children across Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Mozambique.   So, the need for ongoing financial support is more essential than ever.  
 
Rotary must continue to make its contribution and achieve the 2 for 1 subsidy from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Our goal is US$1500, the target set by Rotary International for every club so we can reach Rotary’s goal of US$50 million again this year.
 
Please make your payment to:
 
The Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust
Account #: 03-1355-0661945-00
Reference: Polio
 
Together, we will achieve the above.
 
Jim Hudson,  
For the Foundation/International committee
 
 
 
As noted in the Events section of the web page, our speaker this week is Stephen Kearney (MSc, MClin, DipBus), a clinical psychologist and Chief Medical Officer with the Defence Health Directorate.
 
Stephen will be talking to us about resilience in difficult times, how to look after ourselves, and how to look after each other. 
 
Given the current environment we are experiencing this is a talk I feel is topical and well worth attending.
 
I will be sending the Zoom link out shortly.  Remember to copy down the Password as you will be asked for this after clicking the join link.
 
President Grant
 
 
Samoa Container
 
Helpers needed for Packing of Container for Samoa commencing Monday 4th April 2022.
 
Trailers needed on 5th and 6th.  Also, an 8 year old amputee needs a wheelchair.  Donations towards freight costs are also welcome.
 
Please call Stuart on (03) 359 9218 or (027) 269 5615 if you can assist with any of the above.
 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 29 Mar 2022 Grant Paice 2022-03-28 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 22 Mar 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
22 March 2022
 
 
Fun St Patrick’s Quiz
 
A fun evening was had by a small number of keen participants last Thursday.  Quiz Master Rob asked us a wide variety of 30 challenging questions.  The top five winners & their prizes were as follows:
 
1st:    Tony Taylor: A Guinness with a green hat on top.
2nd:   Jenny Haworth: A Packet of Snakes.
3rd:   Lois Flanaghan: A packet of chocolate gold coins.    
4th:   Larry Skiba: a Guinness coaster.
5th:   John Allen: a Guinness coaster.
 
And why “snakes” you might ask?  Because legend has it that St Patrick stood atop an Irish hillside and banished snakes from Ireland. Google it to find the slightly different truth of the matter.
 
 
 
 
 
12 members and friends worked hard last recently to pack 150 boxes at the Foodbank. It was fantastic to have some new helpers come along- Diana, Deryn and Christine were a great addition to the team. It was also great to have Anne back with us.
 
Euan is fantastic putting the labels on boxes and Grant McFadden made up all the boxes ready for packing. The rest of the team were kept busy filling boxes with the correct items and tidying up empty cartons for recycling.
 
Foodbank founder John gave us a look into the big storeroom where many cartons await collection for various agencies. 
After an hour and a half the 150 boxes were completed and ready for dispatch.
 
Please come and join us next time if you have an hour to spare. It’s a good time and a very worthwhile project. 
 
Lois
 
 
Watering Cans for Waimairi School
 
These three photos (thanks Liz) are from a project where we are supporting Waimairi School with their gardening project.  The garden has just been planted out so not much greenery yet!
 
 
 
The children have been studying plants and growth and how to care for them and their work is around the walls in the classroom areas.
 
 
 
As noted in the Events section of the web page, we have two Zoom speakers over the next two Thursdays as follows:
 
Thursday March 24th starting at 7:00 pm
 
Our speaker this week is Mary-Lynne Paice (BA, DipTchg) who works as a Lead Insolvency Officer with MBIE.  She will be sharing her journey & the challenging work she does with companies & individuals as they go through liquidation and bankruptcy procedures.
 
Thursday March 31st Starting at 7:00pm
 
Next week Rob T has organised for Stephen Kearney (MSc, MClin, DipBus), a clinical psychologist and Chief Medical Officer with the Defence Health Directorate, to talk to us about resilience in difficult times, how to look after ourselves, and how to look after each other. 
 
Please Note: these sessions start at 7:00 pm in response to members suggesting that a later start would be better for them.
 
Liz has a sent me the Zoom links and we will be forwarding this week’s one to you shortly.
 
President Grant
 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 22 Mar 2022 Grant Paice 2022-03-21 11:00:00Z 0

Waimari School Garden Project

Posted by Gary Denhard on Mar 18, 2022

20 WATERING CANS AND A GARDEN SPRINGS TO LIFE

Through the grapevine some of Papanui Rotary Club Members heard that the Waimari School needed plenty of watering cans to help students have an opportunity to keep the garden project moving forward.
 
Within a week 20 brand new student-sized watering cans were purchased and delivered.
 
In the photos you can see some of the teachers and club members putting the watering cans through their paces.
 
Waimari School Garden Project Gary Denhard 2022-03-17 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 15 Mar 2022

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat
15 March 2022
 
 
My Experiences & Thoughts about Rotary
by AG Craig Murphy
 
Craig joined our Zoom meeting last week. He began by sharing that he is now in his second year as an ADG and feels it a privilege to be in that role as it enables him to gain a much wider understanding of Rotary and Rotarians.
 
Born and bred in Wellington Craig joined a major oil company at age 22 and went on to have a 31 year career with that company - many years of which were spent overseas. It was quite a different working environment than many get to enjoy and provided considerable opportunity to develop additional skills and to experience and to enjoy the living and travelling challenges the world provides.
 
Craig retired 18 years ago. Upon returning to New Zealand he and Shirley decided upon a life style block in West Melton on which they raised deer and grew hazelnuts. They bought a small advertising company and did a residential development over on the West Coast. Despite all of this Craig found he had time on his hands and looked at joining a community based organisation.
 
Previously a JC Craig asked around and found that many of his old friends from JC’s had migrated to Rotary. Deciding that a lunchtime club best served his workload he approached Riccarton Rotary of which he has now been a member for 12 years. “I found I had the time, the energy and hopefully a skill set that could be utilised. I was also looking forward to forming a new circle of friends”.
 
Shortly after joining the earthquakes happened and Craig proposed a project to purchase a new wheelchair vehicle for the Burwood Spinal Unit. Being told to manage this project was a challenge to a new member but with the help of many fellow club members, other Rotary clubs, local businesses and Community Trusts the $75,000 required was soon raised and Rotary was able to donate the vehicle.
 
This remains a highlight of Craig’s Rotary life and gave him the impetus to see what other challenges Rotary could provide. These included a term as President, appointment to two District Committees and then as an ADG. With the move to District 9999 from July 1st, 2022 Craig sees the role as ADG becoming an even greater conduit between clubs and district.
 
On the issue of problems facing Rotary Craig raised several.
 
Rotary should be fun – but for some it is not. The external problem of Covid has naturally created an environment of concern – for any health concerns but for others financial concerns have arisen. Rotary should be providing an outlet for these concerns and a framework of focussed support. This has not happened in some clubs.
 
Rotary should be a place where members feel welcome, wanted, safe, respected and listened to. This is not the case in several clubs nationwide. Internal politics have taken over and there is an atmosphere of bullying, barriers are being put up to stymie innovation and new ideas, the tradition of Rotary whereby older, experienced members mentor new and younger members has been forgotten.
 
Which then raises the problems around membership. Why would anyone seek to join a club if these issues are underlying. Putting this to one side though, Craig still feels the issue of membership is being mismanaged in some clubs. Firstly the clubs appoint the wrong person as Membership Chair. It needs an extrovert, an outgoing personality. Salesmanship. Patience. Time. Not every member has those skills.
 
Secondly, there is a prevailing view in most clubs that membership is the responsibility of the committee. Not so. Membership is the responsibility of every club member. The more people looking at membership the more likely results will follow. Thirdly membership needs to reflect the community each club is operating within. They differ. There is no such thing as a standard membership profile.
 
Another issue is the lack of public awareness of what Rotary achieves. Craig believes that at club, district, national and international levels Rotary does a terrible job around publicising its successes. People are attracted by action and success so clubs need to be ‘singing their own praises’ more often.
 
It’s about being seen in the community more frequently. On this Craig commented that Covid was being used as an excuse as to why clubs could not be active. There remain things like ‘meals on wheels’ and ‘food parcel providers’ screaming out for people to do deliveries. Supermarkets unable to restock shelves due to staff isolation. The opportunity to be seen is still there.
 
Lastly when asked to comment on the future of Rotary Craig provided both a short-term and longer-term response.  In the short-term, if Rotary clubs continue to do little to address these significant issues then Rotary may simply follow other community organisations and fade away.
 
But in the longer-term, providing Rotary and Rotarians address the concerns head on, then the future of Rotary should be much more encouraging. We have to remember the fantastic things Rotary achieves, from international projects such as Polio Plus through to the small scale community projects each club runs throughout the year. We have to remember the numerous people helped by Rotary. We impact on people’s lives. And currently the demand for that support has not been higher.
 
We need to adopt change. Without change we will fail. The old adages of ’pale, male and stale’ and ‘upper class, privileged and wealthy’ should no longer apply to Rotary. During the recent SPPEDS training Craig was buoyed by the quality of the younger Rotarians accepting leadership roles. They have great ideas. As older Rotarians we should be listening.
 
Being a Rotarian is a privilege. It comes with commitments to our club, our community and ourselves. The question is ‘are we meeting those commitments?’
 
President Grant thanked Craig for his insightful thoughts & ideas for us to consider going forward in these challenging times.
 
 
Great Day at the Bush last week!
 
 
 
 
A very productive day’s work was held at the Papanui Bush recently by attending helpers. It is looking great as we head into Autumn.
 
 
Wednesday Lotto
 
We still need another six numbers to be taken before we can start the next round. 
 
Wednesday Lotto is run to raise funds for our Sister Rotary Club in Usa River, Tanzania. It is a very easy way for us to raise funds to meet our commitment to help this club in a third world country. To date, with Wednesday Lotto we have raised $2745 for Usa River RC. 
 
We need a minimum of 24 numbers taken, to break even. Those numbers not taken are assigned to Usa River RC so any winnings from those numbers go directly to them. 
 
If you would like to participate please contact Deryn (0211615861) to choose your number. $60 payments can be made to our Charitable Trust account 03 1355 0661945 00.
 
Win or lose, you contribute to a worthwhile cause.
 
Cheers Deryn
 
 
It’s Coffee Time
 
Join the gang at Reality Bites each third Friday morning of the month i.e. this Friday the 15th! Laughter and enjoyment guaranteed.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 15 Mar 2022 Grant Paice 2022-03-14 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 08 Mar 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
8 March 2022
 
 
Mystery Zoom Guest This Thursday!
 
We are having our 1st get together and catch-up on line this Thursday the 10th of March starting at 6:30 pm.  This includes a “mystery guest” who will be joining us as 6:45 pm.
 
The Zoom link will be sent out to members his evening.
 
 
Become a Centurion
 
There has been a case of wild polio virus in Malawi, the first in Africa for 5 years. This when there has been only one case each in Afghanistan and Pakistan so far this year.
 
The case in Malawi has meant a massive shift in resources to tackle this outbreak. As long as wild polio exists in the world all countries are at risk of importation of the virus.
 
Bill Gates has been in Pakistan to review progress there first hand.  He reckons that by focusing on Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan (although he has no direct influence there but acknowledges cooperation with the Taliban) then hopefully the wild virus can be eliminated within the next 2 years.
 
It is doubly important that we support the fight against polio, especially with this new outbreak in Africa. Rotary needs to raise US$50 million to qualify for the Gates Foundation 2-for-1 subsidy.
 
 Please ‘Become a Centurion” and ensure our club reaches our target of US$1,500 this year. Contribute this month and your donation qualifies for a rebate for this tax year.  
 
The Club Account number is 03-1355-0661945-00, making payment to the Rotary Club of Papanui Charitable Trust, reference ‘Polio’.
 
Thanking you - we are banking on your support.
 
Jim Hudson
Foundation/International Committee
 
 
Denis sent me the Karakia that Charlotte used at the seat dedication at Papanui Bush as some members were interested in receiving a copy of it.
 
Enjoy.
 
 
The History of Rotary
 
The world's first service club was founded on 23 February 1905 when lawyer Paul Harris and three friends met in a small office in downtown Chicago. They named their new club "Rotary" to describe the practice of meeting in rotation at the members' various places of business.
 
During the 1911-1912 Rotary year, the association became international. The National Association of Rotary Clubs, which became the International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1912 adopted the name Rotary International (RI) in 1922. 
 
A lot has changed in Rotary since 1922 as it has continued to change and grow with the times to be the thoroughly modern organisation it is today.  Learn more about the history of Rotary.
 
The humanitarian activities of Rotary international are organised through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary's charity.  Rotary International has a number of programmes that are not humanitarian but focus on youth and leadership.
 
Rotary International provides an immense network of clubs and their individual members all of who interact in creating and joining together in service and fellowship.  Individuals as well as clubs can use the Rotary network to fulfil their personal service goals.
 
For more general information go to rotary.org/en.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 08 Mar 2022 Grant Paice 2022-03-07 11:00:00Z 0

Help for Ukraine

Posted by Gary Denhard on Mar 05, 2022

YOU CAN HELP UKRANIAN REFUGEES

In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for Rotary members and other concerned citizens around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund as the main avenue for contributions.
 
Anyone can donate to help Ukraine through the established and trusted channel provided by Rotary International.
To donate to the fund CLICK HERE or go to:
 
 
Rotary Club of Papanui
Help for Ukraine Gary Denhard 2022-03-04 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 01 Feb 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
2 March 2022
 
 
 
Last week we were treated to a comprehensive presentation by our own member Grant McFadden on the development of water management in New Zealand.  Grant worked as the MAF’s policy manager for the upper south island.  In recent years that involved him heavily in the development of the present Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
 
Grant’s background was as a farm advisor for 25 years, then 3 years managing the 48 Government owned irrigation schemes, follow by his policy analyst job. 
 
His water management experience came from 8 years on the Waitaki Catchment Commission, 8 years on the North Canterbury Catchment Board and 3 years on the Canterbury Regional Council.  He has received a number of awards.
 
From the 1950’s to 1991 water was the responsibility of Catchment Boards.  They had local elected members and some Govt appointees.  They operated on a catchment scale and were very effective in soil and water conservation because they knew their districts so well.  Many people would return to this “local management system” if they could.
 
The Boards granted rights to take and discharge water.  One Grant was involved in was the CCC application for discharge from the Governors Bay sewerage scheme.  Local Maori opposed this, but it was still granted.  A similar recent application to discharge into Akaroa harbour was also opposed by Maori and their objections upheld.  Things have changed.
 
In 1988 the Ministry of Works were dissolved and management of NZ Irrigation schemes went to MAF.  Grant picked this job up with 6 weeks’ notice to recruit a team of engineers.  Treasury were desperate to sell these schemes off because of the contingent liability they considered to exist if there was a dam failure.
 
Back then a key feature introduced to water management in NZ was the first National Water Conservation Order.  This was on the Rakaia River and Grant mentioned the notable work of a present Rotarian, Graham Harrington, who at that time designed and implemented the very first fully interactive mathematical catchment water modelling done in NZ and possibly wider.
 
In the late 80’s local Government reform and the intro of the Resource Management Act in1991 gave responsibility for water to Regional Councils.  Grant spent 3 years on the new Canterbury Regional Council and he said they found it very difficult interpreting the new Act and deciding just what should go into a Regional Policy Statement.  A proper Regional water plan did not get underway for another 10 years. 
 
The RMA was operating on a 1st in 1st served basis and this made long term planning a problem.  Council had concerns over litigation if they refused access to water that appeared available. During the 1990’s Grant was almost full time involved in managing research contracts dealing with sustainable land and water use.  Issues around the efficiency of water distribution and use were investigated and new technology developed. 
 
The economic efficiency of water use was a big area also, since different allocation levels provide differing levels of benefit to the individual and wider region and these become critical in any planned regional policy. 
 
Following the severe 1998 drought people raised questions such as: Could Canterbury ever actually run out of water”? Without a regional water plan looking at potential supply and demand it was difficult for politicians to answer this definitively.
 
Ministers Sutton (Agriculture) and Hobbs (Environment) wanted some answers and action.  Grant discussed the problem with Dr John Bright & Dr George Griffiths and they came up with the idea of calculating supply and demand balances for every catchment and projecting this over 40 years. This provided the base data for proper future water plans.  It was called a “Strategic Water Management Plan” and the results from this still operate. 
 
It was clear that in total on an annual basis there was plenty of water but in any one month some districts were short.  We were only using around 10-12% of the total annual supply available, i.e. plenty of water, but it was not in the right place at the right time. A new system was needed.
 
It needed storage, primarily of surplus alpine water and surface & groundwater to be recognised as interchangeable. The problem was not engineering, not economic, and not social.  The missing element was a process which would allow all the often competing parties to come together and reach agreement & consensus about how and where water would go.
 
The Canterbury Mayoral Forum got solidly behind the development of this process.  They arranged working party and funding that operated for the next 8 years.
 
A critical point applied from the beginning was that there must be equal opportunity for water for every interest group. The full range of interest groups took part in working parties throughout Canterbury to see if a level of consensus could be found about storage and distribution. Grant was a member of these groups and they were very successful. 
 
The information learned from these was taken to a large number of public & interest groups meetings.   The public made it clear they wanted decision making at a local level and this led to the local Zone Committees that operate throughout Canterbury today where conflicts between environmental, developmental, recreational & cultural interests are sorted out.
 
So now, since 2010, Canterbury has a comprehensive water plan with long term goals in place and with local people actively sorting out conflicts as they arise.
 
President Grant thanked Grant for his comprehensive presentation of the development of water management in NZ and his significant involvement in the process.
 
 
 
Did you Know that Cure Kids was started by Rotary?
by Liz Courtney
 
CURE KIDS focus on raising funding to enable high-impact, New Zealand-based medical research to help save, extend and improve the lives of children diagnosed with serious life-impacting and life-limiting health conditions.
 
Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation, and since then Cure Kids has invested more than $55 million in NZ research which has helped to shape and vastly improve the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated.
 
Cure Kids’ funding supports researchers across New Zealand whose work focuses on childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, epilepsy, infectious diseases, cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), stillbirth, burns as well as child and adolescent mental health – and many, many other areas of research.
 
Cure Kids is the largest funder of child health research outside the government. We work hard to support the best research possible to make a measurable difference to the health and well-being of children in New Zealand.
 
This is made possible by the continued generosity of individuals, businesses and community groups across our remarkable country.
 
Cure Kids Members
 
The five Cure Kids Members participate in constitutional and governance management aspects of Cure Kids.
 
Three are drawn from our founding partner, Rotary in New Zealand, continuing its proud association and support of Cure Kids. The fourth Member is the current President or nominee of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand, while the fifth Member is a South Island based nominee from the Board of Paediatricians of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
 
 
Managing Covid
 
Last weekend the Papanui Rotary Club Board passed a proposal submitted by President Grant that we stop all future meetings at the Papanui Club in the interim.
 
This was a difficult decision but the predicted rapid acceleration in cases of especially the Omicron variant into March and the significant increase in risk as a result of this were some of the key deciding factors.
 
The Papanui Club, where we hold our meetings, was very understanding and look forward to us returning when things settle. 
 
In the meantime we will be looking at ways to continue to communicate with and involve our members using a variety of options including Zoom and smaller group options as we continue to look at how we can best serve our community during these challenging times.
 
We asked if our intended speaker for this week, Chief Fire Officer Peter Moore, would consider a Zoom presentation but he shared that he prefers face to face as he has hard copy material for us and is happy to reschedule when our face to face meetings resume which we are hoping will be in late March.
 
Take care and stay safe:
 
President Grant
 
 
Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser
 
Deryn has recommended that we not proceed with the Hot Cross Bun fundraiser with Bakers Delight she mentioned at last week’s meeting until later in March, with hopefully the worst of Omicron behind us.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 01 Feb 2022 Grant Paice 2022-03-01 11:00:00Z 0

Grant McFadden Water Overview

Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 24, 2022

PLENTY OF WATER BUT NOT IN THE RIGHT PLACE

Last week we were treated to a comprehensive presentation by our own member Grant McFadden on the development of water management in New Zealand.  Grant worked as the MAF’s policy manager for the upper south island.  In recent years that involved him heavily in the development of the present Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
 
Grant’s background was as a farm advisor for 25 years, then 3 years managing the 48 Government owned irrigation schemes, follow by his policy analyst job. 
 
His water management experience came from 8 years on the Waitaki Catchment Commission, 8 years on the North Canterbury Catchment Board and 3 years on the Canterbury Regional Council.  He has received a number of awards.
 
From the 1950’s to 1991 water was the responsibility of Catchment Boards.  They had local elected members and some Govt appointees.  They operated on a catchment scale and were very effective in soil and water conservation because they knew their districts so well.  Many people would return to this “local management system” if they could.
 
The Boards granted rights to take and discharge water.  One Grant was involved in was the CCC application for discharge from the Governors Bay sewerage scheme.  Local Maori opposed this, but it was still granted.  A similar recent application to discharge into Akaroa harbour was also opposed by Maori and their objections upheld.  Things have changed.
Grant McFadden Water Overview Grant Paice 2022-02-23 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 21 Sep 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
22 Feb 2022
 
 
Papanui Bush BBQ
 
As the sun’s warming rays shone down on the Rotarians, partners and friends gathered at the Bridgestone reserve this evening, the sound of convivial conversation, laughter and the sizzle of the barbecue graced the green in front of the reserve.
 
A superb array of salads filled the table to accompany the sausages so well prepared by chef Mark Bond with help from son Hamish.
 
 
At the conclusion of our first course, ring master Denis McMurtrie had us all gather in front of his well-used painting cloths where Community Board Chairperson Emma Norrish accompanied by Simon Britten spoke with the assistance of Mark Soltero, HOD Visual Arts & Art History at Papanui High School, and Denis McMurtrie about the wonderful mural panels painted by the pupils of Papanui High which were then unveiled.
 
 
This was followed by dessert and then we walked to the two seats donated by Jim & Ann Hudson and Charles Barltrop & family. Liz Courtney and Tony Tizzard each spoke about the outstanding contribution to our club and community by both these honoured and highly respected members of our club. Rev Rob Thomson then dedicated the seats and all who will benefit from their use.
 
 
Next Denis spoke about the table donated by the Ron Proctor Environment Trust and his vision for the future use of this by groups based at the new Brain Tree Trust building. Rob Thomson then provided a dedication for this as well.
 
 
Our grateful thanks to Lois Flanagan and supporters for their work in organising the food, to Mark Bond for his cooking skills, to Gary Denhard for recording the evening’s events on video, to Simon Forsyth for seeing that he put his photographic skills to good use and to Denis McMurtrie for his vision in planning this excellent evening.
 
FYI: One of the dedications Rob did reads as follows:
 
Let us give thanks;
for the vision that makes dreams possible,
for the work that has made the dream of this reserve a reality
and for the gift that makes this seat possible.
 
Now we dedicate this seat;
with appreciation for comfort,
and a place to reflect;
Through all then changing seasons of this bush,
may this bench be a place of peace,
and a blessing to all who pause and sit here.
 
 
 
 
A reminder from Gary to members & supporters re the Mitre 10 Mega BBQs we are hoping to run reads as follows:
 
The status of this year’s Papanui Mitre 10 Mega BBQs you should be aware of as governed by the status due to Covid-19 is as follows:
 
  • At RED: Playgrounds and community BBQs remain closed.
  • At ORANGE: Access to playgrounds and community BBQs may vary from store to store.
 
Gary has confirmed Papanui Mitre10 Mega BBQ dates for us as follows:
 
  • Sunday 13th March
  • Sunday 10th April
  • Sunday 15th May
 
As we are in RED it is unlikely the 13 March one will happen.
 
We are not concerned as we only need a few days’ notice to put together a successful BBQ event. Keep in touch with future Chats for updates.
 
Gary
 
 
 
 
 
This Thursday we are hearing from our own member Grant McFadden who will be updating us on the pre-centralisation era of soil and water management in New Zealand.
 
 
Please remember make sure you email Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming. 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 21 Sep 2022 Grant Paice 2022-02-21 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Bush BBQ

Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 17, 2022

PAPANUI BUSH MURAL REVEALED

As the sun’s warming rays shone down on the Rotarians, partners and friends gathered at the Bridgestone reserve this evening, the sound of convivial conversation, laughter and the sizzle of the barbecue graced the green in front of the reserve.
 
A superb array of salads filled the table to accompany the sausages so well prepared by chef Mark Bond with help from son Hamish.
 
At the conclusion of our first course, ring master Denis McMurtrie had us all gather in front of his well-used painting cloths where Community Board Chairperson Emma Norrish accompanied by Simon Britten spoke with the assistance of Mark Soltero, HOD Visual Arts & Art History at Papanui High School, and Denis McMurtrie about the wonderful mural panels painted by the pupils of Papanui High which were then unveiled.
 
This was followed by dessert and then we walked to the two seats donated by Jim & Ann Hudson and Charles Barltrop & family. Liz Courtney and Tony Tizzard each spoke about the outstanding contribution to our club and community by both these honoured and highly respected members of our club. Rev Rob Thomson then dedicated the seats and all who will benefit from their use.
Papanui Bush BBQ Grant Paice 2022-02-16 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 15 Feb 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
15 Feb 2022
 
Developing Rotarians
 
Liz Courtney spoke to us last week about her most recent series of Zoom meetings where she was responsible for training of Rotary in-coming District Governors from around the world in Learning Development.
 
Rotary International has a total of 525 incoming DG’s with 40 trainers to facilitate these sessions.  “The incoming RI President, Jennifer Jones from Canada has as her theme ‘Imagine explained Liz.
 
The sessions Liz oversaw covered the following topics:
 
  • Our journey together.
  • Creating a participant centred experience.
  • Expanding our reach.
  • Our ability to adapt.
  • The impact of our service.
  • We are Rotary.
  • Creating lasting change
  • Planning the Year Ahead.
 
“All the sessions were multi-lingual with interpreters on hand” explained Liz.
 
The core values used as a guideline for the training were Friendship and Tolerance, Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity, Service and Leadership.
 
“We are all encouraged to grow Rotary through new and innovative clubs” continued Liz.
 
Liz’s talk concluded with the admonition:
 
“Think Outside the Box”.
 
Charles thanked Liz for her excellent presentation which was informative, thought-provoking and received a generous applause from members.
 
 
Papanui Bush BBQ
 
A reminder Our Rotary meeting this February the 17th is our visit to Papanui Bush to see the recent developments including some special guests. 
 
The start time is 6:00 pm.
 
This will include a Dedication of the new Mural Seats. 
 
We start with a BBQ followed by the opportunity to inspect the seats and garden which includes a Dedication of the new Mural Seats. The cost is $10 for BBQ.  Members please bring a salad.  Cutlery, plates and desert provided.
 
Please also bring a seat, suitable footwear & your own drinks and make sure you reply to Deryn via rcpapologies@gmail.com if you are not coming. 
 
 
 
Click here for options.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 15 Feb 2022 Grant Paice 2022-02-14 11:00:00Z 0

Liz Courtney Rotary Update

Posted by Grant Paice on Feb 10, 2022

DEVELOPING ROTARIANS

Liz Courtney spoke to us last week about her most recent series of Zoom meetings where she was responsible for training of Rotary in-coming District Governors from around the world in Learning Development.

 Rotary International has a total of 525 incoming DG’s with 40 trainers to facilitate these sessions.  “The incoming RI President, Jennifer Jones from Canada has as her theme ‘Imagine explained Liz.

 
 
 The sessions Liz oversaw covered the following topics:
  • Our journey together.
  • Creating a participant centred experience.
  • Expanding our reach.
  • Our ability to adapt.
  • The impact of our service.
  • We are Rotary.
  • Creating lasting change
  • Planning the Year Ahead.
 “All the sessions were multi-lingual with interpreters on hand” explained Liz.
 
 The core values used as a guideline for the training were Friendship and Tolerance, Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity, Service and Leadership.

 “We are all encouraged to grow Rotary through new and innovative clubs” continued Liz.

 Liz’s talk concluded with the admonition:

 “Think Outside the Box”.
 
Liz Courtney Rotary Update Grant Paice 2022-02-09 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 07 Feb 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
08 Feb 2022
 
 
 
Deryn introduced Bruce Holm and gave a brief summary of his long-time experience in tracing his family history.
 
Bruce began by showing us a selection of historical photographs depicting his grandmother with 5 of her 13 children. He followed this by giving us an account of his family’s history from the mid 1800’s and their journey from Ireland to Australia and subsequently to Hokitika.
 
He is preparing a book of his family’s history and has asked each of the current members of his family to contribute material, including photographs.
 
There are a number of sites from which to access family material including The National Library, Papers Past and Archway. The Seventh Day Adventist church also has a good repository of information.
 
Bruce then briefly covered the basics of following your family through DNA records.
 
Interestingly the human race shares 60% of its DNA with bananas, 61% with chickens and 98% with chimpanzees!
 
Charles thanked Bruce for his interesting and informative talk.
 
 
 
CTRL- Click HERE  to visit Project Website
 
Digital Marketing Results in Sale of 19 Footstools in 18 days
 
Gary Denhard’s Recycled Rimu Footstool project had been progressing however sales had stalled so Gary used his Digital Marketing skills to enhance the footstool project page on the club’s website to ensure they were found in Google searches and prospective customers could easily buy from the website.
 
He also tried selling through TradeMe and Facebook Marketing again.  As a result, he sold 19 footstools in 18 days which meant $1,242.08 has gone into club funds.
 
The total number of footstools sold to date is now 69. Gary’s work also increased the profile of the club’s website. If anyone does a search for Rotary Clubs in Papanui they will easily find the club website but you will also see a significant “profile box” filling the right hand side of the screen.
 
This does not happen with most other clubs.
 
 
 
Sheun
 
Stuart was accompanied last week by Sheun Fasheun from Nigeria who works as a non-sworn in Police Officer. Sheun is interested in joining us as a member which we look forward to.
 
 
Our Speaker This Week
 
This Thursday the 11th our speaker is our very own Liz Courtney who will be sharing the wide range of activities involved in her current busy role as a trainer / facilitator in planning & delivering programmes that targets the learning and development of international Rotarians.
 
 
Papanui Bush BBQ
 
Our Rotary meeting on Thursday February the 17th will be a visit to Papanui Bush to see the recent developments.  This will include a Dedication of the new Mural Seats. 
 
We start with a BBQ followed by the opportunity to inspect the seats and garden. We also have special guests that night. 
 
The cost is $10 for BBQ.  Members please bring a salad.  Cutlery, plates and desert provided.
 
Please bring a seat, suitable footwear & your own drinks and make sure you reply to Deryn if you are not coming. 
 
Lois & Denis
 
 
Food for Thought
Picture
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 07 Feb 2022 Grant Paice 2022-02-06 11:00:00Z 0

Footstool Project Update

Posted by Gary Denhard on Feb 04, 2022

DIGITAL MARKETING SELLS 19 FOOTSTOOLS IN 18 DAYS

Gary Denhard’s Recycled Rimu Footstool project had been progressing however sales had stalled so Gary used his Digital Marketing skills to enhance the footstool project page on the club’s website to ensure they were found in Google searches and prospective customers could easily buy from the website. He also tried selling through TradeMe and Facebook Marketing again.
 
As a result, he sold 19 footstools in 18 days which meant $1,242.08 has gone into club funds.
 
The total number of footstools sold to date is now 69.
 
Gary’s work also increased the profile of the club’s website. If anyone does a search for Rotary Clubs in Papanui they will easily find the club website but you will also see a significant “profile box” filling the right hand side of the screen. This does not happen with most other clubs.
 
 
 
Footstool Project Update Gary Denhard 2022-02-03 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 01 Feb 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
01 Feb 2022
 
 
Rob Thomson
 
At our meeting last week respected club member Rob Thomson gave us an outline of his career in an entertaining and thought-provoking talk.
 
Rob was ordained as an Anglican minister some 38 years ago and began his ministry as a curate in Ashburton.
 
He soon found that he had a skill in officiating at funerals. This culminated in him deciding to become a full-time civil celebrant.
 
Rob went on to talk about some of the considerations when conducting a funeral and what resources are required including i.e. music, quotes, readings etc.
 
Other considerations are how long will the service be, will there be additional speakers and who is preparing and providing any electronic media (slide shows, etc.).
 
 
He next shared how funerals are organised and presented under the ever-changing Covid regulations.
 
The future and the core values of funerals will, Rob suggested, remain the same.
 
“Covid regulations, however, have meant that there has been an increase in small family gatherings at a burial or cremation and then a memorial gathering held for a wider group of family and friends later” noted Rob.
 
It was significant to note that questions from the floor continued for some time which showed the value of Rob’s excellent presentation and the high level of interest it generated among members.
 
President Grant thanked Rob for his thorough and informative insight into his valued work.
 
 
Two Reminders
 
Please remember to let Deryn know if you cannot attend our 1st meeting at the Papanui Club this week ASAP via rcpapologies@gmail.com.
 
Also, as we are now operating under stricter Covid requirements, everyone must enter via the front entrance as the back entrance to our meeting room needs to remain locked.
 
Unfortunately we are unable to cook for Ronald McDonald House under the Red Light system i.e. our planned presence on Monday the 14th February is therefore cancelled.
 
We are OK to return when it drops back to Orange. 
 
 
An Update on Omicron from Ken
 
Dear Rotarians
 
We are all keenly aware of the restrictions under the Red Traffic Light system and there maybe the need to adapt how clubs continue to meet and undertake projects. 
 
Please think about using the District Zoom as an option either for your club meetings, Board meetings, or for your social interactions.
 
This year will be challenging however, we need to remain innovative and positive.
 
Note: your Board will be closely watching how the Omicron situation develops and adjusting how we meet, interact and undertake projects accordingly.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
Check out this article for some ideas here.
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 01 Feb 2022 Grant Paice 2022-01-31 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
25 Jan 202
 
 
Dr Larry Skiba
 
We were treated to long term member Larry’s talk on his experiences and changes over time to General Practitioner and medical services.
 
Larry was brought up in a farming community in Canada.  After 2 years pre-med he next attended medical school in Calgary. On finishing this, he then moved to New Zealand in 1976 where, after a stint in Dunedin, he then moved to Ashburton Hospital where he described his activities as “doing everything”.
 
His next move was to the Papanui Medical Centre while completing General Practitioner training where he stayed for 20 years.  President Grant was one of his patients later in that period but he can’t seem to remember him which is probably a good thing for Grant J.
 
His next move was to his current job at the Mansfield Health Centre in Merivale.  One of his more interesting activities is travelling to Disneyland with groups of children where he oversees and manages their medical needs.
 
“One of the largest changes to how GPs work was caused by the rapidly changing IT world which is now extensively used” shared Larry.  Mobiles are in particular are being used for a wider variety of access to medical services.
 
“Prescriptions in particular can be accessed this way” continued Larry but he also shared that this sometimes has its challenges as users adapt to this way of doing things.
 
Another area that has changed significantly is surgery which has significantly reduced time spent in hospitals. This helps free up these valuable resources for other services.
 
Other areas where things have changed notably include minor surgery including ear wax removal plus access to St Johns is now computerised. 
 
With respect to the evolving Covid world, Larry noted that this has significantly changed how medical centres operate and stressed that preventing spreading is now a key focus of GP advice to patients.  He also noted that the response time to the provision of vaccines and services has been significantly quicker than it was in the past.
 
As to the future, Larry feels that the space age may have a greater role to play in the future as it continues to change rapidly and as a result of its development it will provide increasingly new and complex technologies and discoveries that will have an impact on how we package and deliver GP and medical services.
 
Max thanked Larry for his presentation on the changing GP and medical services world.
 
 
This Week’s Meeting
 
The buffet will operate this week, along the lines that it did earlier last year, where we each take our plate up and let them know what we want on it.
 
We will require apologies, though, so that we can give The Papanui Club as accurate a number as possible of those attending so they can allocate us spots within the 100 allowed in each bar.
 
It is important that we think of other members of the Papanui Club, and allow as many as possible to visit the club while we are there.
 
Deryn asks that all those not attending (i.e. apologies) let her know by midday Wednesday the 26th. Those she doesn’t hear from will be deemed to be attending and are likely to be charged $24 whether or not they attend.
 
 
 
 
It was a delight for myself, Tony Taylor, Lois, Jim and Nick to attend the RYLA course luncheon and group presentations last Friday in support of Bridie and other attendees on the course’s last day.
 
Bridie joined us for Lunch
 
After a lovely lunch we proceeded upstairs and were treated to some excellent presentations of fund raising ideas from sub groups of attendees.
 
These covered a wide range of areas including Wild Pine Tree control, assisting parents with young babies, organising education packs for a Tongan college, offering cooking classes, providing options for flooding mitigation and helping provide better access to bariatric surgery.
 
Bridie’s Group Presentation
 
Lois captured this saying at the finish of the meeting:
 
mua ka kite a muri
muri ka ora a mua
Those who lead give sight to those who follow.
Those who follow give life to those who lead.
 
What a great opportunity for these keen and energetic attendees to gain skills and enjoy the comradery of what Rotary offers
 
President Grant
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets Grant Paice 2022-01-24 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022 GRADUATION

Posted by Grant Paice on Jan 21, 2022

RYLA 2022  - GRADUATION LUNCH AND PRESENTATIONS

It was a delight for myself, Tony Taylor, Lois, Jim and Nick to attend the RYLA course luncheon and group presentations last Friday in support of Brydie and other attendees on the course’s last day.
 
After a lovely lunch we proceeded upstairs and were treated to some excellent presentations of fund raising ideas from sub groups of attendees.
 
These covered a wide range of areas including Wild Pine Tree control, assisting parents with young babies, organising education packs for a Tongan college, offering cooking classes, providing options for flooding mitigation and helping provide better access to bariatric surgery.
 
 
Lois captured this saying at the finish of the meeting:
 
 mua ka kite a muri
 muri ka ora a mua
Those who lead give sight to those who follow.
Those who follow give life to those who lead.
 
What a great opportunity for these keen and energetic attendees to gain skills and enjoy the comradery of what Rotary offers
 
President Grant
 
RYLA 2022 GRADUATION Grant Paice 2022-01-20 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets 18 Jan 2022

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
18 Jan 2022
 
 
Papanui Rotary New Year BBQ
 
A good gathering of members and partners gathered at Grant & Jenny’ McFadden’s magnificent abode in Mairehau last week with the weather gods putting on a beautiful summer evening.
 
 
The setting by the pool was lovely with Ron taking advantage of the opportunity to pop into the pool for a pre-dinner swim!
 
 
Special thanks to Lois et al for accessing meats and general supplies and to all others for bringing along a scrumptious   range of salads and desserts.
 
 
Speakers for the Next Two Weeks
 
This week our speaker is our very own Dr Larry who will be talking on “General Practice – Past & Present”.
 
The following week we will hear from Rob Thomson who will be talking on “Covid, Death & the Funeral Industry”.
 
Please remember to let Deryn know if you cannot attend our 1st meeting at the Papanui Club this week ASAP via rcpapologies@gmail.com.
 
We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
 
 
 
Kathy thought it is probably timely to remind us of our commitment to assist with the street appeal for the Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson Society. 
 
The original plan was that we were helping them in September but sadly this got cancelled due to Covid, so here are the new dates they have arranged:

Friday 18th February & Saturday 19th February
 
One day we will be covering the New World site at 2 Mounter Ave, Northwood and the other day we will be outside the New World 45 Peer Street, commencing at 9am in 2 hour slots.

Kathy will collect the buckets and bibs etc. and set up and close down the collection sites.

She has got a roster set up ready on Google Sheets and will also print out a roster to bring to our meetings for people to put their names on.
 
 
 
As noted in an earlier email, RYLA 2022 is running this week at College House in Waimari Road.  Our candidate is Brydie Washington.
 
I will be attending the Luncheon and Closing session on Friday and look forward to seeing others who have also registered to come along as per Gary’s email.
 
President Grant
 
 
Reality Bytes
 
Our first coffee morning of the year will be at Reality Bites Cafe, Sawyers Arms Road from 10.00 am on Friday 21st January.
All welcome to join the happy crew.
 
Tony Tizzard  will be away on holiday down South but will catch up with you all next month.
 
 
Food for Thought
While the road is not totally clear, all the very best to you all for the coming year.
Papanui Club Chat Editor
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets 18 Jan 2022 Grant Paice 2022-01-17 11:00:00Z 0

Rob Thomson on Civil Celebrants

Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 25, 2021

ROB THOMPSON - BREATHES LIFE INTO FUNERAL SERVICES

At our meeting last week respected club member Rob Thomson gave us an outline of his career in an entertaining and thought-provoking talk.
 
Rob was ordained as an Anglican minister some 38 years ago and began his ministry as a curate in Ashburton.
 
He soon found that he had a skill in officiating at funerals. This culminated in him deciding to become a full-time civil celebrant.
 
Rob went on to talk about some of the considerations when conducting a funeral and what resources are required including i.e. music, quotes, readings etc.
 
Other considerations are how long will the service be, will there be additional speakers and who is preparing and providing any electronic media (slide shows, etc.).
 
He next shared how funerals are organised and presented under the ever-changing Covid regulations.
 
The future and the core values of funerals will, Rob suggested, remain the same.
 
“Covid regulations, however, have meant that there has been an increase in small family gatherings at a burial or cremation and then a memorial gathering held for a wider group of family and friends later” noted Rob.
 
It was significant to note that questions from the floor continued for some time which showed the value of Rob’s excellent presentation and the high level of interest it generated among members.
 
President Grant thanked Rob for his thorough and informative insight into his valued work.
 
Rob Thomson on Civil Celebrants Grant Paice 2021-12-24 11:00:00Z 0

DR LARRY EDUCATES

Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 25, 2021

DOCTOR LARRY - HOW BEING A GENERAL PRACTITIONER HAS CHANGED

We were treated to long term member Larry’s talk on his experiences and changes over time to General Practitioner and medical services.
 
Larry was brought up in a farming community in Canada.  After 2 years pre-med he next attended medical school in Calgary. On finishing this, he then moved to New Zealand in 1976 where, after a stint in Dunedin, he then moved to Ashburton Hospital where he described his activities as “doing everything”.
 
His next move was to the Papanui Medical Centre while completing General Practitioner training where he stayed for 20 years.  President Grant was one of his patients later in that period but he can’t seem to remember him which is probably a good thing for Grant J.
 
His next move was to his current job at the Mansfield Health Centre in Merivale.  One of his more interesting activities is travelling to Disneyland with groups of children where he oversees and manages their medical needs.
 
“One of the largest changes to how GPs work was caused by the rapidly changing IT world which is now extensively used” shared Larry.  Mobiles are in particular are being used for a wider variety of access to medical services.
 
“Prescriptions in particular can be accessed this way” continued Larry but he also shared that this sometimes has its challenges as users adapt to this way of doing things.
 
Another area that has changed significantly is surgery which has significantly reduced time spent in hospitals. This helps free up these valuable resources for other services.
 
Other areas where things have changed notably include minor surgery including ear wax removal plus access to St Johns is now computerised. 
 
With respect to the evolving Covid world, Larry noted that this has significantly changed how medical centres operate and stressed that preventing spreading is now a key focus of GP advice to patients.  He also noted that the response time to the provision of vaccines and services has been significantly quicker than it was in the past.
 
As to the future, Larry feels that the space age may have a greater role to play in the future as it continues to change rapidly and as a result of its development it will provide increasingly new and complex technologies and discoveries that will have an impact on how we package and deliver GP and medical services.
 
Max thanked Larry for his presentation on the changing GP and medical services world.
DR LARRY EDUCATES Grant Paice 2021-12-24 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 21 Dec 2021

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 21 Dec 2021
 
 
Christmas 2021 at Pap Rotary
 
A good crowd was in attendance at our Christmas theme meeting last Thursday and what a great show Lois and her team had for us.  Lois, well supported by Janice, also did a great job of decorating the room and tables that set a festive atmosphere for the evening.
 
Michael Entertains Us
 
After a special Christmas buffet Michael Rankin, a top performer at the recent Speech Competition we actively support held at Heaton Intermediate, entertained us with two performances.
 
Michael first gave us the privilege of hearing the speech he used at this event which included the fun and games involved in the setting up of his band.  He then followed on by singing one of his band’s songs which received a good round of applause from an appreciative audience.  What a pleasure it was to see young talent in the making and we wished him well for the future.
 
 
This was then followed by the Sergeant session led by Rob who gave us a challenging quiz on historical matters that had many of us stumped despite the concentration shown below by us all as we tried to pick the correct answers
 
 
To conclude his session Rob played us an old favourite song called “Sticky Beak” that we joined in with gusto on the chorus.  Click on the link below for a trip down memory lane!
 
 
The evening came to a close with Santa Arie sharing some yummy goodies with us.
 
And so our meetings for 2021 came to an end and we look forward to getting back together in the New Year.
 
 
Tree of Giving
 
While it was a bit quieter than usual, our Tree of Giving in Northlands Mall still managed to result in a good number of donations that will be passed on to Presbyterian Support, Linwood Avenue Community Trust, Barnados, Birthright NZ and City Mission.
 
 
(Faces Blocked for Confidentiality)
 
Gary received a gratifying email from the Deputy Principal of Waimairi School (below).
 
He met with her a few months ago and applied to the Children in Need Trust to fund some special reading books for dyslexic and reading impaired students.
 
They had the special books at school but not enough sets for some students to have at home to continue their reading there and we were able to fund the extra sets.
 
The letter reads as follows ... 
  
Kia ora Gary
 
Words just don’t seem enough to express the joy for these kids!
 
We were absolutely thrilled that the books we had ordered totally due to the Papanui Rotary Club generous donation for these students.
They were delivered in time for us to give to the children to take home for Christmas, and for them to enjoy and improve over the break. We have also promised them that if they bring them back, and have read them, we will give them the next titles in the series.
 
Thank you so much to you for all your work and thoughts about making this happen, and to the Club as a whole for supporting our most vulnerable learners - we really appreciate it.
 
The kids have made some Thank you cards that I would like to send on to you - are you able to give me an address so that I can put them in the post?
 
Thanks again, - Have a lovely break, and the help and assistance that you have given is so powerful.
 
Ngā mihi nui
Nāhaku noa, nā.
 
Lynley
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 21 Dec 2021 Grant Paice 2021-12-21 11:00:00Z 0

XMAS ENTERTAINMENT

Posted by Grant Paice on Dec 16, 2021

SPEECH COMPETITION TOP PERFORMER ENTERTAINS AT XMAS MEETING

After a special Christmas buffet Michael Rankin, a top performer at the recent Speech Competition we actively support held at Heaton Intermediate, entertained us with two performances.
 
Michael first gave us the privilege of hearing the speech he used at this event which included the fun and games involved in the setting up of his band. 
 
He then followed on by singing one of his band’s songs which received a good round of applause from an appreciative audience.  What a pleasure it was to see young talent in the making and we wished him well for the future.
 
XMAS ENTERTAINMENT Grant Paice 2021-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 13 Dec 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
13 Dec 2021
 
John Driscoll
 
We were privileged to hear from John Driscoll, the Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, who spoke about supporting our Rotary Foundation.
 
John started by sharing that the Mission of the Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
“Our strategic priorities are to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance our engagement and increase our ability to adapt” continued John “and the Foundation helps us do this.”
 
On average, 66% of New Zealanders give to charities with an average donation of $111 per charity.  “Imagine what we could do if all Rotarians were to make the Rotary Foundation their charity of choice” asked John.
 
He continued by sharing that today’s donors relate to causes (as shown below) and that to grow our fundraising we need to expand our donor base within Rotary and beyond Rotarians.
 
 
Rotary has four funds that we can contribute to:
 
 
He then shared the various ways that raised funds as opportunities move through the system.
 
“Imagine what might happen if every Rotarian in our District became a Centurion and donated $100 per year into the Foundation” suggested John.
 
John concluded his presentation by noting that the Rotary Foundation is one of the highest rated charities in the world and helps us deliver on our mission to do good in the world.
 
Janice thanked John for his presentation on the mission and operation of the Rotary Foundation.
 
Note:  John’s PowerPoint will be put up on our website shortly.
 
 
Presentation to Winners of the Trailer Raffle
 
The prizes for 1st and 3rd in our recent raffle were presented in person last Saturday morning at the Papanui Club.
 
Hirone Waretini & family accepting the 1st prize of the trailer and all its contents valued at $8,376.
 
Hirone was also a former GSE student who went to Turkey on an exchange programme.
 
Heather Cunningham accepting the 3rd prize: a Zip Small Appliance Pack.
 
Hope Ragadi was unable to attend the presentation to accept the 2nd prize of a Char-Broil Four-burner Grill BBQ which was delivered to her later that day.
 
The Rotary Club of Papanui would also like to again thank our partners Northlands Mall, Mitre 10 Mega, Stihl, Harmans Lawyers and Allprint and also acknowledge the generous support from everyone who took part in this community fundraising event.
 
 
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Ladies Breakfast
 
Twenty-three ladies and three mighty chefs (Gary, Arie and Tony) all had fun on the morning celebrating Christmas at our Rotary Ladies Christmas breakfast.
 
 
The ladies feasted on waffles, pancakes, maple syrup, yoghurt and Christmas muffins. There was lots of laughter and chatter especially during our Secret Santa.
 
 
A real highlight of the day was our special guest Angeline Ward, a local florist who had a wonderful array of Christmas gifts for sale. The ladies were keen to buy the lovely unique gifts beautifully made by Angeline.
 
A great time was had by all.
 
 
This Thursday’s Meeting
 
Please let me know if you and/or your partner will be attending our Christmas Breakup on Thursday night 16th Dec.  This is to be held at Papanui Club from 5.30pm.

Numbers MUST be in by Wednesday afternoon. Please, NO late replies as we need to know the number of tables for the staff to set and for our Fellowship Committee to decorate.
 
Thanks Deryn
 
 
Footstools at Market!
 
Last Sunday Gary organised a stall at Riccarton Market to trial the selling our Rimu Footstools. Check out how it went and our learnings from the day on our website here.
 
 
Wishing you all the best for Christmas
Club Chat Editor Grant
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 13 Dec 2021 Grant Paice 2021-12-13 11:00:00Z 0

Riccarton Market Footstool stall

Posted by Gary Denhard

Papanui Rotary Rimu Footstools on display at Riccarton Market

Last Sunday, the club had a stall at the popular Riccarton Rotary Sunday Market.
 
We now have over 20 Rimu Footstools all oiled and ready for sale.
 
The idea was to see if we could sell a few footstools in one day at one event.
 
Over 20 finished footstools and 5 unfinished footstools were on display.
 
The event was organised by Youth Director, Gary Denhard, and he was helped on the day by Kathy Anderson and Simon Forsyth.
 
Liz provided some excellent signage to raise the profile.
 
The result was disappointing as only one footstool was sold.
 
Organiser Gary observed “this stall was to see if it would work as a channel to market for our footstools however did not work out as planned,”In hindsight, it seems the Rimu footstool price of $65 is a bit high for the average market attendee. Most people seem to be there for food and a bargain. They are looking for unique items that only cost a few dollars.
 
Stallholders around the Rotary stall said that last Sunday was also a very slow day for them. They said the weather was a little dodgy and many people who might normally attend were elsewhere doing their serious Xmas shopping in the malls.
 
Although a disappointing result, Gary said he enjoyed catching up with fellow Rotarians from Riccarton Rotary (who run the market) and Belfast-Kaiapoi Rotary (who were selling their new potatoes in vast quantities). Both clubs were out in force and reminded Gary of days when clubs were a lot more active than some clubs are today.
 
Gary recommends the new potatoes. They had them for dinner Sunday night. Delicious!
 
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Papanui Club Chat Snippets 06 Dec 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
06 Dec 2021
 
Stuart Batty
 
Stuart gave us a trip down Memory Lane with his entertaining speech titled: “Remember When” following his arrival in Christchurch in 1967.
 
Stuart and Leslie arrived from Wellington on the Wahine at 6pm in June to a pitch black rainy and cold Christchurch evening and jumped on a train into town where they had arranged to be collected and were taken out to the United Services Hotel.
 
He remembers buying groceries at Self Help and meat from MMM.  “Our budget was $10 a week with roasts less than $1” noted Stuart.  In due course their 1st home was on Park Terrace & Bealey Avenue in the old Flemings residence.  He remembers it was a bit eerie as the bulbs were coloured.
 
As they started to settle in he remembers the fire station was not far away and they also saw a few Bishops as it was their area.  They also remembered the dustbins that were collected plus also got themselves one of the 1st new TVs that were available.
 
Other memories at that time included the old Post Office Savings Bank booklet, drinking Cold Duck, and the interesting practice of six o’clock closing which brought back memories for us all.
 
Another day they were off to Ballantynes where they were told: “No positions available”.   They did though run into a chap who asked if they were from Australia and suggested being a cashier as NZ was going decimal.
 
Additional memories Stuart shared included buses with prams, old 60’’s Blue Star taxis, and a large number of old yellow cars.  They also enjoyed the large number of picture theatres in the Square which cost 45c a screenings and 5c for an ice cream which was a lot cheaper than where they had come from.
 
Other experiences he shared included the floral clock, the fountain, DIC, the old Gas Works and railcars.  Stuart concluded his talk with a slide of the NAC flight attendants that flew on the old Friendships and Viscounts.
 
 
Liz thanked Stuart for his talk and especially reminding us of the infamous Cold Duck!
 
 
Winners of the 2021 Trailer Raffle
 
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Papanui Rotary Trailer Raffle as follows:
 
1st Prize - Ticket No. 8618 - Hirone Waretini
2nd Prize - Ticket No. 2852 - Hope Ragadi of Bryndwr
3rd Prize - Ticket No. 6570 - Heather Cunningham of Bryndwr
HUGE congratulations to these winners … enjoy your prizes!
 
Prizes will be presented at the Papanui Club on Saturday, 11 December at 8.45am.
 
The Rotary Club of Papanui would also like to again thank our partners Northlands Mall, Mitre 10 Mega, Stihl, Harmans Lawyers and Allprint.
 
We also acknowledge the generous support from everyone who took part in this community fundraising event.
 
All funds raised will be distributed as follows:
 
1/3 to the Papanui Children in Need Trust.
1/3 to the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank and:
1/3 to the Braintree Trust Community Health Garden.
 
Once again, congratulations to all the winners!
 
 
 
A reminder to all members that we now have to go back to the apologies email rcpapologies@gmail.com as we no longer need exact numbers attending, but we do need an approximate number so staff know how many tables to set up.
 
 
Papanui Rotary Christmas Evening
 
A reminder that we are having our Club Christmas evening next week on Thursday the 16th at the Papanui Club.  The cost per attendee is $30:00.
 
In addition to a visit by Santa and various goodies, we are also hoping to organise some entertainment during the evening.  We look forward to seeing you all there.
 
Lois
 
 
Rotary Ladies Breakfast
 
A final reminder re arrangements for our Rotary Ladies breakfast on Saturday 11 December 20 Mistral Road, Northwood for those coming to please remember:
  • Bring cash to buy small handmade Christmas gifts by Angeline our special guest. 
  • Please bring a $5 gift for our usual Secret Santa. 
 
 
Footstools Galore!
 
Gary has booked a stall at the Riccarton Rotary Family Market on Sunday the 12th of December to try and sell more of our Recycled Rimu Wooden Footstools. He would appreciate some help.
 
He is organising three shifts:
  • 8am to 10am
  • 10am to 12pm
  • 12pm to 2pm
 
He will be there all day so really only needs one person to help with each shift so he can get a break now and then.  Please let him know if you want to help and which time will suit.
 
The 8am shift will setup the site which is really only putting up a Gazebo and placing a couple of signs Rotary banners (from Liz) and taking the footstools from my car and putting them on the table I hired.
 
Also, he needs to borrow a 3m by 3m portable Gazebo from somewhere for the day. Does anyone have one he can use?
 
Once he has some helpers he will let them know more details.
 
All funds raised go into the Club’s general fund for community projects.
 
 
 
 
Click here to purchase from the Rotary Club of Papanui and Support our Fundraising! 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets 06 Dec 2021 Grant Paice 2021-12-06 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Club Chat Snippets

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
29 Nov 2021
 
Dr Ben Harris
 
We were delighted to once again hear from Dr Ben Harris who continued to share with us his extensive knowledge and insights into the changing Covid environment.
 
For information from Ben shared at a presentation earlier in the year about infectious diseases and Covid click here.
 
A Google search will also identify various content from Ben in text and video formats for those interested.
 
 
Trailer Raffle
 
A big thank-you for all those who helped out with the trailer raffle over the last weeks!
 
As noted in an earlier Chat, sales were better than last year including experiencing good turnover on the last few days.
 
 
Rotary Ladies Breakfast
 
A further reminder from Lois that our Rotary Ladies breakfast will be on Saturday 11 December this year at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. For those coming can you please remember:
 
  • Bring cash to buy small handmade Christmas gifts by Angeline our special guest. 
  • Please bring a $5 gift for our usual Secret Santa. 
  • Please reply to Lois 021735404 or loisflanagan@gmail.com by 4 December. 
 
An Opportunity from Verdi
 
“At our International Committee Quiz night last year, two silent auction vouchers were donated.  One was a return flight to the Chatham Islands valued at $1,540 and the other was a Helicopter Trial Flight instructed by Richie McCaw valued at about $300.
 
Both items were under bid and in an effort to raise the bidding both Keith and Heather Mitchell, who incidentally, had sourced the vouchers, kindly placed bids which were not out bid.  Therefore, they were obliged to pay the amount bid.
 
In order to reimburse the Mitchell's and to also obtain a reasonable amount for the vouchers, it was decided to raffle them for $10 per ticket but limit the number of tickets to just 250 tickets.
 
I have prepared books of 5 tickets and am happy for people to offer a book for $40 (same as we do in the trailer raffle).  This increases the odds of winning from 1 in 200 to 1 in 40!!
 
The funds raised will be used to pay for the orphanage in Tanzania.
 
There is no time limit on when the raffle is drawn but would like to do so within 3-4 weeks or once all or sufficient tickets have been sold.
 
Please email Verdi at vanbeekverdi@gmail.com or call him on 027 432 3962 if you are interested.”
 
 
Plum Puddings
 
It is not too late to get these for Christmas and raise some money for our club in what for many has been a lean year.
 
Orders will be taken at our next Club Meeting.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets Grant Paice 2021-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

Vintage Fashion Show  update

Vintage Fashion Show Update
28 November 2021
 
 
Vintage Fashion Event
 
Regrettably we have had to postpone the Vintage Fashion Parade until early 2022 and a date will be advised in the New Year. All tickets will be honoured on the new date
 
It will definitely go ahead!
 
Those who have tickets are welcome to hold on to them and they will be valid for the show next year. If you have any queries please contact Lois at loisflanagan@gmail.com or phone her at (021) 735 404.
 
We will advise a new date as soon as possible. “The parade will be even better on its third schedule” promises Lois.
 
Vintage Fashion Show  update Lois Flanagan 2021-11-27 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 22 Nov 2021

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
22 Nov 2021
 
 
 
No EftPOS
 
This Thursday is the last night that there will be no EftPOS available at our meeting.  You can either (1) pay cash or (2) deposit the meal(s) cost into our Account # 03-1355-0892268-00.
 
 
Pip Stewart
 
Pip Stewart, the CEO of Brackenridge Services, spoke to us last week about the establishment of Brackenridge and the services they provide the disability community in Christchurch. Pip was accompanied by Laura Coleman, their Funding and Engagement Coordinator.
 
“Brackenridge began when the services provided by Templeton Training Centre closed. At that time they catered for 90 residents. Today they support over 200 people 24 hours a day” explained Pip.
 
Brackenridge now employs over 400 staff. Most are predominately health support workers. They provide community living to help people with intellectual disabilities.  Their motto is: ‘Empowering People - Enabling Good Lives.’
 
“Living with disability is a health issue” continued Pip and to emphasise this changes are in the pipeline to alter the funding provided by Government. Brackenridge is also working hard to improve accessibility legislation and positive changes are imminent.
 
Laura shared that in her role she enjoys engaging with local communities to enhance the lives of children, young people and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism and feels it is a privilege to have the opportunity to inspire inclusivity and diversity and to work collaboratively with people and businesses to help achieve their goals.
 
Jim thanked our visitors for their insights into the valuable services Brackenridge provides.  You can find out more about Brackenridge here.
 
 
Trailer Raffle
 
Thank-you for those who helped out with the trailer raffle this past week.  The raffle has been going well overall with sales better than last year so far. 
 
We now only have one gap left with no takers which is this Saturday the 27th from 1:30-3:30 pm
 
Please visit the link here if you can help with this remaining spot or are able to help at other time slots during the week where there is currently only one person signed in.
 
Email your availability to Lois or Kathy so they can enter the dates & times you are able to help.
 
 
Rotary Ladies Breakfast
 
A reminder from Lois that our Rotary Ladies breakfast will be on Saturday 11 December this year at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. A special surprise this year will be a lovely guest with some wonderful Christmas goodies to buy! 
 
Save the date ladies! Delicious food, fun and special gifts to buy. Please reply to me by text at 021 735 404 or email me at loisflanagan@gmail.com by 4 December. 
 
 
Hans’ Totara
 
Denis sent this picture through of this plant that we planted at Papanui Bush as a Totara Award a couple of years ago.  It is now a couple of metres and in flower.
 
 
Proposed Traffic Light System
 
FYI … a useful summary.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 22 Nov 2021 Grant Paice 2021-11-22 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 15 Nov 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
15 Nov 2021
 
No EftPOS
 
A reminder that there is no EftPOS available at our Thursday meetings for the rest of this month as it is in use at the Trailer Raffle.  You can either (1) pay cash or (2) deposit the meal(s) cost into our Account # 03-1355-0892268-00.
 
 
Components of Fitness for Seniors
 
Our speaker last week, professional physiotherapist and high-performance trainer Sonya White, gave us all a chance to work up a good lather from a series of comfortable exercises we could perform.
 
She told us that good health is enhanced by a healthy diet, regular exercise and a positive attitude.
 
All the exercises were clearly demonstrated and we had the opportunity to practice quite a few.  All could be achieved at home using everyday items in the home.
 
Sonya stressed that the strengthening of the core muscles around the hip and stomach area helped in preventing falls and stumbling. To assist this we were given diaphragmatic exercises to practice.
 
Papanui Rotarians in Action!
 
Sonya insisted that it was never too late to keep active. Just adjust the level of activity to your comfort and abilities.
 
The exercises concentrated on co-ordination, stability and balance. It is planned to make charts outlining the exercises available to members.
 
Grant McFadden thanked Sonya for her lively and enthusiastic session.  We all went away with some great ideas for helping us maintain our core strength and balance as time marches on.
 
 
Trailer Raffle
 
Many thanks for those who helped out with the trailer raffle this past week.  We still have gaps over the following weeks, and really value your ongoing support.
 
Please visit the link here and continue to identify more spots you can fill and email these to Lois or Kathy so they can enter the dates & times you are able to cover.
 
 
Change in Directors
 
For the balance of this Rotary year President Grant advised us that, effective immediately, Lois Flanagan will take over as Fellowship Director and Keith Mitchell will assume the Community Service Director’s role.
 
 
New Rotary District 9999 Constitution Vote
 
President Grant shared with us that Mark Yaxley will be joining us later in the evening this coming Thursday (the 18th) to explain more about new District 9999’s Constitution that he forwarded to all members earlier in the year.
 
Following this, those Club members present at the meeting will be asked to vote on the proposed Constitution with the proposal being:
 
“That this Club supports the proposed Constitution for District 9999.”
 
Rather than attendees completing voting forms individually, District Administrator Ken Booth has advised Grant that the resulting votes of “Yes” or “No” can be done by a show of hands, recorded on a single voting form and witnessed by President Grant & Secretary Cheryl (or Treasurer Deryn if needed) and forwarded on to Ken.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 15 Nov 2021 Grant Paice 2021-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets 9 Nov 2021
 

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
9 Nov 2021
 
 
No EftPOS
 
Please note that there will be no EftPOS available at our Thursday meetings for the rest of this month as it is in use at the Trailer Raffle.
 
You can either (1) pay cash or (2) deposit the meal(s) cost into our Account # 03-1355-0892268-00.
 
Many thanks: Deryn
 
 
 
Last week we had the pleasure of listening to Rev John Lister, the Anglican minister at St Saviour’s Holy Trinity church Lyttelton speak about his work at the Lyttelton Seafarers Centre.
 
John, with the help of two dedicated volunteers, provide much needed help to visiting merchant seamen who have often been at sea and in ports around the world confined to their vessel because of Covid 19.  
 
They procure toiletries, some food and provide a welcome friendly listening ear.
 
One of the items that brings so much joy and support is the provision of portable WiFi facilities that enables them to call home and speak with family that, in most cases, they have not seen for many months.
 
John also had us take part in singing along to a Seafarers Ditty that we joined in with gusto!
 
Simon thanked John for his insights in the plight of Seafarers and the much appreciated support work he and his team provide them with.
 
You can find out more about the work of John and his team here.
 
 
Trailer Raffle
 
The Trailer Raffle is now in full swing, but we urgently need more members’ assistance for next week and beyond.
 
Please revisit the link here to identify more spots you can fill and email these to Lois or Kathy so they can enter the dates & times you are able to cover.
 
Many thanks for your ongoing support with this over the coming weeks.
 
 
In case you missed it, click here  to read the Sept-Oct 2021 District newsletter. This edition includes articles on:
 
  • Celebrating 10 years of Healthy Heroes at Te Waka Unua.
  • A collaboration between Papanui Rotary & Ray White Real Estate Papanui.
  • The Provisional Passport Club of Canterbury.
  • Lincoln Rotary being awarded the 2020-2021 Rotary Citation plus more.
 
Rotary Facts
 
Did you know Rotary first adopted the name "Rotary International" in 1922 when the name was changed from the International Association of Rotary Clubs?
 
Did you know the Rotary emblem was printed on a commemorative stamp for the first time in 1931 at the time of the Vienna Convention?

Did you know the 1st Rotary club banner (from the Houston Space Centre) to orbit the moon was carried by astronaut Frank Borman, a member of that club?
 
Did you know that while Rotary's primary motto is "Service Above Self” there is also a secondary motto?
 
And it is …
 
"One profits most who serves best."
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
Snippets 9 Nov 2021  Grant Paice 2021-11-08 11:00:00Z 0

Healthy Heroes

Posted by Gary Denhard

SIX NEW HEALTHY HEROES AT TE WAKA UNUA

Another six children at Te Waka Unua school have earned the right to call themselves Healthy Heroes.
 
They have completed a variety of ‘healthy lifestyle’ activities which they now aim to incorporate into their daily lives.
 
Te Waka Unua has been following the Rotary New Zealand Healthy Heroes programme for 10 years. It brings together children, schools, families and communities, with the aim of building lasting habits to prevent obesity and type two diabetes.
 
The children aim to achieve five challenges for five days a week for nine weeks. Rewards are given by Ferrymead Rotary at week three, week six and at the finish. Students who completed the programme several years ago help and encourage the younger children to achieve. The programme is designed so that students who don’t complete all the challenges still receive plenty of benefits.
 
Te Waka Unua’s deputy principal, James Souter, said all the children learned about healthy habits, and could recite the challenges and activities they did to achieve the rewards.
 
Walking the family dog or a neighbour’s dog not only meets the exercise challenge, but also that of helping others. Getting plenty of sleep is an easy challenge for most students.
 
They found that playing board games and reading books instead of watching TV and using devices was fun and stretched their minds. Eating well and enjoying three vegetables and two fruits was easy too, especially now that school lunches are provided by the government.
 
Ideas to achieve the challenges are available on a website with links to other sites promoting healthy lifestyles.
 
To find out more about the Healthy Heroes programme for your school click here.  
Healthy Heroes Gary Denhard 2021-11-06 11:00:00Z 0

Ngatuawa School

Posted by Gary Denhard

4 SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS WITH NGUTUAWA / BAMFORD SCHOOL

Since 2019 Ngutuawa Schhol had had a relationship with Christchurch Sunrise Rotary Club which has resulted in four significant projects being completed:
 - Library Project
 - Christmas Gift project
 - Garden Project
- -School Uniform project
 
The initial Library Project was significant and resulted in the school now having a modern library with new shelves, books, computer, scanner, bar-codes, covers and organising a book database.
 
The Christmas Gift Project in 2020 resulted in donations of a gift to each the children.  Sports goods appropriate to each age were given.
 
The Garden Project was the arranging of  new school garden, with raised beds, two sheds, fencing, irrigation and work table.
 
The Uniform Project involved the provision of new uniforms. This expensive project  was supported by obtaining local businesses and trusts for help. Now the pupils look amazing.
 
For more information go to the Sunrise Rotary web page by clicking here .
 
Ngatuawa School Gary Denhard 2021-11-06 11:00:00Z 0

Million Masks

Posted by Gary Denhard

ONE MILLION MASKS FOR STUDENTS PROJECT

Quality masks are to be made available for NZ students who need them but their families can’t afford them.
 
Rotary has launched its One Million Masks initiiative through the Rotary Club of Porirua by providing Porirua College with just over 2,000 masks, which is enough for their students until the end of this educational year.
 
Rotary has decided that, where schools wish to participate, they will support them by the purchase of these masks on their behalf.
 
The Lanaco masks are N95 level and NZ ISO certified and are exactly the same as those specifically developed for and worn in Tokyo by New Zealand’s Olympics team.
 
Porirua College principal Ragne Maxwell says this offer from One Million Masks is “like manna from heaven”.
 
If your school has students from families struggling to find the money for quality masks then contact Papanui Rotary (papanuirotary@gmail.com) and they will facilitate action through your nearest Rotary Club.
 
Million Masks Gary Denhard 2021-11-06 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
2 Nov 2021
 
It was a busy period recently with both the Halloween event in partnership with Ray White Real Estate plus the finals of the speech competition at Heaton Intermediate.  We have also completed the packing and sending of a container and another one is already in the wings.
 
Our annual raffle at Northlands Mall is also coming up fast so please remember to go to the link here to book some times over the coming weeks to help out.  This is also a good opportunity to perhaps join a Club member you don’t run into as often and find out a bit more about them.
 
Some members also attended a training event last weekend and we look forward to them sharing what was covered as we go forward in what are becoming quite changeable times as we manage the ongoing challenges the current environment presents us with.
 
With the assistance of our Board, our District, our overseas roots and most importantly our members I feel that we can rise to these challenges by focussing on our core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity & leadership.
 
President Grant
 
 
Halloween Event with Papanui Rotary and Ray White Real Estate Papanui
 
For the third year Papanui Rotary partnered with Ray White Real Estate Papanui to bring some free, safe family fun for local children at St. James Park.
 
  
 
It was unexpectedly cold and rainy and knowing that we had had to work within the Covid Level 2 guidelines this year we had made it a contactless and very simple event. We were somewhat surprised to have about 150 people attend as the wind blew and the rain fell.
 
We advertised in the News Advertiser and on social media sites and included a QR code from where children could download a scavenger hunt sheet asking questions about the 10 large Halloween icon stations we had in the park.
 
 
The children once again came all “dressed to kill” in great Halloween outfits from sharks to spiderman, and witches to ghouls. When the sheets were completed, they handed them in and were able to pick up a bag of sweets from the sack as their reward.
 
As we were putting up the Halloween icons several parents came up to us to say how grateful they were that we were still holding this event as there was nothing for small children to do in the current Covid environment and they enjoyed dressing up for Halloween.
 
Comments like this make holding events worthwhile and our partnerships with other organisations are valuable tools to Rotary being visible in our communities even with restrictions. It made us think differently about how we can do things and work together.
 
Simon Forsyth, a professional photographer and member of Papanui Rotary, took some great photos of the children and once again we thank Ray White Real Estate for partnering with us.
 
 
Hopefully next year we can take it back to our large event where over 400+ attend and the weather is kind.
 
 
Speech Finals at Heaton Intermediate
 
On 28 October, the finals of the Papanui Rotary Speech Contest were held at Heaton Intermediate School.  16 students from 7 schools and in years 5-8 competed for the top prizes on the night. One week earlier, 50 students had taken part in the preliminary rounds to find the finalists.
 
Topics ranged from Animal extinction, Global Warming and Conspiracy theories, to Puppy Farms, Wearing glasses and the Perils of a Popstar. The judges had a very hard job finding the prize winners! 
 
 
This year for the first time a special award was presented. Papanui Rotary had formerly run a secondary schools debating contest which has long been discontinued. A trophy given in memory of a former member of the Club was found in a garage where it had been stored since 1996. 
 
Evan Thompson, a member of Papanui Rotary, beautifully restored the trophy and adapted it for use in the speech contest. Evan was there at the finals to present the trophy to its very first junior speech winner who gave a passionate and moving speech on Racism.
 
 
These young students spoke with enthusiasm and expertise and are clearly leaders of the future. As a Rotary Club, it was great to make the opportunity for them to practice the art of public speaking and develop their skills as well as to entertain their families, friends and Rotarians. 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
 
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-11-01 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 26 Oct 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
26 Oct 2021
 
As we head into warmer weather and (yikes) mumblings of Christmas are beginning to be heard, I am left once again feeling that time seems to fly by with ever increasing speed as we continue through life’s journey.    
 
We had the privileged of hearing from Amanaki Fakakovikaetau last week.  What an interesting person he is and I was especially intrigued by the wide range of service roles he has been involved in and continues to undertake which includes having been in the President role multiple times with the Nuku'alofa Rotary Club.
 
Last week saw us attending the annual speech competitions at Heaton Intermediate which, as always, was well organised by Lois (including a great lunch) and resulted in the identification of a number of very talented students who will contest the finals this Thursday evening.  I also got to catch up with Andrea Knight, the school’s principal, who I had the privilege of getting to know many years ago when we were both attending Otago University.
 
Thanks to the hard work of Verdi and Deryn, we are about to embark on our annual Raffle at Northlands Mall (see below) and I look forward to us supporting this well as we have done in the past.  It is also a great opportunity to perhaps pair up with members we might not know as well and find out a bit more about each other.
 
Onwards and upwards:
 
President Grant
 
 
Greetings from Tonga: “Malo e lelei”
 
Amanaki Fakakovikaetau, Past president of the Rotary Club of Nuku ‘alofa Tonga and Vice president of the Tongan Olympic committee, was introduced to us by his long-time friend and associate Stuart Batty.
 
Amanaki, along with 4 of the Olympic athletes, has been stranded in Christchurch after managing the Tongan Olympic team to Tokyo due to Covid-19.
 
The Rotary Club of Nuku ‘alofa is the only Rotary Club in Tonga and combines with other clubs in the Pacific region to undertake many worthwhile projects.
 
Married with 4 children and 5 grandchildren, Amanaki is a qualified Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon and is Director of Oral Health Services in Tonga which involves him visiting every school in the country where he gives advice on oral hygiene to children.
 
While in Christchurch the Tongan athletes and Amanaki helped pack a container of supplies that will be going to Tonga from Rotary NZ World Community Service.
 
Amanaki appreciated the regular supply of Rotary Emergency Response Kits to Tonga as these give essential help to families devastated by cyclones and other weather-related events.
 
Keith Mitchell thanked Amanaki for his talk and wished him and the team well for their trip home in a few days’ time.
 
Malo ‘Aupito
 
 
Raffle Details
 
Deryn has advised members that tickets in this annual fundraiser go on sale from 6th November at our usual site in Northlands Mall. We are now filling the roster and would appreciate any assistance we can get, please. 
 
This year's recipients are the Papanui RC Children in Need Trust, the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust, and the BrainTree Trust Community Health Garden, with each receiving one third of the profits. Tickets are the same price as other years i.e. $5 each ticket or a book of 5 for $20.
 
All Papanui Club members et al have been emailed the link here to view available times, plus all those interested in helping can contact Kathy (027) 455 7889 or Lois (021) 735 404 who are taking names so please contact either of them to discuss what times we have available that you can help with.
You can also ask your spouse or friends to help you. Some others will also receive an email but only those on our mailing lists. 
 
 
Speech Contest Finals
 
Last week Lois thanked those that assisted with the preliminaries of this popular annual competition and reminded members that the Finals will be held at the Heaton Intermediate School Performing Arts Centre this Thursday (Oct the 18th) beginning at 7.00 pm sharp.
 
Please note that our meal this week at the Papanui Club beforehand will be served at the earlier time of 5.45 pm sharp to allow attending members to get to Heaton in time.
 
We look forward to a great night of speeches on the night.  If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Lois.
 
 
Papanui Bush
 
Further to the email sent out to you, this is a reminder that we are back at Papanui Bush this Wednesday the 27th starting at 9.30 am.  If it is your 1st time joining us, we are on Langdons Road, just to the West of Papanui High School and the railway line.
 
We will be mainly focusing on releasing grass around the trees and some rubbish collection.  We promise great fellowship and morning tea on the logs.  Please bring a flask, clippers and gloves.
 
Denis
 
 
Vintage Fashion Event
 
Regrettably we have had to postpone the Vintage Fashion Parade for a 2nd time. Until we return to level 1 we cannot hold it safely. Hopefully we will have a date in the new year soon. It will definitely go ahead!
 
Those who have tickets are welcome to hold on to them and they will be valid for the show next year. If you have any queries please contact Lois at loisflanagan@gmail.com or phone her at (021) 735 404.
 
We will advise a new date as soon as possible. “The parade will be even better on its third schedule” promises Lois.
 
Lois
 
 
 
Halloween is Coming!
 
Thanks for forwarding this Liz … it was great to see an article in the Nor’West News about our joint venture with Ray White Papanui aimed at children twelve and under accompanied by a parent at St James Park.
 
In order to comply with Covid restrictions, there will be a contactless Scavenger Hunt for them to take part it.  Halloween characters will be available for participants to find from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Friday the 29th of October. 
 
To access the Scavenger Hunt Sheet either go to Ray White’s office at 7 Wilson Ave or email Papanui.nz@raywhite.com requesting one and they will send you a copy.
 
 
Lois and Liz gave out 4x $100 grocery vouchers to Ara Tupu last week.  This will really help some struggling families before Xmas.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat 26 Oct 2021 2021-10-25 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Rotary Club Chat 19 Oct 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
19 Oct 2021
 
Great to see the support for Phill last week who gave us a sound introduction to his varied and interesting life so far. 
 
I for one didn’t know that hedgehogs can be found high up in the mountains.  Larry and I did keep a lookout at Mt Hutt at the weekend but they were staying well hidden.
 
A New Zealand PDG has once again offered a cash back deal in the form of an educational grant to Clubs who contribute towards further improving the infrastructure of the Kondiki Dairy in Mwika, Tanzania.
 
In a bid to improve the sustainable economic and community development of subsistence farmers, the activity sought to process 500 litres of Milk per day. With commitment and enthusiasm the dairy now pasteurises in excess of 4,000 litres a day with the farmers vision to double the throughput.
 
This initiative together with others has made substantive difference to lift the community out of poverty.  Our Board supported us once again helping with this project which also accesses us additional funding to support our educational focused endeavours.
 
Our speaker this week has also changed and we will now be hosting Amanaki Fakakovikaetau, the Chef de Mission of the Tongan Olympic team, who is also 4x the Past President of the Nuku'alofa Rotary Club. Thanks to Grant McFadden who was happy to step aside and we look forward to his presentation at a later date.
 
As they say in Star Trek: “live long and prosper”!
 
President Grant
 
 
Philip McEntee Entertains Us
 
Our newest member Phill outlined his early life for us. After being born in Nelson he moved to Christchurch with his family when 5 years old. He attended Christchurch Boys High School and Lincoln College.
 
Philip loves driving as evidenced by his many driving jobs during his career. Along with driving, he has a real interest in conservation, the outdoors and meeting people.
 
He is a classic car enthusiast, a member of Forest & Bird, and actively involved in predator control at Coutts Island.  He also assists Denis McMurtrie and his team at the Papanui Bush.
 
Philip has been married to Christine for 45 years and they have two adult sons.
 
We look forward to getting to know Phill over the coming months.
 
 
World Polio Day
 
Jim Hudson brought us up to date with the latest Rotary efforts to eradicate polio throughout the world. There have been just 2 cases of wild polio recorded recently, 1 in Afghanistan and 1 in Pakistan.
 
Jim stressed that our continued financial support is needed to complete the job to banish this disease from the world.
 
Our Centurion numbers have gone well recently, but there is still room for additional members to donate $100 and to become a Centurion member today.
 
 
Bridie Washington
 
Tony Taylor introduced Bridie to the meeting and advised us that she has been selected as our RYLA candidate for 2022.
 
Bridie has been a regular attendee at our club meetings and has helped with many of our projects as well as volunteering with some other Rotary club projects as well.
 
Tony presented Bridie with her Emerging Leader Certificate which was acknowledged by members with a hearty round of applause.
 
 
 
 
On the Road Again!
 
Tony T has spoken again with the new management at Reality Bites Cafe and they will be pleased to accommodate us! 
Therefore we will gather there around 10.00 am next Friday, the 22nd of October.
 
You will need to wear a face mask when ordering and paying for your drinks and refreshments.  He looks forward to seeing you there.
 
 
 
 
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Papanui Rotary Club Chat 12 Oct 2021 

 
Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
12 Oct 2021
 
What a great presentation we were treated with last week by Dr Ben Harris on Covid.  He covered the topic thoroughly and certainly added to my understanding on the way the virus operates and how it has changed.
 
Our Can Collection is coming to a close with a good result given the issues with us being initially under Level2+.  Many thanks to everyone who supported it during quite challenging times.
 
Today I have sent out material to all members for the upcoming vote we will be making at our usual Thursday meeting on the 18th of November regarding the proposed Constitution of constituent clubs in our new D9999. 
 
It includes details on who to contact should you wish to find out more plus notes that a member of the team involved in the development process will also join us on the night we vote to share info and answer queries.
 
I look forward, as always, to seeing you all at this week’s meeting in support of Phill, one of our newest members, who will be giving his presentation where he will share with us some details of his background, hobbies and interests.
 
President Grant
 
 
Dr Ben Harris
 
Last week we were privileged to be taken on a journey through the amazing world of microbiology using Covid-19 as a basis for our education.
 
What a superb guide we had in Mr Ben Harris who had the knowledge and skill to impart information on a complicated topic with such clarity, using his 40+ years of experience in both the UK and New Zealand.
 
He explained the way various viruses worked and provided a clear explanation of the spread of Covid-19 and the evolving of the numerous mutations, including the Delta strain.
 
He had us all captivated and was bombarded with questions at the conclusion of his talk.
 
You can find many references to his work and learn more about it by checking his details on Google and reading through the many informative articles.
 
 
Calling all Can Collectors!
 
This is the last week for you to collect your cans for the City Mission.
 
Please ensure that you contact me or Deryn if you need your cans collected.
 
We will be arranging with City Mission to collect the cans next week. Every can helps so please play your part for our community if you have not yet collected any cans. It all helps!
 
Thanks everyone for your help.
 
Lois Flanagan
 
 
Interclub Target Shooting
 
Arie has been in touch with personnel from the Christchurch Target Shooting Association recently and found out that because of the need for social distancing and the fact that the guns are handled by multiple people this can only happen at Level One.
 
We have set a new date of Tuesday the 22nd of February and he has shared this with District Administrator Ken who included this change via his Friday mail out.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“Together Everyone Achieves More”
 
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Papanui Rotary Club Chat 5 Oct 2021

Papanui Rotary Club Chat Snippets
5 Oct 2021
 
Our second gathering back at the Papanui Club included guest speakers from the Community Engagement & Reintegration section at Community Corrections which was well received by those attending.
 
We have also been active in the community and I had the pleasure of joining the Papanui Rotary food box packing team at Aotearoa NZ Kilmarnock.  What a well-run team it is and, despite me being the newbie on board, we still managed to complete the task in just over one hour.
 
I have included in this Chat some info on a new initiative, One Million Masks, which is gathering steam in the Rotary world. 
 
I look forward to seeing you all this Thursday with our speaker being Dr Ben Harris, a medical microbiologist who has a real passion for "bugs".
 
President Grant
 
 
Karen & Pablo from Ara Poutama
 
Karen and Pablo, our speakers last week, spoke about their roles in Community Corrections.
 
Karen spoke about the main purpose of their work being the wellness and well-being of our community. They do this by:
 
  1. Supporting people through the Justice system and:
  2. Assisting rehabilitation by ensuring appropriate levels of support are put in place.
 
There are currently approximately 27,000 people throughout New Zealand under the care of Community Corrections. The Canterbury district has ~. 2,700 of these.
 
The major two challenges faced by people under Community Corrections are finding employment and suitable accommodation. Karen is dealing with their accommodation needs.
 
Pablo then spoke about the task of find employment for these people.
 
During the last 12 months his section has found work for 267 people and have assisted in the integration into the community of 2,246 people which is a great result with a challenging clientele.
 
Jim thanked Karen and Pablo for their insights into their work
 
 
 
Rotary Clubs based in Christchurch have been enriched by four unexpected visitors from Tonga including a Past President of the Nuku'alofa Rotary Club.
 
The Tongans, all members of the Tokyo Olympic Team were sent to MIQ in Christchurch due to them and other team members being stranded in New Zealand en route back to Tonga.
 
Another member is hold up in a motel in Queenstown with another with extended family in Auckland. Eight other members of the Team either made it home or are currently based in Australia or the USA.
 
Since making contact with Stuart Batty Rotary, the Team has been hosted by a number of clubs with members of our club taking them on day trips to the West Coast, Kaikoura and Akaroa.
 
The team are hopeful of a flight home towards the end of the month when on arrival in Tonga, another 21 days in isolation. It will be close to 5 months when they are eventually reunited with family.
 
Costs including the MIQ and subsequent accommodation are substantial and another club has arranged a fund raiser to support them.
 
The Rotary Container of DIK due to leave Christchurch within the month will include medical equipment that the PP has been able to source for the hospital in Tonga.
 
 
 
20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising.
 
Help us achieve our goal by sharing the link below with your friends and family - don't forget, they can purchase any one of the 21 Entertainment memberships available throughout NZ and Australia and we retain 20% of the purchase price!
 
 
Click here to join and also access the additional offer above.
 
Thanks for your support:
 
Gordon & the Rotary Club of Papanui
 
 
One Million Masks Project
Item in Ken’s Mail-out by Adrienne Murray (Abridged).
 
This is a concept initially organised through ROZOPS to further support the people of Fiji who are suffering more than any other country on a per head of population basis.
 
With COVID on our doorstep in NZ we also have the opportunity to canvas our local schools throughout New Zealand, especially in communities that need support, as children over 12 are required to wear masks.
 
Lanaco Ltd has offered to continue their support of Fiji and New Zealand through Rotary and to supply masks in boxes of 10 at $23.50 a box.  The masks will all be stamped with the Rotary logo and the Lanaco brand.
 
The concept is that across New Zealand clubs will be asked to approach local schools and their communities via asking businesses, families or friends to fund the cost of a box, and will be given the opportunity, if they wish, to have the name of their school or logo put on the box.
 
For this to work we need as many clubs as possible involved. It is also a good opportunity to get all the clubs in New Zealand working together on a project that is not specifically within the RI tent.
 
(See Ken’s Mail-out for more info).
 
 
Ladies Breakfast
 
A second reminder that the Rotary Ladies breakfast will be on Saturday 11 December this year at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood.
 
A special surprise this year will be a lovely guest with some wonderful Christmas goodies to buy! 
 
Email Lois of your intention to attend this fun event at loisflanagan@gmail.com.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
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Papanui Rotary Club Chat 28 Sept 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
28 Sept 2021
 
It was great to finally be back meeting in person at the Papanui Club last week.  I especially enjoyed seeing many of you in “3D” and we were treated to excellent speakers (see below) as an added bonus.
 
Six Club members including myself attended Philip Lamb’s funeral last Friday in support of Angela and Phil’s families.  At the end of a moving service, we were witnesses to the release of five white pigeons which is something I had never seen before.
 
 
Preparing for Releasing the Pigeons
 
Cheryl and I have received documentation about the upcoming formation of District 9999 which comes into existence on 1 July 2022.  It requires a constitution approved by the constituent clubs of the new district. 
 
We are awaiting a PowerPoint that is being prepared and will then organise a presentation and sharing of key documents including voting forms for all members.  This process needs to be completed no later than 19 November.  Our current preferred timeline is to have this completed by the end of October.
 
Can collections are going well.  Please contact Deryn to arrange a time to drop these off in her garage once you have finished collecting them from your drop-off locations.
 
I look forward to seeing you this coming Thursday at the Papanui Club.
 
President Grant
 
 
Our Guest Speakers Paige & Sue
 
 
Paige Sullivan spoke to us about the work of the Korowai Youth Well-being Trust which operates out of the 298 Youth Centre 298 Youth Hub and Dame and Sue Bagshaw spoke about the current progress in establishing the 298 Youth Hub.
 
Paige was a dynamic interesting speaker. The Korowai Trust’s goal is to ensure that the young people of Christchurch have the best chance to become healthy, fulfilled and contributing citizens to lead Christchurch into the future.
 
She outlined the Trusts goals and activities and then spent time promoting the latest project for the Trust which is to involve every Rotary Club in our area to contribute to the purchase of a vehicle to assist young clients to travel to appointments and to enable the Trust to make home visits to clients.
 
The target is $20,000 of which $13,500 has already been raised and we wished both Paige and Sue well with their endeavours going forward.
 
 
Children in Need Trust
 
Over the past four years we have had 84 applications to the trust, almost all of which have been granted and we have provided funds of $9555 to worthwhile causes.
 
This shows that not only has the Trust actively been paying grants to people, but that many agencies in our community are aware that we have the trust in place for those who need it.
 
The trust is very definitely working as intended and by putting money into it from our annual raffle then it will be there for many years to come.
 
Tony Tizard
 
 
Lotto Fundraiser
 
On the front page of our handbook the Fourth Object of Rotary reads:
 
The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.”
 
From our perspective, the easiest way to advance this is by financially helping our Sister Rotary Club in Tanzania. Our Wednesday Lotto draw is solely for this purpose. Please take a minute to give thought to those in Tanzania.
 
Food insecurity and poverty are the main challenges Tanzania faces today. Unemployment is the highest it has been since 2013.  2020 GDP per capita (USD) is 1,076 compared to 2020 GDP per capita (USD) in NZ of 41,791
 
There have been 25,674 Covid-19 cases so far in 2021 with 714 deaths.  This is a very easy way for us to raise funds for overseas projects. The more numbers taken, the more we raise. 
 
Can you afford to invest $60? If so please contact Deryn 0211615861.  Our bank details to deposit your contribution 03 1355 0661945 00 Papanui RC Charitable Trust Account.
 
We hope to start the next round of Wednesday Lotto shortly.
Three people are still to let me know if they wish to continue.  $60 for 20 draws. If I am holding winnings for you then you can reinvest them or the bank details are 03 1355 0661945 00.
 
 
Can Collection
 
Please contact Deryn (021 161 5861) to arrange pick up or drop off of cans or take them to Rotary on Thursday night. We would like to get these off to the City Mission as soon as possible.
 
 
Food Packing at Kilmarnock
 
A reminder that we will be assisting with Food packing at Foodbank Aotearoa, Kilmarnock Street this Thursday the 30th of September.
 
Anyone wishing to help, please contact Keith Mitchell on 359 1233 or 027 682 8979.
 
 
Ladies Breakfast
 
Rotary Ladies breakfast will be on Saturday 11 December this year at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood.
 
A special surprise this year will be a lovely guest with some wonderful Christmas goodies to buy! 
 
Save the date ladies! Delicious food, fun and special gifts to buy. 
 
Lois
 
 
Our latest Bush Arrival
 
Papanui Heritage Group
 
This local group are arranging a meeting at which some experts will talk about heritage trees and highlight those in the Papanui area.
 
The meeting will be of interest to members that have assisted in developing the Papanui Bush in Langdons Road.  The meeting will take place at 2.00 pm on Saturday 2nd October and you will be advised of the venue shortly.
 
 
Brain Tree Trust Golf Tournament
 
You will be aware that the club is assisting with this tournament and this is to advise that this has now been postponed until March 2022.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 “Spring is when life becomes alive in everything.” 
 
 
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Snippets 21 Sep 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
21 Sept 2021
 
Spring is in the air with flowers, lawns (and weeds) starting to take off.  I took the opportunity to get into the garden and have sore muscles to prove it.
 
A bird sitting on a branchDescription automatically generated with medium confidence
 
While it is great that we can now have up to 100 attendees at various events, the 1-2 metre requirement remains and so the Papanui Club is still not an option at this time for in person meetings due to the room’s size.
 
Denis is looking into the option of using the Morrison Avenue Bowling Club which hopefully may be an option for next week.   Drinks would probably be BYO and we will also inquire re the possibility of snack food.  I will get back to you as soon as we have more information as I feel it is about time, we had a catch-up with each other in person.
 
In the meantime, we will not be having a Zoom meeting this Thursday as I was unsure what might have transpired at yesterday’s Covid announcements and did not want to organise someone to speak and then have to change or cancel them should we have had other options.
 
Dr Duncan Webb spoke at last week’s Zoom meeting which was well received by 12 attendees.  As Zoom may well remain a main “venue” going forward, we will be looking at how to support additional members attending these events as we have some excellent speakers in the wings.
 
President Grant
 
 
Dr Duncan Webb MP
 
Duncan began his speech by sharing that political decisions are never straight forward as, whatever is decided, the burden they cause is often unevenly spread as demonstrated by what Auckland is facing compared to the rest of the country.
 
The challenge is to make things as equitable as possible and, in the case of Covid in particular, ensure that the focus is on health which is a key driver in the Govt’s response.
 
“Many have lost a significant part of their income” noted Duncan.  “This has created a major shift in how people are currently living and many are feeling more vulnerable doing it hard in this 2nd round of lockdown” he explained.
 
One of the challenges that comes in being in an economy that is not strictly controlled is that it brings with it not knowing what comes next which creates other issues along the way.
 
“Rather than Govt being in the business of keeping companies profitable,” continued Duncan, “the focus is more on ensuring support for the whole in times of need.”
 
Govt is also focussed on aiming to achieve a resilient economy that is protected to a level that helps ensure things can improve and recover quickly.
 
We thanked Duncan for taking the time to join us and share his current thinking on the journey we are going through.
 
 
Wednesday Lotto
 
We hope to start the next round of Wednesday Lotto shortly. To do so we need another four or five people to invest in it.
 
All proceeds to go our Sister Club, Usa River RC, in Tanzania. Since running Lotto for them we have been able to supply beds and mattresses for a local orphanage as well as providing funds to give training to teenagers to enable them to get a job, otherwise they would be unemployed.
 
Lotto is a very easy way for members to assist our club in raising funds for international projects, one of the main objects of Rotary. The cost is $60, but there is a high chance you will win some, if not all, of this back. Well worth the gamble!!
 
The bank details to deposit your money is 03 1355 0661945 00 Papanui RC Charitable Trust Account.
 
 
Papanui Bush Opportunity
 
A group of NZ conservation volunteers will be at the Papanui Bush this Friday the 24th.  It is your chance for some in person fellowship and to find out what they do.
 
There will be some releasing and some planting.  A weed eater or two would also be of great help to cut back some of the young spring growth before it gets away.
 
We will start at 9.30 with morning tea at 10.30 on the new log seating (as above) with lots of fellowship that we have missed over the last few weeks and we will finish about noon.
 
Please bring your own flask of hot water.
 
Hope some of you can make it Friday. 
 
Denis.
 
E-Collection
 
Christchurch Sunrise have had to postpone their e-collection day. It was to have been on 9 October but will now be some time in November. You will be notified.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 “Persistence and resilience come from having been given the chance to work through difficult challenges.” 
 
 
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Snippets 14 Sep 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
14 Sept 2021
 
Things continue to change and it looks possible, depending on a reduction in new cases and increased clarity on those ones not yet clearly linked to source, that we might see a reduction to either a reduced Level 2 or Level 1 in the next couple of weeks.
 
In the meantime, we will be having another Zoom meeting at 7:00 pm this Thursday the 16th which includes a 15-minute guest speaker joining us at 7:15 pm.
 
Dr Duncan Webb who spoke to us earlier in the year will be giving us an update on how things have been going with respect to the Covid scenario et al plus take questions afterwards.
 
The link to this Zoom meeting will be emailed to all members shortly.
 
Re the Papanui Club venue, we are still awaiting a return to a less stringent Level 2 or Level 1 before having our weekly meetings there in some form becomes an option.
 
Denis also suggested a good option might be looking at what is possible with meeting at the Morrison Avenue Bowling Club which I will discuss with him further to see if this is a possibility later in the month should we remain at Level2+.
 
Mt Hutt 2020
 
I hope you are all finding things to do that help give life some normality.  Larry and I enjoyed a fantastic day at Mt Hutt last Saturday which, along with one of the largest crowds we have seen, we thoroughly enjoyed.
 
Take care:
 
President Grant
 
 
 
As the result of the recent lockdown, we have organised to do another Can Collection for the City Mission to help with their food supplies.  Many thanks to Lois and Kathy et al for helping suggest and organise this.
 
A smaller number if flyers compared to last time have been delivered to members who have kindly offered to help to distribute to houses in their immediate neighbourhood. 
 
Once food items have been gathered, please contact Lois or Kathy who will arrange to collect the items, or they can be delivered to Deryn’s house as she has kindly offered storage in her garage. Arie has offered to assist with delivery of the goods to City Mission with his trailer.
 
This is an easy and practical way Rotary can be seen to be helping in our community where we can all do a little which then helps a lot.
 
 
Foodbank Packing
 
Our club is booked to prepare the food packages at Foodbank Aotearoa, Kilmarnock St. on Thursday 30th September from 2.00 pm.
 
If you are able to help, please contact Keith Mitchell on kmitchnz1@gmail.com or 03 359 1233 to confirm your availability.
 
 
Reality Bites Cafe
 
Our Reality Bites Coffee morning set down for Friday 17th September is cancelled as they are not able to accommodate the numbers during Covid lockdown Level 2.
 
We will keep in touch with them and let you know as soon as the situation changes.
 
 
The Trailer Raffle is Go!
 
Deryn has pre purchased prizes and Verdi has completed the paperwork for this annual fundraiser.   After gathering the final required signatures our 2021 Raffle Licence Application is all set to go … FAB!
 
Food for Thought in Level 2+
 
 
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Papanui Club Chat Snippets 7 Sept 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
7 Sept 2021
 
How things can change in 24 hours!  With our move back to an amended Level 2 tomorrow, I took the opportunity to talk to our meetings location today and they are facing some challenges as operational requirements are a lot more stringent than the last time we returned to Level 2.
 
At this stage we will not be meeting there this week, and possibly not next week, as they are currently evaluating what might be possible and how the required changes might be able to accommodate both us and their wider membership going forward.
 
In the meantime I am looking at having ZOOM meetings set up for us both DAY / TIMES this & next week in the interim which will hopefully include a speaker for the latter one. 
 
Take care and stay safe:
 
President Grant
 
 
 
Click here to view the latest.
 
 
Submitted by Stuart
 
Greetings from Arusha!
 
Here we are wrapping up our fourth quarter, which means it is time to evaluate the last 12 months of all things Hi5 and Jobortunity! Even with the uncertainty that the global pandemic has brought, we have managed to keep our core mission program on track, offering the Training of Youth program every six months with a full class.
 
There have been new challenges, but our team has admirably faced each one with creativity and determination to fulfil our NGO’s mission of supporting vulnerable youth. If anything, this moment has made our team stronger and more dedicated.
 
We have welcomed over 60 new students into the one-year Training of Youth program and introduced them to the world of Hi5. We have graduated 47 motivated youth bringing our total of alumni to 498 and making us proud. We have trained and coached over 30 supervisors and managers at Oasis Young Plants and Fides Tanzania. We have increased our staff by 2, adding two new trainers to the team: one in management and one entry level who is also a recent Jobortunity graduate.
 
Our 12-year birthday is approaching and we hope this year we can finally celebrate with the events we have been planning and postponing throughout the pandemic. We are waiting for the right time that our students, alumni, friends and family of Jobortunity can celebrate safely together. Some of my naïve optimism from the last Newsletter has been dampened by the reality of on-going global rise in cases, increased travel restrictions and forced quarantines.
 
If anything, here at Jobortunity we have become more vigilant for the safety of our staff and students.
 
 
Kingfisher
 
“If you go down to the bush today you can be sure of a big surprise!”
 
Denis spied this kingfisher in our Papanui Bush looking for some of Kathy's jam scones. It was a most exciting discovery: a new native in our forest. 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
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Snippets 31 Aug 2021

 
Papanui Club Chat Snippets
31 Aug 2021
 
As we near the end of our 2nd week of lockdown, it is once again quite strange for me to see the lack of vehicles and people out and about.  I am hopeful that this suggests we are, on the whole, following the requirements that will help us manage what are some quite different challenges compared to what we faced last time we were in this space.
 
Snow Ghosts at Big White CA
 
In addition to missing being able to go skiing, I am also missing the face to face fellowship Rotary provides and it has been great to have been in contact with many of you by email, text, phone and also at our initial brief Zoom get together.
 
Tomorrow sees us returning to Level Three and, while not a huge change, it is a step forward and rest assured your Governors, Directors and Board are continuing to look at how we can expedite a return to some sort of normality both during and post lockdown as we work through the current challenges.
 
President Grant
 
 
Fashion Parade Update
 
Unfortunately we need to postpone our fashion parade from 12 September due to the current lockdown situation. The new date has been set for Sunday 28 November. 
 
Those holding tickets please retain them for this new date. 
 
We look forward to having our exciting show in November. Any questions please let me know. 
 
Thanks everyone!
 
Lois
 
 
Target Shooting Event
 
Arie has talked to the Chch Target Shooting Assn and has shifted the District Target Shooting competition to Tuesday 26 Oct. That is about 8 weeks away and should leave enough time for South Island to work its way through the alert levels allowing such an event to happen. 
 
The Target Shooting Assn were quite happy and are still keen for the event to happen because it is an important fundraiser for them also. From a Rotary point of view it is great to have a district fellowship activity shortly after we come out of the alert levels.
 
 
A Message from Bridget Paterson
Fundraising & Marketing Manager
MS & Parkinson’s Canterbury
 
Unfortunately, we have made the decision to cancel our street appeal on 3 and 4 September.  We will move to an online funding campaign. The $100,000 target for our 2021 street appeal must now be raised in other ways.   The first of our online appeal posts is as follows:
 
We need your help. Now, more than ever, every $1 counts to ensure our important services continue. In lieu of your time, kindly offered to assist with our appeal: would you consider making a donation yourself?
 
 Lease donate online here:
 
Thank you.  We couldn’t provide our support and services without you!
 
 
 
Liz forwarded this for you to look at as it would be good if some of our members can attend. 
 
The theme is “Learning, Leading, Action - Showcasing the Wonderful Impact of Rotary.”
 
To find out more about the event and to register go to the Rotary Zone 8 Website
 
She looks forward to seeing you there!
 
 
RYLA 2022 Update
 
All clubs were contacted again in recent weeks promoting RYLA 2022 (16-21 January 2022).  
 
More info coming soon!
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
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Club Chat Snippets 24 Aug 2021

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Papanui Club Chat Snippets
 
Welcome to a “different” kind of Chat as we once again find ourselves in Lockdown.  It was a pleasure to enjoy the online company of ten fellow Papanui Rotarians last Sunday afternoon on Zoom where we shared our experiences & thoughts from the last few days and what the future might bring.
 
Your Board is meeting tonight to ensure we keep looking ahead in what will continue to be a quite different local & global environment we will be experiencing going forward.
 
Please find below some thoughts for the Lockdown scenario we are currently in from Jacqui that I hope you might find useful.
 
Grant Paice
Papanui Rotary President
 
 
Some Useful Advice re Lockdowns
 
Clinical psychologist Jacqui Maguire reminded us in a recent article not to judge any emotions we may feel in response to lockdown announcements.
 
She highlighted some important things to remember including:
 
  • Don’t jump ahead of yourself. There is zero point guessing the unknown. Wait for the briefings to gather your information.
  • Follow the rules. That’s going to help us exit Level 4 as soon as possible. 
  • Stay connected. We know how important relationships and connection are for wellbeing and mental health. Call, check in, wave when you walk past someone and smile. 
  • Get off social media and stick to the briefings. Information bombardment causes a whole lot of issues in itself. 
  • Ask yourself what was most helpful during the last lockdown. Are you someone that needs that quiet cup of tea away from the family, or is a walk a non-negotiable for you?  Plan as an individual and as a bubble about how you are going to spend your lockdown days.  
  • Take care, look after yourself and each other. And if you are struggling reach out.
 
An Update from the Westport Rotary President
(Abridged: see Ken Booth’s Email 20 Aug full content)
 
Last month's disastrous floods caused 71 homes to be red stickered and 388 to be yellow stickered and while all red stickered homes are currently uninhabitable and some will need to be demolished, many will be repairable in time. Yellow stickered homes are all deemed repairable now.
 
Rotary Clubs and Rotarians have once again put their hands up in response to District Governor Nick Courtney's request for help. Clubs in D9970 and D9980 have so far donated $13,350 and $6,650 respectively, while Rotarians from both Districts and private donors have contributed $5,400 towards a total to-date of $25,400.
 
In addition to this, we are aware of further pledges of around $20,000, and DG Nick confirmed last week that D9970 will match donations from D9970 Clubs and Rotarians up to $20,000. Westport Rotarians sincerely thank you for your support of our community in its time of need.
 
(Note: The Board we will be discussing the amount Papanui will donate tonight.)
 
 
Rotary Voices from Around the World
 
Rotary Voices is the official blog of Rotary International. They invite members and those who partner with them to share their stories of how they are People of Action: creating lasting change in the world, our communities and in ourselves.
 
Click the link above to find out more about a wide range of topics and activities from around the global Rotary world.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
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Snippets 17 Aug 2021

Papanui Club Chat Snippets
 
 
Brown Paper Bag Auction
 
Arie Geerlofs, ably assisted by Liz Courtney and their support team, did a splendid job as auctioneer as he “worked the floor” to get a good return for a wide variety of sizes and shapes of well-wrapped brown mystery parcels.
 
Dr Larry got himself a 1st Aid Kit!
 
Around $695.00 was raised to help support the township of Westport, which has suffered from severe flooding recently, via their local Rotary Club account.
 
President Grant informed us that our District will also be supporting the finances raised by Clubs in the District with a dollar for dollar matching grant up to $20,000which received hearty applause from our members.
 
A big thank you to members for their generous support of the auction.
 
Vintage Fashion Show Update
 
Lois reported that tickets for the up-coming show have almost sold out.
 
Ticket payment
Would those who have purchased tickets please pay for them online to the #2 Rotary account:
03 1355 0661945 00
You must put their name, fashion show and number of tickets in available Reference boxes.
 
Spare tickets
If you have spare tickets let Lois know as they are almost sold out.  
 
Period clothing
Join the fun and wear clothing from the 50s, 60, or 70s.
 
Can you help?
We would like (a) contributions for raffles and (b) helpers on the night with dressing models and (c) supper.
 
Please let Lois know if you can help. 
 
 
Papanui Bush Planting a Success
 
Denis McMurtrie reported on the success of the recent tree planting day at Papanui Bush where around 50 volunteers enabled a great morning’s work to be done.
 
Thank you to the helpers from Casebrook Intermediate School, our University Associates and staff from both Mega Mitre 10 and Torpedo7. They were no doubt attracted by the fantastic scones provided by Kathy Anderson.
 
Thank you all for a superb effort.
 
 
Wanaka Rotary Club
 
Deb & Liz with Deborah
 
Deborah Badden, a guest from the Wanaka Rotary Club spoke about some of the successful fundraising projects they had undertaken. A total of $70.000 was raised from a Crop Judging Competition that included a supporting auction. A Book Sale and Duck Race also provided excellent community awareness projects.
 
 
Trailer Raffle update
 
Verdi reported that Deryn had successfully negotiated a good reduction in the rental costs originally asked for by Northland Mall for the positioning of the Trailer this year.
 
 
Gadsby Ball
 
The Rolleston Club is holding a Gadsby Ball and they are keen to have as many club members from around the area attend to mark Rotary 100 years as possible. They have a great band and the evening will be good fun.
 
Click on this link to see what it’s all about and to access the booking process.
 
 
Thanks from Ronald McDonald House
 
We received a Thank You card signed by the current residents and patients of Ronald McDonald House for the great meal provided by some of our club members on Monday 9th August.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
 
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Here For Good – NZ Red Cross
 
Caroline Johnson Fundraising Manager for Red Cross in Christchurch gave us an interesting and informative presentation about the past, present and future of Red Cross in New Zealand and around the world.
 
Red Cross has 14 million volunteers around the world reaching 150 million people.
 
Caroline spoke about the 7 fundamental principles of Red Cross and the various humanitarian -projects that the organisation is involved in including their successful Caring for Refugees and Pathway to Settlement and Pathway to Employment programmes.
 
Her talk was liberally interspersed with a series of excellent video clips. A complete package of information about the work of Red Cross can be found at www.RedCross.org.nz  
 
 
Food Box Packing
 
Keith thanked all those members that assisted with the food box packing at Aotearoa Foodbank. This well-oiled machine is working with speed and accuracy. Well done team!
 
 
Welcome Eden Skipper
 
It was a pleasure to welcome back for a visit, former University Emerging Leader Eden Skipper and past regular participant in club meetings and projects.
 
Eden is now living and working in Wellington where he has joined the Port Nicholson Rotary Club.
 
 
Volunteers wanted
 
Lois is wanting volunteers to assist with the following street appeal:- MS and Parkinson Disease on 3rd and 4th of September. Please let Lois know if you can help.
 
 
Rotary Centenary Planting Day
 
Liz Courtney reminded members of the upcoming Centennial Planting Day to be held on Saturday 7th August. Please note this in your diary and join with other Rotarians to make this project a great success.
 
 
Tree Planting at Papanui Bush
 
Denis McMurtrie reminded members of the tree planting taking place at the Papanui Bush, Langdons Road on Tuesday 10th August. Start time is 9.30 am and please bring your own gardening gloves and a small spade.
 
 
Vintage Fashion Parade
 
Tickets are selling fast. Limit numbers available so contact Lois NOW to get your tickets.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Here For Good – NZ Red Cross
 
Caroline Johnson Fundraising Manager for Red Cross in Christchurch gave us an interesting and informative presentation about the past, present and future of Red Cross in New Zealand and around the world.
 
Red Cross has 14 million volunteers around the world reaching 150 million people.
 
Caroline spoke about the 7 fundamental principles of Red Cross and the various humanitarian -projects that the organisation is involved in including their successful Caring for Refugees and Pathway to Settlement and Pathway to Employment programmes.
 
Her talk was liberally interspersed with a series of excellent video clips. A complete package of information about the work of Red Cross can be found at www.RedCross.org.nz  
 
 
Food Box Packing
 
Keith thanked all those members that assisted with the food box packing at Aotearoa Foodbank. This well-oiled machine is working with speed and accuracy. Well done team!
 
 
Welcome Eden Skipper
 
It was a pleasure to welcome back for a visit, former University Emerging Leader Eden Skipper and past regular participant in club meetings and projects.
 
Eden is now living and working in Wellington where he has joined the Port Nicholson Rotary Club.
 
 
Volunteers wanted
 
Lois is wanting volunteers to assist with the following street appeal:- MS and Parkinson Disease on 3rd and 4th of September. Please let Lois know if you can help.
 
 
Rotary Centenary Planting Day
 
Liz Courtney reminded members of the upcoming Centennial Planting Day to be held on Saturday 7th August. Please note this in your diary and join with other Rotarians to make this project a great success.
 
 
Tree Planting at Papanui Bush
 
Denis McMurtrie reminded members of the tree planting taking place at the Papanui Bush, Langdons Road on Tuesday 10th August. Start time is 9.30 am and please bring your own gardening gloves and a small spade.
 
 
Vintage Fashion Parade
 
Tickets are selling fast. Limit numbers available so contact Lois NOW to get your tickets.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DG Nick presents Rob with the PHF Award
 
 
Our meeting last week began on a high note with President Grant giving a brief overview of the origins & significance of the Paul Harris Award in Rotary. Euan Hilson then gave a citation for recipient Rob Thomson outlining some of the highlights of his activities as a Club member since joining us in 1999.
 
District Governor Nick Courtney then presented Rob with his Paul Harris Pin & Certificate after which Rob briefly spoke including sharing with us his appreciation at being recognised for this award.
 
Rob was well supported on the night by his wife Andrea, his daughter Alesha & son in law Simon with their two children Grace & Sophia, and his son William & his partner Tae all in attendance.
 
 
An Industrial Engineer’s Journey
 
Our speaker last Thursday evening was Simon Dearsley, an Industrial Design Engineer who is a Design Director for the Microsoft Corporation.
 
Simon gave the history of his employment journey from working for Navman in New Zealand to his current position with Microsoft. This included two years with Nokia in London where he learnt about leadership and management.
 
He then worked for them in Norway. After a couple of years there Nokia appointed Simon to develop their offices in Beijing where this training continued.
 
In 2014 he joined Microsoft in Seattle to develop their mobile phone product. There he was running a design office of 200 people.
 
The onset of the Covid 19 pandemic persuaded Simon and his young family to move back to New Zealand to continue developing products for the future. 
 
In conclusion, Simon shared that developing strong cultural values greatly assists in making a successful company.
 
 
Welcome Phill!
 
President Grant had the pleasure of inducting Phill McEntee, who was accompanied by his wife Christine, as a new member of our Club.  Phill brings with him a wikde range of experiences including in the real estate and transportation industries plus his passion for the environment
 
Denis McMurtrie was appointed as mentor for Phill who was allocated to the Community Service committee where he can continue to persue his interest ebvironmental activities. 
 
After receiving the 4-Way Test, name badges and a Rotary Pin, Phill then gave a brief introduction of his work and interests which he will be following up with a more detailed talk in the near future.
 
 
Vintage Treasures Fashion Show
 
Lois spoke to the meeting about this up-coming fundraiser Fashion Show and made promotional posters available. Tickets are now also available for sale.
 
We have a target of 200 attendees so please talk to your friends, neighbours and personal associates and encourage support for this interesting and professionally run event. 
 
Contact Lois for tickets at loisflanagan@gmail.com (021) 735 404.
 
 
Brown Paper Bag Auction
 
Be Very Afraid … Arie, who scored a rather interesting book during a previous similar evening, is running our Brown Paper Bag Auction at our weekly meeting on Thursday the 12th of August. Family members and friends welcome … remember to let Deryn know they are coming.
 
Bring along something of $10+ in value either in a paper bag or wrapping paper and enjoy the fun!  If it is worth a significant value, please let auctioneer Arie know so we can ensure it gets a good price.
 
Our recipient this year, which was suggested as a Rotary supported worthy cause by our DG Nick, is going to help flood stricken local residents affected by widespread and devastating recent flooding on the West Coast.
 
 
Raised funds will go into a special Rotary bank account that has been set up for this purpose.
 
 
Tree Planting Opportunity
 
When:  Tuesday 10th August 9.30 - 12.30.
 
Where: The Papanui Bush, Bridgestone Reserve 42 Langdons Road near the Railway Crossing opposite Mitre 10.
 
Who: Rotary, Locals and anybody who wants to walk the talk and have a chance to plant native trees in the lungs of Papanui.
Wear gloves, strong footwear or gumboots. Planting spades provided.
 
See the Papanui Bush which at one time rivalled the Riccarton Bush and have a chance to plant your “Rotary Tree” and bring back the birds.
 
Hope to see you there.
 
Regards Denis McMurtrie
McMurtrie@xtra.co.nz (021) 125 1920.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
 
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Club Chat 27 July 2021

Olympics Competition
 
 
A fun night was had last week as we celebrated the Olympics via five teams of Papanui Rotary members engaging in a variety of amended activities (golf, javelin, shot put & table tennis) plus a team quiz on Olympics facts.
 
Budding golf & table tennis players in action
 
The overall winner with a weighted average score of 54.6 was Team New Zealand (Lois, Liz, Donna, Charles & Verdi) with Team Canada (Kathie, Deryn, Heather, Gordon, Mark & Keith) coming in second at 50.7
 
Team Canada also took out the Quiz result with ten out of fourteen answers correct. Thanks to all competitors in what was a fun evening.
 
 
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We have two special presentations at the Papanui Club this Thursday the 29th:
  1. We are recognising one of our members for their sterling service over the years and:
  2. We are inducting Phill McEntee into the Club.
Our new DG (Nick) will be there!
 
I look forward to seeing you there to support and celebrate these activities.
 
President Grant
 
 
Upcoming Activities from Kathy
 
We are collecting for the MS & Parkinson’s Society at New World as follows:
  • Friday the 3rd of September at Northwood New World, 2 Mounter Ave, Northwood in two-hour time slots starting at 9am and finish at 7pm.
  • Saturday September 4th at Peer Street New World, 47-57 Peer Street, once again in two-hour time slots starting at 9am and finishing at 7pm.
The other event we have committed to helping with is the BrainTree Golfing with the Stars to be held at Clearwater Golf Club on Friday October 8th starting about 11am.
 
They are seeking 8 volunteers to help with various tasks & activities around the course. Golfing knowledge is not needed. Further details to follow nearer the date.
 
Please let Kathy Anderson know if you can help at these events.
 
 
 
We are celebrating International Breastfeeding Week
 
The newly relocated Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Rooms are on the 1st Floor in St George’s Hospital and we are having Open Hours Tours to show you around.
 
We will be open to the public, all interested Midwives, and Lactation Consultants, to inspect our rooms on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th August.
 
 Tours leaving at 09.30, 10.00 and 10.30 in the mornings.
 2.30, 3.00 and 3.30 in the afternoons on both days.
 
We look forward to welcoming you.  Ask at St George’s Hospital main reception for directions to the milk bank.
 
For more information phone: 03-3756 281
 
Like us on Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Facebook and share !
 
 
 
Cheese Rolls Fundraiser
 
Lois is attending this event on the 28th of August and would love some company.  She will share more info at this week’s Club meeting and in the following Club Chat.
 
 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
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Dallington Landing Tree Planting

Dallington Landing Tree Planting

Saturday 7 August 1 – 4 pm
 
Forest of Peace, Remembrance and Community
 
In partnership with Christchurch city council and supported by rotary forests of peace remembrance and community, conservation volunteers New Zealand are helping to create a native forest at Dallington Landing in Christchurch's red zone.
 
We'll be planting around 42,000 trees, shrubs and grasses over the next 18 months to increase biodiversity and recreate a forest-type environment.  Come along and help create this forest at the first community planting day. Following the planting there will be a BBQ.
To access the site, turn off river road into Dallington Terrace. Parking is through the gate alongside the river. Bike parking is even closer! We'll provide tools and team leaders. You’ll need to bring gardening gloves, a water bottle and wear sturdy footwear.
 
Please register on our website:
 
or email donna (dlusby@cvnz.org.nz) for more information.
 
Download the flyer by clicking here.
 
What to Bring
We will have lots of extra drinking water on site. CVNZ will provide a BBQ after the event.
Bring your own gardening gloves.
 
What to Wear
You need to wear:
- strong work or walking boots
- long sleeves and long pants
- broad brimmed hat
- rain jacket
 
Where to meet
Dallington Terrace off River Road, Dallington.
 
If coming in a car, drive along Dallington terrace to the gate, parking is inside the gate alongside the river.
Bike parking is even closer!
 
Dallington Landing Forest of Peace, Remembrance and Community is a Christchurch City Council community initiative supported by Rotary Trees, Te Uru Rākau and Conservation Volunteers NZ.
 
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Fundraising Project Night
 
President Grant outlined the basis for our discussions on exploring opportunities for Fundraising events by using a grid that proved a useful guide to measure the viability of our ideas.
 
 
Each table then discussed project ideas and reported back to the meeting.  Some of the more prominent new suggestions were:
 
  • Car Boot Sale
  • Melbourne Cup Trifecta
  • Community Fair
  • Photographic competition
  • Assisting another club with a major project
 
The Club now needs to decide upon projects to run with and then get them organised.
 
 
Trailer Raffle Time is Nigh
 
Our Club’s Children in Need Charity is one of the recipients chosen for this year’s Trailer Raffle that Verdi and Deryn are setting up shortly. 
 
We need to choose the 2nd recipient and possible ones we have received to date are the BrainTree Wellness Centre. Womens Refuge, a Refugee & Migrants Project and the Breat Milk Bank.
 
If you would like to suggest other possible recipients please let us know so we can consider them. 
 
 
Ronald McDonald Dinners
 
Keith is asking for volunteers to help prepare and cook the evening meal at Ronald McDonald House on Monday 9th of August.
 
Please contact Keith if you can help.
 
 
Olympic Games Evening
 
Be prepared to have some fun this week as we indulge in our own Olympic Games.
 
President Grant has a variety of activities for us with gold coins up for grabs as we try some interesting variations of actual events.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
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Prizes galore!
 
Eight members plus Kathy’s friend, Angela went to Lyttelton Rotary Club on Monday night.

Jo Laing, Harbour Pilot spoke about her trip to Campbell Island and other Islands. Jo was retracing footsteps of her father who was based on Campbell Island for several years in the early 1950’s.  Garden City Rotary were also present.

Lyttelton put on a wonderful night with a wonderful supper.  Money raised from the raffle was to go to Lyttelton volunteer Fire Brigade. 
 
Our members plus went home with 10 of the 12 prizes from the raffle draw.
 
 
Rotary Centenary Planting Day
 
Liz Courtney reminded members of the upcoming Centennial Planting Day to be held on Saturday 7th August. Please note this in your diary and join with other Rotarians to make this project a great success.
 
 
Entertainment Membership Fundraiser
 
In the past we have supported club funds by purchasing the Entertainment Book containing coupons for use at a large variety of restaurants and food outlets.
 
The book is no longer produced but is now available as an electronic app. It’s scope has also broadened to include shopping and travel discounts. The club gets 20% of the purchase price for each membership bought. Buying a membership supports our club. 
 
Contact Gordon for more details.
 
 
 
Congrats to Liz
 
It was a very special day last Sunday when Liz Courtney was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Ruby at the Rotary District 9970 Changeover.
 
Liz worked tirelessly in multiple roles since becoming District Governor in 2015-2016.  Not only is she an independent Director and Vice Chair of Rotary Oceania Zone Operations, Liz is also an International Trainer, Vice Chair of the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank and is continuing her role as the Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator for Zone 8.
 
Congratulations Liz and thank-you for inspiring us with your endless energy promoting Rotary.
 
 
Nick Courtney is District Governor
 
It’s official … after last Sunday’s major District Changeover celebration, our Nick is now the District Governor for 9970.  Congratulations, Nick, and we wish you the very best for what will be a busy, challenging and rewarding year as we move Rotary forward into the future.
 
 
Brain Tree Collective Golf Tournament
 
The Brain Tree Trust is asking for a few members to volunteer and assist them with this event assisting them during the tournament at Clearwater Golf Course on 8th of September. Please let Kathy Anderson know if you can help.
 
 
Papanui Rotary Ladies Brunch
from Deryn
 
A group of fourteen women associated with Papanui Rotary, made up of members, wives, widows and friends, had a lovely time at our first official brunch, last Saturday morning.
 
It was a lovely mix of ladies, including some new to Papanui Rotary, some who have been involved for a very long time, and those in between. The food was enjoyed by all, as was the chatter.
 
We plan to do this on a regular basis, with the next brunch to be arranged in August. If you know of someone who would be interested but did not get an email this time round, please let Deryn or Cynthia know.
 
 
New Community Support Vehicle Unveiled
 
Last Saturday President Grant and Past President Janice, Arie and Deryn attended the unveiling of the new Community Support car.  Sitting beside it on the right is the vehicle we supported the year before. 
 
 
 
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Refugee Families

Caring for Refugee Families
 
by Tony Tizzard
 
Last week’s speakers, Sabidah Gillespie and Abid Ahmed, were from the Canterbury Refugee Centre. They outlined the objectives of their organisation and their work to rehouse refugees and help them integrate into New Zealand society.
 
New refugees find settling into New Zealand society challenging where even the simplest requirements pose difficulty. The support and advice their organisation gives them is invaluable.
 
They also outlined the Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) programme that enables additional refugees over and above the government quota, to be sponsored into NZ.
 
To see more about what their organisation does, click here.
 
 
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Globus World Travel

Globus World Travel Insights
By Tony Tizard
 
 
Last week’s speaker was Kate Imrie, the Development Manager for Globus Travel. She covers the area of New Zealand from Napier to Invercargill. The Globus group of companies are a privately owned Swiss family company and have been in operation in the travel business from 1928.
 
The Covid pandemic has been responsible for the company implementing new strict cleaning protocols on their coach and ship fleets throughout the world. Measures include daily cleaning of all transport. They limit coach passengers to 24 but continue to use 48-seater vehicles thus providing proper social distancing.
 
Kate gave a broad outline of the 14 new Australia and New Zealand tours on offer for 2022.  She then outlined the rules governing cleaning of all products taken on board Avalon’s river cruising vessels and the regular hourly cleaning of the public areas on board. All travellers must have had a Covid vaccine and have completed a Covid free test before boarding. Client safety is of prime importance.
 
Kate closed by outlining the environmental project that Globus are supporting: “The Great Ocean Clean-up”.
 
 
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New Appointment(s)
 
DG Nick Courtney had the pleasure of advising us that Lois Flanagan has been appointed Assistant Governor for the Cashmere, Garden City, Riccarton, Christchurch and New Horizon Clubs.
 
Denis McMurtrie is a member of the new District Environment Committee and Mandy Bates has agreed to chair the District RYLA organising committee. Deb Gimblet and Arie Geerlofs are members of the District Development Committee while Liz Courtney is on the District Public Image committee.
 
Nick gave his congratulations to these hard-working Rotarians and noted that their work on behalf of our District is appreciated.
 
Jim Hudson congratulated Nick on behalf of our Club and wished him well for his year as District Governor.
 
 
Quiz Evening
A successful quiz evening was run at Bailies Bar on Monday 21 June. There were 12 teams entered and 9 members, an honorary member and a handful of partners/spouses made up the Papanui contingent.
 
Many thanks to those that supported the event and also to those who gave items for the hampers and the prize pool. The event raised $1563 for Give Every Child a Future (GECAF) the Australian/New Zealand centennial project seeking to provide 100,000 vaccinations to the children of the South Pacific."
 
 
 
Nick asked members to diary 7th August and come along to assist in the Rotary 100 year Tree Planting project in the Dallington area. This project is a key item in celebrating 100 years of Rotary in New Zealand.
 
 
Papanui Bush Tree Planting
 
Denis McMurtrie is liaising with the Christchurch City Council and arranging for the provision of trees to be supplied for planting in the Papanui Bush. The next regular monthly working bee at the Papanui Bush will be on the morning of Tuesday 13th. We meet in the Bridgestone Reserve (on Langdon’s Rd near the Railway line) for a 9.30 am start.
 
Wear gloves, gum boots and bring a spade. Hot water for morning tea. All help would be most appreciated.
 
 
Lotto Bonus Number Fund Raiser:
 
Deryn asked members to advise her urgently if they wished to participate in the next sequence beginning with the draw on Saturday 10th July.
 
 
Ladies Brunch
 
The first brunch meeting arranged for ladies of the club, members wives and friends of Rotary will be held at Untouched World, Roydvale Ave, from 11.00 am on Saturday 10th July.
 
 
Centurion Campaign
 
Jim Hudson thanked members for their efforts in becoming Centurion members. A total of 24 club members are now involved.
 
 
Canada Day
 
President Grant, with the support of fellow Canadian Larry Skiba, then reminded us that today was Canada Day.  
 
Canada has a large number of Clubs registered with Rotary International including the Toronto club with ~ 160 members.  Imagine having them and their partners over for a New Year BBQ!
 
 
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Changeover Evening 2021

Changeover Night 2021
 
The Placemats were a hit!
 
With almost sixty club members, dignitaries and family in attendance, we had a full and busy night for our annual changeover 2021 with Gary Denhard as our MC ensuring things ran in a timely and smooth manner.
 
We were graced with the presence District Governor Mark Yaxley accompanied with his wife Stella and Assistant Governor Craig Murphy who were well looked after by our own District Governor Elect Nick Courtney and wife Liz who has also served as a District Governor for our district.
 
DG Mark Yaxley
 
After welcomes were completed by President Janice and Mark, Janice then proceeded to invite Club Members who proposed our recipients for Paul Harris Fellowships to introduce them as follows:
 
Gordon Shields introduced Heather Mitchell
 
Jim Hudson introduced Sue Nichol
 
Stuart Batty introduced Jenny Haworth.
 
This special award is given to show appreciation for substantial contributions.  All three recipients have given excellent service & support to the club and beyond and President Janice took great pleasure in presenting the PHF pins, medallions and official certificates to our three worthy Fellows.
 
During our meal together we enjoyed the opportunity to view a PowerPoint that shared the broad and comprehensive range of activities & support services our Club has been involved with.
 
After we had been well fed and watered, President Janice then shared her report for the year and presented a number of Achievement Certificates to various members in appreciation of their efforts.
 
 
It was then time for President Janice to lead the Changeover Ceremony with Grant taking over the role as President for the coming Rotary year. 
 
 
After the customary raffle MC Gary closed the event by playing the well-known tune ‘Que Sera Sera’ which we heartily joined along with.
 
Many thanks to the large team of Club members et al who supported putting the evening together.  Too many to mention here but you know who you are.
 
 
 
 
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Vintage Fashion Parade 4pm Sunday 12 Sept
 
Take a trip down memory lane.  Remember Crimplene dresses, mini skirts, stubbies, and that famous fashion icon, walk socks and Roman sandals! These will all be on display at our Vintage Fashion Parade held at the Chapel Street Church Centre on Harewood Road.
 
Our own models will parade the garments so book the date in your diaries for a fantastic and fun time. Garments are all supplied by Deborah Gill-Smith, known to us for her delicious food which we have enjoyed on many Rotary occasions. A great event for all your family and friends.
 
All proceeds to Papanui Rotary Community projects.  
 
 
 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
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Bars to Bars

A Journey from Bars to Bars
 
Euan welcomes Grant to the Podium
 
We were treated to Grant’s interesting journey from a sea faring background to becoming the Assistant Director of Rolleston Prisons.
 
Grant was born in Lyttelton and ran away to sea as a fifteen year old.  This involved spending many years overseas in the Navy where he initially completed an electronics apprenticeship and later became an officer.
 
“I also spent a summer in the Antarctica which was like being on another planet” he continued.  He also got to visit a range of other interesting places including Bosnia.
 
Like Rotary, Grant describes his life as serving others which gave him a great education and, at age 35, he left the Navy with a pension. 
 
After undergoing some more training he ended up as a project director responsible for a billion dollar contract building an assault ship in Spain which included completing a targeted MBA degree.  “This was a great project and opened a lot of other doors for me” he smiled.
 
On returning to Christchurch after the quakes, Grant decided to help out with the recovery for three years.  He was then contacted by the Navy and asked if he would like to come into the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV), a youth development programme that offered six week military style experience.
 
This involved teaching youth key values that they could take with them into the labour market.
 
After three years he was beginning to wonder what might be next.  He looked into social development options and came across a Prison Director role at Christchurch Men’s and Women’s Prisons which he successfully applied for. 
 
“My role is to support my team of 75 staff in helping those locked up to reintegrate into society” he explained.  The variety of projects and programmes offered include building houses from scratch, offering a variety of education programmes and case managing individuals to assist with their successful integration back into society.
 
“We aim to help fix what is broken and help them move on” he continued.  This involves helping them understand what needs done and teaching skills they can develop to reduce the chance of reoffending which includes reducing violence and avoiding drugs.  Each person also gets a personalised individual development plan targeting their specific needs.
 
“This includes planning a gradual release including support with basic tasks such as opening a bank account as they are often quite stressed and nervous doing these things” Grant explained.  
 
The prisons are also now offering a special project that focusses on a Maori cultural approach as a sizeable proportion of inmates are Maori.  This includes learning about and reconnecting with their background.
 
Grant concluded by noting that the role of volunteers in the prisons is paramount in helping keep prisoners functioning and busy. 
 
Euan thanked Grant for his insights into his background and the valuable work he does in his current role.
 
 
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Changeover Reminder

Papanui Rotary Changeover 2021
 
 
A final reminder that our Changeover is only two days away!
 
Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Dress: Smart
Location: The Papanui Club
 
Cost: $24 per head which includes a buffet dinner. EFTPOS is available. Drinks are available at the bar at the guest’s expense.
 
If you haven’t replied yet, please email responses to rcpapologies@gmail.com by 10am on Wednesday 23 June re:
 
  1. Your non-attendance or:
  2. If you are bringing a partner or guest(s) as we need to know exact numbers in order to prepare for the evening.
 
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Liz sent through this link which is also being added to our Facebook page.
 
Stephen is the author of Mana Tangata People of Action 100 years of Rotary in NZ book.
 
 
Great Effort Team!
 
A big thank-you to the people who came and filled 144 food boxes last Thursday. It was a good effort so please mark your calendars for the 5th August for another session.
 
We will also be passing a board around so that people who wish to be involved with Ronald McDonald House cooking a meal can identify themselves. It is a very rewarding experience. It will be a couple of weeks before the board will be passed around.
 
The Club is booked in for the next couple of years and this has been entered on the Club Calendar. 
 
Regards Keith
 
 
Paul Harris Fellow
 
Can all members with PHF’s please bring along and wear your regalia at our Changeover evening this Thursday.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
"The best time to do something significant is between yesterday and tomorrow."
 
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Reminders
 
Please bring donations for our Hampers along to our meeting this Thursday which will be used for Raffle prizes.
 
 
The Brain Tree Trust is organising a Golf Tournament on October 8th and is looking for 4-5 people to help prepare scorecards at the start and assist with checking scores at the end of the tournament.  Leave a message for Malcome Rickerby here if you can help out.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“Maybe we don’t know what we have until we’ve lost it. But maybe it’s also true that we don’t know what we’re missing until we find it.”
 
 
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Bruce Lamb's Survival

Bruce Lamb’s Story of Survival
 
Bruce with Police dog Gage
 
Senior Sergeant Bruce Lamb shared his moving experience of surviving being was shot in the face at short range in 2010.  Sadly his loyal Police dog Gage did not survive the event.
 
In responding to a call, Bruce and Gage went into a property and he decided to check out the rear flat.  “When we looked inside, I spied a lot of drugs stuff everywhere”.
 
As is common practice he also took along Gage, a very skilled dog, and while one guy was under restraint there was a second one further inside.  “I thought he’d run away but the moment I opened the inside door I spied the silhouette of a firearm and immediately saw it flash” continued Bruce.  
 
The bullet smashed through his lower jaw and the side of his head.  “As I grabbed my jaw and fell to the floor I thought I was dying” continued Bruce.  The gunman was preparing to shoot again when he released Gage who flew up and over him as another Policeman dragged Bruce out to the driveway.
 
While he noticed that Gage’s leg was hurt he seemed OK but as he got to the end of the drive he realised he was dragging Gage.  “The dog had bled out in 90 seconds” he explained.
 
Shots were still being fired so sadly he had to leave his dog on the road.  “We ended up getting over 1,000 cards from well-wishers but only three were for me with most of the rest being for Gage“ smiled Bruce.
 
Back at the scene, another cop helped him pressure the wound while they waited for an ambulance.  Luckily he made a really good decision to ask a colleague drive him to the hospital as this was significantly faster than waiting for an ambulance. 
 
Still feeling that he might not survive, Bruce then set an initial goal of staying alive until he saw the hospital.  He was still losing blood so decided that breaking down the trip into small steps made sense as a survival tactic so he started to identify and verbalise the names of the streets they went past on the way.
 
While starting to drift in and out of consciousness, he realised they had finally got to the hospital. By this stage he had lost approximately 50% of his blood but luckily his approach to using a police car and to identify small steps helped keep him alive.
 
His wife was called and told to come in and the 1st thing she said was: “What’s he done?” smiled Bruce.  They couldn’t tell her but she had guessed he might have been shot.  By now he was cold and shivering. As they started treatment one of the last things he remembered her saying before he went under was: “How do I access Internet Banking?”
 
Bruce had seven surgeries in the first 24 hours and over the next while underwent multiple skin grafts as they rebuilt his jaw and face.  Over a lengthy period he eventually recovered and decided that he wanted to return to being a dog handler in the drugs area as he sees meth in particular being a huge cost to all those who take it and society in general.
 
 
He ended the session with some slides including one of Gage’s farewell which was very well attended.
 
Jim thanked Bruce for sharing his amazing survival story and the way he was able to help ensure he survived and eventually returned to active Police duty.
 
 
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Changeover 2021

Papanui Rotary Changeover 2021
 
 
President Janice and President-Elect Grant cordially invite you to join them for the Papanui Rotary Changeover 2021.
 
This is a celebration of the past year, recognition of key participants and a vision of what is to come.
 
The event is open to all club members, partners and guests.
 
Date: Thursday 24 June 2021
Time: 5:30pm for 6:00pm start
Dress: Smart
Location: The Papanui Club, 310 Sawyers Arms Road, Bishopdale, Christchurch 8053.
 
Cost: $24 per head which includes a buffet dinner. EFTPOS is available. Drinks are available at the bar at the guest’s expense.
 
RSVP: As with our normal meetings, it is assumed that all club members will attend.
 
  1. Please notify non-attendance and / or:
  2. If you are bringing a partner or guest(s) as we need to know exact numbers to let the Papanui Club know this in order to prepare for the evening.
 
Please email responses to the above by 10am on Wednesday 23 June 2021 to rcpapologies@gmail.com.
 
This is a very special annual event for Papanui Rotary. As there are some special presentations which cannot be announced beforehand and as the buffet is shared with the public it is not possible to have an exact timed agenda. The Master of Ceremonies will run the event as efficiently as possible within these constraints.
 
Also be prepared for the meeting to go slightly longer than the normal weekly meetings. If anyone has to leave early, however, this will not be a problem.
 
 
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Stuart sent this link through which includes celebrating 100 years of service in Oceana including a special project he was involved with on Page 22.
 
Note: in some browsers you need to click & drag the pages to the right or left rather than use the < > characters buttons.
 
 
 
It would be great if Papanui Rotary members got together with family & friends to make up tables of six as the $$$ are going to the Give Every Child a Future Centennial Project.
 
 
 
Senior Constable Bruce Lamb with son Michael
 
Our speaker this Thursday is Bruce Lamb, a Senior Constable with the Police with many years of experience as a dog handler. He has an incredible story of bravery of himself and a dog from an incident which occurred a few years ago. 
 
Please come and listen to Bruce as he shares his experiences with us. Partners and friends welcome.  We hope to see lots of you there to hear Bruce’s amazing story. 
 
 
 
It was a great pleasure today to present to Aratupu a Vax vacuum cleaner for use at the preschool. The ladies were delighted and also that it has a wet and dry feature which will save the preschool considerable costs in having the carpets cleaned each year. Now their own cleaners can do the job! 
 
When we helped with the Market Day earlier this year we noticed their cleaner was very old and hardly worked. The Children in Need Trustees agreed to the purchase of this machine which was sourced by Janice Geerlofs.  Thanks so much Janice for finding the Vax at a great price. Being endorsed by Janice we knew it was an excellent machine! 
 
It is great to be able to help the preschool and make a difference in our local community. 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“The way to be in the right place at the right time is to be in many places all the time.”
 
 
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Valda Cordes Visit

Valda Cordes Visit
 
 
We were privileged to have Valda Cordes, District International Service Chair and Board Rep for Rotary NZ World Community Service, visit us last week and speak about her broader Rotary experiences.
 
Valda comes with a strong background in education which included working at both the Christchurch College of Education and the University of Canterbury plus she has been an active member of the Riccarton Rotary Club for 20 years, President for 2 years, and has served on a wide range of local & national committees including becoming the National Training Coordinator. 
 
“As Rotarians we are categorised by many but we are also different and we walk in the shadow of previous leaders as we grow in the service of Rotary both locally and internationally” continued Valda. 
 
As an example, she shared the activities shown in the video Compelled to Act which highlights what has happened in Berlin where 100,000 refugees overtaxed the health-care system, jeopardizing the lives and well-being of refugees and German citizens alike.
 
Rotarian Dr Pia Skarabis-Querfeld assembled a talented team of medical professionals from her community to assist. The members of the teams are highly motivated to serve vulnerable people and to work together to help their community.
 
“This is a good example of how Rotary ensured things happened” noted Valda, which also includes Rotary’s response where three local Clubs came together to identify and assist those most vulnerable to better manage the challenges Covid brings. Some of these activities included:
  • Building a community garden.
  • Setting up a migrant play group for pre-schoolers & mums.
  • Organising a foot clinic for the elderly.
  • Supporting a migrant women’s group which includes teaching them to sew, mend and improve their skills.
  • Setting up a “Winter Warmth” space where locals meet in their own neighbourhoods
“These activities also help prevent isolation plus they provide companionship while also supporting a feeling of community and good health” explained Valda, “and I especially love these opportunities as I am a face-to-face person.”
 
Observations Valda has noticed recently as a result of Rotary’s activities in a Covid world include:
  • Greater numbers of world-wide connections.
  • Communications are different and more varied.
  • There is more in depth engagement.
  • Invitations from all over the world are increasing.
  • There is increasing numbers and use of technology tools being employed.
“Both the Riccarton and Papanui Club gave a similar interest in global international work and this offers us the opportunity to involve a wider number of Clubs we can partner with” noted Valda. 
 
She finished by challenging us with the following thought: “It all starts in your Club and how you connect with other Clubs.”  Grant thanked Valda for her presentation and the challenge she has set us to look at how we can partner with other Clubs to increase our effectiveness.
 
 
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Red Cross Migration Programme
 

A friend indeed: supporting refugee-background youth
 
 
Wahida, Tedros & Elizabeth
 
A key part of Red Cross work in Aotearoa involves running Migration Programmes that help young people coming from a refugee background settle in New Zealand.  We were privileged to welcome three visitors involved in this work to our Thursday meeting last Thursday:
 
Wahida Zahedi, a former refugee from Afghanistan, who now works as a Case Worker with New Zealand Red Cross helping new arrivals get set up in Christchurch. One unique thing she shared with us is that she has never found out how old she is.
 
Elizabeth Magabbo, a Youth Worker based in Christchurch. Elizabeth has years of experience working with non-government organisations advocating for vulnerable people. She sees her goal in her current work as ensuring that young former refugees are given the right support to be able to thrive.
 
Tedros Habtegiorgis, who works as a Settlement Case Worker at New Zealand Red Cross.
 
Wahida began the session by explaining that helping new arrivals settle throughout New Zealand involves a wide variety of tasks including providing meals and community-based support.  “Here in Christchurch we are a bit more specialised with our focus being to help those who have been victims” she continued. 
 
The team that provides this support include a wide range of helpers and volunteers that address a range of areas which includes pathways to employment.  One section of support focusses in particular in helping restore links to family overseas that refugees have lost contact with which is especially rewarding.
 
The team help families on their initial arrival in NZ for up to six weeks at the Mangere Centre after which they then go to their respective resettlement centres where they are assigned case workers who support them for up to 12 months. 
 
“We teach them how New Zealand works and refer them to other services de[pending on their needs with the goal being to help them work towards being able to stand on their own two feet” she explained.  The orientation programmes are also supported by wide range of organisations which cover aspects such as housing, health, education and a sound orientation to Christchurch.
 
Cross cultural workers are also used to help with language and learning about New Zealand cultural norms.
 
We next heard from Elizabeth who mainly works with 12-25 year old refugee youth with most coming from Eritrea and Afghanistan.  “Youth are introduced to me and told about what I do but they must choose to want to work with me” she explained. She has learnt to never judge them by the culture they come from but instead by who they are and what they are like.
As part of her job she organises youth gatherings where she explains the various services and organisations they can access and also helps them unlearn any prejudices they bring and learn instead how to how to respect all cultures and types of people.
 
“They especially love all the outings to places like the zoo, the museum plus also playing sports” she smiled.  This also helps them learn to have fun, enjoy spending time with friends and not feel guilty about their experiences in the past.
 
Elizabeth also liaises with schools in order to help them fit in mor easily as refugees often come with issues from their past experiences.  Volunteers are used throughout their activities so they can also get a feel for how to enjoy themselves as they learn about living in Christchurch.
 
“One of their more emotional experiences”, shared Elizabeth, “is when they first get to visit their new living space as this is a very happy time for them.” 
 
Tedros ended their presentation by sharing that each person’s background is very different in terms of where they come from, the experiences they have had and the challenges they have faced.  These can include experiencing anxiety, loss if home, loneliness and cultural shock which our three visitors are also often are called upon to help them deal with.
 
“One guy spent a year hiding out in an airport, smiled Tedros, “and now he is happily settling into living in New Zealand.”
 
Liz thanked our three guests for their interesting and informative presentation which gave us a better understanding of the great work they do.
 
 
 
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Papanui Bush Doing it’s Thing
 
Please note that there is now no working bee on Friday the 4th as the Papanui Bush basin is otherwise occupied doing its’ job and we do not want to get in the way.  Denis.
 
 
Tres Chefs Fantastique!
 
Thanks so much to all those ladies who supported our Pink Ribbon Breakfast this year. 
 
20 ladies and our 3 fabulous chefs enjoyed a great time of pink fun and fellowship on Saturday 22 May at Northwood. Kathy Anderson won the best dressed award looking fabulous in a pink net tutu! 
 
We raised $325 for breast cancer which has been paid to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
 
Again a special thanks to Tony, Keith and Gary who not only looked magnificent in their pink aprons and pink bow ties but cooked delicious corn fritters and did all the dishes! 
 
 
Customs Detector Dog Demi
 
A good number of keen Papanui Club members attended a great session with Rotary New Horizons he where we got to see Demi (the Lab) along with her handler Kadion in action. 
 
These are very clever dogs and they work hard to earn their favourite toys and food.  Every dog is a member of their handler’s family and you could easily tell by the dog’s enthusiasm and tail wagging that they really enjoy their work.
 
 
 
 
Thought for the Week:
 
 
 
 
 
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Firewood for Sale
 
We have 2 trailer loads of beautifully dried willow wood for sale. Ideal for log burners or fires.  Each trailer holds 3 cubic metres and will get you through the winter nicely.
 
The price is an amazing $200 per trailer load, delivered.
The 2 trailer loads will go quickly so call either Keith Mitchell  03 359 1233 or 027 682 8979 or Tony Tizzard o3 352 8926 or 021 664 801 to arrange delivery.
 
 
Click here for an eight-week in-depth look at Rotary International and its good work it does in Canterbury and the world.
 
 
Kia Rite Hoea Workshop
(Previously named Get Set Go!)
 
Date/Time:  Wednesday 23 June 2021, 9.30am to 2.30pm 
Venue:  Waikura/Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Boardroom, Smith Street, Linwood.
 
Kia Rite Hoea is your one-stop-shop resource and workshop to help you  run a safe and successful community event or programme and includes 55 pages of jam-packed guidance, checklists, hot-tips and case studies.
 
The workshop is facilitated by Christchurch City Council Community Recreation Advisors who have experience in planning and delivering recreation programmes and events.
 
Workshop cost: $35 for not for profit group, $55 for Govt departments or commercial business.  You will be able to register for the 23 June Workshop at a later stage, by going to this link.
 
 
Consistency is the key to successful communication
By Liz Courtney, assistant public image coordinator for Zone 8 (Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands)
 
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working in a virtual world and it has created a huge upsurge in using technology to communicate.
 
We know that using social media and online marketing tools can reach a huge audience in a cost-effective way and it gives Rotary clubs an opportunity to be seen by many.
 
As a training leader, I often teach clubs how to make sure their club logo is used correctly and consistently in their communications, especially online and on social media, because consistency builds trust and recognition. Here’s what I share during my trainings:
 
 
 
 
Letter of Thanks
 
Lois, thank you so much for your support with Aviva’s Annual Street Appeal!  With your incredible support we were able to raise $27,500 for our Annual Appeal, well surpassing our expectations! You managed to raise $218.90!
 
Every little bit is so incredibly important to reaching that overall total. We could not have done it without you.
 
Regardless of how much you raised, we are so thankful for your presence out and about that weekend. Every person you spoke to or who even just passed by, becomes a little more familiar with Aviva.
 
Some of them have already gone on to donate online. Some of them may finally decide to donate next time. Perhaps most importantly, you have helped spread awareness to our communities, so that when one of them needs help, they will know we are here and that they can come to us for support.
 
Thank you for all you do!
 
 
 
 
 
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Howard League

Howard League for Penal Reform
 
 
Cosmo (Cos) Jeffrey, President of the Canterbury Howard league, gave us an interesting insight into his journey and current activities with the Howard League.
 
Born in the North Island, Cos left school in the 4th form and became involved in the Road Runners motorcycle gang.  He then decided to study for a BA while also attending a church where he became increasingly involved in helping those in need which led to him deciding that this was a worthy vocation to pursue.
 
“I looked about for social work training and completed a 2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work” continued Cos. This then led to him working for a year in the prison system with a motorcycle gang who were so poor that they couldn’t afford to own many bikes.
 
It was a great experience, however, and the church he was with decided that a good approach at that time was to support them which resulted in him getting a job in 1974 as a “detached” social worker.  “Unfortunately, my mode of transport at that time was a Vauxhall Viva which did not go down that well, so I swapped it for a Triumph Trident which was much more acceptable” smiled Cos.
 
About that time a full scale war developed between rival bikie gangs and he took this opportunity to start going to Rolleston prison where he was allowed access to jailed bikers.  After a while a truce was eventually formed as they began to see that there was little future in remaining rivals.
 
As the groups began to gradually develop ways of helping themselves move forward, they decided to develop a co-op and began working on various projects that gave them work experience.  This eventually led to building a solid base via a farm setting they were able to access.
 
“I then retired for a while “ continued Cos “but eventually returned to Christchurch and worked with the unemployed while also becoming involved in a programme that helped kids ride mini motorbikes”.
 
At that time there was also a lot of car importing going on, and so he next got into this area importing specialist vehicles and parts. Unfortunately his business was raided in 1979 as, unbeknown to him, a colleague had arranged for drugs to be stowed away in one of the imported cars.  After a court case Cos suddenly found himself in jail with a six-year sentence.
 
“Jail was a struggle for me as I was a pacifist and soon found I had to protect and defend everything I had with me” he continued.  Luckily after 2 years the Parole Board released him which he found rather overwhelming.  He eventually got back into business and also decided to join and work with the Howard League which he soon became President of and remains so to this day.
 
It terms of his current thinking about incarceration, Cos feels that most prisons have little going for them as there is often very little for inmates to do.  This gave him an idea … why don’t we get training courses in place?  He felt this was a good solution for many prisoners who are locked up most of the time with people they often don’t like and little to do which as a result often leads to them acting out in a frequently violent manner.
 
Offering and running training, on the other hand, helps push the idea of ‘being better when you get out’ as courses focus on helping inmates learn skills that will help them grow and hopefully survive when they are released which avoids becoming trapped in seeing jail as a way of life.
 
“I currently work in the 18-21 year old Unit” shared Cos.  For most youth this is their 1st time in jail and the programmes ensure they have things to learn and do which includes managing & operating a sizeable garden.  The produce they grow are entered in shows and win prizes which helps give them a real sense of achievement. 
 
 
“For many this is the 1st time they have ever done anything like that” noted Cos. The programme is also beginning to offer cooking lessons which is another skill many have little experience of.
 
Cos ended his talk by noting that the Howard League is struggling and suggested that donating as little as two cups of coffee a month would help cover half of a co-worker’s salary and will also give the donator a regular newsletter on what the League is up to.
 
We thanked Cosmo for his presentation and for giving us a glimpse into the valuable skills-building work the League does.
 
 
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Stuart India Project

North India Project Presentation
 
 
Stuart Batty gave us a fascinating look back at a major international project in North India.where the team was sent in to appraise how it had gone.
 
Initially based just South of Shimla, the aim of the ten year project was to educate ~30 communities (7 informal settlements and 23 neighbouring villages) in an underdeveloped part of the District of Solan, Himachal Pradesh to become self-sufficient which included being able to grow their own crops and develop irrigation with improving water, wealth, health and agriculture being the main focus.
 
Shimla, Northern India
 
“The area was mountainous, barren and very hot and there were monkeys everywhere” smiled Stuart.
 
The team were not allowed to wear any items with the Rotary logo as NGOs were not welcome so the team had to go in as tourists and be very discrete about what they said.
 
They began by discussing and getting feedback on the efforts of the project so far across thirty communities.  “We also checked progress in making check dams”, explained Stuart, “which stored water for use in irrigating land to grow food”.
 
Another focus was to produce water via building reservoirs in order to feed animals plus they also drilled down to obtain water and raise it up to secured storage areas so that animals and thieves couldn’t get at it.  In addition the project involved the use of water tanks that were filled when it rained. 
 
Other reservoirs were built on land to facilitate the growing and irrigating of crops.  The project also involved the propagation of seeds and the building of shelters to protect the seeds and plants from animals.
 
“The outcomes were fantastic” smiled Stuart “as locals were now able to feed their families with extra food being sold with the money raised spent on important things including education for children.”
 
The project also supported multiple and huge settlements that were very poor where children and young teenagers were living in crowded situations with little comforts.
 
The team then headed to Shimla which is built on the side of a mountain.  “In the past the town used to house the Government during the hot season” explained Stuart.  
 
Overall, the major outcomes of the trip were seen as having been achieved which was  highly relevant to local needs and in particular with respect to the emphasis on water conservation & capture for agriculture and the availability of a safe drinking water supply.  Health training and testing was also relevant to the needs of both the landless and smallholders.
 
There was a shortfall of $90,000 overall and the team were delighted when one Rotarian wrote out a cheque for the total amount.
 
We thanked Stuart for his interesting presentation on a very successful and worthwhile project that made a significant difference for the population of the area it was based in.
 
 
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Pink Ribbon Reminder
 
A final reminder all lady Papanui Rotary Club members and friends.
 
Come and join the merry crew for our Annual Pink Ribbon fundraising breakfast on Saturday May 22nd starting at 9:30 am at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood.
 
Our three wonderful chefs will do us proud with an amazing spread being delivered as always.
 
Please let Lois know via loisflanagan@gmail.com that you will be attending.
 
 
 
In 2020 RNZWCS set up an appeal for Covid-19 response specifically to support our Pacific neighbours. In recent weeks inquiries have been coming in as Rotary’s response to India.
 
RNZWCS is in regular contact with Rotarians in India and elsewhere regarding the pandemic through Zoom calls and email.  The message from India is clear – do not send goods.  Incompatibility with India’s equipment standards, customs duty and GST are just some of the roadblocks.
 
India’s population is 1.4 billion.  At last count India had 21 Rotary Districts and 115,000 Rotarians.
 
RNZWCS has long outstanding partners in India and is in touch.  Donations sent to its established contacts directly will see the money reach the end need immediately.
 
For Clubs and Rotarians wishing to donate, contact details are:
 
RNZWCS Limited
03 1702 0192208 01 Ref. 777
 
WPACNZ2W
 
 
 
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Asia NZ Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation
 
 
We were privileged to hear last Thursday from Alistair Crozier, Director and Business Manager of the Asia New Zealand Foundation who brings a wide variety of experiences across various overseas regions to his work.
 
“Asia represents approximately 60% of the world’s population”, shared Alistair, “with eleven of New Zealand’s top 15 trade partners coming from this region.”  As a result, he explained, we are increasingly tied to this area with one in six New Zealanders (including Alistair) also speaking an Asian language and the NZ Govt. believes Asia is going to be increasingly influential in NZ’s future.
 
Asia is currently seen as the 2nd most important region to NZ behind Australia, but only half of us know much about the region.  Alistair then asked what words do we associate with Asia?  Most think immediately of China, but it is significantly more than that. 
 
The Foundation’s purpose, he explained, is to help NZ gear up to thrive in Asia by raising awareness and encouraging access to the programmes offered.  These core programmes include business, entrepreneurship,   leadership, arts education. Media, research, diplomacy and sport area.
 
As Director of the Business programme, Alistair’s team arranges internships for recent graduates which include inviting Asian experts to NZ to provide Professional Development to various sectors.
 
In addition to leadership development the Foundation also runs entrepreneurship programmes and provides educational curriculum, resources and online classes to schools and NZ educators which aims to inspire interest in Asian culture.
 
“A key advantage is that we now have more multicultural classrooms which helps teachers and students understand more about Asian culture” explained.  While media coverage tends to often be quite focussed on issues, the Foundation tries to show “all of Asia” including how they live, what they do etc.
 
We thanked Alistair for his informative presentation on what the Foundation does and wished him well going forward.
 
For more detained information check out their website at https://www.asianz.org.nz/.
 
 
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Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation
 
 
Jim Hudson gave us the following update on the Foundation.
 
As you know, our Rotary Foundation is funded by individual Rotarians, Rotary clubs & districts and individual benefactors.  The Polio programme is funded through contributions from WHO, UNICEF, world governments and Rotary. 
 
And the source of Rotary funds? It’s from individual Rotarians, clubs, districts and benefactors who “choose” to work in close relationship with organisations like Rotary.
 
The best known and by far the most generous is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation fighting poverty, disease and inequality around the world.  I had the mistaken belief that if Rotary reached its goal of raising $50m this year then Bill would write out a cheque for $100m Rotary could get on with its vaccination programmes.  Not a bit of it.
 
The Gates Foundation is guided by the belief that every life has equal value.  It works in developing countries focussing on improving people’s health and giving them a chance to lift out of hunger and extreme poverty.  In the US it focuses especially on Blacks and Latinos to give them opportunities otherwise denied them.  It is based in Seattle and Warren Buffet, the financier and investment Guru, is one of four directors.
 
In 2019 the Foundation invested over US $5 Billion dollars in the fields of global development, health, growth and opportunity for the oppressed. 
 
These are very broad categories but they have a Global Delivery Programme to make their systems work, whether it be helping with the education of children in Sub-Saharan Africa or an agricultural programme in India.  They work in partnership with global financing organisations like the World Bank and the Global Fund to fight Aids, tuberculosis and malaria as well as polio.
 
So, while the Gates Foundation does its incredible work dealing with a host of challenges worldwide, we must fulfil our commitment towards Rotary’s goal of $US$50m this year.  What is requested of us?  US$1500 per club.  Not a big ask.  We are half way there.  But the Rotary year is 5/6ths over.   Become a Centurion.  Get in touch with Deryn and help our cause. 
 
As a matter of interest, how many of us have contributed so far and have we done this directly to RI?  April 24th-30th was World Immunisation Week so this suggests that now a great time to show our commitment. 
 
Rotary won’t be giving up on this project until it is finished.  And that is three years after the last case of wild polio has been eliminated.  This is everyone’s commitment.
 
 
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Rotary - RNZWCS Limited - News in Brief
 
Thank you to all who support us to support others.
 
Please find more details of how you may assist.
 
Also on Facebook
 
 
Pink Ribbon Reminder
 
Reminder all lady Papanui Rotary Club members and friends.
 
Come and join the merry crew for our Annual Pink Ribbon fundraising breakfast on Saturday May 22nd starting at 9:30 am at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood.
 
Our three wonderful chefs will do us proud with an amazing spread being delivered as always.
 
Please let Lois know via loisflanagan@gmail.com that you will be attending.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“Winning doesn't always mean being first.”
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Aratupu Pre-School Market Day

Posted by Gary Denhard

Aratupu Pre-School Market Day

Aratupu is a place where children play, learn, and explore their unique passions and strengths. It’s a place where parents, whānau, and kaiako gather to chat, laugh, and problem solve. It's a place where anything is possible.
 
They use exploratory play and evidence-based education strategies to develop natural curiosity and a passion for discovery in every Aratupu child. Their holistic approach makes space for each child to grow and develop at their own pace. 
 
In April 2021 they ran a Market Day to raise much needed funds. Papanui Rotary assisted by running a BBQ and also served Tea and Coffee with beautiful home made cakes.
 
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Howick Rotary Fun Walk & Run

Posted by Gary Denhard

13 SCHOOLS JOIN HOWICK ROTARY CLUB FUN WALK AND RUN

Thirteen primary and intermediate schools join the Sunday Fun Walk and Run. Over 200 registered online and another 130 on the day’s registration. Additionally, 100 teachers and parents participated in the event. Numbers competing the course exceeded 600.
 
Primary school students ran and walked the 5.9k course. Intermediate students completed the 6.9km course. There was also an 8.1km extended course for those who wished for a harder challenge.
 
The Fun and Walk Run is a family-centric event.
 
There were over $3000 worth of prizes provided by local businesses.
 
Students were awarded medals for completing the race. Cups were presented to the first team of four runners, from Primary and Intermediate schools, to cross the finish line. Shelly Park and Farm Cove won the Primary and Intermediate School Cup, respectively.
 
All funds raised from the Howick Fun Walk and Run were donated to the Howick Coastguard.
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Lincoln Students at Science Forum

Posted by Gary Denhard

Lincoln Students at Science Forum

Lincoln High School Students attend Rotary’s Science & Technology Forum
 
Something to be aware of if you have an exceptional science student at your school.
 
Lincoln Rotary sent two candidates to the Rotary National Science and Technology Forum held in Auckland from 10 to 23 January 2021.
 
Both candidates were from Lincoln High School and performed extremely well during their interview process.
 
This Forum is a programme aimed at high achieving, well-rounded science, maths and technology students in Year 12 at New Zealand Secondary Schools who will be returning to Year 13 and who are planning to study science or technology subjects at tertiary level in New Zealand.
 
COVID-19 was on the club's side and both candidates flew to Auckland and enjoyed their two weeks of learning more in depth aspects of technology and science. They both now have a much clearer vision of the direction and specific areas of study they wish to pursue in the future.
 
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Container Packing Appreciation
 
Thanks to  Anne, Arie,  Deryn,  Gordon,  Heather, Keith, Lesley,  Liz,  Neville, Nick and Stuart for packing the Container bound for Samoa along with Cashmere Rotary members.
 
During a coffee break on Monday,  Stuart and Gordon (Cashmere) presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Kim Steetskamp for generously providing a place to park our containers.
 
 
    
Car Rally to Wilson’s Mill
 
Eighteen Rotarians, family and friends enjoyed a fantastic day taking part in a Car Rally, car collection and garden visit at Wilson’s Mill, Ohoka.
 
The day started with a coffee at The Flax Eatery in Prestons and from there we followed a route set by Rob Nicholl and answered a series of questions before arriving at Wilson’s in time to tour their amazing car collection.
 
After this we assembled for a picnic lunch in the magnificent garden and grounds of this outstanding property. There was ample time to wander at leisure, soak up the sun and listen to our generous host Kelvin tell us about both his unique car collection and how he and his wife have developed the property since purchasing it around 2012.
 
 
Our sincere thanks to Rob Nicholl for organising such a wonderful, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable day.
 
 
Pink Ribbon Reminder
 
Calling all lady Papanui Rotary Club members and friends.
 
Come and join the merry crew for our Annual Pink Ribbon fundraising breakfast starting at 9:30 am at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood.
 
Our three wonderful chefs will do us proud with an amazing spread being delivered as always.
 
Please let Lois know via loisflanagan@gmail.com that you will be attending.
 
 
 
Paul Harris Fellow Nominations Reminder
 
We are still seeking further nominations for up to seven high achieving Papanui Club members or people we know in the community with links to Rotary to be awarded Paul Harris Fellows.  This is a great opportunity for us to show our recognition of those we feel have served us well in our community and deserve this honour.
 
Please send any nominations by 10 May to Cheryl  Colley at ccolley@actrix.co.nz.
 
 
Food for Thought
 
Volunteering your time to support a cause you are passionate about is something you will never regret. It will enrich your life, familiarize you with your community, and connect you to people and ideas that will positively impact your perspective for the rest of your life. Helping your community is an opportunity for you to grow as a person, to better understand how you fit into the world around you.
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-05-03 12:00:00Z 0

Foodbank Aotearoa

Foodbank Aotearoa
 
 
 
Last week we had the CEO of Foodbank Aotearoa speak to us about the work he and his team do to alleviate the plight of those in our community who struggle to afford to put a supply of nutritious meals on their table on a regular basis.
John Milligan and his wife Janice set up Foodbank Aotearoa six years ago. John has worked on four continents around the world and trained numerous executives. His motto is: 
“Wise men plant trees in whose shade they will never sit”.
Over one third of the food grown around the world is wasted. 8o million people in the world go without food on any given day. New Zealanders throw away 122,547 tonnes of food including 20 million loaves of bread and nine and a half tons of potatoes a year!
 
The average New Zealand household throws away the equivalent of three large supermarket trolleys of food a year.
And yet across New Zealand, 270,000 kids go to school every morning without breakfast or go to bed each night without any dinner.
 
Foodbank Aotearoa was set up to collect surplus food from whatever source and to re-distribute it to local hubs who service those families that need it. Across New Zealand, 270,000 kids (or one in every four children) go to school every morning without breakfast or go to bed each night without dinner. It tackles the logistical problem of getting the food to people at the right time. Foodbank Aotearoa puts surplus food to good use in a sustainable way. We get surplus food safely to the hungry.
 
While hundreds of Cantabrians go hungry each day, safe, healthy and usable food is being disposed of as waste. We collect this nutritious surplus food from all segments of the food industry including restaurants, grocers, supermarkets, wholesalers, hotels and caterers.
 
We are most grateful for the support of over 240 volunteers such as you that make this all possible.
 
Post the Covid outbreak we are processing 95 tons of food a month. We work with 170 Charitable organisations in Christchurch and a further 26 in Timaru.
 
All food is turned over in 36 hours. We are supplying over 9,000 meals a day and still need to do more.  We are New Zealand’s sole representative in the Global Foodbanking Network.  A key approach of the team is:
 
“Fight Hunger Feed Hope”.
 
We thanked John & Janice for their efforts and look forward being able to support them going forward.
 
 
Foodbank Aotearoa Tony Tizzard 2021-05-03 12:00:00Z 0

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Paul Harris Fellow Nominations
 
Our Club has amassed sufficient points to nominate up to seven high achieving Papanui Club members or people we know in the community with links to Rotary to be awarded Paul Harris Fellows.
 
Please send any nominations by 10 May to Cheryl  Colley at ccolley@actrix.co.nz.
 
 
 
A Great Day at Aratupu
 
Dear Lois & the rest of the amazing Papanui Rotary.
 
Thank you so much for all your support on Saturday 10th April.
 
We really enjoyed having you with us on the day with your positive energy and helping to run the tea and coffee and the BBQ. It made a real difference to have you all on board. Hope you like the photos.
 
While this year was quieter will still managed to raise just over $800! This will go towards resources for the children here.
 
Many thanks once again
 
Hannah Sylvester
Aratupu Preschool and Whanau Hub
 
 
Container Packing
 
We still need helpers on all days to assist in packing a container of DIK for Samoa.  
 
Dates :
 
Saturday              1 May                   From 9.30 am
Sunday                 2 May                   2.00 pm
Monday               3 May                   From 9.30 am
Tuesday               4 May                   From 9.30 am
 
Please contact Stuart on (027) 269 5615 if you or family members are available to help.
 
 
Car Rally
 
We need final numbers for coffee on May 2nd … please let Rob know at Nicholl@xtra.co.nz  or (021) 069 0915.
 
Food for Thought
 
“When you are tempted to lose your patience with someone, think about how patient others have been with you.”
 
 
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Duncan Webb MP

A Visit by Dr Duncan Webb
 
 
We were treated to a visit by Duncan Webb, MP for Christchurch Central, who spoke to us last week.
 
Duncan began by telling us he left England in 1974when he was six years old.  He initially lived in Aranui and later in New Brighton.  He attended Shirley Boys High and afterwards completed a Bachelor of Laws at Canterbury University.
 
A strong League supporter, Duncan explained that he has two jobs: Party Whip which includes a responsibility for mentoring and pastoral care, and Chair of the Finance & Expenditure Committee. 
 
He is also currently looking into banking as it continues to shift from personal service to on line transitions.  “This can be an issue for members of the public with limited IT skills and / or visual issues” explained Duncan.
 
Duncan next noted than an increasing number of New Zealanders in full time jobs are finding they have little extra cash left over.  They are also experiencing issues getting into housing as it can take up to 500 weeks to save for a deposit. 
 
As a result, he explained that there has been a shift towards “well-being” becoming a key determinant of policy which is quite different to previous budgets. This includes a stronger focus on allocating funds to improve outcomes. As an example, rather than a focus on having more police to target domestic violence, Duncan suggested that a better focus is to look at adopting an more integrated response including the use of a multi-disciplinary process based on case management which, while more expensive, results in better outcomes.
 
The questions become “where do we look” and “what do we need to ask” including, on another front, considering how we can better manage our environment plus, on a larger scale, considering what responsibilities we have to our population in the more distant future?
 
“Another area involves looking at is human capital based on the looking at how we are all doing” noted Duncan which includes considering are we well, educated and happy and what is our best spend to keep us in good shape.
 
This includes a focus on social capital i.e. looking at how strong our community is. “Compared to the US, we are generally on board with our Covid response which an excellent example of having strong social capital” explained Duncan.
 
He added that our responses to the quakes and the Mosque attacks are further examples of our current social capital where we reached out, provided support and accepted the cost.  This shows that we are one of the 1st countries in the world to measure our progress based on social outcomes.
 
“One of the key things that give us quality” added Duncan “is trying to avoid excessive numbers of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ and to instead look at keeping these two group closer to each other”. 
 
As an example, with respect to health care, Duncan suggested that we need to shift our approach away from hospitals and focus more on improving our general health.
 
We thanked Duncan for his thoughts on adopting a social capital perspective where the focus is on helping everyone thrive rather than just getting by.
 
 
Duncan Webb MP Grant Paice 2021-04-26 12:00:00Z 0

BrainTree

BrainTree
 
 
Last Thursday we were privileged to host three visitors (Simon Challies, Maddie Smith & Malcolm Rickerby) from BrainTree, a Papanui based wellness centre for brain health that is planning to open in April 2022.
 
We were particularly interested to hear about this as their location is adjacent to Papanui Bush, a project that our Club actively supports with the goal of returning a sizeable area of land back to it’s native heritage condition.
 
Simon spoke on behalf of our visitors and knows first-hand what it’s like living with Parkinson’s. He took on a Directorship at the Canterbury Brain Collective because he wanted to help other people with the condition while also utilising his extensive experience in property development and design, establishing community spaces and understanding the needs of older people with health issues.
 
BrainTree Grant Paice 2021-04-19 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Flu Shot
 
A reminder that Larry will be brining flu shots along this week for those of you aged 65 and over.
 
 
Car Rally
 
The Fellowship Committee has a car trial to Wilson's Mill Gardens and car collection organised for Sunday the 2nd May. 
Get a car load together and join the fun of a car rally expertly organised by Rob Nicholl.
 
 
Starting at the Flax Eatery & Bar, 41 Raranga St, off Te Korari St. (on Preston's Rd cross Marshlands, 1st left is Te Korari).  The trial starts at 9.30 - 10.00am.  BYO picnic lunch.  It includes a conducted car collection and garden tour and will run wet or fine.  The cost is $10 per head.
 
To register email or text Rob Nicholl or phone him on  (021) 069 0915.
 
 
For more info on this offer click here.
 
 
Mitre 10 Mega BBQ
 
The next Papanui Mitre 10 Mega BBQ is on Saturday 24 April and we need some volunteers to help out.  Note it is on Saturday again this time.
 
The profits will be specifically for the Papanui High School Kimi Ora Camp, a great activity for Special Needs children at the school.  We have four rosters as follows:
 
  • 8:15am to 9:00am: Gary and Cheryl setting up.
  • 9:00am to 11:00am: Gary and Cheryl Denhard need 2 more helpers.
  • 11:00am to 1:00pm: 4 helpers required.
  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Euan Hilson 3 more helpers required.
  • 3:00pm to 4:30pm: Gary Denhard 2 more helpers required (the last shift does the clean-up so we are all done by 4:30pm).
 
I trust you will support this fundraiser once again. We will have a sign up saying it is for Kimi Ora and we will also make sure Papanui High School are aware of this.
 
Unless Mitre 10 Mega has a cancellation and asks us to step in I won't organise any more BBQs until Spring time.
 
Gary
 
 
 
Check out this year’s offer and fundraising benefits here.
 
 
Kate with her New Headband at Aratupu
 
Dear Lois and the rest of the amazing Papanui Rotary,
 
Thank you so much for all your support on Saturday 10th April.
We really enjoyed having you with us on the day with your positive energy and helping to run the tea & coffee and the BBQ. It made a real difference to have you all on board. Hope you like the photo.
 
While this year was quieter will still managed to raise just over $800! This will go towards resources for the children here.
 
Many thanks once again:
 
Hannah Sylvester
Aratupu Preschool & Whanau Hub
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-04-19 12:00:00Z 0

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Wood Chopping Fun & Games by Deryn
 
There were seven of us altogether involved in our recent wood chopping endeavours which resulted in us loading two trailers twice each so four trailer loads in total.
 
We then took it all to Wayne Lyons and unloaded it onto nine pallets each 3-4 feet high where it is waiting patiently to be cut and split into smaller pieces.
 
 
Cuppa time at cafe after we finished was especially enjoyed by all 😊.
 
 
Mitre 10 Mega BBQ a Hit!
 
Last week was our first Saturday and we had light rain to start with. We sold out of sausages just after 4pm and had a turnover of $844.20 ($636.20 cash and $208 EFTPOS).  This means that we make just of $500 profit once again.
 
I managed to see a little bit of every roster and I always found very friendly chatter amongst the members who helped. There was also friendly banter with the locals who were buying our sausages and drinks.
 
Helping with the BBQ is easy and really enjoyable. If you haven't been involved yet then the next BBQ is in 2 weeks on Saturday 24 April. Funds we raise will go to the Papanui High School Kimi Ora Camp later in the year.
 
Special thanks to Arie who bought the sausages and bread once again and did the first shift even though he has a lot on his mind.   We all had a "we're thinking of you" sausage to honour President Janice. 
 
Also, a big thanks to Deb Gimblett who took eight of our wooden foot stools home for her & her husband to oil over the next week or so.
 
Thank you once again to all who assisted:
 
Gary
 
 
Wednesday Lotto Needs a Boost
 
We still have a few numbers left in our next Wednesday Lotto fundraiser.  Contact Deryn to join.
 
 
Rotary Centennial # Plate Surrounds Project
 
Christchurch South Rotary is coordinating Matamata Rotary's centennial number plate surrounds project. At $15 per set, this is a fantastic way of promoting Rotary.
 
Athol McCully is the contact person for our district and he mentioned that he still has a few of these available. We would appreciate if you can please promote this project to your members. Click on the link below to order.
 
 
 
Janice Update
 
Hi Everyone.
 
Just a wee update you let you all know I came home from the hospital recently in a wheelchair.  In six weeks’ time I will be taught to walk again as at this stage there is to be no load bearing on my left leg.
 
I would like to thank you all for the lovely card & well wishes. I also appreciated you asking Arie how I am but also asking how he is as it has been quite a stressful period as you all can imagine He will have to be my carer now that I am home which is going to be a huge lot of work for him.
 
A big thank you to the Rotarian who helped by giving him a meal.  It was a whopper, big enough for six people, and has been put it in the freezer as we will eat it next week when we have a few people staying with us.
 
A # of things had to be done to make our home usable for a wheelchair including a ramp for access into our front door, a sliding shower seat & a raised toilet seat chair on wheels.  No driving my car but I have two means of transportation: my wheelchair & the toilet chair.
 
Not sure which shower will be best yet to use yet.  Our oldest son came and sprayed a coating of spray over our ensuite tiles and in the other bathroom he took out the shower rose and installed a slider with hand-held sprayer.
 
I will be sending Grant photos of my x-rays before and after the operation.  He will email those to you.  In the after operation one it shows where they have put in oyster shells in so they will grow new bone for my leg as my compound fracture hit the bone so hard that it impacted the bone itself.
 
I would also like to also thank all those members who came to help out at the Mitre 10 BBQ and at Arutipu Preschool’s Open Day on a cooler day. Thankfully for you the rain stopped but you did have to contend with a bit of a cold wind.
 
Well - that’s it from me and I wish you all best.  Enjoy your Rotary meeting on Thursday night this week.  Just a wee note: I love visitors but do check with Arie by giving him a call first.
 
Cheers from your laid-back President Janice LoL!
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-04-12 12:00:00Z 0

Future Project

Give Every Child a Future Project
 
 
Liz Courtney shared some key information about our Centenary Project for the Pacific which was chosen as it was deemed likely to have the most impact.
 
“A number of children in these regions die young, and our aim is to significantly reduce this with three effective vaccines” explained Liz.
 
So far there are 27 grants being applied for and some are already in progress.  One target is to reduce the effects of the two biggest killers, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
 
 
UNICEF is working closely with the Ministry of Health in order to lower the mortality levels over three years by vaccinating the most disadvantaged children and adolescent girls across what is a challenging and remote region.
 
“These vaccines are effective, and we are ready to go once flights allow” noted Liz.
 
At this time Covid is not a threat, but there is concern about low immunisation levels.  This will be included with the other vaccine rollouts. 
 
Liz concluded by noting that the overall result will also help strengthen our borders by improving our neighbours’ situation and she suggested we can support this project by sharing with others what we are doing, seeking Corporate sponsorship and subscribing to the project’s website which is located here.
 
 
Future Project Tony Tizzard 2021-04-12 12:00:00Z 0

My Time in the RNZN

 

My Time in the RNZN
 
Geoff & Dorothy
 
Senior Lieutenant Commander Geoff Andrew, accompanied by his mother Dorothy, gave us an informative and interesting talk on his time in the RNZ Navy.
 
Geoff joined up when the cold war ended and noted that it changed dramatically over his next 30 years. .
 
“We currently serve a huge area including the south-west Pacific, Australia, southeast Asia and Antarctica plus at times taken an even broader area when required” began Andrew.
 
“New Zealand is involved in the protection of fishing, plus keep an eye on our closest neighbour Australia which is our only ally with other countries being seen as partnerships” he continued.
 
It is a very time-consuming job as the Navy needs a large amount of information which helps identify risk and place staff where they can do the most good.  Some specific areas they are involved with include illegal fishing, smuggling, and watching ships entering our space plus they also keep an eye on a huge merchant shipping operation.
 
 
The Navy operates on a wide variety of platforms with people being the central part of our operations. Aotearoa, our newest and largest ship, has a specific role in helping keep our other ships at sea.
 
The Navy frigates are under constant upgrading which is an ongoing process as things change rapidly.  “Our focus is also very different to 30 years ago and includes ensuring effective coordination, planning, investment and operations to achieve the desired results and my job is essentially to manage threats” note Geoff.
 
Collaboration is an essential component in order to understand what is happening in the areas the RNZN operates in.  It is also tasked to watch for global instability and challenges to global world order. Covid has recently had an impact in taking staff away from these usual tasks in order to help manage the specific threats it brings.
 
Geoff started his career on HMNZ Canterbury which has served our Navy for 35 years. He also served on many other ships as well as ships from different navies with the biggest one being time spent on USS America operating out of Hawaii.  “I enjoyed my time on them all” he smiled.
 
In closing Geoff noted that he found it a privilege to serve in a large number of areas where the accessing of key information was a critical requirement in order to help meet the goals of helping manage or reduce conflict quickly before other countries became involved.
 
Liz thanked Geoff for his informative and interesting insight into the extensive operational activities our RNZN has and continues to be actively engaged in during his career.
 
 
My Time in the RNZN  Grant Paice 2021-04-06 12:00:00Z 0

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Mitre 10 Mega BBQ April 10th
 
The next Papanui Mitre 10 Mega BBQ is on Saturday 10 April and we need some volunteers to help out.  Note it is on Saturday this time.
 
This is a good chance to help raise money from the public instead of our own membership. All profits (usually $500+) will go into our general club funds.
 
This is the current status of our BBQ Rosters for this Saturday 10 April.
 
Note: Deb Gimblett has offered to do one or two rosters but I haven’t selected a time for her yet. I’ll see how your own preferences pan out first.
 
The BBQ opens to sell sausages at 9:00am
 
We have four rosters as follows:
 
8:15am to 9:00am:  Arie dropping things off, Gary and Arie setting up.
9:00am to 11:00am: Arie, Gary, Max Wright. 1 more person needed.
11:00am to 1:00pm: 4 people needed
1:00pm to 3:00pm: 4 people needed
3:00pm to 4:30pm: Gary Denhard, 2 more people needed
 
Hope you will support us again this time.
 
The next BBQ is Saturday 24 April. By the end of April these BBQs would have raised over $2,500 for club funds this Rotary year.
 
Thank you.
 
Gary
 
 
 
A reminder that we would encourage as many members as possible to attend our meeting this week.
 
Simon Forsyth will be taking new individual photos for inclusion in the Members Handbook and a group club photo as well.
 
We look forward to seeing you there:
 
Tony 
 
 
 
 
Stuart sent through some great pictures of the work the Foundation / International Committee helps support.
 
 
An Update from Janice
 
Today a physiotherapist came to see me and told me that the wait list to get to Burwood Hospital is huge.   Still not sure if I will go to Ashburton Hospital then or go home?
 
Our home has to be accessed so that I can manoeuvre a wheelchair around our home and which of our two showers will be best to be used.  The problem is, is I am not allowed to weight bear on my left foot I have to imagine there is an egg under my foot that I may not break.
 
Today the physiotherapist taught me how to get in and out of my wheelchair using my right leg.  I can move the wheelchair with my right foot and right arm but only for a little bit as I am still waiting to be operated on my right frozen shoulder.
 
This is an old injury I did in June 2019 when I went give our cocker spaniel a smack for digging under the big square terracotta planter we have in our back yard.  Well the little minx saw me just as I was about to smack her bum.  As she ran past me to run away I lost my balance and fell on the edge of the planter with my right shoulder.
 
I went to our family doctor who gave me some pain killers and was told to go to see my specialist, which I did.  After having an MRI which showed I had a tear in my shoulder and bursitis I received 2 cortisone injections one in the front of my shoulder and one in the back of my shoulder.  These two injections kept the pain away for quite some time however the pain came back.
 
After a number of rounds of cortisone I had another MRI which showed the tear was still there and that my shoulder needed to be operated on as I was struggling to use my arm properly. 
I officially had what is called a frozen shoulder.
 
My specialist applied for ACC to fund an operation. 
He sent them all the details and the two MRI scans at the end of February. I have received a letter from ACC saying they were still accessing but needing notes from my specialist and family doctor and would get back to me by JUNE!!
 
I emailed my family doctor after getting that ACC letter and asked him once he got the letter to get all the details they needed back to them soon as possible so I could have my operation as quickly as possible.
 
The ACC letter arrived the 1 March and our family doctor sent them all they asked for back to them on the same day, via email and he emailed me to say what he had done on that day as well.
 
Fortunately on Friday before I had this horrible accident I got to see my specialist and he put another 2 cortisone injections into my right shoulder. Did feel a lot better during the day but still sore sleeping at night.
 
Now with having to pull myself up onto a moving apparatus called SARA STEADY my right shoulder is getting quite sore again.  I have rung my specialist today and his receptionist said the hospital will just need to give me more cortisone as he will not be able to come to the hospital to administer it.
 
So sorry for the long spiel but just putting you in the picture so to speak.  Today I am having a bit of a blue day and a number of tears have fallen.
 
I am happy now as have my lovely nurse Deb, who is a very compassionate and caring, is looking after me tonight.
 
Cheers Janice.
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 “A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure.” 
 
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Mark & Stella Yaxley

A Visit by Mark Yaxley
 
 
DG Mark Yaxley, accompanied by his wife Stella, visited us last week and gave us some of his thoughts going forward.
 
Mark began his address by thanking various club members for their efforts and the great job they do.  His thoughts then turned to a couple of sayings from a fellow Rotarian in the past which state:  “Rotary opens opportunities” and: “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere.”
 
In terms of DG goals for the year, these have included (1) create and celebrate memorable moments and (2) collaborate with others to expand the reach and impact of Rotary.
 
With respect to our upcoming centennial year, Mark paid tribute to some projects that are addressing this including “Give every child a future” and Polio Plus.  The addition of “supporting the environment” as a new key focus was also noted as a significant and important approach in what we do going forward.
 
“We want to be revolutionary from time to time” suggested Mark and he then shared a famous quote from Henry Ford:
 
“If I had asked people what they want they would have said faster horses!”
 
As for change at the top, Mark concluded by noting that RI’s new President Elect is Jennifer Jones. 
 
Tony thanked Mark for sharing his thoughts with us and the challenges & opportunities these will bring in a constantly changing world.
 
 
Mark &amp; Stella Yaxley Grant Paice 2021-03-29 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
An update on Janice from Arie earlier today:
 
I went back to visit Janice last night and they had her off the pump machine for pain management and she had her eyes wide open and we were able to have a real conversation with her thinking clearly - first time since Saturday night. 
 
She is due to have surgery today to repair the fractures.
 
We have received many lovely messages via email, phone and text wishing her all the best and offering to help. We are thankful for that and sadly at present there is not enough time for me to respond individually much as I would like to.
 
Regards Arie
 
 
River Queen Trip Snaps
 
A fun trip was taken by a hardy few on the Kaiapoi River Queen last Sunday. 
 
 
 
The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
We are sorry that we will not see you in Taipei this year, but this decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. 
 
Click below to learn more.
 
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
 
 
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The Chathams

The Chatham’s Experience
 
Our intrepid explorers
 
After an intro from Keith, Simon shared our Papanui Club member’s experiences from their recent visit to the Chatham Islands accompanied by the excellent range of pictures he took that showed the range of scenery, wildlife and activities they were involved in and the variation & starkness of the landscape that included references to a hand trained Weka, remains of planes and the ruggedness of life there.
 
“We almost didn’t land”, started Simon, as the cross wind was close to the maximum allowable but luckily they did touch down and so their journey began.
 
 
The Waitangi Wharf
 
The pictures of trees at varied locations showed then to mostly be quite deformed and small as they often have to grow at unusual ankles to survive the rugged weather. While some beaches showed quite geometric rock formations, many of them were also rugged but the group noticed that the seals seemed happy enough with their lot.
 
Our accommodation at Waitangi
 
While there is some power available, be it very expensive, there are also quite a few residents that live off the grid and use diesel to generate power when needed.  As most items need to be brought in, shopping can also be a challenge with some residents ordering up to six months’ worth at a time.
 
 
An 1860's stone cottage
 
“Only a small amount of road is sealed”, continued Simon, “with the majority being gravel as they are mostly on private land”.  Cars are unwarranted and unregistered and the cost of bringing a car over by ship is $6,000. 
  
Weather during the trip was often cloudy but they did occasionally get some sun.  They also visited the statue of Tommy Solomon, the last of the full blooded Moriori, plus ancient carvings on the trees in the centre of the island.
 
 
One of the highlights was finding up to 150 million year old sharks’ teeth on the beaches at the lagoon.  Other experiences including visiting and viewing a range of old buildings and also getting to see a few places where hardy residents were living off the land with few facilities that we take for granted.
 
Honey farm which produces freeze dried honey
 
Other interesting experiences included visiting a honey farm.  The Freeze Drying is done in New Zealand, but the honey is produced on the Chathams. A unique blend of both native and imported fauna, Chatham Islands Honey is a partner in this venture which produces a distinctive taste.
 
We also enjoyed an interesting day with the Jockey Club where, despite a small number of horses being available, both gallops and trots were run.  A visit to the Moriori Kopinga Marae was also a highlight with the building looking like a bird in flight from the air.
 
 
The Kopinga Marae
 
The group found the overall atmosphere on the Chathams to be very laid back in general and they bring back a wide range of memories from the varied and interesting sights, animal life, landscapes’, ruggedness and from the conversations they experienced with many of the locals.
 
We will also be looking for a suitable project on the Chathams we can support  in the future.
 
 
The Chathams Grant Paice 2021-03-23 11:00:00Z 0

New Rotary Associate

Welcome Brydie
 
 
Tony introduced Brydie Washington, our new Rotary Associate, to Club members attending our meeting last Thursday. 
 
She chose us as her 1st choice of Clubs and will be integrated into our culture and community projects. This is a year-long involvement, and Brydie’s activities will include attending relevant meetings and completing service activities with us over the coming year.
 
Brydie is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Science majoring in environmental science and psychology at Canterbury University.
 
In her application form she mentioned that her hope is that this programme will offer her a broader perspective and help her strengthen her current skills while also acquiring and developing new ones that will add to her self-confidence and networking abilities.
 
Welcome, Bridie, it is our pleasure to have you and we look forward to getting to know you more as we invite you to our events and the various the activities we are actively involved in that give back to the community.
 
 
 
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Snippets

 
Latest BBQ Result
 
Another successful Mitre 10 Mega BBQ was run last weekend.
 
We sold 360 sausage sandwiches at $2 each plus lots of drinks. Interestingly, Sprite was by far the most popular drink. Way above coke and water.
 
Thanks to the fourteen helpers who were there today. If you haven't helped before you will find that once you get there it is quite enjoyable. The public love our sausages and Rotary.
 
All the money we make comes from the public.
 
 
Aratupu Market Day
 
The next Aratupu Market Day is on Saturday 10 April from 10am to 2pm.  Hannah as organiser has outlined what will happen on the day. They plan to have a White Elephant stall (donations of anything saleable are really welcome) i.e.  games, bouncy castle, a BBQ and tea and coffee. 
 
Lois has volunteered Rotary to run the BBQ and also look after tea and  coffee and provide scones or muffins to go with the tea and coffee. The preschool already has a BBQ which will be placed in the carpark out the front of the preschool. We will need to provide sausages, bread, onions and napkins. The preschool has sauces. 
 
The tea and coffee will be provided for us so we just need to serve the drinks and provide some scones or muffins to eat with the drinks.   
 
Can you all please put the date in your diaries and Lois will be in touch closer to the time to confirm helpers. We will need to get other club members to help so the committee is not doing all the work! 
 
 
Details for the current Entertainment Publication
 
Gordon sent through details below for this year’s publication.  For each Membership purchased the Club receives $14 which helps us raise money for this year.
 
 
 
 
Jim gave a brief update on the wild polio situation which now shows only two cases worldwide.  Funding helps us keep it at this level and we are also now half way though our Centurion fund raising.
 
March 31st is the end of the financial year so, if you are not already, sign up to become a Centurion for only $100 pa before this date to support this amazing cause and you will be eligible for a tax credit.
 
Contact Deryn to check where you deposit your $100.
 
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
Thank you to Simon Forsyth for speaking to the club about the trip that a number of the club and friends took to the Chatham Islands at the beginning of the year. It is always interesting to hear about a place many of us have never visited and are unlikely to do so.
 
This week we have District Governor Mark Yaxley visiting us. District Governors try to visit every club in the district at some point during their year. Juggling the visits with other DG responsibilities and a career can be difficult and we thank DG Mark for making time to come and visit us. 
 
On Saturday night there is an evening with the Kilmarnock Edition enjoying Celtic music. The evening is a fundraiser for the Christchurch Breast Milk Bank. Anybody wanting a ticket please contact Kathy Anderson.
 
This Sunday there is a cruise on the Kaiapoi River on the River Queen commencing at 4.00pm. The time of the cruise has been altered by the company operating the boat which has reduced the number able to do the trip but it looks as though it could be a lot of fun.
 
We had a very successful Mitre BBQ Hut fundraiser last Sunday. Thank you to Gary Denhard and his team of helpers. We are back on Saturday April 10th. 
 
Cheers
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
 
 
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Example to Youth

Every Rotarian an Example to Youth
 
A little bit of interesting history … (abridged).
 
The ABCs of Rotary by Cliff Dochterman
1992-93 President Rotary International
 
In much of the official literature of Rotary International relating to service to young people, a special slogan will be found: "Every Rotarian an Example to Youth." These words were adopted in 1949 by the Rotary International Board of Directors as an expression of commitment to children and youth in each community in which Rotary clubs exist.
 
Serving young people has long been an important part of the Rotary program. Youth service projects take many forms around the world. Rotarians sponsor athletic teams, handicapped children's centres, school safety patrols, summer camps, recreation areas, safe driving clinics, fairs, childcare centres and children's hospitals.
 
Many clubs provide vocational counselling, establish youth employment programmes, and promote use of the 4-Way Test. Increasingly, drug and alcohol abuse prevention projects are being supported by Rotarians. In every instance, Rotarians have an opportunity to be role models for the young men and women of their community.
 
One learns to serve by observing others. As our youth grow to become adult leaders, it is hoped each will achieve that same desire and spirit to serve future generations of children and youth.
 
It is a very thoughtful challenge: "Every Rotarian an Example to Youth."  The slogan accepted many years ago is just as vital today.
 
 
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Snippets

 
Coffee Time!
 
Come and join us at Reality Bites Cafe this Friday 19th March from 10.00 am for good coffee and conversation liberally sprinkled with laughter.
 
Tony Tizzard
 
 
Newer Members Meeting
 
A meeting for our newer members will be held on March 31st.  More details from Club Development to follow shortly.
 
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
This week we meet at the club to hear from the group that went to the Chatham Islands. I am looking forward to the presentation and understand there will be some visitors coming along. Tony Taylor is also bringing along a new Rotary Associate to introduce to us. 
 
The following week 25 March District Governor Mark Yaxley will be coming along for his official visit.
 
Each year the District Governor of the day visits the club in an official capacity.  Often they speak on the night and reflect on what they have observed so far during their year and what is happening in the world of Rotary. The District Governor also meets with the board either before or after the club meeting for a more in depth chat. 
 
The River Queen cruise on the Kaiapoi river is scheduled for Sunday 28 March 2.00pm. The fellowship committee are looking after this activity but we have booked 30 tickets and need to get our names down quickly or let the surplus tickets go. Please support this activity. 
 
We have decided to have the Rotary meeting of 1 April back at the club - guest speaker still to be arranged.
 
A contact at Belfast/Kaiapoi Rotary club has been in touch and has ordered a carton of books celebrating the 100 years history of Rotary in NZ "Mana Tangata". I have ordered a book for the club but any members wanting their own copy at the discounted price of $40 should touch base with me. 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 
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SPPEDS 2021

SPPEDS Event 2021
 
Grant
 
Because Saturday was the last day of restrictions on meetings, the President Elect Development Seminar was held virtually last weekend via ZOOM.  I was impressed with how well the medium performed with only minor glitches which were quickly overcome. 
 
It was great fun attending both Plenary and Break-out Sessions, with Liz doing a fantastic job of keeping us on time and focussed.  The Break-outs included varying groups of us being whisked away from the main group into smaller numbers which allowed us to interact more personally to discuss focussed topics. 
 
We were also able to “chat” with either others or the entire group in the background.
 
While I did miss the opportunity to mingle and meet people in 3D, the range of speakers and the content was varied and topical to where we are at as well as looking at where we might focus going forward.
 
I was especially impressed with the last presenter, Christopher Luxon, MP for Botany Downs.  Chris has vast experience in leadership including most recently at Air NZ and Unilever.
 
One particular slide that I valued was this one that relates to managing change by preserving the core values & purpose of Rotary while also ensuring we keep changing as our focus and practices to meet ongoing changes in the environments and communities we serve.
 
 
He concluded by suggesting we focus on building diverse teams and focus on 1-3 major changes with small goals rather that spreading our focus too thinly and to ensure we look after each other first and summarised this approach with the phrase:
 
“Invest in relationships 1st and then focus on vision and action.”
 
 
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Snippets
 

 
 
When: Sunday 28th March
Where: Kaiapoi
Cost: $35 per head
Departing at: 2.00 pm
 
The cruise is of 1 to 2 hour duration (depending on tides)
Bar and café facilities are available on board.
 
Invite partners and friends. Come and enjoy this highly recommended experience.
 
 A board will be circulating at our next meeting at the Papanui Club on the 18th and again on the 25th March.
 
Book a place now by contacting either President Janice, Tony Tizzard or Donna Cherry.
 
 
Mitre 10 Mega BBQ
 
Because our Papanui Mitre 10 Mega BBQ on Sunday 28 February was cancelled (because of Covid-19)  Mitre 10 have offered us Sunday 21 March as this is available.
 
I discussed this with President Janice and, as we missed out on club funds from the cancellation plus the catering fundraising from SPPEDS cancellation she has suggested we agree to do this date.
 
This means we need some volunteers to help out.
 
This is a good chance to help raise money from the public instead of our own membership. All profits (usually $600+) will go into our general club funds.
 
Based on feedback from the December BBQ we are now asking for 4 people for most shifts. Some shifts around midday get busy.
 
We have four rosters as follows:
 
8:15am to 9:00am:  Arie dropping things off, Gary, Cheryl, Janice and Arie setting up.
 
9:00am to 11:00am: Arie and Janice, Gary and Cheryl Denhard.
 
11:00am to 1:00pm: 4 helpers needed.
 
1:00pm to 3:00pm: 4 helpers needed.
 
3:00pm to 4:30pm: Gary. 2 helpers needed (this shift does clean up at 4:00pm).
 
We look forward to you supporting us again this time as the club benefits from the money we raise which goes to supporting our current and new activities.  
 
The next BBQ is in April.
 
 
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The President’s Blurb
 
Last week we had a week off normal rotary  as we would have been assisting  the organisers of the President Elect training seminars being held in Christchurch in some way.
 
Because of Covid restrictions that had to be held on an on-line platform rather than face to face which meant that our services were not needed. 
 
I enjoyed the break as no doubt many of you did. 
 
This week we have committee night so your director will be in touch regarding the arrangements. 
 
Gary Denhard has been in touch with Mitre 10 who have offered a slot on Sunday 21st March to replace the slot we lost in February when Covid restrictions were put in place.  Please contact Gary if you can assist with this fundraising effort. 
 
On Sunday 28th March  we hope to do a cruise on the River Queen departing from the Kaiapoi river bridge and wharf at 2.00pm. The Fellowship committee are working on the details of that - it sounds like a great outing.
 
Please remember those on leave due to health or family issues. Richard Hamilton and Angela Lumb's husband Phillip are both very unwell at present.  
 
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Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 
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International Night

International Night 2021
 
International Night Attendees
 
A great night was had by attending members and guests last week at the Netherlands Society Clubrooms.  Great food was provided by caterer Deborah Gill-Smith with the chocolate dessert being a particular favourite!
 
Stuart Batty and his Foundation & International team hosted the evening which began by Euan going over a bit of history about Rotary starting in 1905 and being 116 years and three days old.  It currently has approximately 1.2 million members in over 360 clubs across 220 countries with all members sharing the same common good of providing service to the community.
 
After toasting Rotary International Jim then raised a 2nd toast to the Usa River club in Tanzania which we are a sister club with.  This club relies on support from Rotary in various ways that support their needs and in particular helping locals find and keep job opportunities.
 
 
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Guest Speaker Nicole

 Guest Speaker Nicole Macaballug
 
Honorary Philippines Vice-Consul Nicole
 
Lois introduced our International Night guest speaker, Nicole, the Honorary Vice-Consul of the C0nsulate of the Philippines.
 
Born in Manila but raised in Invercargill by her two parents who were doctors, Nicole was initially interested in the sciences but after attending a forum organised by the Sunrise Rotary Club she decided instead to study towards a B.Com which she followed up by completing her Masters in Sydney.
 
She was then inspired by a friend to study law and enrolled to follow this path at Otago University.  She later met with the Philippines Ambassador and two years later they both took on a role to support people from the Philippines who were living in New Zealand.
 
She then met Lois and at that time was promoted to her honorary role.  “If it wasn’t for Rotary I wouldn’t be in this role” she smiled.
 
Nicole explained that people from the Philippines value looking after family in a respectful manner via sharing wealth and showing respect for the elderly and are especially active working in the dairy, engineering and carer fields.  As the country continues to experience challenges in getting itself well organised, many tend to move to live and work overseas including coming to New Zealand which creates a brain drain on their home country.
 
When in NZ they need to meet various requirements to help ensure their time here respected and of value and this is what Nicolle helps them with in her role.
 
Jenny thanked Nicole for her talk and the Foundation & International team for an informative and interesting evening.
 
 
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City Mission Letter

A Letter of Thanks from City Mission
 
 
Good Morning Cheryl
 
In terms of the Can Collection donation you guys managed to put together it was absolutely incredible. In the week leading up to Christmas day we handed out over 1400 Christmas food parcels, which was an all-time record for us here at the City Mission.
 
To put that in perspective that’s over 4x the amount we would hand out in a normal week throughout the year.   As you can imagine, serving that number of our people requires a huge amount of preparation, planning, volunteers and of course food.
 
Without people like yourselves getting together and supporting us we simply could not serve our people, so rest assured the work you and the team put in directly affected some of our communities’ most vulnerable families, and allowed us to provide them the opportunity to have the kind of Christmas that all kiwis deserve.
 
So from all of us here at the City Mission, thank you so much for your hard work and support. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of people like yourselves. We are humbled and ever so grateful for your continued support.
 
Ben Ryan
Foodbank Stores Coordinator
 
 
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Snippets

 
Papanui Bush Visitors
 
I have our new Council Ranger and members of Conservation NZ down at the bush on this Friday morning from 9.30 am on if any members would like to make a Rotary presence, meet  them and perhaps throw in a little help, and hear (or throw in) a few forward thinking ideas. Morning tea as usual.

Naga Mihi Denis.
 
 
 
At our last meeting it was stated that the bank details for Centurion Fund would be in the next Chat. So, here are the details:
 
If you wish to support this fund, with money going to PolioPlus please deposit $100, with 'Centurion' as reference, to  our Trust account 03 1355 0661945 00.
 
This is tax-deductible, so a receipt can be issued.
 
Deryn
 
 
A Message from Deb
 
Due to the latest Covid19  restrictions the President Elect training  for next weekend at St Margaret’s College is longer a face to face so the club isn't needed to do the catering. 
 
A big thanks to all members who had offered their baking and time to help out.
 
The training will now be down virtually. 
 
 
 
Gary contacted  Mitre 10 Mega Sunday morning and found out that all Children's Playgrounds and Community BBQs are cancelled when In Level 2.
 
Thanks to all who volunteered to help.  The next BBQ is on April 10.
 
As we hadn't purchased all the loaves of bread yet the only thing we will lose is the 10kg of onions Cheryl and Gary chopped. They are freshly chopped and we have them in bags of 1-2 kg each.
 
If anyone wants any chopped onions let Gary know as soon as possible and he will drop them around - otherwise they go to the tip.  Got any good french onion soup recipes?
 
 
 
For the benefit of Club Chat, the winners of the International Committee Voucher Raffle were:
 
1st Prize: Return flight Trip to Chatham Islands   
Ticket No.166  won by Slade Hocking
 
2nd Prize: Helicopter Flight Instructed by Richie McCaw. 
Ticket No 130 Won by Arie Geerlofs
 
Cheers: Verdi
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
The international dinner at the Netherlands Society clubrooms was very enjoyable. A different venue, a wonderful meal from former caterer Deborah and an interesting speaker in Honorary Philippines Consul Nicole Macaballug. Thank you to the members and partners that attended. 
 
The winners of the remaining prizes from the international quiz night were drawn with a friend of Verdi's winning the Chatham’s Island trip and Arie winning the helicopter flight with Ritchie McCaw. 
 
Turning to this week who would have guessed that we are back under Covid restrictions. The Mitre 10 BBQ hut couldn't go ahead - most of the food purchased can be frozen and kept for the April 10 event. 
 
SPPEDS training for incoming Rotary club presidents  is on this coming weekend but because of restrictions on numbers and restrictions on the travel of those from Auckland it is being held on line rather than face to face. Nick and Liz are heavily involved in the weekend, Nick as incoming DG, Liz as part of organising committee and MC for the event. We wish them both well. President elect Grant will also be attending on line. 
 
The Covid situation has also affected the emerging student leaders group from Canterbury University who we were going to host at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp 13-14 March. The date has shifted several times as we had to adjust to available space at the camp and our capacity to deal with the group. The students in the meantime have gone to an online learning platform. 
 
We have abandoned plans to do anything in March or April and the students are looking at the possibility of doing something local in May with our assistance possibly at Papanui Bush. 
The changes to this project can be frustrating but have been caused largely by matters out of our or the students control. Let's be patient as we seek to keep this activity on our programme for the year. 
 
Richard Hamilton has been very unwell and has been in hospital. He is now at home and would love to receive calls. 
Remember there is no Rotary meeting this Thursday 4 March.
 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 “A fool tells you what they will do, a boaster what they have done, and a wise person does things and says nothing.”
 
 
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Sam's Talk

Sam Clark's Visit
 
 
Last Thursday Sam Clark, grandson of Rotary member Tony Tizzard and Cynthia came and spoke to us about his participation in the RYLA course held at University College in January.
 
Sam is no stranger to Rotary having two grandfathers who are Rotarians at the Belfast/Kaiapoi and the Papanui clubs and having been to many of our activities with his parents Lisa and Stuart. It was great that his parents and both sets of grandparents were present last Thursday.  Sam's older brother Josh was also a RYLA student some years ago. 
 
Sam gave us a day to day account of RYLA. He enjoyed the entire week but his favourite speaker was Richard Smith who was diverse, very informative and assisted the students in a range of activities and skits.
 
The first morning of RYLA the students were asked to get up at 6.00am to participate in a daily exercise routine. Sam wasn't looking forward to this but after the first  morning he was hooked as were many of the other RYLArians. 
 
On one of the activities Sam needed six volunteers to come and together hold a fishing rod with one finger whilst they lowered themselves down and did a squat. Try as they might they were not able to get into the squat position and hang onto the fishing rod.  This exercise proved you don't always need an entire team to be successful in an exercise. 
 
 
On day four the group went to the high ropes course. There they learnt you did some activities as individuals but at times you need to assist others who might feel challenged in some way get across the line. Sam had done the high ropes course several times before so with some encouragement from the others he did part of the course blindfolded including grabbing the trapese swing. 
 
Sam is doing an engineering degree at Canterbury University and is open to the opportunities open to him when he completes his degree.  Sam thanked Papanui Rotary for the sponsorship stating that he had made friendships that he believed would last a lifetime. Already the group had met several times for a meal and a drink together.
 
Sam was great ambassador for Rotary and we wish him well for the future. 
 
 
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Kevin's Story

Kevin - Another ROMAC Success Story
 
Submitted by Liz
 
Kevin, born in 2004, was a normal healthy active child growing up in a rural area in the New Britain Province on the island if Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. The youngest of seven children to Paul and Veronica, the family owned land on which they grew crops for the markets among other enterprises. Their community, Toma, is one hour inland from Kokopo, the island's main town and commercial centre.
 
Life was simple for Kevin. There was no electricity or running water and from an early age he was required to chop the firewood each day to fuel the oven. Other chores involved pollinating crops and tending nursery plants and making and selling ice blocks.
 
He was very enterprising and diligent at school, attended the local Catholic Church every week with the family, and even played the music for services by the time he was 12. But this idyllic life was about to change.
 
At about age 11 in 2015 Kevin started experiencing dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, nose bleeds and hearing loss. His nose was so blocked he couldn't breathe through it. Even eating was difficult. Eventually he was diagnosed with a juvenile angiofibroma - a relatively rare condition which only occurs in teenage boys, where a growth develops between the eyes and spreads within the skull.
 
Eventually, in January 2018, Kevin and Veronica flew to Port Moresby seeking treatment. Without beds available at the Hospital the pair slept on an open veranda on the deck for six months. The growth had become too advanced to be treated locally and the family was referred to ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children).
 
Finding a surgical team willing to take on Kevin's advanced case was not easy, but two Auckland Surgeons Dr Peter Hepner and Dr Richard Douglas said "we do difficult, bring it on", so ROMAC NZ did just that.
 
NOTE: the full PDF of this wonderful story, including the challenges and successes achieved, will be emailed out shortly.
 
Club Chat Publisher
 
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SPPEDS

SPPEDS Food Requirements
 
Deb Gimlett
 
Food Requirements for Morning/Afternoon Teas on the 6th & 7th of March 2021 at St Margaret’s College are as follows:
 
  • 9.35am-10am - Saturday Morning Tea (arrive 8.30 am)
  • 3.50pm-4.15pm – Saturday Afternoon Tea (arrive 2.50 pm)
  • 10.50am-11.15 – Sunday Morning Tea (arrive 9.45 am)
 
The Papanui Club is catering Saturday and Sunday morning teas. Another Community group is catering Saturday afternoon tea.  We will be catering for around 200 Rotarians.
 
Closer to the day we will know everyone’s dietary requirements. Deb will let Club members know final numbers and what the dietary needs are.
 
The Club will need to supply tea, coffee, herbal teas, sugar, artificial sweetener and milk.  Enough for two day’s supply.
 
Food suitable for morning and afternoon teas: scone, muffin, fruit loaf, slice or biscuits. There are no facilities to heat savouries. There is a fridge in the kitchenette. 150 cups and saucers. SPPEDS committee will supply 150 disposable hot drink cups if needed.  If anyone has access to extra mugs please contact Deb. 
 
Members will be preparing in the kitchenette and setting up in the Atrium of the Auditorium at St Margaret’s College.  We have access to 3 urns (Thanks Heather) for hot water. If anyone has more urns can they please let Deb know.
 
Arie and Janice will provide rubbish bags for rubbish.
Allow time to clean and clear away and leave tables ready for lunch.
 
Thanks to those at Reality Café Friday, who volunteered to bake (Heather, Deryn, Adrianne) and Mandi and John to be Marshalls.
 
We still need more offers of baking, assistance to set up for morning teas and Marshalls to assist in the smooth running through-out Saturday and to help clean and pack up Sunday 2-4.30pm. 
 
On Saturday we need two Marshall Teams of four members. Start times for Saturday: 7.30 am-12 noon and 12 noon to 4.30pm and Sunday: 2-4.30pm to clean up and pack away.
 
Any questions please contact Deb 021 105 6139  0r email he on deb.gimblett@gmail.com .
 
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Next Mitre 10 BBQ Update from Gary
 
The current status of our BBQ Rosters for this Sunday 28 February is that we still need four helpers.  We have four rosters as follows:
 
  • 8:15am to 9:00am:  Arie dropping things off, Gary, Janice and Arie setting up.
  • 9:00am to 11:00am: Arie and Janice, Gary and Mark Bond (full).
  • 11:00am to 1:00pm: Deb Gimblett, Tony Tizzard and Lois Flanagan.  One more helpers needed.
  • 1:00pm to 3:00pm: Simon Forsythe, Donna Cherry, Euan Hilson  1 more helper needed.
  • 3:00pm to 4:30pm: Gary. 2 helpers needed.  This shift does clean up at 4:00pm).  Euan is rostered for 1-3pm but is happy to do 11-1pm if it helps anyone.
 
John Stringer is working at Mitre 10 on Sunday and happy to help if something is needed.
 
Also, thank you to those who responded and said they would normally help but they are tied up on that day. That allows me know that you have read the request for help.
 
 
Papanui Bush Development
 
The Canterbury Brain Collective has announced that Armitage Williams have been appointed as head contractor for the BrainTree build by Papanui Bush and have become anchor donors. The team have been very supportive since the get go, and have a real affinity with the cause.
 
They are working with the civil contractors right now and plan to start earthworks on site in early March. It's pretty exciting for them to be finally breaking ground after almost four years of planning and fundraising. 
 
 
Saturday Lotto Draw
 
We have now begun Round 4 of Saturday Lotto. There are still a few numbers not taken, however, if has been decided to run this round as we do Wednesday Lotto, where winnings from numbers not taken go to Usa River Club.
 
Any winnings from numbers in Saturday Lotto that are not taken will go directly to our own club.
 
If you didn't get an email with the results of last night's draw and you want to be in this round please contact Deryn so she can arrange a number for you.
 
 
 
Dear Lois
 
The safety of all New Zealanders is our priority and due to the recent community cases of Covid-19, we have decided to cancel our Big Heart Appeal Street Collection.
 
We are so grateful to you for volunteering to be an Area Co-ordinator and to the thousands of volunteers who were prepared to give their time for us.
 
Please pass on our thanks to the wonderful volunteers you have been working with over the last months. We are truly grateful to you all for your support.
But you can still help, as now more than ever, we are relying on big-hearted people like you so we can continue to fund our life-saving work.
 
The Big Heart Appeal is our largest public fundraising campaign of the year and we are incredibly disappointed that we can’t proceed. Funds raised from the Big Heart Appeal Street Collection go towards life-saving heart research and supporting our loved ones who are living with heart disease.  
 
We still need you to help us, please take the time now to join our first ever Virtual Street Collection. Join and help us spread the word throughout the country, by sharing this with your friends and family to ensure that we can continue to raise much needed life-saving funds.
 
It’s quick and easy to get started. Simply create your fundraising page and then spread the word.
 
Create your online Virtual Street Collection page – in a few simple clicks you will have set up your page. It’s easy – just follow the steps.

Add personal touches – Share your story, tell your friends why you choose to support the Heart Foundation and why the cause is important to you!

Spread the word and tell the world – Share your story with your friends, family and colleagues. Tell them why you’ve chosen to help and why the cause is so important to you! Let them know they too can help make a difference by donating online to your fundraising page.
 
Alternatively, please donate online at heartfoundation.org.nz/donate or by calling 0800 830 100.  Every donation no matter how big or small, helps. Please support us by donating today.
 
Once again, thank you for your support, it means so much.
Stay safe, Kia kaha.
 
The Big Heart Appeal Team
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
Last Thursday we had Megan Waddington and Sam Clark speak to us. Megan came to say thank-you on behalf of Presbyterian Support Services for the gifts from the Tree of Giving we have in Northlands Mall at Christmas time each year and she presented us with a Certificate of Appreciation. Sam spoke of the great time he had at the RYLA course that the club sponsored him to attend at the beginning of the year. 
 
I spent a lot of time last Thursday before our meeting began trying to organise stand-ins to cover absent members rostered on to do duties. All our members have others things going on in their lives that mean they will be absent from club meetings from time to time. Most of the time, but not always, they remember to put in apologies but I am finding that more frequently members have not organised standins to do their duties for them.
 
Please remember to do this and when you have organised a stand-in send me as President a quick message so I am not racing around organising somebody else. It makes my job easier and I also get to enjoy the meetings and am able to relax and meet & greet people. 
 
We are looking forward to the International dinner at the Netherlands Society clubrooms this Thursday. The clubrooms are at 637 Marshland Road and it will be 6.00pm with dinner being served at 6.30pm.  There is no bar available at the Netherlands Society but you are welcome to bring your own. Carafes of water and wine glasses will be supplied. 
 
Gary Denhard is busy finalising his rosters for the Mitre 10 BBQ Hut for Sunday 28 Feb. Have a look at your diaries and see if you can help him by doing a shift. 
 
See you on Thursday.
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 “Life offers so many choices … all you have to do is see them.”
 
 
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Burwood SU BBQ

BBQ at Burwood Spinal Unit
 
Deryn
 
Last Thursday evening 26 of our members and spouses enjoyed a lovely barbeque meal, on a beautiful warm evening, as guests of the staff and patients of the Burwood Spinal Unit.
 
We were welcomed by Liz Oliver, Service Manager of the Unit, along with Wayne Ramsay, Accommodation Officer, his wife, Polly, Hans Wouters, CEO of NZ Spinal Trust and some patients.
 
Some of the proceeds from our Trailer Raffle in 2018 were donated towards the barbeque area that was planned to be developed in the grounds of Burwood Hospital. It was finally fully completed this year at a total cost of around $25,000, of which we gave $7,100.
 
HRS Contractors donated the concrete and labour for the concrete pad and the balance came from a large bequeath by Cyril Smith. A plaque proudly sits beside the area acknowledging Papanui Rotary Club’s involvement.
 
 
 
Liz told us how much the patients and their families enjoy the area as it is good therapy for them to socialise away from the hospital wards; somewhere they can see as a ‘normal space’.
 
 
Liz presented President Janice with a certificate acknowledging Papanui Rotary involvement and offered heartfelt thanks from all the staff and patients and invited us to visit anytime.
 
 
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S&K Workshops

Skills & Knowledge Workshops
 
“Get those arms up”
 
This event was hosted by the Papanui Rotary Community Committee as a respond to ideas for fund raising.  Around eleven club members participated one way or another plus we had 4-5 attendees from other clubs.
 
It was quite different from the  traditional raffles/collecting donations for other agencies as members were sharing their skills and knowledge with other members, engaging and interacting across a wide range of topics including Wills & Power of Attorney, Skills for Young Parenting/Babies, Grief Counselling & Depression, Exercises for Mature People, Facebook for Beginners  and Great Presentations.
 

Another 
activity from the exercise workshop
 
We raised $318.30 being $33 from the café with the balance coming from the workshop donations.  This was delivered to Treasurer Deryn on Saturday straight after the event.
 
The organising committee also contributed hours of their time in preparation as well as managing the food/café catering costs. A special thanks to Denis for helping with setting up and to Papanui High School for allowing us to use their facility.
 
The committee received excellent feedback from attendees including the following:
 
Hi Lois
 
I really want to thank you for your presentation yesterday. It has filled in many knowledge gaps for me and spurred me to action. I’m also thrilled to be able to use the example of the Knowledge and Skills workshop approach to Vocational Service with my District Amalgamation Focus Group.
 
Many thanks:
 
Valda
Riccarton Rotary Club
 
Both Liz and Simon turned up to take photos at different times so we can expect some excellent marketing material from these members.
 
Kate Smart
Community Committee, Papanui Rotary
 
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Snippets

 
 
In November last year Gary asked for volunteers to join a special section of the club to assemble some wooden footstools as a fundraiser.  The club’s Wooden Footstool Assembly Section (WOOFTAS) so far is Gary Denhard, Rob Thomson, Max Wright, Keith Mitchell & Evan Thomson (non-building overseeing consultant).
 
On Thursday Evan Thomson and Gary inspected the first prototype foot stool made for us by the Kaiapoi Menz Shed.  It is a beautiful piece of solid rimu furniture as shown above.
 
The dark stool at the back of the first photo is the original rimu footstool built by Gary 62 years ago.
 
 
International Dinner – Partners Night
 
A 2nd reminder that this is being held on the 25th of February at the Netherland Society Clubrooms, 637 Marshlands Road.
 
The meal, catered by Deborah Gill-Smith, starts at 6.30 pm at a cost of $30 pp for a two course dinner.  Drinks BYO.
 
The speaker is Nicole Macaballug, the Honorary Vice-Consul of the Consulate of the Philippines in Christchurch / South Island.
 
Numbers to be confirmed by Thursday 18th February
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
It has been a great week during which the club has been active on a number of activities. 
 
The BBQ at the Burwood Spinal Unit was a lovely night. Not a breath of wind, great food and great company. We had some of the staff of Burwood Spinal Unit led by Liz Oliver and Wayne present plus had some patients and Hans Wouters representing the NZ Spinal Trust.
 
Liz and Hans both had some nice words to say about Papanui Rotary's contribution to the BBQ shelter and presented the club with a certificate. A plaque acknowledging our contribution as also been placed on site. 
 
The community workshops while lightly attended seemed to go very well. I have seen a number of emails praising the speakers for the quality of the presentations. Thank you to Lois and her team. 
 
This week we have Sam Clark our RYLA student coming to speak to us. Sam and other RYLA students want to stay connected to Rotary so the club development team will be looking at how we can make that work. 
 
The SPPEDS conference is approaching fast 5-7 March providing delegates will be allowed to travel. I will put a board around this Thursday looking for volunteers for the marshal duties and assistance with catering. 
 
The following weekend is the weekend with the Canterbury University emerging student leaders at Hanmer Springs Forest Camp. The date has shifted forward a week because of a double booking at the camp. We will need 10-12 Rotarians/partners for the Saturday/Sunday to assist with supervision and catering. If you are interested see Arie or Janice or Nick. 
 
My thanks to all those volunteering to help with the various projects. 
 
See you on Thursday.
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
“Submitted by Janice”
 
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BBQ at Burwood Spinal Unit

BBQ at Burwood Spinal Unit
 
 
This Thursday 11 Feb we are being hosted by Liz Oliver and the staff at Burwood Spinal Unit BBQ shelter. Hans Wouter CEO of the NZ Spinal Trust who came and spoke to our club 18 months ago will also be present. The evening is being put on as an appreciation for our partial funding of the BBQ shelter from a trailer raffle several years ago.
 
Come through Gate 5 on Mairehau Rd and park in the public carpark. We will have the Rotary teardrop banner up to direct you to where you need to go.
 
Dinner is being served at 6.00pm
 
Bring an outdoor chair and $15 for your  meal. Burwood are funding part of the meal - we are covering the balance. After a bite to eat we will take our chairs into the dining hall for a short period of club business. If the wind is too cold we may also eat in the dining hall. 
 
Burwood Spinal Unit is on CDHB land  so there is zero tolerance of smoking and alcohol. Burwood Spinal Unit will have water and orange juice available. If you want something different bring it along but please no alcohol. Glasses, plates etc will be provided. 
 
 
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Actor Extraordinaire!

Actor Extraordinaire!
 
Mark with President Janice & Tony
 
We were delighted to hear from Mark Adlow, an Aussie born “Kiwi”, who introduced his life’s work as “large and interesting”.
 
Mark’s 1st experience of talking to an audience was as an alter boy in his Dad’s church.  After that his travels began with moving to India which led him becoming interested in the acting world.
 
One of his early favourites were  Wayne & Shuster, a Canadian comedy duo  who hosted a regular comedy show on CBC. He avidly watched them for two years.  After returning to Australia, he then moved to NZ in 1969 following the Wahine disaster which he spied when flying in.  He then attended St Martins school where he did his 1st performance at age 10 to 150 parishioners. 
 
At this stage his parents decided to send him off to board at Christ’s College where he came under the tutelage of Head of Music which had a strong influence on his development at that time.  While scrapping through School Cert he also manged to learn a lot about acting. And, as fate would have it, ended up deciding to join the Navy!
 
 
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Snippets

 
Photos from our Foodbank packing on 28 January!
 
 
International Dinner – Partners Night
 
This is being held on the 25th of February at the Netherland Society Clubrooms, 637 Marshlands Road.
 
The meal, catered by Deborah Gill-Smith, starts at 6.30 pm at a cost of $30 pp  for a two course dinner.  Drinks BYO.
 
The speaker is Nicole Macaballug, the Honorary Vice-Consul of the Consulate of the Philippines in Christchurch / South Island.
 
Numbers to be confirmed by Thursday 18th February
 
 
 
Click here to see a 7 page slide show about the event.
 
 
Our Peer Support Shirts are “Go”.
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
What a great evening with Mark Hadlow who did not disappoint with his hilarious stories.
 
Thank you to the partners and spouses who came along, thank-you to the three members of New Horizons Rotary who attended and also to Assistant Governor Craig Murphy and his wife Shirley for coming. With the added numbers there was a lovely buzz in the room.
 
Evan Thomson hosted the Celebrity Golf Tournament on Sunday at Kaiapoi Golf course and had 20 Rotarians and friends turn up. Well done Evan. Sadly Arie and myself weren't able to attend as we had a litter of pups born in the weekend.
 
As I write this piece Rotarians are helping Deb Gimblett cook the meal at Ronald McDonald House. Tomorrow Rotarians will be helping Denis McMurtrie at Papanui Bush.
 
This Thursday we will be hosted by the Burwood Hospital Spinal Unit at the BBQ shelter that we partially funded from our trailer raffle several years ago. 
 
Liz and Nick are still busy with Governor-elect training on line meeting they are having to get up at 3.00am to attend sessions. 
 
This weekend Arie and Nick have a 2 day Board meeting of the Hanmer Springs Forest camp. This is the beginning of the year strategic planning meeting and it is an overnighter.
 
Several of our members have been affected by health and family issues recently and have had to be absent from Rotary. We don't need to know the detail but can still be thinking of them and supporting them. If you haven't seen somebody for a few weeks it is OK to ring them or email them and tell them that you missed them. 
 
Have good week and see you on Thursday at Burwood.
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
”I am still waiting patiently for the wisdom that comes with age.”