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
 
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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.
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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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.
 
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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.”
 
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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.”
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
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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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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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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.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-02-09 11:00:00Z 0

Pedal for Pacific

Get on your bike and help children
 
Get on your bike and help young children.
 
Pedal for the Pacific is a sponsored charity bike ride on the Little River Rail Trail.
 
The ride is on Saturday 20th February starting at Prebbleton School and ending at the Little River Domain.
 
You can help by letting all your friends and family know about this awesome event.
 
We celebrate 100 years of Rotary doing good in Australasia
 
We also help UNICEF and Rotary Give Every Child A Future achieve their goal of vaccinating 100,000 children in the Pacific.
 
Further information is available on the Pedal for the Pacific website (pedalforthepacific.gofundraise.co.nz).
 
Click on the image above or here to see a 7 page slide show about the event.
 
Pedal for Pacific Liz Courtney 2021-02-07 11:00:00Z 0

Power of Passion

The Power of Passion
 
 
We were privileged to hear from our guest speaker Trevor Lord, accompanied by his wife Jill, about the journey they experienced in resurrecting the Sydney Street Power Station in Wellington.
 
What a transformation.
 
In addition to operating 3 companies that specialise in managing electrical and power operations, Trevor also works in business and training while also enjoying his passions with flying and more recently pipe organ restoration.
 
In addition to many other projects, Trevor has also spent 35 years restoring their family home. 
 
His talk focused in particular on the challenges of restoring what originally opened as the Mangaho Power Station in 1924 which was designed to fit into a suburban community and included a roof garden. 
 
 
Power of Passion Grant Paice 2021-02-01 11:00:00Z 0

International Assembly Update

International Assembly Update
 
Liz & Nick
 
Due to COVID Nick's DG Training, which should have been held in Florida this year, is being done virtually over a period of 12 days beginning February the 1st. It involves sessions at 3am and throughout the day over this period.
 
Liz is an International Training Leader this year and has already undertaken 11 days of practice sessions and will also be on the same timetable as Nick for another 12 days.
 
So if you are wondering why they are absent we are sure you will understand that at some times over the next two weeks they might require some well-earned sleep.
 
 
International Assembly Update Liz Courtney 2021-02-01 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Big Heart Foundation
 
Lois asked that members be reminded that we have volunteered to assist with the Big Heart Heart Foundation  Collection on Friday 19 February from 2-5 pm at Northwood New World store.
 
We need 6 people to do a one hour slot with 2 people in each slot.  Can people please email Lois to let me know if you can help.
 
Papanui Bush Needs your Help
 
Denis asked that as many of us as possible turn out on the morning of Tuesday the 9th of February at Papanui Bush as the weeds have come back with a vengance this summer and the natives really need our help. 
 
As usual a cuppa with get things underway.    
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
What an inspiration last week's guest speaker Trevor Lord was to us all. He is a man that genuinely follows his passion. This week we have actor comedian Mark Hadlow as a guest speaker. 
 
I was challenged by a member last week as to why I had not declared in Club Chat that next week was a partner's night. In fact I had not yet received Club Chat but had it on the agenda to suggest that last Thursday night.
 
I will however reinforce what I did say on the night and that is that members are welcome to bring partners and spouses to Rotary any time. Just let Deryn know so we get the catering numbers right. 
 
There are lots of activities on in the month of February and that can be a bit overwhelming but not all of them require the attention or the presence of all our members. Read through Club Chat and mark in your diaries those you want to be at. 
 
Deb Gimblett is organising the next cook up at Ronald McDonald House on Monday 8 February and she needs two more helpers. Helpers are required from 4:30 onwards. Her contact details which are not in the yellow book are as follows: 340 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Cell 021 105 6139 or Email deb.gimblett@gmail.com
 
Lois Flanagan is looking for 6 people to fill 3 time slots of an hour each (2 people per slot) 2.00-5.00pm Friday 19 Feb at New World Northwood collecting for the Heart Foundation. If you can help please contact Lois on (021) 735 404.
 
Have a good week. 
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
”Judging a person doesn’t describe who they are … it describes who you are. 
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-02-01 11:00:00Z 0

Ryla Story

Forwarded by Gary & Liz
 
Below is an email from our RYLA attendee (Sam Clark).  Another brilliant accolade for this event and a good reason why we should keep sending attendees each year.
 
Sam has offered to come and talk to the club about the event so can the appropriate board member who organises guest speaker slots please arrange this.
 
Gary has responded positively to Sam on the club's behalf.
 
Good Morning Gary
 
I would like to thank you and The Rotary Club of Papanui for sponsoring my attendance at RYLA 2021. RYLA was genuinely the greatest experience of my life.
 
From hearing motivational speakers to climbing the high ropes course at The Groynes, there was not a dull moment over the entire 5 day program. I met numerous incredible young leaders who, over the course of RYLA, grew to feel like one big 44 member family. The only downside of the course was that it had to come to an end. 
 
I would love to come in and talk to The Rotary Club of Papanui about my experience, if you have any space available in your schedule.
 
Once again, I cannot say thank you enough.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Sam Clark
 
 
Ryla Story Gary Denhard 2021-01-25 11:00:00Z 0

International Quiz Spinoff

International Committee Quiz
 
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.
 
Therefore, 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 !!
 
Verdi has attached the following documents to an email that will be forwarded to recipient s of the Club Chat shortly:
 
1.  Air Chatham’s Voucher
2.  Helicopter Flight voucher
3.  Sample of the ticket.
 
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.
 
 
International Quiz Spinoff Verdi Van Beek 2021-01-25 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Our speaker this week is Trevor Lord. He’s the ‘Lord’ in this article. He will talk about saving our heritage buildings. Check it out here.
 
Tony & Rob
 
 
 
 
The Big Heart Collection which we are supporting is being held at Northlands New World on Feb 19th.  We need 6 people, two per hour, to cover this from 2-5pm.  Please let Lois know if you can help with this.
 
 
 
We had a great start at our 1st meeting for the year plus were joined by a previous member who joined us on the night …
 
… Simon Dynes!
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
It was nice to have meeting back at the Papanui Club again last Thursday. Thank you to all those members that contributed holiday stories. It was also great to see former member Symon Dynes who is back in Christchurch after working up in Kaikoura for the last two years. 
 
As I indicated last Thursday there is a bit on the programme over the next two months. I ask you all to keep a close on eye on Club Chat to see what you can be involved in and where you can help out. 

Cheers
Janice
 
 
 
Our speaker for 4 February is Mark Hadlow which will be entertaining.  Mark Selwyn Hadlow ONZM (born 1957) is an Australian-New Zealand actor and comedian. Hadlow is perhaps best known internationally for playing the roles of Harry in King Kong and Dori, a Dwarf, in The Hobbit series.
 
Rob
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“"Great decisions are found at the intersection of just enough speed, just enough information and just the right context.".” 
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-01-25 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Voices

Rotary Voices: Stories of Service Around the World

Posted by Liz

By Liz Thiam, Rotary brand specialist

As a Rotary brand specialist, I see Rotary signs everywhere. I guess you could say it’s an occupational hazard. Even my children spot Rotary signs wherever we go. So when I attended a local Rotary event in my hometown last year, I couldn’t help but notice how Rotary’s logo was being used.
 
At first, I was thrilled to see the club’s logo featured on a banner welcoming attendees. But then, I spotted another banner featuring the Rotary wheel as a pancake. Inside the tent, the club hung up a huge banner displaying the old, retired Rotary wheel. Club members who greeted us were all wearing polo shirts with the old wheel on them, but they were handing out brochures that included their newer club logo. Here were five different opportunities to promote the club, and each used different Rotary logos. It was bewildering.
 
So what?
When a club logo isn’t used properly, it can create confusion and mistrust. In 2012, Coca-Cola temporarily replaced the iconic red can with white cans that featured polar bears on it for the holidays. But they had to pull them from shelves when retailers and customers reported being confused. The cans looked too much like Diet Coke cans, and that’s not what consumers wanted.
 
This is one example of what happens when a logo is altered. By just changing the can color, the public was frustrated. They didn’t trust the product anymore. And that impacts the brand.
 
Now imagine that each Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact club had its own logo. How would the public know which Rotary club to trust, to join, or to donate money to?
 
When a club alters the Rotary logo – like turning the Rotary wheel into a pancake, changing the fonts, or adding additional colors – it weakens our global brand. That can impact our ability to attract future members, earn the trust of donors, encourage volunteers to help on our service projects, and even secure partnership opportunities. Old branding tells the public that this club is outdated. Inconsistent branding sends mixed messages of who we are.
 
Papanui Voices Liz Courtney 2021-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

Papanui Club Fund Raiser

Papanui Rotary Club Fundraiser
 
Knowledge & Skills workshops for everyone
All Funds go back into the local community.
 
 
Venue              J Block , Papanui High School
Date/time       Saturday 10am – 5pm    13 February 2021
Bookings                  Please book through Secretary -papanuirotary@gmail.com
Donation        $10 per workshop ( eftpos available on site)
 
10am Lois Flanagan
Basics - Wills and Power of Attorney
1pm Keith Mitchell  & Sonya
Exercises for mature persons :)
11am Kathy Anderson
Young Babies care – session for new or soon-to-be parents and new grandparents
2pm Connie Smart
Facebook for Beginners
12 noon Doug Archbold
Handling Stress and depression and Where to Find Help
3pm Grant Paice
Make your Presentations great!
 
We need members to come along to at least one workshop! It would be great if they bring a friend of a family member as well.  Car parking in school grounds off Langdons Road.  Tea, Coffee and snacks available   
 
            
 
 
Papanui Club Fund Raiser Lois Flanagan 2021-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

Pedal for the Pacific

Pedal for the Pacific
 
 
We are excited to have the support of our district leadership team behind Rotary Pedal for the Pacific so we can go all out to not only celebrate 100 years of Rotary doing good in Australasia but also help UNICEF and Rotary Give Every Child A Future achieve their goal of vaccinating 100,000 children in the Pacific.
 
Pedal for the Pacific is a sponsored charity bike ride on the Little River Rail Trail. The ride is on Saturday 20th February starting at Prebbleton School and ending at the Little River Domain.
 
How can you help? By adding this event to your bulletin as well as letting all your friends and family know about this awesome event. Further information is available on the Pedal for the Pacific website (pedalforthepacific.gofundraise.co.nz), the events page on the District Facebook page (@RotaryDistrict9970) and Instagram. I have also attached our flier.
 
 Registration closes on 7 February. Even if you don't ride, we would still love your support. Through our website you can either donate directly to Pedal for the Pacific, or you can sponsor a specific individual/team. All funds raised through our website will be going directly to the Give Every Child a Future project.
 
 One of the committee members will be in contact over the next few days. 
 
 
Pedal for the Pacific Liz Courtney 2021-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
The President’s Blurb
 
Happy New Year  to you all for 2021. Hopefully  you are all refreshed after your Christmas/New Year break and ready to help the community of Papanui etc.
We have already had a number of our community contacting us due to needing school uniforms, school stationary etc.

Fundraisers
It is going to be a busy year ahead and a year of trying to find fundraisers to help those in need.

2021 The 100th Year of Rotary NZ
This year is 100th year of Rotary in New Zealand and I am in the process of purchasing one Centennial of Rotary, book for our club.

National Fundraiser
The fundraiser for this year is Give Every Child A Future and no doubt you have all read about this in your District Friday Mail-Our that you all receive from our District Administrator, Ken Booth.

On Your Bike!
For those of you who are keen bicycle riders  you may wish to ride for Rotary Pedal for the Pacific.
A flyer is attached to Papanui Rotary Club Chat.
One our club members will speak more about this.

SPPEDS
South Pacific President Elect Development Seminar, (SPPEDS)  at St Margaret’s College, which PE, Grant Paice will be attended

*Our club will be needed for setting up, packing up, marshalling duties and catering.*

Normally this is held in Waipuna Hotel in Auckland but the hotel has become a quarantine facility.
There is expected to be over 200 President Elects District Governor Elects and Assistant Governors.

Chatham Islands
Keith Mitchell, Lois and some of those who went to the Chathams are planning  to speak to us once they have sorted some of the many photos that were taken while away there and Keith plans to invite the friends that also were there with to also attend our Rotary meeting.

Papanui Bush
An URGENT request from Denis Mc Murtrie: many hands needed to do weeding. The weeds have just grown so much with the rain and the sun and are needing to be pulled out.

 
Do not wait for the monthly call up from Denis. Take a family member or a friend to help so that trees and plants grow for our future generations.
Just also remember you can  also go in the evening as it’s lighter longer.

Cheers
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” 
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2021-01-18 11:00:00Z 0

Xmas Function 2020

Xmas Function 2020 a Hit!
 
 
A great time was had by all at the Rosebank Estate Winery Restaurant on a lovely balmy evening.
 
In addition to good food, beverages and company, we were also privileged to hear Amanda Atlas, our guest entertainer, present a range of songs that demonstrated her amazing talent as a professional singer.
 
 
President Janice then outlined the names three recipients of Certificates of Appreciation in recognition of their contributions as follows:
 
Cynthia Tizzard for the tireless work she does on our raffle prizes and baskets.
 
Heather Mitchell for the work she does with Ronald McDonald House and the support she provides to Keith in his Rotary activities.
 
Cynthia & Heather receiving their Certificates
 
Glen Tregurtha for the support he provides to Deryn across a wide range of fund raising activities plus his help in setting up our new accounting system.
 
We also had a visit from “Santa” who was in fine form assisting with the handing out of a small gift to us followed by Evan who reminded us ten times when the New Year fun golf game is being held which your Club Chat editor has already forgotten :-) before we bade each other farewell for another year.
 
 
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Trailer Raffle Winners

Trailer Raffle 2020 Winners
 
Julie, Subrata & Helen congratulated by President Janice
 
We were delighted to meet and congratulate the three winners of our annual Trailer Raffle outside The Papanui Club last Saturday.  
 
1st prize went to Julie Forsyth from Swannanoa, with 2nd and 3rd prizes going to Subrata Saha and Helen Kent who were both from Christchurch.
 
 
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Can Collection Day

Can Collection Day
 
 
Despite the short turn-around time frame we were very pleased, as was the City Mission, with the variety of thoughtful food items and other related products that our neighbourhoods donated to help out those in need over the coming holiday period.
 
Many thanks to the organisers and especially Ron for kindly offering up his garage as the collection and pick-up point.  
 
 
Can Collection Day Grant Paice 2020-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

A Special Gift

A Special Gift
 
 
We recently purchased a significant number of grocery vouchers in different denominations to give out to families who are struggling at present.   Liz created the above envelope for the vouchers to be placed in prior to delivery. 
 
Lois and Liz received some lovely feedback from a number of schools they have visited so far and are hoping to be able to take a photo of these being given out to the teachers for distribution during some of their next visits.
 
 
A Special Gift Grant Paice 2020-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
Last Coffee Morning
 
Our last coffee morning of the year will take place this Friday 18th December from 10.00 am at Reality Bites, Sawyers Arms Road.  Come and join us, we would love to see you there.
 
Tony
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
We enjoyed last Thursday's end of year function. The venue was wonderful, the food was great and there was lots of laughter and fellowship. Amanda Atlas was amazing and entertained us beautifully. Many thanks to the partners and spouses for joining us on the night. 
 
The club presented some certificates of appreciation to a number of family members of Rotarians who are always doing a lot of work behind the scenes. Cynthia Tizzard received one for the work she does making sure our raffle prize table and baskets are looking good.
 
Heather Mitchell received one for all the work she does supporting Ronald McDonald House and supporting Keith in his Rotary work. In addition to the shifts at the trailer raffle desk they did together Heather did additional shifts while Rotary was meeting and even had Keith's trailer cleaned up and ready to go if the new trailer ordered didn't arrive in time.
 
Glen Tregurtha received a certificate as he is always supporting Deryn in the work she does for the club. He is continually setting up spreadsheets for rosters doing design work and producing posters for the trailer and the trailer raffle desk. This wonderful work going on in the background by these lovely folk makes Rotary run very smoothly.
 
A big thank you to all three of you. 
 
In addition to our club's end of year function Liz and Nick, Arie and myself attended the end of year BBQ of the Rolleston club. They are a great bunch of younger Rotarians doing wonderful work in their community.
 
A highlight of the evening was being able to catch up with Keagan McLean, the district Rotary Youth Exchange student who arrived home a couple of months early after spending time in Brazil, much of it in lock down. He had to quarantine in Auckland on the way home but he was looking well and has quite a story to tell. 
 
Our district (9970) merges with Otago/Southland (9980) to form a new district 9999 as from 1 July 2022. Nick is the last District Governor of our district as we know it and Jan Boustead, our former district trainer is the first District Governor of district 9999.
 
There is a lot of work involved in merging two districts with different policies and procedures, different banking set ups and reserves built up over the years that everybody is concerned about etc. Nick and Arie are on the transition management team (TMT) overseeing this.
 
There are 8 focus teams made up from Rotarians across the South Island that will be busy over the holiday period meeting by zoom and exchanging emails as they think how about how a new district will look.
 
Liz is co-chair of the Public Image group, Mandi is a co-chair of a New Generation group and Johny, who is now a member of Rolleston Rotary, is a member of the Young Persons group.
 
Nick is also committed to a programme of sessions training incoming District Governors over the holidays. Sadly he doesn't get to travel to Orlando for the training but is receiving it via zoom sessions. 
 
South Pacific President Elect training always happened in the first weekend of March at Waipuna Conference Centre in Auckland. Waipuna is not available next year because it is still a quarantine hotel. The training has therefore been shifted to Christchurch and will be held at St Margarets College 5-7 March 2021.
 
Liz is heavily involved in the organisation and management of this conference and Deb Gimblett has also been drawn into organising things. Our club will be looked to to help and has been asked to do significant catering over the weekend as a fundraiser. This will involve incoming presidents of Rotary clubs from all over New Zealand. At this stage our Pacific Island neighbours will not be joining us. 
 
In addition to that there is lot on in 2021. I will speak to that more at our first event of the year which is "Bring Your Takeaways" to Deb Gimblett's house at 340 Marine Parade, New Brighton on Thursday the 14th of January at 6.00 pm.     
 
Thank you for all your work during the year. Please enjoy your Christmas break with your families and stay safe. 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

Ladies Breakfast

Great Papanui Ladies Breakfast!
 
 
Twenty-two ladies enjoyed food, fun and fellowship together in the name of Rotary. 
 
 
We were treated to a fantastic breakfast on Saturday with fresh waffles cooked by our three famous chefs, Tony, Arie and Keith. 
 
 
Much fun and laughter as Secret Santa parcels were stolen and bartered! 
 
 
Ladies Breakfast Lois Flanagan 2020-12-07 11:00:00Z 0

Raffle Stats

Trailer Raffle Stats
 
A few stats about our recent raffle.
 
We sold 1331 books and made a profit of $17,591.41. 

We did roughly 442 volunteer hours excluding the time members spent selling their allocation.
 
Many thanks to all members, partners, friends and others for helping us with the selling of our raffle this year. 
 
And an extra special thanks to Deryn for her amazing work in organising and managing this signature project for yet another year!
 
 
Raffle Stats Deryn Tregurtha 2020-12-07 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
Have You Ever?
 
Helen ran a fun session at last week’s meeting that challenged us to see how many diverse experiences we might have had in our lives.
 
Some of the more “interesting” ones included:
 
  • Plucked a chicken?
  • Had a tattoo?
  • Kissed a red haired beauty?
  • Stole fruit from someone’s tree?
  • Thrown a stone on someone’s roof?
 
The red haired beauty one got a few interesting “yes” responses but most related to a red haired baby or young child.
 
The “winner” with the most got 16 ticks but their name will remain an in house secret.
 
 
Lilies for sale
 
Liz is currently selling these lovely lilies at $25 a pot which includes 2 bulbs and a lovely black or white ceramic pot.
 
What a great Xmas gift!
 
 
Mitre 10 Papanui Fundraiser
 
In just 3 hours we have almost filled the roster for this Sunday’s BBQ. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 
Details are:
 
8:15am to 9:00am:  Arie dropping things off, Gary and Arie setting up.
 
9:00am to 11:00am: Arie and Janice, Kathy Anderson and Gary
 
11:00am to 1:00pm: Nick and Liz Courtney, Evan Thomson, Tony Taylor.
 
1:00pm to 3:00pm: Donna Cherry, Anne Spicer, Lois Flanagan
 
3:00pm to 4:30pm: 3 volunteers needed (this shift does clean up at 4:00pm with me being there as well).
 
If you can help then please note that we are just looking for the short final time spot.
 
Deb Gimblett has offered to do any time but I still need to confirm with her that 3pm-4:30pm is OK.
 
Thanks again. Remarkable response.
 
Gary
 
 
Papanui Christmas Function
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas function this Thursday at Rosebank Estate Winery, Johns Road (take the Groynes turn off).
 
Grant
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-12-07 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer Raffle Winners 2020

Trailer Raffle 2020 Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Papanui Rotary Trailer Raffle.

1st prize.
Ticket No. 4099
Julie Forsyth of Swannanoa
 
2nd prize.
Ticket No. 1135
Subrata Saha of Christchurch
 
3rd prize.
Ticket No. 6365
Helena Kent of Somerfield, Christchurch.
 
HUGE congratulations to these winners enjoy your prizes!

The Rotary Club are in the process of contacting the prize winners.

The Rotary Club of Papanui would also like to again thank our partners Northands Mall, Mitre 10 Mega, Stihl and Harmans Lawyers.
We also acknowledge the generous support from everyone who took part in this community fundraising event.

Funds will go towards Ronald McDonald House and the Papanui Children in Need Trust.

Once again, congratulations to all the winners!
Trailer Raffle Winners 2020 Gary Denhard 2020-12-03 11:00:00Z 0

Xmas 2020

Papanui Rotary Christmas Function
 
 
Members and a partner or friend are invited to Papanui Rotary’s Christmas function at Rosebank Estate Winery, Johns Road (take the Groynes turn off).
 
Thursday 10th December 2020.
 
We plan to assemble at 6.00 pm and canapes will be served from 6.15 pm.
 
Cost is $40 per head for a scrumptious Christmas menu.
 
The bar will be open to purchase your liquid refreshments.
 
 RSVP by Friday 4th December to Tony Tizzard 021 664 801 or 03 352 8926 or by emailing him at a.tizzard@xtra.co.nz.
 
 
Xmas 2020 Grant Paice 2020-11-30 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer 2020 B

Trailer Raffle 2020
In aid of Ronald McDonald House & Children in Need Trust
 
 
Many thanks to all members, partners, friends and others for helping us with the selling of our raffle this year.  And an extra special thanks to Deryn for her amazing work in organising and managing this signature project for yet another year!
 
Trailer 2020 B Grant Paice 2020-11-30 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Bowling with Scottish Accents
 
As noted by Janice below, our night at The Morrison Ave Bowling Club was very well attended and a great success.
 
Great prep and delivery Tony!
 
 
Papanui Rotary Christmas Can Appeal
 
Please note the following important changes as we accidentally gave you incorrect phone number details for Ron in a previous message.  The correct ones are:
  • Ron does not have a mobile phone.
  • You can instead ring him on his home line which is (03) 352 8443.
 
 
Last call
 
A final reminder that ladies interested in coming to this event need to contact Lois at 021 735 404 or email her at loisflanagan@gmail.com by Wednesday this week (2 December) re their intentions. 
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
The night at The Morrison Ave Bowling Club was very well attended and a great success. Thank you to the bowling club for hosting us and putting on a very good meal. Thank you to all the members and partners that came along. 
 
The trailer raffle came to end in the weekend and the indications are looking good. Thanks to Deryn for all the effort she has put into this and also to the assistants that helped her. Our thanks also go to the ticket sellers both inside the mall and elsewhere.
 
This week Arie and I are taking the week off and are heading away to Hanmer Springs for some pre-Christmas R&R. I will be back on Saturday briefly to attend the Ladies Christmas Breakfast (thank you Lois) but won't be back to normal Rotary duties until Tuesday 8 December. My thanks to Grant for being prepared to take this week's club meeting. 
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“Giving does not only precede receiving; it is the reason for it. It is in giving that we receive.”
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-30 11:00:00Z 0

Supporting Education

Supporting Education during a Pandemic and Beyond
Liz Courtney
 
 
Rotary Clubs and Districts have been using Rotary Foundation global grants for years to work with our partners to expand access to learning, because we know education can be a pathway out of poverty.
 
Many projects address the complex components that go into educating children. The COVID-19 pandemic, with school closures, loss of jobs, and physical distancing, has made it more difficult to achieve the United Nations goal of universal access to education for children.
 
But there are steps you can take to make sure your grant project leads to sustainable outcomes and has the desired impact.
 
Learn more here.
 
Supporting Education Grant Paice 2020-11-22 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer Raffle

Trailer Raffle 2020
In aid of Ronald McDonald House & Children in Need Trust
 
 
The Trailer Raffle is heading for the finishing post.   It is a lot more fun with two people and we apprecite your ongoing help to fill in the roster here.   
 
And if you are feeling really game, maybe try what Rob Nicol has had some great success with. He has sold 40 books so far via an email to his Contacts without leaving the house which reads as follows:
 
Yes,the Rotary Club of Papanui has organized another trailer raffle. Following the successful years and helping so many worthwhile causes we are this year sharing the profits with Ronald McDonald House and our own Children in Need Trust. Both very worthwhile charities. 
 
Tickets are 1 for $5 or a book of 5 tickets for $20.
Purchase online by paying into my account #(add here).
No money? No ticket? No problem!  A photo of your purchase will be sent online. 
 
Looking forward to seeing your name on my bank statement. 
 
Many thanks for your ongoing support with this signature project that has served our community well over recent years.
 
 
 
Trailer Raffle Grant Paice 2020-11-22 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
Bowls Night this Thursday 26th November
 
Arrangements have been made for all meal and bowls hire payments to be made at the bowling club bar where an EftPOS machine is available.  A cash bar will also be in operation.
 
Tony
 
 
Xmas Puddings
 
Please get your final orders in this week for the Xmas Puddings.  These are 700g which at $20 each is great value with $5 going back to the Club.
 
If you aren’t going to the Club event this Thursday please contact Gordon with your order via (027) 471 5241 or email it to him at gshields@xtra.co.nz.
 
 
Ladies Christmas Breakfast Sat Dec 5th 
 
All Rotary ladies are warmly welcome to come and enjoy great fun and delicious food at Lois’s house 20 Mistral Road, Northwood at 9:30 am on Saturday December the 5th.
 
Our lovely Christmas Elves will be cooking so you are guaranteed great service and food!  Remember to bring a $5 gift for Secret Santa. 
 
Please reply to Lois by text or phone to 021 735 404 or email her at loisflanagan@gmail.com by Wednesday Dec 2nd. 
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
I enjoyed last Thursday nights screening of the video of New Zealand and the South Pacific projects. It was great to see a couple of Papanui Rotary projects in the mix.
 
I would also like to thank Jim Hudson for continuing to keep Rotary Foundation in our minds. It is Foundation month and we could do our bit by becoming Centurion members. It cost $100 and it qualifies for a charitable donation rebate so you get part of your donation back by way of tax refund.
 
Arie as District Club Development Chair briefed us on a number of membership projects on the go. Opportunities for membership are always there and the trailer raffle is a case in point. This year we have had 4 queries about Rotary so far. 
 
On Monday Arie and I, Liz, Denis and Mandi joined a group of students from Ara Institute School of Broadcasting down at the Chch Bowls Club. The students were putting together  a video of the students interacting with Rotary club members while playing a game of bowls.
 
It is an initiative led by Liz who has been working with the broadcasting school for some time. They were a great bunch of students and we had a lot of fun. 
 
Don't forget to keep checking the trailer raffle rosters to see if you can help. When I checked in the weekend there were a few gaps.  See you all on Thursday
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“It is worth remembering that when we are pointing the finger at someone else there are three fingers pointing back at us.”
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-22 11:00:00Z 0

Toastmasters

Rotary Leader Nov 2020
Helping Club and District Leaders achieve Success
 
Posted by Liz
 
 
Leadership Development available from Toastmasters
 
As part of our alliance with Toastmasters International, we’re offering a series of leadership and communication courses to Rotary and Rotaract members.
 
The first two courses, now available in multiple languages in the Learning Centre, discuss fundamental leadership skills like motivation, integrity, and team inclusiveness.
 
You’ll also discover how ethics, decision making, goal setting, and delegating help you develop the skills necessary to lead a team effectively.
 
Watch this video to learn how to find the courses in the Learning Centre and how to get the most out of them.
 
 
Toastmasters Liz Courtney 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

EftPOS Unavailable

No EftPOS Machine on November 19th
 
 
A reminder that there will be no EftPOS machine at our meeting this week on the 19th of November as it will be at the trailer raffle.
 
You will be able to pay with cash or otherwise you will need to deposit the cost for your meal via internet banking into Papanui Rotary Inc. Account 03 1355 0892268 00.
 
 
EftPOS Unavailable Deryn Tregurtha 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

Trailer Raffle Update

Trailer Raffle 2020
In aid of Ronald McDonald House & Children in Need Trust
 
 
The Trailer Raffle is now into the second week. We need help to fill this week's roster, please. There are a few gaps in the week, but we particularly need people to help on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
 
You can find the roster here.  Any time you want to check it out just bring up this link, or refresh it on your computer to get the latest version. You can also view it on your phone or ipad with the Google Sheets app. At the bottom of the page (or top, on some phones)  you can view weeks 3 and 4.
 
Please contact Lois or Deryn to put your name on the roster or to ask for help if you have any problems viewing the roster.
Thanks for your help to turn the yellow to white!
 
Cheers
Deryn
 
 
Trailer Raffle Update Deryn Tregurtha 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
A reminder to come and enjoy our Bowls Night on 26th November. This is a Partners Night where we are being hosted at the Morrison Avenue Bowling club on Thursday 26th November.
 
Come and have a go! Bowls are available for hire at a cost of $5 per person and helpful advice and tuition is available.
 
There will be people on hand from 5:30 pm to assist with coaching etc.  Bowling will start at 6.00 pm and will be followed by a delicious buffet meal at 7.00 pm. The meal cost is $25 per head. A cash bar will operate during the evening.
 
Don’t forget to wear an item of tartan or other Scottish attire to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.
 
Please contact Tony Tizzard on (021) 664 801 or email him at atizard@xtra.co.nz by Thursday the 19th November to register for this event.
 
 
 
Come and join us from 10.00 am on Friday 20th November for fine coffee, good conversation and a fun time at Reality Bites Cafe, Sawyers Arms Road.
 
Everyone welcome. 
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
It was good to have another committee meeting last week. The committees are doing good work so don't put in your apologies. Be part of making things happen. 
 
We are into the silly season and our trailer raffle is underway again. I see many of our members are getting involved and thank you for that. 
 
There are a lot of membership initiatives underway at present, many of them involving younger people who things differently to ourselves. I have asked District Club Development chair Arie to brief us on Thursday about these initiatives.
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.”
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

EftPOS

No EftPOS Machine on November 19th
 
 
Please note that there will be no EftPOS machine at our meeting on the 19th of November as it will be at the trailer raffle.
 
You will be able to pay with cash or otherwise you will need to deposit the cost for your meal via internet banking into Papanui Rotary Inc. Account 03 1355 0892268 00.
 
Deryn
 
 
EftPOS Grant Paice 2020-11-08 11:00:00Z 0

Community Awards

Community Awards Night
 
 
We had a great turnout for our annual Community Awards Night last week with Lois welcoming us by noting that serving our community and acknowledging those who do this is a significant part of what Rotary is about.
 
This year we acknowledged four women from a diverse variety of areas as our award recipients as follows:
 
Dorothy Andrew
 
Dorothy was recognised for her support and organisational efforts for Aged Concern. 
 
She initially responded to an advert to assist taking the elderly by bus on morning tea trips and it grew from there. 
 
“We currently can take two busloads each morning”, smiled Dorothy, “which includes organising entertainment which attendees thoroughly enjoy.” 
 
The Harewood Road church is often the location of choice where Dorothy is also the verger.
 
     
Linda Cowan
 
Linda was also recognised for her involvement with Aged Concern which also includes supporting the hosting of morning teas.  She also is actively involved in helping facilitate conversations at these events.
 
In addition, Linda acts as an accredited ”dog sitter” and visits clients with her own dog Lewis where he is well received.
Coming from a background in education, she also helps with reading activities at a local primary school plus organises morning tea for teachers at the local High School.  M
 
“I like to go that extra mile across a range of areas” shared Linda.
 
  
Stephanie Cowan
 
Stephanie works tirelessly in the sudden death syndrome area and is a director with “Change our Children”. 
 
She often presents to public gatherings and both local and international levels and has also designed an intervention programme on promoting smoke free pregnancy with a particular focus on Maori and Pacifica audiences.
 
An additional programme she supports is sharing a “safe sleeping” guide for parents who choose to often have their children in their beds,
 
“Since 1987 we have seen a reduction in infant deaths in this area from 4.3 to 0.7 per thousand” shared Stephanie which as a great result.
 
 
Jodi Wareing
 
Jodi joined Lois’ law firm in 2016 as she impressed the team despite having no legal experience. 
 
At the same time her husband was diagnosed with cancer and. despite the challenges this came with and her eventual loss, learnt the role quickly and became a highly efficient and valued member of the team.
 
When Lois took over managing the local schools Speech Contest, Jodi quickly came on board and became highly efficient in managing the complex organisational aspects of this large event over many years. 
 
In concluding, Jodi advised us to “never regret a day in your life”.
 
We gave a round of applause to our four recipients on this year’s Community Awards and wished them well for the future.
 
 
Community Awards Grant Paice 2020-11-08 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
 
Come and enjoy our Bowls Night on 26th November. This is a Partners Night where we are being hosted at the Morrison Avenue Bowling club on Thursday 26th November.
 
Come and have a go! Bowls are available for hire at a cost of $5 per person and helpful advice and tuition is available.
 
Bowling will start at 6.00 pm and this will be followed by a delicious buffet meal at 7.00 pm. The meal cost is $25 per head. A cash bar will operate during the evening.
 
Don’t forget to wear an item of tartan or other Scottish attire to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.
 
Please contact Tony Tizzard on (021) 664 801 or email him at atizard@xtra.co.nz by Thursday the 19th November to register for this event.
 
 
Papanui Bush
 
A reminder that weeding at Papanui Bush is every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 9.30 am.  We look forward to a morning tea on Tuesday the 10th at 9:30 and to then continue onwards and upwards with spring maintenance.
 
Denis
 
 
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A Reminder …
 
Ladies Christmas Breakfast 2020 … save the date … Saturday 5th December at Lois’s house in Northwood.  Mark your diary for a morning of fun, food and festivities!
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
I enjoyed the Community Awards night last Thursday. Thank you to Lois and her team for organising the evening. They were a very deserving set of awardees. I was also encouraged by the number of people present on the evening.
 
The trailer raffle is off to a good start at Northlands. Thank you to those who are volunteering to do shifts at the the mall. Please keep an eye on the trailer roster as it will require all of us to pitch in to get all the tickets sold.
 
This week we have our committee night. This year holding the committee nights the way we do is proving successful with good attendance, good discussion and lots of ideas. 
 
In the first week of December we hope to do another Rotary Can Appeal. This time we are doing the can appeal for City Mission who we have already been in touch with. Flyers will be available soon. 
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“To handle yourself, use your head but o handle others, use your heart.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-08 11:00:00Z 0

Milk Bank Trust

Rotary Community Breast
Milk Bank Charitable Trust
 
Liz
 
The Gift of Liquid Gold
 
Last Thursday night a small group of us visited the RCBMB (Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank) where midwife and Chair of the Milk Bank, Rotarian Yvonne Hiskemuller, gave a very informative talk while enjoying a glass of wine and a delicious array of finger food.
 
The RCBMB was initiated by Yvonne 5 years ago when then District Governor Liz Courtney, asked clubs in our District to look for projects that were centred on the Rotary International Maternal and Child Area of Focus.
 
It was begun by a dedicated group of Rotarians with the support of Lactation specialists and Midwives in Canterbury to help mothers supplement their efforts with milk donated by other women.  This group of women took up the challenge and formed the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Trust.
 
The aim of the Rotary Community Breast 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.
 
Background
 
It took almost 4 years of negotiating with the Canterbury Health Board and the Neo Natal group to finally be taken under the wing of St. George’s Hospital support. This is the first free community Breast Milk Bank in New Zealand offering breast milk to new-born babies up to 6 weeks to help mothers establish a good milk supply.
 
New Zealand’s Ministry of Health recommends babies ideally are exclusively breast fed until aged six months.  Breast milk is full of antibodies which help to develop a baby's immune system making it such a special commodity.  Breast might be best for babies, but getting feeding underway can be a struggle.
 
Previously, the only babies in the country with access to a pasteurised milk bank service were premature or sick babies at Christchurch Hospital's neo-natal unit. The Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank extends that service. To date we have provided 360 babies with 300 litres of Breast Milk from 63 Donors since 2018.
 
The Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank opened in July 2018 and was given a room at St. George’s to work from.  Specialised temperature controlled freezers, computers, donor kits and furniture were all supplied and sponsored by four Rotary clubs, Christchurch Garden City, Papanui, Riccarton and Christchurch Rotary clubs who gave funds to begin this free service.
 
A large fundraising dinner and auction began the $ 30,000 required to set up the initial first year of running costs with a concert, specially printed tea towels and quiz nights following on. 
 
It is completely staffed by over 20 volunteers many are Rotarians, nurses and retired midwives.
 
What do we Need and Why?
 
The Milk Bank is situated at St. George’s Hospital and with their support, and an anonymous donor, they recently provided a pasteuriser for the Milk Bank which means that donated milk can be sterilised immediately. Previously, all the donated milk was pasteurised through the Neo Natal Unit run by the CDHB.
 
This has reduced our running costs but has increased our volunteer time. We are now looking to raise funds to staff the pasteurising of the donor milk and to extend our reach to encompass a wider geographical group in the community.
 
How can you Help Us?
 
The Trustees of the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank now include a number of Medical and Scientific based Specialists who give their time free of charge to assist us with growing this free service.
 
Rotary would like to grow this free service throughout the country but can only do this with public and corporate support. It costs us approximately $ 25,000 pa to run this service to meet the growing need for mothers and babies who want to breast feed.
 
For more information on the Rotary Community Breast Milk Bank Charitable Trust visit their Facebook page or their Give a Little page.
 
 
Milk Bank Trust Liz Courtney 2020-11-02 11:00:00Z 0

St James Park Halloween

Halloween at St James Park
 
Liz
 
In partnership with Ray White Real Estate, this event took place in St. James Park last Friday 30th October from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Set up began at 2.30 with a group of willing Rotarian workers putting up the Gazebo and assembling the 5 Scavenger Hunt stations.
 
Before it opened we had people queuing at the gate and with the smell of the BBQ on a wonderful balmy evening wafting through the air over 420 children and families raced around the park pencils and paper in hand to claim their bag of sweets.
 
 
Many of the families had costumes, faces painted and all the Halloween accessories to conjure up the scariness of Halloween. It was a very colourful event and we received many positive comments from families who were appreciative of having a safe and fun event to attend.
 
Working alongside the Ray White team makes this a winning combination as they enable Rotary to have greater exposure when advertising on their social media site and we collaborate very well bagging up sweets, setting up the stations and sharing the publicity.
 
A big thank you to the team of helpers who made it so much easier to bring some good old fashioned fun to the families in Papanui.
 
 
 
St James Park Halloween Liz Courtney 2020-11-02 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
Mitre10 BBQ raises funds for Special Needs Camp
 
Thanks to some Club members giving up their holiday hours on the Sunday of Labour weekend we were able to generate a $590 profit to go towards the Papanui High School Kimi Ora Special Needs Camp which runs over 3 days.
 
Some events we support make a real difference to the young people we are trying to help. The Kimi Ora students have a chance to get out in the fresh air and enjoy nature with some innovative fun activities.
 
The Year 12 students who accompany them learn about spending significant amounts of time with students less fortunate than themselves. It is a real bonding experience for all and exposes students to parts of life you don’t see every day in the classroom.
 
 
The Rotary BBQ is also a bonding exercise for those who participate. There is another one on December 13th so we look forward to seeing some new faces.
 
Gary
 
 
Hanmer Halloween Event
 
A small keen team or Rotarians and partners went up to support the Hanmer Halloween event at the end of the week with crowd control and the BBQ.  Similar to last year their Grotto was one of the biggest hits with the kids.
 
 
Liz’s daughter taking her 1st ever shot
 
As noted below by Janice, our club hosted the District Target Shooting Tournament down at the Bangor Street clubrooms of the Chch Target Shooting Assn last Tuesday evening.
 
 
A great time was had by all.
 
 
Trailer Raffle 2020 Roster
In aid of Ronald McDonald House & Children in Need Trust
 
The Trailer Raffle begins next Saturday. We need the first week's roster filled by this weekend.
 
You can find the roster here. Any time you want to check it out just bring up this link, or refresh it on your computer to get the latest version. You can also view it on your phone with the Google Sheets app.
 
Please contact Lois 021 735 404 or Deryn 021 161 5861 if you need help to put your name on the roster.
 
Thanks for your help to turn the yellow to white!!
 
Also, a Reminder to those who went on the Breast Milk Bank visit, please pay your $15 into our bank Papanui Rotary Inc. Account # 03 1355 0892268 00.
 
Thanks:
 
Deryn
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
It has been a very big week for Papanui Rotary.
 
On Tuesday evening our club hosted the District Target Shooting Tournament down at the Bangor Street clubrooms of the Chch Target Shooting Assn. Our club has hosted this annual event for over 35 years. 13 Teams competed and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
 
Many thanks to the volunteers/shooters that came down and assisted on the night. The Ashburton Men's team took out the top men's award, the Avonhead Women's team took the women's award as we couldn't field a women’s team this time and Arie was 2nd top shot with a score of 93.4.
 
The district movie night in support of Polio Plus was attended by only 8 from the club. The event was a sell out and the tickets sold out too quickly for many of our members. The profits from the evening will of course be matched on a two to one basis by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. If there are members that were keen to make a donation to the Polio Plus cause please makes the arrangements with Deryn. 
 
On Thursday in place of the club meeting we went to an evening at the Chch Rotary Breastmilk Bank. 14 members attended and were impressed with the service offered by the breastmilk bank.  It was explained in very clear terms as to the difference that breast milk makes to the health of new born babies.
 
The unit was established by Rotary and looks to Rotary for continuing support as no money is set aside in the CDHB budget for this purpose. The running costs are approx. $30,000 per year. We thank Liz for her involvement in the establishment and ongoing management of this unit and for being a constant champion of the breastmilk bank.
 
On Friday many of us participated in the Ray White/Rotary Halloween event at St James Park. Over 400 children and parents turned up on a fine afternoon and had a good time.
 
A group of 15 Rotarians, partners and family members came down and helped set up the Rotary gazebo, helped run the BBQ and manned the stations dotted around the park ticking of the activity sheets of the children. The evening was lovely and many families queued for sausages and drinks and had a picnic. 
 
The final event of the week was the Halloween event at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp.  7 Rotarians and partners/family members travelled to Hanmer to help out with crowd control and manning the BBQ. Once again the weather was great. Over 200 children came to the camp with their parents and went through the Halloween grotto which camp management and staff had gone to great lengths to set up.
 
A really pleasing aspect to the evening is that most of the children had dressed up for the occasion. We hope at some point to establish a satellite club in Hanmer so these events help build Rotary's profile in the village as well as our involvement with the camp. 
 
To all those wonderful people that came out to help us during the week a big “thank-you”. Some of you came out several nights in a row and to you an even bigger thank you. 
 
This Thursday night we have the community awards evening which Lois and her team have put together. Come along and support Lois on this evening. 
 
Deryn has posted on the internet the rosters for the trailer raffle which kicks off this weekend. Please have a look and put your name down for a handful of shifts because we need as many helpers as we can get for this project. 
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Food for Thought
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-11-02 11:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

World Polio Day
 
Jim Hudson
 
October 24th was World Polio Day.  It is a time to reflect on the scars the disease has left on countless children over the years but for us as Rotarians to be aware of our commitment to the total eradication of the disease and to promote the significance of the Global Polio Eradication Campaign to our community.
 
Quite a few of you will not be aware of Rotary’s involvement and commitment to take on this mammoth task.  It all started in 1985 when Rotary initiated and undertook the vaccination of young children in the Philippines. 
 
It was so successful that in 1988 a global project, in association with WHO, UNICEF and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention was initiated.  I can only marvel at the vision of those that said ‘if we can do it in one country, we can do it worldwide.”
 
That was when the world was getting 350,000 new cases of polio a year or nearly 1000 cases a day.  You might think that’s nothing compared to our current Covid-19 pandemic.  Well, it affects children almost exclusively and the effects are life-long. 
 
Then there is the cost factor – a polio-free world will save the global economy US$40-50 billion in health costs within the next 20 years.  And we have a vaccine.  Covid has badly interrupted immunization programs with a spike in case numbers, one more challenge among many which include waring factions and religious beliefs preventing or denying the administration of vaccines.
 
Polio is a highly infectious disease that most commonly affects children under 5.  It spreads person to person, typically through contaminated water and it attacks the spinal cord and nervous system which may lead to paralysis. 
 
There is no cure but we do have a vaccine which is safe and effective, which Rotary and its partners are using and have immunized over 2.5 billion children to date.
 
Why end polio?  WE must stop the transmission of the virus where it remains endemic, and we are now down to 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  There are up to 60 countries still rated high-risk where large scale immunization campaigns still operate to provide much needed protection. 
 
There is no place on earth that is safe until the disease is eradicated everywhere, which is why low immunization rates are recipe for an outbreak.  A country needs to have had no new cases for 3 years before classified as polio-free.
 
So how do we fund this campaign?  Rotary has already provided over US$2 billion towards the programme set up in 1988.  You may recall that funds for The Rotary Foundation are channelled into one of 3 funds, the Accumulated Fund, or if specified, into the Endowment or Polio funds. 
 
This year, thanks to Covid, fundraising is even more challenging.  End Polio Now goals have been set, requesting a club donation of US$1,500.  If half our club members became Centurion supporters and specify the Polio Fund then we will meet our target.  For Rotary needs to again raise a minimum of US$50 million this year to qualify for the Gates Foundation 2-for-1 subsidy.
 
I referred earlier about waring factions.  A story in the latest RDU is worth sharing.  In the 1990’s the Tamil insurgents in Sri Lanka were making the vaccinating programme for 1/3 of the country’s children virtually impossible. 
 
Rotary stepped in with  UNICEF to engineer a ceasefire, they had to negotiate with one of the world’s most feared and elusive rebel leaders of the day. 
 
Eventually, the Rotarian negotiator received a letter from the rebel leader, which read, “Dear Mr Ravindran (who was Chair of the Sri Lankan Polio Committee) if you can persuade your government to stop the war for 2 days, then we are willing to lay down our guns for 2 days too, for our war is not with children”.
 
Soon the NID (national immunization day) was on and vehicles bearing the Rotary emblem were heading for the vaccination booths set up in areas occupied by the insurgents.
 
This just goes to show that Rotary does have clout on the World stage.  It is essential that we don’t lose sight of the end goal of the programme we help initiate, because if we fall behind now we go back to square one.
 
Jim urged us to all become a Centurion and help rid the world of this terrible disease.
 
 
World Polio Day Jim Hudson 2020-10-26 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary 35th Anniversary
 

Rotary NZ World Community Service
35th Anniversary - 28 October 2020
 
 
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (RNZWCS), initially Rotary Overseas Aid Projects (ROAP), celebrates 35 years of service to the Rotary Districts of New Zealand and Pacific Countries and their partner Rotary organisations and communities worldwide.
 
This milestone is due only to the tenacity, positive spirit and dedicated service of Rotarians past and present. The inaugural District Directors were CT Field 9910, Brian Meadowcroft 9920, Jack Ridley 9930, Gerry Fox – Chairman 9940, Keith Rollo 9970 and Lou Robinson 9980.
 
RNZWCS was registered as RNZWCS Limited, a not for profit limited charity CC26860 on 11 December 2003. Prior to and more significantly since, RNZWCS has partnered with the NZ Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs obtaining grants from various partnerships in New Zealand, in addition to bilateral and multilateral funding. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative benefitting to date from in excess of NZ $12 million from MFAT.
 
In 1995 and on three occasions since RNZWCS has undergone a rigorous re accreditation process with MFAT to enable it to continue to receive funding. The latest in recent weeks conducted by independent consultants in the form of due diligence.
 
The 15 standards set by MFAT covered 5 key areas: governance, associates, finance, good practice and safeguarding. The exercise having been completed to MFAT’s satisfaction, RNZWCS has entered into the Design phase for a $1.5 million activity partnering with Rotary Pacific Water for Life in Fiji.
 
Since 2003, RNZWCS has witnessed Rotary receiving approx. $35 million from external funders.
 
In addition to funding support RNZWCS manages the Emergency Response Kit (ERKs) programme, first introduced into New Zealand in 1985 as EMBOX by Eastern Hutt Rotary. Since 2007 when records have been kept, some 10,000 kits have been purchased and packed.
 
Rotary volunteers at warehouses in Auckland and Christchurch have undertaken the task. RNZWCS is indebted to the Auckland Rotary Clubs who recently packed 1,000 kits to supplement those prepositioned in Pacific countries in preparation for the forthcoming cyclone season.
 
RNZWCS values the financial and strategic support from MFAT in addition to the support of Rotary in Pacific countries along with other International and local NGO’s who provide storage and logistical support when the need arises.
 
RNZWCS continues to support Rotary Clubs in Christchurch with their Donations in Kind programme. They have consigned 22 Containers of goods to Pacific countries in the past few years with one at sea currently between New Zealand and Tonga.
 
Donations in Kind are a valued commodity and only items specifically requested are sourced. The newly established Passport Club in Rotorua has taken up the challenge following the Christchurch example.
 
RNZWCS responds to the Humanitarian needs of people as they arise undertaking appeals to Rotary, the private and public sectors. Most notably included the Christchurch earthquakes when in excess of $2 million was received and more recently significant responses were made to the Australian Bushfire and Samoa Measles Epidemic Appeals.
 
Since 1985, RNZWCS has worked collaboratively with its Australian counterpart RAWCS and in the early years issued a quarterly project booklet to clubs in both countries. In 2014 RNZWCS and RAWCS entered into a formal MOU. From 2018 a Working Group meets quarterly by zoom. Details Page 41 Oct 2020 RDU.
 
RNZWCS acknowledges the support and valuable assistance given by past and present New Zealand Rotary District Governors and from every Rotarian in addition to MFAT and external donors both public and private.
 
 
 
Rotary 35th Anniversary  Stuart Batty 2020-10-26 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
An Update from our Foundation & International Director
 
 
Stuart Batty was part of inaugural New Zealand PolioPlus meeting in 1985. Of the initial completion budget worth US$ 1 million, Rotary’s contribution was US $250,000.
 
The Rotary New Zealand World Community Service (formerly Rotary Overseas Aid Project) was established 35 years ago on the 28th October 1985.  The first committee member for 9970 was Rotarian Keith Rollo from Nelson.
 
That same year the first Emergency Response Kit ERK (formerly called the Emergency Box EMBOX) was packed in New Zealand for distribution following cyclones in Pacific.
 
EMBOX was first established in England in 1975. In the early days, Rotary Clubs bought a kitset box and members brought items (usually second hand) to be placed in the box. Today all items are purchased and packed by Rotary volunteers.
 
Rotary leased a warehouse in Auckland until recently for $1 for four months. 1,000 kits have been packed and now on the way to Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. Forecast for this cyclone season which starts in November.
 
8 to 10 tropical cyclones are predicted across the SW Pacific, which is near or slightly below normal. Specific risk factors are:
 
·       Elevated risk: New Caledonia and northern New Zealand
·       Normal risk: Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau
·       Normal or reduced risk: Tonga, Wallis & Futuna, and Samoa
·       Reduced risk: Tuvalu, Tutuila/ American Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands
 
Three tropical cyclones are expected to reach severe strength.
 
A container is to be packed in Christchurch for Fiji in coming weeks. Included in items requested is linen. Euan and Stuart are also approaching schools for desks and chairs.
 
Covid is affecting Pacific countries. Whilst Fiji is the only country to have had cases, it is estimated 150,000 Fijians are now unemployed due to collapse of the tourist industry. Rotary is supporting Pacific communities particular around food security.
 
Rotary continues to actively support these efforts to support our Pacific neighbours.
 
 
 
We are still looking for a few more people to join the Wednesday Lotto. All profits will go to Usa River Rotary Club, our Sister club in Tanzania, to be used for Development and Training for disadvantaged youth.
 
This runs for 20 weeks, and costs just $3 per week, a total of $60. $50 goes to the holder of the Wednesday Lotto Bonus Number and $10 each to the holders of the numbers either side of the winning number.
 
Take a punt, you might win all of your money back, and if not, you will be contributing to a worthwhile project.

We have twenty-two numbers taken already, but need a few more before we can begin again. Any number not taken will be allotted to Usa River, as we did last time, but we need to raise the prize money first, before we can give away any profits.
 
Please call Deryn on (021) 161 5861 or email her at datregurtha@gmail.com to join this fun fundraiser.
 
Many thanks:

Deryn
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
Seven of us attended the charter event of the new Rolleston Rotary Club last Thursday night. It was an excellent night where we were able to catch up with other Rotarians who were involved with Rolleston in the past year, celebrate with the Rolleston group and enjoy the evening.
 
Grant was able to lead the Club meeting back in town with the emphasis being on Polio. Thank you to Grant and also to Stuart and Jim for their presentations.
 
The BBQ Hut at Mitre 10 was very busy on Sunday. The weather was good and the store was very busy. Thank you to Gary Denhard and his team of volunteers for making this happen. We will do it again on 13 December.
 
This week we have a number of events on. The District Shooting Tournament is on tomorrow night with 13 teams participating, there is the District Polio movie night on Wednesday and on Thursday many of us are visiting the Christchurch Rotary Breastmilk bank. 
 
Liz still needs volunteers at the Ray White/Rotary Halloween night at St James Park on Friday night. If you can spare some time please contact her.
 
Arie has his team of volunteers for the Halloween event at the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp on Saturday night. 
 
There will be plenty to report back on when we next meet at the Club.
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Food for Thought
 
” I woke up this morning and forgot which side the sun rises from, then it dawned on me.”
 
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-26 11:00:00Z 0

Mastering Mountains

Mastering Mountains
 
 
Accompanied by his wife Rebecca (Bex) we were treated to a presentation by Nick Allen on his journey leading to his activities with the Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust.
 
Established in 2015 the Trust aims to enrich the lives of people affected by MS and Functional Neurological Disorder.
 
“By helping our grant recipients get outdoors we aim to create life-long change in their lives by enabling them to live a physically active and meaningful life” shared Nick.
 
Nick’s experiences include being a writer as well as a semi-professional climber and he has a passion for making the outdoors accessible for others.  “This is very important for physical, mental and spiritual health” said Nick.
 
Looking back on growing up, Nick remembered his Dad taking him for an experience in the mountains at age 7.  He found it quite challenging and very much an adventure that left him with a big sense of achievement.
 
As a consequence he decided that he wanted to be a climber and scoured the libraries for every book he could read on the topic.  He also pinned a picture of Mt Everest on his ceiling.
 
In his late teens, however, he started to experience neurological issues including a weakness in his legs and tremors in his hands.  He tried training harder but this had no effect.
 
One day at aged 21 he hit the wall and woke up feeling extremely weak and unable to climb the stairs.  He kept trying to exercise but had little luck and ended up bedridden repeatedly, sometimes for up to a week. He found this extremely hard, demotivating and left him feeling he was lost with little hope in sight. 
 
Luckily he also found real strength at this time with the community he was in.
 
So at aged 24 he decided to study overseas even though this meant he was having to use a mobility scooter as the pain made it difficult to walk very far which he was not fond of and made things incredibly hard.
 
On turning 25 he realised he needed to drop out of his studies and return to New Zealand.  One day while sitting across the table from a medical professional it was suggested he had MS.  This was quite the surprise as he realised it was going to be a long term experience.
 
“One in 5 New Zealanders will have a neurological challenge and diagnosis at some stage of their lives” noted Nick.  “I still tried to ignore it but the result of my efforts of continuing to train also led to me crashing more”.
 
He decided to alter his approach by improving his diet and adopting a more balanced activity regime.  In 2010 he got into a Massey rehab plan and adopted a three pronged approach including improved diet, better stress management and guided exercise. This meant learning how to listen to his body.
 
As a result he slowly began to manage his situation better and was making progress as he neared his 30th birthday.  So five years after being told he had MS he was able to finally get back into rock climbing as he now had an approach that was working.
 
He also realised he was still at home and unsure where he was going in life.  “So off to climb in the Himalayas I went” smiled Nick.  He attempted 2 peaks and finally achieved what had been a childhood dream which included being at the top of a 21,000 ft peak.
 
Seeing the sun rise over multiple 8,000 ft peaks was magic and gave him a great sense of achievement and accomplishment as it had taken months of training to reach a goal that he felt was unattainable.  He especially appreciated the community support that helped him get there.
 
In 2016 he wrote a book titled “To the Summit” which was the hardest thing he’d done in his life.  “It also helped me process the nature of my diagnosis at a time where I was experiencing mixed emotions from both my previous experiences and the challenge of writing the book”.
 
In 2017 he got married which was one of the best blessings to come from writing the book.  “I have learnt that hardship leads to blessing” smiled Nick.
 
In 2019 he achieved ten first ascents on granite rock faces on Stewart Island which reminded him of the value of these and other recent achievements he had experienced.
 
“More recently I am often fatigued and it is an on-going battle to maintain strength in my legs but I continue to think through how to best manage the on-going challenges I love” smiled Nick.
 
With respect to Mastering Mountains, as noted earlier Nick and his team help people overcome challenges in the outdoors environment.  This included assisting a MS client with a grant to have a personal trainer that helped her achieve a major traverse with her family and community. As a result she is now better equipped to go through the ongoing challenges of MS.
 
 “The approach we take” explained Nick in closing “involves helping people accept change, build capacity, learn new skills and implement lifestyle changes which helps them successfully cope with their challenges”.
 
We thanked Nick for his insight into how both he and the clients Mastering Mountains support find effective ways to ensure they can successfully manage their neurological challenges and continue to experience interesting and rewarding experiences in their lives.
 
 
Mastering Mountains Grant Paice 2020-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

Ronald McDonald

All Go at Ronald McDonald!
 
Lois
 
“On a Monday night earlier this month four lovely ladies from Parry Field Lawyers with Deb & Neville Gimblett and myself cooked dinner for the residents of Ronald McDonald House. 
 
Homemade hamburgers were on the menu with magnificent wedges made by Deb & Neville  as well as corn cobs. Apple deserts and custard followed. 
 
Everyone worked hard and the residents really enjoyed their meals.  A big thanks to Neville & Deb who  did a fantastic job of cooking and helping with cleaning up as well. Thanks also to the Parry Field Charitable Foundation which helped with a contribution to the costs of the food. 
 
It’s always a real blessing to be able to help these families in need.  All the Parry Field ladies enjoyed the experience  and are keen to do it again !”
 
 
 
Ronald McDonald Lois Flanagan 2020-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
                 
Members were provided some time ago with a coffee mug and asked to toss their loose pocket change into the mug for:
 
“Just the Cost of a Flat White a Week.”
 
Every dollar collected goes to the Rotary Foundation. For any members who have not received a mug, Stuart will have some available at this week’s meeting.
 
When you have a sizeable amount in your mug please pass the money to Treasurer Deryn.
 
Many thanks:
 
Stuart
 
 
Look what you might be missing!
 
Ladies Christmas Breakfast 2020 … save the date … Saturday 5th December at Lois’s house in Northwood.  Mark your diary for a morning of fun, food and festivities!
 
 
Did You Know …
Source: Rotary Down Under Oct 2020 Issue 632
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
I found last week’s speakers very inspirational and just enjoyed the evening. Thank you for coming along.
 
This week we have a board meeting and later in the week the International Committee are going to brief us on the efforts of Rotary and partners on eradicating Polio. 
 
Arie and I, Liz and Nick can't be there because we are guests at the Charter event for the new Rolleston Rotary Club. Nick, Liz and Arie have supported it for the last 18 months and attended their meetings in addition to attending our Club meetings. The evening is the product of a lot of work by a lot of people and the District can be proud. 
 
Next week we have a lot of Rotary commitments that will require your help. Arie needs shooters to fill out the men’s and women’s teams for the district shooting tournament which our Club has hosted for over 30 years. The tournament is being held on Tuesday 27 Oct. I (Janice) will need a couple of helpers in the kitchen. 
 
On Friday night 30 Oct we are joining Ray White Real Estate for a Halloween night at St James Park. Liz will need plenty of helpers on the night. Last year 400 people participated. It is a great way to advertise Rotary to our local community. If you can help please contact Liz. 
 
The night following Sat 31 Oct, Rotary is helping the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp with their Halloween event. Arie and Nick are currently on the Board of the camp and a number of our members are past Board members. We need a team of six to go up there to manage the BBQ and help with crowd control of a lot of excited children. The camp managers convert the recreation hall into a Halloween grotto and it is spectacular and interactive. 
 
The local kids all dress up for the occasion. This year the numbers will be greater as the town is holding a Spring festival. If you can help please contact Arie.
 
On the Wednesday night 28 Oct we have the District Movie Night about the life and times of Helen Reddy the Australian singer. The evening is a Polio fundraiser and David Drake is hoping to sell out the picture theatre down at Hoyts Riccarton. Stuart is taking orders for movie tickets. Go out and enjoy yourselves. 
 
All of this amounts to a lot of opportunities to clear your dairies and serve your community. We need your help.
 
Cheers
 
Janice
 
 
Food for Thought
 
“One idea leads to another. The teapot led to the steam engine, which led to the gas combustion engine, which led to the rocket propulsion system, which took us to the moon.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

Parenting

On Being a Parent
 
 
President Elect Grant Paice gave us some insights on his experiences as an educational psychologist when talking with groups about surviving parenthood.
 
“I always introduce myself by saying that I have no kids, a cat that occasionally does what it is told, and a wife that never does what she is told and that I was here to tell them how to manage being a parent” smiled Grant.
 
He then shared a model for managing behaviour based on the key principle that “what you notice is what you get” i.e.:
 
  1. Behaviour that is noticed increases the chance that it will occur again.
  2. Behaviour that is ignored decreases the chance that it will occur again.
  3. Behaviour that is dangerous needs to be stopped quickly with the minimum amount of attention including:
    1. Diverting attention via proximity or restructuring or:
    2. Having the child or other(s) removed from the situation.
 
After giving a couple of examples he then shared the Premack Principle that states we are more likely to perform a less desirable behaviour if it is followed by a more desirable one. 
 
“On a hot Saturday I am more likely to mow the lawns if I follow this with a cold beer” smiled Grant ”whereas if I have a beer first I tend to leave the lawns until the next day”.
 
He then gave a few examples focused on the principle that what you notice is what you get. 
 
“No single parenting strategy works with all kids or in all situations” noted Grant, who went on to suggest that effective parents acquire a wide range of strategies to help them deal with the various situations they might face.
 
“Parents who struggle with being consistent are like slot machines” he continued “with kids in this scenario continuing to play parents until their behaviours results in as payoff.”  A sounder approach, suggested Grant, is to maintain a reasonably consistent approach to managing behaviour based on the above principles.
 
After a few more examples Grant asked for ideas from the floor re managing a teenage daughter who, when upset, storms off to her bedroom and slams the door shut.  Members quickly came up with Nigel Latta’s idea of taking the door off its hinges and placing it in the garage for two weeks which typically gets rid of the problem very quickly.
 
“A work colleague of mine used this tactic to great effect” grinned Grant.
 
In closing Grant reminded members that kids do eventually leave home and gave us this final tip: “Remember to change the locks”.
 
Evan thanked Grant for his humorous presentation on surviving parenthood.
 
 
Parenting Grant Paice 2020-10-11 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Liz
 
On Wednesday 28 October at 6pm there will be a Helen Reddy Movie fundraiser, “I Am Woman”, at Hoyts Riccarton for $20.00 per ticket per person.   
 
Helen landed in New York with her three year old daughter, a suitcase and $230 in her pocket. Within a few weeks she was broke. Within months she was in love. Within five years she was one of the biggest superstars of her time, and an icon of the 1970's feminist movement. 
 
She wrote the song I am Woman which galvanised a generation of women to fight for change.
 
As with previous screenings for “End Polio Now”, all Clubs who sell tickets will receive a share of the profits and these will be credited to their respective clubs as a donation to End Polio Now.
 
 Christchurch Clubs have been very supportive of the five previous movies that have been held for End Polio Now, and we hope that we will receive this support once again.
 
Tickets will be available in the week commencing 19th October.
 
 
Halloween Reminder
 
A reminder to all members that Liz is looking for volunteers to help make this evening on October the 30th a great success.
 
Please refer to last week’s Chat or view the story on line here to see where you would like to help make this an event to remember.
 
 
Papanui Bush Reminder
 
A reminder that we are weeding tomorrow (Tuesday the 13th) starting at 9.30 am with morning tea and will be finished by noon.
 
Denis.
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
Sadly I had to leave Rotary early last week because of a recurring migraine.  Thanks to President-elect Grant for stepping up again. 
 
I met with Gary Denhard earlier in the week to interview a candidate for the RYLA course to be held in the third week of January 2021. An excellent candidate whose name will be revealed after the board meeting.
 
We have received further names for this course but given the cost (approx. $1000 per person) we are looking to see if there are Clubs willing to sponsor but with no candidates. 
 
October 24 is World Polio Day. The International/Foundation committee will take the speaker slot at our meeting on 22 October and this will be dedicated to updating you all on the where Rotary and its partner organisations are in the eradication of polio.
 
Please support Stuart and his team as they put something together for this night.
 
On 28 October there is a district wide movie night designed to raise funds for polio. There's an opportunity to do something socially with fellow Rotarians and at the same time raise funds for polio. 
 
The week commencing 26 October will be a very active one for Papanui Rotary with the District shooting tournament on Tuesday 27th, the polio movie night on Wed 28th, a visit to the Chch Rotary Breastmilk Bank in place of the normal Rotary meeting at the Club on 29th, the Ray White/Rotary Halloween event at St James Park 30th and on the 31st the Halloween event at Hanmer Springs Forest Camp.
 
Lots of opportunities for everybody to roll up their sleeves and help out.  I look forward to seeing you all this Thursday night.
 
Cheers  
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-11 11:00:00Z 0

Wheelie Bins

Wheelie Bins: What Goes Where?
 
Averil Stevenson with President Janice
 
We were treated to an interesting and informative presentation by Averil, the Commercial & Compliance Manager at EcoCentral’s recycling plant.
 
Averil was born in Lyttelton and has two children of which one turned four today so we were very appreciative of her giving up her time to talk to us.
 
Part of her role involves talking to community groups because recycling is not that flash at the moment in greater Christchurch.
 
"We not only put stickers on wheelie bins but we also aim to educate the public" smiled Averil.
 
The Christchurch operation recycles 200 tons of recycling each day which comes from is as far away as Ashburton and the Mackenzie District.
 
“Post lockdown saw a huge increase in rubbish in the recycling, with over 50% of trucks now being failed as unable to be recycled” explained Averil.  Two issues as a result of this are:
 
(1) Many items that could be recycled are now in landfill plus:
 
(2) There is not enough recycling available to meet our commitments to overseas processing factories.
 
They have also had issues recently getting processed recycling into destination countries as they have been badly affected by the Covid-19 virus and closed their borders.
 
To this day EcoCentral is turning way over 40% of all incoming loads. Because these go straight to landfill it has cost residents in the region of $1.2 million dollars to dump these loads.
 
To help combat this, lots of bins are being regularly checked for content with only 20% getting gold stars, 60% require information to better educate house owners and the remaining 20% are being used to put anything and everything in including dead animals, food waste etc.
 
These bins are not being collected and result in the owners going to ‘Strike 1’ status. If they fail again two weeks later they go to ‘Strike 2’.  If they fail again, then the bins are taken away.
 
The processing of bins that are accepted is semi-automated. So:  what’s in them?
 
“Paper is the most common item in the recycling bins but you need to be aware that we can't process anything smaller than an envelope so receipts, shredded paper etc. need to go in the red bin” explained Averil.
 
Glass bottles and jars are recyclable and most go into a product used in roading.  The lids, though, must go in the red bin as otherwise the machine thinks they are a piece of paper.  Steel, aluminium and aerosol containers can also be recycled but paint cans and tin foil need to go in the red bin.
 
With respect to plastic, the recycling centre’s goal is to recycle as much plastic as possible onshore. Rigid plastic bottles and containers are OK providing it is numbered 1, 2 and 5 only. All other plastics go in the red bin.
 
Standard milk plastic is also OK but squeezable containers (#4) and anything with number 7 on it cannot be recycled. Anything smaller than a yoghurt container or bigger than 3 litres also needs to go in the red bin as these are also not able to be processed within the recycling plant.
 
“Soft wrap film also needs to go in the red bin as our system thinks it is paper as well and this is what makes up most of our contaminants” shared Averil.
 
So, in summary, any plastics you can ‘scrunch’ go in the red bin.
 
To help ensure loads are safe, drivers are being increasingly asked to look at what goes in via amounted camera. “We are also going into schools to educate students and giving talks to groups such as yours” smiled Averil.
 
The company is  are also looking at increasing recycling standardisation across New Zealand including ensuring that labels of “type” are more easy to see which will help bin owners choose the right bin for especially products that need to go in the red bin.
 
We thanked Averil for her informative talk and display of key items which will be a great help to ensure that we are putting the right products in the right bins.
 
 
Wheelie Bins Grant Paice 2020-10-05 11:00:00Z 0

Halloween is GO!

Halloween is “Go” for Friday Oct 30th
 
Liz
 
Great news - yes it is all on! 
 
I know how much you all enjoyed the event last year so please put your hand up to help for 2-3 hours again. Many of you suggested that we have a BBQ at this year’s event and we are going to run with this to cover some of the costs for this free family event.
 
The help and jobs required are as follows;
 
  • 6 people to help erect and pack up the Gazebo and erect banners.
  • 6 people to blow up balloons, tie together and secure at poles around Gazebo, help with Collect, erect our Papanui Rotary Wand and pack up at the end.
  • 8 -10 people to set up and take down 5 stations around the trees (items supplied).
  • 4 people to stamp children’s sheets and on the hand when they hand in their sheets.
  • People to give out bags of sweets to the children at the finish line once sheets handed in.
  • 4 people to help run the BBQ including transport, set up and pack up.
  • 2 more people at the end to help pack everything up.
 
Can anyone help with sourcing sausages at a good price please?
Bread can be purchased from Couplands and tomato & mustard sauce will also be purchased.
 
Any further suggestions welcomed to make this an even more enjoyable event so get involved and join in the fun.
 
Contact Liz to put your name down to help.
 
Thank-you
 
 
Halloween is GO! Liz Courtney 2020-10-05 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
The grass is growing fast!
 
Just a reminder we are weeding next Tuesday the 13th starting at 9.30 am with morning tea and will be finished by noon.
The grass is growing fast.
 
Cheers Denis.
 
 
Braintree Building Fund Raiser
 
“Hi to all at Papanui Rotary.
 
Thank-you to all the wonderful people who supported us at our recent public fundraising launch party. 

We were overwhelmed by the generosity of the 300+ guests present, and their willingness to support the cause. There was an incredible energy in the room.

We are so close to having a world-first wellness centre for Cantabrians living with a neurological condition.

We have raised $4 million so far, or 80% of the funds needed and are now seeking public donations for the final $1 million to make the BrainTree Wellness Centre a reality.”
 
Kathy
 
Donate to Brain Tree here.
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
Last week was a big Rotary week for me. A lot of work was done tidying up the calendar for the next 6 months following the latest board meeting which involved talking to a number of the directors as well as speaker coordinator Rob Thomson.
 
On Wednesday I went to Rolleston Rotary with Nick and Arie. It was exciting to listen into the planning going into their events and projects and their charter event on 22 October. There is a lot involved in establishing a new Rotary club and I offer congratulations to Nick, Liz and Arie, Matt Sullivan and the team from Lincoln as well as Amanda vander Kley and her team at Rolleston for making this all happen. 
 
The journey of Rolleston will form part of a webinar on new style Rotary clubs that Nick and Arie together with Rebecca Fry from Australia are presenting to DG trainers and District membership chairs across Australia and New Zealand this Thursday evening. At last count there were 130 registrations for this webinar. 
 
This Wednesday I have a cluster meeting over breakfast with presidents of the clubs in our cluster and Assistant Governor Craig Murphy. Craig has asked each club president to report on any changes/innovations made since Covid-19 in response to Rotary World President Holger Knaack's challenge to be bold and embrace change.
 
It was with a lot of sadness that I announced last Thursday that Victoria, the daughter of Paul and Anne Wilson died suddenly after a very brief battle with cancer. Paul is one of our honorary members. Paul and Anne lost their son Craig 15 years ago and now their daughter has passed away.
 
There was a good contingent of Rotarians and partners at Wai Mana funeral home on today (Monday) to support Paul and Anne. They passed on their thanks to me for the flowers and messages received from Rotary.
 
It was good to have another external speaker last week in the form of Averill Stevenson. I am sure we will all have better recycling habits going forward. This week we hope to have a report on the very recent Australia/New Zealand virtual conference including a very interesting clip on projects in New Zealand. 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“Winning is fun, but those moments that you can touch someone’s life in a very positive way are better.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-10-05 11:00:00Z 0

Speech Comp Results 2020

Primary & Intermediate Speech Finals 2020
 
Lois Flanagan
 
This year’s speech contest was the biggest for many years with 67 students from 9 schools competing in the preliminary rounds. It was a real pleasure to welcome 2 new schools this year- Ilam and Emmanuel Christian School.
 
Thursday 17 September was the day for the preliminary rounds. Topics for the speeches ranged from the lofty subjects of Bullying, Black Lives Matter, Health and Obesity and Child Labour, to lighter topics of Ice Cream, Lego and Annoying siblings.  One young man told us Rugby is Dangerous, while sporting a large black eye he got from playing hockey! 
 
The judges had a hard task to select 4 finalists in each of Years 5, 6, 7 & 8. In the end there was a good variety of schools represented in the final 16 with every school which competed having at least one student in the final. My grateful thanks to the 4 preliminary round judges: Donna Cherry, Ken McNee, Jennifer O’Leary & Grant Paice who did a fantastic job of choosing the finalists. Thanks also to the timekeepers, Keith Mitchell and Gordon Shields who kept everyone on the right time.
 
It was a wonderful night of entertainment at the Finals at Heaton Intermediate Performing Arts Centre last Thursday night. Parents and friends filled the theatre to enjoy the speeches. Our judges for the final were our own Rotary Associate Sarah Pride and a new judge this year: John Ballantyne from Bishopdale Toastmasters. 
 
The finals kept the audience well entertained with spirited speeches on the History of Make-up, Ethical Fashion, the advantages of Singing and Jet Pack Transport. Two of the first place winners were speeches from students who each spoke with passion & humour about the challenges of living with Diabetes and Celiac Disease. 
 
We congratulate all the students who took part in the competition on their commitment, skills and courage in standing up in front of an audience and performing so well. The finalists were all superb and special congratulations to them all.
 
Special thanks to Heaton Intermediate School who welcome us so warmly every year and provide the rooms and the Performing Arts Centre for us to use.  Thank you also to Gordon Shields for getting the gift vouchers and to Tony Tizzard who prepares and beautifully hand writes all the Certificates.  
 
The speech contest has been going for 26 years and is a great way Papanui Rotary can be involved in the community and make a difference to young peoples’ lives. 
 
Make sure you book a seat for next year’s finals! 
 
 
Speech Comp Results 2020 Liz Courtney 2020-09-27 11:00:00Z 0

TIME 100 Rotarian

TIME 100 Rotarian
 
Submitted by Liz
 
Dear Rotarians/ International PolioPlus Committee Members/ Directors and Trustees

It is with great pride that we inform you that one of our own has been named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
 
Just a few moments ago, Dr. Tunji Funsho, Rotary’s Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair was named to the TIME 100 list for his critical leadership in working with Rotary members and our partners to achieve a wild polio-free Nigeria and eradicate the wild poliovirus in the African region. He is the first Rotary member to receive this honor for our work to eradicate polio.

You can view Dr. Funsho’s profile on the TIME website here.

Dr. Funsho is a member of the Rotary Club of Lekki in Lagos, Nigeria and is Past District Governor of District 9110 and member of the International PolioPlus Committee. Dr. Funsho is a cardiologist with a lifelong commitment to building a healthier world.
 
As Nigeria National PolioPlus Chair since 2013, he has built on the work of his predecessors by leading PolioPlus efforts in Nigeria. Working alongside his fellow Rotarians, Dr. Funsho has built awareness for the importance of polio immunization, encouraged governments and public figures to support polio eradication, and served as a vocal leader and advocate for Rotary and our fight to end polio.

The Time 100 list recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals. Dr. Funsho joins the list with some of the most important and well-known public figures in the world who have been past recipients of the honor: heads of state such as Angela Merkel, religious figures like the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis, celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Bono, philanthropists like Bill Gates, and activists such as Malala Yousafzai.

Dr. Funsho stands on the shoulders of the countless women and men of Rotary who have dedicated their lives, their time, and their money to Rotary’s top priority of eradicating polio. This honor is not just a testament to his work, it is acknowledgment that Rotary members make a difference in the world—one that is worthy of international recognition among the world’s most distinguished leaders.

Every Rotarian can be a leader in the fight to eradicate polio. We hope you’ll use this recognition of Dr. Funsho and Rotary as an opportunity to put renewed energy and focus into creating a world where no child ever again has to be paralyzed by the poliovirus.
 
We’ve come so far into our fight to eradicate polio, and we’ve made incredible progress in the face of enormous challenges. As we join in congratulation to Dr. Funsho, let’s join together and deliver upon our promise to End Polio Now.
 
Sincerely
 
Holger Knaack: President, Rotary Foundation
K.R Ravindran: Chair, The Rotary Foundation
 
 
TIME 100 Rotarian Grant Paice 2020-09-27 11:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
John Stringer had a chat with Keith and Janice recently and they have agreed it would be fun to run a weekly book table at Rotary for the rest of the year, to raise some funds, selling books associated with the Club as Christmas stocking fillers.
 
He has two books out this year, Keith can provide the Chatham Islands book, and John is hoping Jenny might put up some of her books in the mix. John will get the Papanui Heritage book.
 
He has asked me to put out an initial call for Rotary Members to bring along books for sale that are in some way associated with the Club and, ideally, they would be authored by Club members but not necessarily.  He will run a book table each Thursday. They can be new, or second hand, but need a connection.
 
Keith and John will bring their ones along next week to kick it off.
 
 
 
Kathy received this letter recently regarding funds raised for MSPC.
 
Dear Kathy
 
We now have the totals back from all the buckets and we can let you know how Papanui Rotary Club did for our 2020 Street Appeal!
 
Your group raised $1,417.40, which is absolutely fantastic!
 
Thank you so much for your continuing support and for helping us smash our targets this year. We can never fully express how grateful we are for your continuing support.
 
Kind regards,
Charlotte Ackroyd
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
The primary and intermediate schools speech competition finals last Thursday night was a great success.
 
Two new schools joined the mix and there were 16 great finalists speaking on a range of topics some hilarious, others very serious issues. 
 
17 Rotarians and one partner attended and everybody was impressed.  Thank you to Lois and her team for a wonderfully organised event. 
 
Thankfully the Rotarians that came to the Club for a meal remembered to come early. We were back to buffet and it was very enjoyable. Now that we are back to the buffet you only need to contact Deryn or the apology line if you are going to be absent or if you are bringing guests. 
 
I am looking forward to a full attendance this week at the Club. Have a good week everybody.
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for a Windy Week
 
“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-09-27 11:00:00Z 0

EQ Claims & Res

Earthquake Claims and Resolutions
 
 
We had the privilege of hearing from Ken Pope, National Manager of the Residential Advisory Service 
(RAS) and Darren Wright, Director of the Greater Christchurch Claims Resolution Service (GCCRS) last Thursday.
 
These free services cover the greater Christchurch area and are funded by the Government under the Innovation & Employment Service.
 
The GCCRS service arose to help those people who have not been satisfied with the repairs of a home bought post earthquake after having discovered bad workmanship or damage not noticed by the original insurance companies and have not received adequate payouts to cover the repairs.
 
In 2018 GCRS settled 1400 claims and has approximately 1000 people they are continuing to help.
 
The service offers the following:
 
  1. Organise a peer review.
  2. A facilitator to work with the homeowners Engineer and the Insurance Company’s Engineer so they can share information and work out a satisfactory result.
  3. Independent Dispute Service with Engineers & lawyers.
  4. A determinate Service if required presided by a High Court Judge to make a final decision.
  5. Tribunal service.
  6. Community Law group for free advice.
  7. A case manager is assigned to your case to help with wellbeing, engineering and technical issues.
 
The GCCRS is different to other services available as the package they offer is significant in that it recognises the wellbeing of the homeowners first and foremost and acknowledges that many of them have struggled to obtain any satisfactory help.
 
The Government also recognised that those in the greater Christchurch area had not been treated fairly by some Insurance companies and that the Residential Advisory Service and the GCCRS needed to work together to benefit the homeowners.
 
The Government has allowed $300 million for this programme.
 
Donna Cherry, one of our own Papanui Rotarians, is a lawyer with the Community Law group which has helped 1500+ people since the GCCRS began. In its latest survey figures 92% of people who have been helped are satisfied with this free service.
 
75% of people have used this service through word of mouth recommendation. Although the funding has been extended by the Government through to June 2021 it is expected to be extended again due to the number of cases still to be resolved.
 
Some homes purchased post earthquake and have uncovered damage due to EQC repairs not properly undertaken up to the limit of $ 115,000 the homeowner can still be helped. They need to register the damage with EQC or contact GCCRS before the 14th October 2020 if they bought the property before the 14th August 2020.  After this date homeowners can still get help but the process to access help will be more difficult as the EQC ACT is always open.
 
Questions & Answers session from the floor was:
 
  • What if I am proposing to buy a house in the Christchurch area?
 
It is fundamental if purchasing to have a professional House check.
 
  • What if my Insurance was with Southern Response?
 
The Government now has an MOU with this group to settle claims fairly. Recommend working through the GCCRS for clarity around any specific situation and its FREE.
 
  • What is the average time it takes for a case to be resolved?
 
Anywhere between 4-6 months on average.
 
85% of people take a Cash Settlement while the remainder undertake the repairs required.
 
Residential Advisory Service (RAS)
 
Ken Pope outlined the role of the Residential Advisory Service which works in tandem the GCCRS.  It’s focus is on Canterbury and Christchurch but also works across NZ when large scale disasters strike.
 
They helped work through 16-18,000 claims in Kaikoura and have been involved in claims in Edgecomb, Whakatane and along the coastal area of Wellington with landslips. They respond to National disasters and contract the staff for the GCCRS.
 
For Christchurch homeowners the RAS assists with unresolved damage claims under the EQC regime. Resolution / settlements are limited to EQC payments criteria. This service is available for all home owners not just those of onsold properties.
 
Ken summed up the work done by both groups by saying his greatest satisfaction is “making changes to peoples lives each and every day.”
 
Keep up the good work and spread the word!
 
 
EQ Claims &amp; Res Liz Courtney 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Int Day of Peace

International Day of Peace 21st September 2020
 
 
FOUR STEPS TO PEACE PROJECT
Introduction
 
The United Nations International Day of Peace started in 1982 and now occurs each year on 21st September (for more details click here).
 
The Rotary District 9800 Peacebuilding Committee discussed at its meeting on Monday 17th August 2020 how Rotary could encourage recognition of this day and participation by Rotarians.
 
It was noted also that Hostelling International has, since 2013, promoted “Sleep for Peace” on this day at its hostels throughout the world. http://blog.hihostels.com/2019/06/sleepforpeace/
 
The Project
 
Taking account of the current limited ability for many people to freely travel and meet others to conduct events for this day it is proposed that a virtual event be conducted by your Club involving Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, members of Hostelling International globally and the public in an initiative called:
 
 
STEP 1 Be at Peace
Peace starts with each of us being at peace with ourselves so each participant would take a minimum of say 15 minutes to sit in silence and calm and contemplate what being at peace means to them.
 
STEP 2 Speak your Peace
In the current climate many people are limited in who they can physically connect with so this step is to speak to their closest connection and share with them what peace means to them. If there is no one physically close then they can connect with others by phone or other means available to them.
 
STEP 3    Write of Peace
The next step is to spread the word further by writing a message of peace and sending that or posting it on social media with the #b@peace. You are encouraged to be creative and have fun sharing!
 
STEP 4    Sleep for Peace
Seeing as how we all need to sleep somewhere and to tie in with the young travellers and other hostellers, this step is to celebrate how peaceful sleep is by sharing “sleep secrets” potentially with a photo such as objects that help to calm in the evening, locations where the best nights sleep was etc. also with the #b@peace.
 
Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs and Interact Clubs can organise this as a peace project and encourage all members to take part on or before 21st September.  Upon completion of the four steps the club can collate the participation of all their members and friends and inform the District Peacebuilding Committee Chair.
 
 
Contacts District 9800
 
 
 
 
 
Int Day of Peace Liz Courtney 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Pap Bush Update

Papanui Bush Update
 
 
John Stringer
 
Hi everyone, I’ve been working nights at Isolation Centers since March so have not been free to be at much of Rotary this year. When we’ve been allowed together ourselves I've been self-isolating during the day at Papanui Bush when able, and working with distanced others to make progress in 2020. 
 
One development is that I’ve negotiated a partnership with TransRail to co-manage the rail corridor alongside the Bush with Northgate Trust (Northcity Church) that sits on the land at the top end of the Bush.
 
The plan is to level this area with clean fill and topsoil, with large native trees; use historic disused rails and sleepers to create a fence and plant this area as a public walkway into the Bush from Sawyers Arms Rd next to the decommissioned Scout Den.  
 
There is also a plan down the track (literally) to erect a feature entrance way. TransRail are keen to support this and we are awaiting a formal response so we can take things further.
 
 
This area sat at the heart of the 1850s Bush, so is quite appropriate as a restoration project as part of what we’ve been accomplishing in the Bush itself.  We have had donated a large number of native flax, and the idea is take these and plant them outside the Bush along the barrier fence, along the TransRail corridor, to help create a barrier (both wind and noise) from the trains.
 
Denis and I have discussed this as a possible rolling-along project we could do with Rotary, starting at Langdons Rd end by MEGA and working our way up gradually to Sawyers Arms Rd filling in the gaps with harakeke (flax) plantings as we go. There are already a large number in situ along with old historic cabbage trees.
 
 
You might be interested in this early photo of the area which shows some of the post-Papanui Bush market gardening. Langdons Rd runs through the middle in front of the new Papanui Tech.
 
The 2018~ restored Papanui Bush runs where the trees are, over the house (at center) and to the west of Papanui High between the two parallel roads. The Kruses Waterway settling pond (Just left of the school wing) is still there today.
 
 
Pap Bush Update John Stringer 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Give Every Child a Future
 
To celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Australia and New Zealand, we’ve teamed up with UNICEF to give life-saving vaccines to 100,000 children across the Pacific. 
 
Rotary Give Every Child a Future is a sustainable project that will ensure generations of children and women are protected against cervical cancer, rotavirus and pneumococcal disease.
 
More info to come in future Chats.
 
 
Coffee Club
 
As we are returning to Level 1, our Coffee Club meetings at Reality Bites Cafe resume this Friday (September 25th) and we look forward to seeing you there at 10:00 am!
 
 
 
Still Young at Heart
 
Larry & Grant managed to sneak off to Mt Hutt at the weekend.  A great day was had with good snow, smaller crowds, settled weather and a relaxing pit stop at the Hororata Café Bar on the way home.
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
Thank you to President-elect Grant Paice for stepping in last Thursday while I was in bed with a migraine.  I hear the speakers were very interesting. 
 
Arie and I along with Liz and Nick had the privilege last week along with many others in the district to participate in Australia/New Zealand virtual conference. It was intended to hold the conference in Alice Springs but Covid-19 resulted in it being turned into an on-line format. Over 900- Rotarians from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific participated on Saturday and on Sunday the number topped 1100. 
 
World RI President Holger Knaack addressed us as did the first woman nominated for the World President role, Jennifer Jones, on the need for change and innovation in Rotary. Past President Ian Riseley from Australia spoke as did incoming RI Director Jessie Harman who spoke to our club back in June. 
 
There was a clip showcasing projects in New Zealand. Three of those projects were Papanui Rotary projects so our club got plenty of air time and exposure. We will find a gap later in the year to present on conference to the members.
 
Thanks to Lois and the team for the work they are doing on the speech competitions. I am looking forward to the finals this Thursday.
 
Remember that dinner at the club this week is starting at 5.30pm so we can get away to Heaton Intermediate on time. 
 
Cheers 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation

Jim Hudson
 
In his 2nd talk about the Rotary Foundation Jim began by sharing changes in the funding system.
 
All funds collected for The Rotary Foundation from individuals, Clubs and Districts go to the Foundation’s Annual Fund, unless specifically requested to go to the Polio Fund or the Endowment Fund.   Annual Fund monies are invested for three years at the end of which 50% are directed to the World Fund and 50% to the District Designated Fund which is available for our District to use.
 
Under the new granting model, districts manage the application process and select the projects to be funded for approval by The Rotary Foundation. The funds are then deposited into a dedicated district bank account and onto the clubs to enable the projects to be completed within the year. 
 
“What we can access” explained Jim “is dependent on what we have contributed over the three years so the more money we all contribute to The Rotary Foundation, the more will come back to us to distribute in District Grants.”
 
Local district examples include Riccarton Rotary’s Hohepa Walkway & Reflection Garden and Bishopdale-Burnside Rotary’s neonatal jaundice prevention programme for Fiji (below).
  
 
The World Fund is used to pay for Global Grants that are much bigger in scope and for which the minimum budget is US$30,000.  “These require more detailed and specific goals” noted Jim.
 
The Foundation also supports teaching and learning opportunities overseas with the focus being to create lasting change across the globe, our communities and ourselves. 
 
Jim ended his informative session with the following key point for us to keep in mind:
 
“Supporting our Foundation helps all of us make a difference.”
 
 
Rotary Foundation Jim Hudson 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

MS Parkinson's Support

 
Kathy
 
Our volunteer collectors were in action recently including being located at a great site at the entrance to New World which resulted in a good number of people donating and also sharing their experiences about their loved ones who have or had multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s.
 
Helen & Janice in action
 
We received the following letter of thanks:
 
Dear Kathy
 
Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Canterbury would like to thank Papanui Rotary Club for their help at our 2020 Street Appeal.
 
We really appreciate the continuing support of your group, especially during these uncertain times. We simply would not have been able to have the Appeal without you, and so for your support, we are incredibly grateful.
 
We don’t yet have the full totals for the various areas and sites however we will let you know as soon as we have our final tallies.
 
Thank you again and I hope we can count on you again next year!
 
Kind regards:
 
Charlotte Ackroyd
 
 
MS Parkinson's Support Grant Paice 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

Youth Impact

Youth Impact Projects
 
Stuart
 
 
Our small but super impactful projects have brought our Sister Club Usa River in Tanzania and the youth at their drop-in centre and orphanage much joy.
 
 
The two top pictures show activities that help youth let out energy in a safe way that focuses on self-control and concentration followed below by being able to enjoy a good night’s sleep thanks to new bunk beds and mattresses in the Orphanage.
 
 
 
Youth Impact Grant Paice 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
All Go at the “Bush”
 
It was great to see a good turnout at Papanui Bush recently.  Morning tea was especially well earnt by our hard working group of attendees.
 
 
What a Happy Chap!
 
Lois wins this month’s prize for the “Best Committee to Be On” thanks to her baking a scrumptious lemon cake. 
 
Thanks for the picture Kate.
 
 
A Message from the Papanui Club GM (abridged)
 
As I’m sure most of you are aware the Government have extended Level 2 until at least September 16th, so we have just over a week more until we can hopefully go back to Level 1 and normal Club operations.  Brett.

For our Rotary members who are also members of the Papanui Club, their AGM will be held at the Club on Sunday September the 27th at 10:00 am.
 
 
Emergency Response Kits (ERKs)
 
This year ANZWCS is planning to provide 1,000 kits for use in the Pacific Islands where ongoing natural disasters, such as cyclones and earthquakes, cause massive suffering.
The international and foundation committee has agreed to fund at least three ERKs at a cost of $600 each but would like to increase this number.
 
We have already received several promises of help and are now seeking support from other club members. This could be in the form of assistance to fund either part or all of the cost of an ERK.
 
RNZWCS is a registered charity and contributions are able to be claimed by donors for income tax rebate purposes.
 
Please consider supporting this great program and if you are able to assist the following details will help:
 
Donor Name and Address
Bank Account: 03 1702 0192208 02
Amount Pledged:  $
 
If you have any questions please contact Stuart or Euan.
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
Covid alert levels have done it to us again - another 7 days. This week we have Darren Wright and Ken Pope from The Greater Christchurch Earthquake Resolution Service speaking to us about botched repairs claims and claims arising after on-sales. 
 
In light of the level 2 restrictions it will still be plated meals this week - half roasts and half fish and chips.  It is a Partners night so it is important to let Deryn know whether you are coming (Yes or No) and whether you are bringing a partner. 
 
The following week Thursday 24th is the finals night for the Primary and Intermediate speech competitions. The meal (hopefully back to a buffet) will start at 5.30pm to enable members to get to Heaton Intermediate School on time. 
 
Arie and I did a stint collecting for MS and Parkinson’s at Northwood New World. We were right beside the Lotto counter and were struck by people’s generosity and some of the tragic stories they told about family members affected by these diseases.
 
Thank-you to many members who assisted with the collecting.  Last Tuesday we managed to join the team weeding at Papanui Bush on a fine day. We were surprised by the growth in the native trees planted at the Bush.
 
The committee night last Thursday was a great success with good attendances and some serious work being done by the committees. Thank you to everybody for your participation.
 
Just a reminder we are not permitted to go to the bar and order our own drinks - the club is operating on a single serve basis. A staff member has to come and take orders. Frustrating but that is life at every venue at present.
 
The general manager told us he had some complaints from diners who were not allowed to come to the bar but observed Rotarians trying to do exactly that.  Thanks for your understanding going forward.
 
Look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday.
 
Janice
 
 
 
Just took a call this afternoon from Deryn who has been informed that the meals for this Thursday’s meeting at the Papanui Club is either a roast or fish & chips. 
 
She has heard that the fish & chips are especially scrumptious.
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world.”
 
RI President-Elect Gary C. K. Huang
(The Rotarian Apr 2014)
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0

School Climate Action Team help

School Climate Action Team Help
The local colleges in Blenheim have a group of youth who have formed a climate action team and took on a project to plant trees at several local schools.
 
Rotary Blenheim funded trees and joined them for a day going around local schools and planting trees.
 
School Climate Action Team help Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary School Speech Competition

Papanui Rotary Junior Speech Contest
Papanui Rotary runs a Junior Speech competition every year for students from years 5-8.
 
There is an excellent response from local schools. Most years there are at least nine schools represented. This year 2 new schools joined the competition. The students produce many outstanding speeches on a wide range of subjects.
 
This year there are over 30 students competing in Years 5 and 6  and 25 in Years 7 and 8. The top 4 speakers from each year go through to the finals which are held at the Heaton Intermediate Performing Arts Centre.
 
The standard of speeches is always very high and makes it a tough night for the judges.
 
It’s a great event which helps young students develop a skill to take them into their lives with the confidence to speak in public.
 
 
 
 
Rotary School Speech Competition Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Special Rotary Values Awards

Rotary Values School Awards
Christchurch Avon-Otakaro Rotary have annual awards for Intermediate students who meet Rotary values rather than academic/sporting awards.
 
They run an annual prize giving for schools in their area. It is for students in Intermediate schools (or equivalent) who have reflected Rotary values - and who might not otherwise get a prize for academic or sporting achievement. It is the jewel in the crown of their club activities as it is very well received.
 
They also do a prize giving for students “graduating” a youth offenders facility which is also very well received. Members who go along say that find it very moving as these kids often get nothing.
 
They also provide prizes to two high schools in their area for a student who has overcome difficulties that year.
 
Special Rotary Values Awards Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Ready to Learn Package

Rotary Ready to Learn Package
Rangiora Rotary has offered a "ready to learn" package to one school per year. The first was Southbrook, followed by Rangiora Borough and this year it will be Ashgrove School.
 
The ready to learn package is given to the School to administer. The School Principal uses it for pupils who would miss out on things like sports gear or classroom books or similar materials.
 
They tradiitionally valued the packages at $100 per needy pupil and got the estimated numbers from the school.
 
Ready to Learn Package Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Enrichment Program

Rotary Enrichment Program
The Rotary Enrichment Programme (REP) is a community initiative sponsored by the Penrose Rotary Club.
 
The focus of this programme, is to enrich and enhance the literacy and reading skills of the College’s Year 9 students, while its aim is to accelerate their learning to prepare them for their future NCEA assessments.
 
Tutors from the community work weekly with students who have been selected because they have shown they have the potential to do well at the College.
 
These tutors are doctors, lawyers, businessmen and women, teachers accountants etc. They give their time freely to work one-on-one with our students.
 
The REP coordinator says that, “The success of the programme can be measured by the glowing reports received from the various ERO visits, parents’ and students’ feedback, and knowing that five of our current prefects are ex-REP students.”
 
Rotary Enrichment Program Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

School Pets Day and Art Work

School Pets Day and Art Work
Lincoln Primary hold a large annual Pets’ Day and Lincoln Rotary supplied 13 volunteers who despite the name of the event actually judged various year groups’ art work.
 
It was a great morning and Rotary want to do that again in November. 
 
The Rotary Club visited the new Primary (Ararira Springs) and met with the Principal.
 
They have a very active group of parents but most of them work during the day so cannot assist during the normal school day.
 
They therefore asked Rotary for volunteers to help with reading and listening to reading and clubs such as cookery and gardening.
 
The club has various volunteers lined up but have yet to start this due to Covid-19 restriction and school holidays. Hopefully they can start when they get back later this month.
 
School Pets Day and Art Work Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Intermediate School Breakfasts

Intermediate School Breakfasts
Whakatu Rotary cooked and served breakfasts for Intermediate students. One day for boys. One for girls. There were inspirational speakers and each student could invite a special guest. 
 
It was a most significant school project for the club. For a number of years they prepared, cooked, served (and cleaned up!) breakfast over two mornings every second year for Nelson Intermediate students and a parent/carer/significant adult as part of leadership and mentoring programme.
 
The first day was for the girls and the second for the boys. Each breakfast was like a school formal, with fully set tables in the hall, followed by a guest speaker promoting leadership, education, goal-setting, etc for the young people, who really looked forward to it.
 
At present, the tradition has not continued but is a good example of a fun and meaningful project which brings a Rotary Club  into contact with the school, staff and students.
 
An excellent artcile featuring photos and videos from Stuff can be seen by clicking here:
 
 
Intermediate School Breakfasts Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

School Special Needs Camp

School Special Needs Camp

At Papanui High School, the Kimi Ora Unit is for students with an intellectual disability.
 
Each student works on an Individual Education Programme, which is worked out jointly by the student, the family, specialists and the school staff.
 
There is a strong emphasis on communication, functional life skills, relationships and self-care. Their programme aims ultimately to transition and support students through work experience opportunities and the ongoing development of independent living skills.
 
There are two rooms, fully equipped with kitchen areas, class and office space, computers, a TV etc. Classes make use of the school library and community library, gymnasium, computer science, food and nutrition and other specialist rooms.
 
All students have Art, Physical Education, Music and Food and Nutrition with specialist teachers.
 
Based on IEP and staff assessment, students can, where appropriate, also join mainstream classes.
 
These students are fully accepted as part of the wider school and take part in all special school events such as sports days, school dances and special events. They attend form time in a mainstream class.
 
Senior students work alongside the Kimi Ora students as peer tutors and assist with the annual camp.
 
The Kimi Ora Camp
 
The annual camp is held in late September each year. Year 12 students act as leaders and run the 3 day camp and activities. It is rewarding for the leaders and students. They end up one big happy family.
 
Papanui Rotary runs a BBQ fundraiser which is specifically to provide some financial assistance with accommodation, food transport and camp activities.
 
School Special Needs Camp Gary Denhard 2020-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

Remedial Reading Helpers

Remedial Reading Helpers

At one Canterbury Primary School members from two local Rotary Clubs go to school each week to guide students in their remedial reading session.
 
This school, like many others, has students who participate in special remedial reading programs.
 
The challenge is that, teachers and assistants often do not have the time to sit for reasonable periods of time to listen to the students reading.
 
Many Rotary club members have committed to be there every week to listen to and guide the young students.
 
It is rewarding for the Rotarians and enjoyed by the students.
 
 
Remedial Reading Helpers Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

Edible Garden Working Bee

Edible Garden Working Bee

Blenheim Rotary have been assisting a lower decile school. Initial involvement was a working bee to clean up the school edible garden and then a later working bee to extend this to further gardens.
 
They also ran a working bee to fix the school bikes which are held at the school for children without bikes of their own or not at school.
 
Rotary held their club night at the school and with the donation from the local STIHL Shop of a pole driver, planed 350 trees that had been donated to the school.
 
Rotarians attended the Matariki night at the school and helped with the sausage sizzle.
 
The local colleges have a group of youth who have formed a climate action team and took on a project to plant trees at several local schools. Rotary Blenheim funded $1000.00 worth of trees and joined them for a day going around local schools and planting trees.
 
Rotary Blenheim has funded an information evening with Nathan Wallis (gold coin donation) He focused on the importance of the formative years of prenatal and preschool.
Edible Garden Working Bee Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

School Farm Visit

School Farm Visit

Ferrymead Rotary organised a school trip to a farm.
 
Many children had never been on a farm before and some had never been out of Christchurch.
 
Rotarians have a vast network of personal and business contacts. These can come into play to help schools with a variety of activities for students who may have not experienced some things in the wider world.
 
It is often easier for a Rotary Club to provide time, contacts or experience rather than using the proceeds from fund raising.
School Farm Visit Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

Touch Rugby Shirts for Juniors

Touch Rugby shirts for Juniors in Belfast and Kaiapoi

In 2008 40 Junior touch teams (ages 5 to 12) in the Belfast area had no playing shirts to identify their team. Some parents couldn't afford to buy a shirt for their child to play in and they were unable to play.
 
Using the slogan 'Kids in sport stay out of court' the Rotary Club of Belfast/Kaiapoi set about finding sponsors from the local business community and from Club members themselves.
 
With these sponsors in place they purchased 40 sets of playing shirts for the teams.
 
There are up to 12 players in each team. This meant over 400 shirts.
 
Each team has a different colour shirt, a number on the back, the sponsor's name on the right front and the Rotary logo on the left front. They have now repeated this project each year since 2008.
 
The Junior Touch Game has grown in 2020 to now include a total of 63 teams from Belfast and Kaiapoi and this means that there are over 600 young people from age 5 through to 12 years playing each week.
Touch Rugby Shirts for Juniors Gary Denhard 2020-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

My Journey in Rotary

My Journey in Rotary
 
 
We were treated to newly inducted member Mark Bond’s presentation to us last week including his Rotary journey so far.
 
“This is the 3rd Rotary Club I have been with” started Mark “which are Melbourne Garden City, Belfast and Papanui.”
 
Mark’s father joined the Timaru Club and he was dragged along as well.  In 1979 he transferred to Christchurch which he found a bit of a challenge to fit into.  In 1982 Mark was sponsored by the Papanui Club into RYLA and then joined Roterac. “I made many good friends in those days” smiled Mark. 
 
In 1989 Mark moved to Auckland but was still dragged along to Papanui Rotary when in Christchurch.  In 1996 he then moved to Melbourne and met a bloke who took him along to a local Rotary club which had an interesting “no alcohol” approach. 
 
Mark then returned to Christchurch in 2001 to join a law firm and became a partner in 2005. He also joined the Garden City Rotary Club at that time.
 
In 2009 he took some leave and decided to take a break from Rotary around the time of the earthquakes.  “I eventually decided to re-join and here I am” he laughed.
 
Mark has been very grateful for the fellowship that both his parents also valued and feels he has some big shoes to fill but is willing to do his best.
 
“My law firm manages everything to do with property” he explained.  Mark runs a busy team and is also a Board Member of Aged Concern which focuses on celebrating what they contribute.
 
This includes managing a very active property market which included dealing with the incredible growth in EQC plus, more recently, managing the effects of Covid-19 on property activity.
 
“Late last year there was a rise in values but since then we have experienced major changes in regulations that require much greater attention to compliance and diligence” noted Mark. He also noted that there has recently been a greater number of listings but still a shortage of stock which makes it a sellers’ market.    
 
Like Hill St Blues, Mark’s advice at the present time is: “Be careful out there” as the quality of repairs and workmanship in the past was extremely variable and often did not require consent.  He also strongly recommended that you obtain a report from a structural engineer before pursuing any purchase.   
 
In addition to enjoying time with his two boys aged 16 & 18, Mark is also kept busy as the Code of Conduct Commissioner at many levels of cricket and has become involved in Canterbury Golf to boot.  His interests include playing golf, and dabbling in the kitchen.  Watching his boys play hockey is also high up on his liked activities list.
 
Ken thanked Mark for his interesting talk and we look forward to the wide range skills and experiences including those with Rotary that he brings to our Club.
 
 
My Journey in Rotary Grant Paice 2020-09-07 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
Lily and Freesia bulbs for 2020
NOTE: an order form will be sent out to all members shortly.
 
As promised attached is the line-up of Lily and Freesia bulbs for 2020.  As you will see the old favourites especially Casa Blanca are still there and there are also three new ones we have never had before.

The freesia flyer has already been circulated and there have been good orders but there are still plenty left. I hadn't seen the bulbs when the flyer went out and I have to say that they are nice big bulbs and should do well.

This year I have left the price of the Lily flyer so that you can insert your own, as you may want to add a dollar or two to cover freight. The retail should be at least $10. 

Bruce Kelly
Treasurer Rakaia Lions Charitable Trust
 
 
A Great Suggestion from Liz
 
Jan has been nominated for a Westfield Local Hero Award.
Many of us know Jan through cooking at RM house and I thought it would be awesome to get as many of our members to vote for her. The prize is $10,000 and it goes back to Ronald McDonald house. 
 
 
 
The Community Capability and Resilience Fund (CCRF) is a fund available to community groups for initiatives that support the rebuild and recovery from COVID-19. The $36 million fund is available from 1 August 2020 to support communities over the next two years.
 
Gary suggested that we might be able to apply for this if we are aware of the needs of the priority groups which include Māori, Pacific, ethnic migrant communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups.
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
I enjoyed Mark Bond's job talk last week. He joined us only the week before but his association with Rotary has been long and eventful. Welcome to the club Mark. 
 
One thing I did notice last week was the number of folk who were on duty but who were absent without having arranged a swap or replacement. Please if you are not going to be at a meeting, organise a swap or replacement and drop me a line or text so I am not rushing around on the night looking for volunteers to help out. 
 
Because we are not in buffet mode at the club at present we are getting plated meals. The Papanui Club need to try and get the numbers as accurate as possible. In the current state of things it is helpful if you let Deryn know whether you are coming ‘yes or no’ and absolutely if you are bringing a guest. 
 
The extension of alert levels is playing havoc with our club calendar. I am working with the directors to confirm various dates and reschedule if necessary. This information will be helpful when you sit down later in the week with your committees. 
 
Enjoy your committee night. 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“Dear optimist, pessimist and realist.  While you three were arguing about the glass of water, I drank it.  Sincerely the opportunist.”
 
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Mark Bond

A Big Welcome to Mark Bond
 
 
As noted in the President’s Blurb below, it was a pleasure to warmly welcome Mark Bond into Papanui Rotary.  Mark was joined for the occasion by his wife Julie, his mother Adrianne and his good friend Craig Sargison, President of the Rangiora Rotary Club.
 
Mark & Craig with the 4 Way Test
 
Mark brings a board wealth of skills and experiences to the club and we are looking forward to his presentation to us next Thursday evening.
 
 
Mark Bond Grant Paice 2020-08-31 12:00:00Z 0

My Three Shirts

My Three Shirts
 
Chris wearing his Camouflage Shirt & Chaplain Sash
 
Our special guest speaker last week was Chris Purdie, a Leading Shepherd and Principal Army Chaplain at Burnham Military Camp.
 
Married to Sylvia and proud father of three boys, Chris has been in a ministering role for thirteen years and has been based at Burnham for the last five of these.
 
1st Shirt
 
“My first shirt is my Army T-Shirt which means I still have to participate in and pass all fitness requirements” explained Chris.  He has also found this a great way to meet and get to know all his fellow Army comrades.
 
One of his primary tasks is to run services every Sunday.  As Burnham also doubles as the Defence Force Prison, he also gets the opportunity to meet those who are currently incarcerated who especially enjoy the opportunity to have some time out plus it also allows Chris to share who he is and what he offers.
 
“Most of the other time I am involved in a wide range of camp activities which gives me additional ways to get to know a wider range of camp residents” he added.
 
2nd Shirt
 
The 2nd shirt Chris then showed us was his camouflage shirt which includes showing that he is also an Army Officer paid by the Govt. 
 
Chris then explained that he started his working life in social work and spent a lot of time supporting youth before deciding that chaplaincy seemed an appropriate next step.
 
“My job” explained Chris “is to see that soldiers get the spiritual care they need”.  This sometimes involves calling in other faith specialists to help the diversified range of people to works with.  Chris also works in closely with other support personnel which helps provide a more comprehensive support service.
 
With respect to service, Chris went to Afghanistan in 2008-09 as a non-combatant.  “I was lucky that things were very quiet at that time and ended up spending a lot of time with the medics” he added.  Chris felt it was a very useful experience to be overseas and in the field as it was quite different to camp life.
 
In looking back at his main role, Christ added that a key part is liaising with other professionals to ensure the people he supports get the best help they can.  “Many people wait too long to ask for help” he explained “and this gives us the opportunity to intervene in a more timely and effective manner.”
 
3rd Shirt
 
The final shirt, Chris explained, is his Army Jacket.  In addition to his three shirts, Chris also wears his preaching outfit.
 
“I am especially proud of my sash”, he smiled, “which I wear at special ceremonies and events.”  It is nationally recognised to signify that the wearer is a Chaplain.
 
Returning to the morning services he runs which start at 6:00 am, Chris noted that many military people are quite spiritual by nature which many members of the public might not realise.
 
“Chaplains have been in the Armed Forces since the 1880s” Chris noted “and a large part of our role has always been to listen to their problems and support them as they consider solutions.” 
 
What really helps, he explained, is that the army sees people as its most valuable resource and that supporting those them through injuries or challenges is critical.
 
John thanked Chris for his interesting and informative presentation and we wished him well for his ongoing valuable work at Burnham.
 
 
My Three Shirts Grant Paice 2020-08-31 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Liz sent this brief video through that shows the Rotary International President and the Nigeria National PolioPlus Committee Chair talking about Africa being Polio free.
 
CTRL-Click here to view it.
 
 
Target Shooting Competition is Go
 
Our planned Target Shooting Competition is still planned for September 29th.  We are looking for volunteers and Arie will be updating us shortly.
 
 
Rotary Gear
 
Thanks, Lois, for sending these pictures through of newly available Rotary gear.  Contact Liz or Lois for details on how to order these if you are interested.
 
 
Papanui Bush Dates
 
Put these dates in your Calendars for helping out from 9.30-11.30 am and enjoying morning tea every second Tuesday of the month. 

Sept 8th, Oct 13, Nov 10th
 
Bring your own flask. I look forward to seeing you there.
 
Denis
 
 
2nd Reminder …
 
Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your friends and family as 20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising.
 
They can purchase any one of the 21 Entertainment memberships available throughout NZ and Australia and we retain 20% of the purchase price.
 
Thanks for your support:
 
 
The President’s Blurb
 
It was wonderful to be able to induct new member Mark Bond last Thursday. Mum Adrienne was very proud and it was special to have her and Mark's wife Julie along on the night plus Mark’s good friend Craig Sargison, President of the Rangiora Rotary Club.
 
If any member knows people who they believe are keen to serve their community and might be willing to do that with Rotary please feed the names to Arie or Nick and they will pick up from there with the membership committee. 
 
Alert levels have not changed so this week it will be plated meals at the club again.
 
This week I have a cluster meeting with Assistant Governor Craig Murphy and the Presidents of Avonhead, Hornby, Riccarton and Sunrise. It is always interesting to hear what other clubs are up to, share ideas and hear how they are handling change in this challenging environment we operate in. 
 
Janice
 
 
Thought for the Morning
 
“Grant’s “tree”mendous 2nd excuse for a late Club Chat!”
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-31 12:00:00Z 0

Poliovirus

Goodbye Wild Poliovirus
 
 
C/- Liz
 
Within the next few days, as reported in the current issue of Rotary Down Under, the World Health Organisation African Region will be officially certified free of wild poliovirus.
 
August 25 is the red letter day and certification will come four years after Nigeria, the last Polio endemic country in Africa, recorded its last case of wild Polio!
 
When the African region is certified as wild Polio-free, five of the six WHO regions (representing over 90% of the world’s population) will be free of the wild poliovirus.
 
This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region.  It has involved millions of health workers travelling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.
 
In 1996, Rotary and our partners joined with Nelson Mandela to jumpstart Africa’s commitment to polio eradication with the launch of the ‘Kick Polio out of Africa’ campaign. Mandella’s call mobilized African nations and leaders across the continent to step up their efforts to reach every child with polio vaccine.
 
Since 1996, nine billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been provided, averting an estimated 1.8 million cases of wild poliovirus on the continent.  Thanks to the dedicated efforts of thousands of Rotary members, health workers, traditional and religious leaders, parents, and country leaders.
 
Rotary and its members have contributed nearly US$980 million to eliminate polio in the African region.
 
These are amazing statistics and they were highlighted during an End Polio Now Zoom meeting involving 60 EPN Coordinators, Rotary senior leaders and Rotary International staff.
 
RI Past President and TRF Trustee Chairman Elect John Germ announced Rotary’s fund raising details from the 2019/20 Rotary year in which we just scrambled over the line to reach the coverted goal of US$50 million to ensure the two for one bonus of US$100 million from the Gates Foundation was achieved.
 
Cash income reached a final total of US$50,795,000!
 
My request to you all is to share the above information with all Rotary clubs and team members during the next week.
 
Fund raising in the shadow of Covid-19 will be difficult again in the year ahead and our senior leaders have urged End Polio Now coordinators to encourage their teams to make an early start.
 
Now is the time to plan high profile activities for World Polio Month in October and especially on World Polio Day of October 24.
 
The September issue of RDU will carry full details of the Sir Clem Renouf Polio Appeal to be conducted over the next six months and to encourage high level fund raising by all Rotary Clubs and members: a fitting tribute to one of our world’s great Rotary leaders.
 
Rob Byrne, TRF Services senior coordinator at the RI South Pacific & Philippines office in Parramatta, will do a direct mailing to all Governors and Rotary Clubs with simple instructions on the banking system to support the Clem Renouf Appeal. Our senior leaders in Bill Boyd, Ian Riseley, Noel Trevaskis and Jessie Harman have prepared brief video messages available via the RDU Studio to promote the Appeal and the concept of the virtual meals.
 
Please urge your Rotary Clubs to get on board and donate the value of their Rotary meal to the Appeal.  Let’s make this new concept work and don’t forget … plan your World Polio Day celebrations now!   
 
With thanks and warm best wishes,
 
PDG Bob Aitken
 
 
Poliovirus Liz Courtney 2020-08-23 12:00:00Z 0

Citation

Keith
 
Gary Hopkinson sent through an email where he was delighted to confirm that five Rotary Clubs attained a citation last year (four with distinction) with many others coming close to also achieving this.
 
The Clubs that achieved this are Cashmere, Greymouth, Lincoln, Papanui and Riccarton.
 
This is a significant award that honours Clubs whose leaders and members show a commitment to success.  Clubs that achieve the goals required to achieve this are viewed as helping strengthen Rotary and shaping our future.
 
 
Citation Keith Mitchell 2020-08-23 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
 
Quiz Night
 
The recent Quiz Night raised a net profit of $2,668.  
 
Thank-you to all those who donated goods or supported the night by your participation.
 
Verdi
 
 
 
20% of every membership sold contributes to our fundraising.
 
Help us achieve our goal by sharing this link with your friends and family. 
 
They can purchase any one of the 21 Entertainment memberships available throughout NZ and Australia and we retain 20% of the purchase price.
 
Thanks for your support:
 
Gordon & the Rotary Club of Papanui.
 
 
The President Elect’s Blurb
 
Many thanks to attending members last week who put up with my 1st go at running a meeting.  Special thanks to Deryn for her fantastic support.
 
On to more important matters, President Janice has just told me that - similar to last week - we are having another two-choice main meal of either (1) a roast or (2) a Beef & Guinness Stew with a pudding to follow this coming Thursday the 27th.
 
Remember me talking last week about my A&W job at A&W when I lived in Canada?  This is the only job I have ever had where I sometimes got to ski to work.
 
Cheers: Grant
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“No-one has more to do that a toddler at bedtime.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-23 12:00:00Z 0

Lessons Past

Lessons from the Past?
 
The Dangers of a Pandemic Flu
 
Paula Arrubla-DiGrigoli and Colette Oduy Joseph, from the Collier County Health Department, gave a presentation on pandemic flu to members of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary at the Marco Island Yacht Club in August 2006.
 
Joseph gave examples of past pandemics. In 1918, there was the Spanish flu, which affected 40 percent of the world population and originated in Kansas. In 1957, there were 70,000 deaths in the United States because of the Asian flu.
 
She explained the difference between seasonal flu and pandemic flu. Seasonal flu occurs every year during the winter and most people recover in one to two weeks. Pandemic flu occurs infrequently, maybe three times each century, and can occur any time of year.
 
The flu virus is not always considered airborne and is also transferred through touch. For example, if a person with the flu sneezes into his or her hand and then touches a door knob and someone else touches that same knob it can lead to them becoming unwell.
 
Since the flu is a virus, it needs a host such as a bird or human. For example avian, or bird flu, is caused by influenza viruses that occur naturally among wild birds.  A pandemic flu is virulent and causes a global outbreak.
 
The World Health Organization has developed a system of identifying where the world stands with regard to pandemic flu. Because a pandemic flu would be worldwide, she said, we need to be prepared to help ourselves.
 
During her presentation, Arrubla-DiGrigoli warned that when the first human is found with a pandemic flu, there will be as little as 30 days before it spreads worldwide.
 
When we develop an antivirus, we also need to determine now who would receive a vaccine if it is in limited supply and also how people would need to be in voluntary isolation to keep it from spreading.
 
To avoid contracting the flu, she said to wash hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and stay home if you have flu symptoms.  Also thoroughly wash eating utensils, avoid close contact with family members who are sick.
 
She said everyone should also get an annual flu shot.
 
Receiving proper education from health and emergency officials is just the first step in heightening awareness and preparing in advance.
 
Deja-vu
 
Lessons Past 2020-08-16 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
Thursday the 20th at the Pap Club is “GO”
 
After the challenges of the previous few days after our return to Level 2, Deryn & Grant with President Janice’s approval have decided that having a meeting at the Papanui Club for interested members this Thursday the 2oth is a “go”.
 
We have been offered a “two-choice meal” of a Roast or Lamb Shanks plus pudding and decided to go with this meeting as a social opportunity for interested members to get together. 
 
We will be there from 5:15 pm to take payment in the usual ways.  We will also set out the tables & chairs to ensure social distancing is followed and hopefully enough of the tech members will be able to attend and help set up the speaker system etc.
 
Please let us know via an apology if you are not able to make it and for those who are coming to either look for the QR code to scan with the Covid App or for a sign in sheet near the front entrances.
 
Grant will open the meeting before the meal.
 
Afterwards we will have a very brief presentation from Grant on a dubious topic of vague interest that he has yet to decide on and after that we will run a brief table competition with prizes.  Others are also welcome to share info on upcoming events or news etc.
 
We both look forward to seeing you there.
 
Deryn & Grant
 
 
Two Reminders from Deryn
 
If you have not yet paid your sub, please do as as soon as possible as these are now overdue.

If you have not yet paid what you owe from the Brown Paper Bag Auction please do so as soon as possible. If you can't remember what you owe, please contact Deryn on 021 161861 or email her at datregurtha@gmail.com.
 
 
Though for the Week
 
“It’s not about the cards you are dealt that matters but by how you play them.”
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-16 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
The President’s Blurb
 
We had a great night last Thursday and an excellent speaker. We also dealt with a lot of club business which was great to see. There are a lot of committees working hard. 
 
We enjoyed returning to a full buffet meal at the club last week. During the week the Papanui Club indicated that the meal prices are going up this week by a dollar.
 
The Papanui Club had been indicating this shift in their pricing before Covid 19. So the meal charge when you come to club is now $24.  As noted in Grant’s recent analysis this still represents a significant discount that we are grateful for.
 
The Quiz night on Sunday night hosted by the International committee was a huge success with nearly 100 people taking part. Thanks to Verdi for an excellent night out.  Verdi is still finalising the numbers but is predicting a total sum raised close to $3,000. 
 
Mark Bond (son of the late Alan and Adrienne Bond) has been proposed for membership. We are still working on the date of the induction which depends on the availability of family members. 
I attended a cluster meeting with Asst Gov Craig Murphy and other club presidents last Wednesday. It was reported that there are a lot of clubs in the city dealing with venue and catering issues. Relocation options are limited and often more expensive. 
 
A lot of interest was shown in our Rotary Can Project. Many clubs want to participate in the same week we next do a collection but there may be a variety of charities that benefit. 
Christchurch Sunrise reported that another e-day collection (where people can drop of old TVs, computers etc) is planned for later in the year. 
 
Many clubs were having issues with membership as a result of  deaths, members who are nervous about health conditions not attending and some who just decided to set a new path in life and resign. Clubs are worried about how to retain members, what groups to target and how to remain relevant and attractive.
 
There is work to do.  It was agreed to share notes on good speakers and projects that clubs could work together on.
 
Janice   
 
 
Jennifer E. Jones Nominee for 2022-23 President
 
Foundation Trustee Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s President for 2022-23, a ground breaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organisation’s 115 year history.
 
 
 
Rifle Shooting Competition
 
A reminder that the next Papanui Rotary rifle shooting competition will be held on the 29th of September. We have hosted it for some time and need volunteers to run it. More information coming shortly.
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

Tim Jones

The Hāpai Foundation
 
 
Tim Jones, from the recently formed Hāpai Foundation that supports people with intellectual challenges to live full and happy lives, addressed us last week.
 
“Our approach is to try to help people think differently about intellectual disability” explained Tim.
 
In New Zealand deinstitutionalisation took off in the 90’s with the aim being to help people live in their families, communities and schools as much as possible.
 
In recent times fundraising has become increasingly tough as New Zealand has one of the largest number of organisations seeking funds in the world.
 
A welfare council was set up in the past to support changes in how Templeton operated which helped bring  a diverse range of organisations together. This is still a work in progress.
 
“Our premise is that everyone deserves a fair go and we are a voice for those who are often without one” noted Tim.
 
“We see intellectual disability as better described as those who have challenges in their daily activities that most of us take for granted. Being a small number of people in the wider New Zealand community makes it hard for organisations like ours when fundraising” explained Tim.
 
There is a wide range of support available at all levels but it is the ones who sit in the middle that the organisation aims to ensure remain visible.
 
Their guess is that there are approximately 4000 people in Canterbury that have an intellectual disability. While there is a concentration in the Southwest, they are also quite widely spread throughout greater Christchurch and most are in need of support.
 
The company’s focus is on inclusivity which can be a challenge for their clients as they often struggle with quite simple things like going out for a coffee in a retail setting.
 
They have therefore decided to promote the use of an access card that rates local locations on their suitability for their clients. Countdown, for example, offers one hour week of quiet time which is a good start.
 
They are beginning to talk to lots of companies regarding their approach promoting what is called the Kiwi Able Card that allows a person with challenges to bring along a support person. Another option they are looking at is the Mobility Card which encourages holders to use supportive businesses.
 
Last week they were supported by the Minister who is keen to back this process.  Their sales pitch is that this meets the needs a significant proportion of the population who can support businesses during current tough times.
 
“We are hoping that our approach will increase awareness as this is a good way to support the clients we serve and to look at who can support us financially as we move forward” concluded Tim.
 
Doug thanked Tim for his presentation, passion and determination to help those who often do not have a voice for themselves.
 
 
Tim Jones Grant Paice 2020-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Challenge

Rotary Foundation Challenge
 
A Presentation by Jim Hudson
 
Rotary is an International organisation in over 200 countries and we need to recognise this.
 
Founded in 1917, it's mission is to enhance understanding, world health and peace which includes making a significant impact on reducing polio and other water borne illnesses.
 
Funding for these activity comes through us as Rotarians.  Our biggest benefactor is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which will triple our funding towards the eradication of polio campaign if we raise 50 million dollars.
 
We also have the opportunity to contribute by becoming Centurions for a tax deductible $100 per annum.
 
I would like to challenge our current Rotary membership to double our number of Centurions over the coming months.
 
Jim
 
 
Rotary Foundation Challenge Jim Hudson 2020-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

Making a Difference

Rotary Making a Difference
 
Content from Rotary District 9970’s Newsletter
(Abridged)
Rotary’s recent first-ever virtual convention attracted more than 60,000 registrants and 175,000 viewers during its week-long program at which a number of world leaders and partner organizations spoke about how we are all coming together to help each other through the pandemic.
 
In a video address, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said we need to work together to find solutions to the problems that are weakening our societies. 
 
“Your [Rotary’s] efforts have made a significant difference  in eradicating polio, in strengthening communities around the globe, in alleviating the suffering of vulnerable populations, and in building a safer, healthier, and more peaceful world,” Guterres said.
 
A panel of global health experts also discussed how the infrastructure that Rotary and its partners use for polio eradication has helped communities tackle the needs that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Dr. Christopher Elias, president of the Global Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said that:
 
“In pretty much every country where the polio eradication initiative is active, which is over 50 countries, those assets have been dedicated to the COVID-19 response. The world is benefiting, particularly in the poorest countries where we’ve been chasing down the last cases of polio; we’re greatly benefitting from the infrastructure that (Rotary’s) polio initiative has built over the last three decades.”
 
 
Making a Difference Grant Paice 2020-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

Talent Quest

The Great Papanui Rotary Talent Quest
 
You never Know …
 
Evan has been giving some thought to the Rotary evening at 1 Kiln Place, Kaiapoi, on 20th August from 5:30 pm onwards as follows:
 
For some fun and entertainment we will present a "Papanui Rotary Has Talent” show (PRHAT).  
 
All very tongue in cheek and quite informal.  Members and partners might show us how talented they are and they might like to 'hide behind a stage name'.  The fellowship committee members will be the glamorous 'Talent Judges'.
 
They might say "It's a YES from me!"  For the evening people will need to bring finger food (yes keep it simple), plates, cups and a folding chair would be useful. Drinks (soft drink, beer ,wine,tea and coffee) and glasses will be provided.
 
Of course this will be a partners night.  No need to dress up,unless your talented performance requires it!  You may be good at magic, or music (I have a piano or singing (lipsynch?) or making us laugh, playing the ukelele, "flying a DC3"or displaying your photographyor sailing your yacht"or surprise us with your talent.
 
Warm  regards: Evan.
 
 
Talent Quest Evan Thomson 2020-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
The President’s Blurb
 
What a wonderful night last Thursday night at the club. The Brown Paper Bag Auction was lot of fun and at the same time raised over $1200 for club funds.  Assistant Governor Craig Murphy attended and sent a lovely message next morning saying how much he enjoyed the evening with us. 
 
The next fundraiser is the Quiz night this Sunday night being hosted by the International committee at Bailies Bar and Restaurant.   The Membership committee also has a Quiz night booked in October and Gary Denhard and the Youth Committee have booked the BBQ hut at Mitre 10 for a couple of Saturdays in the Spring/Summer. 
 
Mark Bond (son of Alan Bond) has been nominated for membership and the board is progressing this.This week there is another potential member coming to our meeting. 
 
This week I will be attending a cluster breakfast with other club presidents - this is a monthly event.  Later in the week I will be putting out a summary of last weeks board meeting as well as a couple of lines about the cluster breakfast. 
 
Thank-you for the many messages of support I have received in the last few weeks.
 
 
Papanui Bush is Go
 
A reminder from Denis that weeding at Papanui Bush is every 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 9.30 am.  We hope to have a morning tea on the coming Tuesday the 11th as we push onwards and upwards.
 
 
2016 Speech Finals Night
 
Sarah Cumming, the Deputy Principal at Heaton Normal Intermediate School, is happy to once again have the school host the Papanui Rotary Speech Competition.  
 
The following dates are their preference:
 
  • Preliminaries: Thursday 17th September in the Learning Resource Centre & Room 20.  Avoiding break times would be great so participants are not distracted by the noise. 
  • Finals:  Thursday 24th September: in the Performing Arts Centre.
 
More details coming shortly.
 
 
 
Gordon has shared that Joan Hawley, wife of a former member of the Club the late John Hawley, has passed away and that the Funeral Service will be held at the Harewood Crematorium Chapel , Wilkinsons Road, on Wednesday at 11.00 am.
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

The President's Blurb

The President’s Blurb 27 July 2020
 
 
It was really enjoyable to go out last week to the Garden Thai restaurant.  Twenty members and six partners attended.  The food was good and so was the fellowship.
 
This week we have the Brown Paper Bag Auction at the Papanui Club. Please bring along something to be auctioned by our auctioneers.
 
The Board will be meeting this week and an evening will be set aside in the programme for a further discussion on the goal setting exercise. 
 
This Thursday evening (Brown Paper Bag Auction) is a fun night as well as a fundraiser for the Club and we might have some visitors.
 
I would also like to suggest that we please leave any discussion on the goal setting exercise to the allocated evening so we can focus on enjoying the Auction.
 
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
 
Janice
 
 
The President's Blurb Janice Geerlofs 2020-07-26 12:00:00Z 0

Pop Up Tearooms

Pop Up Tearooms
Lois
 
 
 
Deborah Gill-Smith asked me to send this on to you all with the following message: 
 
“I thought I’d pass this Flyer on to you as this is something I’m cooking lots of lovely treats for this coming Saturday in Lyttelton.   I thought some Rotarians might be interested in an outing.”
 
Deborah used to cook for our Rotary meetings and makes wonderful food. She is doing the cooking for the promotion.
 
 
Pop Up Tearooms Lois Flanagan 2020-07-26 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
A Reminder …
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-07-26 12:00:00Z 0

Draft Goals for Papanui Rotary

Draft Goals for Papanui Rotary
Nick
 
 
On Thursday evening Nick presented in draft format the data and responses received from 35 members during the Club goal setting he and Liz facilitated by Zoom during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

An electronic PDF copy of the 17-page result is being emailed to you immediately after this story is published.
 
With input from Philippa McQueen and Cheryl Denhard, all the responses have been recorded and compiled under the following three groups for each of the goal setting time periods:

1) Club Goals - Looking After and Enhancing Ourselves.
2) Projects - Working Locally (supporting the Papanui Community)
3) Projects - Working Widely (supporting the wider Community- regional, national, international)

As Nick explained on Thursday, members need to take the time to read and review the responses and ideas and the Club Board which will the develop the next steps in the process.
 
 
Draft Goals for Papanui Rotary Nick Courtney 2020-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

Quiz Night

Quiz Night is Approaching Fast
 
 
 
The International Committee is holding a Quiz Night at Bailie's Bar, Edgeware Village on Sunday, 9 August 2020 commencing at 6.00pm to raise funds to purchase mattresses & bedding for the Tuppendane Orphanage in Tanzania.
 
Teams of six persons are invited to take part.  The entry fee is $15 per person.
 
There will be a raffle and a silent auction and we are looking for donations of either (a) items for a raffle hamper (b) raffle prizes or (c) silent auction prizes.
 
If you wish to enter a team please contact Verdi van Beek at 027 432 3962 or email him at  vanderbeekverdi@gmail.com .
 
 
Quiz Night Verdi Van Beek 2020-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

Snippets

 
The President’s Blurb 21 July 2020
 
Last Thursday night we had a presentation from Nick Courtney on the goal setting exercise that members of the club had participated in. The presentation was the collation of the 35 responses received, ordered into 90 day, 12 month and 3 year goals. 
 
There was some discussion about the views expressed in the presentation (remembering that these were the views of the members) and concern was expressed by some.
 
The board will be meeting shortly to discuss next steps which will obviously involve discussion among our members. I have received lots of emails and at this stage do not wish to receive any more. The board and I value your views and input but they should be directed to the group discussions  that will be coming.
 
In the meantime we look forward to a fellowship evening this Thursday night and the Brown Paper Bag Auction on Thursday 30 July.  The first three Thursdays in August will be held at the Papanui Club which should leave us ample time to schedule the discussions.
 
 
 
What a great event!
 
Twenty-seven ladies dressed in pink and three Master Chefs had breakfast on Saturday morning at Lois’s house in Northwood. 
 
Gorgeous pink outfits combined with lots of fun and laughter made a happy time on a cold morning. Stories from Angela and Helen (who found she had fifty-two pairs of knickers on a count during lockdown) kept everyone entertained. We were also delighted to celebrate two special ladies, Ann and Angela, after their journey this past year with breast cancer. 
 
The three chefs (Tony, Keith & Arie) did a magnificent job of cooking corn fritters and washing up all the dishes by hand! Our grateful thanks to all three as they worked so hard. 
 
 
We also collected a huge number of gifts for the Women’s Refuge. Thanks so much to the generosity of all the ladies for the gifts.  Donations raised $450 for breast cancer which was a fantastic effort. 
 
 
 
This is a reminder that we are meeting at the Thai Garden Restaurant, 484 Cranford Street this Thursday the 23rd July. 
Start time is 6.00 pm. BYO (limit one bottle of wine per couple).  Plenty of onsite parking available.
 
 
 
Thought for the Week from Keith
 
Why be a Volunteer?
 
It's not for money, it's not for fame,
It's not for any personal gain.
It's just for love of fellowman
It's just to lend a helping hand.
It's just to give a tithe of self,
That's something you cannot buy with wealth.
It's not medals worn with pride
It's for that feeling deep inside.
It's that reward down in your heart
It's that feeling that you have been a part
of helping others far and near
that makes you be a volunteer.
Anon
 
Snippets Grant Paice 2020-07-20 12:00:00Z 0

New Board Underway

Our First Board Meeting
 
 
We had a great initial meeting of the new 2020/21 Board for at Nick & Liz Courtney’s place.
 
Onwards and upwards!
 
 
New Board Underway Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-07-12 12:00:00Z 0

Older Adults  Needs

Exploring the Needs of Older Adults in the Papanui-Innes Community Board Area
Gary Denhard
 
 
As Youth Director Gary was looking to find out what is happening in our community. While doing some research he came across this earlier document that has some interesting findings for our “older” youth.
 
Gary is also collecting stories of Youth Activities around the district and several clubs are involved in Boyle River. It was created by the Belfast, Kaiapoi and Rangiora Rotary Clubs 40 years ago.
 
He feels it is worth checking it out here if you would like to find out more about it and some great programs we could consider participating in.
 
 
Older Adults Needs Club Chat Publisher Paice 2020-07-12 12:00:00Z 0

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The President’s Blurb
 
Welcome to my “blurb” that I will be placing on Club Chat from time to time.
 
It was great to see so many members participate in Committee nights held either at Chair’s homes or at other times depending on availability.  There were lots of ideas and events from and subsequently the Club Calendar for the first 6 months is filling up fast.
 
Membership inducted 2 new members at change-over and are working with several more to try and get the Club to 50 members as well as look at alternative meeting formats to bring on different types of groups.
 
Ronald McDonald house is underway and the Hanmer Forest Camp has asked for assistance with their Halloween night Sat 31 Oct. Liz will be talking to Ray White as to what is planned this year.
 
Several Rotary clubs have indicated an interest in joining with us when there is speaker of interest available and others are keen to host us on a Club visit plus join us and take the successful Rotary Can Project to their neighbourhoods.
This week Nick is presenting the results of the goal setting exercise undertaken in June. 
 
Next week we will be holding “Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner”, a partners event.  Please support Barbara & the Fellowship crew as they put details together.  The cost is $25 per head and BYO.  Proceeds go to Club funds that help us deal with requests for assistance.
 
Cheers: Janice
 
 
Lois
 
A further reminder that the Ladies Pink Ribbon Breakfast is on Saturday 18 July at 9:30am at Lois Flanagan’s house, 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. 
 
If ladies are able can they please bring a small gift for Women’s Refuge to the breakfast. These can be a little bar of soap, flannel, toothpaste or anything small which can be passed on. 
 
Please reply to Lois by text to 021 735404 or to loisflanagan@gmail.com by 15 July. 
 
 
Hohepa Pathway & Reflection Garden Project
 
Keith send through that IPP Greg Cayford has been in touch with the 2019-20 Club Leaders to say thanks for a collaborative job well done.
 
We look forward to catching up again in Spring when we can revisit Hohepa and celebrate the new developments. 
 
 
Ronald McDonalds is Back!
 
As from August clubs and corporate groups are able to come back and cook for residents. Dates confirmed before Covid-19 are back on the calendar.
 
Janice is delighted to share that we are therefore back on for August 1oth, October 12th and December 7th.
 
This is great news … more details to follow.
 
Thought for the Week
 
 “Not everyone appreciates having a bath in winter!”
 
 
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Papanui Bush
 
Nice winter shot from Denis.
 
Who’s Coming to Dinner?
 
This fun event is planned for June the 23rd.  Guests bring $25 per person and a bottle of plonk.  We will be collecting names of hosts and guests shortly!
 
 
Brown Paper Bag Auction 30 July
 
Nick & Arie will be auctioneers at this annual event where you bid for “what’s in the bag”.  Please indicate on the bag if it is something significant to ensure the high rollers can take each other on for it.
 
 
Reality Bites
 
A reminder that our Reality Bites get together at 10:00 am is now on the 3rd Friday each month which falls on July the 17th.  See you there!
 
 
 
2nd Reminder
 
The Papanui Club require accurate numbers for meals each week that we are going to be meeting there.
 
To achieve this please advise if not attending and also if bringing a guest to rcpapologies@gmail.com before 10.00 am on Wednesdays.
 
If you do not attend and have not apologised the Papanui Club will have prepared a meal for you.
 
Also, when you are rostered on reception please be there by 5.15pm and help set up the reception area.
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 “The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to our ability to reach it.”
 
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Our Rotary Year

 
Liz gave us a great overview of our year to date that focussed on the wide range of activities we have been involved with over the last twelve months. 
 
It began with Keith recording our history and then looked at the quite startling fact that we have had six past District Governors and will raise this to seven when Nick takes the reins in the future.
 
The following selection of pictures from Liz’s presentation capture the key activities we have had the privilege to have been involved with as Rotarians in what has certainly been a very different and challenging year.
 
Remembering our History
 
Welcoming new members
 
Working in Committees
 
Solving the World’s Problems
 
Supporting the Papanui Bush Project
 
Youth Leadership Awards
 
Community Breast Milk Support
 
 
Food Can Project during Covid-19 Lockdown
 
Emerging Leaders at Hanmer Camp
 
Halloween Event with Ray White
 
Attending Rotary Conferences
 
Presidents Elect Training
 
Additional activities that were mentioned included the trailer raffle that over three years has raised $75,000 for supporting community agencies and assisting with funding for the building of a BBQ area at the Burwood Spinal Unit.
 
Well done to all members and supporters who contributed their time, effort and passion to make our year a great success.
 
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Changeover 2020!

Changeover 2020!
 
 
Oh want a night!  No, it wasn’t “Late September back in ’64, what a very special time for me as I remember what a night.”
 
But what a great turnout and how well dressed up in style were a number of our members for one of the key evenings of the Papanui Rotary year.  Of particular note was Gary Denhard who looked especially dapper.
 
As part of our celebration we were delighted to induct two new members into the Club:
 
Inductees Kathy Anderson & Deborah Gimblett.
 
President Keith noted that Kathy’s experiences include extensive travelling across a vast range of countries and a real passion for caring for others while Deborah brings significant experiences as a Rotarian including being yet another DG that we are privileged to have in our Club.
 
Significant contributions by various Club members were then celebrated with particular note being made of the contribution that Gordon Shields and Tony Tizzard in particular have given the Club over many years.
 
Retiring President Keith then gave his Report that began with acknowledging that we never expected to find ourselves in the challenging Covid-19 situation.  “The world needs Rotary more than ever” he noted “to help support those who are struggling worldwide.”
 
Outgoing & Incoming Presidents Keith & Janice
 
Incoming President Janice next took the stand and shared some of her goals for the year that include focussing on ensuring that we look at new ways of doing things, continuing to grow our membership and to build a much wider public awareness and presence of who we are and what we do.
 
One of our guest visitors, DG Mark Yaxley , then spoke and as part of his thoughts going forward he suggested that we need to put the “fun” back into Rotary by ensuring that we have memorable moments that help make Clubs stronger.  This includes opportunities to work more closely with Toastmasters to this end.
 
Past and present DGs take a bow
 
Janice then closed the formal part of the evening by sharing the importance of working together going forward as espoused in the TEAM  analogy: “Together Everyone Achieves More”.
 
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Supporting the Environ

Supporting the Environment
Nick Courtney
 
 
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
 
More than $18 million in Foundation global grant funding has been allocated to environment-related projects over the past five years. Creating a distinct area of focus to support the environment will give Rotary members even more ways to bring about positive change in the world and increase our impact.
 
Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.
 
Grant applications for projects will be accepted beginning on 1 July 2021. Gifts and commitments from Rotarians and others will be sought to provide global grant support for the new area of focus.
 
More information about this new cause will be announced soon.
 
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Want to Play?
 
Gary recently sent out a suggestion to members that those who are interested in learning to play the Ukulele might look at the “Ukulele for Beginners” course being offered through the
Adult & Community Education programme at Papanui High School in July.
 
This fun class will teach you the absolute basics to start playing the Ukulele. Mainly chord shapes and strumming rhythms to popular songs will be taught.  Gary also has a couple of spare Ukuleles he could lend to anyone who wants to have a go.
 
For more info click here for course details.
 
 
 
The Papanui Club require accurate numbers for meals each week that we are going to be meeting there.
To achieve this please advise if not attending and also if bringing a guest to rcpapologies@gmail.com before 10.00 am on Wednesdays.
 
If you do not attend and have not apologised the Papanui Club will have prepared a meal for you.
 
Also, when you are rostered on reception please be there by 5.15pm and help set up the reception area.
 
Many thanks:
 
The Attendance Department
 
 
 Picture of the Week
 
 
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Lois
 
A reminder that the Ladies Pink Ribbon Breakfast is on Saturday 18 July at 9:30am at Lois Flanagan’s house, 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. 
 
Please reply to Lois by text to 021 735404 or to 
 
 
 
Verdi shared that we are once again organising a fundraiser event at Bailies at 6pm on Sunday August 9th with finds raised going towards providing bedding and mattresses for an orphanage in Tanzania.
 
Keep this date free … more info coming shortly.
 
Tony
 
The “Coffee Club” meetings to which all Club members are welcome will now be held on the 3rd Friday of each month at Reality Bites Café, Sawyers Arms Road.
 
This will be a regular event each month which I will also put in the Club Calendar.
 
The “Seniors” coffee morning, held for specifically for the older Club members and some Honorary members, is now also to be held on the first Wednesday of each month.
 
See you there!
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
“It is far better to dare mighty things even though we might fail than to stay in the twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
 
 
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Changeover

 
Tomorrow is Changeover night.
 
We look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible to celebrate both the past year and consider what the future might bring in what is one of the more challenging times we have faced for some time.
 
A saying I have always liked is as follows:
 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.”
 
Grant
 
 
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Fellowship

Living-alone Rotarians Fellowship
 
Two of our Founding Members
 
Since we dropped to Level 2, a group of living-alone ladies from Papanui Rotary have been meeting at Papanui Club on Friday evenings, and thoroughly enjoying the social contact after so long alone. 
 
They now extend a welcome to any living-alone Rotarian, man or woman, to join from 7.30 pm in the Lounge Bar at Papanui Club, Sawyers Arms Road, Christchurch for fellowship and a few laughs.
 
Get out of the house and make some new friends. This will be a weekly event and if sufficient people are interested in this we will look at meeting in different venues around the city so everyone gets the chance to meet closer to home. 
 
Please direct any inquiries to Deryn on 021 161 5861. 
 
 
 
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Heartbeat

The Heartbeat (May/June 2020)
 
 
Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation continue to monitor closely the pandemic of COVID-19, assessing its impact on Rotary operations, events and members.
 
What remains clear throughout is how Rotarians are using ingenuity, flexibility and shared resources to stay connected and help those most affected by Coronavirus.
 
We are innovating, caring for those affected, and showing that, even at a distance, we’re people of action.
 
Stay safe; stay well; stay Rotary engaged!
 
See the full content here.
 
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Thought for the Week
 
 “The severity of an itch is inversely proportional to our ability to reach it.”
 
 
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Pap Rotary Underway!

Papanui Rotary is Underway!
 
 
After many weeks apart it was great to finally get together with our fellow Rotarians & guests at The Papanui Club earlier this week.
 
Thanks to New Zealand’s early and effective approach to managing the challenges Covid-19 presents we were all intact and looking forward to getting back into action.
 
 
A great start to our interesting future going forward.
 
 
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Pink Ribbon Breakfast

Lois
 
The Ladies Pink Ribbon Breakfast is on Saturday 18 July at 9:30 am at Lois Flanagan’s house, 20 Mistral Road, Northwood. 
 
All Rotary ladies, wives, partners, widows and Friends of Rotary are invited to come as well as any friends you would like to bring. 
 
Ladies please wear something pink. There is a prize for the best pink outfit!! 
 
Come to support a great cause but to have fun and friendship as well as to enjoy  great home cooked food from our lovely (almost Michelin star) Rotary men chefs. 
 
Please reply to Lois by text to 021 735404 or to 
 
An anonymous donation to the Breast Cancer Foundation is your entry for a fabulous fun breakfast. There will be a raffle so bring some small change. 🌸🌸
 
 
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Tony Blackler Memorial Service
 
Tony was well-known in the District and we were all saddened by his sudden death. A memorial service for Tony is being held at St Martins Presbyterian Church, 43 St Martins Road, Christchurch, on Saturday, 27 June at 2.00pm.
 
 
A Change to Club Chats
 
As we are now back to some form of normality under Level 1, this will be the final Sunday Club Chat for the foreseeable future.
 
It has been my pleasure to help maintain contact with you all via this medium and I would like say how much I appreciated those of you who helped by contributing content over the last few months.
 
Starting this coming week future Chats will now be published on Tuesday evenings and will include upcoming duties.
 
Grant
 
 
Thought for the Week
 
 “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
 
 
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Pap Rotary is Go

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Papanui Rotary is Up & Running
Grant
 
 
We are having our 1st in-person group meeting on Thursday the 10th of June since moving to Level 1 at midnight Tuesday.
 
After a number of Zoom meetings and social get together on screen, it will be great to get the opportunity for many of us who can attend to see each other in 3D for the first time since March.
 
We have been busy, though, with our activities including (1) the successful Can-2020 event where we gathered a significant amount of groceries for the Salvation Army (2) continuing to develop the Papanui Bush area and (3) we have begun a process of looking at our short, medium and long term strategic direction and operational activities going forward.
 
A quote I have always liked is:
 
“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from … all that matters is where you are going.”
 
 
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Did You Know

Did you Know …
 
 
Why is Rotary called Rotary?
 
The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place.
 
What is World Rotary Day?
 
Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates two organizations' shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.
 
How many countries have Rotary clubs?
 
Two hundred countries.  It's made up of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.
 
 
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Picture of the Week
 
”Best wishes to everyone as we move forward in what will be a quite different world.”
 
 
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Gordon Shields

Gordon Shields: My Time in Rotary
 
Gordon (2nd right) at Hanmer Forest Camp
 
I was born at Lewsham Hospital (now Southern Cross) on Bealey Ave in 1941 and spent the first five and a half years of my life on a farm at Masons Flat near Hawarden in North Canterbury.
 
My family then moved to Christchurch where I was educated at Hawarden District High School, New Brighton Primary, Papanui Central Seven Day Adventist, Heaton Intermediate (3 Years) and St Andrews College.
 
I started a Pharmacy apprenticeship with the late Em Dale (a charter member of our club) in 7959, Managed Redcliffs Pharmacy for seven years and purchased Shields Pharmacy at 95 Main North Road in 1972, took on a partner in 2000 and sold in September 2005.
 
I was President of the Canterbury Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of NZ, Vice President of the Canterbury Division of the Pharmacy Guild and a Director and former staff member of the Urgent Pharmacy.
 
During my primary and secondary years I was a St John Ambulance cadet, a member of the Presbyterian Reese Camp committee. More recently a member of St Giles Presbyterian Church Board of Managers, I am now on the Parish Council of The Village Presbyterian Church, a member of the Papanui High School PTA Committee and was Deputy Chairman of the Hanmer Spring Forrest Camp Trust.
 
I became a Justice of the Peace in 1993.
 
Margaret and I were married in 1968 and have three daughters: Heather who is in Christchurch, with her sons Henry and Oscar and daughter Elsie, Kerry who lives in Incholme l8 kms out of Oamaru, and Paula who loves in Warkworth with her husband Andy and their two girls Joella and Elise.
 
I joined the Rotary Club of Papanui in September 1975 and have enjoyed the time, particularly the fellowship of non-pharmacists and the opportunity to help in the community. At the time of joining Rotary I could have told you anything & everything about pharmacy in Christchurch but not much else.
 
During my time in the Papanui Rotary I have been President, Director of Fellowship, International Committee, Foundation & and Community Service, and Treasurer for the last 11 years.
 
Time to retire.
 
I will start with "a what is my life" followed by activities that I am aware of since the chartering of the Club Rotary Address 4th June 2020
 
Robin Stirling and I attended a Rotary meeting probably round 1960-ish this being my first taste of Rotary before joining in 1975.
 
The RC of Papanui was charted on the 3rd of March 1958.  RC of Papanui's early major activity was the creation of the recreational area at the Groynes in 1960. This was possible because Neil lssac and Leister Farrer of lssac Construction and Farrer Waimak were charter members of the Club and had the appropriate machinery for the heavy work required.
 
Other activities undertaken in the early days include:
 
  • Swings constructed at Plynlimon Park by Joe Sedgley – Ron’s' father. 
  • Playground work at Erica Street and Armitage Reserves.
  • Demolition of old houses.
  • Building of a Mobile Stall which was available from the Waimairi County Council for Community Use.
  • Organising an auction of nursery stock the commission which went in the Children in Needs Trust.
  • When the Town Hall was built two pipes were donated for the organ: one in memory of Cliff Bowman a former of the Club.
  • The Club doubled the size of the Aged Peoples Welfare Centre in Blair Ave, refurbished and maintained it then used it for Club meetings until the APW Council sold the building in 2003.
  • Renovation & painting of the Adult Cerebral Palsy Hostel.
  • A Bookarama organised in a building on the Corner of Blair Ave and Papanui Road.
  • Building swimming pools at the Methodist Children's Home in Harewood Rd and Allenvale School.
  • Painting of the YMCA lodge at Arthurs Pass.
  • Arranging for two bath hoists for Bethany Hospital in Paparoa Street.
  • ln earlier days the Club organised a thank-you party for School Children’s traffic wardens at Xmas. 
  • Defence Driving was introduced in NZ by Jim Reid an active member of the club in earlier years.
  • We had a nursery at Heaton Intermediate School for plantings at Corsair Bay.
  • The Club organised work experience of students from Greymouth High School in Christchurch.
  • Organised a Men’s Health Forum with Lions & Kiwianas at St Andrew College.
  • The Club established the Papanui & Merivale Probus Clubs
 
Another major event was the establishment of Abilities lnc. in Vagues Road which gave work and organising activities for disabled people. The club was recognised with a Paul Harris Award for this venture. When no longer required the building was sold and the money raised was gifted towards the building of the Abilities Lodge at HSFC again mainly for the disabled.
 
Other activities the club has been involved in that I remember include:
 
  • High Country Farm visits organised by Lon Holland.
  • Fishing trips to Port Underwood with the Perry Families.
  • For youth: RYLA, RYDA, and science summer schools in Auckland.
  • Factory and work place visits to the Crematorium, Air NZ Hanger, Medical School and Prison.
  • Transporting paraplegics to Hanmer for the day being their first outing from Burwood Spinal Unit after their
  • Accidents.
  • Supplying suitcases for packing books, clothing, & medical supplies for Fiji.
  • Sourcing a wishing well to collect donations to assist Ronald McDonald House which I believe may still be at RMH.
 
More recently I have been involved with:
 
  • Tree of Giving at Northlands Shopping Centre.
  • The sale of The Entertainment Books since 2006 which return the Club $14 for each book sold and is now in digi