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By Arnold R. Grah
When members of the Interact Club of Tunis Inner City, Tunisia, set out to make a video about their club, they focused on the many projects that have kept club members busy and engaged throughout their city.
“The key message was to show that a group of teenagers can have an impact on their community,” says Fatma Choura, the club’s adviser and member of the Rotary Club of Radès, Tunisia. “They wanted to encourage other young people to become active and serve their communities.”
The two-minute video was selected as best in the 2018 Interact Video Awards, earning the club $1,000 to spend on a future project. Videos from the Interact Clubs of Alexandria East Champions, Egypt; San Salvador Noroeste, El Salvador; and Colegio de Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines, were named runners-up. A video from the Interact Club of A.V.P. Trust Public School (CBSE) Gandhinagar, Tamil Nadu, India, was voted the 2018 fan favorite in a social media poll. All awardees received a letter from the Rotary International president and have their videos posted on social media.
Representatives from around the world also vote to preserve club flexibility
By Arnold R. Grahl
The 2019 Council on Legislation may not have made as many dramatic changes as the Council three years ago did, but it made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary.
Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.
“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”
In many ways, the Rotaract experience will not change. Rotary clubs will still charter and sponsor Rotaract clubs. Rotaract clubs will still have their own standard constitution and their own unique club experience. Members of a Rotaract club will not be called Rotarians. And Rotaract clubs will not immediately pay dues or receive other benefits, such as the official magazine that Rotary members receive. The Board will determine a dues structure over time.
The measure simply expands the definition of membership in Rotary International to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs. 
This week we had the pleasure to hear from Suzie Campin who was visiting New Zealand with her husband David. Whilst over in NZ for family reasons, Suzie wanted to re-visit her past and recognize the contribution that this has made to her personal development and work career.
Suzie grew up locally and completed her early schooling at Flatbush Primary. Her father working at DB Brewery and also at AHI. He mother, a local bookkeeper and seamstress. Suzie’s early life was full of activities and she retains great memories of her school, the Principals, multi cultural friends, parties and hangi, trips to the beach, Brownies and pippis.
Following her families return to Australia and subsequent move to Australia, Suzie became the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship. She travelled to the UK to complete her Masters Degree in Town Planning. Whilst in the UK, she sang for her supper by speaking at Rotary Clubs a couple of times a week.
Ahandwash ­station and drinking water facility installed by RC Amravati Indrapuri, RID 3030, at Pragati Vidyalaya, a government primary school, was inaugurated recently by DG Rajiv Sharma. More than 250 students will benefit from this facility. A well feeds sufficient water for the school’s needs and the club has installed water filters to ensure safe drinking water for the students and staff, said Club President Rajan Subhash Silhi.
Since inception in 2001, the club has ­executed at least four WinS projects installing 12 handwash stations with drinking water units. Six toilet blocks costing ₹4 lakh have been built at Mahuli village adopted by the club, and the money was raised through a Rotary Utsav. In addition, the club distributes school bags to about 1,000 children from underprivileged families each year, he added.
The 43-member club is popular in Amravati for the rainwater harvesting work they undertake each year during ­July-August before the onset of monsoon. “We take up recharging of wells in about 35–40 houses each year and this is our ­signature project,” said Silhi. With this on-going activity for the past 10 years, the club has enhanced Rotary’s image.
Eye camp
A mega eye camp was organised at 14 schools in the city with the help of Dr Atul Kadhane, a past president of the club. More than 13,000 students were examined, and 1,655 students were given further treatment free of cost. “The entire cost of eye check-up and follow-up treatment at the hospital would have exceeded ₹30 lakh; but all the expenses were borne by Dr Kadhane,” said Silhi.
Rtn Daniel Lopez from Pittsburg chartered a new club which seeks like-minded professionals and allows flexibility in weekly meetings, besides giving a slew of liberties to its members.
Being involved with his local Rotary club had always been a rewarding experience for Pittsburg resident Daniel Lopez, but it wasn’t easy making all the lunch meetings and having the time to grow his personal business.
So after serving as president in 2014, he made the tough decision to leave the club to work more on his own business endeavour.
That wasn’t the end of his Rotary story, though.
Last year Daniel decided he wanted to get back and be involved with the Rotary group, but he couldn’t do it on the terms of the local club, so he decided to look for other alternatives.
“I saw what a Rotary club in the Sacramento area was doing and thought we could do something similar here,” Lopez said.
This past December, Daniel started a new Rotary Club programme out of Pittsburg called the Rotary Club of Northern California Gateway, District 5160.
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Botany East Tamaki (Inc)

We meet Mondays at 6:30 PM
The CELSIUS Gastrobar
123 Ormiston Road
Botany Junction
Auckland,  2016
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