Rotary Club of
Botany East Tamaki
 
BOTANY EAST TAMAKI TIMES
Issue 11, Volume 53                        17th Sept 2018
President Bob Donovan
Secretary Mike Jaggs
Treasurer Richard Thorpe
Imm.Past Pres.
Stuart Welm
Pres. Elect
Dave Hawke
SPEAKERS & ACTIVITIES
 
 
Tues 18th Sept: International Service Seminar. Kolmar Centre Papatoetoe
 
1st Oct: We are working on an interesting guest speaker. This may be suitable for a family night. Watch this space, but plan to bring partners, children and grand children aolong.
 
Thurs 1st Nov: Movie Night Fundraiser for Polio @ the Montery Theartre. Bohemian Rhapsody. Details to follow
From Mike the EDITOR
 
Once again I had the joy of experiencing single parenting whilst Leanne was away at Rotary Institute in Hobart. Whilst it pales into insignificance compared to my upcoming 10+ days in China and Taiwan, it was an eventful time.
 
With Dad ill again, plus Izzy not feeling too flash, plus COUNTRY LIFE DAY...... I had my days full. The pay off being Izzy winning 1st place for Calling with Belle and Brayden a 1st for Leading and 2nd for Effort with Kai.
 
Unfortunately boys being boys, there was an accident on the bouncy castle and Brayden left before prizegiving with a sprained wrist. Missing out on receiving the Senior Leading Trophy, which he picked up instead on Monday. Very proud of the kids on one of the biggest days of their calendar.
 
This Weeks MINION OPINION
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Oct 27, 2018
10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
 
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President's Message
With no regular meeting this week, the opportunity to attend the International Seminar was taken as a make up. Here we heard from a number of amazing projects.
  • Taveuni Eye Project. This has been running now for 12 years and 3200 people of all ages have had their sight restored.
  • Fiji Oxygen Project. Bottled oxygen is both expensive and supply is inconsistent to the regional hospitals. This project involves setting up Oxygen Concentrators in lieu of the bottled supply. Each location also receives a Solar/Battery power station to ensure that electricity to run the concentrators is always available.
  • Microcredit in Fiji. This is another Global Grant project that is making a big difference in small remote communities to start new enterprises.
  • Emergency Response Kits. We’re familiar with these and have donated a number over the years and also have assisted with packing them. The coffers are dry and they are raising funds for replacement units for future disaster events.
  • Volunteering overseas and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Rotary World Community Service. Stuart Batty gave us a run down on some of the funding that we have received in recent years from the government and the projects these went into. HE also reminded us about using RNZWCS for transferring money abroad (tax reasons) and also if we need insurance when doing voluntary hours on Rotary projects.
  • ROMAC and INTERPLAST, our 2 core medical based programs are always looking for support.
  • Harbourside Rotary dictionaries in Fiji primary schools
  • Tools in Schools. Ellerslie Sunrise have this project to get old unused tools into schools in the islands so they can continue to teach these manual trades to the next generation
All very interesting, but if I may make one observation, these were mostly sales pitches to join other projects. I will pass on this feedback and suggest that more could be gained by teaching how to build a project and the processes that need to be followed for best practice.
The Ed.
News Brief
 
Relevance for uncertain times
“Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is the element which holds it together.”
-Paul Harris
 
 
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Plumber Needed for Training in Fiji
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service in partnership with Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation require the services of a Volunteer Plumber Trainer in Fiji. This is a very unique opportunity - download the full details in PDF from: portal.clubrunner.ca/…/9a4cf4d5-0a6f-4704-9fab-a2a7d7906…/1/ or contact Stuart Batty via www.rnzwcs.org
 
Izzy with Belle. 1st Junior Calling
Brayden with Kai. 1st Senior Leading and 2nd for Effort
Brayden with the Senior Leading Trophy
From LeeAnn Lines in Queenstown
Allegedly we are in spring. LeeAnn posted this on Facebook Monday. Someone was either bored or has a great sense of humour as the right hand snowman appears to have a recyclable shopping bag.
Stories
Time for change - Enough of those plastic bags!
From Rotary Oceania website  https://rotaryoceania.zone/Stories/time-for-change-enough-of-those-plastic-bags
 
Howick Rotary in Auckland took the initiative in changing from the use of single use plastic bags and replacing these with an environmentally friendly alternative.  This is a decision that is pragmatic, thought out and of actual additional benefit to their community. This is typical of a club that prefers to lead rather than follow.
Each year Howick Rotary hold a hugely successful Bookarama that ticks many boxes for community involvement and meeting community need directly and through the funds raised.   This project is a huge event that takes many months to organise.
 
Early in July, as they started their planning for the October event, member Ian Fox became concerned the club was contributing to the proliferation of single use plastic bags. All who came to Bookarama were handed a plastic bag or two as they came through the door. With the rapidly growing public awareness and sentiment against plastic carry bags as being environmentally toxic Ian looked for possible alternatives. He was keen to avoid the possibility of any negative perceptions being directed back to Rotary and also show that Rotary can take a positive lead with respect to environmental issues
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