Meeting 18 November 2019

More than one smorgasbord at Rotary on the 18th of November!

 Appetiser:      Mary Taylor introduced our latest out-going Exchange Student Zoe Lit who will be spending a year in Germany.  Accompanied by her sister and parents, Zoe, a Year 12 student at Macleans College, received her travel jacket and hoodie.  She thanked Rotary for the opportunity to travel .  Mary is Zoe’s counsellor for the period of exchange.

Entreé:  Sajan Gautam , an Auxilliary Club member,  gave a brief thumbnail, describing his introduction to Rotary by Govind Pani. An Indian migrant, he has lived in NZ for 13 years, gained a degree in Computer Science and, after a short time in the corporate world, is now in the New Zealand Air Force as an IT specialist.  He is applying his computer skills to the efficient monitoring of the Pest Free project covered below.
A month of Giving
Dec 01, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
Rotary Disease Prevention and Treatment Month
Dec 01, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
Christmas Day
Dec 25, 2019
Boxing Day
Dec 26, 2019
New Year's Day
Jan 01, 2020
Day after New Years Day
Jan 02, 2020
Auckland Anniversary
Jan 27, 2020
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Other important dates/events

Xmas Lunch. 15th of December at the Howick Club, 12.00. Entertainment has been booked.

The cost is $38 p.p. 

Other clubs have/ will be invited to join us.  

                                               AGM on 2nd of December. 

A Decade of Dictionaries

The Bill and Lorna Boyd Charitable Trust, formed to commemorate Bill’s appointment to the office of Rotary World President in 2006, has been heavily involved in the supply of Usborne Illustrated English dictionaries to year 4 decile 1 schools since 2009. The Usborne books are supplied to their New Zealand agents Harper Collins Limited. To date the Trust has distributed through Rotary Clubs throughout New Zealand, close to 200,000 books estimated to have a retail value of approximately NZ$6m. Recently the Trust has added to its literacy library of books available, a book with flashcards for new entrants to primary schools called Rhyming around the Alphabet. The books were published by Wendy Pye Publishing Ltd and the Trust was assisted in this initial purchase by the Trillion Trust.

On 12 November we had the privilege to attend a presentation of 280 dictionaries to Students at Finlayson Park Primary School, in Manurewa, the largest decile 1 school in the country. We witnessed smiles all round and was made aware again of the great effort this Trust and the Pakuranga Club and its Auxiliary team are making to improve our literacy standards.

Recently with the help of Kiri Kirkpatrick, we presented the Rhyming around the Alphabet books to Year 1 students at Panmure Bridge School with great success.  

50th Anniversary Sculpture Project

“Adding your experience of Rotary to our public work of art.” 

As part of Dion’s proposal, Rotary members and partners are encouraged to create a symbol or mark that expresses their thoughts about Rotary and that personal and unique touch will be added to the structure.

To help you do that Dion Hitchens and Lisa Brickell of 2Be, [business educators specialising in storytelling and presentation skills] will workshop with us so we can develop the stories, signs and signifiers which say something about the significance of Rotary to us. Dion was a RYLA recipient and has a good understanding of the four way test and the values of Rotary.

The workshop be held at Waipuna and will start at 4.00pm on  Monday the  2nd of December.  

Members and partners are encouraged to join Dion and Lisa so you can add something personal to our 50th anniversary project, something that you can point out to friends and family in the years to come.

It’s time to make your mark ! 

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