RYPEN as a Life-changer

Demonstrating remarkable degrees of aplomb and confidence in what for most was probably a fairly intimidating setting, four students from Pakuranga College and three from Edgewater College gave their reports on the Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment (RYPRN) camp, held a few weeks ago. 

The commonality in all reports was clear – the camp experiences made personal impacts that have changed their lives in many different ways.  For one (Zoe) the deprivation of a cell phone ‘sucked the soul’ out of her but the positivity experienced in the few days without it has encouraged her to set goals to go phoneless for long periods of time. For another (Shelby – already in a leadership role at her school) this deprivation led to meaningful face-to-face interactions resulting in far better understandings of what others are thinking and developing new personal relationships. More than one spoke of their deeper understanding of what leadership means – not being a director but being a facilitator and encourager being among the qualities required.  Team building exercises helped this process. Lionel relished the change in personal relationships – the ‘ghost bus’ on the way to camp became the ‘party bus’ on its return! Songyan found immense value in exposure to the variety of cultures represented at camp. 

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Upcoming Events
Auckland East Rotary and Dame Lesley Max
Waipuna Hotel
May 21, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The Rotary Foundation's 100th Anniversary
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 30, 2018
Pakuranga Rotary Changeover
Waipuna Hotel
Jun 24, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Les Divers
May 2
Peter Armstrong
May 5
Geoff Shapland
May 11
Ian Handisides
May 13
Nick Loseby
May 15
Bill Boyd
May 16
Roger Milne
May 19
Guy Clapshaw
May 21
Peter Taylor
May 26
Bill Duncan
May 28
Ray Chisholm
May 31
Spouse Birthdays
Lavinia McMillan
May 2
Gay Shapland
May 10
Julie Barnes
May 12
Kim Collins
May 25
Stephen Gilbert
May 28
Maureen Kearns
May 31
Satellite Club formation

David Wardell reported on the steps taken to establish a Satellite Club under the umbrella of Pakuranga Rotary.  The RI law changes making this possible have been available for two years and other clubs e.g. Henderson have already experienced the benefits of such change. In our case, largely through the hard grafting done by Sylvie Wilkinson, 15 potential members are in place ranging in age from 18 to 60! 14 of these are women.  Under the general guidance of a steering committee (Bill Boyd, Mary Taylor and David Wardell) this club intends to meet fortnightly at Waipuna from 5.00 – 6.30 p.m. under the leadership of Chair, Fiona Smith.  It is to be named Pakuranga Tamaki River Rotary Auxilliary. Part sponsorship of the youngest members of the new club has been offered by Peter Armstrong, Bill Duncan and Duncan Loney.  This is greatly appreciated.

Induction of the satellite club members is to take place on Monday 11 June.  More details will follow but our members are encouraged to be present for this auspicious new initiative.

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Host Families Needed

In a few months Pakuranga Rotary is hosting another Exchange Student - Viktoria Melber from Austria.

We need more host families to make Viktoria's year successful.

Host families come in all shapes and sizes. They can be Rotarians or non-Rotarians, and may include young children, older children, grand children or no children at all.

Hosting a student brings the world to your place - you meet someone from another country, share their culture, their language, and their perspective of the world. At the same time they will learn about you and life in New Zealand which makes if a fun and enjoyable two-way experience.

Can you help with hosting or do you know someone that may be interested?
If yes or want more information, then please phone me on 0272046471 or email bartsignalnz@gmail.com.

Also refer to the Rotary Youth Exchange website for information www.youthexchange.org.nz

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