Rotary Youth Exchange – Emily Lit

At our last meeting Emily presented an overview of her time as an exchange student based in Copenhagen, Denmark during the period 2017 to 2018.

She is 18 years old and it is very apparent she made the most of her opportunities that the Exchange presented. She really embraced the lifestyle and made lifelong friends and contacts. There were challenges e.g. the language but Emily learned a lot from her host families. She soon realised the exchange was not a holiday and it was over to her to ensure it was a success.

Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Bob Ritchie
April 5
Graham Rea
April 7
Mike Collins
April 8
Warren Savage
April 8
Spouse Birthdays
Trish Woodcock
April 4
Jenny Wieland
April 7
Judy Wardell
April 8
Haydn Wilkinson
April 16
Joan Guthrie
April 27
Rotary Youth Exchange applications CLOSING SOON
The Dawn Johnston Koru Award

In accord with the current years Inner Wheel theme “Leave a Legacy” the Howick Inner Wheel Club are inaugurating The Dawn Johnston Koru Award.  

The spiral shape of the Koru signifies new life, positive change, personal growth symmetry , harmony and hope for the future

The objective is to give recognition and pay tribute to a person who in the face of adversity displayed perseverance in overcoming obstacles in pursuance of goals and dreams. It is anticipated the recipient is a person who has responded to adversity, bounced back and in doing so has been inspirational or helpful in assisting others become full contributors to their community.

This will be an annual award and successful applicants need to be New Zealand citizens residing the Pakuranga and Botany electorate boundaries

Nominations are sought.

If you know of or are aware of a potential nominee I would be pleased to hear from you.

Del Johnston

0274 948 501

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

Also refer to the Rotary Youth Exchange website for information

District Conference

David Waddell reported on the District Conference held at the Sofitel, Denarau.  Our exchange student Chris received rave reviews and David was also particularly impressed by Rotarian Jennifer Jones of Canada, one of four women directors on the RI Board.  The memorable Conference featured Australian Cricketer Dean Jones as the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner. And all of our club except Pres Dave and Elizabeth and David and Judy and Chris missed it!

Myrtle Rust Spreads Further

News that myrtle rust is now in the Manawatu and the top of the South Island is disappointing, but not a surprise given the rapid escalation of the disease across the country over the past month. MPI are reporting more than 550 myrtle rust sites and 40 new detections are being reported each week.

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