Make a Difference from the Backbenches

Guest speaker on Monday was our very own Simeon Brown on how he has found ways to make a difference from the backbenches.  His week is taken up with constituent meetings Monday and Friday, interspersed with Wellington on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and community events on weekends.  He very much enjoys his constituent meetings on Monday with interesting people and interesting stories – a contrast from dealing with bureaucrats for the next 3 days.  Simeon has been at the forefront of raising awareness with local issues, including the about to commence Ameti project. He is also dealing with the current concern in many of the education circles in our community about the government proposals to fast forward the governance of schools back to the 1950s.

His Private Members Bill dealing with synthetic cannabis was drawn on the first ballot out of a biscuit tin and has precipitated a government bill attempting to deal with the problem.  Simeon has also recently been designated as a contact person for National in the Botany electorate.  As Ken Worsley, who introduced Simeon, says, it  is always a pleasure to hear from him.

Rotary National Science and Technology Forum Inspires

Rotary National Science and Technology Forum attendee Ann Li thanked Pakuranga Rotary for its sponsorship of her to the forum during the holidays.

She outlined the amazing overview of subjects she was able to receive and the awareness she now had of the advanced fields to which she can aspire. Her particular interest in medical science was well catered for and she came away from the course with precious memories and lifelong friends.

Rotary in action!

Tip Top Schools Fun Day Out Coming Soon
Duncan's Doodles

Our Monday meeting started appropriately with a one minute silence for the victims of the Christchurch attack

Thank you for the generosity of members which enabled us to make a $500 donation to the Christchurch Rotary Fund from the Sergeants session.

We are delighted to add our second corporate member and welcomed Rhys Andrews to the club and at the same meeting said farewell to Russ Clarke a member for 21 years and a past president.

Apr 01, 2019 6:30 PM
Warbirds at Ardmore
Warbirds at Ardmore

Farm Cove resident Gavin Trethewey was a RNZAF strike pilot for 12 years, then 34 years an airline pilot during which time he got interested in warbird aircraft. During his time with NZ Warbirds he has held the positions of Chief flying instructor, Operations manager, and President. He has been involved in airshow organisation and displaying.

Gavin has flown displays at all of N.Z.’s major airshow venues and most of the minor ones with over 300 displays in aeroplanes ranging from WW1 through WW2 fighters and post war jets. 

Apr 15, 2019 6:30 PM
Big Cruise Liners and Container Vessels
May 06, 2019 6:30 PM
Rotary and Business
May 20, 2019 6:30 PM
The Cloud Application And Cost Benefits
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World Water Day
Mar 22, 2019
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
Mar 25, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Youth Exchange Information Evening
Remuera Golf Club
Mar 28, 2019
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tip Top Schools Fun Day Out 2019
Edgewater College
Apr 07, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
Apr 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Apr 25, 2019
Sachies Kitchen Chinese Cooking Social Night
Axis Building Unit 1-4
Apr 29, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A month of Cars
May 01, 2019 - May 31, 2019
2019 District 9920 conference
Napier Conference Centre
May 10, 2019 – May 12, 2019
Pakuranga Rotary Fellowship
Waipuna Hotel
May 13, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
World Bee Day
May 20, 2019
Meeting Highlights

Members present paid tribute to the victims of the Christchurch attack with a minute’s silence.  The Sergeants’ collection was also devoted to help in Christchurch.

Tribute was also paid to Les Hammond.

Russell and Wendy Clark joined us for Russ’s last meeting as a member.  He has resigned to be able to provide further care for Wendy.  President Duncan outlined Russ’s long and abundant service to the cause of Rotary and Russ and Wendy were thanked by all members.

Reece Andrews (son of David and Elizabeth) was inducted as Pakuranga Rotary’s second corporate member representing Access One Scaffolding Limited.  Reece is the General Manager at Access One Scaffolding and was provided with our traditional Rotary welcome.

Rotary Youth Exchange - Apply Now

Have you thought about a Student Exchange?

Every year Rotary International offers students the chance to go on a 12 month exchange in countries like France, Germany, Holland, Argentina, plus more.

It is not as hard as it might sound because Rotary gives you a lot of support and you will have your own support person in your exchange country while you are away. You don’t have to know the language before you go. One of the highlights is a summer trip around Europe or your host country.

"It’s amazing I’ve come this far, I never would have guessed this is where I would be right now. Looking back on the year I’ve had so many once in a lifetime opportunities and it’s the mind set of being willing to say yes to anything offered that really makes a great year.  You learn to be part of a different culture and end up with friends all over the world."

Students that have been on exchange tell Rotary that it is the best thing they have ever done and hey come back with great confidence and independence and really ready to get on with university or whatever they are doing next.

Applications close 30 April

Join them to find out more
Thursday 28 March
Remuera Golf Club
12 Abbots Way
30 Years of Women in Rotary
District Conference is only 2 months away

We are now only 2 months out from the District 9920 conference in Napier.

Already more than 200 of you have registered for the conference, but there is still plenty of time for those who have not.  

Remuera and St Johns - Quiz Night Challenge
Rotary Club of South Auckland Cultural & Charity Night 2019
Remuera and St Johns - Quiz Night
Emergency Response Kits

We are always ready for an immediate response when Cyclones, Floods, Tsunami strike our vulnerable Pacific Neighbours.

This activity has been supported by clubs, Rotarians and the public for close on 40 years.

Please continue to help us continue to be the first responder when the need arises.