A Changing world
Latter in the Bulletin is reference to a fun night run by the Rotary Club of Sommerville.
That got me thinking.
 
The invitation came very late which made it less likely that many members of our club could attend. Nevertheless less the fact that some did attend and had a great time showed that there is real potential for more inter club sharing. Certainly in the past we have invited other clubs to join us for combined meetings but I wonder if there is not an opportunity for more combined activities.
 
When Governor Craig met with us he made the point that club amalgamations have not generally gone as well as hoped. Different club cultures can make bringing two clubs together difficult.
 
 
However as clubs change, often going though a form of lifecycle,  their capacity to undertake fund raising activities and to run larger social events also changes. 
 
Working with other clubs to undertake activities too large for one or joining together in fellowship opportunities that benefit from larger numbers seems to me to offer promise for the future. 
 
In effect since all clubs are working towards the same ends can we do more together? 
 
Is this something members would like the incoming Board to put some energy into? 
Calendar
ANZAC Day
Apr 25, 2021
 
Our 50th Anniversary Dinner
May 08, 2021
 
District Conference
May 19, 2021
 
World Bee Day
May 20, 2021
 
International Day of UN Peacekeepers
May 29, 2021
 
Queens Birthday
Jun 07, 2021
 
View entire list
Scribes report. 
Two smorgasbord treats this week – the usual Howick Club meal and the line-up of speakers that followed.
 
First course were the two students from Pakuranga College who had attended the Science and technology Forum held over the summer break in mid January. 
 
Lucy and Luchien made a dual presentation with the help of mercifully succinct power point detail and a few photos, extolling the programme and revealing its impact on their thinking about the future. Three universities – Auckland, Massey and AUT provided the basic modules of science-based career options while guest speakers, Dr. Malvinder Singh (Kiwibank Local Hero medallist) and Dr. Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) added their expertise and enthusiasm to the mix.
The modules comprised Biomedical, Robotics and Physics with sample experiments, hands on involvement and mind-blowing possibilities.  For Lucy, the Biomedical field captured her interest to the point where she feels a strong motivation to pursue related subjects in her future planning. For Luchien eyes were opened into what Physics could offer outside the basic school curriculum – perhaps even astrophysics. Visits to technical operations e.g. Environmental Science Research exposed participants to the ‘CSI’ world of forensics, drug detection and DNA analysis, all giving fascinating new insights into science-based career options. Clearly the whole purpose of the Forum hit its mark with these two participants.
 
 
Of course it’s not all hard graft – the social programme of Day Out, beach visit, disco, quiz night and sport provided opportunities to widen social contacts with like-minded peers as well as push the comfort boundaries and try new experiences.  For Lucy, the availability of scholarships in the science field, especially for female applicants, was a revelation while both spoke of their increased confidence in social settings e.g. volunteer work and the boost in motivation to set achievable goals.
Philip Tse, who had introduced Lucy and Luchien, was moved to comment that their presentation was the best ever!  The audience would be inclined to agree.
 
Second course, equally appetising, was a presentation by Lincoln Jefferson, CEO of the Life Education Trust (Manukau) outlining the work of this charity
with which our Rotary Club has had direct involvement for yonks. In fact President Alison’s personal connection has reached the 20 year milestone and mike Collins, 16 years.  Both are to be given formal recognition for this commitment.
 
Lincoln gave details of how the Trust worked with committed teachers in participating schools, starting a year in advance of the visit by the mobile classroom and targeting the specific health or social issues pertinent to each school. The unit could spend from two to eight weeks in a school depending on size, focussing on strategies for children to cope with daily living in an increasingly complex world. The Covid situation is just one of the pressures leading to anxieties and evidence of greatly increased depression among young people (23% of under 18 year olds in a recent survey, with 20% being sad or stressed). The effects of binge drinking, vaping and tobacco use are all covered by modules delivered by the trust.
 
In a non-Covid year, up to 28,000 young people are impacted by the programmes but 2020 saw this number drop by 10,000 so some catch-up is needed.
Fund-raising is obviously a constant need for this organisation. It costs $26.92 to serve one child with the programme, primary schools contributing $6 and secondary $8 per child. Quite a gap! Check the website for ways to assist but mark Sunday 17 October in calendars when our club’s assistance in selling raffle tickets at the Great Auckland Duck Race event would be welcomed.
 
In the meantime – Go Harold!
 
 
Dangers for Polio Workers. 
Terrible news from Afghanistan  …
 
Three female polio workers were shot in Jalalabad whilst working in the field.
 
In addition, an explosion took place at the entrance to the cold chain office in Nangarthar province.  No one was injured but there was damage to property.
 
 
As is our custom, immediate payments of US$2,500 were arranged to assist families in the short term.
 
Such tragedies show the importance of working with all parties to finish the job of eradicating  polio in endemic countries as soon as possible.
 
 
On a positive topic, Bill and Melinda Gates recently shared a photograph on their Foundation web site of children crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan with the message … ‘Children crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan receive oral polio vaccine through a program implemented by Rotary International’.  Thanks to Bill and Melinda for the positive promotion of Rotary – and their web site contains much more information and praise for Rotary and out battle against Polio.
Gala Evening
 
As the magic date of 8th of May draws nearer numbers are looking good for our 50th anniversary gala dinner.
 
There are still tickets available and if you haven't yet bought yours Ian, who putting the finishing touches on the event, would appreciate you doing so as soon as possible.
 
Join us for a fun night at this is a once in 50 year event.
 
Not to be missed. 
Sommerville Fun Night
 
The Rotary Club of Sommerville held a "Fun Night" which a number of our members attended.
 
A great time was had by all.