Update on Trees for Survival by Roger Milne

Roger told us that the TFS scheme now operated successfully in 135 school, but that there was much potential and he underscored again the intention to grow the number of schools by 25 a year and 200 schools by 2020.

Plans to update the way seedlings were delivered to schools means that the young seedlings will arrive in trays from which they are taken as “plugs” and then put straight into plastic bags ready for planting when the time is right.   Roger sad that each school will receive 1,000 plugs a year with enough potting mix in a single once a year delivery.

Currently the growing units are constructed in East Tamaki by Rollformers but this is soon to be taken over by the Men’s Shed organisation and if not already, will represent their number one community project.

TFS has received a generous donation from the Potter Masonic Trust.   Individual schools will be responsible for the first $1,000 of the cost of a growing unit and the Trust has agree to contribute to the balance.
Roger’s presentation highlighted the enormity of the Government’s tree planting programme and the role that TFS is playing in engaging our young environmentalists of the future.
Upcoming Speakers
May 07, 2018 6:30 PM
Timber treatment and Rotary Foundation
May 14, 2018 6:30 PM
How RYPEN made a difference
May 21, 2018 6:30 PM
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Upcoming Events
The Rotary Foundation's 100th Anniversary
Jun 01, 2018 – Jun 30, 2018
Pakuranga Rotary Changeover
Jun 25, 2018
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
The Potter Masonic Trust, a Presentation by Dennis Waller

Dennis’ presentation informed us of the Potter Trust, its history, the man who started it all and why it is so familiar to many through the public places we come across, but not knowing why or who Mr. Potter was.

The Potter Masonic Trust is the legacy left by Bro Frederick Seymour Potter (1847 – 1941) who is the most generous individual benefactor in the history of Freemasons New Zealand.   The Trust funds projects generally relating to Children but including community facilities, educational programmes, music, disadvantaged children and health.

Club Acknowledges Allan Vester
Allan Vester has retired as Principal of Edgewater College after 23 years.   Known for his ability and willing input, Allan has played a tremendous role as a member and supporter of Pakuranga Rotary.    Events such as Top Schools and our Trivia evenings would not have been the same without the assistance Allan gave when he made the facilities of the College available, his readiness to set up and run the sound systems, assist with maintenance of equipment and generally do as much around the Club’s activities as demands on his time would allow.
In addition to his long term at Edgewater College, Allan was Chair of the New Zealand Secondary Principals’ Council for 5 years.   He leaves Edgewater College in great shape, with a loyal staff and students who have enjoyed their time at school, his emphasis being that everyone cares about each other.    He looks forward to maintaining his interest in education and having the time to expand his recreational opportunities.
The Club congratulated Allan and proudly presented him with a Community Service Award and wished him all the best for his future endeavours which will no doubt retain a community focus while giving him a bit more time for his own interests as well.
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Rotary Youth Exchange applications CLOSING SOON
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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