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There is no meeting next week as it is Easter Monday, nor the following week on 24 April as it is the day before ANZAC and many people will be on holiday. The next Monday meeting will be on 1 May when our speaker will be Ted Zorn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor or Massey University.
Rotary Young Person Leadership Awards, otherwise known as RYLA, is a week-long leadership development programme for 20-28 year-old participants. This programme is hosted and sponsored by Rotary Clubs and is designed to help young people develop their team work and communication skills and fulfill their potential as leaders. This year’s programme will run from 1 – 8 July and applicants are now being sought. If you know of anyone who might be a possible candidate go to the following link for more information and the application form http://www.ryla.co.nz, and completed application forms with supporting documentation can be forwarded to Jacqui in the office, with the closing date mid-April.
Last weekend the latest Rotary Leadership Institute seminar (RLI) was held, with our members Steven Liu and Petko Petkov graduating from their classes and Monika Levinson being a facilitator. This photo is of the RLI Graduate Program and facilitators and guests.
The Rotary Club of Newmarket, with Play It Strange present the We Are One concert for Autism. The aim is to not only raise community awareness for Autism but, to also provide funds for Autism NZ’s Employment Program, that assists people with autism to find suitable, paid employment in mainstream settings. So be inspired and want to party to such acts as Larry Morris, Fiona McDonald, Shane Cortese, Mike Chunn, Peter Urlich and Jordan Luck.
Venue: Sacred Heart College Auditorium, 250 West Tamaki Rd, Glendowie
Date: Saturday 13 May 2017
Time: 6pm - festive food & refreshments (cash) & 7pm Doors for show (concludes by 10pm)
Emcee: Shane Cortese
Tickets: Eventfinda $45 Adults $25 Children
Get the full story: rotarynewmarket.org.nz/Stories/we-are-one-concert-for-autism
The 2017 District 9920 Conference will be from 5 to 7 May at the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron and registration is now open. This Conference programme is packed with surprises, extraordinary speakers and a celebration of our Rotary achievements - such as Nigel Latta who will be the first speaker on Saturday 6 May. Billets will also be required for overseas Rotarians attending – if you can help with this then please advise the Conference Chair- Scott Burridge at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Massey University Auckland is currently holding a new lecture series ‘Our Changing World’, consisting of five free public lectures. Unprecedented world events call for a better understanding of the country we live in, so please come and hear the leading minds in humanities and social sciences at Massey University discuss critical contemporary issues. The link below outlines the issues that will be discussed: http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/events/our-changing-world/our-changing-world_home.cfm And don’t forget to register- https://masseyuni.wufoo.com/forms/pu7t2u804gqltq/
We began this week with a 5 Minute presentation from Don Bendall regarding Rotary’s Emergency Response Kits (ERKs), which are distributed to victims of disasters in the South Pacific. In an emergency, the most pressing need is for basic supplies to help a family survive the first few days and these kits provide shelter, food, clothing, drinking water, bedding, tools and medical supplies. These kits are stored in various South Pacific islands and also in New Zealand to allow quick and easy access after a disaster has occurred. A complete ERK costs $600 and each year the aim is to have one th0usand ERKs ready to be deployed as required. Each year the construction of these kits is carried out by Rotarians with many Clubs being involved, but it is the purchase and delivery of all the items required is what takes most the time.
We then met the newest member of our Club, with the induction of Petko Petkov. Petko is from Bulgaria and was the first person to complete the Rotary Leadership Institute seminar last week before having been inducted. Petko is developing a new app and enjoying his move to New Zealand and his classification will be ‘Entrepreneur’. Welcome Petko!
Monday’s key-note speaker was James Shaw, the Co-Leader of the Green Party, who strongly believes in sustainable economics. Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful global career in management consulting, working with large, multinational companies, developing their sustainable business practices. James eventually realised the private sector alone wasn’t able to affect change at the speed and scale required and that politicians could bring the large-scale, transformational change that is needed to build a truly inclusive economy, and a healthier planet. So, James moved back to New Zealand and joined the Green Party in 1990, was elected a list MP in 2014 and appointed Green Party Co-leader in 2015. James’s diverse business experience and expertise, from working for multinational corporates through to local start-ups and community organisations, enables him to lead the Green Party and New Zealanders towards a high-tech post-carbon economy and society. It might be the biggest challenge of a generation, but James wants New Zealand to lead the way and show the world how it’s done. James gave the example of Interface Europe, which manufacturers carpet tiles and debunks the myth that financial success and environmental success are mutually exclusive. Their Dutch manufacturing plant is operating with 100% renewable energy, using virtually zero water in their manufacturing processes and has attained zero waste to landfill and 90 percent carbon reduction – for more information go to: http://www.interfaceglobal.com/ The Green Party is optimistic about their success in the upcoming election and their five key commitments for this year are:
- No partnering with the winning party at the next election if it means diluting policies;
- Total transparency and holding themselves to the highest standards;
- Relentlessly focussed on New Zealand becoming holistically sustainable;
- Creating a productive high-waged society;
- Restoring and replenishing New Zealand’s water, flora and fauna.
If recent overseas election results are anything to go by, then the chances are New Zealand should also expect the unexpected in September.