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Next Monday’s Zoom Meeting – 28 September 2020
This will be the fourth Monday of the month and under our new convention, this is an opportunity to get to know each other better via Zoom.  We will have two Board members, Kristen Flannery and Jackie Hinchcliff, giving 5 minute speeches and then Jackie will talk more about the Australasian Centenary vaccination programme ‘Give Every Child A Future’ (GECAF) and her role.  Please join us at 12.30pm on Zoom using the following link:
Monday 5 October will be a Physical Meeting
The following week on Monday 5 October 2020, will be our first physical lunch for some time.  Our speaker will be the eminent QC Jim Farmer, who will talk to us about the Cannabis Act.  Venue details will be confirmed next week.
This Week’s Meeting
This week we heard from Caralise Trayes on Zoom, who spoke about the End of Life Choice Act.  The clear message was that this is a complicated and multifaceted issue.  Her book ‘The Final Choice’ is selling well in book stores and online
James Wheeler Davidson – The Marco Polo of Rotary International
On Monday I participated in a Zoom call with 42 participants, all celebrating the achievements of James Wheeler Davidson.  James was one of two Canadians who started the four initial Rotary Clubs in Australasia in 1921 – Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland.   In 1929, at a personal cost to himself of $250,000, James set out on an extended world trip promoted by Paul Harris himself, to establish Rotary Clubs around the world.  The Rotary Clubs on the Zoom call were all founded by this renowned explorer, who had previously visited even the North Pole.  We heard from Presidents from Athens, Cairo, Jerusalem, Bombay, Madras, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Wellington, to name just a few.
Mana Tangata
I’m delighted to report that we have received the first draft of the New Zealand Rotary history book, which is currently being reviewed and it looks fantastic.  My thanks to Past President Jim Johnston, who has reviewed it and found its contents extremely interesting.
Tony Caughey
Africa is Wild Polio-Free!!!!
A news flash from the Rotary International President Holger Knaack and The Rotary Foundation Chair K.R. Ravindran:
It is our pleasure to announce that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.  Rotarians have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio, due to their decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region.  It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus.  Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks.  But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.  We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. This achievement shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.  Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.
ERKs – Additional Equipment Needed
The Rotary Club of Ellerslie Sunrise, who is currently overseeing the packing of the next batch of 1000 Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) is seeking some additional equipment as follows, between now and the end of October:
  1. A roller conveyor belt. To run the ERKs boxes along during packing. Ideally with rollers about 200 – 300mm above floor level. Width – minimum of about 250mm. Length - we’d take whatever we could get but 20m or 30m of it would be just great.
  2. Another pallet jack (or two). We have one already but a couple more would help things run more smoothly – for both the ERK box packing and the shipping container loading.
Delivery to our packing warehouse in East Tamaki would be fantastic otherwise they are sure they could magic up a trailer and come and collect the item/s.  If you are able to help, then please contact David Broadhead on 021 324 762.
Emergency Response Kits are a ‘first response’ resource distributed to affected families in the South Pacific, immediately following a disaster to support them through the first days.  A family can construct basic shelter, keep themselves protected from the elements and utilise the immediate survival items that are included.  The value of a kit including container, contents, freight and storage is approximately NZ$600. The project has been encouraged by the NZ Government, who often provides transportation, logistical and financial support.  ERKs are prepositioned in Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands, to enable prompt distribution throughout Polynesia and Melanesia, with back up supplies retained in Auckland, where the kits are packed by Rotarians and supporters.
Rotary Club of Melbourne Meeting on Covid-19
As you are well aware Victoria is currently under stage 3 & 4 restrictions in response to a spike in community transmissions of COVID-19 in July and the sad death of over 300 of our fellow Victorians.  The Rotary Club of Melbourne is honoured and privileged to have the Chief Health Officer of Victoria, Prof. Brett Sutton to address their meeting on the subject: "COVID - Where from here”? and invites you to be part of this Zoom meeting on Wednesday 2 September commencing at 1430 hrs AEST (Melbourne/Sydney time).  If you are interested in being part of this meeting, then please let Jacqui in the office know and she will forward you the Zoom link so you can register.
Event with speaker Sir Don McKinnon
The Rotary Club of Newmarket invites you to hear Sir Don McKinnon on Tuesday 29 September from 6.30pm at the Remuera Golf Club.  The title of Sir Don’s speech is “How can NZ achieve good diplomatic and trading relationships with China while staying onside with its traditional Western allies?”  Sir Don served as the Commonwealth Secretary-General and is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs.  During his tenure as New Zealand’s longest serving Foreign Minister, Sir Don was the inspiration behind what now has become The Asia Society from the Asia 2000 Group, and the Centre for Strategic Studies.  Sir Don is now the chair of the NZ China Council.  Tickets are $40.00pp, which includes a buffet dinner and payment can be made to the Rotary Newmarket’s bank account 12-3252-0025507-00, including your surname as reference.  Also please register your attendance with the President of the Rotary Club of Newmarket Scott Burridge
2021 Rotary International Convention
Experience the energy of Rotary like never before in a city filled with tradition and infused with ingenuity. Join us at the 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei, Taiwan, 12-16 June.  Registration is now open and with so much to see and do, the convention is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Upcoming Events
D9920 Polio All Train (PAT) Day
Britomart Train Station
Oct 23, 2020
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lunch with Sir Stephen Tindall
The Northern Club
Nov 16, 2020
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM
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