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President's Message
Craig Brown
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Kia ora Members
 
As I am writing this to you, I think it is a good starting position to say, we are all still members of Rotary and Rotary is still here, we just cannot meet in person.
 
While it is now the new normal, that we are not able to sit down and have face-to-face meetings together for lunch and other committee meetings,  it is also important to say, that the connections that you all make as part of your Rotary network are more relevant than ever.  As people adopt social distancing, and the vulnerable or those living with vulnerable people, are having to take precautions to avoid picking up the virus,  we are moving to less and less personal contact.  To stay connected we can create new online places to meet and socialise with each other.  Now is a good time to make the extra effort to be an active member of your community.  You can look out for your neighbours (even drop your name and phone number in their letter box so they can contact you if they need help),  pick up the phone and call friends and colleagues, use more video conferencing to replace face-to-face meetings, and increase your other forms of communication.
 
As we are unable to all meet face-to-face regularly, we are exploring ways to make Rotary a weekly ongoing happening in your life.  There are already in District 9920 some internet-based Rotary Clubs across the Pacific,  and the Board has agreed in the interim, to experiment with a new idea for Rotary Club of Auckland and set up a private Facebook page to have an online space where we can communicate just between ourselves online.  Please note - the reason why we will have a Private Facebook page, is that it has no input from outside feeds, and you will not be subject to the feeds in open pages that is normal / annoying in the Facebook platform.
 
Already other organisations like churches, have started live-streaming their services, and so we want to try a new model too.  To start we will be encouraging members to make a weekly post on Monday mornings and as we get organised, we will update you on new activities.
 
 As a Club we will continue to communicate with you directly through our email system, so please be assured that our standard communications will continue if you are outside the Facebook community.
 
Finally, we have a great membership in our Club who are able to look out for each other,  so if there are any members who are struggling to get to the shops, the bank, etc. due to self-isolation,  let a member of the Board know and the Club will give you a hand.
 
Have a great week.
 
Hei kona mai
 
Regards 
Craig Brown                                  
Stories
James Bond Movie Preview Deferred
Unfortunately, due to issues surrounding the corona virus, the release of the latest James Bond movie has been deferred until November, so we have had to cancel our preview of this movie next month.
Military History Evening – 24 March
In June 1944 Allied forces launched the biggest invasion fleet in history. The outcome of the subsequent battle changed the entire course of the war against the Nazis and shaped the world we live in today.  Simon Walton was at Normandy last year and will speak about his visit after dinner on Tuesday 24 March, which will also be a fundraiser for Kiwiharvest.  Kiwiharvest rescues 100,00 to 140,000kg of good quality surplus food monthly and diverts it back to struggling New Zealanders.  The Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland is pleased to be holding this event at the Rydges Hotel in Federal Street and you will enjoy a 3 course dinner and glass of wine downstairs before adjourning upstairs to hear Simon’s presentation.  The cost for dinner will be $65.00 per person, plus they would ideally like a $50 donation towards Kiwi Harvest.  If you would like to attend (friends and family are also welcome), please contact Keith Robinson on kgtrob@gmail.com to register.
RLI – Rotary Leadership Institute
The next RLI seminary will be held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April from 8.30am until 4.30pm at Selwyn College (Gate 2).  RLI is a multi-district leadership programme that provides an opportunity for Rotarians to develop and refresh their skills as leaders, while also broadening their understanding about Rotary.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Jacqui in the office.
District 9920 Conference 15 – 17 May 2020
This Conference will have a carefully crafted programme that will inspire and entertain you and will be held in the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn Building, which has superb facilities and plentiful underground parking.  There will also be an exciting pre-Conference programme whether on the harbour, on the golf course, exploring Auckland or relaxing on Waiheke Island, with full details on the website: www.districtconference9920.nz.
 
Rotary Walk – Sunday 24 May
Everyone is welcome to the next morning walk in Cornwall Park organised by Women in Rotary.  The walk will begin at 9am by the Cornwall Park Rotunda (the one by the café next to the carpark).  The walk is about 5km long and you just need to follow the colourful windmills that will adorn the path.  This is not a race, so you can walk at your own pace and are able to turn around anytime you might want to.  Cornwall Park doesn’t allow any type of fundraising, so please respect their wishes, but Rotary is allowed to do this themselves, so a gold coin donation would be most welcome, with all proceeds going to Polio Plus.  Wear your Rotary clothing if you have any and feel free to add tutus, etc and any other bling to add colour.  There is no need to register, but if you would like any further information, then please contact Leanne Jaggs leanne@searlegroup.co.nz or 021 908 644.
2020 Rotary International Convention
Next year’s RI Convention will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from Monday 6 until Friday 10 June 2020.  For more information and to register, go to: http://riconvention.org/en/honolulu?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIt8KG4Om_4wIVk4RwCh1_QA2uEAAYASAAEgIFefD_BwE
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Applications are now open for 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) until 30 April 2020.  RYLA brings together promising youth who have evidenced leadership qualities, in a week-long, live in programme, which this year will run from 27 June until 4 July.  Candidates need to complete the online application form at www.ryla.co.nz either on their own or in collaboration with their sponsoring Rotary Club. 
RC of Pukekohe 75th Celebration
The Rotary Club of Pukekohe will be celebrating their 75th anniversary on Saturday 22 August, 5.30pm for a 5.30pm start, at the Oaks Lounge in Pukekohe.  This evening will have a country theme, music and dancing.  If you would like to register your interest in attending, then please contact Stuart Searle on stuart@searlegroup.co.nz or 027 492 6943.
Rotary International Youth Exchange
The process has begun to select students to go on the Rotary Youth Exchange for the 2021 year.  This program is promoted directly to schools, through community organisations, Rotary Clubs and members.   More information can be found at https://www.youthexchange.org.nz/ and through three information evenings to be held in late March.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will change a young person's life.
  • Wed 18 March 7.30pm, Te Tuhi Arts Centre, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakruanga
  • Wed 25 March 7.30pm, Papakura RSA, 40 Elliot S, Papakura
  • Tues 31 March 7.30pm, Jubilee Hall, 545 Parnell Rd, Newmarket
 
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