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Mar 26, 2018
Impact Investing - doing good whilst generating a sound financial return. Chair: Bruce Sheppard
Apr 02, 2018
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Apr 16, 2018
Getting outstanding graduates into low decile schools. Interviewer: Tony Caughey
Apr 23, 2018
Apr 30, 2018
Auckland Tourism is absolutely BOOMing. Chair: Jason Hill
May 07, 2018
What we do, why we do it, the differences we have made to peoples lives
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We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland, North Auckland  1010
New Zealand
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Mon 26 Feb Panel – ‘Disruptive Technologies’
Next Monday we have a Panel, who will be talking about disruptive technologies, including bitcoin and blockchain.  Our speakers will be Binu Paul, Michelle van Gaalen and Jeremy Muir.  Binu is an entrepreneur whose ventures include PocketWise - a financial product comparison and shopping site; SavvyKiwi iTunes app - NZ's first fully digital KiwiSaver research and comparison tool and Finnotec - NZ's first annual fintech event series.  Binu is also a founding member of FintechNZ, the association for the financial technology community.  Michelle is the CEO of Pinnacle Life, NZs leading digital insurance company, a NZ Government Superannuation Fund Authority Board member and a Director of FlexiGroup (NZ).  Michelle is passionate about how technology can help businesses meet the consumers changing needs and how as business owners and employees, we need to ensure our business models, and people practices, evolve to meet these changing market dynamics.  Jeremy is a partner in the Financial Services team and leads the Funds practice at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts.  Jeremy works with financial institutions, fund managers and investors – and particularly enjoys working with start-ups in the Fintech space. 
Cyclone Gita Tonga Update – 20 Feb
Samoa’s more robust infrastructure means cyclones do not have the same impact as in Tonga, but Rotarians have been out delivering Emergency Response Kits to families referred to them by Samoa’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).  Each Kit being supplemented with a sack of rice and two boxes of food.   In Tonga, the NDMO continues to refer cases to Rotary.  The Minister of Foreign Affairs has allocated up to $750,000 of contestable funding for accredited NGOs (R0tary NZ World Community Service (RNZWCS) being one) to support Tongan and Samoan communities with the immediate response and early recovery, and to strengthen their longer-term resilience.  RNZWCS will bid for an activity in response to the issues of either Food Security or Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) which are a priority.  We appreciate all those who have responded to the Appeal and for everyone else, we still need cash donations, so Tonga is able to purchase and distribute other essential items, including food parcels and water.  There are 4 Donation Options
Quote Activity No. 333:
Knickers Needed Urgently
All Rotarians are being asked to donate a pair of boys or girls knickers aged for 2-4-year olds to the Fiji Squatters Camp Pre Schools.  Cost is very low, about $5 to buy a 5-pack from K-Mart or The Warehouse.  These children’s families have come to Suva to look for work and to give their children an education and they arrive with nothing and there are 4 of these camps in Suva alone.  The Montesouri teachers volunteer their time 3 days a week to teach these children through play and Rotary has donated mobile teaching kits and transportation costs.  These teachers have asked for underwear to help encourage good sanitation and hygiene behaviour.  DG Malini will take the items back to Fiji, or you can donate $5 instead and all the money will go to buy underwear.  Your donations can be left with Jacqui at the Stamford on Mondays or please contact her, to organise dropping off clothing or money to her office in Takapuna.
Rotary International Youth Exchange
Applications are now open for high school students aged between 16 and 18 years at departure in January 2019.  These students will spend twelve months in an overseas country, attending school while living with several host families.  Applications close on 30 April and all the information can be found at
Rotary Peace Fellowship Applications
The Rotary Peace Centres announce the 2019 Rotary Peace Fellowship application has launched – go to the application page for more information and helpful tips.  This programme funds some of the world's most dedicated and brightest professionals to study at Rotary Peace Centres. Through training, study, and practice, Rotary Peace Fellows become leaders and catalysts for peace and conflict resolution; many go on to careers in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.  Applications for the 2019-20 program are now being accepted and the deadline for applicants to submit applications to their district is 31 May.
More Upcoming Events
Taveuni Trivia Fundraiser – 1 March
The Rotary Club of St Johns is holding a Taveuni Trivia Night Fundraiser, to raise funds for the Waiyevo Hospital Project in Fiji.  This project will refurbish one of the burnout hospital buildings and convert it to a 5-bedroom unit for expectant mothers and family and visiting medical staff supporting the various Taveuni health programs.  Tickets are $30pp, which includes finger food and a cash bar will be available, as well as a silent auction.  If you would like to attend, then please contact Jacqui in the office.
Date & Time: Thursday 1 March, with doors opening at 6.15pm for a 7pm start
Venue: Glen Taylor School, 172 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie 1072
Dinner with RI President – 2 March
On Friday 2 March at the Waipuna Conference Centre, you can join Rotary International President Ian Riseley, with other Rotarians from all over the South Pacific, for dinner and his speech regarding the good Rotary is achieving globally.  The cost is $55pp and a cash bar is available.  The evening begins at 6pm, with dinner being served at 7pm.  If you would like to attend, then please email and make payment to bank account 12 3011 0757766 02.
Chinese New Year Charity Ball – 3 March
The Rotary Club Auckland Harbourside’s annual Chinese New Year Charity Gala Ball will be held on Saturday 3 March at the SkyCity Convention Centre.  This is one of their signature fundraising events and this year will support the Ronald McDonald House.  Tickets are $150pp or tables of 10 are $1500, which includes stellar entertainment, an auction, raffles, fine Chinese cuisine, wine and juice at tables, with a cash bar also being available.  Our Club would like to organise a table, so if you would like to attend, then please contact Jacqui in the office.
Rotary-Rotaract Networking – 6 March
District 9920 has organised a Rotary-Rotaract Networking Night on Tuesday 6 March.  Everyone is welcome to meet people and get an update from the Auckland region Rotaract Clubs and to network.  District Governor Malini Raghwan will attend, as well as various Rotaract Representatives and members of the Mt Eden Rotary Club who are helping to host this event.  This evening is open to Rotaractors, Rotarians and Interactors - as well as non-Rotarians, who would like to learn more about Rotary.  And please RSVP so we can confirm numbers for catering/nibbles!
Date & Time: Tuesday 6 March 2018, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start
Location: Alex Bar & Eatery, Alexandra Park (near intersection Greenlane Rd West & Manukau Rd)
Refreshments:  Nibbles will be provided, and a Cash bar will be available
RSVPs & Enquiries: Aritra Ray email or mobile 021 566 458
Women in Rotary High Tea – 10 March
This year’s Women in Rotary High Tea will be on 10 March 2018 at the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre in Lloyd Elsmore Park.  The theme will be Hats & Handbags and please invite family and friends as well.  Donations of used handbags in good condition and women’s health and beauty items are also welcome and will be used as fundraisers throughout the event, with profits being donated to women in need and other Rotary projects.  If you are interested in attending, then please contact Jacqui in the office, as we would like to book a table for our Club’s attendees.
Date & Time: 2pm, Saturday 10 March 2018
Venue: Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre, Lloyd Elsmore Park, 451 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
Cost: $45pp
Rotary Leadership Institute – 17 & 18 March
The next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) seminar taking place at Glendowie College on Saturday 17 March and Sunday 18 March 2018.  All new and existing Rotarians are encouraged to attend if they haven’t already done so and especially those who will be taking up leadership roles.  If interested, please contact Jacqui in the office, who will provide you with all the information you require.
D9920 Conference in Fiji – 6 to 8 April
Registrations are now open for the District 9920 Conference in Fiji, from 6 to 8 April at Denarau Island.  Please go to the following link for more information regarding accommodation and registration:
This Week’s Meeting – 19 Feb 2018
We began this week by remembering Dr Lloyd Richwhite, an RCA member since 1950 and President in 1968/1969, who died peacefully on 9 February.  Although we hadn’t seen Lloyd for a few years due to health issues, he was a passionate Rotarian, who initiated our annual Medical Scholarship in 1969 and Trophy of Tradition award for the best all round nurse in 1971.   Our condolences go out to all of Lloyd’s family.
Our first 5 Minute speaker was Fiona Witt from Comfort Rwanda and Congo, a charity established after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, to help people affected by this catastrophe.  Fiona became involved to help fundraise for a safer, better equipped and more comfortable birthing clinic – which was opened in 2014.  Fiona is now fundraising for an ambulance, as the nearest hospital is 6km away and currently the journey is generally made on foot – not an easy ask for a woman in the last stages of her pregnancy.  For more information about this amazing charity or to donate, please go to the following link
We then heard from RCA members Pam Clarke and Monika Levinson regarding the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), which runs fun, two-day interactive seminars that help builds Rotary knowledge and develops leadership skills.  Pam will take over from Ingrid Waugh as the new Chair of RLI and the next seminar will be on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Jacqui in the office.
Professor Graham Le Gros was this week’s key-note speaker.  Graham is the Director of the Malaghan Institute and the title of his speech was ‘The Leading Edge of Medical Research’.  The Malaghan Institute is an independent charity located within Wellington’s Victoria University’s campus, but is independent from any one NZ university, meaning this Institute works with them all – important as one of their mandates is to find and train future researchers.  The Institute now provides bio-driven research (different from the previous chemical-driven research) and focuses on identifying the ‘problem’ cells and targeting them directly.  Currently the Institute is working on three major projects – one regarding the gut and two regarding cancer and can carry out the earlier human trials if deemed potentially viable, but need to outsource level 3 clinical trials overseas, as they don’t have the facilities for large scale trials.  Graeme leads an active biomedical research programme in allergic and parasitic diseases and was awarded a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of the tangible and significant assistance he has given, for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
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