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September is Basic Education and Literacy month.  This is a cause that is absolutely vital in bridging the gaping divide for those less privileged, especially the children.  Education is fundamental to their ability to surmount challenges in the future.

 
In Rotary year 2019 Basic Education and Literacy ranked as the third highest area of focus with funding of over US$12.5 million to support projects worldwide.  The video Rotary Supports Education describes how grants from The Rotary Foundation help alleviate the plight of the seventeen percent of the world’s adult population who are illiterate:
 
“Education has the power to lift families up, make real change, modify behaviour, create healthy habits and open minds.  It creates security and safety in families so that they can support, provide and make informed and empowered decisions.”
 
Contributions to The Rotary Foundation impact lives all around the world.  For people who would otherwise have been isolated by their educational disadvantage, it provides a path to connect to the world.
Our club’s annual school lunch is a highlight of the year and this year’s on 10 September was no exception.  With students from Kings, McAuley, Otahuhu and Pacific Advance Colleges; plus teachers, visitors and Rotarians we had approximately sixty attendees.
 
Our speakers were Hailley Smith and Jasmine Worthington, the two youth ambassadors for the Key to Life Charitable Trust.  This trust was established by Mike King to bring attention to and support for dealing with mental health issues.  Hailley is from Tauranga and Jasmine is from Reporoa (near Rotorua).  They work in their local areas giving peer support to students.  Both youth ambassadors are financially supported by the IDEAL Foundation and we also hosted Errejon Gonzalo (IDEAL Foundation chair) and Shane Roger.  Also among our visitor group were Mike Dawes, interim chair of the Key for Life Trust and Hailley’s sister Sophie, who at 15 years old is also having some mental health issues as a result of a difficult family environment.
 
 Photo shows from left: Hailley, IPP Malcolm Miller, Jasmine and Sophie.

There are three versions available of a new video about ending polio; Five Ways to End Polio.  The short, fifty second version is available to view at FWTEP and to download at FWTEPDownload.
 
The ten and fifteen-minute versions are available to view and download at Resources.  The material from the fifty second and ten minute videos is included in the fifteen minute version.  Please feel free to share these links with your clubs and followers.

The new look Bushy Park Tarapuruhi has launched with the opening of a new visitor information centre on 14 September.  Around 200 people attended Saturday's event, including Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and trust patron and Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall.  The new visitor centre features interactive displays, including real birds' nests and bones and includes information on what the forest area means to iwi.
 
Bushy Park Trust chair Kevin Ross said the event marked the conclusion of years of hard work:
 
"We have a historic homestead restored to its former glory. The stables have been renovated to house a visitor interpretation centre, exhibition spaces for some of our heritage items and an upgraded ablutions block."
A new initiative happening in our District 9920. Have you heard about Passport Club? Would you like to learn more about it?
 
Spring signifies a new beginning for one of our clubs. The Pohutukawa Coast Passport Club will bring the flexibility, variety of informal meeting styles and allow members to move freely and or be involved with other clubs in our Districts and beyond. Being Passport Club members encourages you to visit other clubs, bring fresh ideas and to create a positive impact locally and internationally.
 
Keen, interested to find out more? Come and join us on Thursday 26 Sep, 6pm for 6.30pm at PepperJacks, Pine Harbour, Beachlands. DG Gary Langford will unveil this exciting Rotary membership model.  For further information, please feel free to contact Alex Garden 021676965.
This will be one of the most inspiring and convenient of recent times so ensure the dates are in your (and your club) diary and to help your planning go to the Conference website for full information including the Top Ten reasons for going:
 
  • World Class Venue 
  • Meet the Most Inspiring People in the World
  • Strengthen your Club and your Passion for Rotary
  • Plenty of Time to Party and Socialize
  • Explore Auckland City – The City of Sails
  • Enjoy Special Conference Events and More
There is special Early Bird  registration for those of you willing to plan ahead so please register and take advantage of this.
 
From the Somerville Rotary Club - our Interact Club at Elim Christian College started the year in full throttle.  The new team of directors is raring to go.  They have organized a Daffodil Day fundraiser and have other exciting plans.  Here’s an article written by Eliza Chin and Bethany Britten about the Interact changeover that is worth a read.
 
Cast your mind back to your high school years.  Do you recall ever having a special school assembly featuring the changeover of your Interact club board, complete with flowers, banner and a YouTube mp4 of the national anthem?  Oh, and was it all organised by a small team of dedicated, servant-hearted students?  Because Elim Christian College did all that one Monday morning on 24 June 2019.
 
 
The 2019-2020 Interact Club Board with their teacher in charge, Mr Darron Gedge.
 
From the “Rarotarian” – the Rotary Club of Rarotonga newsletter.
 

Earlier this year we were the major sponsors in sending a team of students from Tereora College, the National College of the Cook Islands, to Palmerston North to participate in a brave new programme where ideas have no limit and business is exciting.  Their challenge was to identify a social, environmental or individual problem and solve it with a brave business idea.  Members from the team will be in attendance at our meeting on the 4 September as guest speakers and report back on their experiences.

The “Brave Thinkers” at our 50th celebrations with Helen Clark.
 
 
 
Passport Club Info Evening
 
Jump - 5 October
 
Cycling - 13 October
 
Polio - October'ish
 
Polio All Trains Event
 
Walk/Run - 3 Nov
 
Gardenfest - November
 
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