Rotary Club
of Oamaru

Issue 34

Meet the Candidates 2019
Local government elections are fast approaching and once again Rotary is hosting the candidates at the Opera House. The meeting is on 17th September with doors opening at 6.30pm.
Farewell Celestine!
After a tasty Belgian banquet our Rotary Youth Exchange student Celestine gave us a farewell presentation about her year in New Zealand. She told us about the amazing things she has done, the challenges and fears she has conquered and we saw the improvement in her English and how her confidence has grown. We also heard from the host families and English teachers who all spoke very highly of Celestine who will be missed as she flies back to Belgium.
Celestine presents Blair with pennants from her home Rotary club.
International Development and Disaster Relief
The international reach of Rotary is second to none and from our work locally in Oamaru we not only benefit our local causes but also international causes. Ending Polio is the obvious far-reaching example but closer to home we saw Dr Rodwell present a grim picture of the lack of progress Tonga has made in recovering from Cyclone Gita in which struck in February 2018. Disasters like this are certain to happen again and the Rotary New Zealand Community World Service is focussed on helping.
Emergency Response Shelters
Throughout the Pacific clubs are ever grateful for the support New Zealand Rotarians give in times of disaster and value this as a significant part of their community service. The supply of Box and Contents is in itself a project and many Rotary clubs each year pack the kits as hands on Rotary service. The Emergency Response Kit (ERK) is the only Rotary New Zealand Humanitarian service project responding to disasters in the Pacific. The ERK also supports in-country economies with many of the items being manufactured in the Pacific and over 90% of all donations are spent in New Zealand with a smaller amount in Pacific countrieNext meeting s to cover expenses incurred by those Rotary Clubs. Rotary New Zealand does not pay any commissions or royalties. The ERK is recognised by Governments throughout the Pacific who waive import duties and taxes, with local Rotary clubs taking responsibility for distribution in consultation with Disaster Management Offices.
What's your personal challenge?
At our last meeting we had a visit from Tania Lowery, the Rotary District Governor for 2019-20 in our District 9980. Tania has set the challenge for the year ahead. With Rotarians setting themselves each a personal challenge Rotary will raise $330,000 to finish the job of ending polio. This will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to make $1m. I'd say 200% is not a bad return! President Blair has set himself the challenge to donate $1 for every 5km on his bike. We might have to put a GPS on it for auditing purposes! 
Commitment to Rotary Recognised
At our last meeting we saw the passing of the presidential baton from Jim Hopkins to Blair Middlemass whose first act was to recognise the service of several Rotarians.
Not least was the service of Gordon Martin who is our Secretary. Gordon does a great job for Rotary and is also a driving force at The Waitaki Community Gardens where he is growing some great projects for the benefit of the community. Thanks Gordon!

The Rotary Club of Oamaru is in solid hands for the next three years. Pictured below; our Immediate Past President Jim Hopkins looks on as President Blair Middlemass presents pins to our President Elect Michael Robinson (2020/21) and President Elect Nominee Frances McMillan (2021/22).

The job of President is demanding and time consuming so we are fortunate to have good people willing to put their hands up to commit.

Also receiving pins were David Williams as Foundation Chair, Peter Robinson as Director, Adair Craik as Treasurer and Jim Hopkins as Immediate Past President. The Rotary Club is thankful for the time all these people put in to making the club run.

Setting the pace: District Governor message
District Governor Tania Lowery has put together a video address for all clubs in Rotary 9980. Tania's direction for the year is "Less hui, more doing." This will be reflected in the District Conference for 2020 at Balclutha which is going to be family friendly - right from young children through to adult children. 
Another key part of the message is the international shift in Rotary away from some traditions like attendance records which act as a barrier to membership, and a move towards other more flexible model of service club to match the modern lifestyle of potential members. 
Under Pressure
As in previous years Rotary has been asked to assist with recording of details relating to people who receive a free blood pressure check as part of the Stroke Foundations annual Blood Pressure check programme.
This is happening from 10.00am to 2.00pm on October 5th at the South End New World.
Could you please respond by e-mail to Blair at if you are able to assist. Please indicate preference for 10.00am till noon shift or Noon to 2pm shift. Replies in as soon as possible please as we need to confirm our support to the Stroke Foundation.
A great opportunity to be involved in community service and publicise Rotary at the same time.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Duty Roster 2019-20
The latest duty roster is now available. If you are unable to do your duty please find another Rotarian to trade with. The link will always go to the latest version and is available at the bottom of all bulletins from now on.
Next meeting
Foundation Auction - Everyone is Welcome
Galleon Restaurant
Nov 20, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
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