Posted on Oct 11, 2019
District Grants
The District Grant allocation process has been completed for this year. All clubs should have the allocated funds in their Foundation bank accounts this week.
 
Global Grants
Our District Rotarians are outstanding in the difference they make around the world through using the funds from The Rotary Foundation. We have currently 11 approved grants that are open, 5 that have been submitted and two currently in draft - a total of 18. There are also a few more in the pipe line.
 
GG2091621, GG2091685 - Give Every Child a Future
This project is part of a larger project initiated to celebrate the Centenary of Rotary in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. The project aims to introduce three vaccines into nine Pacific Island Countries. The aim is to immunize 100.00 of the most disadvantaged children across the pacific over the next three to four years and strengthen the local health systems to make this programme sustainable into the future.
The District has recently approved a DDF grant of $5000 to Niue and Tokelau to support this initiative.
 
GG1987661 - Teacher Training, Mangala, Nepal
Nepal is the poorest country outside Africa. Rotary does much to assist, but the ultimate answer lies in the education of the people. The starting point is the provision of schools and attracting students to attend, but without good teaching the children don't receive the quality education they deserve. Quality Education Nepal, a project of Rotary Australia World Community Service, has been training teachers in remote Western Nepal since 2011. More than 300 teachers have joined the programme to date, receiving 50 days training over three years, with annual refresher training continuing thereafter. In April 2017 a Rotary Foundation Global Grant added 225 teachers to the programme, and this grant is to train a further 80 teachers in the adjoining Mangala area.
 
GG2092713 Osligi Training Farm Upgrade Project- a long term commitment by the Waimate Rotary Club
The collaborative journey began in 2009 when Robin and Margaret Aims visited the Waimate District and spoke of their challenges and experiences in Kenya over a period of some 25 years. Their ongoing work with street boys from the Kibera slums in Nairobi has shown astounding results and had reached the point where there was a need to expand the farms sustainability to grow agricultural products for income as well as educate and train these young men in a multitude of farming based skill sets.
The Waimate Rotary Club took up the challenge in 2009 and raised $60,000 to drill a water well for irrigation and develop the irrigation infrastructure to irrigate the growing passion fruit and tomatoes.
Two Volunteer Rotarian's and wives from the Waimate Club travelled to Kenya and spent a month working to further develop the property. They built 2 metre high wind breaks over about 4 kms of perimeter and the shelter from this new infrastructure ensured the constant prevailing Easterly wind was minimised to ensure much more productive crops year on year. Pigs were also purchased along with the purchase of a much needed tractor with cultivation gear donated on the spot by a Waimate Rotarian.
That investment has been nurtured and maintained by the team on the ground at Osligi and the skills training results has grown positively and sustainably from there as well as providing a skills based training platform for the student farmers.
The second investment from Rotary District 9980 came when the decision was made to move to a farm closer to Nairobi for a better marketing position for sales of farm products. The existing farm was sold as a going concern and the monies from the sale were put to good use and the water project was transferred to the new farm.
This move has allowed Robin and Margaret Aims to better manage sales and also grow more productively the vital community based educational work they do with the boys.
In 2014, a group of local people through the Waimate Airlift Charitable Trust, administered by 2 Waimate Rotarians raised the necessary funding for building a 4-room classroom facility to enable the tutoring of the boys in a fit and proper classroom environment. This has in turn become a huge catalyst for educational growth. The Rotarians of Waimate and Wellington regions outfitted the rooms with desks, chairs and training equipment. The total spend was $140,000 and the facility was opened in 2014 debt free.
The ability to service the needs of the boys has been enhanced since the addition of accommodation for some of the training staff.
Robin and Margaret have served this group of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged on the African continent for over 35 years and Waimate Rotary club awarded them both with Paul Harris Fellowships and medals at a function in our Club in March 2019. So well deserved and at that point in our Clubs journey a decision was made to provide more sustainability to finish the job that Rotary helped start.
This new training initiative supporting the rehabilitation programme of the Nairobi Juvenile Prison Service, although a risk for the farm and training team, is a calculated one to also break that cycle of violence that many of these young men are locked into.
The increased learning capability and sustainable productivity of Osligi Farm, Nairobi, Kenya will ensure that the wages are paid, some profit is generated and the farm is self-sustainable while increased numbers of young men are farm trained and find gainful employment year on year. That will in turn help grow the Agricultural economy of Kenya and it goes without saying, feeding the world is our major goal, starting in Africa.
Grants Going Global Sven Thelning 2019-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Oct 11, 2019
DC Tania Lowery is joining rotarians in District 9685 to 'Ride the Sydney trains' to support the end of Polio. Last Year Mark Anderson and his son rode all 187 trains as a fundraiser for Polio and to raise public awareness. This year DG Tania is joining them wearing her distinctive "End Polio" sneakers. Tania has asked that clubs make their Polio contribution before October 20 so that she can present a cheque from District 9980 when she is there. Already 10 clubs, the Queen's Interact group in Dunedin and an individual have made their contributions. We currently have raised $28,786.90. Please support DG Tania as she "rides the trains in Sydney to enable others to walk.
DG to OZ Sven Thelning 2019-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Oct 11, 2019
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is back for 2020 and is to be held in Queenstown this year. Do you know any young people who could benefit? Show them the video slideshow below to see what it's about. 
 
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Sven Thelning 2019-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Oct 10, 2019
On Tuesday five students from Waitaki Girls' High School put themselves in a new situation as Rotarians conducted practice interviews to provide a non-threatening environment for them to learn interview skills and network with Rotarians.
Learn to Interview Sven Thelning 2019-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Oct 10, 2019
The Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust is a 1,000 year organisation according to Dr Mark Smith who conducted a detailed tour for Rotarians, however they certainly aren't simply watching the time pass by. As well as an interesting description of the history, current challenges and plans for each of the trust's historic limestone buildings Dr Smith also provided access to a little-known corner of Catto Wool's building where two seed cleaners have sat since being abandoned in the mid 1980's. Built by Christchurch firm Andrews and Beaven, the seed cleaners were used to clean debri and weed seed from grain when the Catto's Wool building was Meek's Grainstore, presumably before the grain was milled in what is now the Smash Palace building.
 
Seed cleaning project crops up. Sven Thelning 2019-10-09 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rebecca Ryan on Oct 04, 2019
 

Oamaru is becoming a metropolis of swan plants and monarch butterflies as the Waitaki Community Gardens, Rotary Club of Oamaru and members of the community undertake a project to preserve the monarch butterfly, which is declining all around the world. Oamaru Mail editor Rebecca Ryan talks to Rotarian Gordon Martin about his passion for the project.

 

 

Butterfly project no mere flight of fancy Rebecca Ryan 2019-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rebecca Ryan on Sep 20, 2019
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From the Oamaru Mail:

Ross McRobie will be elected to the Waitaki District Council’s Ahuriri ward unopposed, but he still made his case to the community at the Rotary Club of Oamaru’s meet the candidates forum on Tuesday night.

McRobie pushes economy Rebecca Ryan 2019-09-19 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Sep 18, 2019
The Opera House Inkbox was filled to capacity for the main political meeting of the year as the three Mayoral candidates and all but two council candidates made their case for election to the Waitaki District Council. Former Mayor Alan McLay expediently guided proceedings and with the help of the bell most of the candidates succinctly covered a range of topics from rubbish to the hospital.
Inkbox packed for political meeting. Sven Thelning 2019-09-17 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Sep 01, 2019
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The local government elections are fast approaching and as usual Rotary is hosting a meeting of the candidates for all contested council and mayoral positions.
Meet the Candidates 2019 Sven Thelning 2019-08-31 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sally Brooker on Aug 22, 2019
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From the Oamaru Mail:

Tyla Bishop has the travel bug after a recent trip to the United States.

Tyla (17) was one of six Kiwis selected for an inaugural three-week TeenAg exchange to Montana. TeenAg, the secondary school branch of New Zealand Young Farmers, chose them after they completed its Leadership Pathway Programme.

The pupils, chaperoned by Young Farmers Otago-Southland territory manager Biddy Huddleston, spent four days at the 4-H Congress at the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. They were among 350 students from around the world taking part in educational workshops, livestock judging competitions, and learning about career opportunities in primary industries.

The 4-H organisation in the United States is administered by the Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

An incident involving a disgruntled university employee added drama to the last day, when the whole campus was placed in lockdown for two hours until police apprehended him.

Each New Zealander was then billeted with a host family for nine days. Tyla, who lives on a dairy farm at Georgetown, stayed with a dairy farming family which had daughters aged 18 and 16.

She had met the elder one last year when she came to Oamaru for the first leg of the exchange.

“They were very friendly,” Tyla said.

She enjoyed hanging out with the girls and their friends and riding horses – something she has always done recreationally.

There was “a lot of difference” between the two countries, but Tyla said she overcame barriers to forge many new friendships.

There were also some striking similarities – such as the friction between rural and urban ways of life.

The state of Montana is sparsely populated, having only a million people in total.

“It’s very vast countryside. It’s like New Zealand with a lot more trees.”

The Kiwis were told to research their destination before they left, so they would know what to expect, Tyla said. Her hosts were impressed by her knowledge, and also asked her about farming practices in her home country.

“They were amazed that we milk 750 cows twice a day.”

Hereford and Red Angus cattle are prevalent in Montana.

Tyla will speak about her trip to the Five Forks Young Farmers Club, and has already made presentations to St Kevin’s College and the Rotary and Lions clubs that sponsored her.

She also earned money for the venture by working on a dairy farm in the summer holidays.

At school, she is studying agriculture, biology, chemistry, statistics and religious studies.

“I’m hoping to go shepherding, potentially in Central Otago.”

Although it was no longer unusual for females to be hired for such jobs, “you’ve got to go the extra mile to prove your worth”, she said.

Tyla has also applied for a Coleridge Downs Training Farm two-year cadetship.

The long-term goal is to own her own farm – sheep and beef, rather than dairy.

Travel is another priority, “particularly Australia and Canada”.

Meanwhile, St Kevin’s is “very, very proud” of Tyla’s achievements in being selected for the exchange and in making the most of it, agriculture teacher Paula Eatherley said.

Travel bug caught on trip to Montana Sally Brooker 2019-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Jul 24, 2019
Click below to view the video message from Tania Lowery and some of the District 9980 executive regarding the direction for the year ahead.
 
 
Setting the pace: District Governor's message. Sven Thelning 2019-07-23 12:00:00Z 0
What's your personal challenge? Tania Lowery 2019-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sven Thelning on Jun 09, 2019
In March this year I was part of a team of six professionals from the agriculture and tourism industries who made the trip to Tasmania on a four-week Professional Development Exchange to visit leading farming and tourism operations. Juliana Baxter was our team leader who gave us the benefit of her experience as a Rotarian at Invercargill North, and as Visitor Manager at the incredible Bill Richardson Transport World. Also on the team was Luisa Kuresa of Bill Richardson Transport World, Angela Juergensen of Queenstown Resort College, contractor and Winton dairy farmer Lis Rietveld, high country Merino farmer Andrew Jopp of Alexandra, and myself, a dairy farm manager and compliance contractor. The team immediately bonded well, with thanks to some planning sessions with Dave McKissock, and much of the value from the trip was from bouncing ideas and observations off each other. The following article is a very brief summation of a just few of the incredible vocational visits which Rotary gave us access to.
Tasmanian Agriculture and Tourism Sven Thelning 2019-06-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Daniel Birchfield on Jun 08, 2019
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After braving the cold outside the Loan and Merc building in Harbour St in Oamaru yesterday morning, more than 100 people streamed inside when the doors were finally flung open for the Rotary Club of Oamaru's Bookarama.

 

With more than 35,000 books on sale for a gold coin, the event has become something of an annual pilgrimage for many North Otago bookworms.

Bibliophiles out in force for Bookarama Daniel Birchfield 2019-06-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cara Tipping-Smith on Jun 07, 2019
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RYLA Oamaru 2019 was always going to take a different approach. The key thing the club understood was that RYLA awardees wanted to experience leadership, not just hear about it. So Rotary Oamaru devised a programme that would provide leadership opportunities from the outset. And according to RYLA attendees, our programme delivered.
Leadership in Action - Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2019 Cara Tipping-Smith 2019-06-06 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Babar bin Atta on May 25, 2019

Indeed, this year the number of cases of polio in Pakistan has increased and the virus transmission has intensified. Pakistan’s case count now stands at 19.

Of the total 19 cases, 13 have been detected from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while three were detected from Punjab and Sindh each.

Polio eradication is very simple: if you vaccinate enough children in a given area, then poliovirus has nowhere to hide and disappears from that area.

‘Polio surge in Pakistan’ Babar bin Atta 2019-05-24 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Donald G. McNeil Jr on May 24, 2019
Paralysis cases spiked after a vaccination drive was derailed by false rumors that dozens of children had collapsed and died.
 
After serious setbacks in April led to a cluster of new polio cases, Pakistan is revamping its vaccination strategy in a renewed effort to wipe out the virus.
 
Donald G. McNeil Jr. is a science reporter covering epidemics and diseases of the world’s poor. He joined The Times in 1976, and has reported from 60 countries.  
To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics Donald G. McNeil Jr 2019-05-23 12:00:00Z 0
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I was born just a few months after the first polio vaccine became available. When I was a kid, I had no idea how lucky I was. Just three years earlier, in 1952, the U.S. experienced one of the worst polio epidemics in its history. More than 57,000 kids got sick with the disease. Thousands died.

An update from the fight to eradicate polio Bill Gates 2019-05-16 12:00:00Z 0
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From the people who brought you The Electric Garden (sponsored by Rotary Oamaru), comes an extraordinary women & tech event. Even better, it's being held in Waimate, May 20th... and it's all FREE! Read all the details here and don't forget to share the news. This is a one day opportunity we may never see again.
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All ages pitch in to plant trail rest area Sally Brooker 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
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We've had some incredible applications so well done to those of you who've jumped at this chance. With some spaces available in this exceptional programme - we're extending the application through to Friday 18th January, 2019. What involved? Read on!

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We've had some incredible applications so well done to those of you who've jumped at this chance. We have some spaces available in this exceptional programme so we've decided to extend the application process through to Friday 18th January, 2019. What involved? Read on!

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Year 12 & 13s have an opportunity to win up to $1000 in this national speech competition from Rotary. What's involved? Read on!

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Scholarships have been awarded. Congratulations to Julia Dorsey, Isabelle Keeling, Kate Borrie and Connie Metcalfe! Winners!

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We've heard Dr Peter Rodwell and Lei'ataua Tahaafe speak about the very real plight in post-Cyclone-Gita Tonga. We know we have families living in tents, makeshift shelters and under tarpaulins. We know they need building materials, skills and labour. Now's our opportunity to step up...
Cyclone Gita Pasifika Safe Shelter Trust Tonga
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Tonga Housing Crisis Cara Tipping Smith 2018-11-14 11:00:00Z 0 Cyclone Gita,Pasifika Safe Shelter Trust,Tonga
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Silent auction for one found ring. Value in the region of $1800! All proceeds to Rotary. One week only. Deadline 4pm, Friday 14th September. Get all the details here.
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District 9980's Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is in Oamaru for 2019!

The 5 day event will introduce participants to key themes of leadership, community and business leaders, some seriously fun elements and importantly, give you a chance to put your learning into practice.

Aged 18-26? Then jump-start your future here

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Year 12 & 13 Student Interviews

 

Project Leader: Blair Middlemass

 

Background

At some stage in a students life they will be required to be involved in an interview situation. This may be for a scholarship, a job interview, for a rental property, a bank loan.

 

As part of The Rotary Club of Oamaru's commitment to the community we assist year 12 & 13 high school students develop life skills by running a mock interview situation.

 

Objectives

To give students an opportunity to experience an interview situation.

Provide feedback in both a relaxed verbal manner and support it with written material.

 

Timing

Tuesday 21st August and Thursday 23rd August 2018

 

Contact

Blair Middlemass at centreweight@gmail.com by 25 August 2018

 

 

Year 12 & 13 Interviews Blair Middlemass 2018-04-20 12:00:00Z 0
 
Masses of work has been done collecting thousands of books along with CDs, Vinyl, Puzzles and more - all ready for our annual Bookarama. This year's event is going to be our best and biggest yet. 
Loan & Merc, Harbour St, Oamaru
  • Friday 25th May 9am - 10pm
  • Saturday 26th May 9am - 6.30pm
  • Sunday 27th May 9am - 12pm
Free entry. BYO bags. See you there!
Bookarama Oamaru
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Making a Difference: Tree Planting 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
 
 
A crowd of nearly 200 people who gathered in the 1876 Oamaru Public Gardens, shouted: " Let there be light!" - and the light came on on the Craig Memorial Fountain for the first time last Friday.
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Posted by Frances Mcmillan on Aug 03, 2017
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Join us for this public event: Prostate Cancer Awareness with Dr. Shaun Costello, Oncologist.
Wednesday 23 August 2017, 5:30pm

Speaking on:
- The burden of cancer
- About the prostate and prostate cancer
- Staging and prognosis
- Initial Treatment Options
- The central role of testosterone
- Treatments other than depleting testosterone 

Spaces limited to 70 registrations, please RSVP to: Robert Gonzales on http://oamarurotary.club/SingleEmail/ContactUs 
Registration cost: $18
Finger food provided with bar open.
23 August 2017, 5:30pm at The Manor Estate - Function Centre + B&B

Brought to you by the Rotary Club of OamaruUniversity of OtagoSouthern District Health Board.
Public Event: Prostate Cancer Awareness with Dr. Shaun Costello Frances Mcmillan 2017-08-02 12:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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