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
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
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
Posted by Bill Gates

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
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.
Women & Tech Event - FREE! 2019-05-09 12:00:00Z 0
All ages pitch in to plant trail rest area Sally Brooker 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0

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!

RYLA 2019 Applications Extension! 2018-11-29 11:00:00Z 0

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

Speech Competition 2019 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0

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
Posted on Sep 07, 2018
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.
Ring for Good Cara Tipping Smith 2018-09-06 12:00:00Z 0

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



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.



To give students an opportunity to experience an interview situation.

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



Tuesday 21st August and Thursday 23rd August 2018



Blair Middlemass at 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.
And then there was light 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frances Mcmillan on Aug 03, 2017
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 
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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