Sunday, March 17, 2013


5.30PM FOR 6:00PM START AT PRINCE ALBERT- RUTHERFORD MEETS Internal Meeting of Club .. see the memo sent to members re Club
Strategic Plan on 12
th March from Pres. Mike
(5 PAGES) THIS WEEK DUTIES: Room Setup Barry B Speaker’s Host - Reception Ian C Vote of Thanks - Sergeant Bill D Grace Denis D Member’s Two Minutes Jeff D Parting thought Graham S ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………
President: Mike Norton Secretary: Barry Blommaart Treasurer-Editor: Denis Daly
CURRENT CLUB INFORMATION March -- is Literacy Month in our Rotary Organisation + 25th March – Speaker is Brian Bishop on subject of "Competitive Pistol Shooting " + 8th April ---- District Speech Contest first round: ( at Prince Albert ) Subject : "Outstanding NZ Women" This will be a partners/ wives invited meeting, plus bring a friend to hear our student prepared speeches, it is important we fill the room - Or bring a potential new member to experience a young person event.
( Its unfortunate 4 of our members will be away down south on the rail trail that day) Note the District Speech Contest 2013 details – we are acting as our co-ordinators for this year’s event. The programme is outlined as ( see notice above ) -- First Round - Topic of our Club’s choice " Outstanding NZ Women " on 8th April Second Round at Area Level-
Topic " If I had My Own Planet" - to complete by 27th May Final Round at District Level – To be held 6pm Monday 17
th June at Burnside Bowling Club. 330 Avonhead Rd, Christchurch.
+ April 15th ... BBQ at Founders Park, Mike Williams speaker , Station manager at 104.8 Fresh FM Radio. ( we need a member to loan a BBQ )
+Rotary Food Caravan –
Report on the Trolley Derby +Subs of $110 can be paid to Rutherford account at the ASB see details below: … ASB Bank Nelson 123165 : 0354978 -00 -- Pay direct but identify your name !
Thought For The Week
Those that understand interest, collect it, those that do not, pay it…. Outward Bound Reminder – This is a further J R McKenzie Youth Fund activity and we have a letter from The Rotary Club of Christchurch asking us to contact secondary schools in our area to see if any students between 16 and 18 years would like to attend an Outward bound course courtesy of the above Fund. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 19th March, late applications will not be considered. We are forwarding application forms to the Girls College in our area of responsibility. The Course is being held at Anakiwa between 7 & 27 July 2013 which is earlier than previous years to avoid conflict with end of year exams. The Christchurch Rotary Club is selecting two candidates from our district, plus two back-ups. They make the point that successful candidates will need to provide medical and other info to Outward Bound before they can be confirmed on the course. + Conference will be at Methven 3-5 May 2013 at the Methven Resort – registrn cost with partner will be $370. Registration Form is now available for attendees to book now. + Boardroom Briefs: Board has approved $1,500 payment to Rotary Foundation.
NOTICE for Bulletin Re ROTAHOMES :
Further to the recent members talk by Barry B regarding Rotahomes
in Fiji.
Notice has just been received that members from District are scheduled
to spend the first two weeks of September working on this aid project.
Costs including travel, food, accommodation, insurance etc are likely to
be approximately $1500.00.
At this stage five District Rotarians have registered an interest, If you
are interested please contact Barry.
LAST WEEK’S SPEAKER: GRAHAM FOULDS ---- Children of Solu Khumbu Nepal Trust was set up in 2010 to benefit the children of the Solu Khumbu, in the Everest region of Nepal. CHILDREN OF SOLU KHUMBU NEPAL TRUST THE TRUST HAS THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES...  to give educational help for the children by providing classroom resources for 16 schools in the area.
 to give educational opportunity for orphan children in the area.
 to provide a health programme and medical checks for the children.
 to provide polar fleece tracksuits and other clothing for the children.
 to improve sanitation and water quality.
 to utilise solar energy, by providing solar cookers and rocket stoves.
 to install solar panels to provide lighting for families in remote villages.
Graham gave a fascinating overview of his work in this area which is in the foothills of Mt Everest region -there are 27 Hillary schools established in the Everest Valley. Graham visits on a regular basis, goes there again in Sept. and arranges to send in supplies contributed from the above Nepal Trust. This is the Trust that received assistance from RI via the DDF fund that this club donated our RI foundation credits from. His photo slides showed the polar fleece tracksuits that were donated to these children who most often had only the clothes that they wore every day. Scabies is a disease that is difficult to deal with, clean water and sanitation are so necessary. But only a few families have the benefit of this. The families really look forward to his return each time, he travels there several times a year, arranging for medical and schooling supplies to go in at the same time. In the village of Dip Jyoti the RI team installed lighting systems on the recommendation of a teacher from the school there.He had picked out the needy families who had children at the school. You just cannot imagine the living conditions of some of the poor families. The air in the houses is so smoky because they have an open fire in the middle of the room, there are no chimneys. The beams in the ceiling are often tar blackened. Really the conditions are so primitive, and this is just one of many villages in that area.
If you can imagine the South Island of NZ laying on its side, with the Himalaya mountains along the east coast border, Nepal is about that size, sandwiched between India and China and close to the 12 highest peaks in the world, with a population of 30 million and with a sizeableTibetan refugee contribution living in Katmandu …you have the picture Graham says.These people are just so grateful for any help the west can give them.
Black Tie Dinner and Auction ……. INVITATION
The Rotary Club of Nelson West is delighted to invite you to hear
Inspector Brian McGurk Speaking on his time in Afghanistan / or title and enjoy bidding in our fund-raising Auction
Wednesday 17 April 2013.
Brian is a Police Inspector with 35years service in the New Zealand Police, an accomplished speaker, qualified lawyer, and lives in Nelson.
Brian recently spent eight months in central Afghanistan. He was Head of the City Police and Justice Project, attached to the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan working alongside the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team.
His focus was to develop capability and capacity in the Afghan National Police, develop and strengthen laws and advance gender and human rights. Brian is absolutely passionate about New Zealand's contribution to improving lives of the ordinary people who are suffering in this troubled country.
Sharing his experiences of working in Bamiyan province, you’ll hear some interesting examples of issues his team worked on.
As well as enjoying the food, fellowship, and this thought provoking speaker, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of items during the auction.
Your contribution will help our Rotary Foundation continue its very worthwhile work world-wide.
Trailways Hotel 66 Trafalgar Street Nelson Drinks from 5.45pm Dinner 6.30pm Cost per person $50.00 Dress: Smart. Black Tie not essential. RSVP: to Graeme Thomas by 30th March 2012 phone 03 5450832
Limited to 70 Places allocated in order of confirmation and payment.
Cheque: Rotary Club of Nelson West C/- P O Box 1191 Port Nelson Direct Credit: National Bank Account No: 06 0705 0012618 00 Reference: ‘Black Tie’ and Your Surname. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………QUIZ evening to be held on FRIDAY 7th JUNE -7pm at STOKE MEMORIAL HALL. A joint fund raiser by the Rotary clubs of NELSON and RICHMOND.
Ticket prize $10.00-teams of EIGHT.
We need members- to actively promote this to family friends and workmates ticket purchase details to be announced shortly -to donate suitable items for a luxury Hamper for a raffle. Please give to Kevin, Gavin or Sar -to consider buying naming rights for a table at $100/table-if you have Business acquaintances please ask them if they would be interested in this.
?Higher value items-eg weekend at a bach etc etc that would be suitable for auction items. -manpower from those not in a team-door and raffle sales/bar/markers/ set up and clean up. Contact Kevin if you can help.There will be lots of prizes and quickfire raffles and heaps of fun so get a team and make this a great night!!
STOP PRESS : Rutherford had an excellent turnout for the caravan to the TROLLEY DERBY on Saturday. Turnover must have been at least around $ 1,000 judging by the boxes of hotdogs opened, I think we sold around 150 of those, plus similar number pottles of chips plus drinks. We will know after the Bank count it up Monday. Thanks to those who did all the work that day. The equipment and set-up organisers did a great job, gave up their Saturday for ROTARY ! We had six volunteers at Collingwood St in the morning for the Trolley Derby.

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