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Let’s have fun
Let’s get results
Let’s make new friends
This December our members contributed a range of gifts suitable for children aged 11 to 18. These will be distributed by Salvation Army to their clients.
On the 25th of November, the Club indulged in a Syrian Dinner. It was an opportunity to try some classic Middle Eastern cuisine that Syria is famous for, Through both a cooking demonstration and dinner. Proceeds raised on the night went towards the NZ Red Cross and Rotary Club of Dunedin Youth Refugee Fund.
Murder on the Orient Express
We joined with the other Dunedin area Rotary Clubs to attend a preview of the film Murder on the Orient Express on Wednesday 8 November. Half of our ticket price of $20 went to The Rotary Foundation to contribute to our international campaign in partnership with the World Health Organisation to eliminate polio from the world.
Otago Polytechnic visit
On 26 October we paid a visit after work to Otago Polytechnic. Chief Executive Phil Ker told us about the strategic direction for Otago Polytechnic, and then Matt Carter introduced us to EduBits – the new micro-credentialing initiative which is changing the way education is delivered.
We were taken for a tour of Otago Polytechnic’s soon to be completed Student Village – a purpose built 231 bed facility which will house students in 2018. The Village has been constructed with the environment firmly in mind. Sustainable materials have been used throughout.
West Harbour working bee
Another working bee was held on Saturday 14 October 2017. Club members placed concrete for a number of plinths at the Dunedin of the trail. These plinths are for a Tai Chi fence and the base for the last of the exercise equipment.
The club’s quiz night was held at the Otago Golf Club on 7 September 2017. It successfully raised $700 for our Red Cross former refugee children’s support fund, to enable young people to access sporting, cultural and other extra-curricular activities. A big thanks goes out for all the support to our members who helped organise, who kindly donated goods, who participated on the night, and who bought raffle tickets. Your support, and that from the team from Rotaracters who sold our raffle tickets, The Otago Golf Club staff, and the quiz master Mr Paul Fielding were much appreciated. Fiona Nyhof
Support for Syrian refugees
The Red Cross reports on how an earlier donation from our club has been used:
“Red Cross received $3000 from Rotary and has now has distributed all but $200 of the fund. Thirty one allocations were made to 27 young people. Recipients attend 10 different schools. Allocations were as follows: 3 Swimming Lessons Wakari, Bradford; 14 School camp fees Carisbrook, Queen’s High, Green Island, Balmacewan Int, Taieri College and Pine Hill Schools; 2 Football fees King’ High School, Northern Junior AFC; 6 Touch rugby fees Silverstream; 1 Football academy King’s High School; 5 Football shoes Taieri College. The largest allocation was $200 which was made to pay for participation in the King’s High School Football Academy. The smallest allocation was $20 for Touch Rugby Fees at Silverstream School.
School camps – the children enjoyed the experience and to be able to attend the camps with other children from their class or age group. The children seem to enjoy the outdoor experiences that come with attending school camps and roasting marshmallows by the campfire seems to be a particular highlight.
Football Fees and kit – a number of young people, mainly boys, have joined football or futsal teams. They are regular participants and access to the donation funds has ensured that they are able to participate. This included football shoes, or fees that their families would not have been able to afford. – A few of these young people who have accessed the funds are really talented and the clubs are pleased that they can participate.
Touch Rugby – Boys and girls at Silverstream School are enjoying participating in this activity with their peers at school. It seems to be quite popular at the school and allows the children to be part of one of the many activities that others in their school take part in.
“Red Cross has been fortunate to have funding for a short term Youth Resettlement Case Worker and she has been working closely with the young people to encourage them to engage in sports and other activities. The Rotary funds have supported the work she has been doing and enabled young people to overcome some of the barriers to participating in these activities, to make friends and to more successfully integrate into the community. Once again, thanks to Rotary Dunedin for its support of positive resettlement for young people. We have noticed an increase of interest in participation in extra curricula activities; and the number of former refugee young people will continue to increase. We are very pleased to be able to continue to partner with Rotary in this project.”
Sinclair Wetlands planting
On 2 September members of our club joined with Rotarians from other clubs to plant trees at the Sinclair Wetlands. In a project coordinated by Assistant Governor Claire Ramsay, hundreds of native trees and shrubs were planted on the Saturday – a great response to Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s request to plant at least one tree for each Rotarian. The Rotary Youth Exchange students came and joined in, and there was also a great turnout from the Rotaract Club – needless to say, a bit of mud got thrown around and a great time was had by all! Jackie St John
Donations to great organisations
President Sarah Warhurst presented cheques on 20 July to three very worthy causes here in Dunedin. Top left: Sarah Strang and Lynlea Forbes from St Vincent De Paul, Bottom left: Peter Lobb from Salvation Army and Right: Nick Callaghan from Presbyterian Support, all accepting over $1100 each. Brilliant work fellow Rotarians.
A new Rotary year
On 29 June we celebrated Changeover at Technique Restaurant at the Otago Polytechnic. A great night was had with our new President Sarah Warhurst making it a fun party atmosphere with a ‘Super Hero’ theme. The night started with Robyn Johnston singing while everyone mingled, then Master of Ceremonies, John Drummond kept the night flowing with a good dose of humour. We had two members, Peter Gouverneur and Jane Johnson presented with Paul Harris Fellowships by outgoing President Murray Bayly. We wish Sarah all the very best for the coming year….up up and away!!
Sarah has three goals for the 2017/18 year:
Let’s have FUN
Let’s get RESULTS
Let’s make new FRIENDS
During June we were pleased to install additional exercise equipment along the side of the popular walking and cycling track at West Harbour.
Trees for Babies
Every May we help Keep Dunedin Beautiful with their Trees for Babies project and 2017 is no exception. Trees for Babies is a long-term native tree-planting project where family members can celebrate the birth of a child or any significant family milestone. It also contributes to a native re-vegetation project in a city reserve. We dig the holes ahead of time so that the planting is easier for the families.
A talented actress
We are pleased to support Juliette Barnard who is one of 24 students selected from over 5000 applicants to be a member of the prestigious Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company 2017. Juliette will travel to the United Kingdom 7 to 26 July 2017 to participate in an education programme specifically devised for them by Globe Education at the Globe Theatre in London. Juliette is being supported with a grant from the Mona Semke Trust.
Also during April we held mystery dinners on two Saturday evenings. 26 mystery guests turned up for dinner at the homes of 4 of our members. They donated the price of the meal. $1320 was raised, to be used by our club in a range of projects that benefit young people.
4 Way Test speech contest
This year our Rotary District is again running a speech contest for senior high school students. The students can choose their own topic but must apply Rotary’s 4 Way Test to that topic. The 4 Way Test is about ethics, a simply formula to help work out what is the right thing to do in any given situation:
The first round of competition is held in the Rotary clubs. We heard speakers from Otago Boys High School and Logan Park High School. The judges had a difficult job determining the winner, as every student gave a very interesting and thought provoking speech. Oscar (pictured) from Logan Park took out 1st place with his talk on “Freedom of Speech” and 2nd place went to Arian for his speech on “Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy”. Well done to all the participants.
We started the year with a social pizza evening. Ahmad Taha, shown here cooking his pizza, was inducted as our club’s newest member. Ahmad is a neurosurgeon at the Southern District Health Board.