Welcome to the The Rotary Club of Dunedin

 
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We meet Thursdays at 12:30 PM
Petridish
8 Stafford Street
Dunedin,  9016
New Zealand
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After a long wait... Club Meetings will resume this week! Members and friends are welcome to join us at our first meeting at our new venue: Petridish at No 8 Stafford Street on Thursday 4th June. This first meeting will be a chance for a good catchup & fellowship.
 
A new cafe is under construction at the venue which will be available some time later next month. In the meantime we have arranged for a tea and coffee station ($2.50 per person - please bring cash), and you are welcome to bring your own food from home or local cafe's. In future weeks if there is enough interest we will arrange catering from Cottage Bakehouse; copies of the food options will be available at this weeks meeting. 
 
Please also note the Duty Roster has restarted and an email reminder will go out to this week's rostered members. Best to check the new roster here: https://www.dunedinrotary.org.nz/page/duty-roster as soon as possible.
 
 
Arrangements have been put in place to resume meetings in-person when Covid-19 restrictions allow. With the Government to announce an update on the size of gatherings on Monday 25th May, we may re-start as early as this Thursday 28th May. This will be confirmed on Monday evening 25th May.
 
Use of the Petridish function space at 8 Stafford Street has been arranged and this is also the recommended ongoing venue (by the Caretaker Group). Tea & Coffee will be available for $2.50 per person and Members are able to bring their own food/takeaways with them to the meeting which will be a fellowship/catchup session. Our Management & Membership (M&M) Group will start working through exciting speakers for following weeks. We will also investigate streaming future meetings to allow members out of town or in vulnerable health to participate remotely.
 
 
Presbyterian Support Otago have provided a letter of thanks for the recent $2,000 donation from Rotary Dunedin.
Judith McCracken, the Supporter Development Manager writes:
 
Dear Rotarians

Many thanks for your donation which will be used to support our foodbank in Dunedin during the COVID-19 lockdown and in the weeks following the pandemic. In the first two weeks of the lockdown, Presbyterian Support Otago received 101 referrals for support (up from 79 during the same period in 2019). Many of these referrals are for new clients – older people, former refugees, families, and individuals – who haven’t needed our support before.

With your support, Presbyterian Support Otago is taking a responsible approach to supporting people’s needs during this time. Usually, we would provide a combination of food parcel and grocery vouchers to people accessing the foodbank. As people are encouraged to stay at home, and supermarkets are incredibly busy, your donation will be used to purchase items we need for the foodbank from our usual suppliers (those suppliers who supply products for our Enliven care homes), and make up welfare parcels which include food, cleaning products, and other items needed by people during the pandemic period.

Your support makes a massive difference to people in our community, especially during this pandemic period. Your financial support means that we can be flexible in how we approach the needs of people during this crisis, making sure that we continue to meet the needs of people in our community to help overcome the extra difficulties we’re all facing during this time.

Thank you for your support during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
 
Many charitable organisations are taking a financial hit from the Covid-19 disruptions to their normal fundraising. This comes when their services are in greater need as ever. The Rotary Club of Dunedin is making an immediate contribution of $2,000 from the Club Trust to each of the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and PSO foodbanks and the Otago Hospice. This contribution has been received gratefully, from the Salvation Army for instance: "We really appreciate this. The amount of food parcels we are giving out is steadily growing. Please pass on our thanks to the members of the Rotary Club of Dunedin."
 

 
In accordance with Ministry of Health Guidelines, the following events have been cancelled or postponed in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic:
 
  • Charity Auction (Originally 26 March) Postponed to Spring 2020
  • Breakfast for Relay for Life (Originally 29 March) Cancelled
  • Otago Rally (Originally April 4) Postponed
  • District Conference (Originally 17-19 April). Cancelled. Note AGM to proceed on 19 April via video conference.
     
Note our contribution to the Meals on Wheels service is continuing. The future of weekly Club meetings and monthly Group meetings will be discussed at the monthly Board meeting this week. Update: Club meetings and monthly Group meetings cancelled for month of April. Their possible resumption in May will be reviewed in the week of 23 April.
 

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