All members are advised that the Rotary Club of Dunedin Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday December 12th. Further details:
 
Date: Thursday 12th December 2019 at 12.15 for 12.30  
Venue: Cobb and Co Restaurant 
General Business:  Any general business must be notified to the Club Secretary by 5pm, Tuesday 10th December 2019.  
Business:  
* Apologies  
* Confirmation of minutes of previous Annual General Meeting  
* Matters arising  
* President’s Report on 2018/19 year  
* Presentation of Club Trust accounts  
* To receive and adopt the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2019  
* Election of President for 2022/23  
* To consider any general business that may be legally brought before the meeting.
  
Note that, a quorum being present (one third of all members), a two thirds vote of all members present is required.  
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The Town & Country Projects Group have organised a Scottish themed barbecue and family lunch for this coming Sunday 24th November at Woodhaugh Gardens. Bring your own food and drink along from 12pm. A young bag piper will be present and our own Ron Mackintosh will address a Haggis! Woodhaugh Gardens can be found at the north end of George St or off Duke St or Inverleith St.
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A reminder there is no lunchtime meeting this week as  instead we will be assisting the Tomahawk Smails Beachcare Trust at 5.30pm. Final details will be issued via email this week for attendees as the location will depend on numbers. Please email to confirm whether you can attend.
 
For more information on the Trust's activities - their recent AGM update can be downloaded here.
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Posted by Paul Spain

All Saints' Anglican Church vicar Michael Wallace told members the story of Arnold Spencer-Smith at our 17 October meeting.   Rev Smith was chaplain and photographer to the Ross Sea Party of Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition. Smith’s group were to set up supply depots for Shackleton’s trip from the South Pole to the Ross Sea.  However, Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed in the ice so Shackleton never even started the expedition. Similarly Rev Smith’s ship, the Aurora, was also caught in the ice resulting in the loss of essential provisions.

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Our Speaker last week was Jeff Harford, Community Liaison Manager at OAR FM in Dunedin.  Jeff addressed his brief “Who is Jeff Harford” by giving us a brief history of his life and a detailed description of his role at Otago Access Radio.

Jeff was born in Dunedin and loves Dunedin and is still discovering the City.  His early life was in North East Valley and later attended Kaikorai Valley High School.  He joined the Department for Courts as Jury Officer and sat through many High Court trials.  Following that, he took a year out and then became a Sub-Editor for the Otago Daily Times for 3 years.  A stint as a freelance writer followed and that was great fun but the income was poor.  He certainly did the job for its fun; not its money.
Next move was to Otago Access Radio here he remains to this day.  Otago Access Radio is one of twelve community access stations in New Zealand and these were set up to provide a vehicle for everyday New Zealanders to be heard.  Their mission is to reach out to under-represented sections of the community and these groups are listed in the Broadcasting Act.
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Here is the latest from all of the District 9980 RYE students including our Club’s outbound student George who is in Austria. Click here for the August update.
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The month of May celebrated 30 years of women in Rotary. As such, Past President Lisa Wilson was pleased to recognise two of our female club members for their contributions. Lynne Guy was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship at our 29 August 2019 meeting:
 
 
And at our 5th September meeting Jackie St John was presented with a Paul Harris Sapphire Award:
 
 
Click through for a copy of the remarks made at each presentation.
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Club members created comfort packs to donate to Womens Refuge at our 05 September meeting. Many thanks to our Community Group for organising this. Photos can be viewed here. (Photo credit Ruth Empson)
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Rotary Dunedin is pleased to confirm the following grants from applications made in August:

 

Hugh Saunders Trust 

Rotaract Club of Dunedin $650 – Auckland Conference assistance.  9-11 September 2019

Liam Hewson and Waide Bridgman-Tallon $300 – NZ Scout Jamboree Volunteer Leaders assistance – 27 December 2019 to 7 January 2020

 

Club Trust

South Dunedin Community Patrol $500 – Assistance with vehicle running costs.

All Saints Anglican Church $1,000 – Donation to Spencer-Smith Stained Glass Window Fund – Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition   

Malcam Charitable Trust $1,000 – Assistance with purchasing electrical testing equipment.

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Spring Charity Auction is now LIVE on Facebook so please get sharing, sharing, sharing!

If you go to the Rotary Club of Dunedin’s page, you will see the link and you can purchase tickets there.  Only $25 and it will be a fabulous night of fun, buying (heaps and heaps) and socialising.  Grab a group of friends and come along.

If anyone has the ability to put up flyers, that would be much appreciated.  Let Sarah Warhurst know who can send through documents.

 

Tickets are available via www.eventbrite.co.nz (direct link) or via the Facebook page.

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The Beachcare planting on Sunday 18th August was successful with 500 natives planted in less than 1 hour at the far end of Tomahawk Beach, with approximately 60 people involved (kids included). John Drummond with his daughter Sarah, Alistair Logan, and myself (with 4 year old son Saul) were there, and enjoyed the sunshine and great company with the BBQ, cake and soup at the end of the planting.  This is the last planting for the year, as winter is the best time to get the plants established. In November (7th) we will help with releasing, which where weeds and invasive species are removed around the young plants, to help them survive.
 
 
Tree Planting Gordon Tucker 2019-08-23 12:00:00Z 0
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Our current outbound Youth Exchange student George is almost half way through his 12 month exchange in Vienna, Austria. George writes: 
 
I’m fast approaching the halfway point on my exchange and going through the emotional experience of farewelling my homebound oldies. I’ve made some great friends in the group and I look forward to meeting the newbies in August. Over the last couple of months it’s been getting much hotter and the weather is now consistently in the low 30s - not the most pleasant heat in a built-up city like Vienna. Other than lots of swimming and a switch in host families I don’t have too much to report. I did a farewell camping trip with the other exchange students to present the completion certificates to the oldies and formally say goodbye. I got eaten alive by mosquitoes but enjoyed the beautiful village of Mattsee, in Salzburg state. A highlight of the last two months for me was travelling to Salzburg and staying with a friend’s host family with 5 other exchange students, volunteering a helping hand to build a new deck for the family. We got our hands dirty in sweltering heat and later a thunderstorm but we got the job done and were rewarded with amazing food and hospitality. We got along so well with the family that they invited us back two weeks later to do a free canyoning trip with the host dad, who is a trained canyoning guide. It was so much fun and I gained a lot of confidence by free-falling 14 metres into a narrow canyon with no ropes - had to check some of the fine print on my insurance for that one. Looking forward to the rest of Summer and the second half of my exchange!
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Phil Ker the CEO of the Otago Polytechnic outlined the Polytechnic and the Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) reforms at our August 15 meeting. Click through below for write-up. Photo: Ron Palenski
 
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Radio Breeze broadcaster and three-year City Councillor Damian impressed with his positive view of Dunedin and its environs. Born in Invercargill, where the absence of hills allowed him to bike everywhere, he was attracted to Dunedin’s music weekends while in his teens. He had nine years in broadcasting, initially doing the midnight to dawn shift in Invercargill, then moved to Queenstown before shifting to Dunedin in 1999. He currently hosts the 6:00am to 10:00am on “The Breeze”. Damian likes the size of Dunedin and the rarity of its wildlife. Loves the music scene and recommends “The Chills” movie. His positivity and admiration of our forebears’ ‘can-do’ attitude contribute to him being in favour of the waterfront development and our club’s community work. He would like to see us doing even more.
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The food bank supermarket collection was run successfully last Thursday 1st August. This was the first monthly 'sleeves rolled up' activity of the new Rotary year.
Members of the committee donated generously to support the St Vincent de Paul, Presbyterian Support, and the Salvation Army. Multiple trolleys full of food items were received at each of the three supermarkets chosen. Thank you to all of our Rotary members and friends who volunteered to help. Update: below is Don and his granddaughter who helped out on the day:
 
Below is President John Drummond and Gaye Wright in action on the day.
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A great night was had last week by our members at the new James Cameron 'Challenging the Deep' Exhibition at Otago Museum. 26 people attended with $125 raised for Shelter Box. The exhibition itself was very impressive and is recommended to those who could not make it. Many thanks to Murray Bayly for helping make this happen.
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A big welcome back to Katie Slaughter (Tucholski) who has rejoined the Club and was re-inducted on 25th July. Katie is a marketing strategist at Walsh & Beck.
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Please note there is no regular meeting this week (Thursday 1st August). Instead a number of our members will be collecting donations for local food banks at three local supermarkets from 4pm to 6pm. This will be followed by an informal dinner at Cobb & Co at 7pm, $20 for a two course meal. This meal is open to all regardless of whether you are joining the supermarket collecting earlier.
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Saturday September 21st or Saturday 28th (your choice). $50 per head and BYO.
The mystery is you don't know:
 
  • Who you are having dinner with
  • Where you are having dinner
  • Whats for dinner (advise special food requirements
 
Until the Saturday morning when you open your sealed envelope with the appropriate detail of where and when.You will meet your host and fellow guests that night.
You are most welcome to bring friends who will be allocated the same host as you.
 
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HOST Please contact Brian Daniels bdandcher@hotmail.com
Spaces will be limited. SAVE THE DATE

 

 
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Interested in seeing the new James Cameron 'Challenging the Deep' Exhibition at the Otago Museum? We are pleased to announce Rotary Dunedin will have an exclusive after hours social event with this world class touring exhibition ! This will be held Tuesday 23 July from 5.30pm to 7pm. Tickets will include access to the exhibition, a welcome drink on arrival along with some nibbles. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets $35 for Adults, and $18 for Children (Children under 3 free). Not only that, a donation from each ticket sold will be made to Shelter Box! 
Note no food and drink can be taken into exhibition. Register now via the event page here. Tickets are strictly limited so don't miss out! For more information on the exhibition, click through below, or visit: https://otagomuseum.nz/whats-on/see/exhibition/james-cameron-challenging-the-deep
 
Bring a friend (A great opportunity to promote Rotary)!
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Posted by Don McEwan

DG Tania Lowery (Balclutha club) addressed the club via a DVD. The main topics she covered were – 

  • Projects 
  • Polio challenges (personal donations) and the ride-the-trains fundraiser 
  • She introduced the 2019-20 District 9980 leadership team and the DG’s Elect and Elect-Elect 

Update: video link now provided on click through below to watch her address – it’s well worth it! 

Check out her car and how the DGE-E got arrested, tried and sentenced. 

She also promoted the District Conference (17-19 April 2020) and it sounds like a winner. Plan to be there.

District Governor Tania Lowrey Don McEwan 2019-07-13 12:00:00Z 0

Our new President, John Drummond presented his vision for the club in the coming year at the 4th July meeting.  He quoted Tania lowery (DG) “less Hui more Do-Ye”. 

John outlined steps to achieve this: 

  • A goal of a monthly activity using the example of collecting donations at local supermarkets for women’s refuge.  
  • Creating a calendar of events which would allow the club to promote events in advance to the public. By involving non-members at events it will create a way to attract new members.
  • Following up with organisations who the club has provided funds to be able to see the impact they have made. 
  • Connecting internationally to do projects in other countries. 
  • Rebranding the club from the Rotary club of Dunedin to “Rotary Dunedin” and appointing a marketing director. 
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A crack team of our members has been busy making some improvements to the BBQ shelter on the West Harbour Recreation Trail.
Big thanks to Malcolm Liddell, Neil Lyons, Dave Richardson, David Neill, and Peter Gouverneur for making this happen. Click through for some photos.
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Our meetings in the last week of the month will have a new format starting from July. As President John mentioned in his address a few weeks ago, this meeting will be all about fellowship and communication.  What does this mean exactly? Well, on July 25th this will include:
 
  • Welcoming a new member into Rotary Dunedin!
  • Finding out about the exciting projects happening in August
  • Some more new events and plans for the year
  • Latest news from the Board
  • Still unable to log-on to the new website, have no idea what this 'ClubRunner' business is all about? Cameron will show you how to log on and answer any questions.
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NATION’S CHURCH Community Outreach is thrilled to announce that the Community Food Pantry is now open! Open 24/7 to everyone. Take what you need No judgment. All welcome.
 
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A successful Changeover evening was enjoyed on Thursday 27th June 2019 with Presidential duties transferred from Lisa Wilson to John Drummond. Some photos can be viewed here
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Posted by Neil Lyons

Naomi gave us an insight into her life as a writer in which much of her work is writing and publishing books reflecting the life of an individual in a family. Many of these individuals are old and the family wished to have record of their lives and of the wider family. 

Naomi started as a journalist in Christchurch and after 16 years moved to Dunedin. She had a neighbour (Syd) who was a character and after getting to know him better thought his story was well worth telling. She has gone on to write many books and due to age of her subjects she needed to be very patient and understanding of their reminiscences. Each book generally takes 4 – 6 months. Naomi has a website www.waterunderthebridge.nz . The name coming from the old saying.

Naomi Miller of Water Under the Bridge Publications Neil Lyons 2019-06-29 12:00:00Z 0
Anna Kaarill spoke to our Club on Thursday June 13th about the highlights of her year in New Zealand. A copy of Anna's presentation can be downloaded here.
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PHF Sapphire presented to Graeme Leith 2019-06-15 12:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker on 6 June 2019 was Jane Ludemann. 

Jane was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two years ago at the age of 32 and she told us about her life prior to her diagnosis of cancer, her fight with the disease, and her story in creating an initial charity. 

Jane is a young woman who has everything to live for. She has a mathematics degree and works as an optometrist. She has been a keen tramper, half marathon runner and rock climber. As well as this Jane has been a competition debater. 

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This years Changeover Dinner will be held on Thursday 27th June 2019 at the Cobb & Co Restaurant. Registration is open now via the link below (note once you have gone through to the event page page you will then need to click the registration button). RSVP's close Tuesday 25th June. 
 
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If you can help collect donations for Octacan on Thursday 20th June please contact Hannah Day on 477 7115. 

If you cannot give your time please remember to donate cans or money.

Presbyterian Support 

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Volunteers are needed to assist with this year's Mid Winter Carnival on Saturday 22nd June. For more information click through below.
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Women in Rotary, like water on stone, it took a long time. 

June Mills gave us an eye opening talk on the long and slow progress to admit women into Rotary Clubs around the world. First credit goes to the Rotary Club in India, for its 1950 proposal to delete ‘male’ from the Rotary Constitution. In 1964 Rotary Ceylon also tried, and then in 1972 the US was not successful. 

In 1977 three unsuccessful proposals are made to the Rotary Convention. However the Rotary Club of Duarte, acts on its own and admits women. Its membership of Rotary International is terminated in March 1978. In 1983 the California Court upholds the decision, but in 1986 the decision is reversed. This is appealed in the US Supreme Court and on 4th May 1987 it decides Rotary cannot exclude women on the basis of gender. By June 1990 there are 20,200 female Rotarians worldwide. 

June joined on 7th Sept 1995 and she with Astrid Winfur, were the first women into our club, from a decision made by Pres. Stuart Heal, and invited to join by member John Heslop. John and his wife Barbara, had many debates on the subject of women’s possible rotary membership, sometimes with June listening. 

It seems that other Rotary clubs had been somewhat sceptical that Dunedin would ever invite women, but history has shown that significant progress has been made, and the Dunedin and all Rotary clubs, are all the better, for those who took the first steps. 

Women in Rotary Graeme Leith 2019-06-02 12:00:00Z 0
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There are now 24 confirmed cases of polio this year – 7 in Afghanistan and 17 in Pakistan – all as a result of the ongoing hostilities along the border between the two countries.
 
When you read the stories included on the attached link, you will understand the difficulty of the situation and the bravery of our volunteers. Bill Gates leaves no doubt on the absolute vital nature of ongoing support from Rotary – along with his commitment. Please find attached information on what is being done to address the challenging situation in Pakistan.
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Anne Marie Wells gave an entertaining talk to members at our 23 May Club Meeting. Anne's talk covered many topics including falling in love with her NZ husband while mountain climbing, and a career change from a software engineer to a dairy farmer.
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The Trees for Families event was successfully held again on Saturday 11th May. There was a great turn out once again. Thanks goes to the City and Community team and other volunteers for digging over 60 holes!
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A Charity Dinner is planned for Saturday 22nd June. Venue is Blacks Hotel in Ophir. A 5 course dinner is planned with Emersons beer to match. Other highlights will include a magic show from Jonathan Usher and music from professional guitarist Luke Flanders. Tickets will be $120 a head, and for those who wish to stay overnight a reduced accomodation rate of $125 a room including breakfast for two will be available. Funds raised will benefit  Camp Quality who support children living with Cancer in Otago. Contact Ron Mackintosh for more information.   
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The Rotary Club of Dunedin was pleased to present a donation of $4,050 to the Otago Youth Adventure Trust at our Club Meeting on Thursday 9th May. The funds were proceeds from Circus Quirkus fundraising. OYAT Chairman Stephen Woodhead gave a presentation on the Trust's activities in the community and our own members Graeme Chesney and Catherine Goodyear recounted our Club's involvement over the years.
 

Stephen spoke about the great work that the OYAT who are half the partnership with the Milton Rotary in the OYAT/Milton Rotary Tramping Club, they can have between 900 – 1,200 trampers per year, on walks and cycle trails. 

The OYAT primary focus is on youth with schools being the main users of the camps. They significantly depend on donations, such as from Dunedin Rotary, as they have a number of large assets to maintain, such as the Tautuku Outdoor Education Centre, which takes up to 90 people, Berwick Lodge taking 67, and the Sutton Camp 20. Activities include abseiling, kayaking, archery, group projects and wall climbing. 

Tautuku was a Judge JD Murray initiative in the 60s for wayward youth and Berwick by Rotary in the 80’s. All these camps are needed and so is regular maintenance, which requires funding from somewhere. The Trust employs 2 permanent and 2 part time staff. Looking to the future, a web site is being up graded and marketing initiatives undertaken to support the great work being done.

Graeme Leith

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We were privileged to hear from six members of the Professional Development Group from Rotary District 9830 Tasmania, Australia. The group consisted of the following: 

 

George, the Team Leader - a Finance Manager 

Annie, a 28 year old Marine Scientist. 

Laura, a 30 year old Business Development Manager. 

Margot, a 26 year old Rural Reporter with ABC Radio. 

Graham, a 30 year old Engagement Specialist with Tourism Tasmania. 

Ellen, a 26 year old Wildlife Management Officer. 

 

All speakers were passionate about Tasmania and provided us with some very interesting information.

Professional Development Group from Rotary District 9830 Tasmania, Australia. Malcolm Liddell 2019-05-04 12:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Dunedin member and past District Governor Bruce Cowan was recognised at the recent District Conference in Oamaru. In presenting Bruce with a sapphire pin to his Paul Harris Fellowship, District Governor Andrew Hamilton noted Bruce's work and dedication to our Rotary District which has been spread over the past six years. During this period he has faced many challenges, which have been dealt with the upmost integrity and upholding of the principles of the Rotary Four Way Test. He has put 100’s & 100s of hours of work into helping run and support the Rotary District. First as an Assistant Governor, then as a member of the Governor Train, including his year as District Governor, and then recently as Chair of the District Training Committee – and always with a smile on his face. Congratulations Bruce!
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A big congratulations to Alice for winning the Four Way Test Speech Completion Final at the District Conference last weekend!
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This week our Club is hosting the Tasmanian Professional Development Exchange team to present. We are extending a special invitation to all local Rotarians to attend our meeting and thus would appreciate if everyone who is attending can register via the link below. This will enable enough tables and chairs to be set out regardless of meal orders. Note this is for the 02 May meeting only, and you will still need to order a meal separately in the usual way if you would like one. 
 
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At the lunch time meeting on Thursday 18th, we welcomed Denise Kent and Carolyn McMillan to speak about Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust. 
 
This was initiated seven years ago by Corinda Taylor following the death of her son. She called a public meeting to gauge interest in setting up some form of support after finding the mental health “system” sadly lacking. These efforts snowballed and resulted in a petition to parliament, eventually culminating in the Mental Health Inquiry which reported to Parliament in December 2018 with a predicted outcome and report from the Health Minister in April or May of this year.
 
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    By all accounts a great time was had at the Walking Wine Tour held this month in Cromwell. Some photos can be viewed on our website here.
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    Please find below a letter from District 9970 District Governor John Driscoll and the Presidents of the Riccarton, Ferrymead and Linwood/Woolston Rotary Clubs.
     

    Dear Fellow Rotarians, 

    Firstly, we would like to thank the many individual Rotarians and clubs within New Zealand, across the Tasman, and around the world for your response to this call for support after the tragic shootings in Christchurch on March 15th. 

    This all developed rather spontaneously, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. We have of course anticipated that written acknowledgements and receipts are essential, and a spreadsheet of donors has been maintained which we will process as soon as possible. 

    As this evolved it quickly it became clear that the support from Rotary would be required in two key stages; responding to immediate need, and establishing a longer term fund in which Rotary and leaders within our local Islamic community will work together in providing continued support into the medium and long term. 

    Over the past couple of weeks, a number of Rotarians including myself have been volunteering at the Support Centre and Hub set up at Hagley Park by the city council and local Muslim leadership, to provide a place for victims and effected families from that community to seek support and access immediate help. 

    Through this we have been able to get to know key people and undertake a degree of diligence with regards to the level and types of need required and how best to distribute this. 

    We have also seen how absolute and devastating the trauma associated with this event has been and the stories heard will stay with us for a long time to come. 

    We have closed an effective "stage 1" of this appeal at $50,000 which is being handed over to the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust (coordinating direct support to victims and families via the support hub based at Hagley Park). Today we are handing over $25,000 in grocery, petrol and taxi vouchers and a further $25,000 in cash into a medium-term fund run by that trust to provide counselling and psychological support in a culturally appropriate way.

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    Many Club Members will remember Sakhr Munassar when he attended a Club Meeting last year on behalf of Red Cross. Rotarians in the District are trying to raise funds to help support Sakhr Munassar to stay in New Zealand.
     
    Sakhr Munassar came to NZ as a Rotary Scholar in 2016.  A Yemeni passport holder, he came via the United States to study a Masters in peace and conflict studies at the University of Otago.  While he was in New Zealand, the American immigration rules changed, which banned Yemeni passport holders from access to the US.  Yemen is in the grips of war so going home has become an equal challenge.
     
    Now graduated, Sakhr works as a youth coordinator for the Red Cross in Otago. He runs multiple youth programs throughout the district,  has assisted with the many Syrian refugees now settled in Dunedin and is actively involved in the community through Rotary, Rotaract and music.  The strength of Rotaract in Dunedin is very much due to the effort and energy he put into it as a student – creating a sustainable organisation.  He is an all round excellent citizen, but his first application for residency has been turned down by Immigration NZ.  Sakhr has decided to appeal that decision, but that comes at a price.  Rotary D9980 is inviting support from members to assist Sakhr in the legal costs of challenging that decision.His lawyer is an experienced immigration appeal lawyer and is confident there is a good chance of a successful appeal. 
     
    Sakhr really appreciates the support Rotary members have given him. Click through for information on how to donate, and for photos of Sakr's work in our community.
     
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    The Rotary Club of Dunedin helped to assist Anne-Sophie Page attend the 2019 UN North America Leadership Tour with a grant of $1,000 late last year. Anne-Sophie recently returned from the tour and has put together a report and short video on her trip. These can be viewed by clicking through below to the story.
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    Barbara Payton, Manager of the Otago Youth Wellness Trust spoke to the Rotary Club of Dunedin on 04 April.
     
    Established 20 years ago by visionary, determined and dogmatic Pat Harrison the Otago Youth Wellness Trust is a wraparound service for 12 to 18 year olds.  Barbara Payton, at OYWT since the get go herself, says that the secret of its success is that Pat took no prisoners in the one year set up.  And this start as you mean to go on approach sees OYWT going from strength to strength.
     
    Click through for more on this story.
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    “Shave for a Cure” is an annual cancer fundraiser.  Sergeant Don’s wife Jan is a cancer survivor – breast cancer and several melanomas – and lives with the knowledge that they can reoccur at any time. 
     
    This year she has shaved her head for this cause.  You are cordially invited to meet Jan and see her actual “haircut” at this week’s meeting (28 March) … and to make a significant contribution to this cause during the Sergeant’s session.  So come (financially)  prepared.  One guess who the Sergeant will be! Update: $220 raised towards the Shave for a Cure; cancer research charity!
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    Carmen Houlahan and I have just witnessed the most amazing turnout of Dunedin people, in the face of the apalling Christchurch Mosque tragedy. After a meeting at the DCC in town where we were provided with "Official DCC Volunteer" badges, we made our way towards the stadium area.
     
    We met up with Rotary Dunedin South members, in a car park area that they usually operate, who had a supply of fluro vests, if we did not already have one, which we did. We were provided with money collection buckets and I took two of them. It was a short walk to the stadium and I ended up at Gate C on Anzac Ave, which is a continuation of Union St East.
     
    After sorting out where to position ourselves, there appeared in the distance coming out of Union St East, the most amazing column of people, about 6 or 8 wide, that walked silently forward to our gate and poured money into our buckets. The column was a never ending stream of old and young, and went on and on and on and on. It was a sight that I shall never forget. The two buckets did not seem heavy, because the flow of notes was heart warming.
     
    It eventually tapered off, it had to, because the stadium was filling up completely, except for the south stand which I was told was closed for maintanence. We handed in our buckets, happy that we had helped and gratified that we had seen the generosity of greater Dunedin in the face of an appalling unforgivable tragedy.   
     
    Graeme Leith
     
    Dunedin City Vigil - Forsyth Barr Stadium Graeme Leith 2019-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
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    A big thank you to all those people and sponsors that helped to make the Quiz Night fundraiser on the 13th March an an enjoyable and successful night. All funds raised are in support of the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital and we hope to present the donation at an upcoming meeting.
     
    The City and Community Committee would like to thank the following businesses who donated prizes:
     
     
    Elm Wildlife Tours
    Otago Polytechnic
    Luna Restaurant and Bar
    Orokonui Ecosanctuary
    The Private Travel Company
    Rialto Cinemas
    Brian Daniels Showcase Jewellers
     
     
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    Posted by National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago on Mar 20, 2019
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    To truly stand in solidarity with the victims of the Christchurch Mosque Massacre, we must recognise our failings 
     
    A statement from staff and students at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago
     
    Statement on the Christchurch Mosque Massacre National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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    A reminder the current series of radio broadcasts being presented fortnightly on Otago Access Radio by Ron Mackintosh and the Membership Committee is available on podcast at https://oar.org.nz/event/dunedin-rotary/

    The latest (fifth!) episode features Steve Hyde, Ron Mackintosh and James MacDonell.

     

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    At short notice, Graeme Bremner filled the role of Guest Speaker informing and entertaining an average attendance of members, today 7 March. The Bremners are back in Dunedin again, but for a short time only, while their new house is built in Botswana. Graeme previously held positions with The University of Otago latterly as a Forensic Scientist in Animal Health while Gillian (member of Rotary Club of Dunedin 1998 -2018) was head of Presbyterian Support.
    Associate Professor Graeme Bremner - Forensics in Africa Graeme Chesney 2019-03-09 11:00:00Z 0
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    A big welcome to our new member James MacDonell who is transferring from the Invercargill NRG Club. James is a Senior Auditor at Crowe Horwath and was inducted into the Club on 7th March.
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    Town & Country Safari 2019 Graeme Chesney 2019-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
    Kerry Buchan - University of Otago, celebrating 150 years Neville Caird 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
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    We have received an update on the $3,000 donation the Rotary Club of Dunedin made to the New Zealand Red Cross just before the holiday break. This was the latest of several donations to help support former refugee young people to integrate into the Dunedin Community. Red Cross have advised they have now distributed all but $750 of the fund. The remainder of this fund will go towards covering term 1 activities for new arrival young people.
     
    CLARIFICATION: This update on the Red Cross and Rotary Dunedin Youth Fund was an account of Red Cross’s spending during 2018 of the donation made by The Rotary Club of Dunedin in 2017. The grant made at our final meeting of last year is yet to be disbursed and will be allocated during 2019.
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    Rotary Club of Dunedin member Ruth Empson (Department of Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Otago) is presenting her Inaugural Professorial Lecture on Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 5.30pm. The venue will be the Archway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union Street East on the University of Otago campus. 
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    Club member Cameron Olsen gave a excellent presentation on Club Runner the new Rotary Software that the club has changed to (Cameron is the administrator).
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    Gertje Peterson – Gene Editing Technology Carole Adair 2019-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
    Grant Chirnside and David Neill recognised 2019-01-26 11:00:00Z 0
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    A good time was had by all at the club member barbeque earlier this week at Bethune's Gully. Thankfully the rain clouds held off for a pleasant evening. Click on the link for more photos (photos credit: Lynne Guy, Cameron Olsen).
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    The Rotary Club of Dunedin was pleased to present a $3,000 donation to the Red Cross at yesterdays Club Meeting. RCOD Present Lisa Wilson is pictured with Sakhr Munassar, the local Youth Co-ordinator from the Red Cross.
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    Posted on Nov 20, 2018
    The Rotary Club of Dunedin will be supporting two students to attend the National Science Forum in 2019. Two students - Matthew Kinley (from OBHS) and James Mitchell (from LPHS), have been successful in being selected by the district. This contribution will be made from the Hugh Saunders Trust.
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    A very Hearty congratulations to Darryl Robinson and Graham Leith for their Paul Harris Awards today for their outstanding commitment to our community via Rotary projects. Very well deserved indeed.
     
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    Grant and President Lisa helping out at the combined Rotary Clubs planting at Panpac in Milburn last Saturday 1st September 2018. 
     
    All trees planted result in a donation per plant to the Sinclair Wetlands.
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    The Rotary Club of Dunedin was pleased to be recognised at the Keep Dunedin Beautiful awards on Monday 30 July 2018. Our club received First place in the Taylor Community Pride Award 2018 for our work on the West Harbour Trail. Excellent recognition for an excellent project.
     
    Photo – Brenda Harwood
    Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards 2018 Cameron Olsen 2018-07-30 12:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Club of Dunedin is pleased to advise it has agreed to grant $500 from the Club Trust to Brain Injury Association (Otago) to assist in sending two Liaison Officers to a training workshop in Christchurch on 8 August 2018.
     
    Training of this type is rarely available in the South Island and the Association supports over 560 clients who are affected by brain injury in the South Island.
    Brain Injury Association Donation Cameron Olsen 2018-07-30 12:00:00Z 0

    A gift basket of goodies was a welcome Friday surprise for Dunedin Hospital emergency department nurses on the 6th of July. Rotary Club of Dunedin Club delivered the treats to thank the nursing staff for the great job they do.

    Organiser Carmen Houlahan said the club was planning a series of random acts of kindness and ED staff were an easy choice as the first recipients. “As a family we’ve had our kids in ED and the staff were great.”

    Dunedin Rotary president Lisa Wilson said she hoped other clubs and organisations would follow its lead with some acts of kindness of their own. “It’s an easy thing to do. It’s about acknowledging members of our community and saying thanks for their work.”

    Gift Basket of Goodies Cameron Olsen 2018-07-06 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.
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    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.
     
    India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
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