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St Johns Rotary is working with our younger "Young Professional" members to build an active membership in this general age group and Alex, Maddy and Clair have been coming up with a number of good ideas, one of which is that we need to use the social media TikTok to reach that target audience.  So, the club now has a TikTok account - search for St Johns Rotary and you will find it and the two posts so far.
As covered in Gary's  "Presidents Pen" column above, another very successful collection for the GI Food Bank was undertaken last Saturday.  Considering the current high inflation rate and the impact on so many in the community, this didn't detract from the generosity of New World shoppers.   Once again Colin was very active recording the activity at New World.  You can view one of his many Face Book Posts by clicking on he following link;  https://youtu.be/16hItOrXUns
Once again many thanks to all club members involved and, of course, a huge thanks to Graham and New World.
A cool, big fine morning after all the stormy weather was a blessing for the many who donned their gumboots and gloves and planted the hundreds of native plants in the area where we also piled the mulch in Apirana Reserve.  As you will see from the short video (click on picture), we were all having a great time!
The number of members and many from the local community were such that the planting was all done in 1 hours and 10 minutes!  The next half hour was spent enjoying each other's company over a well-earned morning tea that had been provided by a number of contributions including from some who could not be there but none-the-less wanted to support, such as Isabella's home baking - believe me the morning tea was well received. 
Thank you to Peter B for organising.
A record turnout occurred for the first working bee of the St Johns 2022/23 Rotary year, in fact just 12 hours after Changeover! A group of 17 enthusiastic gumboot-clad members, partners, and friends met at 9am on Sunday 19 June at Apirana Reserve, Glen Innes – coordinated by Ken, Nanda, Roger who began the restoration of this neglected weed-infested 'reserve' 2.5 years ago.

Have a Go Sailing is a programme sponsored by St Johns Rotary and Orakei Marina to enable primary school students from the local schools to gain a new experience and some useful life skills.  In 2022 10 schools took part (with another 3 missing out due to weather conditions on their allocated day).  Over the three weeks 209 students took part with a great deal of enthusiasm from the kids making for a good day out.
Many have not been in a boat of any kind before, and so light breezes experienced on most sailing days are actually a bonus as it can take a while for children to grasp the basics of steering and travelling in a specific direction.  It is always satisfying to see a number of children confidently capsizing and righting the Optimists something that would have been a new challenge for all.
When especially light breezes made sailing sporadic, a number of other activities are entered into involving a daisy chain of 11 yachts and a game of ‘Simon Says’. The objective of these exercises is to build confidence on the water and, once again, success can be measured by the number of boats that end up upside down and then upright again.
If present the parents are involved as much as possible, both heading out on the water and/or assisting with launching and retrieval. Feedback from all was outstanding with a number of requests for yacht club contacts for Learn To Sail programmes.
St Johns Rotary has long supported the Emergency Response Kit programme for the Pacific.  The NIWA and MetService assessment of named tropical cyclone (TC) activity indicates 9 to 12 named TCs could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2021 and April 2022 so these kits will again be a vital first response to families who may have been severely affected during a cyclone.  This RNZWCS newsletter explains (CLICK HERE).
Is the reason you joined Rotary something you can share with others and thereby encourage others to join our amazing club? 
Why not give it a go!  Sure Covid is disrupting things at the moment but even as we are somewhat curtailed there are still projects members can participate in, let alone the camaraderie of our weekly Zoom meetings.  If you have a lead and would like Beryl to help turn that into a new member, just call her on 021652802.
Hundreds of great people will be coming to the Orakei Volunteer Expo to find out more about the volunteering opportunities in their community and St Johns Rotary will be there to let them know that they can enjoy this with us.
What we need is some of our great members to be at the stand to chat about the greatness of St Johns Rotary - our people, our projects, our fun - to these prospective volunteers, sponsors or members.  The event is on Saturday 17 September 2022 from 10am to 2pm at the Auckland Netball Centre, 7 Allison Ferguson Drive, St Johns (so easy to get to and loads of parking).  Colin is organising the display and what we need to be doing when there and is the person to call today 021 652 801 and say "YES - I will help" ... we need 4 people at least (2 on the stand and 2 floating handing out material and generally being visible).  All will be wearing club shirts or a hi-viz vest. 
St Johns Bush is a remnant of coastal forest that was saved from developers and has since been restored and maintained in the heart of our community.  It really is a gem and a very relaxing place to visit. The club has had some considerable past involvement here, but not in recent times.
Some of who we support