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Do you want to know how St Johns Rotary, Auckland, NZ can be meaningful to you in your personal life while helping our local community of
Ōrākei, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St Heliers, Glendowie, St Johns, Stonefields, Meadowbank, Remuera, Ellerslie,
and beyond, including globally?
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to find out more about what to expect from the Rotary experience
Please contact us at any time via  stjohnsrotary@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/stjohnsrotaryclub
or for a friendly chat call Beryl on 021 652 802
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STORIES & NEWS - Below read some of our stories - for more CLICK HERE and / or go to our BULLETIN or FACEBOOK
Remember when we could actually meet together??  (photo below as evidence!)
 
As our first opportunity to meet up post-lockdown, please join in a 2-hour Working Bee at Apirana Reserve - outside, physically distanced, masked up 
  • Location:  Apirana Reserve, 81-99 Apirana Ave, Glen Innes (opp. 7th Day Adventist Church)
  • Time: 9.30-11.30 am on Sunday 21 Nov.
  • Task:  weeding especially around plantings from last planting season
  • Preparations:  dress for the weather conditions (which have been arranged to be fine, like last time!)
    • also wear a mask, gumboots, gloves
    • bring a hand-grubber or fork or similar as suitable for weeding; spades not needed  
  • Rewards:  getting together!; releasing young native plants from competition from weeds; sharing a takeaway coffee together afterwards
Please RSVP Peter Buchanan by Tuesday 16 November so that Ken, Nanda, and Roger (coordinators at Apirana Reserve) can plan our activities
 
Limited to 22 from St Johns.
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).
The odds of winning Lotto are 1 in 383,838. You might think that “Hey, that’s a chance!” but the odds are so extremely low.
 
A better option if you want your hard-earned money to do some good is to make a donation to The Rotary Foundation.  That way you KNOW it will do good to children, women and men in real need of a helping hand up.  The great news is that the way the Grant system works, coupled with the vibrancy of our own club, means as a club we gain back far more than we ever contribute thanks to the skill of our Rotary Foundation coordinator, Gary Key - think ONJA, Have a Go Sailing and much more.  So, instead of Lotto each month why not consider donating the $20/month to The Rotary Foundation?! Thanks to those who have already contributed and please contact Gary at anytime if your have questions about The Rotary Foundation, how to donate or suggestions for projects we can support with their help.  Interesting facts, knowledge and Foundation stories from around the region are in the November Rotary Down Under magazine here.
 
Members of our club are amazing in what they contribute via Rotary as described below:
 
Lanaco in Auckland is the manufacturer of N95-equivalent NZ wool masks and have been incredibly generous and supportive of access to these via Rotary to the more vulnerable in our communities.
 
Over the last few months, they have donated 70,000 of these masks to the Fijian communities in desperate need via Rotary Fiji and you can read about this HERE
 
Now underway, Lanaco have donated 30,000+ masks that are being distributed to those who cannot otherwise access or afford adequate masking via Rotary in Auckland to the foodbanks of the Salvation Army, Auckland City Mission and (to a lesser extent) the Glen Innes CAB.  This Auckland initiative is being very capably organised by Gary Key, Peter Ross (the main Rotary coordinator with the Salvation Army) and Christine Fenby (President Downtown Auckland who have a close relationship with Auckland City Mission).  They are working together cooperatively to ensure best impact from this donation including publicity for Lanaco and Rotary.  Thank you!
 
The above picture shows the first of the donated masks being received by the Salvation Army Rotary packers at Mt Wellington foodbank.
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 30 October 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. 
 
Covid-19 issues:  The event will only happen at Level 1 so will be safe (but the date may change) for larger number of people attending and usual Covid requirements will be followed.
All our meetings are great fun, although if you want to introduce someone to Rotary but are hesitant to do so until “the time is right”, because you want them to have an extra special first experience, then that extra special opportunity is coming soon.
 
Everyone enjoys a great, motivational speaker … who lifts our mood, so we feel great!  Along with that, if the atmosphere of the occasion is vibrant, your guest will feel included and enjoy themselves.
 
Our combined meeting with Remuera Rotary on Monday 30 August is the perfect time to bring along someone to learn a little about Rotary, and to meet fellow Rotarians.  This will be a popular gathering with many in attendance where they can chat with others over a drink and a meal and be inspired by a top-rated motivational speaker … Allie Mooney.
 
So how about it?  Ask your potential member if they would like to come, and RSVP as detailed below: 
 
Monday 30 August at 5.30pm
Carlton Cornwall Bowling Club, 126 Market Road, Epsom
$25 pp
RSVP to robyn.ingram@outlook.com by Tuesday 17 August
 
Speaker:
Allie Mooney about “Pressing the Right Buttons”
After this initial introduction to Rotary, then get them along to our Quiz Night on Friday 24 September, or to a St Johns Rotary club meeting as a follow up (remember that their first Rotary meeting meal is complimentary for prospective members, as they are hosted by our club).  
 
 
We have been teamed up with RC Howick and have agreed to try to provide packing Volunteers on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
 
9am – 12 noon
Mt Wellington
18 Allright Place
 
Please let Robyn or Murray know if you are able to assist.
Email:  robyn.ingram@outlook.com or murrayh1@orcon.net.nz
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.
Times have changed and so has how RLI is being delivered. RLI (Rotary Leadership Institute) is back!  This learning programme is designed to educate and enthuse any Rotarians and Rotaractors who would like to learn more about Rotary, develop an understanding of the leadership and other opportunities Rotary offers, and build connections with other Rotarians from across Auckland and north (Districts 9910 and 9920).
 
We have redeveloped the RLI programme to enable different styles of learning and reduce the face to face time commitment while still delivering informative and engaging interactive sessions. Whether you are new to Rotary or Rotaract, new to your current club role or just want to get up to date, there is something for you.  Go to HERE for more details. The new RLI format meets these needs to create an incredibly effective programme. If you are interested please contact Beryl ASAP - the club pays the fee
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