Andrew Dunne  Hugh McIntyre 2016-09-29 00:00:00Z 0

Leon Burdett - NZ Police and LSV's

Posted by Andrew Howley on Jul 28, 2016
Many of us are fortunate to be born into the family we are born in, the roll of the die went our way. But for a number of other individuals they face challenges as youth in securing employment. Through the Ministry of Social Development this is being addressed through the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) program. Leon a local Alexandra road team constable shared the joy, privilege and challenges of undertaking a six week course as the police mentor at a recent LSV course held at army base Burnham on the outskirts of Christchurch city. Working under the bounds of military law and with the assistance of social workers and career advises young people are aided in their career prospects by undertaking the LSV course. It was heartening to hear of the changes that the course provides to those that commit to the learning and experience. 
Leon Burdett - NZ Police and LSV's Andrew Howley 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0

Carolyn's Comments

This is my first attempt at entering my fortnightly comments directly into our new club runner website.  Andrew has been very busy behind the scenes and a tremendous amount of work has been done getting information entered and our website up and running.  I would encourage everyone to log-in to the members area, have a good look around and really familiarise yourself with the content.  Andrew and other members of the Media/PR committee are available to help and training sessions are being organised but remember, you can't break it!  If you can't recall your log-in details there is the ability to have the user name emailed to you and once you are logged in then you are able to edit the user name to something that may be easier to remember.
Welcome to the members of our satellite club.  Very soon Liz (our bulletin editor) will be in touch to get a few details so each member can be profiled in our bulletin and we can get to know you.  As a word of warning, the same will be done for Alexandra Club members so we won't be strangers for long.
District Governor Janice Hughes is making her first visit to our club on 9th August so please mark this date in your diaries and let us see if we can have a really good attendance on that night.
We have several new club members waiting in the wings to be inducted and also a new member for the Teviot Valley satellite club.  This is a great start to our Rotary year..
Just a couple of quick house-keeping reminders - don't forget that apologies need to be emailed to Centennial Court by 5.00pm on Monday. Also, of you are bringing a guest, advance notice would be appreciated.  The next reminder is the person thanking the speaker now has to provide a brief summary of the talk for our bulletin.  Thank you Kevin and Dianne for getting this done first up.
My challenge to all members over the next fortnight is to find your way around the website and log-in to the members area - who knows, one night there might be a test!!
Carolyn's Comments Carolyn Martin 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0

Dr Pragati Gautama Speaker

he club's interesting and stimulating speaker on 19 July was Dr Pragati Gautama, who lives in Alexandra (which she and her family "just love") and travels to Cromwell to the Cromwell Medical Centre where she also has a Travel Smart Clinic. One highlight for travellers around the Pacific region was heeding her advice about preventing illnesses from various  insect borne diseases.  Most diseases were debilitating, or even ending in death, but the prevention was... wait for it.... insect repellent.  Yes, insect repellent.  Be armed and be safe.,
Pragati said she loved teaching and that was very obvious as she detailed, with humour, the insects with long names, accompanied by larger than life photos.
To travel anywhere overseas, take inspect repellent for protection for little bugs and be travel smarft.
An informative and humourous talk.
Dr Pragati Gautama Speaker Dianne King 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Alexandra Charitable Trust Liz Perkins 2016-07-10 00:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Fellow Celebrated

At the recent change over night members of the Alexandra Rotary club also celebrated the awarding of a Paul Harris Fellow to Former President of Alexandra Rotary Mark Willyams. Mark is a dedicated teacher at Dunstan High School and has faithfully served rotary in many roles.  
PHF Mark Willyams
New Paul Harris Fellow Celebrated Andrew Howley 2016-07-05 00:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

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.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

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

Saving lives in Ghana

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

India celebrates three years without polio

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