The annual Tuakau Rotary Christmas function was held at Seadogs and Scoundrels on the 11th December.  Great to see the members that were there enjoying fellowship and the food.  Congratulations to all members for what we have achieved in the last 6 months.   Thanks to all our partners for their continued support.
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The annual Christmas Parade occured on the 2nd December.  Great to see the community getting behind the event.  Althought they were down in the number of floats they had it was still great to see what was there.  Tuakau Rotary did not feature but we are strong advocates and supporters of such an event.
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 Joanne Hand the North Island Manager for Hagar NZ came and spoke to Tuakau Rotary about stopping Human Trafficking.
Joanne gave two case studies of young ladies who at a very young age where placed into slavery.  One was send to another family and was enslaved for 8 years before she broke free and found Hagar.  She is now an ambassador for Hagar telling her story.  The second girl was sold into a marriage in China, once again breaking free and becoming active in the fight against slavery.  Joanne says there arte more than 14 million people enslaved in the world and NZ is not exempt.  She gives a little more insight in the blurb below.
I’m passionate about raising awareness of the global issue of human trafficking. You most probably read the recent media news on child sex trafficking in NZ which is hard for us, as Kiwis, to accept that it’s happening in our nation. Hagar is an organisation that works individually on the recovery journey with women and children who have survived extreme human rights abuse due to human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and modern slavery. Hagar is developing a reputation as a leader in trauma-informed care working frontline as well as training other agencies and organisations in what we have learned. As part of this work, we seek to influence law and judicial systems to prevent human trafficking and to help bring perpetrators to justice. The Hagar NZ support office works to both fundraise and promote awareness around the issue of modern day human slavery. As part of a coalition, Hagar NZ helped fund the research released to the NZ Government, “Worker Exploitation in New Zealand: A Troubling Landscape” and we’re pleased that 2016 saw New Zealand’s first prosecution for human trafficking. 
Joanne Hand North Island Manager
022 043 8091
Facebook page. facebook: Hagar New Zealand
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President Elect for 2018-19 is Chris Betty
What we need now are  members to put their hands up for these roles:
Secretary, Treasurer, Bullytin Editor, Membership, Projects etc
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NO Meeting on Monday  28th
Fellowship 4th September 2017-venue to be determined
Vocational 18th at Yashily Dairy in Pokeno:  5pm start out there.  More details to come
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Charity Dinner
Planned for 2018.  
We require ideas on whom to support for the Charity Dinner.
Some ideas have been: Scooter Park, Skate Park, etc  Please bring your ideas to club meetings so planning can be completed.
Charity Road Toll
Saturday November 18th 2017  
We have the application going into Council soon.  Thanks Alwyn for your work around this.
All members please put this date aside.  We need ALL  'hands on deck' for this day.
Drivers Licence Scheme
Waiting to see Ted to  apply for funding and to get the initial organisation completed with fixing some dates.
Tuakau Fun Run
C Betty is to talk with the Tuakau College PE department and the Sports area at school to see if this project could become a jopin venture with Rotary.
A date and organisation needs to occur.  More information later.  March next year maybe a good time.
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During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting our service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

Tuaka Rotary donates to foundation when it can.  The money it puts in allows the club to receive back as a grant.   It is counted as a tax donation and a receipt can be issued for any member who donates.

As the district donates after three years the money copmes back to district.  Half is kept and the rest is availble to clubs for matching when worthy projects are completed.  


Foundation does great things in the world to assist many communities.  Well done Rotary!!!


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On Thursday 24th August Tuakau College hosted 'Tuakau's Got Talent'!
The students from the College, over the past weeks, had practiced their items and worked  hard on garments for the show.
Tuakau Rotary sponsored the show with money for prizes.  The College wants to thank Rotary for its generous contribution.
Jill and Alwyn were present and  Jill was one of three judges for the night.  
Thanks to Melanie Devaney for her organsiation of the event and to Kevin Fogarty for supporting her.
The results are:
The rest of the contestants were:
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Thanks to memeber Vern Reeve for having us at Ray White real estate as a vocational visit to learn about how the real estate business works.
Vern has a passion for his job.  He keeps exceptionally busy along with all the other things he  does.  Vern works very hard for Tuakau and we commend him for this.
Ray White was the first real estate company to return to Tuakau after everyone had left in the 90's.  The retirn was successful and so all the other real estate companies saw this and also returned to Tuakau.  So the competitive market of real estate occurs in Tuakau.
Real estate does not occur without the work behind the scenes.  The Ray White office is a 'hum' as new sellers and buyers come into town looking for bargains and  first home owners wanting to get on the property ladder.  The first thing that has to be done if soemone wants to sell a house is to establish ownership of the house.  Some houses are in trust etc and the ownership is nopt clear.  Ray White foirst establish who owns  the house and who can sell it.   Once this is completed an appraisal is completed and advice is given to the owner as to what needs to happen to get the property up to scratch for selling.  As you can imagine some properties will have very little to complete whereas some require a lot of work.  Once the property is ready to be sold then all the papaer work is completed.  At Ray White this is completed bt Julie Halligan an ex Rotarian.  Julie does the due diligence and gets everything into the format of what is required to go in the paper, in the window etc.
Vern does not use auction  and says that this type of selling is becoming less and less prominant.    Open homes are completed and feedback is given to the venor about what the prospective buyers are saying about the property.    Generally the job of the real estate office is to close the gaps between the buyer and seller.  Throughtout this the vendor is always in control of the process.  Eventually the property is sold.
Trends in Tuakau:
*Shortage of properties
*Shortage of rentals
For Vern and his team real estate is a hectic time always.   Once again thanks Vern for an interesting insight into real estate.
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Rotary International President-Ian H.S. Riseley made the case that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.

Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.

“The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” he said.

Image result for Plant a tree The president challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming.

“It is my hope that the result of that effort will be far greater than the environmental benefit that those 1.2 million new trees will bring,” Riseley said. “I believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”

Securing Rotary’s future

In his address to the 2017-18 class of district governors, Riseley also urged clubs to improve their gender balance and lower the average age of their members.

Only 22 percent of Rotary’s members are women, up from 13 percent 10 years ago. At that rate, Riseley said, it will take another three decades for Rotary to achieve gender parity.

We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone.

“Three decades is far too long to wait to achieve a Rotary that reflects the world in which we live. We need to make it a priority now,” he said.

Noting that 103 of the 539 incoming governors are women, Riseley said they are the type of women we need in Rotary, “leaders who will help Rotary connect with, and represent, and better serve, all of the members of all our communities.”

Riseley also believes it is imperative that clubs find ways to attract and engage younger members. Today only 5 percent of reported members are under 40, and a majority of members are over 60, Riseley told the audience.

“Consider what Rotary stands to look like 10 or 20 years from now if we don’t get very serious, very soon, about bringing in younger members,” Riseley said.

Clubs will make a difference this year through their own decisions, said Riseley, but it will take teamwork on a global scale to move Rotary forward and secure its future.

“We know that we can do more together than we could ever hope to do alone,” he told incoming governors. “I ask you to keep that spirit of teamwork and cooperation always in your minds and to take it back with you to your districts.”

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Ian Riseley  2017-18 Rotary president

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Ian H.S. Riseley, of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, is the new President of Rotary International in 2017-18.

“We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” says Riseley. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio eradication program to maximize our public awareness exposure for future partnerships.”

Riseley is a practicing accountant and principal of Ian Riseley and Co., which specializes in advising local and international businesses, and has a strong interest in international affairs. He received the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in 2002 in recognition of his work in Timor-Leste. He also received the Order of Australia medal in 2006 for service to the Australian community.

“Governments see Rotary as positive representatives of a civil society,” he says. “We should work with them to advocate for peace and conflict resolution, just as we are advocating for polio eradication.”

A member since 1978, Riseley has served Rotary as treasurer, director, trustee, RI Board Executive Committee member, task force member, committee member and chair, and district governor.

He is also a former member of the Australian Polio Eradication Private Sector Campaign and a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Service Award for a Polio-Free World. He and his wife, Juliet, are Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Bequest Society members.

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I would like recognise and present the members with the Certificate of Appreciation for their contribution to the club during my term as the President…
Contributions to the Club
Secretary for the Year 2016/17
In-charge of the recording of all the minutes and preparation of Club bulletins
Management and use of Club Runner
Treasurer – for Outstanding record keeping of the Club’s finances, updated accounts and payments. Excellent host/ parent guardian to our International Exchange Student (Argustina)
All work done with Madill House and the contributions towards the organisation of the 2016 Charity Dinner
A key personal in the organisation and implementation of the traffic management plans during the Charity Road as well as being available when needed.
Organisation and sponsorship of the 2016 Charity Dinner, management of affairs relating to Madill House, and his continual support to the Club
Working as a Youth Co-odinator and the her assistance with Dictionaries in Schools project 
Her contribution as a publicity personnel and her commitment as President Elect
Continued and assistance with all the Club projects since his arrival towards the end of 2016
 The Innovative Ideas and ground work with the Upcoming projects
Assistance with all the Club projects and the upkeep of the Madill House
For the support and assistance give to the club projects and activities.
President’s Award:  Mr Chris Betty
  • Service to the Club for the past 15 years
  • Dedication and commitment to all the Club projects
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I wish to welcome you all, to this 2016/2017 Change over celebration here at Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club. A special Welcome the Assist Dist Governor Mike Jaggs, and to all the families and friends of Tuakau Rotary.
The Rotary Club of Tuakau is 50+ years young, with a strong commitment to serve the vast, dynamic and rapidly growing communities of Tuakau, Onewhero, Pokeno and the surrounding areas. The dedication, commitment and experienced membership provided the best in undertaking many projects that benefitted the community during my term as the President. This clearly met the Rotary International theme for the year 2016/17 Rotary Serving Humanity”.
The club currently has 13 members, Membership has remained static over the year, so there are some challenges ahead. Each and every member of this Club needs to stay focussed, on recruitment of prospective members. The club membership came up with a number of recruitment strategies towards the end of last year and this year, which were not very successful in recruiting new membership, till last week when Alywn managed to bring along a prospective member. I dislike putting targets on Members because there is always a sense of failure if targets are not met. This remains, work in progress for the club
Despite our numbers, as a Club we have had many worthwhile achievements this past year. These were some of the highlights and achievements.
  • The Annual Charity Dinner, an extremely well run project helped Tuakau Community Patrol purchase a new patrol car;
  • The Board made some changes/ modifications to the Club’s Calendar of activities and meetings to free up some time of Board meetings and personal time for non-Board members
  • The Opening of the TESC (Tuakau Emergency Services Centre) last December next to the J Lightbody Reserve by the former Prime Minister, Hon. John Key was an achievement in itself, as this initiative was of the Club and its senior members;
  • As a Club we sent two young leaders from Tuakau College for the RYPEN programme/ camp at Camp Adair.
  • The members as well the students from Tuakau College Italy Tour group were active involved in the Waikato Council’s Annual Clean Up Campaign as well as tree planting at the Tuakau Reserve (around  Rugby League Club)
  • The Annual Charity Road Toll, provides the Club with finance needed to provide for the project. This has been the most successful project for the club for a number of years. A huge thank you to community for their support.
  • The Club provided close to 120 dictionaries to Tuakau Primary and Pokeno School towards the end of last year.
  • One of the highlights for the year 2016 was providing sponsorship to and being an outstanding host a student from Argentina. A huge thank you to Mike / Sue Stewart, Leanne Dunsmuir, Chris Betty and family and Julie Fox for mentoring the student during her stay here in NZ;
  • We also sponsored an outbound International Youth Exchange Student to Canada for 12 months; (Arnkita Dunsmuir returned in New Zealand in January this year;
  • The club made financial contributions to a number of schools at the end of 2016 for their Annual Prize giving functions. A few Club members made themselves available to these functions to present the awards to the recipients’
  • Sponsoring this year’s local Youth Day, which was celebrated at the John Lightbody Reserve;  (Youth Club requested for a financial assistance instead rather the our active participation)
  • The Club maintained its long term commitment and responsibility for the  operation of Madill House as a project;
  • The Club acknowledged three members in the community for the efforts and contributions either in their work places/ or community participation through the Pride and Work Awards and Certificates.
  • The Rotary Club of Tuakau was able to pass on the care and management of the Madill House to a new group known as the “Friends of Madill”. The membership strongly feels that this was a huge step forward for the Club.
  • These were some of the achievements for the Club during my term as President. 
I would like to Thanks ADG Mike Jaggs, families and friends of Rotary for attending tonight’s celebration and your support to our club. Thank you to all the Club Members for their participation in The Rotary Club of Tuakau for the past year, and the continued support, that I know you will give the same in the forth coming year.
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We have a fellowship meeting July 10th at Alwyn and Jill's residence.
POT LUCK from 6:00pm 
7 Routley Avenue Pukekohe (Pukekohe Hill Area)
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President              President Elect
D Kumar              H Blanchard
2016-2017              2017-2018
President Davendra  invites all memebers and their families to the club changeover on Sunday June 25th at the Cosompolitan club at 5:30pm to celebrate the end of his Rotary year and the heralding in of another year with President Heather.
Come along and make a difference which is the new message from new RI president Ian Riseley.  See you all there
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After 30th June 2017 Madill House will officially be taken over by a group called "The Friends of Madill House".  This group will manage and run  this facility.  Tuakau Rotary want to thank the friends of Madill house for doing this.  The financial burden Madill has placed on our small club will no longer be there.  Members at a special meeting made the decision to wind up our clubs input into this specific project.  Thanks to all members for their dedication to this project but a special thanks to R Gee for his continuous beleive in the concept of Madill House and what it can do for the community.  Tuakau Rotary wish the new group all the best for the future.
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President                Past President
H. Blanchard       D Kumar
The Tuakau Rotary ChangeOver occurred June 25th at the Tuakau Cosmopolitan Club.  It was a time for fellowship, congratulations from past President Davendra and our future from President Heather.
A great evening was held by all.  
Congratulations from Pres Davendra ot President Heather
Past Pres Davendra, Past ADG Mike Jaggs, President Heather
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Rotary was once again represented at ANZAC parade.  Pres Davendra marched and presented a wreath at the parade.  Was a beautiful day to remember the fallen in the wars NZ has been involved in.
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Projects to discuss and that needs resolving as what the club is going to do are:
 Charity Dinner
The club still needs to decide what the charity should be.  It was agreed that the Skate bowl is too bi a project for the club to support.  Discussions around a scooter park was mentioned but at the moment everyone is keen on looking at the Drivers Licence scheme that Silver Fern Charity runs.  Call it a Tuakau name but use what they are doing for young people in other areas of Auckland.  This will need to be decided very soon otherwise we will not have enough time to organsie the evening.
 Madill House
A club meeting on May 15th to discuss the future of Madill House.  Rotary Secretary will send out minutes of Board meeting in February as well as an email outlining a possible move forward on this project.
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  8th May Meeting
Each member brings a prospective member
This night we will talk about what Rotary
does and what are the benfits of being involved
and what a new member can achieve.
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On April 3rd the club held its Pride in Work Awards.  It was a festive occassion with our three candidates thankful for the Rotary club recognising them for the work they do.  
The theme with all of them was service to their various communities and the work that they have done to link and serve the community.  They have gone beyond what is expected of them.  
Congratulations to (left to right)  
Ani Taua, Mangeet Kumar, Gloria Philip and President Davendra
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   District Governors Visit
We had the priviledge of DG Roger Harvey come to visit our Rotary Club as part of the DG's annual visit to D9920 clubs.
The club was very pleased to greet and have him in Tuakau, the furthest south club in the district.
DG Roger talked to us about the reality of Rotary.   He discussed the changes that are occurring and the methods  many clubs are using to engage in the community and how they are going to increase membership.   He gave a personal experience of how he got involved in Rotary and how he is encouraging us to give new memebers jobs to do so they get involved in the club immediately.  Engaging with the community is an essential part of Rotary.  He encouraged us to get more involved, use social media to do this and to be proactive around membership.  Overall it was a very pleasant visit by the DG Roger Harvey and ADG Mike Jaggs.
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President still has a lot of firewood for sale.  See him if you need a laod.
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 Arnikita back from Canada
 D9920 to D7000
Arnikita Dunsmuir was our Rotary Exchange student to canada last year.  She returned in January and came and spoke to the club about her expereinces on March 13th 2017.
In the year she was away she admits she grew up.  The experience was outstanding and the things she managed to get completed has made her a better person.  From the day she left on the plane she was apprehensive about the trip and what she was going to get out of it.  She took every opportunity given to her and persevered when times got tough.  Her host families were really good to her and the ongoing attendance at school saw her make some very good friends during her time.  The two main highlights of the exchange was her viewing and repeated visits to Niagara Falls and her Canadaian Rotary trip with 45 other Rotary exchange students.  Arnikita thanked Tuakau Rotary for the support and Rotary for an experience of a lifetime.  She says it has changed her life.
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 Childrens Day Tuakau
On Sunday March 12 Tuakau celebrated Children's Day.  Tuakau Rotary supported this day with the sponsoring of a clown.  
This was well received by the organisers and by the children that really enjoyed there time at the  event.  
Children's Day had a bumpy start with the oroiginal organising group letting the event pass BUT the Youth Centre picked up the event and ran with it.  
It was a great time and fun was had by all that attended.
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Tuakau Rotary is running Pride of Workmanship Awards again this year.  This is an invitation from Rotary Tuakau to all businesses to participate in a “Pride in Workmanship” Award Scheme.  This is a Tuakau Rotary event to recognise businesses that are proud of their workers who go the extra mile.  We believe “Pride pf Workmanship” – the sense of responsibility of doing a job well. (Do it once – Do it Well) is one of the greatest intangible assets in our community and would be in a business.  As part of our campaign to encourage the “Pride in Workmanship” theme Tuakau Rotary would like, through employers, to give recognition to an employee who goes beyond the call of duty and takes pride in the work that they do.  
We would like to give the opportunity to nominate one of their employees who, in their opinion, is displaying qualities worthy of such an award.   Successful candidates will receive their awards at a presentation dinner to be organised by the club at the Tuakau Hotel on Monday April 3rd  2017.
Nomination forms are available from club members and from the website.

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This event is timed for July 18th 2017.
All members are discussing what the the Charity or set of Charities they will be used at the 2017 event.
Please contribute to this discussion by emailing
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At our meeting on February 13 the club was asked to support a Tuakau College Student, Lauren Simielink, who has applied and who been accepted to attend Outward bound.  Last year the club supported Karly Brough to attend Outward bound.  The club unanimously agree that they would help sponsor Lauren on this fantastic character building adventure.

Outward Bound, located in the Marlborough Sounds, helps people reach their full potential through challenges in the outdoors. Their classrooms are the mountains, bush and waterways of this beautiful corner of New Zealand.  Outward Bound recognise Te Ātiawa as tangata whenua of Anakiwa, and together we value the diverse history of this special location. People of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds are welcome at Outward Bound.

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 Successful candidates will receive their awards at a presentation dinner to be held by the club at the Tuakau Hotel on
Monday April 3rd  2017.  Please if all members could attend this meeting.

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1:  Canada back to Tuakau
Welcome Home Arnikita Dunsmuir
Arni was our exchange student will speak at Tuakau Rotary on Monday March 13th.
Everyone most welcome to attend.  Tuakau Hotel 6:00pm for 6:30pm start
2:  Tuakau Back to Argentina
New from Agustina Crucianelli our exchange student that lived in Tuakau for a year.
She is back home and been visiting her father and his family for the past two weeks.
She has settled in well.   She is trying to speak as much English as possible.
She has found that it is very hot and is due to start school in the next week.  
Her NZ results were very good considering she had not completed Level 1 NCEA.
We all look forward to hearing from her in the future.
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Rotary Serving Humanity has been the theme for this Rotary year.  As a club please read what Rotary preseident  John F Germ had to say about this citation.......
Rotary has been many things, to many people, in the last 111 years. Through Rotary, our members have found friends, community, and a sense of purpose; we’ve forged connections, advanced our careers, and had incredible experiences we couldn’t have had anywhere else. Every week, in more than 34,000 clubs around the world, Rotarians come together to talk, laugh, and share ideas. But above all, we come together for one, overriding goal: service.
Service to humanity has been the cornerstone of Rotary since its earliest days, and has been its main purpose ever since. I believe that there is no better path to meaningful service today than Rotary membership; and no organization better placed to make a real and positive difference in our world. No other organization so effectively brings together committed, capable professionals in a wide variety of fields, and enables them to achieve ambitious goals. Through Rotary, we have the capacity, the network, and the knowledge to change the world: the only limits are the ones we place on ourselves.
Today, our organization is at a critical point: a historic juncture that will determine, in so many ways, what comes next. Together, we have provided extraordinary service to our world; tomorrow, our world will depend on us to do even more. Now is the time to capitalize on our success: as we complete the eradication of polio, and catapult Rotary forward, with determination and enthusiasm, to be an even greater force for good in the world.
Of the many lessons polio eradication has taught us, one of the most important is also one of the simplest: that if we want to bring all of Rotary forward, we’ve all got to be moving in the same direction. Continuity of leadership, at the club, district, and RI level, is the only way we will flourish, and achieve our full potential. It is not enough simply to bring in new members and form new clubs: our goal is not more Rotarians, but more Rotarians who can achieve more good Rotary work, and will become the Rotary leaders of tomorrow.
Near the end of his life, reflecting on the path that brought him to Rotary, Paul Harris wrote: “Individual effort may be turned to individual needs, but combined effort should be dedicated to the service of mankind. The power of combined effort knows no limitation.” He could hardly have imagined then that one day, more than 1.2 million Rotarians would be combining their efforts, and, through our Rotary Foundation, their resources, to serve humanity together. And we can only imagine what great deeds Paul Harris would have expected of such a Rotary! It is our responsibility to achieve those deeds; as it is our privilege to carry forth the tradition of Rotary Serving Humanity.
Sincerely, John Germ President, Rotary International, 2016-17
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Mercer Rowing Club want to thank Tuakau Rotary for their generous sponsorship of a couple of races at their regatta in December.  The regatta was very successful with a number of young rowers enjoying the day.  They are looking forward to the continued support that Tuakau Rotary has given them.
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We said farewell to Agus at our last meeting and a number friends, host family, Rotarians went to the airport to wish her safe travels.
With more luggage, some tears She made it home OK and is getting back to her Argentinian lifestyle.  We look forward to hearing from her.
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Agus leaves us on the 3rd January 2017 to head home.  Agus is a true ambassador for Argentina, Rotary and her family.
She was a delight and a breathe of fresh air for our club Tuakau Rotary.  She gave us confidence and faith in the Youth Exchange programme.
THANK YOU  Agus for being who you are.  Tuakau Rotary thank her for being a great exchange student.
We wish her the best for the future and this is a farewell and see you sometime in the future.   Tuakau Rotary also thank her host familes-Lianne Dunsmuir, Julie and Lex Fox and Mike and Sue Stewart.
Without the support of the families the exchange would not have been the success it has been.  Thanks to Julie Fox for being her counsellor and the staff and students of Tuakau College for looking after her and her education.
 Adios!  Haere ra! Arohanui Kia kaha e hoa ma! 
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Our vocational visit was to the Tuakau Museum.
What an interesting place right on our back door!
The Museum is housed in the old Post Office and the memoriabilia has all been donated to a good cause. 
From the old telephone system to clothing to printing press, to many an old tool etc.  REcommend to go and see the Museum in action.
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Thanks to Mike and Sue Stewart for hosting the Christmas function.  It was also a farewell to Agus Crucianelli our exchange student for 2016.
A good time was had by all as well as a sad farewell.  A great turnout for this function.  We know that we have all had a great Rotary year so far and want to continue this in the New Year.
President Davendra thanked all the members for a good 6 months and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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The new Tuakau Rotary year will begin with a
23rd January 2017
Venue: Les Batkin Reserve
Time: 6pm start
See you ALL there!
Bring salad/dessert
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Tuakau Rotary would like to introduce 
President Elect: Heather Blanchard.
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will be held on
December 12th 6pm
@ Mike and Sue Stewart's place  
16 Mystic Place TUAKAU
Please let Mike know if you are coming or not
If you are coming then numbers.....
It is Image result for Pot luck and BYO...see you there
It will also be a good time to say farewell to Agus.....
It will be our last meeting for 2016.........
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MONDAY December 5th
at the Museum across the road from the Hotel
6pm start see you all there!!
Dinner at the Hotel afterwards................
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 The Annual Charity Road Toll occurred  on Saturday 19th November.
Wth overcast weather and the odd shower many  of the Rotarians persevered and raised about $4000.
A great  target to reach.       A big Thank You to the Tuakau Community for their generousity. 

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Agus is now on holiday with school finished.  She has had a very enjoyable October holidays with her Mum in NZ.  She continued to work hard at school.  On Wednesday 19th October she addressed the whole school thankinmg everyone for a fantastic time at Tuakau College.  She shared her experiences  with the other students and weas very emotional when the Head Boy and Head Girl Grant Tuhaka and Rawhiti-Whenua Ngataki placed a greenstone taonga around her neck and gave her a hug and a book on NZ.  It was the last time she will attend a school assembly in NZ.
Then Agus attended the Senior PrizeGiving and was awarded a commendation certificate for her work in her Spanish class.  She also has worked very hard to sit her Level 2 NCEA Spanish paper.  
On October 14th October she also supported the Rotary and TDDA opening of the Emergency services base on Geroge St.  She cooked sausages at the sausage sizzle and also managed to convine John Key NZ Prime Minister to pose in a photo with her.
It has been an adventurous couple of months.  Agus is presently completing her South Island trip.  Down to the 'shakey' south.
We have been very pleased to have hosted a student of Agus's calibre.  We will miss her when she returns to Argentina in the New Year.
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            Tuakau to Canada  
Welcome Home Arnikita Dunsmuir
Arni was our exchange student in Canada this year on a Youth Exchange programme.
We look forward to her presentation to the club in the new year.
Following is her last communication with Arni before she comes home.
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Congratulations to the TDDA for a successful opening of the Energency Services facility on George St.
The karakia occured at 12.00noon and the rest of the day the facility was left opened for the public to view.  
At 3.30pm the crowd gathered waiting for the Prime Minister to arrive.  He arrived late at 4.30pm after being on the Waikato Expressway looking at the new section of road being put in.  He said it was a pleasure to be in Tuakau to open up the facility and he thanked all the community groups that put themselves out in supporting the new facility. cvThe centre, based at 69 George St, is a first for the Tuakau community.  The complex will house Tuakau's St John first response vehicle and provide accommodation for on-call St John staff.

It will also be used as a training facility for St John and will host St John's AUT paramedic trainees on overnight stays. The trust committee said the facility will help emergency services provide a faster response time for emergencies in the Tuakau area and wider district.  It is hoped that other essential services such as Civil Defence and the local Fire Service will also make use of the new facilities.  The trust is aiming to have a full-service ambulance and more St John staff based in Tuakau in the future, to provide for the growing community. 

Well done Tuakau Rotary.  A concept concieved and driven by a couple of members and now this has come to fruition.  

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Carmel -has was invovled in a retreat where she had to be silent for for a week.   It was amazing how much noise nature makes.
Heather - has been behind with her clients but now is catching up. 
Ted-had the very first transgender person come through his course.  It was very interesting catering for them.
Jill-when you have two kittens you have to buy a water pistol to keep them off the bench etc  It works wonders-the cats are shown the gun and they run...
Agus-wonderful time with my Mum.  They did many things together-showed her NZ and it was awesome.  She has gone back now with two large suitcases.
Mike - keeping Agus fit- got her to sign a contract to run three nights per week.
Athol- went on a cycle trip from  Rangiriri went out the back to Lake Waikere and rode around it.  Was great!
Jill-enjoying retirement-Agus and her mother at the beach in the holidays, off to a powhiri for an RTLB and had my phone off all day so noone can contact me.
Alwyn-Had a bit of bone out of the thumb which has been there a long time.  A success in itself.
Chris-Had a cyst removed from finger - Alwyn and I are partners.
Davendra-compoleted some renovations in his house-putting in a new bathroom.
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            Tuakau to Canada  
Arnikita Dunsmuir is our exchange student in Canada this year on a Youth Exchange programme.
She has sent various reports and they can be found here.
She is have a good time and is having a great experience.
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Shelter Box packing has been POSTPONED this Wednesday
SO we will have a scheduled meeting on MONDAY.  see you all there.
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Community Invite to Opening of Tuakau Emergency Services Centre
 69 George Street Tuakau  [by Lightbody Reserve]
 Thursday October 20th  12 midday to 7pm

Blessing at 12 midday
Special Guest opening at 4.00pm
The Tuakau Emergency Services Centre has taken 4 years of fundraising and many hours of volunteer work to get the garage ready to house a St John first response vehicle, and the house ready to accommodate St John staff and also become a training support centre.  The future we hope will see Civil defence and other emergency service organisations making use of the facility.
The visit by our VIP guest is a first for Tuakau and was arranged with help from Lindsay Tisch, local MP.  The complex at 69 George St Tuakau will be officially opened at 4.00pm, and there will be a meet and great afterwards for the local community, St John team, Local business owners, fundraisers, and the Tuakau Emergency Services Charitable Trust (TESCT) committee. Everyone is invited to attend the festivities from the Blessing at 12 midday, to the official welcome and opening at 4.00pm.  The centre will be open from 12 midday until 7.00pm, to view and walk through. Free BBQ sausages and drinks on all day.
The opening of the Emergency Services Centre will help the Tuakau & Districts community get faster response time for emergencies saving lives.  It will help people with sports injuries, farming accidents, car accidents, cardiac arrests and much more.  It will also provide valued assistance to the local volunteer fire service.
The training facility will allow St John AUT Paramedic trainees to stay overnight and be on call 24 hours 7 days adding to their experience and gaining practical learning.
Come along  Tuakau... 
For further information contact, Shane Groom 09 2387301 or Vern Reeve 027 454 1112
Don't forget fellow Rotarians we were invovkled heavily in the fundraising for the first response vehicle with two Charity Dinners used to support this project.  Be great to see as many rotarians there as possible.
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Good news is that the application has gone into Waikato District Council for the charity road toll.
STMS was signed off and now we await the permit. 
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A couple of weeks ago one really important person came to visit me during my exchange here in New Zealand.  It was my mother.  It was absolutely amazing showing her around New Zealand, talking to her about the amazing experineces that I have had and  walk and talk to her and enjoy being together. My mum had the opportunity to visit my school, see my friends, teachers and also she experienced during the day with me the Tug-o-war.  This was the first day when she arrived in Tuakau.
Starting our trip around New Zealand during the first week we went to Rotorua, Taupo and then to Coromandel which was in each place really beautuful.  The second week and  to finish our trip we went down to Christchurch and then back to Wellington. We really enjoyed our time together despite the rain most the time we just always took an umbrella and rain coat. Nothing can stopped us from  enjoying the trip.
I showed her  New Zealand as a home for me now. I am so glad she could come to visit me  in  my scond home in the world.   I know she went home so happy and thankful for everything, the places where we gone and especially the people were just so nice, with the warmth that always recieved her was just unforgettable what we live.
Thanks everyone!
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Posted on Sep 04, 2016

The fight to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual Miles to End Polio bike ride that took place 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $4.4 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to more than $13.5 million.

 Rotary International Cycle for POLIO 

This is the fourth year in a row that Hewko has biked in the 104-mile (167 km) El Tour de Tucson ride, one of the country’s top cycling events. More than 100 Rotary members from Arizona and around the world hit the pavement with the Evanston team.

The RI staff riders have been training together since September. “In the beginning, riding 104 miles seemed impossible,” says Jean Stanula, Rotary’s Global Events supervisor. “But we came together early Saturday mornings and rode 20, 40, 60, and 80 miles. After a while, it felt like we could do anything.”

Contributions of District Designated Funds (DDFs) were a big part in this year's fundraising effort, with more than $1.4 million collected. Districts can continue to donate DDFs to support the fundraiser through 30 November. President-elect John Germ will visit the district that donates the most DDFs, and the top five contributing districts will be recognized onstage at the 2016 Rotary Convention in Seoul.

Rotary members have taken part in the ride since 2009, when the End Polio Now campaign was designated an official beneficiary of the race, allowing Rotary cyclists to gather pledges for the campaign. In the first year, 27 cyclists raised $35,000. The number has grown exponentially ever since.

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We have a range of meeting to bring Rotary to the community.  They will be held out in the community.  If any member can make these dates please let Davendra and I know what date you can make.  There is an expectation that the meetings will run for less than an hour.  Here are the dates and venues.
POKENO                     Tue 13 Sept 6pm        Pokeno School Staffroom
PORT WAIKATO       Wed 14 Sept 6pm      Port Waikato Hall
PUKEKAWA               Thu  15 Sep 6pm       Pukekawa Hall
ONEWHERO              Tue 20 Sep 6pm        OSPA
TUAKAU                       Wed 21 Sep 6pm       Tuakau Hotel
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Posted on Jul 19, 2016
4 th  Annual Charity Dinner held in Tuakau on Tuesday  19 th July 2016
Over 100 attended a very well run Dinner and Auction
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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.
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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.
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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.
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