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Speakers
Imam Mustenser A Qamar
May 30, 2019
Understanding Islam
Youth Committee
Jun 06, 2019 6:00 PM
TBA
Bob Cooper
Jun 13, 2019
Unexpected Mail
Tristine Tilly
Jun 20, 2019
Age Concern Kapiti
Change Over Night 2019
Jun 27, 2019 6:00 AM
Bruce Batten
Jul 04, 2019
Washington and Jefferson, pioneer gardners
Andy McKay
Jul 11, 2019
Nga Uruora. Pest control on the Escarpment Walkway.
Kena Duignan
Jul 18, 2019
Wesley Community Action
Geethal Fernando
Jul 25, 2019
Rotary Fund Raising with Platform9
 
Club News
Local Golf Club Bucking overseas Trends
 
The Rotary Club of Kapiti recently had the privilege of hearing at first hand, some of the good work that the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club has accomplished in recent times, which has resulted in a significant increase in tourist numbers to the Kapiti Coast, and subsequent benefits to members.
 
The Manager of the Golf Club, Leo Barber, provided information relating to New Zealand and international golfing trends, whereby examples of membership losses and club closures in New Zealand and in USA, and even the home of golf Scotland, are worrisome. Notwithstanding, our local Club has taken significant measures to improve facilities and service to retain existing and attract new members. A keen interest in attracting international travellers, has resulted in a sharp increase in visitors and participants alike. A very recent release of a professional aerial promotional video, has seen a collective reach of  60,000 views already, and much comment from offshore people who have shown interest in wanting information on visiting, playing golf, and holidaying on the Kapiti Coast.
 
Photo Caption:  Past President of Kapiti Rotary Murray Lobb (Left) passing thanks for an informative address to Leo Barber, Manager Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club (centre), and Alistair Beissel introducer (Rt).
 
Past District Governor -  Judy Bain
 
Judy, whose professional career is a share broker, spoke of her 25 years as a Rotarian with the Hutt Valley Rotary Club.  Judy became our first woman District Governor in 2002-03.  Judy has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow and four sapphire pins.
Judy talked about her varied and interesting experiences as a District Governor and PDG.  These included leading the development of the combined President Elect training in NZ, and her 2 years as International Training Leader was fantastic.
Judy finished her presentation with lots of photos of her recent trip to Taiwan as a Rotary International President Representative
 
 
 
 

Life Education Trust Supporter Honoured

 Well known Kapiti businessman Malcolm Leeming, has been involved with assisting the Life Education Trust for over 21 years. He has served as a Trustee for that time, and has been personally responsible for the raising of over $500,000 in that time to assist the Life Education movement in the greater Kapiti district.
The Life Education mobile classroom, is a large truck and trailer unit, which is staffed by qualified teachers delivering educational assistance to primary school students in the greater Kapiti District. The teaching incorporates emphasising the importance of traditional food, harmful effects of drugs, social relationships, self-esteem, and good choices and decisions.
Combined Rotary Clubs in the Kapiti District, originally set up the Life-Education Trust in our territory, and has continued to sponsor and to promote the ideals of this worthy adjunct to routine education. Rotary Clubs will continue with this support.
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Kapiti, Mr Leeming was presented with a Paul Harris Sapphire Pin, which is a high Rotary honour, for his outstanding contribution to the Life Education Trust.
 
Photo Caption:  Malcolm Leeming (L) receives has Sapphire pin from the President of Kapiti Rotary Mr Chris Tchernegovski.
    
           
  
         
 
History
·         The Western Wetland in Otaihanga Domain was cleared and replanted with native plants by Kapiti Rotary and others in 2005 to celebrate 100 years of Rotary International
·         Over the years several working bees have been held by club members to remove debris, clear weeds and replant where necessary
·         2 years ago, 3 floods covered the whole Domain. The wetland, being the lowest part of the Domain, was badly affected and many flax and cabbage trees were partly destroyed, and the area was covered in silt.
          Some plants are now showing regrowth
·         Many of the native trees have survived including Rimu, Kahikatea, Pukatea, a Nikau Palm, Karaka and a stand of Swamp Maire
·         The Carex plants (native tussock) are thriving and are successfully filtering the water runoff from the roads, before it enters the Waikanae River
 
As at Saturday 23 March
 
·         Last week a large stand of blackberry was pulled out and removed from the site by 3 club members
·         Today 13 members and helpers (including the photographer) tackled the following jobs:
Cleaned and scrubbed the Rotary sign
Bashed through the undergrowth to clear 4 informal tracks down to the stream to give easier access for the council worker
Chain sawed several dead trees and branches and removed them from the site
Cleaned lichen off the trunks of the Rimu trees and cabbage trees
Cleared weeds from around the base of the native trees and left them to rot on site
Pulled old leaves off the cabbage trees and flaxes and used them to line the tracks
Pulled out the bulbous invasive weeds and removed them from the site
 
The future
 
·         Working bee to be held every few years to keep the area under control
 
                                 

Last week, on a very hot Kapiti Saturday (9/2/19), 19 Rotarians and partners worked to chop and split logs and then delivered 13 big loads of firewood to deserving households in our area. Our efforts mean that these families will be more comfortable in their homes in the winter.

The recipients were all very grateful and below is a message received from 1 of them.

 

The firewood has just been delivered, and I can't thank you enough for

thinking of me.

 It is an absolute Godsend to me, and I am stoked.

 Many, many grateful thanks.

        

 

Thanks to all the helpers for the tools, their skills and their labour. Also thanks to Camille for the logs and to Mike Klassen for the use of his wood splitter. All working together for the good of the Community.

 
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