April 2020
meeting cancelled
Apr 16, 2020
Wendy Shipman
Apr 23, 2020
ChangeMakeHer Trust
Simon Manning
May 07, 2020
Funeral Directors and Humanitarian Work. Vocational Service in action
Bill Day
May 14, 2020
The new Wellington Regional Childrens' Hospital
Club News
Kapiti Rotary’s First Virtual Meeting

30 linked into the zoom meeting on Thursday 2nd April – 31 Kapiti Rotarians, 1 Exchange student and several family members.

Our own Stuart Ayres was the guest speaker. He used his power point presentation (technology is amazing) to talk about his and part timer Vic Hewson’s epic biking adventure - Tour Aotearoa - a self-supported 3000km bike ride from Cape Reinga to Bluff consisting of a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by country roads.

Some of the reasons for these two, as the Rotary Kapiti Kruzers, taking on this mammoth adventure included “to inspire others, and to raise funds to assist Kapiti Youth to participate in inspirational programmes”. They raised an amazing $15,000.

Stuart’s list of what he loved about the venture – beautiful scenery, warm generous people, off the beaten track, community spirit, camaraderie, support from cyclists and the public, simplicity of survival, overcoming challenges and type 2 fun - showed the passion that he, Vic and their supporters had for this life changing venture.        

International Women’s Day (8th March) 2020 was celebrated on the Kapiti Coast on Friday 6th March at Southwards.
Organised and co-hosted by the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Group and Kāpiti Rotary, the internationally recognised event celebrated #eachforequal and  raised funds for the Kāpiti Women’s Centre. 
The aim of the event was to encourage the Kapiti community to consider how practising #eachforequal could benefit their businesses, employees and the wider community.
Over 200 women and men joined for a family style lunch prepared by celebrated chef Helen Turnbull (and her team) of 50/50 restaurant in McLean Street Paraparaumu Beach and Paraparaumu College students were the amazing Front of House Staff.
MC was International journalist Victoria Gaither - an African American Journalist from Washington DC. Victoria created and produced ‘At Home with Victoria’ which focuses on women’s issues, the work of non-profit organisations and community stories.  As she has been travelling around the country, Victoria has taken photos of New Zealand women and she shared many of these (and the women's stories) during the event. 
Wellington Paranormal star Karen O’Leary was the main speaker. Karen made her acting debut in Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s cult classic 'What We Do in the Shadows'. She has also appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention, Seven Sharp and Anika Moa Unleased and has recently joined the Alternative Commentary Collective.  She was highly entertaining and brought lots of laughs from the audience on the #eachforequal topic.
Subject: Life in Singapore, “an amazing and safe country”
Mr Wilson gained his university qualifications in New Zealand and Scotland, and after some years of experience in his field was posted to Singapore for 5 years.  He provided some very interesting information regarding the lifestyle living among a population of 5.9 million people.  He attributed reasons as to why it is safe in Singapore, and the points he made included the crime rate is very low by world standards due to the threat of serious punishment. This includes capital punishment by hanging, and immediate imprisonment for loutish behaviour.  Drugs are not tolerated in any form, and firearms are completely banned. Graffiti is classified as a serious crime and usually results in immediate canning, with no exemption for females.  Holding cells are primitive and no place to look forward to.
Notwithstanding the strict discipline that is required, Singapore is a lovely to visit and to enjoy, said Mr Wilson.
Interesting questions followed from the floor.
Rob Klasseen introduced pupils Ben and Caitlin from Raumati South School, to talk about the William Pike Challenge that the Year 7 and 8 students are undertaking.
The William Pike Challenge is an exciting youth development programme run by educators that develops young people’s wellbeing and 21st-century skills like resilience, confidence and leadership.
Rotarians are invited to attend the launch on Wednesday 11 March.
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