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Speakers
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
High Honour Accorded to Kapiti Resident
 
The Rotary Club of Kapiti recently recognised the consistent contributions and achievements of one of its members, namely Captain John Granville RNZN (retired) spanning some 53 years of service. “We recognise his service to the nation, to Rotary the organisation, to  our community, both  local and  international, and to people of all ages, creeds and ethnicity. This person is a true Kiwi; a good bloke who has shown that he will quite literally do anything for anybody”, said the Club President Chris Tchernagovski
 
Following a 35 year career in the service of his nation, including the prestigious command of HMNZS Canterbury, the Leander Class Frigate, there have followed nearly 19 years of impressive service of a quite different kind.  This includes chairman, membership and support of at least 3 charitable trusts. He has served as President, chair of multiple committees and secretary, as well as oft repeated tenure as Vice President of the Kapiti Rotary Club, supporting many new Presidents in their duties and their personal development paths. 
 
This member has held lengthy appointments at Rotary District level, including Assistant District Governor and District Youth Chair and co-chaired a ground breaking action Central Rotary District conference in 2014.
 
 John Granville has been a Member and served variously on the Executive of The Paraparaumu Memorial RSA since 2008.  He has been a lynchpin of the welfare support to local veterans and their widows as well as being a strong vocal and active supporter of the rescue initiative which, in partnership with the Kapiti Club, saved the Paraparaumu Memorial RSA from descending into all but memory. As the co-chair of a 2014 WW1 centenary concert at Southwards he was responsible for a significant sum of money being raised to support local youth services and veterans welfare.
 
“In particular, this member’s contribution to support and development of our youth is worthy of special mention. It covers physical and mental health development and education in the arts and sciences as well as support to the development and growth of young local business and community leaders. As chair of the Rotary District 9940 Youth Committee he has enabled, supported and participated in some of Rotary’s most important programmes such as RYLA and RYPEN”, said the President.
 
Since 1996 he has been tutoring Kapiti regional boat users in the art of inshore navigation raising awareness and safety standards in the Kapiti Recreational boating community through the Coastguard Boating Education Service.
 
Mr Granville’s work with charities over his years of service have contributed to the raising of hundreds of thousands of dollars subsequently disbursed through his involvement with charitable trusts to the widest range of local community, national and international good causes.
 
A recipient of a Fred Burns award in 2000/01, a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2006/07, The Jack Donaldson award in 2012/13, A District Sapphire pin in 2013/14 and more recently the Selly Hyde trophy, awarded only 3 times since its creation, this member has earned much deserved recognition as a Rotarian.
 
“But what marks this member’s service more than anything else is his selflessness and humility, his generosity of spirit and seemingly limitless belief in the the inherent goodness and potential of the people with whom he comes into contact.  He is fond of describing himself as an ordinary Rotarian.  The truth is that he is an effective, but quietly inspiring leader, mentor and coach, whose contribution seems never ending, delivered with mischievous humour, charm and an energy that eclipses many younger than he.  He has never sought nor would he ever expect any of the recognition afforded him over his many years of service, said Chris Tchernagovski, The Kapiti Rotary President.
 
 
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
 
                                 
 
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