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Christmas Function
Dec 13, 2018
Sopranos Restaurant
Fish and Chip Night
Jan 17, 2019
BBQ and Bottle Auction
Feb 21, 2019
DG Visit
Feb 28, 2019
Foundation Night
Mar 14, 2019
TBA
No meeting on 18 April 2019
Apr 18, 2019
Eve of Easter
 
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Club News
The recent ‘Kapiti Hire’ Golf Tournament organised by the Rotary Club of Kapiti, was the most successful event in this event’s history.
Proceeds raised from the Tournament will benefit Kapiti Youth projects, which include a donation to the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club for assistance with their Junior Golf Academy.
Last year the Kapiti Rotary sponsorship grant was applied to help two promising juniors to enter local and regional tournaments. One of those juniors is Harry Ward currently aged 14 and playing off a 1 handicap. Harry recently shot a 67 in the Club Senior Strokeplay. The following week he won a Wellington schools event with a gross 68. In the words of the Paraparaumu Beach Gold Club’s Men’s Captain, Ray Jones, ‘Harry is a superb golfer and someone to watch for in the future’.
The Club Captain is contemplating taking some of the Club’s promising young players to a national event, and some of the Kapiti Rotary grant will be applied towards offsetting the associated costs.
 
Photo Caption:  From rear; L-R Leo Barber PBGC General Manager;  Glen Robinson, Club Coach, receiving a cheque from Kapiti Rotary President Chris Tchernegovski; and Tim Mikkelsen, proprietor of Kapiti Hire, the principal sponsors of the Golf Tournament, and a group of keen 8 year olds, who are being coached for the future.
 
 

Kapiti Rotary Trailer Raffle Winner Stunned By Win

Gordon Bell of Paraparaumu is this year's winner of the annual Trailer Raffle with ticket number 1207, conducted by the Rotary Club of Kapiti.
 
The prize consists of the trailer, plus two junior bicycles, a TV set, and a large quantity of grocery items. Total value is around $5000, and the surplus proceeds after costs amounting to approximately $8,500 will be distributed to local Kapiti youth charities.
 
Organisers of the raffle, Tim Mikkelsen and Murray Lobb, both members and past presidents of Kapiti Rotary, commented that "this has been our most successful raffle to date and we will continue with this project because it carries a great deal of appeal to those who participate, and provides funds for assisting youth projects in Kapiti".
Mr Bell has lived in the Kapiti District for over 20 years, and is delighted with his win. "The trailer itself is a wonderful prize let alone the bikes, television, and food items. This is the first time in my life that I have ever won anything" said Mr Bell on receiving the prize from Kapiti Rotary President Chris Tchernegovski.
 
Photo Caption: Chris Tchernegovski(Rt), President of Kapiti Rotary, congratulates Gordon Bell on being this year's winner of the Kapiti Rotary Trailer Raffle.
 
Kapiti Rotarians participated in the Big Blood Pressure Check on Saturday, 6 October, where they were involved in checking the Blood Pressures of 136 people. 18 of these were referred to their GPs for follow up as their readings were in the higher than normal range.
 

Caption: The morning team of volunteers.

 

We received very positive feedback from the volunteers and participants (and non-participants too – many of whom had only recently been for BP checks).
Thanks to Kapiti New World for advertising the event and providing the testing site in their cafe, WFA paramedic Roberta, trainee paramedic Daniel, 2 trainee nurses and nurse Dianne Boyce for taking the Blood Pressures and to the Kapiti Rotarians for their enthusiastic rounding up of participants.
 
Caption: Full house with 3 participants having their BPs checked.
 
 
A fascinating update provided by Kapiti Youth Support tutor Darcy Hata, had the Kapiti Rotary Club and guests very interested with the excellent results that they are achieving by putting local youth onto the right track in life.
Rotary has had a long-standing relationship with Youthquest when it was established 11 years ago. Some of the original funding came from the JR McKenzie Trust, and several Kapiti Rotary members have taken a very active part with it’s development. Unfortunately, Youthquest lost a significant  part of its funding and had to close its doors, and has subsequently merged with Kapiti Youth Support, and the good work  together with qualified key personnel, has been successfully integrated into the KYS environment. They have now expanded their activities from solely dealing with teenage boys, and now include primary schools thorough using a different programme.
During the evening with the Rotary Club, Mr John Dow (organiser of the Gold Wards) complimented the KYS staff on it’s outstanding results in Kapiti. He explained that Regional Gold Awards are presented each year at Presentation Functions whereby all Finalists from their City receive a Certificate, and then further functions are held to re-present the Category Winner Trophies, plus everyone gets a photo with their Mayor. Wellington and Hutt City have most the most businesses involved each year. This year we had  a finalist from Kapiti, in TOMM which is a health and welfare service for young people developed by Kapiti Youth Support (KYS) and the digital agency Luvly.
To add to the proceedings, the President of Kapiti Rotary Mr Chris Tchernegovski,  then presented a cheque for $10,000 to the KYS representatives as further funding towards their excellent endeavours. He also added, that continuing Rotary Club interest will be accorded to KYS, and that funds from our Trailer raffle; golf tournament and other activities will be considered for future assistance.
Photo Caption: (From left) Liz Koh, (Kapiti Rotary) John Dow (organiser of the Gold Awards) Darcy Hata (KYS Senior tutor); Raechel Osbourne (KYS manager) Kapiti Mayor Guru Gurunathan
Beth is the Chairperson of Motor Neurone Disease New Zealand, and  provided  some very interesting facts about this incurable disease.
MND is the third most common neurological disorder next to Alzheimers and Parkinsons.  Approximately, there are 100 new cases reported each year, and there are currently a total of 300 people suffering this disorder.
The disease causes the death of nerve cells that control the muscles that enable humans to move, speak, swallow, and breathe. There is worldwide diagnostic activity being undertaken to ascertain the cause of onset, but as yet there is no cure and work is continuing.
The care and organisation of assistance to afflicted patients, is provided by Beth’s team, which is small but effective.
Funds are scarce, and arrangements have been made to conduct an ‘annual walk for MND’. This is to be world-wide on 11th November. Our local walk will be held at Weka Park, Raumati. Funds are to be generated via this walk, which will be applied to assisting with research and  the provision of equipment and assistance to patients locally.
The Rotary Club of Kapiti has agreed to support this worthy cause, and Members will be encouraged to walk and help with local arrangements.
Photo Caption: President elect Annemarie Tiffen congratulates Beth Watson on an excellent address, and assures her of our Club’s support.
 
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