Rotary Club of Kapiti
Meeting 28 July 
Otaki Club Raid
2022 club Executives
President  Alistair Beissel
Treasurer  Derek Hughes
Secretary Roderick Kinghorn
Club Notices

Opening thought

from Ken Milne'

“Thanks to Ingrid andctgexteam

And for opportunities Rotary gives us”



Alistair welcomed 

OTAKI members including Alistair's old school principal

And Past member Graham Mowbray


Director’s announcements



Richard Moulton thanked members for assistance with assembly shelving at Foodbank

Big move a moving target 

Was End Aug now possibly Sept


in Otaki


Chris T

End polio ride Paekakariki - Taihape 

District 9940 for booking page


Parting thought

“Walk a mile in their shoes”





Editors note

Member Pat Wright celebrated his 91st Birthday this week
We celebrated in Omori with a champagne lunch
Guest Speaker Wayne Howlett


Wayne Howlett CEO Ronald McDonald House

2010 CEO

Varied background 

Wayne had personal experience with daughter Claudia having cancer of eye

The Mission of the house is - to keep families together 

Compassionate -no family turned away 

no charge though cost RMH $170 per night

Family of all children looked after-not just of cancer patients

A global enterprise  -started 1974 Philly

Now 700 houses 60  countries

Wgtn 1991- first- refurb 2011

Auckland 1994

Retreats Rotorua


Mobile dental units

As National chief Exec merged 4 entities in one RMH

Every $1 spent provides $4.80 social economic benefit  to Nz

1 family stayed 4.5 yr

4% of families from Pacific Islands

230 families from Wgtn  region every year

Spent $2 m in last 2 years on off site accommodation as own full (pandemic)


Ongoing Cost versus revenue challenge

Labour market challenges

Future state, Cash wanted 

Keep our doors open .......

Always meet demand


NO direct  govt funding but 

Accommodation and National travel assistance from govt 25%

McDonald's family 25%

Rest fundraising

Like to Employ women with children able to deal with difficulties

Health and Safety and privacy issues


Club donated $1000 -from fitness and sergeant fund


Parting thought

“Walk a mile in their shoes”


District had great Exposure at the 
Wellington Women's Expo
The stall at the Women’s Lifestyle Expo at the TSB Arena over the weekend of 23 & 24 July was a marvellous opportunity to profile Rotary. Volunteers from all around the District gave their time to talk to people, hand out pamphlets and take contact details from people wanting to know more about joining or supporting Rotary. Hundreds of people, mainly women, called by the stall over the weekend, lured in by a generous donation of Whittaker’s mini chocolate bars. The level of interest in Rotary, its people, programmes and projects was very pleasing. It was great to connect with so many young women and girls to tell them about the programmes they may benefit from, and how they can give back to their community. About 20 people indicated real interest in joining a club, in suburbs all over the Wellington region, as well as visitors from Auckland and Tauranga. Our Rotarians’ enthusiasm and passion for their clubs, the Rotary values and their projects really made an impression. We also had a lucky draw with prizes donated by Mitre 10 Mega Kāpiti Road, Fix & Fogg and Steph Dyhrberg of law firm Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law. Many people indicated they wanted to learn more about Rotary, and everyone who did so will be followed up.
Our very own Steph represented Kapiti
Successful firewood working bee held over weekend 
Next working bee will be held either next Saturday 6th August at 1.00pm, or Saturday 13th 9.30am
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