Kāpiti Club meeting
11 April 2024
President Vic Hewson
Shirley Stratton
Mike Redman
Hosted by President Vic
Guests:  Liz Williamson & Jack Penman, Kāpiti Primary School students Ava, Sunjna, Evarn, Lewis & Alexander
Marilyn won the raffle.
Kevin Boyce:
Opening thought
On Winston Peters' 79th birthday, we remember Winston Churchill. George Bernard Shaw once sent Churchill a ticket to the opening night of a play. Churchill sent back the ticket and said he would come on the 2nd night if there was to be a second night.  GB Shaw sent two tickets to Winston for the second night stating to Churchill "Bring a friend if you've got one" Let's toast to the friendships we all have in our convivial Club.
Parting Thought
A quote to close the night from Winston Churchill, which sums up why we have Rotary Clubs "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give!"
Next week will be a silent vote for the position of Community Leader.
It was wonderful to see Chris T who came & put money in the box as it was his birthday - happy birthday Chris, it is fabulous to see you looking so good.
Polio cases are down to 3 - 2 in Pakistan & 1 in Afghanistan.
Foodbank collection 25th May - if you haven't already put your name down for this go onto ClubRunner - events - 25 May - collection duties.
Mary Potter Hospice collection: request for help

Mary Potter Hospice Annual Street Appeal which is coming up on Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 May.

We would love to invite members who are keen to collect for an hour or two, to register individually online here -

Mary Potter Hospice provides specialist palliative care services free of charge to the people of Wellington, Porirua & Kapiti Coast.   If you can give one or two hours of your time, you would be making a bucketload of difference for your local community. Every person out helping to collect, helps to raise more funds for the work that Mary Potter Hospice does and keeps our services free of charge.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner May 11th - if you're interested advise Murray Lobb.
2 May Mary Potter fundraiser - some members are not happy that we are away from our rooms again, but this event will be a major fundraiser for our Club to support the work of Mary Potter Hospice. Steph and Mal have done a lot of work pulling the event together. 1/2 ton frozen fish and a lot of great prizes to be auctioned. Please register if you would like to come - we already have 3 tables. Contact Steph:
6 May Raumati School will visit Whareroa to see the trees planted and hear about the project, the local ecosystems and how the planting impacts on the stream and wetlands. A few volunteers are needed for this outing. Contact Steph if you would like to go.
Wood for Good - Saturday 13th at El Rancho. 
Update: it was "a bit wet", but the team was in fine form.
Another great response for this working bee last Saturday in 2 shifts, a total of 12 Rotarians, 7 from the Corrections Dept., 6 from St Vincent de Pauls, and the family of Adelle Jones who has received support from our Club for the Spirit of Adventure, all assisted. As well as Sandra Bartlam who brought us morning and afternoon smokos. We split 31 m3 of firewood, delivered 22 m3, received $1830, and left about 9 m3 for the future. This is one way I believe we can become more relevant to the community in which we live. Thank you all.
5 minute speaker: Mark Gilmour
spoke about his vet career of 46 years - 33 in practice. Study can be fun, sobering, challenging. Mark once injected himself with sheep vaccine & needed lots of medical attention.
All creatures great and small - Mark the vet
The Mary Potter annual appeal - collectors are needed
The next generation of scientists in the making.
Rotary Friendship Exchange
6 visitors from New Orleans (Nancy, Karen, Norma, John, Brett and Cindy) were recently hosted by Marilyn and Wayne, Yvonne and Tim.  The group were great value and enjoyed the generous hosting and good company at Club Vista. They had good weather for sightseeing all over the motu, sampling local coffee, beers, wines, pavlova and fruit crumble. Anne Marie hosted a pleasant dinner and Chris beamed in from hospital after a successful operation.
Cheeky gals
Cheers, Duncan's beers!
At the Massey Monument
Speakers: Liz Williamson (teacher) and Jack Penman (JackBord), Kāpiti Primary School students
Stuart Ayres introduced a wonderful presentation by Liz, Jack and the children. This is a joint project based around Wharemauku Stream, between KCDC, JackBord, Kāpiti Primary School (Years 5-8), Paraparaumu College, Te Kura Māori o Porirua and the Rotary Club of Kāpiti. The Club has donated $4,000 and a District Grant has matched that funding. The students are learning coding, programming, robotics and electronics, as well as learning about the local water ecosystem.
JackBord has delivered 25 JackBord kits, sensors and probes to the school, along with in person instruction. The students have been learning (working in pairs) about the indicators for healthy streams and rivers, and how to use the technology. The students have had a visit to the Waikanae estuary to get a better understanding of the ecology of the environment.
The crew
Stuart introducing the tamariki
Marion having a chat
Field work with JackBords
Working bee at Otaihanga Domain
Planting time
Plenty of tucker for the hungry troops
The spiffy new plaque commemorating the generosity of Neville Boyce and family
This week
18 April: Graham Milne - Volunteer Service Abroad
Coming up:
25 April: ANZAC Day - no meeting
2 May: Mary Potter Hospice event at Southwards - no Club meeting
9 May: Bill English - social impact. Partners' night - register guests by Monday 6 May
23 May: Louise Waterworth - Kāpiti  Women's Centre