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.
 
 
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Movie Night: End Polio Fundraiser 2018-09-19 12:00:00Z 0
Rod Babcock- Electric airliners – the NZ contribution.
Dr Rod Babcock works for the Robinson Research Institute, an applied science and engineering research organization. The Institute is famous for its inventions including developing high temperature superconductivity applications.
Rod explained the current big problem for the aviation industry is its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.  Air travel is growing exponentially. There needs to be a significant improvement in fuel efficiency in aircraft engines if NZ is to meet its climate change target.
One solution is the development of a new type of plane called a hybrid turbo- electric aircraft.  There is significant international research and investment in electrified air transport. As normal electric motors are too heavy, superconducting motors are the only means to build an electric airliner. The institute’s expertise in superconductivity means it is heavily involved in the design of a superconducting draft motor.
 
Photo Caption: President Chris thanks Rod Babcock for his presentation.
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Next Meetings:
On 13 September  Dr Rod Badcock will be speaking on  Electric Airliners -The New Zealand Connection.
Prepare yourself for an "out of club" experience on the 30 September.
 
Announcements
John Granville requested that I record " He deeply appreciates the many messages and offers of support he has received from the Club and his Rotary friends in the past 2 months since Gaye died. Rotary certainly forges true friendships. For those who were unsure, at Gaye's request, there was no funeral service and there will only be a private gathering of family at the end of October at Awa Tapu." 
 
There will be a Board meeting on the 11 September.
 
 
 
Well done to those members who donned their onesies for the annual Wellington Free Ambulance fund ring event.
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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
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One of New Zealand’s longest ever serving parliamentarians, Peter Dunne, recently addressed the Kapiti Rotary Club.
The Hon Peter Dunne served as a busy politician for over 33 years, and retired from Parliament in April 2017. During his time as a politician he served as a Cabinet Minister or Associate Minister for both Labour and National led governments, and held 11 different portfolios. In 1995 he became an independent along with some members of both Labour and National, and formed the United NZ Party which later became the United Future Party. In due course he became the Party leader.
His time with the Kapiti Rotary Club was mainly devoted to explaining his working with the eight Prime Ministers that had led the New Zealand Government during his 33 years. Some very amusing anecdotes were recounted, which had the audience highly interested and eager to hear more.
At question time, he was asked his opinion on who was the best Prime Minister he had worked with. His response was, that all of the eight worked extremely hard for the benefit of the country, and it is difficult to rank them, because each of them held strengths in different form. He did go on to mention the ability of John Key as a very capable Chairman and economist, and Helen Clark as a very clever politician and negotiator. He regretted the fact that Bill English was not enabled to realise the plans and policies he had outlined prior to the last election.
In thanking the Hon. Peter Dunne for an outstanding address, Dr. Ken Milne of the Kapiti Rotary Club congratulated him for the informative insight into the life and trials of a New Zealand politician.
 
Photo Caption: Kapiti Rotary President Chris Tchernegovski (Left), and Dr Ken Milne congratulate Hon. Peter Dunne (Centre), on a most outstanding and informative address.
 
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The Valley That Managed To Transform a City
Mr Paul Atkins, Chief Executive of the well-known Zealandia Bird Sanctuary recently visited with the Kapiti Rotary Club, and presented facts about the preservation of wild-life in and about Wellington that interested a large audience.
Many species of native birds including Tui; Kakapo; HiHi; Korimako; Kaka and Fantail, have been provided with a predator-free safe haven within a fenced valley, in which to breed and live naturally. This has had the effect of bringing bird-life back into the surrounding suburbian gardens, and residents can once again enjoy the benefits of watching and listening to the attractive calls of native birds in their own surroundings.
Zealandia staff have been actively involved in the encouragement of  a  predator-free Wellington. Rats, opossums, and stoats have now been eradicated from the suburb of Miramar. There is an initiative to give priority to bringing about a Wellington that can boast being the ‘world’s first pest-free capital’.
Zealandia attracted almost 73,000 visitors in the past 12 months, and these included 4,600 cruise-ship passengers from all over the world. Comments relayed to staff have been very complimentary, and many overseas organisations have expressed intentions to emulate the wild-life preservation example that has been set in Wellington.
When asked about the future, Mr Atkins replied that ‘Zealandia is leading a transformational change in the way people think about the value of nature, and learn how to nurture and live with it in the places we live’.
Photo:  “Paul Atkins Left), CEO of Zealandia Wildlife Park is congratulated by Rotarian Tim Beere (Right) on his outstanding address to Kapiti Rotary.
 
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Guest Speaker John Christian - Pitcairn Island
John spoke about the settlement of Pitcairn island, which was initially settled by the mutineers of the Bounty.  John's descendants came from the Isle of Man so he is probably related to Fletcher Christian.  John wove a story of great adventures, sailing ships, mutineers, brave men in small boats, dastardly and wicked deeds, beautiful women, deserted islands, faulty maps and postal stamps.
For more information his presentation is here.
Pictured: John being thanked by Stephen Lange
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AED installation in Hinemoa Street (July 2018)

Kapiti Rotary (in conjunction with WFA) has now completed its 5th installation of an AED (automated external defibrillator). It is on the Coast Community Church building in Hinemoa Street. Visitors to the Church, local residents and businesses in the northern end of the Hinemoa Street area will now have fast access to an AED if someone has a cardiac event.

Donors for this site were Kapiti Rotary, Coast Community Church, Geethal Data Systems, Kapiti Lions and the Combined Probus club of Kapiti Central.

A dedication/unveilling ceremony for all interested groups will be held at a date to be advised.

                                         
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Next Meetings:
On the 5 July  Club President Chris Tchernegovski will be running the  annual club forum. changing a range of subjects of import to the Club
John Christian will be speaking on a fascinating subject on the 12th July.
On the 17th July Shirley Cressy will be speaking on Earthlink: rehabilitation after time in prison.
 
Announcements:
Our condolences to John Granville  with  the passing of John's wife Gaye on Saturday 30 June, after a period of ill health. John does not wish to have visitors at this time as he has family with him and they have a number of matters they have to work through, however in a few weeks time he may need help with a working bee in the garden (to be advised).
 
Rick Ottaway is commencing a 5 week course of cancer treatment at Wellington hospital. He will be home for the weekends and is receiving visitors, but please ring beforehand
 
If you want an announcement placed in the Bulletin, please email the wording to the Bulletin Editor.
 
Club Grants:
Loren Whithair was presented a cheque to enable her to fly to the Globe theatre in England.
She will be speaking to the club about her experience when she gets home
 
 
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Doug Hooper-Smith thanked all the following sponsors for their generosity towards the very successful 2017 Geethal Datasystems Charity Golf Tournament.
Geethal Datasystem, Coastlands, GJ Gardiner, ANZ, Tommys, Glassfit/Metro Glass, Placemakers, Raumati Dental, Kapiti Business Centre, Harcourts, Mitre 10, Law Connection, Breaden McCardle, Professionals, Mastercraft, ANB Diggers, Media Works, Andy Magee Plumbing, The Achievement Room, Flooring Design.
 
The two beneficiaries  of the 2017 Tournament were the youth development squad at the Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club and Kapiti Youth Support.
 
The major sponsor for this year's tournament is Kapiti Hire. (well done Tim)
 
The Kapiti Rotary Kapiti Hire Charity  Golf Tournament will be held on the 1st November 2018
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His Excellency Peter Woolcott, Australian High Commissioner to New Zealand visited with the Kapiti Rotary Club recently, and surprised the audience by announcing that he will be returning to Canberra shortly as Chief of Staff for the Turnbull Government.
The Commissioner presented an outstanding address regarding the special arrangements that exist between Australia and New Zealand, particularly relative to economic issues, trade, and security.
In the relatively short term of his position here, he has developed a deep fondness for New Zealand, and admires the magnificent scenery. He is equally impressed with the race-relations situation, and the overall friendliness of New Zealanders. He sees New Zealand as a very confident country, with a buoyant economy, and is equally impressed by the manner in which we weathered the world-wide financial crisis through excellent economic guidance and foresight.
New Zealand and Australian governments have regular and meaningful meetings to manage the largest combined economic relationship at this time. These meetings also comprise methods for a working methodology on a host of matters, with a strong emphasis towards national security, and intelligence issues. Both nations have proactive roles in shaping our futures together, and do work together as trusted partners. We take into consideration humanitarian disasters, where we help each other in such as the Christchurch earthquake, and the Ash Wednesday fires as examples.
‘Both nations have so much in common that we are always maintaining  awareness for keeping our paths for the future on a similar course. There are 610,000 Kiwis living in Australia, and 65000 Australians living in New Zealand. Tourism between the two nations is huge, and on a combined basis, we present an attractive destination for tourists from around the world. There will always be a friendly rivalry between our countries on the sporting field, but that is healthy. My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our sojourn in your great country, and take wonderful memories with us back to our homeland’ said the High Commissioner.
 
Photo:  Past-President of Kapiti Rotary, Roger Sowry, (r) thanks His Excellency Peter Woolcott for an excellent address and presents a parcel of locally made product for his time and speech.
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2017 Rotary Golf Tournament Raises Funds For Kapiti Youth
 
The Annual Golf Tournament organised by the Kapiti Rotary Club, has realised a record amount for Kapiti Youth Support recently.
The Tournament attracted a record field of players, and was financially assisted by major sponsors, and local businesses that provided cash and vouchers for the successful golfers on the day.
The main competition of the day, was won by Peter Milne who produced 51 Stableford points. Other Rotary Club winners were, H.E.Mander Trophy for Best Nett points, was Bill Morrison, and the Jack Donaldon Trophy for Best Nett score was Guy Weaver. A cheque for $1000 was presented to the Paraparaumu Golf Club’s Junior Golf initiative, which is graduating some very high standard young golfers.
Chairman of the Organising Committee, Doug Hooper Smith, when providing an overview to the Kapiti Rotary Club said, ‘we extend sincere appreciation to all of the sponsors and players who have made this event so successful, and which has produced a record donation amount for this event of $12,000. From comments received, it would appear that the annual fixture will continue to grow and flourish in the future. Local Kapiti businesses have expressed pleasure in becoming involved, and to support such a worthy cause’ he said.
 
Photo: Rotary President Vince Indo, (Left) assists Major  Competition Sponsor, Mr Geethal Fernando of Geethal Data Systems, to present the Stableford Competition prize of the day, to local resident  Peter Milne, who recorded 51 points.
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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 $8,000 are being distributed to local Kapiti youth charities.

 
Organiser of the raffle, Murray Lobb, a member and past president 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”.
 
The Jacques family are delighted with their windfall, and pleased that Judy purchased four books of 10 tickets each at the Kapiti Mitre 10 Mega Store,
which has brought much joy to all the family. 
   
Photo: Murray Lobb of Kapiti Rotary congratulates Judy Jaques  on being this year’s winner of the Kapiti Rotary Trailer Raffle.
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Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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