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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