Members, greetings
Some important reminders for immediately forthcoming events
Meeting 13 August
You are cordially invited to bring your spouse to this meeting. Our speaker is Nicola Willis, spokesperson for early education and youth. The club will be making donations to the KYA and to Gail Dewar, principal of Makara school. It's important that we have a good turnout for this meeting.
Please bring any books you have that are suitable for sale at the book fair (see below). Good saleable material only please, no junk.
Book Fair Friday and Saturday 23/24 August
This will take place at the Baptist Church Hall. On Friday we'll be open 12:00 - 20:00 and Saturday 9:00 - 16:00. Please plan some time to attend and make our first fund raising activity for the year a success.
Dinner With The Lions 28 August
The Lions are hosting us on Wednesday 28 August at the Karori Park Cafe. Please note the date. This will be instead of our usual meeting on 27 August. The speaker will be Grace Taylor talking about her PhD subject, a Karori survey.
Our programme for September and October is looking very busy, further details in the next bulletin.
Donations To Schools
The Rotary Club of Karori was pleased to welcome five principals in our catchment area to join the club on 23 July to receive annual Rotary grants to the schools. Janice Shramka, Karori West Normal School, Mary-Angela Tombs, St Teresa’s School, Conrad Kelly, Karori Normal School, Tania Savage, Cardinal McKeefry School and Jeremy  Edwards, Northland School, joined members in fellowship and the dinner prior to receiving their grants. Gail Dewar, principal of Makara Normal School was unable to attend as she is recovering from recent surgery. The Club looks forward to having Gail at a future meeting to present our grant to her.
President Phil Oliver expressed the Club’s joy in being able to assist the schools in our area in a variety of ways and to contribute to key projects being undertaken in the school. A plea was made to ask the schools to publicise in their bulletins to parents and others the support that Karori Rotary is giving to their respective schools by way of grants and other activities.
Jeremy Edwards, who had to leave the meeting early pointed to the major redevelopments happening at the school which will transform their playground areas to provide more activity space. He welcomed Rotary’s support to their school programmes. Conrad Kelly said the grant money would greatly assist their out of school programmes such as camps for students. His school is likewise undergoing major refurbishment over the next few years. Janice Shramka who has had close ties with Rotary largely through the Karori Youth Awards programme is in her last year as principal. She thanked the Club for its long support of Karori West Normal through youth activities, being on the school council as trustees and the development of well- being programmes, strongly supported by Rotarians. Mary- Angela Tombs spoke about access to support services and developing opportunities for children to deal with changes in their lives and to question details in programmes that they are learning about. She said this was exciting for their learning skills. Tania Savage said Cardinal McKeefry was further developing its gardening and kitchen lunches programmes, work being undertaken by students at the school. She welcomed Rotary to come and enjoy the experience that the school is providing.
Rotarian David Bain followed with a view point summarising the recent World Cricket Cup matches and he outlined the journey the Black Caps had to get to the final and a breakdown of that match. David with his great attention to detail gave us a very good presentation of the events that unfolded around the Black Caps for that final encounter with England at Lords.