We have had a busy week. At our meeting on 11 May we welcomed four principals from our Rotary catchment area to learn about their school activities and to convey our annual grants through the Sunshine Fund. All the principals have responded with emails expressing their thanks. In turn I pass this evidence of our close ties to the community to ypu our members who make this possible. On 25 May we will host 2 more principals of schools in our area, Mary-Angela Tombs from St Teresas School and Tania Savage from Cardinal McKeefry, both long serving principals of their respective schools.
On Wednesday 12 May, over 200 Rotarians gathered at the National Library in Wellington for the launch of the book Mana Tangata, People of Action, the centenary celebration for Rotary in New Zealand, and the Rotary centennial exhibition being staged at the Library. This was a great event which we all enjoyed and shared with our colleagues throughout our District and with many other special invited guests. More on this event later in this bulletin.
And on Thursday 13 May, another highlight for the week, we hosted Professor Michael Baker, who has been a key member of the technical advisory group on the Covid 19 response and vaccination programme in New Zealand. Michael spoke to a full house at our business breakfast meeting at the Karori Park Sports Café. He was very warmly received by the large attendance which included local GPs from the Karori Medical Centre.

Looking ahead in our programme we have a busy June, with a visit to the Mt Victoria Rotary Club on 8 June, our fundraising Quiz for the Wellington Children’s Hospital on 20 June and meeting up with our new business partners Forsyth Barr at our Club meeting on 22 June. Beyond that, in July, we have some top speakers in the capital coming to our meetings and it will soon be changeover time as we welcome in the new Rotary year on 3 July at a changeover dinner at Marsden School.
I look forward to seeing you all in good numbers for our forthcoming meetings and events.
Best wishes, Phil