From The President's Pen
Hi to you all,

What a fantastic month this has been with two hugely successful back to back Rotary events with great support from our network of community organisations.  A big congratulations to Past President and projects leader, Allan Frazer, for his drive and commitment which ensured great support for our Quiz Night on 12 November at One Fat Bird and two nights later for our inaugural Karori Employee Appreciation Awards.

After our Quiz in which 14 teams took part, it was announced we had taken over $2,500 from proceeds for the evening in support of ‘Lifting the Lid’ on mental illness.  We will be checking off the money, less expenses, and looking to see if we can top it up to forward to the Rotary project team for ‘Lifting the Lid’ counselling services at secondary and intermediate schools in the capital.

The Awards night was a wonderful event, again thank you to Allan and other members who pulled this together working with the Karori Business Association. The Cultural Centre was packed at Samuel Marsden School, many very happy faces and congratulations around the room to the various organisations that sponsored the awardees and how the event flowed. Everyone went away happy. A good beginning to stage this again.
It was great to get Allan’s near neighbour and intrepid traveller Jamie Fitzgerald, to entertain us with many exciting ventures he has been on, including to the Antarctic and rowing across the Atlantic, being in a winning  two-man team contest with several other boats in the race, that achieved this huge challenge in difficult conditions at times.

It is great also to convey our warmest congratulations to Danielle Shannahan and her team at Zealandia on being named New Zealand’s top tourism attraction winning the prestigious Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award and also winning the Excellence Award for Small-Medium Businesses. Rotary in Wellington, especially through our Club which has had a long association with the development and eco-protection measures at Zealandia, earning great public endorsement both within New Zealand and overseas. More on these awards in the bulletin.

Our next challenge comes next Tuesday when at our AGM we can hopefully select a President-Elect for our Club for the 2024-2025 Rotary year. Please think about this hard fellow Rotarians as our leadership, with a huge commitment to our local community as we have demonstrated for so long is in danger if we don’t have succession and continued strong leadership at the top.

I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

President Jay.
Duties Tuesday 28 November, at Marsden
AGM Followed By Impressions Of Japan And China
If Necessary Please Arrange Your Own Substitute
Apologies to:, 027 246 6339
Setup Tables And Chairs: David Watt
Bar Duties: Julian Barkham
Opening Thought: Barry Taylor
Raffle Prize: John Barton
Introduce Speaker: President Jay Jaiganesh
Thank Speaker: Clive Hesketh
Parting Thought: Luke Yiavasis
Kitchen Duties: All Hands
Wash Glasses: Phil Oliver
Rotary Club Of Karori AGM
The Karori Rotary AGM will be held on Tuesday 28 November at the Marsden College Cultural Centre with general club business to follow. In the absence of Treasurer Doug Langford for this meeting, please send apologies to David Watt, Club Secretary, by this Sunday at the latest, for catering purposes. Papers for the AGM including the financial reports for the Club for the year ended June 2023 and Charitable Trust will be circulated to members and presented by Acting Treasurer, Graeme Titcombe.
Phil Oliver will talk about his recent travels with wife Liz to Japan and China.
Sales Of Our Luscious Xmas Puddings
Calling on all members to help our cause to sell our Rotary Christmas Puddings to your friends and families, fabulous gifts only $25 each. Please help our Club’s fund raising.

There’s also a great opportunity to sell to corporate organisations for their clients and customers.
For orders call Phil on 021 292 7001.
End Polio Now Quick Quiz

Here are the quiz questions that we were planning to have on 24 October, World End Polio Now Day, but we were forced to cancel our meeting that evening.
You will find the answers just before Forward Events in this bulletin. No Peeking!

1. In what year did Rotary International launch its Polio elimination project -a) 1981 b) 1985 c) 1987

2. How many children have received the oral polio vaccine? a) 1 billion  b) 2 billion  c) close on 3 billion.

3. In what country were the first children vaccinated for polio? a) Philippines b) India   c) Pakistan

4. In what year did the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the US first contribute to Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign a) 2001  b) 2006  c) 2008.

5. The polio virus was recently found in wastewater samples in the United States and two other places. Where were these two other places?

6. The elimination of polio is almost a reality with only two endemic countries left. What are these countries?

7. How many polio cases have been reported this year a) 7  b) 10   c) 19.

8. Rotary International Convention next year may report the End of Polio as we know it in the world. Where will the 2024 Rotary International Convention be held?
Congratulations To Zealandia
We in Rotary share the pride that Danielle Shannahan and all her staff and volunteers at Zealandia have to be the recipients of New Zealand’s top tourism award, with the eco santuary winning the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award. A huge achievement. They also won the Excellence Award for Small-Medium businesses.
Danielle said the award belongs to the thousands of volunteers and staff who have transformed the skies of Wellington from ‘silence to the cacophony of bird song we hear today’.
Rotary echoes those sentiments entirely with a long association with the Sanctuary and through collaborative efforts to fully predator proof the sanctuary, and to build access to the Discovery Area through hard work and funding to an exciting area by the top dam and building up its education features.
Many years of fund raising through various events, year on year donations have made Zealandia an outstanding international eco-tourism attraction. Nearly 140,000 visitors annually come to Zealandia.Renewed support for Zealandia from Rotary is coming through plans to develop a new new bush access route off Birdwood St. Rotary is working with Zealandia in first steps to develop a business plan for this project


Quiz Night At One Fat Bird
Two smart teams took out the top two places in our ‘Lifting the Lid’ Quiz at One Fat Bird on Sunday night 12 November, ‘Trump’s Legal Team’ being winners on 86.5 points closely followed by a team called ‘Its Not Covid’ on 80 points.  Rotary teams from Wellington, Mt Victoria and Karori did not fare so well. There were many hard questions, but it proved again, a good mix of young and old could cover everything from geographic questions, the arts, young singers and bands and matching images. Not so easy for us oldies as one Rotarian was heard to say when the results came in.

Our warmest thanks and again extended to Karori Arts and Crafts for providing art works for auction and for our raffle and to Gamboni’s Deli in Karori for sponsoring a magnificent prize for the event.

This was a great occasion with thanks to the 14 teams that took part to make the Quiz evening another success in continued Rotary support for counselling services for those struggling with mental health issues at secondary and intermediate schools in the Wellington area.

Area Governor David Shackleton speaking at the start of the Quiz said there is very considerable concern in our local schools around a significant increase in the number of students with mental health issues being reported needing counselling services, making Rotary’s contribution to this project a vital need.     
Inaugural Employee Appreciation Awards
The Rotary Club of Karori, with its partner, the Karori Business Association are pleased  with the community response and representation celebrating the inaugural Karori Employee Appreciation Awards at Samuel Marsden School on 14 November.

Organiser Allan Frazer, said the awards recognised very special people who had gone out of their was to make a significant difference to the success of the organisations they work for in Karori and in turn to make the wide community of Karori a better place for all.

Karori Rotary President Jay, and Heather Baldwin on behalf of the Karori Business Association presented the awards. Raconteur and intrepid international traveller, Karori resident, Jamie Fitzgerald, entertained us with his stories and challenges from international ventures including tracking across the Antarctica to Scott Base and completing in and winning a rowing race across the Atlantic. He is a very inspiring man with strong winning ethics which he outlined to his audience and award winners.

The eight awardees were:

Yvette Michalska, SMASH Club Manager, St Mary’s Chuirch
Rinia Santos, Teacher Aide and Librarian, St Teresa’s School,
Tania Wild, Administrator of I Love Karori and Karori Resident Association committee,
Blair Bradley, Volunteer Chairperson, Karori Kids
Skye Anderson, Volunteer Retail Assistant, Salvation Army Family Store Karori
Mercia Koebergh, Head Chef, Rata Café, Zealandia,
Simon Houston, Customer Service Trainee Optical Dispenser, Visique Capital Eye, Karori, and
Sky McKee Wright, English Manager Karori Number Works’n Words
End Polio Now Quiz Answers
1. 1985

2. Close on 3 billion

3. Philippines

4. 2006

5. London and Israel

6. Nigeria and Afghanistan

7. 7

8. Singapore.
Forward Programme
Sunday 26 November, at Ben Burn Park
Unveiling of South Africa War Plaque and memorial seats. 10:30 arrival for 11:00 start. Karori Residents Association, military representatives and other VIPs. Please bring a picnic seat to sit on for this event.

Tuesday 28 November, at Marsden
Rotary Club of Karori AGM followed by a general meeting. Phil Oliver will talk about a recent trip to Japan and China with a short polio quiz to follow.

Saturday 2 December
Rotary Christmas Puddings sales in Karori Mall.
Saturday 9 December
Rotary Christmas Puddings sales in Karori Mall.
Saturday 9 December
Christmas Carols in Ben Burn Park. Opportunity for further Christmas pudding sales.

Saturday 16 December, at Marsden
Karori Rotary Christmas function.

Tuesday 23 January, at Marsden
Karori Rotary will host the Rotary Club Of Tawa.

Wednesday 24 - Sunday 28 RYLA
RYLA course at Forest Lakes Camp, Otaki.

Resumption of business breakfasts at Kelburn Cable Car Cafe