Karori Youth Awards

Please take a minute to read this as the details have changed.
We had originally planned to change our normal meeting on Tuesday 8 September to a meal on Monday 7 September followed by attendance at the Youth Awards at the Baptist Church.
With the Covid alert level being set to level 2, the KYA organisers have decided to cancel the in person meeting at the church in favour of an event based at FaceBook (@KaroriComCnt). This means there will be no Rotary meeting that week.
We wish to show our strong support for the KYA, so please if you can, make your presence known at the FaceBook event. There will be a record of youth activity and there will be an opportunity to mark your attendance. Further details of awards will be added each day from 7 September to 11 September.
To participate
1. Pop over to the Karori Community Centre facebook page (@KaroriComCnt) to 'Like' and 'Follow' the event to get further updates.
2.Check the page daily during 7th-11th September for this years youth award announcments and highlights. We would love to see your support for our young people by 'liking' and 'commenting' on our posts!
3. Please spread the word about these changes among your friends and networks! The more the merrier.
Duties Tuesday 22 September
Please arrange a substitute if you can't attend
Apologies to
Setup Tables/Chairs : David Watt, Julian Barkham


Opening Thought : Graeme Titcombe
Wine Raffle : Jim Johnston
Viewpoint : John Barton
Wash Up Glasses : Henk Rood
Forward Programme
Tuesday 22 September at Marsden
This will be a club forum, an opportunity to review our progress and forward planning.
Thursday 24 September, Business Breakfast At Karori Park Sports Cafe
Our guest speaker will be Meng Foon, New Zealand Race Relations Commissioner.
Thursday 1 October, General Election Candidates Meeting
Wellington Central candidates’ public meeting at Baptist Church 7pm. Organised by Karori Rotary and Karori Residents Association. This meeting will be held shortly prior to the general election and referenda on Saturday 17 October.
Saturday 10 October, Blood Pressure Campaign
We will be manning a stand in the Karori Mall in conjunction with the Stroke Foundation.
Tuesday 13 October at Marsden
Our speaker will be Dr Matt Wheeler. Dr Wheeler received a D9940 RI Scholarship for medical studies in haematology. He has been working in Canada and will talk about his research. Members from other clubs have expressed their interest, this will be a bumper evening.
Friday 23 October, World Polio Day
Ride The Train event organised by Michael Fagg. Details to be advised.
Tuesday 27 October at Marsden
Official visit of Rotary District Governor Gillian Jones. Partners are welcome at this event.
Tuesday 10 November at Marsden, Dinner With The Lions
We will host a combined dinner with Karori Lions. Our guest speaker will be the Chief Censor, David Shanks.
Tuesday 10 November at Marsden, Dinner With The Lions
We will host a combined dinner with Karori Lions. Our guest speaker will be the Chief Censor, David Shanks.
Friday 13 November - Saturday 14 November, Community Book Fair
Karori Community Book Fair at the Karori Baptist Church, organised by Karori Lions and Karori Rotary.
Tuesday 17 November, Business Breakfast At Karori Park Cafe
Our guest speaker will be Sharon Zollner, chief economist at the ANZ.
Tuesday 24 November at Marsden
AGM and election of President Elect.
Tuesday 8 December at Marsden
Club Christmas Function.
Saturday 12 December at Karori Mall
Christmas pudding sales.
Club Meeting 25 August
We were pleased to welcome Gabrielle Gunn, Head of Science at Marsden School along with Aishani McGrath and Michelle Lee, Year 13 students from Marsden, who attended the National Science Forum in Auckland back in January, on our Zoom meeting on 25 August speaking to us out of the School Library. Aishani and Michelle were due to speak to us back in March but we went into lockdown and had to postpone their reporting back on the Forum.
Aishani and Michelle spoke of the opportunities at the Auckland Forum to build new friendships with others, the team work required as part of their elective groups and being able to be introduced to a wider world of science. They were in awe of their young tutors and lecturers who took their courses and challenged them to learn for pure enjoyment. They both agreed in response to questions from Club members that this exposure to others they had never met before over the two weeks together strengthened the fun they had, at an experience that has certainly helped to build their confidence in this their final year at Marsden to be well prepared for University in 2021.
Aishani also outlined to the Club her involvement in voluntary work in the community helping to run a homework club set up at St Peter’s Church in the City, to use her skills and those of others for young students wanting help with their school work and challenges. They have been working with students from Mt Cook and Te Aro Schools.
Club members commended this initiative and wished Aishani and Michelle well for the remainder of their year at Marsden and for their choice science studies ahead.
Polio News
Rotary International have announced that the African region has just been certified wild polio virus free.

Rotary members have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We should be proud of all the hard work that we’ve done to eliminate the wild polio virus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 
This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.

For more information visit

Holger Knaack                                                                                   K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                                                           Chair, The Rotary Foundation
First Women World Rotary President
Jennifer E Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-2023, a ground-breaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organisation’s 115 year history.
A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jennifer has been a Rotary member since 1997, and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. Jennifer and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of the Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society.
Historically, the role of RI President has been reached after a lifetime of membership and service. The Rotary World is a changing. Jennifer Jones has been a Rotarian for only 23 years.
Women members have certainly changed the character of many clubs in New Zealand and in our own District 9940 we have had five woman governors to date – Judy Bain, in 2002-03; Barbara Williams, in 2004-05, Deb Gimblett, in 2013-14, Marion Johnston, in 2018-19 and Gillian Jones, our current governor for 2020-2021. Our 9940 District Governor in Jennifer Jones year as RI World President will be Marilyn Stevens.
Rotary Zone 8 Conference By Zoom
Covid19 has brought opportunities which might not otherwise have occurred. One of these is the Zone 8 Rotary Conference, of which New Zealand is a part. The conference, scheduled to be held in Alice Springs in mid September is now a virtual conference open free to all Rotarians. It is a great opportunity for hear a range of top speakers on the new directions of Rotary.
There are some key items which will be of interest to Rotarians here: All NZ times.
Saturday 19 September
1.30pm -1.45pm RI President Holger Knack
1.45pm – 2pm PRIP Ian Riseley on The Rotary Foundation
2pm-2.15pm Past RI Director Stuart Heal, from Cromwell, on Winds of Change
2.15pm -2.45pm Rotary Showcase New Zealand
Sunday 20 September
1.30pm – 45pm Jennifer Jones, RI President nominee, on A Modern Rotary
2.45pm – 3pm Jessie Harman, Australia RI Director- elect, on Membership.
Full details including other speakers are given on pages 6/7 of the August issue of Rotary Down Under.