From The President's Pen
Hi to you all,

We had an enjoyable meeting with Simon Woolf, photographer, and Greater Wellington Regional Councillor, on 27 February.  Simon has agreed to become an associate member of our Club. More on his messages to us in this bulletin.

We have published the fact that we still have some $3,500 in grant funding in this Rotary year for needy community  projects being promoted by non profit making organisations. If you know of any worthy non profit making group in our Rotary catchment area – Makara, Karori, Kelburn and Northland,  with a project needing support, please let Allan Frazer know. The Club will again have a full round of community grant funding available for projects in the new Rotary year from July.

March is a key month for Leadership Impact Training in our District. With proposed new groupings under the regionalisation pilot programme now released, and the course  last Sunday on Zoom for Presidents Elect and other interested members, our District is getting into stride to address key issues facing clubs.

This month, we have two meetings at Marsden. On 12 March our two Presidents Elect for 2024-2025 will outline their thoughts to Club members for the year ahead at a Club Forum. This is an important meeting with significant implications for the future of our club. Please make every effort to attend. Please note this is a change to the previously advertised forward programme. On 26 March Dani Lim, who has been to an earlier meeting of our Club and is interested in Rotary membership. Dani has just completed her PhD thesis and will talk about Brasilia..

Easter will be upon us on Friday 29 March, early this year, and following that in April we will be in District Conference season which will combine with the centenary of the Whanganui Rotary Club.

I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday.

President Jay  
Duties Tuesday 23 July, at Marsden From 5:45pm
Full Dinner Meeting, Guest Speaker: Jo Cameron, CEO Stroke Foundation Of New Zealand
If Necessary Please Arrange Your Own Substitute
Apologies to:, 027 246 6339 by Monday 22 July at the latest
Setup Tables And Chairs: David Watt
Bar Duties: Julian Barkham
Opening Thought: Allan Frazer
Raffle Prize: Ian Box
Introduce Guest Speaker: Barry Taylor
Thank Guest Speaker: Alistair Irwin
Parting Thought: Jay Jaiganesh
Kitchen Duties: All Hands
Wash Glasses: John Barton

Lifting The Lid, A Project Update
Ten schools and four Rotary Clubs, including Karori, were represented at the quarterly meeting for Lifting the Lid on 29 February. Funding this year has increased to $63,500 up from $32,000 in 2022-23. To date since the project has been running $40,077 has been approved in funding for counsellor and other support, with $33,446 invoiced.  The Rotary Club of Karori is playing its part with $5,000 in this year’s funding.

Seven clubs in the city are contributing funds to the project.

So far, 10 schools have signed up for support  in the capital – Onslow College, Rongotai College, St Mary’s College, Wellington East Girls College, Wellington High, Evans Bay Intermediate, South Wellington Intermediate, Newlands College, Raroa Normal Intermediate, and Newlands Intermediate. A total of 108 students have been involved in receiving support, totalling 314 sessions.

Some new initiatives apart from one on one counselling and working with families have involved sports events to give students leadership and confidence and working with animals, with dogs and with horses.

Further approaches to schools in the Wellington area are to be made with an outline of a forward business plan. This plan includes approaches to Trusts and major businesses to join forces with Rotary to support the ‘Lifting the Lid’ project.
Gardening At The Marsden Club
Saturday 2 March saw a band of volunteers from the Rotary Club Of Karori performing gardening duties at the Marsden Club in Newcombe Cres.
The Marsden Club and the associated Chelsea Club in Lyall Bay, provide day care for people suffering from dementia, thus providing a day's respite for their normal carers.
The enthusiastic team weeded, trimmed, cleared up and spread mulch, leaving the garden in a much tidier state. This is an activity that ticks all the Rotary boxes of service to the community. We are planning another session next spring.
Our special thanks to Allan Frazer for his organisation, to Denise and Angela from the clubs for morning tea and to Penny Darwin's son Harry and his girl friend who transported much of the mulch.
Our Meeting With Simon Woolf
It was a pleasure hosting renowned photographer and Wellington Regional Councillor, Simon Woolf, at our last meeting. As President Jay has reported, Simon is keen to take up an invitation to be an associate member of our Club. We have been most grateful for the many occasions that Simon has undertaken photographic assignments for the Club.

He spoke from the heart about his experiences as a three term Wellington City Councillor, the many frustrations he had on that Council and the enjoyment he now has with a  “more pragmatic” leadership team of officers and councillors  carrying out the responsibilities of the Greater Wellington Regional Council. He welcomes being pro-active rather than reactive as so often in the past.

He said the Regional Council has full on engagement with eight tribal entities across the region and they seek an invitation to meet on local patch terms to address matters iwi want to bring before the Council.

Simon spent some time addressing a vexed local issue, public transport for students from Makara attending schools across the Wellington area and how the Regional Council is trying to address this. With questions he welcomed support from Rotary and other organisations to help overcome some of the pressing difficulties families have to get their children across the hill into Karori to attend schools.

Simon finished up showing a few photos that he is putting into a national competition with a focus on a red chair which has become the feature in all that he is submitting for this photographic event.
Forward Programme
Tuesday 25 June, Club Projects And Direction
At Marsden Cultural Centre: 6pm. Short format, drinks and snacks in lieu of dinner. Discussion on projects and planning.
Tuesday 29 June, D9940 Changeover
D9940 changeover at Horowhenua District Council Building, Oxford St, Levin from 9:30. Go to the D9940 web site to register.
Wednesday 3 July, Business Breakfast, Guest Speaker Hon. Chris Bishop
The Rotary Clubs of Karori and Port Nicholson with sponsorship support from The Professionals Wellington City and Suburbs present guest speaker Hon. Chris Bishop, Minister of Housing and Leader Of The House.
Please note the location, Level 5, the Wellington Club, 88 The Terrace.
RSVP David Watt by 14 June.
Saturday 6 July, Rotary Changeover Dinner
At Marsden Cultural Centre. Changeover and winter solstice. Joshua Langford will play. Fund raiser auction with club members to provide items for the auction. Please RSVP to David Watt by 1 July.
Tuesday 9 July, no meeting
There will be no meeting on this date due to commitments immediately before and after.
Friday 12 - Saturday 13 July, Lions/Rotary Book Fair
At Baptist Church. Please diary some time for this important fundraising event.
Sunday 21 July, Quiz Night To Support Mental Health In Schools
At Le Petit Lapin, Marsden Village: 7pm. Get a team of 6 together now.
Tuesday 23 July, Club Meeting
Dinner meeting at Marsden Cultural Centre: 6pm. Guest speaker: Jo Lambert, CEO Stroke Foundation Of NZ. TBC.
Tuesday 13 August, Club Projects And Direction
At Marsden Cultural Centre: 6pm. Short format, drinks and snacks in lieu of dinner. Discussion on projects and planning.
Tuesday 27 August, Alister Irwin, Salvation Army
At Marsden Cultural Centre: 6pm. Dinner meeting.
Tuesday 10 September, Club Projects And Direction
At Marsden Cultural Centre: 6pm. Short format, drinks and snacks in lieu of dinner. Discussion on projects and planning.
Tuesday 24 September, Combined Dinner With The Lions
Mary O’Keeffe Consultant Archaeologist and maritime archaeologist confirmed as speaker on ‘Shipwrecks off our South Wellington coast and diving on wrecks’. 
September, Youth Awards TBC
September, Business Breakfast TBC