The Year In Review
As the world continues ride the Covid roller coaster we welcome the news that vaccines will soon be available. We can certainly be thankful for the actions taken in New Zealand after being plunged into lockdown in March and that we have emerged in good shape as we approach 2021.
In the true spirit of Rotary, we have kept our focus in Karori Rotary throughout this past year and have continued to engage and to meet the challenges of dealing with our projects and activities. It has been a quite an effort, certainly an experience for me as President. None of this would be possible without the work of our board and club membership, my sincere thanks to you all.
Despite the sad loss of two stalwarts of our Club during 2020, a past and popular member Pat Duncan, and more recently Life Member David Stevens, we have achieved a growth in membership, and the return of former Wellington Rotary member, Mark Wood, to Wellington from overseas to join our club will be much appreciated.
Our combined Christmas event with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Mt Victoria and Rotary on Cuba was a joyous occasion at Marsden. I was blown away to be joining charter member, Clive Hesketh, in receiving a Paul Harris Fellowhip at our Christmas event. It is an understatement to say it totally took the wind out of my sails!
We are all looking forward to some relaxation, time with our families and friends and to return ready to continue working for our communities at the end of January. Liz and I extend our warmest good wishes to you and your families for a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.
Christmas Function
75 gathered for our combined Christmas function at Marsden with members of the Mt Victoria and Rotary on Cuba Clubs. It was great to combine forces for this celebration, to make new friends and to welcome back previous members of the clubs.
Our highlights were the engagement again of the Harbour Capital Chorus for Christmas carols and presentation of three Paul Harris Fellow Awards, one in the Mt Victoria Club and two in Karori. It was very pleasing to award charter member and oldest member of our Club, Clive Hesketh with a PHF and a surprise for our President Phil in his second year as President of our Club. Members and guests warmly acknowledged these presentations.
Christmas Pudding Results
This has been one of our best ever years with 900 puddings distributed to friends, family and other clubs. Thank you to everyone involved in the promotion and sales.
RGECAF Christmas Cards
Here's an opportunity to send those last minute Christmas cards and make a contribution to our centennial project to vaccinate 100,000 children in the South Pacific.
Centennial Year District Conference
Our centennial year district conference will be held at the Carterton Events Centre from 19-21 March 2021.
Come prepared to be entertained, informed and challenged. Enjoy a Taste Of The Wairarapa – food, beverages, sights. There will be a range of activities around the Wairarapa throughout the weekend including A Taste of the Wairarapa on the Saturday afternoon and a Swing Fling on the Saturday Evening.
Help celebrate our centenary - come along and enjoy what this weekend has in store.
Forward Programme
Tuesday 26 January, Social Event With Tawa Rotary
A combined meeting with the Rotary Club of Tawa to Wrights Hill tunnels, followed by a meal at the entrance to the tunnels. Note this will be an early start 5.30pm for an organised tour of the tunnels, the tour price is $12. More details will follow in January.
Tuesday 9 February at Marsden
New member Lynda Murray will address the club giving us some insights into her life and work.
Thursday 18 February at Karori Park Cafe
The first Rotary/ANZ Business Breakfast for 2021, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson.
Tuesday 23 February at Marsden
Wellington Cancer Society representative.
Tuesday 9 March at Marsden
Barbara Mulligan and Richard Bentley from the Karori Cemetery Trust.
Tuesday 23 March at Marsden
Craig Nicholson NZTA  to speak on the Transmission Gully Project.
Tuesday 13 April at Marsden
Anna Roberts, Manager Enliven Huntleigh Karori.
April at Karori Park Cafe
Planned Business Breakfast, speaker to be confirmed.