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Club Notices

  • Richard Campbell reported that the club is sponsoring four candidates for RYPEN.  Click on following link for details about Rotary Youth Enrichment Programme

  • Parkinson's NZ is having its annual fund raiser.  They're selling tulip bulbs and Maureen Starke is the contact. $7 per pack of five bulbs.  Maureen's contact details are at the bottom of this newsletter.

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Programme

  • 17 March '21 - Project meeting
  • 24 March '21 - TBC
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Duties

Members rostered on will perform all these duties: Open meeting with Grace/Message; Sergeant; Introduce & Thank Speaker (if there's a speaker); Parting Thought.

  • 17 March 21 - Gary McElhinney
  • 24 March 21 - Rodger McCormack
 

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The meeting

It was great to have Maureen Starke, Joy Hannon, Leah Botica, Hazel Nugent and Yvonne Oliver at the meeting.
 
Steve Botica introduced Rachel Bruce, Deputy Director at the Dept. of Conservation (DoC).
 
Rachel thought the voluntary nature of Rotary aligned nicely with DoC's need for volunteers to look after NZ's whenua. 
 
The challenges currently facing DoC as an organisation are:
  • Reversing New Zealand’s biodiversity decline
  • Responding to a new Minister
  • Responding to a significant decrease in visitor numbers and then anticipating the increase in the future
  • Co-creating this with iwi, hapu and whānau
 
Rachel outlined some initiatives happening right here in Kapiti
  • $8.5m over 4 years to create over 90 jobs in the Waikanae River catchment - The project is offering work to Waikanae unemployed in animal and plant pest management, riparian management, sustainable land management, and skills training.
  • We all can help by - suggesting work opportunities, unemployed people who might be interested in work.
Minister Kiritapu Allan in Kapiti
 
Contact Ground Truth Wellington with your ideas.  For more details click here
 
There were many questions from members and Steve thanked Rachel.
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Parting Thought
"Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children.
 
Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance."
 
Contact Maureen now for your bulbs.
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