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We meet at 6 pm every Wednesday except for the first Wednesday of each month.
 
As we are self catering at the moment, its important to phone Graham 04 905 2626 or
027 454 1082 by 5 pm Monday, if you're attending on that Wednesday.
 
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Club Notices

Club catering
Until now the club has been self-catering under COVID Level 2.  Our thanks to Ollie, Brent, and Dave Bruce who all, at various times, have taken responsibility for getting us fed each Wednesday night.
 
From this Wednesday 24th November, our regular caterer Ian will be returning.
 
However, for this to work, Ian has asked the club to confirm that all those attending are double vaccinated.  A separate email sent to all members went out on Sunday 21 November addressing this.  Please reply to that email if you haven't already done so.
 

Apologies to Graham Oliver by 5pm Monday as usual please.

Polio fund raiser
David Bruce advised that the movie The Duke has been chosen as a fund raising premier in February 2022.  Each club is expected to run an evening and submit the profits to District.

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Programme

  • 24 Nov: Neighbourhood Support - Alison Jarden
  • 01 Dec: No meeting
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Duties

Members rostered on will perform all these duties:

Open meeting with Grace or a Message;  Sergeant session;
Introduce & Thank Speaker (if there's a speaker); Parting Thought.

  • 24 Nov: Graham Oliver
  • 01 Dec: No meeting
The meeting

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Richard Campbell introduced Denise Keen who has a background in Science and Theology.  Before a career change and entering into full time ministry in Whanganui, Denise worked for AgResearch and BioSecurity in Upper Hutt. 
 
Denise Keen and Richard Campbell
 
House of Science focus is to raise scientific literacy.  The vision: Every child in New Zealand is scientifically literate.
 
It's is a charitable trust providing quality science resources to schools, years 1-8 and provide professional learning for teachers to promote positive engagement with science in all its forms
 
House of Science was started in Tauranga by Chris Duggan.  She  gave up her job as the Head of Science to bring science into primary schools.  The idea spread to Rotorua initially and there are now 15 branches in North  Island  one in South, with each branch servicing about 100 schools.
 
Currently Denise is General Manager of the Horowhenua branch of the House of Science.
 
She is based at Shannon School servicing the Kapiti / Horowhenua and Manawatu regions.
 
Denise was originally employed by an independent charitable trust which has since dissolved due to a lack of funding but since September, Horowhenua House of Science operations fall under the umbrella of the National Office in Tauranga.
 
Their work is entirely funded by donations/grants from organization like: The Wright Family; Mazda Foundation, The MacDiarmid Institute, East Coast Lab and the Lottery Grants Board and other local organizations.
 
Denise said that children are usually influenced as to what career path they may follow by age 10, so it is important that they are exposed to science at primary school.  Science builds key competencies like critical thinking, questioning and problem solving.

There are 16 schools in her region and she has access to 9 volunteers to prepare, refresh and deliver the kits to schools.  Each school pays $1,000 per annum to join with a bronze membership.  This entitles them to the use of 1 kit per fortnight.  Neither of the schools in Waikanae have joined, which can be a decision driven by funding and/or a personnel issue.
 
There are a range of kits available, with awesome names like e.g. Who Dunnit?; 3 2 1 Blast Off;, Dem Bones; and Mighty Microbes to engage kids with science.  At least 5, usually 8 activities in each kit.  Each kit costs $2,500 to buy and $500 per annum to refresh.
 
Sample kit
 
If you want to know more about House of Science, click on this link
 
There were many questions from members and Denise was thanked by Richard on behalf of the club.
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