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New member joins

President Robert inducts John Baillie into the club.  John and his family have lived in Waikanae for several years and already have a close relationship with one of our members - Dave Bruce.  John works as a Change Specialist, assisting organisations to deal with the changes arising from implementing new computer systems.

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Club Notices

  • A reminder that 22 May is the annual Foodbank.  Thanks to Gary McElhinney for organizing the roster to cover both sites - Countdown and New World.

  • We've had a request from the Salvation Army to assist with their annual Red Shield collection from Monday 10th to Saturday 15th of May.

    T​​​​here are several sites in both Paraparaumu and Waikanae available, any assistance would be greatly appreciated.   Please call 
    (04) 297 1436 to register to help.

  • Board meeting on 5 May 7:30 pm at Richard's place 5 Oak Bay Waikanae.

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Programme

  • 12 May '21 - The decisive decade: climate change challenges and solutions (Pene Burton-Bell)
  • 19 May '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.

  • 12 May '21 - John Algar
  • 19 May '21 - David Bruce
 

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The meeting

It was great to have such a large attendance of Rotarians and partners to hear Keira Weber-Sparrow and Cullen Tran speak about their experiences at the Rotary Summer Science Forum in January this year, and also to welcome John Baillie as a member of the club.
 
Former member Steve Gollege and wife Pru were there to support their granddaughter Keira along with Keira's parents Janet Weber and Mike Sparrow.
 
Cullen's parents Quoc and They (pronounced Twee) and Craig Steed Principal of Paraparaumu College were also guests.
 
 
Introduced and thanked by Richard Campbell, Keira and Cullen recounted their time at the forum in January.
 
There were 14 compulsory modules both were required to complete.
 
They both indicated their favourite module was the one where they got to dissect a sheep's heart and brain and look at how things like a bypass would work.
 
Keira showed us a video of a robot designed to make young children at ease when in hospital.  Very realistic movements and fun - doing the Gangnam Style song and dance.
 
 
The two-week forum was a combination of intensive learning, sporting, and social activities including volleyball, a disco, talent quest, and formal dinner.
 
While not having decided specifically what they would do when leaving college, both felt it would be a course in the sciences.
 
Cullen was one of two students attending the Auckland event who were selected to go to London for the international version of the Forum, which unfortunately was cancelled for this year, but he is hoping to attend next year.
 
Cullen and Keira finished their presentation by saying the Forum was the best two weeks of their lives and would highly recommend it to other students.
 
 
The pair answered several questions from members and partners and were thanked by Richard Campbell on behalf of those present.
 
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Parting Thought
 
"All things are difficult before they are easy."
 
Thomas Fuller
We meet at 6 pm every Wednesday except for the first Wednesday of each month.  Please phone Graham 04 905 2626 by 5 pm Monday for catering purposes if you're attending on that Wednesday