A very warm welcome to the Rotary Club of Petone - Petone is nestled on the northern shore of Wellington Harbour in New Zealand.
The Rotary Club of Petone was established in 1951 and continues to assist, contribute and lead in many projects across the community and overseas.
Enjoy your experience here and as you will see, there are numerous opportunities to be involved in working together for the benefit of all in our own and other communities. Join us at Faith & Co. (Jackson Street, Petone) on Tuesday nights - we meet at 5.30 for a 6.00pm start but let us know in advance so we can confirm catering numbers.
Tyler Fitzjohn attended Brave Thinkers in Palmerston North recently. On his return, Tyler spoke with us about the experience,..."Brave Thinkers is about learning business skills and giving back into the community. During the 6 days we travelled to local businesses where the owners spoke with us. Three days in, we were put into teams to come up with an idea and to pitch it to a 'Dragon's Den' ...presentation, idea, cover letter, finance, marketing and business plan. Three teams (including Tyler's) were selected from a group of 10 teams to present the concepts to a panel of four judges at a formal dinner."
Tyler's team won the competition with each team member receiving a $2,000 scholarship to Massey University. Tyler spoke a little about the concept they presented and the team has met several times since to further develop the concept with a view to carrying through to production. What is very exciting is that the concept and product have already received interest from investors and the figures that Tyler quoted are hugely exciting.
Pukeatua School in Wainuiomata was the recipient of a number of cell phones that were made available by the New Zealand Racing Board for recycling - here is a (sightly abridged) letter from Pukeatua...
To Michael Bolton, President of Petone Rotary Club,
This letter is to thank you and your group sincerely for the donation of mobile phones to our school. Please also pass our thanks on to the New Zealand Racing Board for allowing these to be recycled. This a valuable and graphic lesson which reinforces our school values of Manaakitanga, Ngana, Tuakiri and Whakaute.
The devices will prove to be an invaluable tool for every day school life. Because of the New Zealand Racing Board and Petone Rotary’s generosity, we as a school were able to save between $3000 - $5000 from our extremely tight budget. We can now put that money to other learning resources that we had to put on hold. For this we are tremendously grateful.
Our main purpose for the phones is to help record the many milestones and moments that our children experience using the cameras to capture photos and video.
While education essentially stays the same it also moves and evolves and these phones will help ensure we develop and move along with changing methods and assessment requirements.
They are an extremely useful piece of technology that most people can use easily and we are very grateful for them.
We're not going to speak too loudly here just in case jinx it but if the current run of weather continues we could be in for a great summer. The gardens are starting to sprout all manner of things and it won't be too long before fruit trees become laden with their crops.
For many of us this poses a problem - too much fruit and not enough people to take the excess.
If that sounds like you and if you'd be happy for donate the excess to various groups to distribute in to the community, then contact Community Fruit Wellington.
A group of volunteers will rescue the fruit and it will be distributed to those in need through Foodbank and Kaibosh Food Rescue,
Contact at 022 596 9577 or by email.
This year's Christmas meal is being replaced by a movie fundraiser with all proceeds going toward Polio Plus. US Ambassador Scott Brown acknowledged the work that all Rotary Clubs do and related that this was an issue particularly close to his heart as his mother was a polio sufferer.
The movie evening is on Tuesday 12 December at the Lighthouse Cinema - meeting at 5.30 for a 6.00pm start.
The movie is titled Breathe and is particularly pertinent as it is about pioneering polio survivor, Robin Cavendish.
We were joined by US Ambassador Scott Brown and his wife Gail last night. The Ambassador was presented with 5 PC's that the club had received from the New Zealand Racing Board and refurbished and upgraded. The PC;s are bound for Samoa where Scott said they will most certainly change some young lives over there.