Rotary Club of Balclutha

29 November 2018

- The club has received a Rotary Foundation Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of the Balclutha Rotary Club’s contribution to the 2017/18 ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.
- Donna thanks Pauline for the wonderful Polio fundraising effort for the Rotary Foundation of over $440.00 from Rosebank School’s selling of purple cupcakes, this was also featured in the Clutha Leader.

- Welcome back international traveller Nicki!
- Donna has received a regretful resignation letter from Stuart Holgate due to his work commitments with St John.
- Donna and Christine C will be sharing the speaker seeker role for the next few months due to Gabrielle and David relocating. Lynda has been coopted on to the Directors group due to David relocating.

- Donna requests interested members to contact her to move in to the club’s President Elect’s role for the 2019/20 Rotary year.
- Fish and Chip night at Joan's Friday 6 Dec.
- The last club meeting for 2018 for members and their guests will be a Christmas meal catered by Allan Roulston at the Creative Arts Centre on Clyde Street on Thursday 13 December 6pm start.
$35.00 per person - please bring the correct money along for Barry on the night. BYO. Christmas theme attire - red, white and green. A donation for foodbank please - Donna will be adding to this from the President’s discretionary ‘Sunshine fund’

- Saturday 19 January 2019 is a Pot Luck ‘challenge’ Vegetarian meal from 5pm at Ali and Jill's in Owaka from 5pm. Members, guests and families welcome. BYO + seat.

- Lynda and Donna hope that the Rotary Club will get some coverage during Saturday’s upcoming Santa Parade.

- Wayne thanks those who have assisted with the Yellow Pages deliveries, the last of these to be completed after the meeting.
- Wayne thanks those members who assisted with the Chocolate Wheel at the A&P Show. Peter V reported that this was well patronised and raised $250.00.
- Wayne requests Rotary members involved in the Santa Parade to meet at the Argyle/High St corner Saturday 1 
December at 12.30pm. There's a vehicle for the parade to be decorated at Barry’s place Friday night from 7.30pm.

- Tania thanks the members for their support and to please keep on giving.
- Two of our newly wed club members, Phil and Tania, were part of the Rotary District Training team
for this weekend Dunedin event which Christine C and Susan attended as interested and representative club members.
- Christine C attended the Saturday programme which included looking at the organisation and structure of Rotary and the Rotary Foundation from local through to international levels and the scope of this.
- Susan reports the Sunday sessions were around Rotary membership - looking at different ways to encourage growth of new members and evolve to meet current needs; implications of Health and Safety regulations were raised for Rotary service meetings such as ‘working bees’.
 26 present | 1 guest | 9 apologies
Saturday 1st – Clutha Christmas Parade 12:30-2:30pm
Friday 6th - fish & chips at Joan's
Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th – serving drinks at Senior Citizens Christmas lunch (contact Don to volunteer)
Thursday 13th – last meeting for 2018 Christmas diner catered by Allan Roulston at Creative Arts Centre on Clyde Street.
Saturday 19th – vegetarian pot luck tea at Ali & Jill's in Owaka from 5pm. BYO + seat, families and guests welcome, numbers to Joan by 17 January please.
Thursday 24th – first meeting for 2019
Speaker of the Evening
Chris M introduced tonight’s speaker Dianne Lowry, the Balclutha Community Police Station Support Officer (SSO), who is one of our club member's siblings (Christine C) and with who he has a family connection - one of Chris’ nephews is married to Dianne’s daughter!

Dianne began by summarising this part of her vocational background as ‘variations on a theme’ which have led her in to her current role. From working for the Dunedin Police as a Non Sworn Officer (NSO) for 10 years as a Probation Officer followed by a further period in Prosecutions monitoring people on EM Bail (electronic ‘bracelets’) and for the Dunedin Courts, Dianne then moved in to the role of Dunedin Citizens Advice Bureau Manager where she had previously volunteered for 10 years.

Following this 3 year position, Dianne applied for her current role which she begun earlier this year following Pauline Burrows' departure. Dianne’s background in this area enables her to successfully work in and enjoy this new role which is
quite varied based in a small community - every day is different.

Dianne’s work tasks can range from administrative through to collating files for the Dunedin Court and dealing with exhibits such as guns and drugs. Other duties can involve certifying documents for the public and working with Immigration for which sometimes an Interpreter may be required.
Dianne works in an area at the Police Station called ‘The Watch-house’ which has camera surveillance in and around the station and the main street of Balclutha. She is responsible to ‘triage’ a situation as a first point of contact.

This requires providing a non-committal balanced viewpoint with perspective for an initial public enquiry. Along with having a ‘thick skin’, a non judgemental and kind approach to listen, advise, assist people to problem solve and make their own decisions about what’s important to them. Dianne can normally assist with most enquiries without the need to access a Police Officer (which is often a public misconception).
Beginnings and ends of weeks are usually busy times for Dianne with enquiries. Dianne does not have ‘constabulary powers’ but is able to help most people with situations of importance to those involved; for example, civil action such as neighbours’ disputes, reporting of a lost teddy bear.

There is now a full complement of 22 policing staff in the Clutha District funded by the government. There are several new Police Officers who have relocated to the area including ex-local Stan Leishman. Their duties can range from tours of the police station through to holding people in cells (not overnight in Balclutha). The local Police Station is not a 24/7 operation but between 2-8am there are always 2 Police Officers on call for the area. The current focus is for the Police Officers to have a more visible presence on the beat and roads throughout the district.

Brian thanked Dianne for updating our members about her and her colleagues’ roles and functions of our local Police Station.
Upcoming Events
District 9980 Conference 2019
Oamaru Opera House
Apr 26, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
Past Speakers
Dec 06, 2018
Nov 29, 2018
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Thursdays at 5:30pm for 6:00pm meal
South Otago Town & Country Club
1 Yarmouth Street
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Joan Hasler 418 2627 or 0274180626
before 1pm Thursday.
After 1pm call T&C Club 418 1522
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Rotary Foundation Director/Chair
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  Kevin H
  Stu H
  Mary J
  Susan L
  Tania L S
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in November
Fergus M - 20yrs
from Nick S
by Elizabeth Bayley-Jull, Otorohonga Rotary
"Thousands of people have donated thousands of hours of their time
and millions of dollars,
to assist people they will never
likely meet or know,
in places they have never heard of
let alone visited.
They are Rotarians."
Thanks to Christine for typing the meeting notices and speaker story this week!
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