The Rotary Club of

22 February 2018

Rotary Club of Balclutha Directory for 2017/2018
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It has now been added to Club Documents on ClubRunner which can be accessed from our club website under the "About Us" tab then "Private Documents" and you will have to use your club log in to view it.


Saturday 24th - Big River Raft Race & Festival.
At the festival market near Balclutha bridge the club will be running the chocolate wheel and a raffle for gift baskets from New World. Rebecca to email details to those that have volunteered.


Weekend 3rd & 4thWorking bee at Rhododendron Dell.


Saturday 7th - Rotary Know How Day in Dunedin.
Sunday 8th - Saturday 14th - Setting up and book sale at Town Hall. Books can be dropped at Johnstone Electrical.
Sunday 22ndGiant Pumpkin Competition weigh in. South Otago A&P Society have asked if we would have our chocolate wheel at the competition.


Friday 18thClutha Cultural Festival at Cross Recreation Centre. The club will hold a stall, possibly with the chocolate wheel.
The club has received resignation from Daniel Haw.
With another decrease in membership Daniel reminds us to consider how we could use the money DG Bruce Cowan has pledged to each club to promote Rotary and engage new members.
The club has received thanks for our support that raised money towards the NZ Police Blue Light Programme.
Tania spent last weekend in Wellington at Rotary Leadership Facilitators Training and is now certified to train new leaders in Rotary. At Rotary Know How on 7th April Tania will be facilitating a session on basic Rotary.
On Friday 2nd March Donna starts South Pacific PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar) in Auckland where they will be collecting of new underwear to send to children in Fiji. In the squatters camps in Fiji, residents are being taught hygiene and require new underwear for boys and girls particularly size 2-4. In Fiji it underwear is very expensive and here The Warehouse currently has packs of 5 on sale for $5. Nikki has offered to collect money to buy packs and $50 from the club sunshine fund has been donated to the collection.
Book Sale
Co-ordinator still required for the sale from Monday 9th - Saturday 14th April. Please see Daniel about this role.
Speech Competition
Phil is seeking high school students from South Otago and Central Otago to enter the Secondary Schools Speech Competition at Taieri.
Rhododendron Dell
The Rhododendron Dell needs a tidy up and Gabrielle mentions that the Adventurers Club have offered to help with any community work that needs to be done.
A working bee is scheduled for the weekend of 3rd & 4th March.
18 present | 1 guest | 10 apologies
Peter B - Feb 25
in February
Cliff - 45yrs
from Kevin
"Whenever you feel like giving up,
remember why you set this goal in the first place."
Cyclone Gita Tonga

Rotary New Zealand World Community Service

Registered Charity CC26860

SUPPORT needed URGENTLY. Join with us to Make a Difference

We need cash donations  as soon as possible to allow us to remit to Tonga to ensure that they are able to purchase and distribute other essential items incl. food parcels and water.

There are four donation options: internet banking or visit any Westpac branch, PayPal, Givealittle, or cheque. All details and links can be found on the RNZWCS website be sure to quote project number 333 to ensure your donation goes specifically to Tonga's Cyclone Gita recovery efforts.

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February is
Upcoming Events
Rotary Know How Day
Logan Park High School
Apr 07, 2018
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Annual Book Sale
Balclutha Memorial Town Hall
Apr 09, 2018 – Apr 14, 2018
Mar 08, 2018
With the Afghan Army
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Thursdays at 5:30pm for 6:00pm meal
South Otago Town & Country Club
1 Yarmouth Street
For apologies please phone
Joan Hasler 418 2627 or 0274180626
before 1pm Thursday.
After 1pm call T&C Club 418 1522
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Past President
Mar 1
Mar 8
Mar 15
Chris M
Tony S Andrew B
Gabrielle P
Peter V Peter B
Jill P
Colin W Christine C
Nick S
Don W Nicki D
Pauline S
Brian A Wayne E
Shona McDonald is a Registered Nurse at Clutha Health First and arrived at our Rotary club meeting wearing the shirt and sarong that was her uniform while working with Mercy Ships Pacific.
Shona worked with Marine Reach, the maritime branch of Youth with a Mission on the Pacific Hope ship a 1980s Japanese trawler which was converted into a kind of floating health clinic. Shona admits in some ways the renovation wasn't so well-done and laughs about the ladder to board the ship from which she at first fell right off the side and into the water for what everybody called her "first baptism" as the only non Christian volunteer on board!
Shona's first outreach was in 2015 to Fiji, then in 2016 and 2017 she worked in Vanuatu. The volunteers include teams in medical, dentistry, carpentry and the mens, womens and children's ministry teams.
On the trip to Fiji, Shona spent two weeks on Naviti Island, a 5 hour ferry from Lautoka where the nearest health care is.
Volunteers travel between the ship and the island by rubber ducky boat and residents of the island are taken to the ship for health care. On one outreach it was dental and the next it would be cataract surgery.
On Naviti Island living conditions are poor, no running water and no electricity and some villages shared 6 toilets for 300 people.
The Marine Reach teams provide basic primary health care, observations such as blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetes checks which is a huge concern, most people have 4 big spoons of sugar in each cup of tea and kids like to suck on sugar cane! On one dentistry outreach in 9 days 400 teeth were pulled! There is lots of treatment required for coral cuts and Shona once organised a prayer circle for a mental health patient that turned out to be a miracle by greatly improving the woman's depression. Bibles are used as a reading test to decide which pair of donated glasses is suitable for patients and pterygium is  very prominent on the Pacific islands which can be treated before patients go blind.
All the products and medicines used to treat people on the Mercy Ships are donated so Shona encourages us to consider whether any equipment that we would dispose of in New Zealand is able to be valuable elsewhere.
If anyone else needs a new Rotary shirt and then check out Rotary Down Under and email your style and size to Rebecca.
There appear to be different sizes to choose from the last order so ask around the club to figure out who needs what.
Balclutha Rotary Club email
Clutha District Rotary website
Southern New Zealand Rotary District 9980 website
Rotary International website