Posted on Oct 08, 2019
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At breakfast on Tuesday morning, David Graham re-introduced the Christmas Box for 2019, which club members participated in previously.
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Posted on Oct 08, 2019
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John Boscawen, as Foundation Director, provided an update at breakfast on the upcoming District fundraising project to address our continuing fight to end polio.
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New Zealand Educational Institute @ Breakfast 2019-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Action Group Against Slavery 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
NZ Drug Foundation @ Breakfast 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the family, Rumbie 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the family, Segun 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
Exam Support - Auckland Girls Grammar 2019-09-28 12:00:00Z 0
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 2019-09-27 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2019
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On Friday evening, one of our newest club member's, Weilian Du, presented on Run for Freedom & Project Starfish, Rotary projects she is fundraising for which seek to help the plight of children in Southeast Asia who are caught in the crossroads of trafficking and abuse.
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Auckland Girls Grammar Young Enterprise Scheme 2019-09-23 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2019
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On Tuesday morning, we were privileged to have Chloe Marshall and Bex Baddeley, Fire Risk Management Officers for the Auckland City Area join us for breakfast.
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Our Club @ the Regional Leadership Conference in Christchurch 2019-09-21 12:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the family Karen 2019-09-16 12:00:00Z 0
@ Ronald McDonald House for Ben and Mayling 2019-09-16 12:00:00Z 0
Child & Adolescent Mental Health 2019-09-16 12:00:00Z 0
Commission for Financial Capability @ Breakfast 2019-09-16 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2019
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At breakfast on Tuesday we had the great pleasure of video calling our recent Youth Exchange student, Hannah Schwartzmann.
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Posted on Sep 10, 2019
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We were excited to hear from the team at Parafed, NZ's oldest and largest disability sport organisation, including CEO Tom Smith, Development Manager Yann Roux and athlete Neelam O'Neill.
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Posted on Sep 10, 2019
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On Tuesday morning, Suzanne O'Leary provided an update on how the Sunshine Fund has been supporting local students.
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Posted on Sep 09, 2019
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Our friends at the Hillary House Leadership Centre have invited us to join them for a day at Gibbs Sculpture Farm to support their ongoing work.
Sir Ed and Gibbs Farm 2019-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 08, 2019
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This weekend, our team was involved in one of Rotary's flagship leadership development programs.
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Hanging out with our friends at Rotaract 2019-09-06 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2019
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On Wednesday eve, John had a great presentation to a group of Rotarians from other clubs in our district about the microfinance project in the South Pacific.
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Where are they now - Grace Cussell, 2018 Rylarian 2019-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Viv Beck, Heart of the City CEO @ Breakfast 2019-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the family, Stewart 2019-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2019
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Several team members were out volunteering at KiwiHarvest recently - have a look at these great snaps from the day.
Our Team @ KiwiHarvest Byran Theunisen 2019-08-24 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2019
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Great presentation by Brian Leonard of Thorndon Cook about his experience as an electrical engineer working in some very diverse locations, including Iraq, Iran, Indonesia and Mozambique, amongst a host of other places. Fascinating insights - many thanks Brian.
 
Brian Leonard @ Breakfast Byran Theunisen 2019-08-24 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 25, 2019
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Greg Moyle has received some wonderful feedback from Sonia Davies, the Deputy Principal of Mt Albert Primary School. An extract is included - great stuff Greg:
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Posted on Aug 18, 2019
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On Sunday August 11th, Simon Walton, James Hook, and James' daughter and her two friends were out on Greg's Farm.
Out on Greg's Farm Byran Theunisen 2019-08-17 12:00:00Z 0
Ponsonby Primary - Trees for Survival Byran Theunisen 2019-08-17 12:00:00Z 0
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WOW! what a night, 330 guests turned out in style to attend the inaugural 'Battle of the Suits'.  We all enjoyed fine food and wine and fabulous entertainment from our debaters and adjudicators and along with that we raised in excess of $50,000 for the Auckland City Mission HomeGround Project.
 
Events like this don't happen without the support of sponsors, our sincere thanks go to the following companies for their sponsorship of this event, Milford Asset Management, Cordis HotelMcDonalds, Ellen & Company, Encore and Benefitz.
 
Debate adjudicators Honourable Justice Simon Moore of the High Court, Court of Appeal Justice Lyn Stevens, Debaters, Rt Hon Sir John Key, Tom Scott, David Downs, Katherine Anderson, Kathryn Beck and Michael Timmins, provided much entertainment and hilarity, the photos from the event tell it all, http://picti.net/kJ1q6 
 
MC for the evening Miriama Kamo took the event to a whole other level, her professionalism along with her natural warmth ensured the event ran smoothly.
 
Battle of the Suits Gill Johnston 2019-08-17 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 15, 2019
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Last week, we noted that "Susan Benedek, James Hook, Gareth Juddery, Christine Fenby and Byran Theunisen, joined forces to form team Downtown Riser Racing Rotarians to compete in the annual Step Up Challenge - the race to the top of Sky Tower - as a fundraiser for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand". We've now received the official photo to share.
Team Sky Tower Update Byran Theunisen 2019-08-14 12:00:00Z 0
Auckland City Mission Lunch Serving Byran Theunisen 2019-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 13, 2019
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Great having Sir Jim McLay at the club today and hearing about his experience as NZ Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN, amongst a whole host of other roles - including formerly as Deputy Prime Minister.
Sir Jim McLay @ Breakfast Byran Theunisen 2019-08-12 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2019
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Liz Thomson has been up at the Hospital supporting young Ben and mum Maling throughout Ben's open heart surgery which took place recently.
Young Ben's Surgery Byran Theunisen 2019-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2019
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On Friday, Susan Benedek, Gareth Juddery, Christine Fenby and Byran Theunisen, joined forces to form team Downtown Riser Racing Rotarians to compete in the annual Step Up Challenge - the race to the top of Sky Tower - as a fundraiser for Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand.
Team Sky Tower Challenge Byran Theunisen 2019-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
Auckland Transport & Auckland Council @ Breakfast Byran Theunisen 2019-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
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On Tuesday, the 30thof July we welcomed the 26 RYLA students who were put forward by our club. They all held a little presentation about their experience and what they learned from their trainers. Listening to the Rylarians was very inspiring for all club members. We got to know 26 very different characters, but they all had something in common: They were radiant, they beamed with pride about what they had managed during the week and about their growth and what’s more: they were confident of becoming a good leader.
Ryla
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Rotary Young-Leadership Award (RYLA) Breakfast   Sloe 2019-08-03 12:00:00Z 0 Ryla
Tree Planting on Motuihe Island Byran Theunisen 2019-08-02 12:00:00Z 0

Downtown Auckland Rotary in Association with Milford Asset Management are excited to bring you 'Battle of the Suits'.

The event is a debate / black tie affaire on Tuesday evening 13 August 2019 at the Cordis Hotel, in Auckland. 
 
The moot for the debate is “Ports of Auckland - Can a Working Port & Auckland City Co-exist?"
 
The sole beneficiary is the 'Auckland City Mission HomeGround Project’ - a new purpose-built housing and social services facility.
 

We have a fantastic line up of personalities for the night, a carefully selected group of 'Celebrities' - Rt Hon Sir John Key, Tom Scott and David Downs versus the 'Legal Beagle' team of Kathryn Beck, Katherine Anderson and Michael Timmins.  Adjudicators of the debate are QC’s Simon Moore and Lynton (Lyn) Stevens, along with Miriama Kamo, our MC for the evening.

You will be wined and dined in style at the Cordis Hotel, with the opportunity to purchase some fabulous auction items, knowing that you are supporting a wonderful cause.

Don't miss out contact Gill Johnston gillj.downtownrotary@gmail.com or 021 278 9915 to purchase your tickets today.

Visit https://rotarydowntownauckland.club/page/battle-of-the-suits for more information

BATTLE OF THE SUITS Gill Johnston 2019-07-06 12:00:00Z 0
Club member Susanne Loesser was touring around Milan and while looking at her city map, was approached by an Italian man who offered to help. As he couldn't speak much English, he pointed to his Rotary pin. Susanne managed to explain that she was a Rotarian as well. A few minutes later, he showed her to where they hold their Rotary meetings in a very old villa.
 
Just goes to show there are helpful Rotarians everywhere!
 
Helping Rotarian in Milano 2019-06-21 12:00:00Z 0
Earlier this week Gill sent out a quick 1-question survey to help incoming President Byran complete his preparation for his 2019-2020 Presidential year.
 
Please look in your mailbox for an email from Gill dated 16th June which has a survey monkey link. 
Your cooperation is appreciated.
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New Name Badges Are COMING! Please make sure to provide Past President Gill with 1) your preferred name for the new badge, 2) whether you would like a new Rotary Pin (also magnetic) and 3) if you have a pace maker and will need a clip instead of magnet.
 
Please get this information to Gill ASAP - so we can all be ready to go for the new Rotary year.
New Magnetic Name Badges and Rotary Pins 2019-06-21 12:00:00Z 0
Curtain Call 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
Who will be victorious? Gill Johnston 2019-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
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On 21st May, Karen demonstrated how to make 7 different Asian inspired goodies (Asian fish cakes, prawn wontons, Vietnamese cha ca fish noodles, Carmelised pork & grilled pineapple/veggies w/ coconut rice amongst others) to 22 of our Downtowners, family & friends. 
Many thanks to Karen & Grant Hally for also generously donating $400 from the event to KiwiHarvest. 
 
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Thank you for sponsoring Lex! 2019-05-20 12:00:00Z 0
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Wow! What a conference. We laughed, we cried and were inspired after hearing some great speakers share their personal stories of self-reflection and courage to step out of their comfort zone to achieve great things - both in the community and within themselves as leaders.  Our team of Downtowners had a fantastic time getting to meet other Rotarians from around our District during the cocktails and networking sessions. We also learned about the various projects ranging from dictionaries for schools, water guttering and storage systems in Africa, fundraisers, and also a pitch from the current year's Rotary Youth Exchange Students for more host families to help support the program. The day and a half conference was also very effective in sharing best practices and ideas such as Dr. Tom Mulholland's KYND software app which helps individuals measure they overall wellbeing (https://www.kyndwellness.com). John Boscawen also introduced Gill & I to the Former Chair of the International Committee from Suva (and current Club President) who shared with us a local perspective of how the SPBD Microfinancing Program in Fiji is taking off and changing lives. More info in a separate story coming soon.
 
       
(John, Gill & President John Bainbridge from Suva Rotary, Lucy)
 
 
How was the District Conference? 2019-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
Brian, Mike (and their lovely wives Sue & Cheryl), made it back to Auckland. Apparently there were "Banger window shopping" for their trip next year...
 
What's going to happen to Little Red? 
Brian, Sue & Mike Made it to Bluff and Back... 2019-04-08 12:00:00Z 0
Auckland Celebrates 30 years of Women in Rotary FunWalk 2019-04-08 12:00:00Z 0
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As you are aware from last week’s bulletin, as a result of the generosity of Mal McLennan and other members of the club, we have been able to increase to the Trust capital by $102,500, whereby now stands at approximately $220,000.
 
As was advised at the Club’s AGM last December, the Trustees have resolved to undertake investment of the capital with the aim of increasing both income and capital growth.
 
The first initiative being a loan of of NZ$25,000 to SPBD Singapore to be on lent as micro-financing for particular purposes to individuals in the Pacific Islands, expected to be in Fiji. The loan will be for a period of 3 years with an interest rate of 6%. The Trustees have received confirmation that the Trust’s tax free Charitable Status is not exposed by the making of the loan outside New Zealand.
The Trustees are in process of completing the loan documentation with the intention that the loan be advanced within the next month.
 
The Trustees are cognisant of the need to diversity investments other than through the SPBD loan and bank term deposits and to seek capital growth of the Trust fund. Representatives of the Trust have met with a Fund investment advisor and the Trustees have resolved to invest up to N$100,000 in a diversified income fund being a conservative fund managed through the investment advisors firm. These funds can be redeemed on short notice.
 
The Trustees are in the process of completing all documentation and expect the initial investment to be made within he next month with funds to be invested as term deposits mature.
 
As to the balance of capital, being approximately $95,000 the Trustees will be arranging for this sum to be initially placed on term deposit while they consider it’s appropriate investment but ensuring diversification of the Trust’s investments.
Update on our Club's Charitable Trust Greg Walker 2019-04-01 11:00:00Z 0
Highlights of Auckland City Mission Foodservice for the Homeless (by Gareth Juddery)
 
Today we had a group of 5 Rotarians : Gareth, James PFL, Des, Mark J and Weilian (potential new member) and three people (Hayley, Eloise & Frances) from Dils Funeral Services on hand to help deliver meals at the Auckland City Mission.
 

 
Auckland City Mission Food service for the Homeless 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
RMHC Cook Nite - 14 members and friends prepared meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House and served approximately 100 meals. It was a great turnout and wonderful atmosphere. Thanks to our members and friends:  Jan Malcolm, James PFL, Gareth & Kat, Pam & Alan Deal & their exchange student, Suzanne O'Leary and her two sons & friend, Frankie, Celia & Liz Thomson.
 
Cooking for a Cause - RMH 12 March Update 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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Please Register for the Changeover Evening - Canapes and Drinks (by Urban Gourmet) on Saturday,  29th June.
Cut off date is 14th June. 
Location: Fale Pasifika (University of Auckland City Campus), 20-26 Wynyard Street, Auckland Central 1010
Time: 5:00- 7:30pm  
Cost: $50 per person
 
Please note the address is on WYNYARD Street, not WYNDAM Street - see map for directions below: 
 
 
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SAVE THE DATE - Battle of the Suits Gill Johnston 2019-03-16 11:00:00Z 0
Every year our Club has sent a number of well deserving young adults to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). We need volunteer interviewers to help with the selection process. Please contact Suzanne O’Leary for more information.
Calling for volunteers to help interview RYLA candidates 2019-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
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To celebrate 30 years of “Woman in Rotary”, D9910 & D9920 invite you to a “Fun 5km Walk” around Wynyard Quarter & Westhaven area on Saturday 6th April. (Rain, hail or shine, we are doing this……)
 
We will gather from 9am for a 9.30am start, at Wynyard Quarter Playground (Jellicoe Rd). Please note we will start & finish at the same spot for ease of parking. Gold coin donation for all attending, going to Polio Plus campaign.
 
As we want to promote Rotary, please wear Rotary branded t-shirts and/or caps. We have a limited quantity of new, bright lime green “Woman in Rotary” t-shirts for a $10 donation (Polio Plus for D9920). First in, first served for the current allocation, so pre order via e-mail to Leanne. Note t-shirt sizing on the small side, so it is recommended to go up one from your usual size (S,M,L,XL,2XL available).
 
Afterwards, head home to continue your day, or stop for a well-deserved coffee or something stronger. Lots of great cafes & restaurants around the immediate area. Register interest via e-mail to Leanne leanne@searlegroup.co.nz On registration, we will send you a map of the walk with additional information for the event.
 
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Silo Park is partnering with KiwiHarvest to bring you Kai with a (re)Purpose. 

Come out and show your support for KiwiHarvest while enjoying food truck favourites that have transformed kai rescued food into delicious meals!

Silo Park
Jellicoe Street
Auckland
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KiwiHarvest Event at Silo Park - 16 March, 12-6pm 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
Visiting Scholar Lecture on Autism Spectrum Disorder 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
What is there to know about International Women's Day (IWD)- 8th March? 2019-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
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Angela Caughey (author of books on Dementia), recommends everyone to get a good nights sleep as a way to increase brain health. In addition to avoiding alcohol and caffeine after 7pm, she also recommends stop using computers, i-pads etc. after dark because of blue light emitted from these devices, interferes with melatonin production. For those of you who are addicted to your screens, Kenneth Winstone provides a solution to help you stay connected while combating computer blue light emissions.
 
Combat Computer Blue Light and Sleep Better 2019-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
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Our Downtown Club is fortunate to have a wonderful sister-club relationship with Osaka Dojima Rotary Club. Many of us have hosted our fellow Rotarians here in Auckland and have also traveled to Japan to visit them. How many of you would like to learn more about the Japanese Culture?
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Downtowners Mike Campbell, Graham Hendry & Greg Moyle were part of a group of 14 Rotarians and 5 friends of members who joined forces on a 28 day tour of Sri Lanka, India, Sikkim and Nepal. Mike & Sheryl extended their trip to 36 days so they could include other regions such as Rajastan & Mumbai. While Mike states the purpose was to enjoy 36 days of curry, the highlights show otherwise. Read more below.
 
 
Stories of Adventure in Sri Lanka, India, Sikkim & Nepal 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
With today's technology of credit cards, EFTPOS, Paywave etc. not many of us are carrying cash in our wallets and the Sunshine fund is not getting as many donations each week as it used to from the Sergeants session.
 
Introducing Sergeants Tokens Gill Johnston 2019-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
What Do You Think About Our New Tagline? 2019-02-06 11:00:00Z 0
City Mission Volunteering 2019-02-06 11:00:00Z 0
New Year's Yacht Cruise 2019-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
Yacht Meet-up, First Meeting @ Northern Club, Registration & Other Useful Info for 2019
 
The Noticeboard will be on a break for the next 5 weeks. However, the latest activities planned for 2019 will still be posted on the website, so make sure to check it out to stay up to date.
 
To ease our way in the New Year, our first Rotary meet-up will be on luxury yacht The Savoy on 22 January 2019. Come join us for a casual get together with wine & nibbles, good conversations and fun. There are limited seats left so please go onto Clubrunner to register attendance to avoid disappointment.
 
We will begin our regular breakfast meeting at the Northern Club from 5th February, 2019. Stay tune for more information about the Speakers for the day.
 
We are going to start trialing Club Meeting Registration via club runner for our 5th February meeting. As with all other Rotary events, you will receive an email from Lucy (sent out by Dan) which will provide you with the meeting details. There will be a link for you to "accept/decline" attendance through your email. Please look out for an email notice mid January. Alternatively, you can go online to our Club website to register yourself and guests. 
 
 
Enjoy the Summer Break - Rotary in 2019 2018-12-12 11:00:00Z 0
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Child and Adolescent Mental Health is an area of concern our Club members feel passionate about. Join us for a free public lecture by Dr. Helen Christensen, visiting scholar from University of New South Wales and leading expert on using technology to deliver evidence-based interventions for th prevention & treatment of depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm. 
 
This public lecture is supported by our Club with the generous sponsorship of the Ted and Mollie Carr Medical Travel Fund.
 
 
Teenage Suicide Prevention Lecture 11 Dec 2018 2018-12-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2018
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On 29th May, Past President Gill announced "Mal's Challenge" to our Club and his desire to help build up our Club Trust by an additional $100,000!  
Read more to find out why and how you can help make this happen by 31 March, 2019.
 
Mal's Challenge- Getting to $100K 2018-12-05 11:00:00Z 0
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Bryan & Sue Coyte's daughter gave birth to healthy twin boys on 23 November - making Bryan and Sue lucky grandparents of two more additions to the family. Make sure to ask to see photos of the gorgeous babies and congratulate them for being “grandparents extraordinaire”. 
Congratulations to Bryan & Sue Coyte - Happy Grandparents 2018-11-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 28, 2018

Downtown Rotarians with Dr. Sergei Gulyaev (Director of the IRASR) in front of 30m RadioTelescope

Twenty three of us braved the wind and rain on Saturday 24th Nov and made our way up to the Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory for an interesting tour of the 30meter RadioTelescope that is operated by Institute of Radio Astronomy & Space Research (IRASR) of Auckland University of Technology.

 
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In the Supper Club Recipe Book you’ll find incredible gems from top restaurants which support Ronald McDonald House Supper Club events around the country.
 
You will also find some every day favourites lovingly gifted by families who have stayed at the House.
 
By purchasing this book, you will help provide a “home away from home” for families in need.
 
- All production costs have been covered by Sponsors so by buying this book 100% of sales go to the Ronald McDonald Houses
- Great for yourself or as a gift 
- Superb quality packed with awesome meal ideas
- Hardback full colour over 200 pages 
- Cost $45
 
Mark Jenkins will have a copies at our Tuesday meetings
 
 
Ronald McDonald House Fundraising - Book sale 2018-10-22 11:00:00Z 0

CAROLE, FRANKIE, AND LUCY HONED THEIR HANDS-ON COOKING SKILLS AT THE ROTARACT COOKING CLASS WITH VANESSA BAXTER 

FUNDS RAISED FROM THIS EVENT GOES TOWARDS THE REBUILD OF SAINT FRANCIS SCHOOL LIBRARY IN FIJI

What a great turn-out with Rotarians from St. John's, Auckland, and Harbourside Club in attendance. Things really started to heat up with the competition on whose food turned out best. We did a pretty good job- judge for yourself.
 
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Posted on Oct 09, 2018
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As part of the Auckland Heritage Festival on Saturday 6th October, four Downtown Rotarians (Phil Caughey, Mike Campbell, Karyn Spencer and David Graham), assisted with the Hillary Leadership Centre's Open House. 
 
The house is located on school grounds near the entrance to the Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate Senior School in Franklyne Road, Otara
 
 
Hillary Leadership Center 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2018
Child and adolescent mental health is a very serious problem in NZ. New Zealand has the highest rate of teenage suicides amongst all OECD countries.
 
Led by our Champion Graham Hendry, we are striving to support positive change by funding programmes that give clinicians access to the best practise solutions to help with their diagnosis and treatment.
 
Why we care about Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Dear Members,
I recently received a lovely letter from our RYE Student Hannah who shares her experience returning to Austria and her continuing life journey.
Please email me if you would like Hannah's contact details and I will provide to you separately.
 
Happy Reading!
Lucy
 
 
 
Letter from Hannah (our Rotary Youth Exchange Student) 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2018
On 22 September, Gareth was one of 5 judges at AGGS  to judge teams from 65 year 10 students as they came to the close of their 3 day Business Challenge. Students grouped into companies, decided on a hypothetical product, write a business strategy, ‘sell’ their product, and launch their idea at an oral competition of the final day.
 
AGGS Business Challenge - Judge Gareth 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
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What a great turnout at our Fundraising dinner on 25 September at Wine Chambers!
 
62 guests including DG Ingrid Waugh, Rotarians, RYLARians, Rotaractors, corporate clients and supporters of Child & Adolescent Mental Health and Edmund Hillary Primary School all came out to listen to Michelle A'Court share with us her personal story about how she became a comedienne and the inspiration to her best selling books. 
 
It was a great night out. Thanks to everyone for their support in making it happen.
 
Fundraising Dinner with Michelle A'Court Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-09-26 12:00:00Z 0
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ROMAC in Action - with help from our Club member Liz Thomson.
 
Another young life changed by the help of ROMAC...
 
Regine came to Auckland and had her surgery on Friday 5th October. She is here until end of November. For those interested to know more, please contact Liz.
 
Just after the surgery..
 
A brand new little girl...
 
ROMAC in Action Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
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Club member Susanne Loesser did a fantastic job in capturing our All That Jazz Celebration memories at our changeover party.
From the photos purchased, Susanne has donated $300 to KiwiHarvest. 
 
Thank you to everyone who bought photos & special thanks to Susanne for her contribution!
Donation to KiwiHarvest from All That Jazz Photos Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-08-09 12:00:00Z 0

 
Downtown Auckland Rotary Club working alongside PWC, KPMG, Deloittes, Kotahi and ASB sent 19 young people to this years RYLA programme.  Along with young people from their own companies, they also sponsored applicants from CureKids, World Vision, Ronald McDonald House, Leukemia & Blood Cancer, Auckland Girls Grammar School and the Graeme Dingle Foundation. Downtown member Pam Deal along with husband Alan were this years camp Mum and Dad. Caroline Ash was the recipient of the Graeme Campbell Scholarship, she receives $1000 to use towards further Leadership education.
2018 RCDA Rylarians Gill Johnston 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0

James Langton (Champion of Auckland City Mission) is organising a tinned food collection for the City Mission. Please bring your donated tinned goods to the next meeting 4 Sept.

Please show your support and contribute where you can. Drivers may also be required to help with logistics. Contact James for more information on how you can help.

Auckland City Mission Clothing and Food Drive Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-07-11 12:00:00Z 0

Sister Club Osaka-Dojima (OD) Rotary Club Update

Our friends in Japan have experienced a challenging start to the beginning of their Rotary year. Their changeover event was rescheduled due to an earthquake close to Osaka. However, President Shinkichi Kanazawa and President Elect Toru Nishikawa were able to be formally recognised a few weeks later. 

Since then, record levels of rainfall in western Japan have also caused havoc on millions of people across the country who have had to relocate to safer areas due to mud slides, building collapses, and infrastructure problems. Sadly over a hundred people have lost their lives and another 87 people are missing. While OD Rotarians and their families are safe, our hearts go out to those who were not so lucky.

Please contact Grant or Lucy if you would like to know more about how we might be able to contribute to their relief efforts.

Osaka-Dojima Sister Club Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-07-11 12:00:00Z 0

I am Hannah Sidonie Schwarzmann and I am a Rotary Youth Exchange student in District 9920 in Auckland 2017/18. I was hosted by the Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland.

During my Exchange I lived with several host families and went to St Cuthberts College in Epsom. 

I arrived in New Zealand on the 30th of July 2017. 

RYE Student_Hanna Schwarzmann Gill Johnston 2018-07-04 12:00:00Z 0
 
A BIG THANK YOU to all the members who bought raffle tickets (especially those who bought more than 1!). The girls are very happy to report they raised the $350 needed to print the Mindfulness Journals as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Competition.  A special thank you to Rob Wills for buying the gift basket in the end for $60 and to winner Peter Wilson for auctioning off the prize.    
Auckland Girls Grammar School- Team Universal Fundraiser  Lucy Chang-Lorenzi 2018-07-04 12:00:00Z 0

 
Keith Robinson and Kerryn Downey both enjoyed an excellent time in the sunshine picking vegies at the growers in Pukekohe.
 Ably assisted by Gary from the grower they filled all the boxes and were back at KiwiHarvest HQ by 2:30pm. KiwiHarvest were thrilled to bits with a van load of fresh produce, some of which was immediately despatched to an agency feeding families in Penrose. The rest was distributed the following day.
Kiwi Harvest 2018-05-24 12:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to Rob and Joanne Wills, Tony Gardner, Keith and Heather Robinson who went over to Motuihe Island last Sunday to help with the tree planting.  By all reports a good day was had by all, with the added bonus being the sighting of a Tuatara on the Island.
 
We will let you know when the next tree planting day is going to be held.
 
 
Motuihe Tree planting
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Tree Planting Motuihe Island Gill 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0 Motuihe,Tree planting

 
Downtown Auckland Rotary members helping with the packing of some Emergency Response Kits (ERK’s).
Rotary ERK’s are intended for use in civil disasters such as cyclones and floods in the Pacific Islands, and in particular, to assist families survive the first days after the disaster until large scale aid reaches them.
Emergency Response Kits (ERK's) Gill 2018-04-24 12:00:00Z 0
 
The President did jump..........
 
Yes, President Gill successfully completed the SkyTower jump on Wednesday 9th May in support of the Graeme Dingle Foundation and has the tee-shirt to prove it, that's Gill in the photo!
 
Many thanks to all those who supported this and we're thrilled to announce that Gill raised in excess of $2,800.  
 
Drop Your Boss Gill 2018-04-24 12:00:00Z 0
Trees for Survival Gill 2018-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
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