Forum Café – meeting venue trial

We have held two meetings at the Forum Cafe and been provided with wonderful meals in a lovely environment.
We are planning on having our 9 March meeting in this venue - 24 Feb meeting is a Colin Calteaux's - then we will make a decision about whether or not we stay at the cafe. 
Come along and enjoy a wonderful meal, and great company, as we hold our Milton Rotary Club Meetings.
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Conference Mtg Milton Club this Tuesday

Message from Phil Atkinson: Conference Meeting in MiltonTuesday 25 February – Kink in the Road  - 6.00pm for meal or 6.30pm for meeting – to catch up with Milton Club members to discuss progress with conference organisation.  Please come along and support our District Governor and the Balclutha Club.  Let’s get behind the local conference!
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Mt Stuart Working Bee

Working Bee Monday 3 February at the Mt Stuart tunnel walking track.
Note from Robin: Start time 6 pm - bring your own weapons for cleaning up the track, maybe a few rubbish bags for litter clean up.  It is looking fairly good at the moment - a couple of people with weed eaters at the start of the track would be good & some more with a garden-sprayers with Roundup or another glyphosate weed killer for the track if its dry. 
No BBQ this time so have something to eat before you come.
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Evan Dick

The Story of the Land Packages
Evan Dick first shared his story of his families long time connection with Kaitangata and to tell his story of the Land Packages and how the idea was formed. Evan could see the town where he grew up going backwards and decided to something about it they organised a group and with support from the council spread the word of the positive aspects of the area. From this small beginnings  Social Media and Media swamped Evan with inquiry's  from around the world . Moving forward the group have homes being built and sold now and have a great package for first home buyers in conjunction with the council which has increased interest in the area. The snowball effect of this effort with a new Church/Hall facility for all residents.
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  • Jackie still has wine for sale (fund raiser for Dn Nth club) 'Aravin' Pinot at $28
  • Invitation to all to attend DG change over brunch 30th June Balclutha T&C 10.30am 
  • Urgent request from District looking for club to host RYW student from Taiwan arriving July. 
  • Peter M would like more members to assist him with Daffodil Day.  Please contact Peter direct
  • Our clubs change over night will be 24th June at Country Club
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Our speaker for Monday 27th is a representative from the Community Gardens in Tokotiti
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Making our Community Safe

Stephen Woodhead, Jamie Addison, Steve McLay
Directors  are looking at ways they can help and assist Jamie with his work in Milton. The club has approached Jamie to offer assistance.
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Two Minute Spot

Stephen Woodhead shared a fascinating story about the large ships that now come through Port Chalmers every week before heading off loaded with export goods from New Zealand, bound for Malaysia.  Fourteen days after leaving Port Chalmers the ship arrives in Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia.  The round trip is 42 days and visits Tauranga, Napier, Lyttleton, and Port Chalmers in New Zealand.
The Otago Regional Council has been involved in an issue that has arisen with a deep thumping noise causing issues in suburbs around the harbour while the large Rio Class ships are in port.
The Rio Class ships are 286 meters long and 40 meters wide.  When fully loaded they have a capacity of 5903 containers.  The ships use 80 tonnes of fuel (diesel) per day, steaming at 23 knots.
It was a fascinating story from Stephen, supported by some excellent photographs.
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McNally's Track Looking Good

On Monday 18 March, a group of about a dozen members of the Rotary Club gathered at McLay Boats ready to head up McNally's Track for the annual spruce up.  Heading up Bush Gully Road, we came round a corner to find a cyclist pushing his bike up a steep gravel section.  Here's me thinking, "who would be stupid enough to ride their bike up here?".  As we drove past we realised it was or own Dean , riding his bike to meet us at the top.  What a great effort, Dean.
Some members of the group headed to the top, armed with cloppers, weed eaters, rakes, and other useful equipment, to clear out the bush area and tidy up the track.  Another budding group started from the bottom, clearing the track and repainting the markers on the way up.  Thanks to Suzie and Ross for taking along their 4-wheelers - saved all the walking up the hill!
Thank you to all those who gave their time and energy to help out.  The track is a great asset around our Milton community.  If you have never been up their, I suggest it is worth a visit.  Thank you also to John Fegan for allowing us to access the track through his farm.
The evening finished with a bbq back at Jim Murdoch's garage - thanks for the venue, Jim, and special thanks to Jenny Scott who prepared all the food - hot and ready when we got back there.
Note: The McNally Track is an open country hike starts on the outskirts of Milton and climbs to a panoramic hilltop, 318 metres above sea level. It is a fairly tricky 7km trek taking about 3 hours. There is parking and you can also drive up to the lookout (it is a bit of a windy, bumpy gravel road up to that lookout, so you know).
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South Pacific PETS in Auckland

At our last meeting, Jackie Muir, our President Elect, reported on the fantastic weekend she had at the President Elect Training in Auckland, where she got to spend the weekend with all the incoming Presidents and District Governors form the South Pacific region. 
Of course, Tania Lowrey, is the incoming District Governor for district 9980. 
At the conference their was a focus on continuing to develop ways to increase Rotary membership levels, as well as a focus on seeing through the final stages of the world-wide elimination of polio.
Jackie also reported that Balclutha will be hosting the District Conference in 2020 and Tania has invited our club to help with this.  She is going to visit the club to talk about this in the near future.  
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Passing Thought        

The passing thought shared at our last meeting by Janine was " Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out." 
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Tramping Club Trips

Many of our members continue to be involved in leading tramping and cycling trips, and all report how much they enjoy meeting people from all over New Zealand and the world, who come to take advantage of these opportunities.
Recently we have had members on the Wanaka Bike Camp, the Routeburn Greenstone tramp, the Mount Aspiring camp, Alps 2 Ocean cycle trip and the Humpbridge - and there have probably been many more since then.
A special think you must go to the club members, and the members of the wider community, who help out with the Tramping Club, not only providing wonderful experiences for a wide array of people, but also raising amazing funds for the Rotary Club and for the Otago Youth Adventure Trust.
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Rotary Youth Exchange

District 9980 are looking for Rotary Clubs to host incoming students for their Rotary Exchange year.  If you would like to host a student in your home for 4 months,  please let John know.  The club members certainly enjoyed having Anna Inisan, from France, in our club 2017-18 and she was a great asset to have in our school.
I have also advertised the opportunity for students to go overseas on a Rotary Exchange.  Last year our club hosted Macy Bisset - what an amazing year she had based in Denmark.  If you know of any young people you believe would benefit from an exchange opportunity, please encourage them to apply.  Application details are below. 
High School Students Wanted
Rotary Clubs are now seeking applications for motivated secondary school students interested in spending a year overseas as part of Rotary’s long established, successful educational and cultural exchange.
  • Students must be aged between 16 and 18½ at departure in January 2020
  • No family Rotary affiliation required
  • Applications close 30th April 2019
Contact – Gary Williams
Note: Costs for accommodation are covered by the Rotary Clubs – the student has to pay their own air-fares and spending money.  This is a very worthwhile, cost effective way to do a student exchange.
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Macy Bisset – Rotary Exchange student to Denmark

Macy Bisset and her mum, Lynne, attended our last meeting and Macy reported on her year as a Rotary Exchange student in Denmark.  What an amazing time she had! During her year, Macy lived with three different Rotary host families and had the opportunity to travel to many places in Europe and Scandinavia.  She shared many wonderful experiences with us – these included travelling to Northern Italy on a family ski trip (Macy’s first experience of skiing), holidaying in Spain, class trip to Rome, and a European trip for all the Rotary exchange students. 
Macy attended language classes weekly, learning Danish.  She even managed to present her final talk to the Rotary Club in Denmark in Danish – an outstanding effort.  Macy and her mum were very grateful to the Rotary Club of Milton for their support for her year overseas; she said it was a life-changing experience and has definitely wet her appetite for travel in the future.
We wish Macy all the best as she settles back into year 13 at Taieri College this year.
Macy Bisset – Rotary Exchange student to Denmark 2019-02-15 11:00:00Z 0

Welcome Back Macy

Early December, Macy Bisset returned from her year in Denmark as a Rotary Youth Exchange student. We are thrilled to welcome her home and looking forward to hearing of the wonderful experiences she had in her year away.  I am sure she will have some great stories to tell us.
Welcome back, Macy.
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District 9980 Bulletin

A message from District Governor, Andrew Hamilton
DG Andrew visits the club this coming Monday. This will be a partners night so please let's give Andrew a warm welcome.
The last two months have flown by quickly with Club Visits being one of the main areas of focus for Barbara and me. To date we have visited 24 Clubs. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, the Club Visits are without a doubt a highlight of the District Governor role. Getting to know fellow Rotarians and hearing and seeing the amazing jobs the Clubs undertake in their local and global communities is a privilege.
There are some great stories in the latest District 9980 Bulletin - check out the online version here:
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Two Minute Spot

For our two minute spot at our last meeting Stephen Woodhead  shared his experience in travelling with representatives of the Ministry of the Environment, Local Government NZ  and Regional Councils, to Australia to investigate water management.  They visited the Murray Darling Basin and Stephen shared the issues that have developed due to the over allocation of water to every farm that could access it in the 1980s. 
Water is now not allocated to the land and anyone can buy it.  It can be sold from one person to another.  The social implications were not considered and the government has now stepped in to buy "water for the environment".  The feeling was that trading water has been a social disaster, good for some individuals but debilitating for other farmers. He also reported that the quality of the water is very poor. Stephen also reported that the technology was really behind what is happening in New Zealand.  Perhaps Australian officials should come to New Zealand to see how water is managed here?
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Targa Rally

Thank you to all those Rotarians and members of the community who helped out as marshals at the Targa Rally.  Your contribution helped raise funds for the club which I am sure will go to a very good use.  Thanks, Steve, for all your organisation.
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Speaker  - Alice Muir

Speaker – Alice Muir
The speaker at our last meeting was Alice Muir who shared with us the story of the development of her series of children’s books.  Alice wrote and illustrated the books and then organised the production of the first three of eight books in the series. 
The books are lovely stories of family life which appeal to children, especially with the brightly coloured illustrations, and also have a great message for the adults. 
Alice is a young entrepreneur with an amazing artistic talent.  These books can be ordered through her website  These would make great Christmas presents!
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Musings from Macy

Macy Bisset is now more than halfway through her Rotary Exchange year in Denmark.  She sent me a report last week.  What an amazing time she is having.  
Check out what she has been up to.
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Our Rotary Exchange student, Anna, with her three 'mums' and president Glenis.
Anna gave the club members a wonderful, and somewhat tearful, thanks and farewell to the club.
We wish her all the best as she heads back to her home town of Lille in the north of France.  She will be missed, both by the members of the club and by the students and staff at Tokomairiro High School.
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Hand over

Glenis handed over the reigns to John Taal.  John thanked Glenis for her leadership and revealed the theme for the  coming year.
Be The Inspiration
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Speaker Mayor Bryan Cadogan

 Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan was our guest speaker for change over night. Mayor Cadogan was positive about the districts future. For the first time in many years the districts population had increased. He noted that Milton in particular had the best natural advantages within the Clutha District. Milton has flat land,  high traffic flows, and a number of strong companies based close by. The Mayor stated that the districts most pressing concern was a lack of housing and the age of the existing house stock.
In relation to Milton the Mayor spoke about the 2.2 million upgrade proposed for Milton's main street and the construction of new toilets. Decisions need to be made about the swimming pool and the location of the i-site. Both have major maintenence issues. Perhaps his best news was a 7% reduction in rates for Milton. Our Mayor urged locals to get involved in the towns future.
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2- minute talk - David 

David Vollweiler retold a presentation he listened to at the recent Farm Forestry Conference. It related to a working bee being undertaken by the Waimate Rotary Club. A member of their club was seriosly hurt by a large branch while working at a local reserve. He had recently died after spending the last few years wheel chair bound. The presentation was promoting a new web site -  . Take a look if your involved in any tree work.
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Tramping Club report

Steve McLay reported on the end of year disbursement from the tramping Club. Milton Rotary and The Otago Youth Adventure Trust are both to receive $60,000.00 each. Steve reported the club had a successful year and although not a record year was still in a position to equal last years payout. This was due to not needing the level of reserves previously held because of the online booking system. Steve thanked the members involved in making the walks and cycle trips the success they were. 2019 trips were now taking bookings.
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The Targa New Zealand Ultimate road race is returning to the South Island in October 2018. They are again looking for assistance with taping and marshalling a stage. They are asking if we would be interested in assisting on the same stage as last time. ( Moa Flat Road )
The RSA have asked Rotary if they could provide a representative for the 100 anniversary of Armistice Day in November.  
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Parting Thought- Janine 2018-07-03 12:00:00Z 0


Glenis welcomed guests Allan Gillion and Robyn Bryson from the Rotary Club of St Kilda, and Juno Hayes back from an extended holiday in Europe.
Janine Dunlop was elected as the Milton Rotary's representative on the Otago Youth Adventure Trust Milton Rotary Tramping Club, taking over from David Vollweiler.
Peter Stewart reported that Bruce  is in hospital. The club wished him their thoughts and a speedy recovery.
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2 minute talk

  Glen Johnson talked about has passion for motor sport. He has been involved in motorsport for 25 years, starting first in speedway at Beachlands, and then racing on tarmac for 5 years. Glen is now back at Beachlands racing speedway along with his two oldest children Braedon and Elena.
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Parting Thought

 "Normal "is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work,drive through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get a job that you need so that you can pay for the clothes, car and house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.
Parting Thought Steve McLay 2018-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

Travels - Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart spoke to us about his trip to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu in April. The Galaoagos lie 1000 km off the cost of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. They sit on the equator with a constant 25 drgree temperature. Peter and Sue joined a National Geographic expedition with 90 passengers and 60 crew. The Galapagos are volcanic and renowned for the wild life inhabiting its land and surrounding seas. This was first recorded by Charles Darwin and was the inspiration that lead him to research and develop The Theory of Evolution. There are many species found only on these Galapagos Islands and as there are no natural predators  the  wild life present is unafraid. Peter showed photos of giant tortises, blue and red footed boobies, marine and land equanas and frigate birds.
   From the Galapagos Sue and Peter flew to Lima and then on to Cusco in Peru. Cusco is at 3400 metres and was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13 - 16 century before being overrun by the Spanish conquest. It is today a world heritage site. The altitude effected Peter along with  pneumonia that developed on arriving in Peru. Despite feeling unwell Peter and Sue travelled by train to Machu Picchu an Inca citidel which is 80km from Cusco. This is also a world heritage site and was voted one of the new seven wonders of the world. The buildings are constructed of dry stone walls and the hillsides terraced for agriculture. The surrounding landscapes are rugged with deep river gorges and very steep hillsides. One can only be impressed by the community Incas developed in such a challenging enviroment.
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Two Minute Talk

Glenis gave a two-minute talk on the Review of NCEA which is being led by the Ministry of Education.
NCEA was introduced into secondary schools over 15 years ago, and is an internationally recognised and respected qualification. This year we have a powerful opportunity to explore ways to strengthen it to meet its full potential. 
The Ministry have developed a set of strong and valuable principles for the future.
These will form the set of criteria against which to assess proposals for change.
  • Wellbeing – assessing what learners know is balanced with the right workload for both students and teachers.
  • Inclusion and equity – every student deserves the same high quality learning opportunities to succeed.
  • Coherence – learning helps students develop the knowledge, core skills, and capabilities they need so that they can succeed in life.
  • Pathways - students, families and whanau can make informed choices about individual pathways through education.
  • Credibility – students will have meaningful qualification that employers, tertiary providers and the community can trust (and understand).
The review will take place over from June through to September. The Ministry want to hear from those who use, administer, deliver, and participate in NCEA. This is the opportunity to have our say.
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Bronson Blackbourn

Bronson Blackbourn, a year 13 student from Tokomairiro High School, spoke to us about his community involvement. At the start of 2018 Bronson became a member of the Clutha District Youth Council. The council then elected him as chairman. So far this year the Youth Council has hosted quiz nights and the “Be Motivated Be You” seminar in Balclutha. Bronson represented the Youth Council with a submissinn to the Long Term Plan. The submission was the use of illegal substances in the Clutha District. This submission captured the attention of the council and the support of a representative of the Southern District Police. In March last year Bronson along with others founded the Milton Community Choir. Bronson now chairs this group. Each week they attend practice and have performed at community functions. Bronson is also a member of Project Bruce which has the aim of building a better community and have a number of initiatives underway. He is a cadet in St John Youth and intends to move to Wellington next year to study Paramedicine. Once qualified he would like to work in the Dunedin area. Bronson is an outstanding young man heavily involved in our community. I am sure we will hear more of him in the future.
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Hippo Rollers project

Here is a report from Graham Beach on the progress of the Hippo Rollers project.
The amount raised by this initial support was Mosgiel $2000.00, Taieri $2000.00, Milton and Balclutha both $1000.00. TOTAL $6000.00
Taking $5000.00 of the TOTAL we applied for and received as a District Grant $5000.00 ie dollar for dollar.
This $10,000.00 was sent to Hipporollers In South Africa on January 3rd—the exchange rate on that date resulted in just below USD7000.00 which has resulted in 46 hipporollers being purchased—yet to be delivered.
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Copy of District Conference 4-6 May 2018

BRUCE the Conference is to be a highlight of the Rotary year - in Dunedin 4 - 6 May.
There is an outstanding line-up of speakers.
MC Matt McLean 
Cam Calkoen
Martin Snedden - former New Zealand cricketer, and also a former CEO of NZ Cricket, 2011 Rugby World Cup coordinator, leader of the successful bid to host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, CEO of Duco Sports Management, and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association - he has lots of entertaining stories to tell!
Kevin Biggar - a self-confessed couch potato who decided to row across the Atlantic in 2003 with fellow-rower Jamie Fitzgerald, and then to walk unsupported to the South Pole! He and Jamie combined to host several series of the very successful TV series First Crossings and Intrepid NZ. Why?? Come along and find out!
Robbie Francis - an outstanding young women who is an inspiration to us all. Robbie has close ties with Rotary, especially in our District, and her mission to empower people with disabilities through the Lucy Foundation (which she founded in 2014) is a story worth listening to!
Associate Professor Nicola Atwool specialises in issues relating to children. She has worked for Child Youth and Family (CYF) and for 7 years was Principal Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner for Children. She is well qualified to tell us about the issues that have led to the creation of the new Ministry for Children.
Dr Lance O'Sullivan is a Maori doctor working in Kaitaia who was named New Zealander of the Year in 2014 for his work in bringing health programmes to disadvantaged people in rural areas. In 2015 he was named Communicator of the Year. Lance is passionate and outspoken about resourcing health care, and recently played an integral role in changing the Hippocratic Oath.
The Conference Committee has worked long and hard to secure these speakers, and we think we have an amazing good in fact that you can't afford to miss it!!!
Registrations are now open at for a conference not to be missed!!
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Copy of Rotary Youth Exchange Student - Anna Innisan

Rotary Youth Exchange Student – Anna Innisan
What a privilege it has been for us to host Anna in our club as a Rotary Youth Exchange student since July last year.  Anna always makes the most of opportunities that come her way and she is always willing to try new things.  She is a wonderful ambassador for her country.
Anna has a bucket-list of things she would like to do before the end of her time in New Zealand.  If you can help out with any of these, or you are doing something else you think she would enjoy, please invite her along.   It would also be great if any of you could invite her for a meal.
A special thank you to Jenny and Bryan Scott, and to Glenn and Lynne Johnstone and their family, for hosting Anna to date.  Anna will be going to Susie and Brendan Bearman’s for the last part of her stay here in New Zealand.
The time is going quickly and in no time at all Anna will be heading home.  Let’s make the remainder of her time in New Zealand very special.  Anna’s email address is
Here’s that bucket list:
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Trip Reports 2018-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Bruce Community Get-Together

Bruce Community Get-Together – Friday 9 February, 7.00pm
Volunteers needed to represent the Rotary Club of Milton.
This is a get-together of community groups in the Bruce ward and an opportunity for people to find out about what is happening in our community, as well as finding out about Project Bruce.
Refreshments and good company are provided.  We need 3 or 4 people to be there on behalf of the Rotary club.  Please let me know if you are available.
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President Glenis

President Glenis thanked Susie and Brendan for hosting our last meeting of 2017. Despite the rain ( a number of us were happy to see rain ) we had a pleasant evening.
Jenny introduced her guest, her granddaughter Ella.
Glenis informed us of the shooting of two Rotary volunteers working in Pakistan for Rotary's Polio eradication program. Sad events like this leave one struggling for comprehension.
Our first meeting of the year was a time of sharing with club members telling us of there highlights and any low-lights over the holiday period.  It was great to hear what everyone had been up to.
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Report from Macy Bisset - our Outbound RYE student 2018-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
Monday 5 February – Partners’ Night Milton Rotary Club Meeting  2018-01-27 11:00:00Z 0

Rotary Exchange Student has headed off across the world!

On Tuesday 9 January our outbound RYE student left on her adventure to Denmark where she will be hosted by a Rotary Club in District 1470 for the next year.   We wish Macy all the best for her trip and encourage her to make the most of every opportunity that comes her way.
Rotary Exchange Student has headed off across the world! 2018-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
Monday 5 February – Partners’ Night Milton Rotary Club Meeting  2018-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
Xmas Partners' Evening 2018-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
New bike trailer 2018-01-17 11:00:00Z 0
Working Bee McNally Track 2017-12-05 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA  2018

The Rotary Club of Balclutha is organising the RYLA programme for 2018.  It is being held at the Waihola Christian Camp 2 - 6 February and our club have been asked to organise the programme for Monday afternoon.  We will also host the group at our club meeting that evening, which will also be a partners' night.  The Country Club has been booked for dinner, which will be catered by Kelly's Kitchen. 
I need a small group of club members to work together to organise a programme for the RYLA group.  Please let me know if you would like to be involved.
I need all club members to think about some suitable candidates for RYLA.  Information flyers and application forms are available from me.
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Visit to Le Quesnoy

Ross Pringle gave a very interesting talk about his (and Jennifer's) visit to Le Quesnoy. It lies in the North West of France near the Belgium border. Le Quesnoy is a 13th century town which was occupied by the Germans in World War One. New Zealand soldiers scaled the wall of the town with ladders and  liberated the town. 42 Kiwi soldiers were killed and 131 injured but all 1600 inhabitants were OK. Don Mackinnon is trying to establish a memorial to the NZers in Le Quesnoy.
It was a very appropriate talk given the celebrations being held in Belgium on the 11th and 12th October to recognise the bravery and suffering of the allied soldiers at Paschendale where on the 11th October 831 NZers were killed. This was the highest number of casualties ever, in one day experienced by New Zealand soldiers.
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DG Nominee Tania Lowery

The photo shows DG Nominee Tania Lowery and her partner Rotarian Phil Atkinson with President Glenis. Tania and Phil are from the Balclutha club and we congratulate Tania on her appointment.
DG Nominee Tania Lowery 2017-09-26 11:00:00Z 0
Anna with Macy Bissett and her Mother Lyn 2017-09-26 11:00:00Z 0

Anna's report

Pictured are Anna with Macy Bissett and her Mother Lyn. Anna has been here now for two months and in that time she has been skiing, visited Christchurch and Akaroa and helped out on a lambing beat. Macy is our outbound RYE student who is going to Denmark next year. After many years without involvement in RYE it is exciting to be hosting Anna and supporting Macy as she prepares to go overseas.
Anna's report 2017-09-26 11:00:00Z 0
DG nominee and partner Phil Atkinson 2017-09-26 11:00:00Z 0
DG's partner Jill Shearer and Gretel 2017-09-26 11:00:00Z 0

Tree Planting at Sinclair Wetlands

Please remember the Tree Planting at Sinclair Wetland this Saturday 2nd September 12.00 to 3.00pm. Bring strong Shoes,Gumboots? and a spade.
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Speaker 21st August

Posted on Aug 30, 2017
Mijan von Spronk was our guest speaker. Mijan is the Manager of the Salvation Army Store in Milton and she spoke with a great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge. Her background is an interesting one coming from a variety of occupations. Mijan outlined how the Salvation Army makes funds from the sale of goods from these stores to fund the large range of services and programmes it provides to people in all walks of life. The store provides a valuable service to the people of South Otago and Mijan is obviously a very good manager.
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Mijan von Spronk Rob Wilton 2017-08-29 12:00:00Z 0

District News

Check out the District website for news and stories of activities taking place in clubs around our district.
Here is a link to the news :
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RYLA 2018

Balclutha Rotary Club will be hosting RYLA for 2018.
The programme will be held from Friday 2nd February 2018 to Tuesday 6th February 2018, at the CYC Waihola facility.
This is a great opportunity to support some young adults (18-24) to take part in this wonderful leadership training opportunity.
I encourage you all to start thinking about suitable particiapnts the club could sponsor.
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Parting Thought

Posted by Dean Finch
"Just because it is a bad idea doesn't mean it won't be good time"
Parting Thought Dean Finch 2017-05-22 12:00:00Z 0


Glenis gave us an entertaining account of the 9980 Conference held recently in Wanaka, There were many highlights but Gilbert Enoka, manager of the All Blacks was the first. His quote of "Work Hard in Silence, With Success make a Noise" was very good and a motto of the All Blacks. Refugee speakers were Rez Gardi from Kurdhistan and Saklr Munassar from Yemen. Both gave powerful addresses highlighting the plight of countries less fortunate than ourselves. Rez is the current young New Zealander of the year and a qualified lawyer.
The Milton club had a very good presence there and the costumes on Saturday night were excellent. Lots of fun. Next year the Conference will be in Dunedin for new District Governor Bruce Cowan, His Conference is called Beautiful Rotary Unique Cultural Experience. (BRUCE).
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At our next meeting we will hold a special meeting to approve a Change in the Constitution for both the Club and the Trust so that we do not need to have audited accounts.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

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.
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Finding Safe Haven

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.
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Saving lives in Ghana

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.
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India celebrates three years without polio

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.
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