District News (10/4/16)

Fiji Cyclones. An update from Stuart Batty of RNZWCS on the current situation is attached.

Taveuni Ambulance. Geoff Miller from Cashmere Rotary writes: “Please can you pass on a big thanks to those clubs who donated towards the Fiji Ambulance appeal…….We have received the cash from all, and the funds stands at $13,000…..”.

RYE. An appeal from Murray Butler: “We have students desperate to come to NZ for a year in July from our exchange partners around the world. Please get in touch with me (murray@butler.net.nz ), or Anna Bush (Anna@bush.co.nz ), or Shona Dodd (Shona@dnat.co.nz ) urgently.  We only have a few days left to place these students so they have sufficient time to get Visa’s.  HELP!”

EQC Speaker. Papanui Rotary have a speaker from the EQC Exec on Thursday 14 April who may be of interest to others in Christchurch (and any visitors from elsewhere). See the attached flier for details.

District News (8/11/15)

1. Milford Track Walk 21-24 November – last chance…
Murray Butler has two spaces left on this walk this year.  The spaces will be returned to DOC on Monday so please, if you are considering joining with the Rotary Youth Exchange group where all your food is organised and cooked for you, now is your last chance.  Get to Dunedin on Friday 20th, or Te Anau on Saturday 21st by 11 a.m., and we will take you from there.  Have you back in Te Anau by 5 p.m. Tuesday 24th, or to Dunedin later that night. Cheap at around $650-$750.  See the second highest waterfall in the southern hemisphere, and if you are brave enough, go in behind it for an exhilarating experience.  You are never too old for this fantastic trip! Please contact Murray Butler on 027 445 9191 or murray@butler.net.nz if you want to go.

2. Helping Overseas
Rotarians seeking to do Volunteer Service overseas should look at the opportunities available on the VSA website. Rotary New Zealand and VSA hold a MOU and are working collaboratively on a number of activities. Go to vsa.org.nz or email info@rnzwcs.org for more details.

Emergency Response Kits – In response to the El Nino weather predictions this Pacific Cyclone Season, Kits have been prepositioned at 6 centres throughout the Pacific. 1000 additional kits are currently being packed in Auckland. District Director Rod Finch’s goal is for every club in the District to contribute to this New Zealand Rotary Humanitarian Response. Clubs are asked to make their contribution now to enable a further consignment of kits to be purchased and dispatched.

3.  Life Tools for Youth.
A seminar on working with Youth is open to those in Chch on 18 November. 

4. RI Seoul Convention & Tour
If you are thinking of going to the RI Convention in Seoul in May next year, the offer of a pre-Convention Tour of Korea may be of interest.