Keith and Robyn Europe Update Keith Lassey 2023-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

President's Wrap

We were lucky to have Judith Gray from The Childrens Charitable Trust and Sebastian Grodd as the Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Communication for the Life Flight Trust.  
After purchasing 3 planes for the RFSA Australia, they now need our help to raise funds for the equipment for the onboard fit out.  
The Westpac rescue helicopter and the Air Ambulance fly patients to life saving surgery, specialist care and provide full intensive care in the air.
In the first 2 weeks of this month, they have already made 63 rescue flights.
It was great to hear how the funds from Big Hats Hight Tea, will support such a wonderful orgnisation.
I just got and email through from Seb:

Thank you again for the invitation for Judith and I to join you all this morning.

It was super to meet you and have an opportunity to share some more detail about this special Life Flight project, and also to hear a little more about the upcoming Big Hats High Tea which is sounding fantastic!

Lorraine has teed me up to briefly join her on Monday morning at her Harcourts meeting to also help connect them into the bigger picture of the project.

Thank you again for your wonderful support, we are hugely grateful and thrilled to be partnering with you all. 

Best, Seb"

President's Wrap Kylie Swears 2023-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

No Regular Meeting

Just a quick reminder - there will be no regular morning meeting 31 May at the Angus. 
The planned movie night at the Lighthouse is going to be postponed, and held as a fundraising event in the future. Stay tuned!

No Regular Meeting 2023-05-20 12:00:00Z 0

30th Birthday Bash

Mark your calendars!
Rotary Hutt Valley's 30th Birthday Celebration
The party of the year isn’t too far away.
We’d love for you to join us at our 30th birthday celebration (including changeover to our new President for the 2023/24 year).
Please register
Where: Days Bay Pavillion
When: 30 June 2023
Time: 5pm for a 5:30pm start
Tickets $80.00 per head
Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.
Registration essential registrations close a week prior to the event.
Feel free to share this invite!
30th Birthday Bash 2023-05-20 12:00:00Z 0
Changing of the Guard (Part 2) Dallas 2023-05-20 12:00:00Z 0

Tree Planting at the Hutt River

The tidy up at the Hutt River plantings went very well.  It was a perfect day, but a bit cool.  Our mission was to tidy up around our previous plantings.  This was soon accomplished, so we planted more trees, and more trees.  We then moved onto placing mulch around the base of the trees.  Once this was completed, we called it a day.
A very nice morning tea was provided, the baking and sammies were very much appreciated. We had about 20 people attend and the old saying 'Many hands make light work' is true. We achieved all that the WGC ranger wanted to get done, and we finished up about lunchtime.
A great day out and the afternoon siesta was well deserved. 
Tree Planting at the Hutt River Ken Chandler 2023-05-13 12:00:00Z 0

BIG HATS HIGH TEA is underway again

Our popular Big Hats High Tea event is on again. 
Planning is well underway. Expect a 'tap on the shoulder' or contact Judy if you can help in some way. 
More info to follow.
BIG HATS HIGH TEA is underway again 2023-05-06 12:00:00Z 0

Lake Taupo Challenge

25 November 2023 Join the Ride!
Book your entry early and get an Early Bird discount.  Open for bookings 1 June.
Contact Derrick Gee for more information!
Joanna Newlove
Secretary - Rotary Hutt Valley

Lake Taupo Challenge 2023-04-27 12:00:00Z 0

Tree Planting at Tongariro

Hi Everybody,
This afternoon I have confirmed with Shirley Potter that we are good to go on Saturday 29 July 2023. 
I am waiting to hear from my friend Sheryl who owns (I think she still owns it) Tokaanu Lodge Motel - its handy, warm and has hot pools!!!  Plus it's very cost effective (aka cheap).
Previously, we've been able to take our dogs to the motel and tree planting - so don't let that stop you from attending.
As with previous trips we tend to travel up on Friday 28 July and have a team meal at the motel. 
Plant trees and/or tidy weeds etc on Saturday 29 July followed by another team meal back at the motel. 
Travelling home on Sunday 30 July.
Please let me know if you're keen to join a group, it's been a highlight of the club calendar for some years.
Joanna Newlove
Secretary - Rotary Hutt Valley

Tree Planting at Tongariro Jo Newlove 2023-04-27 12:00:00Z 0

Our BIG Birthday Bash

While we are yet to finalise the full plan for the night, we'd love for you to mark your diary to attend our 30th Big Birthday Bash at the Lower Hutt Events Centre.
When: Friday 30 June 2023
Time: TBC it will be an evening function
Theme: TBC it's our 30th birthday & changeover 
Location: Lower Hutt Events Centre
Address: 30c Laings Road, Hutt Central,
More information to follow.
Joanna Newlove
Secretary - Rotary Hutt Valley

Our BIG Birthday Bash 2023-04-26 12:00:00Z 0 30th birthday party,Birthday Bash,Birthday Party

Message from our Rotary Partners in Finland

Thank you❤
It was so inspirational to tell our story to you.
I was so touched by your reactions. It really was an honour to visit your discon. If the project was memorable for me  I must say that this presentation was also.
Thank you also for those recognitions. I (and we) appreciate those a lot. It was surprise for me and we will keep it as a surprise for the others until our district conference where those will be presented.
I have finally got the last invoices, and I have asked our bookkeeper to send me the necessary bank statements. Then our report will be ready to send to TRF. In a few days I think.
My very best regards to you,
Eila Parviainen
DG 2021–2022
D1390 Finland
+358 (0)40 536 5166
la 18. maalisk. 2023 klo 10.07 Judy Bain ( kirjoitti:
Dear Eila and Veli

Your story was so well received by Rotarians in D9940. So many tears recognising your delivery of the ambulances, medical supplies and woollen goods all in the name of Rotary. A truly amazing story of courage, energy and, most importantly, delivery of your vision.

How lucky I am to have you as my friends. I can hardly wait to meet you in Melbourne.

Fond good wishes and grateful thanks.

Call anytime

Sent from my iPhone
Message from our Rotary Partners in Finland 2023-03-22 11:00:00Z 0

Eastern Hutt Rotary Walk for Mental Health



Sunday, 26th March 2023

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY                              The Wellington Tenths Trust


Join us as we raise funds for Youthline Wellington. 

The purpose of Youthline is to support and develop young people and whanau across Aotearoa. 

Youthline believes firmly in the worth and dignity of every individual and respects the rights and capacity of each person to make their own decisions.



Map of 24d Marine Parade, Petone, Lower Hutt 5012

The walk will start at the entrance to Hikoikoi Reserve, Petone Foreshore.
The distance will be approximately 3kms in total, we will walk to the wharf and then turn and head back to the Reserve.
Enjoy live music provided by the band, "Quite Some Company", and a BBQ to follow after the walk.

Registrations will be available on the day, starting at 10am, with the walk commencing at 11am.

Adults $20; Students $10 and Family $45 - under 5 are free.

For all Group and Team registrations contact Kathy Bryant:    


NOTE:  Please wear something purple!

Eastern Hutt Rotary Walk for Mental Health 2023-03-18 11:00:00Z 0

Latest News from our Rotary Partners in Ukraine

Wonderful messages from Eila and Veli this morning..  the power of Rotarians giving to Rotary Foundation has allowed this miraculous project to be fulfilled.  What courage!
Your support of Rotary Foundation is hugely appreciated.  Let’s show our support by becoming a district Centurion club in our 30th year.
Warm good wishes

Begin forwarded message:
From: Eila Parviainen <>
Subject: Ukraine Field Ambulances DR824
Date: 26 January 2023 at 1:29:13 AM NZDT
To: Marilyn Stevens <>, Judy Bain <>, Martin Garcia <>
Cc: Veli Heinijoki <>
Dear Marilyn, Judy and Martin,
I'm happy to announce that our mission is completed!
The six field ambulances with their load are now in Ukraine and the Kharkiv area.
We spent Monday at customs at the border of Poland and Ukraine. But finally we passed it. It was already dark in the evening when we were free to go. We had to drive apr. 90 km by our own from the border to Lviv where we met Ukrainian Rotarians. On the road we saw soldiers, roadblocks/checkpoints, bumpy roads, newly opened graveyards etc.  For me it was a once-in-a-lifetime -experience. Mostly because of the feeling that here we are driving in a war zone in darkness trying to find our way to the destination.
Anyway, we had no problems on the Ukrainian side.
We met Rotarians from Kharkiv and had a warm dinner together. The handover of the vehicles was memorable. It was such a touching moment when we changed the flags. And the message: Rotarians are working together across the continents to help Ukraine. They were amazed that Rotarians from Finland and New Zealand are working together to help Ukraine. They send big hugs and warm thoughts to all of you ❤
RC Kharkiv New Level Rotarians had almost 1000 km to drive across the country from Lviv to Kharkiv and they did it. The field ambulances are now in the Kharkiv area.
We got remarkable help from Polish Rotarians, especially DG Piotr Jankowsky (D2231 Poland) was a priceless helping hand for us.
First time we had seven drivers from Finland (one backup) and this time we had four drivers from Finland and two from Poland. Veli was one of our drivers this time.
Both teams did a remarkable job, not least because the days were very long and conditions were sometimes difficult. I'm proud of all our drivers! They are such a good people ❤
Enclosed The Ukrainian Flag. More photos will come later.
I will also make you a presentation to showcase this project. The photos of our professional photographer will be in use next week.
Now we have a positive problem.
We bought the vans so cheap and got so many supplies as a donation that we still have some money left. So we ordered "Walking Blood Banks" (you can transfer blood from one person to another outside the hospital when needed) for 24.000 euros.
It's more than we have money left in DR824 but because we have got so many extra donations during this project we have the possibility to do this.
The order is in, we got the invoice and now we  pay it. When supplies arrive we send them as cargo to Kharkiv, Ukraine. RC Kharkiv New Level Rotarians will forward them to hospitals.
I'm going to report these Walking Blood Banks as a part of this project because Field Ambulance really needs those and also because this is one big invoice and easy to explain to TRF. At the same time we can use our districts' other (Ukraine dedicated) funds for other minor expenses caused by this project. It will be clear and transparent this way. I hope this is ok for you. The final report will not be delayed because of this arrangement.
Awesome. I'm so happy that I have had the opportunity to be a part of this project. This is one of those memories I will never forget.
Let's keep going on Rotary's work!
Eila Parviainen
DG 2021–2022 - coordinating D1390 aid for Ukraine
D1390 Finland
+358 (0)40 536 5166
AND from Veli:
Dear Friends,
We drivers enjoyed Eila's great leadership in practise, when she guided our convoy trough the darkness of Ukraine. Determined voice in the radio informed - Next to the right after two kilometers -, and the message spread trough the convoy in Finnish, Swedish, Polish and English. I felt all the way safe and in the end very emotional. It was a life time experience.
Cheers to Eila and Thanks to you Kiwis for the co-operation.
Best Regards,
Veli Heinijoki
Lorry Driver

Latest News from our Rotary Partners in Ukraine 2023-01-27 11:00:00Z 0
An Informal Evening with Ian and Juliet 2022-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Tree Planting on the Hutt River Pathway

Perfect weather and a lot of fun mixing and mingling with some nice people, and we planted over 200 trees.  And the big bonus of the day was Barry and Lorraine's morning tea. Thank you all.
Tree Planting on the Hutt River Pathway 2022-08-14 12:00:00Z 0

17 August Meeting -Change of Venue

Our regular Wednesday meeting on 17 Aug will be held at Boulcott Farm with the Hutt City club. NOT at the Angus Hotel.
We will be hearing more about the Rotary Regionalisation plan.  Changes are afoot!
Those attending please contact Jo for catering purposes.

17 August Meeting -Change of Venue 2022-07-15 12:00:00Z 0
The Sallies need some Help 2022-05-28 12:00:00Z 0

Video Message from DG  Eila - D1390 Finland

Posted by Judy Bain
Hear his message to NZ Rotarians here.
On 27/05/2022, at 9:42 PM, Eila Parviainen <> wrote:

Dear Judy,
First, I would like to thank you for your support. This situation has been unexpected for all of us but so many people want to help. Even you from New Zealand! It’s amazing how great our Rotary network is!
We appreciate all the help we can get. Yesterday we had a meeting with a local supporting organization and city representatives reported approximately 1300 refugees in the Lahti area who need our urgent help. We Rotarians are committed to give the best help we can.
You asked about our budget.
Let me answer you by comparing the past to the future as we expect it to be.
So far, we have spent 20% of our money for hygiene products and 80% for food. There are other local organizations offering linen, furniture etc. The school is free for Ukrainian refugees.
We are counting that we need 10.000 euros each week. (If the situation does not get worse.) Right now, we have resources for four weeks.
We have organized fundraising – I hope it brings us still some additional resources.
The following weeks. Nobody knows how many people are coming here. We do our best to adapt to the situation. When we make a budget, we must remember that the needs may change.
Now we see the need for over-the-counter medicine, for instance some skin care cream. I have counted this in toiletry. Occasionally there may be some need for special baby care supplies. But the most important thing is food.
Budget for one month
Food                                   31000 euros
Toiletry                               8500 euros
Washing powder,
washing-up liquid,
cleaning supplies                500 euros
We have been discussing this situation actively with the city and the city is discussing with migration officers. According to these discussions we expect that Ukrainian refugees need our help until the end of August. After that the official migration organization should work and that organization should support refugees in all their needs. Therefore, I must highlight that the urgent need here is during the next three months. I’m confident that after that our migration services are functioning. It means that we can then focus on helping people live and rebuild their lives in Ukraine.
If you can help, we are very grateful for all the help you can give for refugees in Lahti. Our need as expected in the budget is 40000-80000 euros (July-August), but I also trust our fundraising and hope we can cover a great part of this by our own means. Each euro is counted. I also hope this situation in Ukraine settles down quickly. If major changes happen during the next three months and refugees start going back home, we will support them in it.
I’m so proud to be a Rotarian when I see all the efforts Rotarians in different countries are doing to help the Ukrainian people. In the future, I hope to meet all these people who offered their help also for us in Lahti – including you!
Kindest Regards,
Eila Parviainen
DG D1390 Finland
+358 (0)40 536 5166

Video Message from DG Eila - D1390 Finland Judy Bain 2022-05-28 12:00:00Z 0

Some Good Advice re Computer Security

Overview of Remark-it:
Thought I would follow up with a few tips below about security.
To wipe an HDD, various programs are available that will physically overwrite the entire disk. Why these are the best on the market they are better than just formatting a Hard Drive.
The following software is available:
  • DBAN (free) – all platforms (requires burning to CD or a USB stick)
  • Eraser (free) – Windows only
Following best practices in creating passwords for personal and business accounts.
Phishing attacks
Phishing is a type of email scam. The sender pretends to be a trustworthy organisation-like a bank, government agency, trusted customer or even a work colleague- it is an attempt to get you to provide them with personal information.
If you have a Phishing attack you can send the email to:
Read more on Phishing attacks and how to safeguard yourself go to:  Phishing | CERT NZ
Password protection.
The video below presents a great reminder of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a password.
For more information on Password, protection go to CERTNZ
Nga mihi (Regards)
Tim Findlay
Managing Director
   +64 04 237 4910
   +64 21 470 407
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Some Good Advice re Computer Security Tim Findlay 2022-04-12 12:00:00Z 0

Message from Di Daniels - This weeks Speaker

Kia ora anō Frances,
Thank you for the opportunity to meet your Rotarians this morning and I hope our contribution was informative and enjoyable for them. Attached are our final versions of our snapshot milestones for April 2019 – March 2022.
One thing I forgot to mention is our Rangatahi Digital Workshop video library that is free to all Digital Wings charity partners. I have also been running Training for Trainers in Taitokerau to show charities how to facilitate workshops. Some introductory info to the workshops is also attached.
Please remind your members they are welcome to contact me personally either via email directly or via our website  .
Up-to-date news and info are on our Facebook page
Ngā Mihi
Dianne Daniels MNZM
Programme Director Digital Wings
2019 NZ Education Woman of the Year
2020 Kiwibank Local Hero

Message from Di Daniels - This weeks Speaker 2022-04-12 12:00:00Z 0

Marine Mammal Observers

A quick update to meet the clubs new Marine Mammal Observers (MMOs) who are expected to assume their duties in the next couple of weeks.  All highly trained and ready to go.
The following is the full team made up of people from Brian Perry, CentrePort and Rotary members.
We will keep you updated on progress.  You will notice everyone is wearing a life jacket,  not sure about the weather way out there on the wharf.

Marine Mammal Observers 2022-04-03 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Tony Abbott
ShelterBox Response
We are responding to the Ukraine crisis and sending a team to Eastern Europe to understand the type of emergency shelter people will need, if our aid will be suitable, and which locations we might be able to work in. We are coordinating with local authorities, our Rotary and Rotaract leaders and other aid organisations to make sure as many people as possible will receive the help they need.
ShelterBox has experience working in Ukraine, carrying out emergency responses to floods in 2003 and 2008, and assessments in 2014 following the outbreak of the ongoing conflict in the Donbas region.
How You Can Help
  • Ask both your club and/or trust to make a donation.
  • Direct your members to if they’d like to make a personal donation
  • Ask your social media chair to follow our Facebook and Instagram feeds and share on your own club pages. Ask your members to do the same.
Kind regards,
Tony Abbott
Rotary Hutt Valley
021 351 343

UKRAINE CRISIS Tony Abbott 2022-03-05 11:00:00Z 0

Seaview Wharf Re-piling – Marine Mammal Observers

We have been approached by Brian Perry Civil to see if we would be interested in fundraising.  While there are works underway to re-pile the Seaview Wharf they are required to have a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO) present to check that marine life is not being adversely affected by the works.
We need 6 members to train as MMO’s in the initial phase – we can train more later if required and we can ask others to help us out of course.
Why would we do this?
The project has offered us $40 per hour in compensation.  These funds would be paid to Rotary Hutt Valley which would allow us to continue to support the community.
What happens next?
The first part of training happens online and it is a pre-requisite to complete this PRIOR to an on-site session on a boat.
What do I get?
Observers will be provided with all the gear they require to carry out the task, including wet weather gear and PPE, including a life jacket. A huge thanks from members who aren’t able to help!
For the initial staging construction starting in May we’d be looking at approximately 2 non-consecutive days per week.
For the main piling works it could be up to 4 consecutive days per month.
How will it work?
We would share the role with Brian Perry Civil (aka Fletchers) and Centre Port Limited (aka CPL).  Shifts do start at 6:45 and run to 5:15pm.  BUT it has been suggested we do split shifts on days where works will be happening all day.  Ideally we’ll identify a roster and then it’ll be us to fill the spaces.
Site visits and talks have been offered.
They are also keen to get younger people involved – so who knows where this might lead.
For any further Information please contact Jo Newlove.

Seaview Wharf Re-piling – Marine Mammal Observers 2022-02-25 11:00:00Z 0

Assistance required for The Salvation Army Upper Hutt Corps 

On behalf of The Salvation Army, I write to ask if the Hutt Valley Rotary Club would be in a position to assist The Salvation Army Upper Hutt Corps with our annual Red Shield Appeal collection week in May this year. Our appeal week runs from Monday 9th May through to Saturday 14th May 2022 (6 days).  
To confirm that yes we have collection sites outside the supermarkets in Lower Hutt. Our Hutt City Corps officers Majors Glenda and Ivan Bezzant would be most appreciative of any assistance you could provide. Glenda and Ivan would liaise with you in the lead up to our appeal collection in your area.
For your awareness as we continue to navigate Covid if restrictions at the time of our appeal dictate our collection will not proceed.
We would be most appreciative of any assistance your Club could offer throughout our appeal week.

Assistance required for The Salvation Army Upper Hutt Corps 2022-02-25 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA 2022

RYLA 2022 - Another successful RYLA concluded on Sunday. What an amazing group of people. Congratulations to all for completing the program.
Also well done to Liam Dick who was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow for his 5 years on service to the program. Excellent work Liam
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Club Survey- Last Chance 2022-01-29 11:00:00Z 0

Bring your Baking

Don't forget to bring a plate of your favourite biscuit baking to Rotary on Wednesday morning.  

Bring your Baking 2022-01-23 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA BBQ Invitation

Greetings Rotarians 
Friday 28th January  
5.30pm for 5.45pm 
$30 per person 
The RYLA team extend an invitation to you to attend the BBQ with the attendees and supporters of the RYLA programme 2021. 
Please extend this invitation to your Rotary members who may also wish to attend.  
The event is held at the Silverstream Retreat 3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Stokes Valley. It's first right turn off the road that takes you up to Silverstream Landfill, opposite the old Silverstream Steam Railway. 
The BBQ will be at the Grasslands building, which is in the far-left corner at the end of the driveway at the complex.   
26th January  
Michelle Simpson 
Payment to account 
ROZ Events 
Code BBQ   Ref Name 
Your support of the RYLA committee and attendees is appreciated. Looking forward to seeing you there 
Yours in Rotary Service
Michelle Simpson 
RYLA Co Chair 
027 2572602
 Please Note Covid Vaccine passes will be required as Silverstream is a Certified Venue
The RYLA team has asked if Rotarians can donate a plate of home-baked biscuits or cakes for the morning and afternoon teas during the 3 days of the course.  Please bring your plate to the Rotary meeting next Wednesday.  Paul or Michelle will be able to take them to Silverstream.

RYLA BBQ Invitation 2022-01-19 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Boxes

This year the club managed to collect and pack 25 boxes that were delivered to two schools for distribution to families who need a bit of help at this time of the year.
Many thanks to Ken, Martin, Michelle, Judy, Francis, and Mike for the wrapping and delivery of this year’s Christmas parcels.
Also thanks to Hutt City New World’s Steven Williams and his team for their generous help.

Christmas Boxes 2021-12-15 11:00:00Z 0

Epuni St School Fence Project Thank you.

This morning a group from the club attended a Thank you from the students at the Epuni St School.  We were welcomed with a beautiful waiata followed by short speeches from the chosen students. Some students were very nervous and others more confident. The event was attended by other volunteers who assist at the school during the year, such as sports coaches, readers from the Reading Assistance program, Rotary members and the Breakfast club. 
The event ended with the students singing a rousing song of thanks and handing out Thank you cards to all the volunteers.
Epuni St School Fence Project Thank you. 2021-12-07 11:00:00Z 0

Thank you from the Epuni School – from Janet Evans Principal

On Wednesday 8 December at 10.30am until 11am we would like to invite you to attend Room 3 at the Epuni School, with Tawhairauriki class to celebrate your continued support of our school.
Please RSV to Lorraine  by Friday 3 Dec 
As we are in Alert Level 2, we are needing to make some changes to the way we do our volunteer “Thank You” morning, to ensure we are following correct protocols.
Please note, all attendees must wear a face mask and your vaccination status must have previously been sighted by office staff.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Many thanks
Janet Evans
Thank you from the Epuni School – from Janet Evans Principal 2021-11-27 11:00:00Z 0

It's not too late..Annual Christmas Boxes for Schools

With Christmas fast approaching, the club is once again intending to donate boxes of Christmas goodies to deserving families at our club sponsored schools. 
The cost of the boxes is about $60 each.  If you could donate a box, or part box, please make your donation into the Rotary Club of Hutt Valley Charitable Trust  02 0528 0127448 00 with Christmas & Your Name as a reference.

It's not too late..Annual Christmas Boxes for Schools 2021-11-16 11:00:00Z 0

Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Rotary Hutt Valley Club will be held in conjunction with our weekly meeting on Wednesday 15th December.

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Eastview Grove 

Our guest speaker this week offered a unique opportunity to satisfy your need for attractive and well priced Christmas gifts, for family, or as a Thank you to loyal and valued customers.  Delivered into your hands at our weekly Rotary meeting.
Check out the website here!
You can check out the lovely photos of the products here!

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Game of Hearts 2021-11-04 11:00:00Z 0
EPUNI SCHOOL FENCE PROJECT COMPLETED Paul Newsom 2021-10-15 11:00:00Z 0
LAKE TAUPO CYCLE CHALLENGE -CANCELLED  Tony Abbott 2021-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
MOVIE NIGHT TUESDAY - 007 NO TIME TO DIE Tony 2021-09-28 11:00:00Z 0
PAPA TAIAO EARTHCARE Tony Abbott 2021-09-28 11:00:00Z 0

Movie Night - RESCHEDULED to 22 Sept

 Hello Everyone,
Thank you for your kind support of the movie fundraiser 'Respect'.  Of course, due to Covid, this will be postponed till the 22nd September at the same time 8.00pm.
If you have any questions regarding this, or for some reason can not attend please let me know.
Join us for Movie Night on Wednesday 22 September at 8pm and help us support youth projects in the Hutt Valley.
Our movie is RESPECT - and is the story of Aretha Franklin from child singer to international Superstar.
$25 pp you can book your ticket via the below link.  (transaction fees apply)

Movie Night - RESCHEDULED to 22 Sept Tony Abbott 2021-09-21 12:00:00Z 0
Speak Again Info Lee Bell 2021-09-16 12:00:00Z 0

How to Use Social Media for Rotary Clubs

Kia ora Rotarians,
You are invited to register for our upcoming session on How to use social media for Rotary Clubs on Saturday, 4th September, 10 am via Zoom. 
Event Description:
Understanding and optimising social media is a skill few of us possess. However, it can be the key to growing your club and publicising your key events. Whether you’re planning a fundraiser, riding the train or attending a dinner to support a cause, it is important to share our stories and engage our community. Connecting with the Rotary International world and sharing our collective cause will be one of the ways we reach out to our communities and talk about what we believe in.
Learn hands on easy to use tips and skills to share events, invite people and capture our stories. I will make it easy for you to understand how to get started and provide resources and support. This workshop is inclusive to all levels of learners.
Zoom meeting details:
Topic: How to use social media for Rotary clubs
Time: Sep 4, 2021 10:00 AM 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 884 8465 2609
Passcode: Rotary
Ramola Duncan
Founder & Director
Social media Training | Marketing | Management
+64 211706928

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Kapiti Rotary Club Dinner 3 June

The Rotary Club of Kapiti has expressed an interest in taking over the RYLA event for the next three years. Paul and Michelle are speaking to the Kapiti club at a regular dinner meeting on Thursday 3 June at 6:30PM.
The topic of their talk is the benefits and obligations of the RYLA commitment.  They would like some support from our club members on the night.
The address of the Kapiti Club meeting is 45 Ocean Road Paraparaumu Beach. 
Carpooling is available, please contact Paul or Michelle.
Kapiti Rotary Club Dinner 3 June Michelle Simpson 2021-05-13 12:00:00Z 0

Centurion Club Reaches $200,000 Milestone

The District 9940 Centurion Club was inaugurated during the term of District Governor Judy Bain in 2003. Members of the Club are invited to contribute annually a minimum of NZ$100 to The Rotary Foundation. The $200k milestone of total contributions was achieved at the end of 2016. This method of personal contribution provides about 10% of the District 9940 annual contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
Each donor contribution receives a personal donation tax receipt from the New Zealand Rotary Clubs Charitable Trust who administers the transfer of all funds from New Zealand Rotary Districts to The Rotary Foundation. Accordingly, a donation through the Centurion Club produces a tax refund entitlement of up to 33% to the donor. 
The access to individual tax receipts is a significant benefit to individuals who become members of the Centurion Club. Most Rotary clubs contribute to The Rotary Foundation, but often their member contributions are consolidations of gifts and fundraising during the year. At least one club is currently planning to have all members enrolled with the Centurion Club, thus enabling their general fundraising ability to widen their giving in other areas.
Some Rotarians question the benefit to their clubs of donating through the Centurion Club. Donations to The Rotary Foundation from Centurion Club members ALL accrue to the contributions of their Rotary Club, and earn Paul Harris credits that can be used at the discretion of their Rotary Club (not the individual). This is a distinctive feature not found in other Districts in New Zealand.
Consider joining the Centurion Club and individually supporting your own Charity. Centurion Club  Brochure and application form can be found in the Members Section of the Website, under Documents Library .Scroll down untill you find it.
CJR Robertson
District 9940 Foundation and Centurion Administrator

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Tree Planting at Turangi - 8 May Register Now

One week away 
Tree Planting at Turangi: Project Tongariro Mahi Aroha – take a look on Facebook to see what else they do!
We are booked on Saturday 8 May to plant trees. 
We generally head up to Tauranga-Taupo on Friday and return on Sunday. It makes for a very pleasant weekend away. 
Please let me know if you are interested in heading north.  Friends and partners welcome
We’ll arrange accommodation (small cost).  It doesn’t need to be hard work outside, we always need help in the kitchen to keep the energy levels up!!
Joanna Newlove
Secretary Rotary Hutt Valley
021 427232

Mark up your diaries now.

Tree Planting at Turangi - 8 May Register Now Jo Newlove 2021-05-07 12:00:00Z 0

Rata St School Role Model Assembly 15 April

Rotary Hutt Valley and Eastern Hutt Rotary are long term sponsors of Duffy Books in Homes at Rata St School
Usually, about 3 times a year they have a role model assembly to hear from a role model and to receive their books.
Thursday 15th April at 9:30 am is the next Role Model Assembly at Rata St.
It would be great if one or two of you can attend.  It’s a fantastic way to see how our sponsorship makes a difference.
Club Secretary - Rotary Hutt Valley
021 427232

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Baring Head Working Bee Day 1 May

The next working Bee at Baring head is on Saturday. It would be great to have a team from Rotary join us. As we only have 1 room left to do in the new Story hub, so the number of people working in this space is limited to 4-5 people.
Depending on the number of people interested we have other biodiversity work to undertake and can do morning and afternoon sessions. This plan will be flexible depending on the weather.
The lighthouse office work will go ahead whatever the weather.
This coming Saturday 1st May – Lighthouse Office 9 am (Baring head Carpark ) 3 pm (Maximum 5 people at the lighthouse)
Story Hub Office                                           - Remove the old desk and grind wall repairs
Story Hub Office                                           -Washing and sanding ceiling, walls and skirting boards. (Lead Paint so PPE will be provided)
Story Hub office                                           - priming and painting
Assistant Light housekeepers house -     - Sealing 3 ceiling GIb boards
Grubbing Horned poppies on the south coast beach
Grubbing planting spots in the valley
Meet at Baring head bridge carpark 9 AM-3 PM
Transport can be provided from the Baring Head bridge carpark if required.
What to bring:
Old clothes/overalls
Lunch and drinking water
If you can easily bring a ladder please let me know.

Baring Head Working Bee Day 1 May Simon Edwards 2021-03-24 11:00:00Z 0

Police Vetting of Members

Last Chance - Please bring your vetting forms to Wednesdays meeting and don't forget the photocopies of two photo IDs. ie: passport and/or Firearms or Drivers Licence
At our last board meeting in early March, the board discussed in detail a recommendation from District 9940.  This recommendation was relating to police vetting of all Rotary club members who have contact with young people and other vulnerable people such as the elderly or disabled district-wide. This follows a recommendation to vet all Rotarians from RotaryInternational. 
There are two levels of vetting: Those members who have casual day-to-day contact with vulnerable people. This vetting is valid for 10 years.
Level 2 vetting is for members who have any contact for any overnight event, either at their home or elsewhere. This vetting is more intense and is valid for 3 years.
There is also a set of Guidelines for Rotarians to follow when in contact with vulnerable people. More information in the linked document.
After discussion, the club board decided to accept the recommendation and introduce the vetting and guidelines to our membership, for both present and future members. While this entirely voluntary, the board encourages all members to participate.  There is no cost to the member or the club.
For more information about this proposal click here
Please fill in the forms provided and a photocopy of the following documents:
We need 2 individual photographic IDs ie Drivers or Firearms Licence or Passport, even if expired by less than 6 months. These documents will be verified by the club President. 
The applications and attached documents will be posted to the District Police Liaison Office by Ken Chandler.
Please note:  Forms will be available at our next couple of meetings.
Any questions please contact Ken on 027 4501 259

Police Vetting of Members Ken Chandler 2021-03-24 11:00:00Z 0


A Bold New World – to celebrate International Women's Day
Club Fundraiser – Hutt Valley Rotary projects, for the benefit of females in our area
Check out our Facebook page (or refer to the email sent to all members) to get all the details
Tickets $15 – Hutt Valley Rotary 02-0610-0071690-00, surname as reference
Please RSVP –
Start time 7 am
Breakfast cost is additional and payable to the Angus Inn
So far we have about 20 guests joining us on the day.
Remember the more tickets we sell the more support we can give!
A great lineup of fantastic speakers (see below).
I’m sure we will go away feeling inspired about what we can do in our own lives to promote diversity, equity and inclusion!
Joanna Newlove

Past President - Rotary Hutt Valley

021 427232 for information

A BOLD NEW WORLD WOMEN'S DAY FUNDRAISER Jo Newlove 2021-03-09 11:00:00Z 0

Help with Drink Station at Hutt Fun Run on Sunday

The Hutt Fun Run is on Sunday 7th March. This is a community and fund raising event organised by Hutt Valley Harriers. We've have manned the drink station at the Melling Bridge turn for the past couple of years, and have been asked if we can do this again this year. 
From 9am to about 10:30am on the riverbank, behind the Harvey Norman Building.
We will need 3-4 people. Please let Paul know if you can help. 
Email: or 021 784 070

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Lost Rotary Club Flag - Banner

The club Rotary Banner has gone missing, does anyone know where it might be hiding? 
It is an upright banner with a stand.  It is needed for the upcoming Remakery Golf Tournament – please contact Lorraine if you have any knowledge of its whereabouts. You could give Lorainne a call on  0274-436981 or, preferably, bring it to our next meeting.

Lost Rotary Club Flag - Banner Lorraine Girvan 2021-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
Time Running Out- Get your Club T-Shirts Today 2021-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

 Fun Golf Day Fundraising for the ReMakery

On 12 March at the Manor Park Golf Course – 2pm 1st tee off - 9 holes Ambrose – no need to have mastered the game hopefully someone in your team will have. :-) 
The organisers would love Rotary to make up a couple of teams to help raise funds and spread the word of the Common Unity Project Aotearoa (CUPA). This group is based in The Remakery in Waiwhetu Road and they with feed those in our community who are less well of than we are.
The organisers are also looking for businesses who could sponsor a hole, donate prizes etc.
If you can help in any way or would like to register for a round, contact Lorraine Girvan.

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RYLA Catering Assistance Required

Posted by Michelle Simpson
The club organisers recognise that many club members would like to assist with RYLA but are unable to do so because of work or other commitments. Here's a way to help if you are in this position.
The organisers have asked if members can provide home-baked cakes and biscuits to help the morning and afternoon teas for the participants and tutors. About 40 people are catered for each day.

You do not have to cater for 40 people but a plate of biscuits/cakes from many will soon fill up the tables with delicious home-baking.
You can drop the plates off at the venue, or, bring along to our regular club meeting on the 27th.  This is the meeting following the long weekend.  You could also arrange with Michelle to pick up your plates.
Many thanks
RYLA Organising Committee

RYLA Catering Assistance Required Michelle Simpson 2021-01-14 11:00:00Z 0

RYLA BBQ Invitation for Friday 29 Jan

All members are invited to meet the participants and join them for a BBQ on Friday 29 Jan. at 5:30 pm for networking before the BBQ

The event is held at the Silverstream Retreat 3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Stokes Valley. It's first right turn off the road that takes you up to Silverstream Landfill, opposite the old Silverstream Steam Railway.
The BBQ will be at the Grasslands building, which is in the far left corner at the end of the driveway at the complex.  
Cost is $30.00pp.
Please pay in to the club account 02-0610-0071690-000 with 'RYLA, BBQ & Your name' as a payment Reference.
All members are welcome to attend.

RYLA BBQ Invitation for Friday 29 Jan Paul Newsom 2021-01-13 11:00:00Z 0

2020 Council on Resolution
Resolutions voting form summary

2020 Council on Resolution
Resolutions voting form summary
 D9940 Submitted Vote
To amend the BYLAWS of Rotary International as follows (page 28 MOP)
To request the RI Board to consider emphasizing the importance of actions based upon Rotary’s ideal of service
To request the RI Board to consider reintroducing professional development as a value of Rotary
To request the RI Board to consider adding a fifth part to The Four-Way Test
To request the RI Board to consider modifying The Four-Way Test
To request the RI Board to consider amending the Recommended Rotary Club Bylaws
To request the RI Board to consider reducing the number of members needed to sponsor a new club
To request the RI Board to consider officially recognizing clubs for children age six to twelve
To request the RI Board to consider recognizing clubs for children under 12 and allowing the districts to choose an appropriate name for the club
To request the RI Board to consider requiring Rotary Youth Exchange organizations to provide annual financial reports
To request the RI Board to consider reviewing Rotaract’s status within Rotary
To request the RI Board to consider ensuring that the powers of the RI Board do not unfairly exceed those of clubs, Rotaract clubs, and districts
To request the RI Board to consider making Rotary’s website and email technologies more accessible for those with visual impairments or other disabilities and extending that technology to its clubs
To request the RI Board to consider reintroducing the vocational committee at the district level
To request the RI Board to consider forming committees to nominate regional leader candidates
To request the RI Board to consider proposing legislation to limit the term of the general secretary to no more than ten years
To request the RI Board to consider publishing a sustainability report and facilitating cooperation with non-Rotary entities
To request the RI Board to consider adopting a definition of positive peace
To request the RI Board to consider being more flexible on the definition of ‘political’
To request the RI Board to consider changing the mandate of the Rotary Representative Network
To request the RI Board to consider supporting approval of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
To request the RI Board to consider leveraging the strength of Rotary by contributing to society’s efforts to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic
To request the Trustees to consider designating one specific area of the world as a priority assistance area to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus
To request the Trustees to consider assigning assistant regional Rotary Foundation coordinators to support the Rotary Disaster Response Fund, as well as creating a disaster response subcommittee in each district
To request the Trustees to consider including measures for the prevention and elimination of plastic waste and residues
To request the Trustees to consider adding senior health to the fourth area of focus
To request the Trustees to consider modifying the fourth area of focus to become “Caring for mothers, children, and dependent people”
To request the Trustees to consider eliminating the eligibility restrictions for Rotarians, Rotaractors, and members of the Rotary community for access to Peace Fellowships
To request the Trustees to consider making publicity a mandatory part of the global grant application
To request the Trustees to reconsider implementing the flexible grant model proposed in Adopted Resolution 18R-48
To request the Trustees to consider allowing districts to use their own scholarship criteria when awarding scholarships for which no World Fund matching funds are used

2020 Council on Resolution Resolutions voting form summary 2020-12-06 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Dinner
Sunday 13 December 

Christmas Dinner this year is held at Judy's  place on Sunday 13 December 
623 Marine Drive,
Days Bay
Possible Itinerary 
4 pm - walk on the beach, gentle walk up through the bush, kayak or swim (if the weather allows), maybe just sit with a ‘cool one’ and chat whilst you watch the world go by
6 - 6.30 pm - dinner (baked ham, salmon, salads etc, etc. - vegetarian and gluten free options available)
Cost $40 per head
BYO Drinks
Please confirm your attendance to Judy for catering by Wednesday 9 Decembe
Please credit club bank account $40 per person asap to finalise your confirmation
Rotary Club of Hutt Valley
BNZ Lower Hutt
02 0610 0071690 00
Reference your ‘name' and 'Xmas dinner'

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Missing District Awards 

The list below shows missing awards that Gillian Jones and Howard Tong are trying to locate
If your club or a member knows where the awards are, please email me so I can advise 
Many thanks
Presented at
Last Recipient List Status
District Conference
Red Wooden Shield
PDG Marion awarded to Rotaract Wellington at Whanganui Conference 2019
District Changeover
- Meeting Attendance
Silverware Trophy
District Changeover
- District Quiz
Silverware Trophy
Mislaid for several years
District Conference
- Saturday evening ‘dress up’
Silverware Trophy
PDG Marion awarded to Eastern Hutt at Whanganui Conference 2019
District Changeover
- Golf Tournament
Silverware Trophy
Mislaid for several years
District Changeover
- membership increase
Silverware Trophy
District Changeover
- District Debating contest
Mislaid for several years
District Changeover
- a Club Public Image success
Silverware Trophy
Mislaid for several years
Please send me your response from your Network by 1 December

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Lions &amp; Rotary Book Fair Helpers Needed 2020-11-07 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Membership Consultation Results V1 Mid Thomas 2020-10-06 11:00:00Z 0
Movie Night is on Again Wed 28 Oct Michelle Simpson 2020-09-29 11:00:00Z 0
End of Life Referendum Info 2020-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Updated Rotary Action Plan 2020-09-03 12:00:00Z 0

Fundraising Quiz Night -  10 April

This fundraising event is held this coming Saturday at 7 PM.
St Orans School Hall
High St
Lower Hutt
Parking available on the school grounds
BYO, nibbles and drinks for your table
Raffle and Auction 
Bring some cash and join the fun.
Auction prizes
Wellington City Hotel accommodation  ( 2 options)
Gin and 4 gin Glasses
3D Photo Engraved in Crystal
Hair Products
Stansborough Knee Rug
Movie Vouchers. Lighthouse cinema
Cyclo-ssage 3 trip session
Shine coffee vouchers and Personal mugs 
And much more...

$160 per table of eight or come along solo for $20pp. .

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Your Invitation to hear a Euthanasia Referendum Speaker Judy Bain 2020-08-16 12:00:00Z 0

Support the St Oran's Interact Club


Interact Raffle tickets will be sold at our next meeting to help raise money for the purchase of  Emergency Response Kits.
So please bring cash to ensure you are in to win while supporting this worthwhile fundraiser.
Here is a list of prizes on offer, Be in to win.

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District Directory 2020/21 2020-07-29 12:00:00Z 0
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District 9940 Conference 17-18-19 May in Whanganui

Next Weekend
The online registration process is very simple…Please read on….
- The link   will take you straight to the Conference page.
-A box on the left of that page is headed LINKS and below that are the words Register here! 
- Click on the words Register here! -  you will be taken to the Guide to registering page; read the instructions on that page.
- then scroll down to the bottom half of that page to start entering your details.
- You will see the option to login to ClubRunner to shortcut the registration process (If you enter your ClubRunner login it will automatically enter your details, but obviously that won't work for non-Rotarian partners, so you have to fill in the fields yourself). You do not have to use the ClubRunner option.
- From here on follow the online instructions giving the required details about the Registrant, option choices, details of payment and other questions.
An alternative to the above is to just go to the District 9940 home page where you can click on News & Events at the top and click on D9940 Conference 2019 and it will take you to the same Conference page as above and you follow the same directions and instructions.
Please remember the following:-
  • Each person attending Conference must be registered individually; however, payment of fees into the given bank account may be done jointly.
  • Please note: The suffix on the bank account is ‘03’ not ’00.’
  • Choose your options to suit. Note the benefits and timeline of ‘Early Bird Registrations.’                                                                 
  •  ‘Give it a go’ but please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need help.
Graeme Prince                                                      
District 9940 Conference
Ph: 06 3452448
Mobile: 027 3032562

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Postponed - 30 Years of Women in Rotary Celebration 2019-03-10 11:00:00Z 0

Nominations for Governor of Rotary International District 9940

Dear Club Presidents and Secretaries,
Past District Governor, Deb Gimblett, in her role as Chair of the District Nominating Committee is now calling for nominations for Governor of Rotary International District 9940 for the 2021-22 year. The nominated Rotarian will follow DG 2019-20 John Mohi, RC of Wellington North, and DG 2020-21 Gillian Jones RC of Wellington
Nominations should be sent to PDG Deb at
and must be received by 19 March 2019 for consideration
I have attached a copy of the relevant clauses of our District constitution relating to the selection of District Governor, and also the relevant section of the Rotary International Manual of Procedure. The full version of the District constitution is available on the District web site and the full RI Manual of Procedure is available at
Yours in Rotary Service
Marion Johnston
Governor, Rotary International District 9940, 2018-19

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Can you help out here?

A couple of opportunities for you to help out with if you have time next week.
Marshalling at the 2019 Hutt Fun Run
Sunday 10th March, 9am, until about 11am ish (depends when the last person goes through)
Not sure where we will be positioned on the course yet, but please let Paul know if you can help out. or 021 784 070.
Thursday 7th March at Hutt Valley High School, midday - 3pm. Lunch is provided.
This is a Young Enterprise event, you will be one of 5 judges, each listening to 10 business pitches from students, then deciding on the winners. It's great fun and rewarding, you will go away energised having helped about 80 students during the afternoon!
Contact Paul at or 021 784 070 if you would like to be a judge.

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Rotary Club of Paraparaumu Golf Tournament 2019-02-13 11:00:00Z 0

Movie Night at the Lighthouse Petone on Thurs 7 Feb

Posted by Michelle Simpson
The ever-popular movie night is on again to kick off our fundraising for the New Year.  
On Thursday 7 Feb the Rotary Club of Hutt Valley is running a movie night and we would love to see you there. 
The movie is The Green Book and is directed by Peter Farrelly and has some notable actors, Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures).
In this foray into a powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film that is inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.
Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Check out the trailer here.
"The Green Book"
$20 a ticket
5:30 for 6:00pm start
Thursday 7th Feb
The Lighthouse
Beach Street 
Tickets are available from Michelle Simpson.
Give Michelle a call on 027 257 2602, or email her at 
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Movie Night Fundraiser 7 Feb Lighthouse Petone

Posted by Michelle Simpson
The ever-popular movie night is on again to kick off the New Year.  

Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book.

In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans.

Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly. The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth. Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars.

Thursday 7th Feb
Movie fundraiser
The Lighthouse Petone
"Green Book"
$20 a ticket

A movie ticket makes a nice gift at this time of the year. :) 

NB This will replace the meeting on 6th Feb ( Waitangi Day )
Many thanks

Movie Night Fundraiser 7 Feb Lighthouse Petone Michelle Simpson 2018-12-13 11:00:00Z 0

Christmas Weather

Those of us who are able to snuggle up at home away from this wild cold spell of wet weather, spare a thought for those less fortunate.

Think of Martin and Jill Penrose who are heading towards the south pole for a three-week cruise and should be passing through the roaring 40s about now.  Check their progress here.
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Friday Christmas Drinks at the Angus Inn 2018-12-05 11:00:00Z 0

School Reading Assistance Tutors Morning Tea 

Members are invited to the School Reading Assistance Tutors morning tea on Wednesday 5 December at 10:30 am.  The event is at Judith Clarke”s house 31a St Ronans Ave.  If you would like to attend please contact Lorraine on 027 4436 981  
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Rotary Hutt Valley Christmas Function

Posted on Nov 22, 2018
It's not too late to get your tickets, call Barry, he is looking forward to hearing from you.
We would love you (and your partner) to attend our Rotary Hutt Valley 2018 Christmas function on Wednesday 19 December.  It will be an informal occasion and provide the opportunity to celebrate the festive season with good conversation, fun and laughter (I’m sure we all deserve it after another busy year). 
The Angus Inn will be putting on their special pre-Christmas set-menu dinner and our very own Secret Santa will be there.  Relevant details include:
  • Venue: Angus Inn Hotel (Tattler’s Room)
  • Time: 6:00pm for 6:30pm
  • Dinner: from 7:00pm  (pre-Christmas set-menu)
  • Cost: $49-90 per person
  • Cash bar operating
  • Secret Santa: everyone is requested to bring a present to the value of around $5.
RSVP: For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by Wednesday 12 December to either Michelle {0272 572 602) or Barry (0274 478 262). 
Please note that payment may be made:
  • by internet transfer to Club account  02 0610 0071690 000 with your name as a reference.
  • or at the door on the evening but please RSVP your attendance.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Michelle and Barry

Rotary Hutt Valley Christmas Function Barry Girvan 2018-11-21 11:00:00Z 0
Go the Cyclists at Taupo 2018-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Kaukau Street Fair Sun 9 Dec 2018-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
A Big Welcome to Little Louis Williams 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 23/24 Nov

Make a note in your diary for Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November – Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge – we would LOVE to hold on to the Rotary Challenge Cup for another year.  The accommodation has been arranged. 
For more information on how to enter click here.  It's not too late.  

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Life Flight Trust Street Collection Vounteers Wanted 2018-03-14 11:00:00Z 0
Old Ads from the USA 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0

Links that Jeff passed on

Video LINK for Theme Address Barry Rassin, RI President elect
Also access to the ClubRunner App for ANDROID or IPHONE you will always have access to your meeting duties and will be up-to-date with club events and occasions.
If you are loading this app on your phone you will need your Rotary password. Drop Jo and email and she will be able to give it to you.
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The History of Rugby Jerseys

I promised to share this with you all - then forgot! 

Tina spoke at Rotary a couple of weeks ago and she shared this article......take a look from page 20 of the attachment.

Rugby Jerseys



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Club 25th Celebration Dinner 29 June

25th Anniversary - Club Celebration 

25 years is a significant milestone for our club and   Rotary Hutt Valley has three significant events occurring in June 2018,  the club leadership team has decided to combine these three great events into one very special 25th Anniversary celebration.  The celebration will incorporate the 25th Anniversary of our charter in 1993, the Past Presidents Dinner and Club Changeover.

Plans are well underway for a sumptuous  dinner at The Angus Inn. For such a significant event we are expecting many notable guests and past members, so to ensure your seat please book early.  


There will be an email sent out shortly with more info on how to make your booking. 


Don't forget to diary 29th June, do it now!

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Rotary Womens Dinner

Women’s dinner

On Thursday 15 February our first dinner for 2018 will be held 6.30pm at ‘Mid Valley Resturant’ 115 High Street Lower Hutt.

It is Malaysian, licenced  and is situated at the South end of High Street near Laings Road.

If you plan to join us please contact Jill at

Please note Jill's new email address.

Thank you


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Happy New Year

Posted by Joanna Newlove
Wishing you all a fantastic 2018!
We'll be back in action from early February.  I'm looking forward to the second half of my year as your President
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The Dowse Welcomes Rotary - RSVP Required

Don't forget to RSVP if you would like to attend this event.

The Dowse Welcomes Rotary
Wednesday 29 November
Peter Barker, chair of The Dowse Foundation and Courtney Johnston, director of The Dowse, are delighted to invite members of the Rotary Club of Hutt City and the Rotary Club of Hutt Valley to a special breakfast event to express our thanks for your many years of support.
The Dowse’s flagship summer exhibition Gavin Hipkins: The Domain will be open for a guided viewing with Courtney, and our store will be open for pre-Christmas shopping with a special discount.
Bubbles, tea, coffee and light breakfast refreshments will be on offer.
7am–8.30am, Wednesday 29 November
The Dowse Art Museum
45 Laings Road
Lower Hutt
RSVP to or 04 560 1470 (acceptances only) by Wednesday 22 November.

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 A big thank you to all who helped with this event raising money for the te Omanga Hospice and other local worthy causes.  It was a great concert and enjoyed by all.

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Message from PP Michelle

From your "stand in" P P  as Jo, Chris, Judy and Luke supported family in Auckland

Our thoughts have been with you all. 

The "Ted Talk" replaced our speaker this week due to circumstances beyond our control. Very interesting  and worth serious thoughts about protecting our planet 

Paul shared the value of the Innovative Young Minds Programme (IYM). This is certainly a youth programme that our club will support again in 2018. 

Tony reminded us about "Japan Day " Support is needed, see the FaceBook for details. 

" Round Taupo Ride"  is only  9 days  to go. Bikes and riders are ready. Go well and enjoy the weekend. 

Vocal FX tickets are now available, and have been distributed to members. Michelle has tickets for you all, or you can purchase through "Event Finder " This will be an amazing evening so share with family and friends. Your support will help Te Omanga Hopice and our clubs projects. 

Enjoy your week 


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Workout for Water

Why Workout for Water?

Because 2.1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water. For every workout we’ll be encouraging Instructors and members to raise USD $414, which is the cost to build a water pump in East Africa. Just one of these pumps can bring clean, safe drinking water to an entire community.

Donate here


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Murder on the Orient Express

Posted by Michelle Simpson

Hurry, Hurry, Tickets going fast!



Murder on the Orient Express – 8th November 6pm– REPLACES USUAL MORNING MEETING.

Lighthouse Cinema Petone

Tickets $20, all proceeds will go to Rotary’s Polio Plus Campaign

Contact Michelle (aka Nana) –


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For a limited time, when you purchase an Entertainment Membership from Rotary Club of Hutt Valley, you’ll receive a BONUS $10 New World Gift Card PLUS FREE DELIVERY! What a win!

The NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book, or the new Entertainment Digital Membership for your smartphone is packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers for the best local restaurants, cafés, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel, and more!
New World is not a participant in or a sponsor of this promotion.

Rotary Club of Hutt Valley
Michelle Simpson

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Working Bee : Pomare School : This coming Saturday 4th November

Working Bee : Pomare School : Saturday 4th November

We will take apart the existing wire panel fence, and use the panels with new posts to fence the boundary of the school, around the edge of the tarmac.

The school have been wanting this done for ages, and are really excited it’s about to happen.

Come and lend a hand from 9am till we are done. 

Paul is still looking for volunteers.


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Entertainment Books Fundraiser

Rotary Club of Hutt Valley is raising funds. Here's how you can help...
Purchase an Entertainment Membership from us to support our fundraising, and you can enjoy the best of what Wellington has to offer with the special Entertainment advantage. Filled with valuable offers for everything you love to do, Entertainment Memberships are the perfect guide to Wellington’s finest restaurants, cafés, attractions and much more.

“Love visiting new places and eating at different places that I wouldn't normally go to. But with the amazing savings why wouldn't I! Thanks entertainment book!” - Esther

Use only one or two of these offers, and you'll more than cover the cost of your Membership!

Rotary Club of Hutt Valley
Michelle Simpson


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This Weeks Guest Speaker 

This weeks guest speaker contact details if you can help this worthy cause or would like some information.
Irene Wakefield

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Keep NZ Beautiful runs 11 - 17 September.


Carl has received the email about the upcoming Keep NZ Beautiful clean up.

We've done this before and it would be great to support it again.  Carl has the Kea's, Cubs and Scouts on hand......lets see if we can help out his year.

We are just confirming the day (Saturday or Sunday) and we'll let you know.




More info to follow

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Miyun County Chinese Teachers Exchange

Following on from Jo’s update at Wed’s meeting, we can confirm that the Chinese teachers will NOT now be travelling from China.  Unfortunately their required visas to enable them to leave China have been denied and at this point they have been told they cannot travel this year.  We know that the teachers will be very disappointed. 

THANK YOU to those that had offered to host or transport the teachers. Also, the hours of work by those who had planned the exchange is hugely appreciated. 

Be assured that the club’s International team will soon be working on alternative plans for something equally exciting.  Watch this space!





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Innovative Young Minds starts on 9th July.

There is still a need for volunteers (drivers) for the following days: 

  • Two van drivers for Tuesday 11th July   and 1 support person (in van)
  • Two van Drivers for Wednesday 12th July and 2 support people (in van)
  • Two van Drivers for Thursday 13th July and  1 support person (in van)
  • Two van Drivers for Friday 14th July and 2 support people.(in van)

Click here for the volunteer application from. If you are interested in helping out, please complete the volunteer application form and send it to

You will need to have an up to date police check. I don’t think we have enough time for this process now.


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The Dowse Community Pathway

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Pave your way - Have a permanent place in Lower Hutt history


Another way you can support The Dowse is by buying a brick in The Dowse Community Pathway. Here is your chance to put your name on memory lane by purchasing and engraving a name or message on one of the bricks that will permanently pave the way to The Dowse along the stunning front facade of the building.

Each brick costs from $150 and you can choose what name, message, tribute or corporate logo you would like to have engraved on it; something that will be seen and valued by generations to come.

Download an order form here

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to:

  • Have a permanent place in Lower Hutt history
  • Have a family stone or memorial for a loved one
  • Mark a special occasion or anniversary
  • Create a lasting recognition of a person, group of business who have contributed to the health, happiness and success of Lower Hutt

 Thanks to the Rotary Club of Hutt Valley

The project at the Civic Centre Pathway is two-fold.
Firstly, we are creating a permanent record of Businesses & Individuals who make up the Hutt Valley by selling the bricks in the path engraved with the names of these businesses/individuals.
Secondly, Rotary Hutt Valley drives this project to support Rotary's local and international projects.  A portion is also given to the Dowse Foundation to provide for their student education programs.  The recipients of our local projects are mainly Lower Hutt's low decile primary schools and Hutt Valley senior school pupils who we enrol in personal development, educational development and leadership programs run by Rotary.
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Duffy Books in Homes

The philosophy behind the programme is simple - to break the cycle of 'booklessness'. Children who can't read become adults who can't communicate and that's a serious disadvantage in a world that operates on the written word.
The Alan Duff Charitable Foundation, better known as Duffy Books in Homes, provides free books to over 100,000 New Zealand children, three times a year.
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Giving children a reading role model in their lives

Since 2003 a team of rostered volunteers has been going into 3 low-decile schools in Lower Hutt to participate in one-on-one reading sessions with children. The children practise reading to the volunteer at a level slightly higher than that at which they were currently reading. 
The response from the children is enthusiastic. Some of the children get little opportunity for similar reading experiences at home and they really appreciate being able to demonstrate their skills to an encouraging adult.
The schools now say they do not know how they managed without our team.
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Health Education on Tanna Island - Save Blong Yu

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This project is about supporting local midwives on Tanna Island, Vanuatu who deal with an alarming teenage pregnancy problem and the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, malnutrition, and infant death. The heart of the problem is a lack of awareness and knowledge by the 20,000 inhabitants of the Island. Besides assisting with child birth, the two midwives have set about an education and information sharing learning opportunity for local schools and families; it is this role that has attracted Rotary's attention and initial support.
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Hairy McLary honoured on Dowse pathway

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Some brought tattered and chewed-cover copies of books about Hairy, Slinky Malinki, Schnitzel von Krumm, Zachary Quack and others in her cast of characters. But young and old sought Dodd's autograph, and a few words with the author at the unveiling of bricks in the Dowse Community Pathway - our local pathway that tells the story of Hutt Valley people.
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