The connection between Life Education and Half Moon Bay Rotary started in 2001, when Pakuranga, Howick and Half Moon Bay Rotary Clubs  became partners in the initial launch of Life Education in the Howick Pakuranga area.
 Our collaboration over nearly two decades has been part of community support from around Counties Manukau facilitating an increase in the number of mobile classrooms from 1 to 6. In an era where mental health and life skills have never been in sharper focus this program makes an incredible difference where and when it is needed.
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Golf Day 25 November 2019 Application 2019-10-08 11:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club Of Somerville is running an innovative fundraiser leading up to Christmas. They have sourced a calendar themed around "Historical Howick" and are selling to Rotary clubs in the area with 50% of the revenue accruing to the purchaser's Rotary Club. It could be a nice little earner, details below, please be aware member orders should be placed by by 30 September (“Sale or return by 30 November.”)!!!
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Come and try a meeting, or phone up for a chat about Rotary, either way we  value your interest and will welcome you in any way we can. Call 021 414 311 to talk to Charles or 027 494 9384 to talk to Stewart.
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Hall set-up  
  • Arrive no later than 6.30 am
  • Equipment is stored under the stairs in the foyer. The combination lock number is C138. You will need Podium, pull-up Rotary and 4 Way Test banners, wooden sign for outside, power point projector, laptop (brief case and silver box), microphone (in kitchen cupboard between food prep area and pub)
  • Place the Rotary wooden sandwich outside the front entrance of the Club building visible to all passers by
  • Set up Members’ badge board on the table immediately through the double doors and open, place the lectern top next to it
  • Wheel the podium to the front of our meeting area, open the front doors, hang the "Year Slogan" banner on front and hang the 4 Way Test banner behind the podium on the wall
  • Remove the bell and gavel from the cupboard and place on the table next to the podium
  • Remove a pen (boxed) from the bottom of the cupboard and place on the top of the podium ready for presentation to speaker
  • Retrieve the microphone from the cupboard in the kitchen (between kitchen and bar), ensure amp is switched on, switch on the repeater outside in the meeting area (between kitchen and bar) and place in holder on the podium
  • If you feel comfortable set up lap top and projector, if not coralle Martin, Charles, Ian T or Andrew Laing
  • Discuss with President whether to erect pull up banners to block the sun at the North East window, clear days in Autumn and Spring
  • At meetings end put equipment away in reverse order to the above, and return all tables and chairs to their original positions. Hall take down is part of the duty
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Like all dynamic living things our Club and our projects continuously evolve and develop. One of our current cornerstone projects, fund raisers and generally FUN activities is our Rally from Half Moon Bay to Bluff at the bottom of the “Mainland”. For reasons that will become clear it is called “Bangers to Bluff”

Once upon a time, circa 2014, Stewart, a founder member of our Club was watching Top Gear. In that episode Jeremy Clarkson and team were tasked with buying an old car and doing some feats that would challenge the car's robustness and make the old “banger" jump though some hoops!
This made Stewart think!  It could be really fun to try something similar, with a group of friends,  where everyone would buy a car for under $1000 and drive it from Auckland to Bluff. He tested the idea on a bunch of mates and within 1 minute of explaining it had five "signed up" and raring to go. At that early stage they called it "The Grand Challenge" ( ref $1000) 
A group of mates it was, but they still set some rules. Firstly the cars must have a current WOF and Rego, the tool kit was to be no more than a roll of duct tape and a hammer, and the cars were to be sold /disposed of in Queenstown after getting to Bluff. In addition they strove to stay in holiday camps where ever possible. In this way a legend was born, giving 15 odd teams a memorable time of their lives, whilst raising significant funds for “blue chip” NZ Charities year after year.
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  • Arrive no later than 6.30 am
  • Position yourself at the or near the name board, and stay on station throughout
  • Greet your fellows (gender neutral term) as they enter, cheer them up, assist with badge
  • Ensure they record their attendance on the register
  • Spot visitors and speaker, deliver a warm HMB welcome and direct them to President, Speaker Host or a buddy from our number
  • Advise sergeant who was last one in
Meet and Greet instructions 2019-09-14 12:00:00Z 0
  • Collect $30 from the raffle takings the week before your duty
  • On the way to the meeting collect the meat pack from Fresh Choice, pay $30
  • Obtain cash box, ball bucket and yellow ticket dispenser from under the podium.
  • Load tickets into the yellow dispenser and sell to members as they enter.
  • Pay $30 from the raffle takings to the following week duty holder or the sergeant. 
  • 0n completion, cash is to be counted and handed to the treasurer with a receipt for the cost of the prize (usually sourced from Fresh Choice), and a signed slip (to be found in the cash box), indicating the amount collected for raffles and visitor meals (ex- attendance desk).
  • A float of $20 is to remain in the cash box.
  • On the call of the President, have the bucket of balls ready for the speaker to draw.
  • Return the cash box, yellow ticket dispenser and ball bucket to the podium.
Raffle Instructions 2019-09-14 12:00:00Z 0
The communications and club development team spent a great evening together on Saturday. Gathering at Benjarong in Howick's Picton Street every one thoroughly enjoyed the fine Thai cuisine, the stimulating conversation and the warm friendship.
We value the many opportunities we have as a club to socialise, with events or groups that cater to many different tastes, lifestyles and busy calendars. Regular dinners, evening meetings and going to the arts are generally evening activities. There is a very longstanding tradition of a reflective review of the week on a Friday afternoon, and on Friday mornings an equally regular coterie of members that meet to start the weekend early in the heart of Howick with a coffee. For partners there is a monthly coffee catch up in the morning. If you have an idea for a new occasion it is guaranteed to be supported.
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Service is what we do but on this occasion we were "serving" ourselves! 23 diners descended on four generous hosts, bearing culinary contributions. Everybody enjoyed sumptuous tucker, stimulating conversation and the warmth of spending time with good friends on a cold winters night. A fabulous start to the weekend.
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First evening Meeting

Individuals and organisations both need to change and adapt to stay relevant. Wednesday night was our first evening meeting, manifestation of our commitment to change and progress. After a convivial buffet dinner we adjourned to the meeting room for our meeting.
Richard Wilkie started proceedings introducing four Rylarians from this year's course. Shannae Pickett-Walsh, Courtney Graham, Charlotte Brown and Scott Lunn shared their experiences from RYLA, their highs and lows, their key personal watershed moments and what RYLA had meant for them. It is always inspiring to be in the company of impressive young people clearly on the track to leadership and this night was no exception. Congratulations to all the Rotarians involved and all the awardees.
The main event was our very own Andrew Laing with a review of travel, contrasting then and now with a focus on modern trends. Modern travel is about tailored itineraries that reflect the interests and travel styles of the traveller. Cruising or driving, tours or independent travel, packages or adventure, the choice is ours. 
Andrew illustrated these trends with colourful personal experiences and anecdotes from trips in British Columbia, Cambodia and the battle fields of WW1. 
Ultimately as travellers we need a clear vision of what we want to experience from each trip, a deep understanding of how we like to arrange our travel as individuals and the style in which we would like to go. A thoroughly entertaining and informative address.
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We were recently very privileged to visit one of New Zealand's fastest rising tech start ups! Supremely inspiring to meet and visit with talented, driven Kiwis that lead the world in in a highly contested and very fast moving field. A field that integrates the best of Kiwi ingenuity and technology.

The recipe? Harness New Zealand's top academic, entrepreneurial and driven talent, then leverage the best and most unique aspects of our manufacturing skills, pristine unspoilt environment, and geography and capture the high ground in a market where reliability and accuracy eliminate price from from the sales discussion.

One day a movie will be made to chronicle this iconic David and Goliath Kiwi success story, so inspiring!

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At times like now when the polar blasts move across the country, when there is ice on the windscreen nearly every morning and power is a limited resource, staying warm and healthy is a real challenge for far too many families. Cold homes can lead to many debilitating conditions including high blood pressure, pneumonia, and bronchitis. People already suffering from health issues, the elderly and children are especially vulnerable to the cold.

The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, which meets weekly at the Bucklands Beach Yacht Club on Wednesdays, has teamed up with the Anglican Trust for Women & Children and the Warehouse in Pakuranga to bring some warmth into homes that are desperately cold and for whom, some respite from the shivers is welcome indeed.

Dipping into their resources Rotary purchased a load of blankets for local families, and the Warehouse generously topped the quantity up as part of their support to the local community. Together with volunteers from the Anglican Trust for Women & Children the blankets have been distributed to many families in South and East Auckland, making a huge difference to folk who normally dread the onset of winter. This was a great team effort from three organisations, charitable and commercial, working together to deliver good outcomes to their community.

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RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is an iconic flagship project for Rotary International and a very significant part of the Youth and Community thrust in our own District 9920. Whilst it is a District wide project each year there is a "Host Club" that takes on the task of staging and managing this amazing course and this year was The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. RYLA is an intensive leadership experience organised by Rotary clubs and districts which is designed for young adults, all clear leaders in their chosen field, to further develop leadership skills while having fun and making connections. One RYLA alumni reflected on his involvement as follows; "That one week at RYLA shaped me in ways that are hard to describe, across all aspects of my personal and professional life. But most of all, I left with a raging desire to become a better leader and even move active and involved in my community"
With the experienced and dynamic District 9920 team, the members of Half Moon Bay had a wonderful week providing support, management, logistics and mentoring to the 120 young leaders attending. Their experience covered; presentations and workshops facilitated by community and business leaders particularly focusing on leadership development, opportunities for the exchange of ideas, opinions and experiences in discussion groups etc, open sessions, sport and keep fit exercises, the opportunity to experience and practice leadership skills in action and finally involvement in Half Moon Bay community projects with our members. Every aspect hit the spot, from the outstanding Kiwi speakers, all local and global leaders in their field and enormously motivating, to the team exercises and community projects that set the week into context. This was a celebration of all that is Rotary. Personal development, fun and networking.
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  • 23 October Kjell Granrud - Nepal (Evening meeting, partners and friends invited)

  • 30 October Dr Bree Murray – doctor and a world body building champ

  • 6 November Alex Blazhevskyiy – Director BodyFit Physiotherapy

  • 13 November Richard Osborne, Marie Raos, Steve Hayes – Anti money laundering legislation changes

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GOLF DAY: 25 November fast approaching, help required with;
Sponsors: There are still sponsorship opportunities! A wonderful way to raise your profile in the East Auckland Business Community, build awareness and enhance your valuable relationships. 
Golf Teams: There is still availability for teams to register, round up your friends, colleagues and customers, form a team then practice your swing!
Spot prizes: Please hand these to Bruce Cracroft as Rod is away for a month from now.
Club Notifications and Opportunities 2019-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
Half Moon Bay Rotary Duty Roster 2019/2020
 Meet & GreetHall Setup, Takedown Raffle5 min Speaker & Final Thought
23/10/19Andy WilgermeinJohn Davidson  
30/10/19Marie RaosGordon PorteousDavid JamiesonDavid Jamieson
6/11/19Vic McNallyDennis EastonAndrew LaingAndrew Laing
13/11/19Malcolm SweetmanJohn TizardSelwyn HodderSelwyn Hodder
For Duty instructions click on one of the following; Hall Set Up, Raffle, Meet and Greet
For project directors and any others seeking to publicise events in the public domain note these free notice boards

1. Eastern Courier, email, deadlne Thursday.

2. Howick Pakuranga Times,, deadline Friday.



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Stand Children’s Services is both a valued neighbour and key partner in developing the Half Moon Bay and national community.

Stand works to transform the lives of children and young people who are at significant risk of harm to their wellbeing as a consequence of the environment in which they are being raised and their own complex needs. Stand’s services include home and school based social work services, a nationwide therapeutic care and education service for children and families, child and family mentoring, and respite services for caregivers, including grandparents and foster parents.

Together we find ways to support this mission and the resultant programmes, providing reading support, a dictionary for every pupil attending Stand and regular work teams.

“Rotarians from the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club, continue to be much appreciated supporters and contributors to the everyday work at Stand Children's Services – Auckland.  It takes very little to give hope and opportunity to children and the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club members offer their service and assistance throughout the year; sponsoring illustrated dictionaries for every child, providing funds for a much appreciated children’s reward scheme and practical assistance by way of working bees.

Their contribution and championing of  our service truly makes a difference”. - Pene Frost, Regional Manager

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Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0