Papanui Club Chat Snippets
13 Dec 2021
John Driscoll
We were privileged to hear from John Driscoll, the Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, who spoke about supporting our Rotary Foundation.
John started by sharing that the Mission of the Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
“Our strategic priorities are to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance our engagement and increase our ability to adapt” continued John “and the Foundation helps us do this.”
On average, 66% of New Zealanders give to charities with an average donation of $111 per charity.  “Imagine what we could do if all Rotarians were to make the Rotary Foundation their charity of choice” asked John.
He continued by sharing that today’s donors relate to causes (as shown below) and that to grow our fundraising we need to expand our donor base within Rotary and beyond Rotarians.
Rotary has four funds that we can contribute to:
He then shared the various ways that raised funds as opportunities move through the system.
“Imagine what might happen if every Rotarian in our District became a Centurion and donated $100 per year into the Foundation” suggested John.
John concluded his presentation by noting that the Rotary Foundation is one of the highest rated charities in the world and helps us deliver on our mission to do good in the world.
Janice thanked John for his presentation on the mission and operation of the Rotary Foundation.
Note:  John’s PowerPoint will be put up on our website shortly.
Presentation to Winners of the Trailer Raffle
The prizes for 1st and 3rd in our recent raffle were presented in person last Saturday morning at the Papanui Club.
Hirone Waretini & family accepting the 1st prize of the trailer and all its contents valued at $8,376.
Hirone was also a former GSE student who went to Turkey on an exchange programme.
Heather Cunningham accepting the 3rd prize: a Zip Small Appliance Pack.
Hope Ragadi was unable to attend the presentation to accept the 2nd prize of a Char-Broil Four-burner Grill BBQ which was delivered to her later that day.
The Rotary Club of Papanui would also like to again thank our partners Northlands Mall, Mitre 10 Mega, Stihl, Harmans Lawyers and Allprint and also acknowledge the generous support from everyone who took part in this community fundraising event.
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Ladies Breakfast
Twenty-three ladies and three mighty chefs (Gary, Arie and Tony) all had fun on the morning celebrating Christmas at our Rotary Ladies Christmas breakfast.
The ladies feasted on waffles, pancakes, maple syrup, yoghurt and Christmas muffins. There was lots of laughter and chatter especially during our Secret Santa.
A real highlight of the day was our special guest Angeline Ward, a local florist who had a wonderful array of Christmas gifts for sale. The ladies were keen to buy the lovely unique gifts beautifully made by Angeline.
A great time was had by all.
This Thursday’s Meeting
Please let me know if you and/or your partner will be attending our Christmas Breakup on Thursday night 16th Dec.  This is to be held at Papanui Club from 5.30pm.

Numbers MUST be in by Wednesday afternoon. Please, NO late replies as we need to know the number of tables for the staff to set and for our Fellowship Committee to decorate.
Thanks Deryn
Footstools at Market!
Last Sunday Gary organised a stall at Riccarton Market to trial the selling our Rimu Footstools. Check out how it went and our learnings from the day on our website here.
Wishing you all the best for Christmas
Club Chat Editor Grant