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The Story of BATA Footwear
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General Notices:
Hon. Chris Finlayson:  For those who wish to attend/bring friends, partners etc on Monday 28th August, it is a must to advise the Secretary, via phone 976 9935, or, by SATURDAY, 26 AUGUST.
Entertainment Books:  If you would like an Entertainment Book, this is your last chance and unsold books will be returned on 31st August.  If you want one contact Anne Abbott (021) 819 887, or 
Last Meeting's Funds
  • Sergeant's Fines - $90.50 - plus one mint 1964 Halfpenny stamp
  • Sunshine Fund - $29.20
Note from the Treasurer:  A “gentle” reminder that the Subs are now due.  If you have not received an invoice, or are unsure if you have paid them or not please see Tony. 
Upcoming Events:
  • Saturday 27th August - Club Membership Development Workshop, Tawa College.  Contact Tony Heyward: or phone (027) 549-9938
  • Thursday 31st August - LH Foodbank AGM, 10 am at St Marks Church, 58 Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
  • Thursday 7th September - Norma Blue Cafe, Trafalgar Square, Waterloo, Lower Hutt.  Contact: Colin Alford
  • Sunday 17th September - between 3-5 pm, Brian Fox presenting his memoirs
Upcoming Events
Lighthouse, Petone
Sep 14, 2017 5:00 PM
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9940 District Website
District Activity and Training Programmes
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Brian Klee
Welcome to Eastern Hutt Rotary's new Bulletin formatted by ClubRunner and linked to our new Website.  This is work in progress, so all comments and suggestions are most welcome.  
Thanks very much for those who provided feedback last week. 
Last Meeting's Speaker:
Kevin Hessell, Foodbank, Dudley Street, Lower Hutt, spoke about their wonderful community service and the 25 regular volunteers. Having to raise $60-80,000 a year makes their task so much harder but they get by with the great support from our Lower Hutt community, businesses, churches, schools, etc.
They are open 4 mornings a week to distribute their individualised food parcels to those in need, without discrimination or being judgemental.  The average value of each weekly parcel is $297, with the big focus is on the 500+ children they prioritise each week.
He warmly thanked Eastern Hutt Rotary for our ongoing support with the help provided with their annual "Food Drives" - the next is Sunday 17th September, so cross this off in your diary, please.
Week's Parting Thoughts:
"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not eaten well."
Virgina Woolf
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.  When I ask why the poor have not food, they call me a communist."
Helder Camara, RC Brazilian Archbishop
Community Activity
Gillies McIndoe Research Institute
On Tuesday 22nd August, President Richard Perry, with Judy Dearsley and Jaye Howie, attended Plimmerton Rotary Club meeting, to witness the presentation by District Governor, Mitch Brown.  A cheque for $22,000, that was raised by Clubs within the district, including ours, was presented to the Gillies McIndoe Research Institute.
The cheque was received on its behalf by Swee Tan, who is one of our Honorary Members.  The funds will be used to provide overseas study scholarship for a young female scientist employed by the Institute.  She will go to the U.S. to observe the aspects of stem cell research being developed there.  As Members will be aware, Swee Tan and his team have been pioneers in the area of cancer cure research.
The meeting was vibrant, attended by approximately 80 people, including many visitors.  The presentation was followed by a very interesting address by a Met Office forecaster, illustrating the huge number of sources from which they now derive their prediction data.  He said the Met Office now nearly always forecasts the type of weather correctly - it’s just the time of arrival and the intensity they still have difficulty with!
Movie Premier
This is the extraordinary true story about an unexpected friendship in her later years between Queen Victoria and a young Indian lad.  Dame Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria.
Abdul travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  He is surprised to find favour with the queen herself.  They forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy.
If you would like to watch the trailer, clip HERE.
Contact Jan Palmer for tickets—(0274) 453-740
Bulletin Contribution: From Des Darby
In the spirit of Rotary DownUnder’s article, “A Burning Question”, may I ask: “Can Rotary stay out of politics?”
Rotary is proud of being non-religious and non-political. These characteristics attracted me to Rotary in the first place.  But saying grace can be a bit religious.  So can we also be a bit political, and do we need to be in a changing world?
Let’s first look at some definitions.  What do the terms “stay out of” and “politics” mean?  Does being “non-political” only mean not supporting a political party, or can it mean not supporting a policy?  Why wouldn’t Rotary support a policy that’s aligned with our four-way-test, goals, values or objectives?  Surely Rotary wouldn’t then abandon any of these just to remain “non-political”!  And how about opposing a policy that is contrary to our values?  Thinking both locally and globally, should Rotary remain silent in either circumstance?  (eg: full government funding of ambulances? homelessness? eliminating polio? a bombing blitz in North Korea?).  
One path may be for Rotary to determine its scope on whether problems arise from natural phenomena (less political? likely to be in-scope?) or are humanly induced (more political? likely to be out-of-scope?).  But what about famine and food distribution, and impacts of sea-level rise due to climate change?  Where would we put these problems?
Now let me move on to give three examples of how the charitable world is changing.  One change is government relying more on the charitable and private sectors to deliver community services.  Should we help to implement this political decision?  Would this be “being political”?
A second change is in how other charities are addressing issues often thought of as being political.  Oxfam NZ is now battling extreme inequality, seeking changes to the tax rules, more spending on public health and education to give the poor a fighting chance, and fair wages for everyone.  A group of 14 charities has written to each of our MPs calling for a Zero Carbon Act to fight climate change.  Should Rotary also do this sort of thing?  How do we choose between one of our long-standing principles, and appearing to have our heads in the sand?
I’m not alone in wondering about these things.  A third change comes from our RI President, Ian Riseley.  Ian argues that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential for Rotary, because environmental degradation and global climate change, “… are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility …..  The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern.”  So, are we already entering what many might call a “political” domain?
Another framing of the question may be to ask if Rotary should address causes of problems (more political, top of the cliff stuff?), or only help to alleviate them (less political, bottom of the cliff stuff?).  
It may not be easy to answer any of these questions.
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