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Last Meeting: The Reverend Martin Robinson - Naenae Drop-in Centre
In introducing Reverend Martin Robinson, Des Darby explained that Martin as a priest at St David's Anglican Church in Naenae, is also a prison chaplain, had been a co-founder of Urban Vision, and instrumental in starting the very successful coffee cafe in Naenae, which trained and employed former inmates of Arohata Prison.  Des has been, with Martin, instrumental in the foundation of a Drop-In Centre for homeless people in Naenae Centre.
Martin told of his revulsion at the metal cages in the old Witako Prison.  He illustrated the gap between most well-meaning citizens and the poor with the quotation, "You tell me you care about the poor. Then tell me, what are their names?  What are their names?"
He and his wife Alison are determined to help bridge that gap by getting to know them.  With help from our Rotary Club and others, he has started a drop-in centre in Hillary Court.  He has a team of 12 volunteers, three of whom will be present at the room whenever it is open, currently 3-hours daily.  This way he is trying to help their people rehabilitate themselves.  As he said, he cannot turn the light on for them, but he can help them find the light switch.
In giving the club's thanks John Terris said how our club shared Martin's aims, and how much we admired what he was doing.
Community & Member Activity
Duffy Books in Schools - Rata Street School
At Rata Street School last week, Eastern Hutt Rotary was once again present to promote 'Books in Homes' and of course Duffy Books.  Those included were Annette Ruck, John Cole, Linda Goss-Wallace and myself.

Parting Thought: (from Richard Perry)

" Be a caterpillar!  Eat as much as you want, of whatever you like. Go for a sleep. Then wake up beautiful!"


The spiritualist smiled when he saw Ron, so Ron punched him in the face.  Ron had always been brought-up to strike a happy medium. smiley


Rostered Duties & Responsibilities:

Please study and plan ahead, especially if you are on duty to write a Bulletin Contribution.  A reminder that it's also your responsibility to find a replacement if you are unable to fulfill your duty.
Sep 30, 2019
District Governor
Oct 07, 2019
Historian, trouble maker & jounalist
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Upcoming Events
DG John Mohi's visit to Club
Avalon Pavilion
Sep 30, 2019
Brunch at Norma Blue
Norma Blue Cafe
Oct 03, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
No Speaker - Committees' Meet
Oct 14, 2019
Board Meeting
Avalon Pavilion
Oct 21, 2019
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
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General Notices:

* Train to End Polio: Thursday 24th October - Richard Perry has until 20th September to confirm numbers.  We have 9 so far, so if you want to share in a fun day, contact him immediately.
* District Governor's Visit: This evening is for partners and guests also. However, if you're bringing someone, please remember to notify Tony and David Thompson as soon as possible.
* Hutt City Seniors Games: Tuesday 1st October - These will be held at the Events Centre and the Dowse Gallery for senior citizens and they would appreciate the help of volunteers.  It's to assist some of the contestants who may need assistance with crossing the road between events and climbing steps, as some of the contestants will come from retirement homes. The organisers would also welcome any Rotary members who want to compete in such activities as bowls, quoits or chess. David Gledhill has further details at Monday night.
* Christmas Function - proposed date: This is Monday 9th December.  If you already know, or think, you will be away on that date, please advise President Rob and Ron Hunter now. 
* Funds Raised: Sergeants - $103.80
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