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Foodbank Lower Hutt
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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.
Last Meeting's Funds
  • Sergeant's Fines - $79.50
  • Sunshine Fund - $38.50
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:
  • Tuesday 22 August - Plimmerton Rotary Club at 5:30 pm, for presentation to Gillies Macindoe Institute of the Scholarship fund by clubs.raised
  • Saturday 27th August - Club Membership Development Workshop, Tawa College.  Contact Tony Heyward: or phone (027) 549-9938
  • 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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Last Meeting's Speaker:
Peter Healy, GM of the Hutt City Council owned, Community Facilities Trust, spoke their work with the various local sporting and recreational facilities.  The aim is to make the Hutt Valley as the centre of for Regional and National recreational sport.
These included: Walter Nash Stadium, Stokes Valley Hub and the redevelopment of both Fraser Park and Walter Mildenhall Park.  Two-thirds of the $42m funding has come from Council and the balance from the community.
He hopes that Rotary in the Hutt Valley could assist with the extra funding required at Fraser Park and put up 3 suggestions:
  1. $10 for 2,000 faces on a montage wall,
  2. Sponsors feature up the stairs to the upper Level,
  3. Selling named pavers for $1,000 each.
Bulletin Contribution: by Judy Dearsley
In June 1995, Mike and I made our first trip to England where we met up with friends from Palmerston North to tour through England and Scotland as well as doing a canal boat trip in Cheshire from Anderton, a little town near Northwich, to Chester and back again.   We had friends who owned a boat and had heard about the delights of this form of travel so thought we would give it a go.  Mike was not good on the water but the canal would not have any waves and it must be ‘dead easy to drive a canal boat’. 
Well, we boarded ‘Peregrine’ which was 7 feet wide and 57 feet long.   Great for guiding down straight stretches of the canal but oh dear, we had to turn sharp corners and on a Sunday afternoon when all the weekenders were heading back to their moorings, it became a bit of a small ‘Piccadilly Square’ as Mike endeavoured to turn Peregrine at a right angle.   Of course, he had to back the boat up a little but that was difficult when the experienced boaties wanted to get back to their moorings.   Finally, he managed with some expletives and the encouragement of Chris to get through the corner and we were away again.
It is an idyllic way to de-stress as you glide along the canal, admiring the fields and houses – top speed was 4 miles/hour.    We had coolish weather most of the way but Trish and I kept fit winding the locks while the guys did the steering.    It was lovely mooring at little villages along the canal and visiting the local pubs and restaurants for a meal though we cooked a few meals on the boat and played bridge in the evenings. 
Our visit to Chester was a highlight – this is a beautiful city very close to the Welsh border.  Chester is the best preserved walled city in England as its medieval walls form a complete circuit around any town or city in England.  It was founded as a Roman Fort in the year 79 and was known as Deva. It was one of the three major Roman army bases in the UK.   The town’s racecourse is Britain’s oldest sporting venue in continual use.
The first horse races at the Roodee took place in 1539, replacing the famously bloody Shrove Tuesday football game.  Mayor Henry Gee allowed the swap, giving the name the “gee-gees” to horse racing.  Chester’s Rows, covered walkways at the first floor in each of the city’s four main streets, are unique not only in Britain but everywhere is the world. They have allowed double level shopping in the town at least since the 13th Century.
Although we were only puttering along the canal we did not find it boring because it was so interesting looking at the landscape, the hundreds of rabbits running around the hills which would horrify our farmers, keeping away from the banks (we got stuck one day but managed to push ourselves back into the canal with the aid of the long poles on the boat) and being slightly annoyed when ‘speedsters’ overtook us and caused a wake which upset our equilibrium.  
Would I do it again – yes, I would as it was a lovely peaceful sojourn in the middle of a busy month of travel.
Week's Parting Thought:
"We all act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."
C. Kingsley
Community Activity
Wellbeing in Wainuiomata
he day began cloudy with some rain which meant that the outdoor entertainment scheduled had to be cancelled, but everything else went pretty much to plan.  People were fascinated by the Fire Service demo on how not to set your house on fire.  
Also the Safety Whare, a real life exhibition about other home hazards, like running over children while backing a car out of your garage.
There were some great organisations among the 24 who showed-off to help people through the winter season.  You could get flu vaccines, health checks, order cancer screenings, how to administer CPR, as well as get access home insulation.
The agencies seemed well-satisfied and despite some limitations, we estimated 400 passed through the door, which compared well with the estimated 500 who attended the exhibit at the Nash Centre a fortnight back.  And the sun came out eventually too!
Many thanks to our team on the dayDes Darby, Judy Dearsley, Jan Palmer and Glenda Barratt, and to our co-sponsors Hutt City Council and Housing NZ.   Special mention to Brian and Kaye at Chalet Caterers.
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

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     We meet at Avalon Pavilion, Taita Drive entrance, Mondays, at 5:55 pm 
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