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LAST MEETING:  Talitha & Martin Lowis
Sometimes we take for granted the benefits we enjoy, and this evening we were reminded how fortunate we are in New Zealand.

Martin and Talitha Lowis spoke to us about their life journey from South Africa to Kapiti. Although they enjoyed a good life in material things in South Africa, they were becoming worried about the really important things. The country is rich in natural resources and life had looked promising with the end of Apartheid and the Presidency of Nelson Mandela. Unfortunately, the wheels began to come off. There was corruption in government (ex-President Zuma has just been sentenced to 18 months in prison for corruption) and increasing violence in society. Although they had a good living as Martin had a number of pharmacies, were relatively safe in a gated community and had an expensive security system, the streets were not safe. When the toddler of some close friends was brazenly kidnapped in a shopping centre, they decided enough was enough. They looked at other English-speaking countries and decided on N.Z.

Coming about 7 seven years ago they first lived in Central Otago. Initially they found it hard to get to know people but once the locals had sussed them out and found them satisfactory (after 12 months!), they were fully accepted and found the locals both friendly and excellent neighbours. In 2018 they moved to Kapiti. Martin had trouble getting his professional qualifications accepted by NZ officialdom, but is working on that. They met up with Jan and Doug and became firm friends. (Actually, they were euphoric about how helpful and welcoming Jan and Doug had been). Now they enjoy their Kapiti home, love their community and new country, and are grateful for their move.

Community & Member Activity

Mike Fackney - Paul Harris Fellow
As is often traditional, one or more Members are recognised for their Club & Rotary service and at the President's Changeover evening and this year it was Mike Fackney.  He became our Club's newest Paul Harris Fellow.
2021 Changeover
Tonight was another annual occasion to celebrate the past 12 months and to welcome in Eastern Hutt's new President for 2021-22, Anne Abbott.  It was a yet again a little unusual, as Wellington was still under Level Two Covid restrictions but it still didn't spoil a memorable evening those who attended.
Jul 05, 2021

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Jul 12, 2021
Music Therapy
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Upcoming Meetings & Events
Committees' Meet
Avalon Pavilion
Jul 19, 2021
Monthly Brunch Meeting
Norma Blue Cafe
Aug 05, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cancer Society Daffodil Day Collection
Hutt Hospital
Aug 27, 2021 9:00 AM -
Aug 28, 2021 5:00 PM
Monthly Brunch Meeting
Norma Blue Cafe
Sep 02, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Various Rotary Links
New Satellite Group?
7 Reasons Young (and Young-ish) People Should Join Rotary
How to Log-in
Rotary in General
District 9940 Website
Activity & Training Programmes
Important Rotary Documents
General Info
Risk Management Document
Civil Defence site
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General Notices:





* District Changeover -3rd July 2021: This year's district changeover will be held at Massey University in Palmerston North. For details, click HERE:

* Movie Night -28th July 2021: Please mark your diaries now for our first fund raising event of the new Rotary year. Further details from Jaye in the next Bulletin.

* Duffy Books - Click HERE to read a very interesting newsletter from Duffy Books.

* Funds Raised: Raffle - $252.00

* Community Funds Distributed: Eastern Hutt Rotary can be proud that we distributed $33,717 to local and international recipients during the past 12 months. 

The Power of Positivity

Parting Thoughts: 
"People will forget what you said;  People will forget what you did;  But people never forget how you make them feel."  ~ Maya Angelou.
"So remember to smile when you meet people. A smile is the light in your window that tells others there is a caring/sharing person inside.  A smile is a face lift that is in everyone's price range."

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.
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