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Last Meeting: Steven Cameron and Alison (Ali) Black - YOUth Inspire

Alison (Ali) Black is the manger for YOUth Inspire (YI), a joint project between Hutt City Council and the Police. The driving course started in 2018 to transition under 25 year olds into jobs and training.

Steven said are over 2,500 youth in the Hutt Valley that are either unemployed or in training.  A lot of these youth are driving on our roads and they either don’t have a drivers licence, or they are driving outside of their licence conditions.  For most of them getting caught and prosecuted is their first introduction to the criminal justice system.  Having a criminal record reduces their chances of future employment and 70 % of jobs they apply for will require them to have a driver’s licence.

YI already runs learner licence courses every 6-8 weeks and they are getting an 80% pass rate.  The new restricted driving course will run over 12 weeks and each student will be paired up with a volunteer driving mentor.  The student will get 2 free driving lessons a week, with a maximum of 30 free lessons.  A professional driving instructor has been employed to do an initial assessment of each student, picking up their strengths and weaknesses and working out a driving plan with them and the mentor.

By engaging with youth in such a positive manner and by giving them good driving skills, hopefully starting with a restricted licence, it's lowering the road toll, increasing trust and confidence in our communities, and reducing youth offending.

After showing a video, Ali explained the volunteer system and its requirements.  They are currently in the process of training a number of driving mentors, including seven police officers, but we are still actively looking for more volunteer mentors - is this you!

Parting Thought:

"The youth of a nation are the Trustees of Posterity” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Community & Member Activity

Quiz Evening
This quiz evening is being organised by the Education and Employment Committee for family and friends.  It's no ordinary quiz!!

Bulletin Contribution

Rotary Friendship Exchange
What is a Rotary Friendship Exchange, and what does it entail?

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.
Apr 08, 2019
Making use of recycled plastic

Carl is the Managing Director of the innovative business Metal Art Ltd.

Apr 15, 2019
Wellington's First Theatre: 1843
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Upcoming Events
Committees' Meeting Night
Avalon Pavilion
Apr 01, 2019
Duffy Role Model Assembly
Rata Street School
Apr 02, 2019
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Brunch at Norma Blue
Norma Blue Cafe
Apr 04, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Quiz Night
Avalon Pavilion
Apr 05, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Rotary Picnic
Frank Kitts Park
Apr 06, 2019
Poppy Day Collection
Apr 12, 2019
No Meeting - Easter Monday
Apr 22, 2019
Brunch at Norma Blue
Norma Blue Cafe
May 02, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Committees' Meeting Night
Avalon Pavilion
May 06, 2019

General Notices:

* Quiz Night: Have you got your team yet?  Ticket sales are much lower than hope, so please hurry and support this!
* The Rotary Foundation: With only a few more days to 31st March, now is the right time to make a tax deductible donation to our own Foundation.  Click HERE for more information provided by Richard Perry.
* Rotary Exchange: Christine Meredith and Anne Abbott are hosting Canadian and USA Rotarians on Wednesday and are having a Fish & Chip and dessert evening on Friday 29th March at Avalon pavilion starting time of 5.30pm to 9.30pm.  If you would like to join them Christine or Anne so they can coordinate the food. They are flying out on Saturday so it is our one chance for some to meet with them.
* President's Update: Board Report for March is HERE.
* District Assembly - 19th May: If you are not able to attend the District Conference, you should consider attending this instead, especially if you're a Board Chairperson or never attended one before.  A reminder, if your Committee is seeking a District Grant, at least one person must attend this year's Assembly.  Get together a car load and share you Rotary discussions up and back!
* Funds Raised: Sergeants/Sunshine Fund: $132.50; Meat Raffle - $130.00

Learning Session 5:

* Member Directory:  As a member, you can get our Club Membership Directory off our website.  To access, go to our Website first, then look at "About Us" and you will see "Member Directory".  HOWEVER, because it is confidential information, you must Log-in first and this is done at the top right hand side of the website where it says, "Member Login".  If you don't have your personal Log-in, follow these instructions HERE.
Various Rotary Links
District 9940 Website
Activity & Training Programmes
Important Rotary Documents
How to Log-in
General Info
Civil Defence site
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