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Last Meeting:  Visit to Te Omanga Hospice

With Hutt River Valley Rotary, we were hosted at the Te Omanga Hospice by Chief Executive, Biddy Harford. After informal drinks and an excellent Chalet Caterers Meal, we were shown through the new Hospice complex.

Already impressed by the beautiful grounds, gardens and numerous spaces for parking, we admired the rooms, the lounges, meeting rooms and kitchens and service rooms. All have been built to a very high standard with much thought for essential details such as provision for the very large, or the very frail.

Although there are only 8 patient beds, plus extras for accompanying support persons, the Hospice currently serves 170 patients. Each "bed" has its own room, spacious and airy with large windows looking out onto the grounds, and fully en suite. The complex also has offices and facilities for its medical and support staff.

The eight beds serve new patients as they are assessed, and if need be taken in again later, to provide relief for carers. After initial assessment, most patients are cared for in their homes by the Te Omanga staff. If the patients have no suitable home of their own, the Hospice makes arrangements with a suitable Rest Home, and provides care and support there.

For many years our club has supported Te Omanga and we were all enormously impressed with the facilities they now possess.

Community & Member Activity
Parkinson Collection - 2019
The numbers are in. The collection at Pak’N’Save, Lower Hutt netted a total of $1,516.40.  A great achievement, only possible with your support.

Parting Thought:

" We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom.  But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion.  This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith.  In this sense, there is no need for a temple, or church, for a mosque, or synagogue, no need for a complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma.  Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple.  The doctrine is compassion.  Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who, or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. " ~ Dalai Lama


Pongaroa Library Recommends:
"Tug-of-War" - Paul Hard
"Surprise" - Omar Gosh
"Bee Keeping" - A.P. Arry

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.
Nov 25, 2019
The value of distance learning
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Upcoming Events
Club Forum
Dec 02, 2019
Brunch at Norma Blue
Norma Blue Cafe
Dec 05, 2019
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Christmas Function
Dec 09, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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General Notices:

* Working Bee: Dave Comparini is again seeking your help on the next Saturday 16th morning - see Upcoming Events above. 
* Christmas Raffle: If anyone has raffle items to donate for the trailer, John Matthews would like you to deliver them to his home (15 Renoir Ave, Belmont), or bring them along to our next meeting at Avalon Pavilion.
* Raffle Tickets: If you have not received your tickets for the Christmas Raffle, or need more tickets please contact John Mathews. He will also have then available at the next meeting.  Once you have sold the tickets the preferred method of payment is by Internet payment to the EHRC Charitable Trusts bank account number 03-0531-0909707-00, with the lowest & highest ticket numbers as your reference, e.g. 10592-10621.  The completed butts are to be returned to John.
* Christmas Function: 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. 
* Christmas Concert: Come along and enjoy the Hutt Valley Community Choir -
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     We meet at Avalon Pavilion, Taita Drive entrance, Mondays, at 5:55 pm 
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