President's Message

As I write this, Bookarama is in full swing. It opened on Tuesday evening at 6pm with a queue at the front door. All waiting to pay for the privilege of first choice from the many thousands of books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles generously donated by the public.
I was amazed by what some of them told me. The man at the front of the queue had driven all the way from Pahiatua! For those of you who don’t know where that is Google maps will tell you it is 541 km from our home to Pahiatua Stadium (Stadium?). It is a small town on the eastern side of the Manawatu gorge from Palmerston North! A long way! He left at 4am and had been waiting at the RSA since mid morning. Another came by bus from Wellington. So I asked why and both told me they had been before and they thought it was the best 2nd hand book sale in the country.  No doubt there were other interesting bits of information to be gleaned from the queue.
When we opened the doors at 6pm some 30 or so people rushed into the room. Most went to specific categories of books and they were either collectors or booksellers who specialised in a particular genre. One came to me all excited. His interest was New Zealand military history and he had found a book about the New Zealand Cross. This is an award that was struck during the land wars in the 1800s. In it he found the names of two members of his family and he told me that was what had sparked his interest in the subject. Then there was a woman who originated in Liverpool and now lives in Birkenhead. She was among the last to leave with her 5 or 6 large bags of books. She had come by Uber and her driver for the return journey must have wondered about the weight in his car on the journey home.
The point I am trying to make is that while we see Bookarama as a huge task there are individual stories involved. No doubt if we had been able to talk to those who donated books there would have been many very personal tales as well. Equally when we do the things that we do with the money raised through Bookarama we often see them as projects but at the end of the day they all have a positive effect on individuals lives. When the going is tough and we need motivation to keep doing what we do perhaps we should just pause and realise we are doing something positive to make a difference in individual lives.
Thank you for making that difference.
World Polio Day 24 October - End Polio Close To Home
The END POLIO battle continues CLOSER TO HOME!
Please take time to read the report.  You will be inspired by the intensity of the campaign and the commitment by the World Health Organisation and all partners, including our own Rotary International.

Ron Seeto B Arch(Hons) ANZIA Registered Architect

Co-ordinator End Polio Advocacy District 9920

Bohemian Rhapsody

Join us and Somervile Rotary at a special screening of Bohemian Rhapsody to support End Polio Now.

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The eradication of polio is one of Rotary's longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won't stop until we end the disease for good.


Pestival Invitation - 24th October - Mission Heights Junior College
Please find below the invitation to our last Pestival for 2018.
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Lorelle Stranaghan
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