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Fairfield

1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays of month at 5.30 PM
Waikato Room, SkyCity
346 Victoria Street
Hamilton Central
Hamilton,  3204
New Zealand

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027 316 1182
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Nature & Nurture

With help from a Rotary Foundation global grant, a group of women in rural Costa Rica are using ecotourism to enrich their families' futures.

Watch: Italian clubs aim to protect hospital workers responding to COVID-19

Rotary clubs in districts across Italy worked together to procure state-of-the-art equipment needed to combat the deadly coronavirus disease for 26 hospitals around the country.

Rotaract rising

The ongoing evolution of Rotaract is redefining its place within Rotary.

Kenyan Rotarians take action to prevent spread of COVID-19 

Rotary clubs in East Africa are forging partnerships to provide hand washing stations and food in areas where social distancing is a luxury that few can afford.

Italian club uses expertise to aid in coronavirus fight

Members help launch site so merchants can sell goods, organize supplies to make sanitizer, and provide food to health care workers.

Hacking a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic

Rotarians in Lithuania and the United States promote the use of bubble helmets to help patients avoid mechanical ventilators.

Club banner exchanges showcase local flair, global friendship

One of Rotary’s most colorful traditions is members’ exchanging club banners.

Connect With Us
 
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fairfield, Hamilton, New Zealand. Rotary District 9930.
 
Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
If you are interested in joining or maybe becoming a Friend - learn more -
Contact Diane Whitehead - Mob: 027 290 4214 or
 
Due to the effects of the Covid-19 virus, all club meetings and activities have been cancelled until the end of June 2020.
Club Stories
Science Box Lockdown Challenge can now be found on the Science Box website and Facebook page:
 
  
 
 
 
Science Box is a project supported by Fairfield Rotary aimed at sparking an interest in science in kids at a young age. Founded by Shalini Guleria in 2018, it is ever expanding and looking for volunteers. Science Box currently focuses it's work in the Waikato region of New Zealand, and hopes to grow this reach to a global level one day.

Check out their website here: <https://www.sciencebox.co.nz/>

Please pass on this link to Teachers and Schools and anybody with primary school children! Thank you.
 
 
 
 
 
Fundraising Dinner for Hospice Nepal  -  (POSTPONED UNTIL 4 September 2020)

Hospice Nepal is a leading hospice and palliative care centre which allows terminally ill patients to die painlessly and with dignity. Hospice Nepal desperately needs a new building, it needs more beds and a small unit for the care of children, as none currently exist in Nepal. Fairfield Rotary aims to build a much-needed hospice in Kathmandu, Nepal.
 
An overview of the project can be seen HERE.
 
For further information on Hospice Nepal, their website can be found HERE.

The "Hospice Nepal Fundraising Dinner" has been postponed until Friday, 4th September 2020, at 6.45 pm, at the Novotel Hotel, 7 Alma Street, Hamilton.  Tickets are still available online at: www.trybooking.co.nz/2242 for $75.00 pp.

Come along and join us for some Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising for a really great cause. All welcome.
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBBIE FRANCIS
 
The club offered congratulations to our own Robbie Francis who has been announced as a finalist in the Global category for the 2019 Women of Influence Awards. The Women of Influence 2019 winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at SKYCITY on October 24. Check out the story here <https://bit.ly/2jRkyyC>
 
SHALINI GULERIA - NEW HONORARY MEMBER
 
Congratulations to Shalini Guleria who was inducted as an honorary member of Fairfield Rotary on Monday evening. Members learnt tonight that she has graduated with her Masters Degree from Waikato University and has been awarded a scholarship to study breast cancer at Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne. We wish her the best of luck in her new career. Seen here with Jack Keeys and Prof David Lowe.
 
 
 
HAMILTON CIVIC AWARD RECIPIENT
 
Shalini Guleria receiving her Civic Award from the Mayor of Hamilton, Andrew King.
Shalini was nomonated for a civic award by the Rotary Club of Fairfield for her enthusiasm, dedication and effort in setting up the Science Box Club and programme to schools for young people aged 5 to 11. The Science Box Club webpage is available here <https://www.sciencebox.co.nz/>. 
Shalini was personally congratulated by the Mayor and acknowledged as being the youngest recipient of the award.
 
LEADERSHIP IN THE CITY
 
Last night our guest speaker was Councillor Paula Southgate who gave a presentation entitled, 'Leadership in the City'. It is clear that Paula is very passionate about this city and its people. She believes strongly that our best days are ahead of us. With over 25 years in community, regional, national and local government leadership, she explained that she is ready to lead Hamilton to a better future for all.

"Governance is a challenging environment, but I believe robust debate is healthy. Good leadership is about looking for win-win outcomes and harnessing the potential of people." Southgate said. 
 
Paula’s website can be found here - <https://www.paulasouthgate.co.nz/page/meet-paula/>
 
 
 
 
YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
 
Our lives are affected every day by decisions made by your city's Mayor and Councillors - the people who are elected every 3 years to represent you. In spite of this, voter turnout for Hamilton Council elections has been steadily declining. This year, a new crop of candidates will put their names forward for the 2019 Election. Last night Councillor Angela O’Leary gave a fact filled informative talk as she shared insights into why people don't vote and what can be done about it. She shared with members some of her 11 years' of elected experience and gave us tips on how to choose the right candidate to represent us.
 
 
 
Our guest speaker on 17 September, was The Most Reverend, Archbishop Sir David Moxon David studied education and psychology at UC. However, during the 1970s David’s faith developed and he was ordained as a priest in 1979. He served in North Island parishes before being consecrated as the Bishop of Waikato and in 2006 he was appointed Archbishop of New Zealand.

In 2012 David was appointed as the Archbishop of Canterbury's Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He was subsequently named an Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia by the General Synod / Te Hīnota Whānui.

His term of service in Rome ended with a private audience with Pope Francis on June 16 2017, and he returned to his wife and family in Hamilton allegedly to retire!

David is married to Tureiti, who is currently the director of Hamilton primary health provider Te Kohao Health and a recent speaker at Fairfield Rotary. Learn more here: https://wikivisually.com/wiki/David_Moxon
 
David spoke about the Pope, Mark Twain and Paul Harris were amongst the many topics discussed with members during last evenings presentation by the Most Reverend Archbisop Sir David Moxon. David's topic was
 
"When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change".
 
It was a thought provoking presentation which also looked at, Thinking outside the Box, Microfinance in India, Exercise, Meditation and the SuperBetter App by
Jane McConigal - https://www.superbetter.com
 
 
 
THIS WEEKS GUEST SPEAKER
 
Journalist Denise Irvine has been a story-teller all her working life, and is a former features editor and features writer for the Waikato Times.

She continues to freelance for the Waikato Times; and writes for a number of popular magazines, private businesses and local government.

Food writing is her specialty. She is proud of the Waikato’s culinary charms and has written many features about the region’s chefs and artisan food producers. She is restaurant reviewer, an assessor for the Cuisine Good Food Guide Awards, and a member of the Foodwriters' New Zealand. She is a three-time winner of the Foodwriters Culinary Quill Award for Journalism.

However, she is primarily a marriage celebrant and loves her work; touching people’s lives at a happy time. Last night she described her work in depth and explained that she has co-written a book with fellow celebrant Kerril Cooper entitled The Big Day, A Guide to Getting Married in New Zealand, published by New Holland.