The Rotary Club of Oamaru meets fortnightly on a Wednesday, usually at The Galley Cafe at the bottom of Wansbeck St.
If you would like to attend a meeting, simply RSVP.
Do you want to serve your community? Join like minded Oamaru professionals who take action in our community to raise funds with projects like Bookarama, auctions, selling Christmas Trees, running chocolate wheels and more. These funds benefit our community in many ways which in the past has ranged from funding students to courses, purchasing a van for the Kindergartens, lighting up the Craig Fountain, buying equipment for the hospital, art for the Forrester Gallary, and contributing to the new sports centre.
Funds are also used to make a difference globally with Bill and Melinda Gates paying two dollars for every dollar raised by Rotary toward ending polio.
As well as fundraising we also use the experience of our members to develop our youth with sessions on Interview and CV skills, or to improve our environment with planting projects.
Join our team of Rotarians and bring your skills and experience to benefit our district.
Rotary Club of Oamaru adress by 2023 Rotary National Science & Technology Forum Attendee Emma Spittle.
The Rotary Club of Oamaru recently had the pleasure of hearing from Emma Spittle who attended this years Rotary National Science and Technology Forum.
The forum is held annually in Auckland/ Tamaki Makaurau and is an intensive 2 week programme attended by Year 12 seconadry school students with a passion for Mathematics, Science and Technology.
There are a maximum of 168 places available each year, making selection to attend this event both prestigious and sought after.
Local Rotary clubs receive nominations from school Science heads of Department and interview applicants, passing their recommendations onto the Rotary District commitees who grant the final approval for students to attend.
While there students attend two, three hour lectures a day which are hosted by the University of Auckland, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Massey University. Here they develop an insight into the broad range of science, mathematics and technology courses available for study, the requirements for tertiary study applications and an insight into future career opportunities available. In addition, they visit a number of commercial or academic science or technology organisations.
Examples of organisations visited in the past are : Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Living Cell Technologies, TVNZ, Foodbowl, AUT Millennium High Performance Centre, Air New Zealand, Beca Limited, Landcare Research, Watercare, the Auckland Zoo and ESR.
The event culminates in a formal dinner where guest speakers are invited to address the forum. Previous speakers include;
You can learn more about the Forum , the associated Trust and their background and acitivties here : https://rotarysciencetechforum.wordpress.com/
A copy of Emma's address to the club is attached for those who were not able to attend or those otherwise interested.
The Rotary Foundation Newsletter, January 2023.
The first TRF newsletter of the year is out now and is attached for your reading pleasure. News items covered are listed below;
-Polio Plus update
-Rotary Give Every Child a Future
-District Grants update
-Global Grants update
-Osiligi Training Farm Upgrade Project
-New Global Grant project – support needed please!
10th December 2022
On Saturday a group of chainsaw owning Rotarians attacked almost 100 self seeded pine trees for sale on Sunday next to Scott's Brewery from 10am. Trees are priced between $10 for smaller ones, $15 for medium and $20 for large ones.
Cure our Ovarian Cancer
7th December 2022
Another fantastic Rotary Christmas party was hosted by the Ludemann family on Wednesday in support of Cure Our Ovarian Cancer, an organisation which raises funds to pay for research into a disease which has traditionally been under-researched. Their website provides guidance for health professionals, reports for political leaders, and perhaps most importantly it raises awareness of the symptoms of Ovarian cancer which even doctors often struggle to recognise and diagnose. The symptoms are abdominal or pelvic pain or discomfort, increased abdominal size or bloating, bowel habit changes, eating less and feeling fuller, needing to urinate more often or urgently and fatigue. If any one of these symptoms are new, unusual or getting worse and persists for more than two weeks then see a doctor.
Rotarians attending the party made a donation in support of Cure our Ovarian Cancer, and anyone who also wishes to donate can do so online.
The Christmas party was also attended by most Rotarians' partners and several guest speakers from throughout the year which made it the ideal occasion to award Paul Harris Fellows, commonly referred to simply as 'PHF', which is awarded to someone who has made a donation of $1,000 USD or had that donation made in their name to the Rotary Foundation.
Paul Harris Fellows were awarded tp Stewart Anderson, Dr Bronwyn Goldrick, and Bob Sutherland for their decades of time, money and effort they had dedicated to Rotary. Remarkably, Ross Mitchell was awarded his third Paul Harris Fellow, known as Three Sapphire.
Congratulations to all of the Paul Harris Fellows, and thank you for your contribution to Rotary to allow us to support important causes such as Cure Our Ovarian Cancer.
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