Sakhr Munassar came to NZ as a Rotary Scholar in 2016.  A Yemeni passport holder, he came via the United States to study a Masters in peace and conflict studies at the University of Otago.  While he was in New Zealand, the American immigration rules changed, which banned Yemeni passport holders from access to the US.  Yemen is in the grips of war so going home has become an equal challenge.
 
Now graduated, Sakhr works as a youth coordinator for the Red Cross in Otago. He runs multiple youth programs throughout the district,  has assisted with the many Syrian refugees now settled in Dunedin and is actively involved in the community through Rotary, Rotaract and music.  The strength of Rotaract in Dunedin is very much due to the effort and energy he put into it as a student – creating a sustainable organisation.  He is an all round excellent citizen, but his first application for residency has been turned down by Immigration NZ.  Sakhr has decided to appeal that decision, but that comes at a price.  Rotary D9980 is inviting support from members to assist Sakhr in the legal costs of challenging that decision. His lawyer is an experienced immigration appeal lawyer and is confident there is a good chance of a successful appeal.
Sakhr really appreciates the support Rotary members have given him
 
 Donations can be made direct to the District 9980 bank account number: 01 0678 0015978 046
As a reference please put your Name or Club Name and Sakhr
.
Let’s help Sakhr become a Kiwi  2019-04-16 12:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Women go together !

 

At its meeting last week Cromwell Rotary celebrated 30 years of having women in its club.  Rotary International was started in Chicago in 1905 as a men only business club but now welcomes women to its membership.  In this part of the country Cromwell Rotary very much led the way by inducting its first three women to the club in 1989.  They were Gill Adams, Shirley MacAllister and Shirley Howard.  However not only were they the first three women in the Cromwell Club, they were the first three women in any club in our District (the lower half of the South Island).  Shirley Howard is still an honorary member of the Cromwell Club and lives in Clyde.  Unlike Cromwell, many Clubs were slow to accept the change and in a number of cases lost male Rotary members who were not willing to accept the changes that Rotary International introduced. 

 

Guest speaker at the celebratory meeting last week was Jenny Scott.  Jenny joined Rotary in Gore in 1994, the first woman to be invited to do so.  She transferred to the Cromwell club in 1995 where not only was she warmly welcomed but became the club's second woman president in 1998.  During her address she talked about the challenges of still frequently being alone in a sea of men at Rotary gatherings back then.  She also read a lovely message from the club’s first woman president, Gill Adams, (1992) now living in Australia, who echoed Jenny's sentiments about how hard it was to break into the previously male only domain.  Again Cromwell scored a first as Gill was not only the first woman to be President in the Cromwell Club, she was also the first woman President in New Zealand.

 

In this colourful line up are Rotary Presidents  Bonnie Miller Perry (2016), Jennie Nicol (2003) Jean Morgan (2014), Jenny Scott (1998), Helen Wreford Dunbar (2009), and incoming presidents Pam Broadhead (July 2020) and Neroli McRae (July 2019).

 

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The entrance to Cromwell from Tarras & Alexandra is looking so much better now. Some community members have been spraying over the summer and Rotary (with some help) had a few working bees to tidy the weeds away - love working with the community👌
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Posted on Mar 30, 2019
A great day out with Gordon Stewart taking us on a ramble around some of Bannockburn and filling us in on some of the history.  A big thank you to Gordon for all the information (& a wee dram!) & for the piper Roddy Maxwell. We finished the avo off with a lovely meal at the Black Rabbit
 
 
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Posted on Mar 28, 2019

The past 2 and a half months have flown by sooooo quickly. I can’t believe I am nearly a quarter way through this exchange. I am so happy with my decision and I would never change it for the world. Yes it is extremely hard to pack up and leave your friends and family for a year (especially at 17). But if it was easy then everyone would be doing it. 

This past weekend was my host sisters wedding and that was amazing in itself. I may have cried a little bit, but that was because I am a very emotional person.  This coming weekend (30.03/31.03) I am going away for two and a half weeks to travel around “southern” Europe. I am so excited for this opportunity as I am going to meet so many amazing people and I am going to travel to parts of the world where, surprisingly, my parents haven’t been. 

We are finally getting into spring with the weather finally warming up. I even have been wearing shorts around the house for the first time since I got here. 

The rotary meetings here are kind of boring at the moment because I have no idea what they are talking about. I can pick up a few words here and there but I can’t fully grasp the meaning of what they are saying. But the food is absolutely amazing. German food is the best food you could eat. The bread is amazing, the bratwurst is amazing and I will probably become sick of potatoes by the end of my exchange because we eat potatoes with every dinner

Report from Jasmine Dunnet  - our RYE student to Germany 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 28, 2019

Rotary International Immediate Past President Ian Riseley visited our Rotary Point tree planting at Richard's Beach. 

Pictured are IPP Andrew, RYE student Eugenio, Project Leader Finn, RIIPP Ian, ADG Nick 

One of Ian’s goals during his year was for Rotarians to plant at least one tree for every Rotarian in the world 

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Posted on Mar 04, 2019
Jolene and Matt from The Workshop Fitness Centre, welcomed our members along for an up close look at Cromwell's latest 24 hour gym. Jolene told us a little about themselves and their philosophy behind their new business. If you could not make it tonight, check them out at www.theworkshop-fitnesscentre.com or https://www.facebook.com/Theworkshopfc/
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Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Monday night saw a team from Cromwell Rotary and some enthusiastic community members turn out to clear dead plants and unwanted growth from both sides of the access road to Cromwell at the eastern end of the Deadman's Point bridge.  Tussocks now have more than a fighting chance of survival.  Do stop off and have a look at the clearance next time you are passing.  Rotary says a huge THANK YOU to the members of the community who came along to help - and also acknowledges the lovely toots received from many of the motorists and truckies as they drove past during the clean-up. 

(Pic below) 

Rotarians and locals get to work at the bridge entrance to Cromwell. including Rotary exchange student Eugenio Monasterio, (white t-shirt) newly arrived from Chile, and studying at Cromwell College this year. 

Eastern Access to Cromwell gets a Makeover  2019-02-18 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 12, 2019
The Trustpower Lend a Hand Foundation, in association with the Rotary Clubs of Alexandra and Cromwell and local businesses, aims to assist small charitable organisations and individuals in the Central Otago area.  Although supported by local Rotary Clubs, the Lend a Hand Foundation is administered independently by appointed trustees.  Keith Morgan is currently Cromwell Rotary Club’s appointed trustee together with trustees appointed by Alexandra club to represent the Alexandra and Roxburgh communities. Application information, business supporters and contact information for the current trustees is available from the Trustpower Lend a Hand Foundation Web page [www.trustpower.co.nz/getting-to-know-us/community-involvement/lend-a-hand-foundation
 
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4WD
Check out this great video from Allan Derrick of our 4WD trip in January. A great day had by all.
 
 
 
 
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Posted on Jan 26, 2019

Thanks to Cromwell Rotary and the Otago Motor Trust Club the children attending Cromwell's primary schools, preschools and kindergartens are now more clearly visible when they are out and about around the town.  Pictured here is Rotary President Craig Lunn in the playground at Kids First Kindergarten surrounded by some of the children sporting their new fluoro jackets. 

 

Rotary helps ensure our littlest people can now be better seen  2019-01-25 11:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 13, 2019
 
25th Annual 4WD Heartland Safari
     Forty one vehicles enjoyed this years Heartland Safari which traversed from the starting point at Forest Range station and concluding at the Old Stockman’s hut in the Lindis Pass. Russell and Jeanette Emerson lead the tour and provided some local knowledge along the way. The participants gained over 1100m in elevation starting at 466m above sea level.
   This was the first time in the events history that it had to be postponed due to the wet weather the previous Sunday. As we set off from Forest Range station the weather looked a little unsettled as we traversed the Grand View Ridge. Lunch was enjoyed at West peak, however by the time the last ten drivers had negotiated a small mud hole the cloud had descended limiting the view.
After lunch we continued on and with the weather clearing we had fantastic views from Breast peak and into the Lindis Creek which we crossed before completing the day back at the Forest Range Woolshed where Nick and his crew had a cool beverage and sausage on offer.
Another fantastic Safari thanks to the efforts of Bill, Ross and their team. These events wouldn’t be possible without the generous support from the landowners and Russell and Jeanette did a fantastic job leading us through the their and neighbouring properties.
 
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Posted on Jan 12, 2019

Hundreds of donated books have now been re-housed to eager new readers following the Rotary summer book-sale over the weekend.  Held over 2 days at the spacious Cromwell Bowling Club stadium in Alpha street, the sale netted a little over $5000 with an average price of $2 per book.  Pam Broadhead, one of the organising group reports that about 100 banana boxes full of books were sold.  "We are very grateful to the locals and visitors alike who came to browse and buy - and of course to the many who gave us the books to sell in the first place.  We're now going to have a little rest and then get stuck in to the mammoth task of sorting the hundreds of new donations that have been received recently for the June book-sale.  That's the super-size sale.  The Bowling Club stadium will be groaning to cope with all the books (and CDs and LPs and magazines, and puzzles) we've got ready for the winter book-sale the first weekend in June."

Anyone with books, CDs, LPs, magazines to donate can drop them in at the Rotary book exchange container in the forecourt of Freeway Orchard.  It's open 363 days a year during business hours. 

Rotary also acknowledges the generous support of sponsors and supporters : Continental Party Hire, R & R Hiabs, Nichol's Garden Centre, and the Cromwell Bowling Club. 

Before the crowds arrived

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Some of our Rotary members have been working hard to upgrade the Lowburn end of the 45th Parallel track. Many locals & visitors that take the opportunity for a bit of a blow out... the view at the top makes it all worth while!
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Thanks Paul Piebenga for a very informative evening visiting your impressive new premises. Thanks also for your support of our 45th Parallel Track upgrade 👍
 
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Rotary President Craig Lunn took huge pleasure this week in presenting Dave Anderson, St John Manager, with a cheque for $15000 towards the St John rebuilding project in Cromwell.  $13,500 came from the recent Rotary organised House and Garden tour, and Rotarians decided to top it up to $15000 with funds they've raised from other recent projects. 

Both Craig and Dave once again thanked all participants in, and sponsors of, the tour, as well as the most important people of all, the 12 home-owners who made it all possible.

The second tour is expected to be held in the latter part of 2019.  Home-owners who'd like to offer their homes as part of the itinerary are most welcome to contact  Rotarian and House and Garden Tour Committee chair Paula Jackson on 0275 725 457

Rotary and St John say THANK YOU   2018-11-24 11:00:00Z 0

Cromwell Rotarians  joined in the social activities at the town's new Lifestyle Village.  With over 70 people now living at Golden View, we rocked up with food and BBQ skills to join them in a few ends of bowls, lots of chat and the occasional wine and beer of course.  It was a gloriously sunny evening so lots of laughter and general enjoyment ensued.  And who won the bowls ??  Well let's just say there was a range of skills on display !! 

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Postponed to 13th January due to bad weather.
All participants to meet at The Gate car park Sunday 13th January at 9.30am
 
Our annual 4WD Heartland Safari Rally is on again this 13th January 2019
A chance to go off-road in Central Otago with an experienced guide and fellow off-road enthusiasts
This year we will be driving the
FOREST RANGE – HAWEA STATION – TRAVERSE
GRANDVIEW MOUNTAIN – BREAST PEAK – LINDIS PASS
 
$100 per vehicle - limited to first 40 vehicles to register.
Sorry - but this event is now fully subscribed.
 
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The 25th Annual Lake Dunstan Fishing Classic
Sunday November 11th 2018
In association with Shimano NZ Ltd, Central Otago Hunting & Fishing and the Rotary Club of Cromwell.
 
This is a serious fishing competition with a family flavour.
 
Date / Venue: Sunday 11th November 2018 - Lake Dunstan
Weigh-in: Starts at 2pm at the Lowburn Hall, Lowburn Inlet, Lake Dunstan.
All fish must be presented for weigh-in by no later than 4:00pm
 
Net proceeds from this event will be used for local Community Projects.
 
To Register - click on the Read more button and scroll down to find the Registration button
 
Lake Dunstan Fishing Classic 2018 Richard Broadhead 2018-11-10 11:00:00Z 0

The sun shone on the 250+ visitors who participated in the weekend's house and garden tour of Cromwell and surrounding areas.  In a well orchestrated tour, participants were given maps which directed them around the 12 homes in a steady stream meaning that crowds did not build up in one place and people had plenty of time to wander round each home and garden.

Leader of the organising team Rotarian Paula Jackson was delighted with the success of the day.  'We could not have done it without the huge generosity of the 12 home-owners and the willingness they showed to open their homes to the passing parade of interested ticket-holders.  It means that all the ticket money will be going to St John for their new building."

She estimates that the proceeds will be in the vicinity of $13,000 and sincerely acknowledges the home owners as well as all the local businesses who sponsored all other elements of the tour.

Please email Paula with any feedback

Sponsors of the event were Harcourts, Feldwick Insurance, NZ House Surveys, Begg Security, Aitken Joinery, Golden View Lifestyle Village, Guthrie Bowron, Trends Kitchen, John Wekking Electrical, Shoes Unlimited, Metro Graphix, Nichols Garden Centre.  Many many thanks to you all. 

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Deadman's Bridge weeding 2018-10-14 11:00:00Z 0

Our work with the Mokihi Trust down along the Lake edge now has its own marker !  On Oct 2 Finn and Denis cemented our wonderful purpose made sign in place so that runners and walkers using the track can see what we've been up to in the general beautification initiative in the area.  Good work guys ;)) 

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In September we had Monique Harvey, Supportive Care Services for the Central Lakes Cancer Society, speak at one of our meetings. Following on from this she asked us to help in two private gardens in Cromwell. A lovely way to spend our usual meeting night - gardening for some very grateful members of our community in their time of need. 🌱👍
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Apologies
Apologies on the website are only necessary for the nights when we are dining at the T&C club.
On the other Monday nights, when we plan activites or visits, you will be sent an email about each event. You need to SIGN UP for these events by following the instructions in the email.
If you have any problems with this please call Neroli 0274346014
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Saturday October 27 will see a host of Cromwell homes and gardens open to the public in an event organised by Cromwell Rotary in support of Cromwell St John. 
The  selection of homes generously opened up to visitors by their owners include new homes, older homes, apartments, and beautifully restored villas and of course the visits include an opportunity to see their respective gardens as well.  The tour starts at 10am on the day and continues until 4pm . Your own transport will be required.

St John in Cromwell needs a new home and because the organisation relies on fundraising to build all its new buildings, Rotary has been approached to help.  A small group of Rotarians have developed the House and Garden tour as a way to profile a selection of interesting and unique homes in our area.  Visitors on the day to the selection of addresses will, through their ticket purchase, be making a significant contribution to this exciting St John project.

St John has identified the need for a new and innovative ambulance hub to help future proof its operations in this area given the rapid growth in both permanent and temporary population.  As we are all well aware, Cromwell and surrounding Central Otago areas are becoming a very popular destination - and of course both domestic and international tourism is increasing rapidly as well. 
In this increased growth, St John reports that demand for emergency services is up almost 5% per annum and planning is well underway for managing that likely continuing trend. They are looking to the 'hub and spoke' model developed in Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake as the likely solution.  
The planned new ambulance station will be built to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake, and could be easily converted to a post event response location, acting as a community meeting space. The proposed design reflects the unique character of the Cromwell region, using materials and vegetation that will evoke both the natural and cultural landscape of the area.
Because the value of having a strong St John in our community is so universally supported, lots of wonderful sponsors are supporting Rotary in this venture.  They include Harcourts, Metro Graphix and Design, NZ House Surveys, Guthrie Bowron, Nichol's Garden Centre, Shoes Unlimited, John Wekking Electrical, Begg Security, Trends Kitchen, Golden View Lifestyle Village and Aitken Joinery.  They are helping ensure that funds received through ticket sales can go straight to St John.
PLEASE NOTE : Because of the nature of the terrain at some houses, there is no wheelchair access, nor are the visits in general, toddler or young child friendly.
There are 2 ways to get tickets for the House and Garden Tour tour. You can  phone 03 262 7999, or you can call in to any Central Otago I-SITE Centre (Cromwell, Alexandra, Ranfurly and Roxburgh)to collect a ticket. Ticket price is $45 per person.  Any queries about the tour to Paula Jackson on 0275 725 457. 
 
 
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It was great to be part of an awesome community event with the Lakeside clean up. Deadman's bridge was our area of focus this year. Thanks to Cromwell Rotary members & friends who helped, along with Mokihi Trust members.
 
 
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The senior debating finals teams are pictured here with Shirley Howard who presented the Bob Howard Memorial Trophy for the 36th year to this year’s winning team Mount Aspiring College. The topic for this year’s debate was - That the glass is half full.
Pictured L to R: Jake Nicholson, Joe Strawson, Isobel Smith (Mt Aspiring College Team), Shirley Howard, Bethany Johnstone (rear), Tamara Hansen (front), Myah Scott (Cromwell College Team).
 
Lucy Laws proudly holds the John Webb Memorial debating trophy which she and her co-debaters Joshua Hancock and Jemima McCombe-Rae won in the final of the Central Lakes Schools Junior Debating Championship for 2018 at our meeting on August 20. The topic for the debate was "That we need more heroes".

Ainslie Webb was on hand to award her trophy. She commented in her presentation speech that her husband and our good mate John W would debate both formally and informally. It was her comment about the informal debating that got the biggest cheer from the gathered throng.
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Daffodil Day is here again. 

Rotarians and other local women volunteered their time this week to help bunch daffodils in preparation for the Daffodil Day appeal for the Cancer Society.  Pictured getting the flowers ready are from left : Helen Wreford Dunbar, Sandra Guyton, Shirley Calvert, Rie Trimmer, Shirley Howard, Maureen Butcher, Neroli McRae, Karen Ross and Yvonne Knox 
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Ban The Bag Pam Broadhead 2018-08-13 12:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Cromwell is once again selling fresh salmon in time for your Christmas celebrations.
 
Orders will be ready for collection on Wednesday 13th  December
between 3 & 5pm at 87 Inniscort Street, Cromwell.
 
All orders must be in by Friday 8th December. 
Please click on the ORDER HERE link below to enter your order.
 
Prices are:
Whole salmon @ $25 per kg (2.5 – 3 kg fish); 
Salmon fillets @ $35 per kg (approx 1 kg pieces);
Smoked Salmon @ $30 per 500 grams.
 
Payment is required on pickup and is by cash (preferably) or cheque only. 
Sorry no EFTPOS or Credit Cards will be available.
 
 
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Sunday 8th October 2017 –10am –Rotary Glen, McNulty Inlet, Partridge Rd, Cromwell
Forty-five riders enjoyed perfect conditions for a memorable ride around Lake Dunstan. 
All proceeds from the ride will be donated to local metal health initiatives.
Click Here to see a tentative list of the riders' times.
 
Ride the Lake - Sunday 8th October 2017 Richard Broadhead 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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