The Johnsonville Rotary’s Christmas Market will return on Saturday December 5 2020 – the same day as the Johnsonville Christmas Parade.

The market will be located at Countdown Supermarket on Johnsonville Road next to the Christmas parade route and promises to be bigger and better than in previous years.

If you would like to run a stall at the market then please contact us now:

Johnsonville Rotary hosted a women’s networking event on 28 September 2020.

COVID-19 is affecting many people. Thousands are losing their jobs, mostly women, and many small businesses are struggling. The talk on Mon 28 Sept hosted by the Rotary Club of Johnsonville was a timely reminder that the Venus Network, a charitable trust active in most bigger cities in New Zealand, is there to support women who own, or are planning to start, a small business.

The talk was given by Britta Hollmann, the regional Director of the Venus Network (and President of the Rotary Club of Hutt City in Lower Hutt). Her talk was attended by Rotarians, women business-owners in Johnsonville and  neighbouring areas, and also women in our community generally who were interested to hear her and also to meet and network with other women in our community.

Venus Network provides a family-friendly opportunity for like-minded women facing similar challenges to network with each other at regular meetings over coffee or a  meal, and to take up one of the varied business training and development courses offered by the Venus Training Academy.

Britta Hollman addresses attendees of the Women in Business Networking Event

Britta emphasised the value of networking for everyone in business in New Zealand. She has found her broader Rotary network invaluable, and enjoys the emphasis on community service that is an integral part of Rotary. Venus Network opens access to a different network of people, with a deeper, more directed focus on helping women grow themselves and their businesses.

This event was attended by 42 people and provided finger food, which enabled people to meet and network with each other, prior to Britta’s talk. It was a most enjoyable evening for all.

The finger food was part sponsored by Mitre 10 (Crofton Downs) and New World Newlands also donated 3 platters of food for the function. The attendees and Johnsonville Rotary were most appreciative of this.

On Monday 14th September, Andrew Hopgood was the guest of the club. Andrew spoke passionately about his life and work in helping others overcome all forms of addition (drugs, alcohol, etc.). Andrew has worked as a Senior Clinician with Red Door Recovery, an agency established to assist people (including members of the Mongrel Mob) from the addictions to drugs, substances and alcohol”. It was a compelling presentation on how he has taken his personal experience and used it to create processes that help people change their lives for the better.

Andrew Hopgood explaining how he helps people overcome substance addition

Graeme Mander, of Johnsonville Rotary club has sadly passed away. Graeme joined Johnsonville Rotary in 1971, was Club President between 1981 and 1982, and made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1987. Graeme was highly respected throughout the Rotary world, an active leader on many club projects and served District Rotary on the Rotary Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Graeme ran Wellington–based Mander Plumbing for 60 years, serving his apprenticeship under his father and took over running the business in 1965 and continued working until his retirement in 2019. Graeme was a National Life Member of Master Plumbers, he served on the National Council of the Society for over 25 years, was National President from 1985-86 and again in 1999.

He was the Master Plumbers representative on the Industry Training Board and also served as New Zealand representative on the World Plumbing Council for nine years from 1996.

Our love is extended to Graeme’s wife Christina and their three daughters and their families.

On 31st August the club were the guests of Johnsonville Lions. Lions President Angela Amber welcomed members of the club to their club meeting. The Guest Speaker was Rebecca Priestley from Victoria University who gave a presentation on her experience visiting Antartica and also share some insights about climate change from her research.

Rebecca Priestly describing the landing on the Ice Runway near Scott Base in Antartica

On Monday 13th July the Club had its a changeover meeting where it President Pravind Singh reviewed and celebrated the activities of the past year.

President Pravind Singh with family and friends

At the end of the meeting, Founding club member of Johnsonville Rotary, Arthur Avis, congratulated Neil Haydon on his election as President for the 2020/2021 Rotary Year.

Outgoing Club President Pravind Singh and Founding member Arthur Avis
congratulates Neil Haydon on his election as new club President

The Rotary Club of Johnsonville has donated $9,000.00 to charities in May 2020.

News of the donations by the Rotary Club of Johnsonville was reported in the Independent Herald Newspaper on the 4th June 2020.

The donations were to assist members of the local community impacted by financial strain due to the Covid 19 lockdown and its economic effects.

Club President Pravind Singh presents the donation cheque to Michelle Rowe from Kiwi Community Assist

The Charities donated to reflect the areas with the greatest needs at this time, such as the foodbanks and organisations helping families and young people cope at this time.

The donations were given to the following organisations, which operate in the local community:

  • Kiwi Community Assist (a foodbank) $4,000.00.
  • The Johnsonville Foodbank $2,000.00
  • Challenge 2000 (which helps families and young people in our area) $1,500.00.
  • Life Education Trust (which helps younger children cope) $1,500.00.
Club President Pravind Singh presents the donation cheque to Debbie Avison of Johnsonville Foodbank

All the organisations expressed their gratitude for the donations at this time.

You can view the article on page 14 of the latest copy of the Independent Herald by clicking this link

On 9 March 2020 Philippa Wells, Executive Manager, of “Dress for Success” and “StartSmart” was the club’s guest speaker. Philippa explained how Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing them with a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. As arranged with Philippa, Johnsonville Rotary members, “Friends” of the club, their partners and members of the community gave clothing donations to be used by Dressed For Success. A number of items were donated, including dresses, skirts, women’s suits and men’s suits and at least one sports jacket.

Philippa Wells explains how “Dressed For Success” assists womento change their lives for the better

Phillipa also explained how Dressed for Success has been extended to support men in a similar program called StartSmart.

On 10 February Johnsonville Rotary was proud to welcome and honour Michele Rowe of the Newlands Community House. Michele was awarded Rotary International’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award in recognition of all her voluntary work in the local community over many years. This includes Newlands Food Bank, running a Soup Kitchen, working with low risk offenders from Corrections, working with Kiwi Community Assistance as well as managing volunteers in nurturing and planting native trees and shrubs in local schools and local community areas.

Michele Rowe with Club President Pravind Singh (centre)
and Vince Adams-Schneider (right)

The award was presented to Michele by club member Vince Adams-Schneider who coordinates the clubs “Toot for Tucker” program that supports the Newlands Food Bank.