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Due to the improving situation relating to Covid 19 restrictions, Johnsonville Rotary Club plans to resume its program of Events and Meetings in June.

The next Club Meeting will be an on-line meeting using Zoom, and is on Monday 8th June at 6pm

Our normal meetings will resume at the Johnsonville Club on Monday 29th June at the normal time if 6:15pm

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 https://independentherald.co.nz/04062020.pdf

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.

On 14 October 2019 Johnsonville Rotary welcomed Sebastian Grodd from the Life Flight Trust.

Sebastian outlined how the Life Flight Trust was set up and explained the very important role it plays today. The Life Flight Trust has helped over 30,000 people in need of urgent medical attention, saving many of their lives, including Johnsonville Rotarian Geoff Savell, who owns the Johnsonville Medical Centre Pharmacy. Life Flight Trust also operates an air ambulance plane.

Sebastian explains the important work Life Flight Trust undertakes

Johnsonville Rotary donated $8,353.18 to the Life Flight Trust to pay for a new life raft for their Westpac Rescue Helicopter. A new life raft was desperately needed because the rescue helicopter cannot operate without a life raft that complies with rigorous Health and Safety standards and the existing one no longer complied.

Assistant District Governor Adrienne Murray presents the cheque to Sebastian Groudd with Johnsonville Rotary President Pravind Singh looking on

On 23 September 2019 Rotary District 9940 Governor John Mohi was welcomed to Johnsonville Rotary Club by President Pravind Singh.

John was joined by his wife Lane, Assistant Governor Adrienne Murray, and District Secretary Ross Forbister.

John and Adrienne updated he club on the latest initiatives to support Rotary International’s world-wide “End Polio Now” campaign.

Edwin Hermann was our guest speaker at Johnsonville Rotary on 22 July 2019, speaking about himself and running a community music radio station from Grenada Village. The music is mainly from the 1970s-1990s. But is happy to take requests. The station is one of his hobbies.

The radio station is Mix FM, broadcasting for 24 hours all days of the week in FM on the frequency 87.9 MHz to Grenada Village, Paparangi, Newlands, Churton Park and Johnsonville, and online via the Mix FM website: https://mixfm.nz/

How Edwin got to do this is itself a fascinating story. He is from Switzerland originally, is married and has 2 young daughters, who speak both English and French (reflecting his own Swiss background). He works at Victoria University Wellington in the IT department. He volunteers in disability support on the campus (e.g. by driving students with disabilities between places on the campus). His other activity is as a bell-ringer at the Wellington Cathedral.

How did this all begin? As a teenager in the 1990s Edwin was interested in electronics and made a buzzer for his bedroom and an electronic keypad to be used to get in. He also bought a transmitter from an electrics store, which could transmit to about 3 houses away from his home. When he went to university his interest continued and he transmitted from his university residence room.

He started with music from his own 100 or so albums and other radio albums. He now runs the station from his garage, it takes up a small space, and has a transmitter on the roof (which uses 1 Watt of power). This hobby costs him around $300 a year and he does not earn from the station.