Johnsonville Rotary would like to thank the residents of Johnsonville and Churton Park for their support for the Toot 4 Tucker food collection in November. Toot 4 Tucker collects food for Kiwi Community Assist (KCA) foodbanks. The club would also like to thank the Fire crews from Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Brigade for walking the streets with Rotary club members to collect the food from residents. During the collection there was an opportunity for many of our younger residents to climb up into the Fire Engine and see what it was like for themselves. This year KCA followed the Fire Engine so that the food collected could be taken directly to the distribution centre. The collection was featured in the 17th November edition of the Wellington Independent Herald.

The Johnsonville Christmas Market will return on Saturday 3rd December from 10:00am to 2:00pm – same day as the Christmas Parade.

It will located in the Countdown supermarket carpark in Johnsonville Road. We would like to thank Countdown for making the space available

Stalls can be booked now – please use the Contact Us for details

On the 10th October we were pleased to welcome members of Rotary Club of Karori to a joint meeting to hear from 2022-2023 District Governor; Marilyn Stevens.

Marilyn updated the clubs on the planned changes in Rotary in New Zealand to modernise the organisational structure and assist clubs in their work in local communities., followed by a Q&A session.

Marilyn outlines the changes in Rotary New Zealand

On 10th October Jessica Starke reported back to the club on her experience attending the Innovative Young Minds (IYM) program and how much she enjoyed it.

Jessica joined other students to visit companies and organization’s in the Wellington area that are involved in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or high-tech manufacturing.

Rotary’s IYM provides students with the opportunity to experience potential career paths in technology and science area. Johnsonville Rotary was very pleased to sponsor Jessica on the 2022 IYM program and listen to her talk about her experience in the program.

Club Member Judith Gallocher has just returned from another rally organised by the NZ International Caravanning Fellowship. The Fellowship started in the UK in 1967 and came to New Zealand in 1978. Meetings are held all over New Zealand and gives a great opportunity to discover places and develop friendships. They are always keen for new people to join them

If anyone is keen to join use this link to get more information

On 27th June, the club held it’s annual changeover meeting. Outgoing Club President William Nobelen reviewed the achievements and activities of the past year and then handed over his role.

In 2022-2023 the President role will be split with incoming President Neil Haydon taking it on for the first half of the year before handing it on to Athula Wanasinghe for the second half.

Outgoing Club President William Nobelen congrtualtes incoming Presidents Neil Haydon and Athula Wanasinghe

The club also said an official farewell to outgoing club secretary Mike Wotherspoon who retired from Rotary after 30 years service. Club president William Nobelen thanked Mike for all of the work he has done for the club and Rotary.

Club President William Nobelen and outgoing Club Secretary Mike Wotherspoon

At our meeting on 13th June, Bridget Tunnicliffe; Sports Jounalist and News Planner at Radio New Zealand was our guest speaker.

Bridget gave a really interesting presentation on how she originally got into Journalism with a Postgraduate Diploma from Victoria University Wellington then gaining early experience with an Auckland Community Newspaper before working as a regional reported at Newstalk ZB. Later in her career she worked in London, at RNZ, and South Korea for several years before returning to work back at RNZ covering all areas of News in 2011. Today Bridget works as Sports Jounalist and News Planner for Radio NewZealand based in Wellington.

During her talk, Bridget outlined how journalism has evolved over recent years with the increasing use of the web in additional to more traditional news media. She also talked about her Sports Journalism career and in particular Netball that she follows closely. She also said she was looking forward to travelling to the UK to cover the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

On Saturday 4th June Johnsonville Rotary hosted the Winter Craft Market at Churton Park Community Centre.

A steady stream of people visited the market to visit stalls offering plants, cakes, , clothing, gift cards and a variety of artwork for sale. Rotary Club member John Apanowicz, Johnsonville Rotary Market organiser, said “Our club was very happy to host this community event as we were not able to host the Christmas market or the Children’s Picnic due to Covid. We thank the Churton Park Community Centre for being a wonderful host.”

The Rotary club held a successful sausage sizzle and proceeds will be donated back to the community.

The club would like to thank the residents of Churton Park for visiting the market and the Churton Park Community Centre for allowing us to hold the market. Hopefully we will be back with another market soon.