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On 6th December, members of Johnsonville Rotary assisted the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET); one of the premier professional engineering bodies in hosting a fun Robotics Workshop at Newlands College School.

20 Year 9 students from the college got an opportunity to personally transform a set of electronic components into a Robot using a soldering iron and then programming it in just half a day. The IET provided the robot kits for the students to build to enable them to see what a career in technology might be like.

Johnsonville Rotary members Geoff Savell, Bob Shennan, and Neil Haydon with volunteers from the IET, Victoria University, and WelTec assisted the students so they each could complete their own robot that they get to keep.

At the end of the workshop, we had 20 working robots!

Johnsonville Rotary would like to thank Geoff Miller; Head of Science and Newlands College for hosting the event and we trust all the students who attended had fun and enjoyed the workshop

On Tuesday 2nd and Tuesday 9th November Johnsonville Rotary and Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Brigade collected over half a ton of food to support Kiwi Community Assistance and Newlands Food Bank over the holiday period. There were also several cash donations made.

We would like to thank the residents of Johnsonville and Churton Park for their support and food donations

Toot 4 Tucker is one of our key events in 2021 supporting the local community organisations, helping families and young people.

During the collection there were opportunities for some of our younger residents to get up close to the Fire Engine

For details please read the recent post or click this link for details https://johnsonvillerotary.org.nz/help-for-local-communities/

Due to the cancellation of the 2021 Johnsonville Christmas Parade we unfortunately lost the venue for the Johnsonville Christmas market being held at the same time. So, instead we are running a Virtual Christmas Market instead, hosted on the website and providing direct links to stall holders.

More information on this soon. In the meantime if you are interested in being on the Virtual Mmarket please use “Contact Us”.

The Innovative Young Minds (IYM) program is designed to encourage young women to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and high-tech manufacturing – fields. The program provides the students with the opportunity to experience potential career paths in technology and science. Johnsonville Rotary was very pleased to sponsor Emma Cooper on the 2021 IYM program and on the 8th November Emma was able to visit the club and talk about her experience in the program and how much she enjoyed it.

On 27th September Judith Gray; Managing Direvctor of Nada Bakery was guest speaker at our club meeting. Judith outlined her career which started when she trained as a nurse and later how she met Peter Gray who started the family business that is Nada Bakery today. Originally, Judith looked after marketing, recruitment and general administration for Nada Cakes (as it was then known) until becoming Managing Director of the business after the sad passing of her husband Peter in 2005. Today, with her son, Judith has grown the business with both a successful online business supplying product all across New Zealand as well as continuing to sell their products through shops across the Wellington region.

Judith explains the history of Nada Bakery

Judith explained that both she and her late husband have been very active over a long period in the New Zealand Baking Industry Association and Judith was honoured with LIfe Membership of the organisation in 2017. Nada Bakery continues to grow successfully as well as winning awards and prizes for their pies and other products.

Club Services Director Alex Giorgiades thanks Judith for her presentation

Our Rotary meetings were able to resume on 13th September and we very pleased to welcome Karin van der Walt who works as the Conservation and Science Advisor to Wellington City Council.

Karen oulined her important work in identifying and preserving unique NZ plant varieties and why it is so important to preserve them for posterity. Currently she is working on her PhD research investigating the conservation of the Myrtaceae species.

Karen outlines the process for saving native NZ species

Just before Wellington entered its most recent COVID lockdown we had a timely presentation by Chris Tchernegovski: who looks after Rotary International’s “End Polio” program for District 9940.

Chris outlines the current state of Rotary International’s successful “End Polio” program

Chris gave a really interesting updates in the the End Polio program Just two countries still have Polio; Afganistan and Pakistan and even now it is hoped it will be eradicated despite the difficult conditions there. Chris also talked about vaccination programs in general and how these have been successful in eradicated so many diseases that used claim many lives in the past. He also talked about the current COVID outbreak and the vaccination program and explained the risks of having a vaccine are negligable compared to the risk of getting the disease.

Chris talks about vaccination and how it can save lives