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The Club's September 2017 book fair was another great success
 
Running over three days from Friday 15th evening to Sunday 17th morning buyers were given plenty of time to sort out their favourites.  Childrens books were particularly popular, and a cache of Bill Brysons proved very tempting to your editor.
 
Our special thanks to  St. Heliers Bay Primary School for allowing us to use their assembly hall, and to Derek Bond and Graeme Emerson whose tireless efforts ensured a great result.
 
We also thank the Dove Hospice for their efforts in sourcing many books.  The hospice is a recipient of a share of the proceeds from the book sale.
On 26/27 May our club was privileged to host the 2017 Model United Nations Assembly for Districts 9910 and 9920.  The performance of the 95 teams from 48 different schools was truly impressive, from their outfits to the polished debate which they were able to provide, and particularly in the impromptu sessions when remits were debated, or the Security Council in session. 
 
Secretary General for the two days, former MP for Manukau East, Ross Robertson kept things tightly under control at all times.  And the featured speaker, former Auckland University Professor Paul Buchanan, held the audience spellbound with his truly enlightening views on World politics today.
 
With such fine speaking performances, selecting winners was a difficult task for our judges.  However Best overall team on the day was awarded to Glendowie College, representing Azerbaijan.  The Most Engaging Speaker award went to Mitchell Palmer, Auckland  Grammar.
After achieving 3rd place at our Eastern Suburbs heat on 2 April, Kaythi Finn of St. Kentigern Girls School swept the field to become New Zealand Super Stock Soap Box Champion last weekend.
 
Kaythi will travel to Ohio in the July to compete in the All-American Soap Box World Championships! This will be the second year in a row that a St. Kentigern Girls’ School student has travelled to the States to represent New Zealand after Ocean Scott took the honour last year. 
 
We wish you all the best Kaythi.  We're sure you have what it takes to bring the international trophy back home!
 
At a recent meeting the Club was delighted to present 3 bicycles to students of Tamaki Primary School.
 
The cycles which were funded by club member's donations were assembled by teams at an earlier club meeting under the supervision of our Chief Spoke Richard Oddy, who later checked that they were road-worthy.
 
The picture shows one of the cycles being presented to Tamaki Primary student Marcus by Community Chair Garry Langford, assisted by School, Principal Rhonda Kelly.  
 
Rotary Club of Auckland East  are grateful for the input of club member Maurice Waetford who is a vital link for the club to the Tamaki community, and are sure that the cycles will be put to good use.

Rotary Club of Auckland East has been actively involved with the local Rotary Road Safety Education Programme through funding and on site manpower support.

The  programme aims to provide essential road safety skills training to young drivers to help ensure that when they commence driving, they have had the best road safety preparation possible.  It targets Year 11 students and consists of lectures by highly qualified road safety experts.

The Program has been developed and updated in consultation with Government authorities having responsibility for Roads and Education, Health and the Police. Councils, the business and philanthropic community support the Program.

Students contribute to the costs, but Rotary assistance is available in cases of hardship so that no student is denied the opportunity of attending the course.

Top Schools is a fun sports day run by Rotary Club of Auckland East for primary school students in the Eastern Suburbs of Auckland. It is open in two grades for teams comprising years 3 and 4 students, or years 5 and 6 students.

The event is normally run at Churchill Park School St. Heliers in late February/early March each year.

The teams must compete in a number of fun events including a slippery slide, gumboot throw, mine field, ski run, sponge fun, newspaper delivery complete with sleds, and the wobbly wheels waggons (shown).  The day starts with a grand parade led by Harold the Giraffe, and teams compete in the timed events to obtain the highest score for their grade.

Mums and dads are all in attendance to cheer the teams on and at the end of the day all participants gain a certificate of attainment.

A great day out and real team work opportunity for the children participating.   For 2018 Results click Read More ...

Auckland East Rotary has an active commitment to the Rotary New Zealand Emergency Response Kits programme.  The Emergency Response Kits contain essential items to enable Pacific Island families to get re-established after a severe weather event which has damaged homes.  Included in the kits are such key items as tarpaulins, digging tools, cooking items and much more.  

 
Kits are stores in New Zealand and Fiji for fast despatch to Islanders in need.  Rotary New Zealand actively work with MFAT and the New Zealand Airforce to ensure there are enough kits and in the right place at the right time.
 
As well as contributing funds to the programme, our club members are enthusiastic volunteers when called upon to assist in packing a new consignment of Emergency Response Kits.
 
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