Change and Leadership

On Tuesday 8th October we had the privilege of hosting a great speak Andrew Alexander on the topic of 'Change and Leadership in a Socially Networked World.  It was great to hear the comparisons of the generations X, Y and Z, and see how they see the world.  I was able to compare the generations to not only myself , but also my children.  We all see the world differently.  Some of the things discussed is 'What Can We Do'.
• Disrupt your thinking
• Have a vision and share it
• Consider how your 'brand' is seen
• If something interesting happens, promote it
• Celebrate our Rotary Adventure.
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Imagine waking up on Christmas Day and and having no gift for your children.  For many families in West Auckland this was to be a reality.  In October 2017 we started a short campaign to raise funds for shoeboxes to be given to those less fortunate than ourselves.  We sold the concept to friends and family members and were able to raise over $3000 towards the project.
A few working bees to help pack and wrap the gifts into specially designed wrapping paper were great fun.  This picture was at the end of one wrapping session.  
In total we were able to deliver 159 gifts boxes to Vision West, who were able to distribute the presents to the families in need.
Well done to all the team the contributed time towards this cause.
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Meto and ROMAC

Our club hosted the most adorable little boy - Meto.  Here was in NZ with his parents as part of ROMAC.  While Meto and his family - mother Marilyn and Dad James - were in Auckland several of our club members visited them at Ronald McDonald House and they even when out for day trips if he was well enough.  Meto has thrived since the operation.  While he was here he celebrated his 2nd birthday, and of course, being Rotarians, we love birthday parties.  Meto and his family came to our club meeting and gave us the opportunity to have cake.  All the best for the future Meto.
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Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0