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Fairfield

We meet In Person
Mondays at 5:30 PM
Innovation Park (black Gallagher Building)
1 Melody Lane
Ruakura
Hamilton, Waikato 3216
New Zealand
Meetings - 2nd and 4th Mondays of month at 5.30 PM. If the Monday is a holiday, the meeting will be held on the Tuesday.
May 2022
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Upcoming Events
  • Club Meeting
    Innovation Park
    May 23, 2022
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Club Meeting
    Inovation Park
    Jun 13, 2022
    5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
International News
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Rotary members honored as Champions of Girls’ Empowerment

Six Rotary members were honored in March as People of Action: Champions of Girls’ Empowerment during Rotary Day with UNICEF in New York City. This distinction recognizes the honorees’ commitment to improving girls’ access to education, health, and sanitation and hygiene resources, as well as their work to create environments where girls can flourish.

Staff Corner: John Hewko

Learn more about the general secretary and CEO of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, John Hewko.

Rotary Statement on the War against Ukraine

Rotary supports UN General Assembly resolutions calling for an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian military forces from Ukraine.

World Immunization Week: Vaccines keep communities healthy

Our progress in the fight against polio shows why vaccination is important

Rotary’s network enables rapid humanitarian relief for Ukrainian refugees

Rotary clubs have taken swift action to provide food, water, medical equipment, and shelter for Ukrainian refugees.

Connect With Us
 
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Fairfield, Hamilton, New Zealand. Rotary District 9930.
 
Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
Serve To Change Lives
 
If you are interested in joining or maybe becoming a Friend - learn more -
Contact Mike Grayson - Mob: 027 444 5186 or
 
Club Stories
In response to the deepening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, The Rotary Foundation has created an official channel for donors around the world to contribute funds to support the relief efforts underway by Rotary districts and has designated its Disaster Response Fund  which can be  found here:  https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund  as the main avenue for contributions.
Contributions to the Disaster Response Fund in support of Ukraine can be made online at:  https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund
 
All funds need to be received into the Disaster Response Fund by no later than 30 April 2022 in order to qualify for use in support of the Ukrainian relief efforts.
 
Donations can also be made locally directly to Fairfield Rotary Club using the following bank details; 
SBS Trust Account No: 03-1355-0509839-00    Please clearly mark your deposit  -  ‘UKRAINE’
 
For all other questions and to obtain more information, please contact Fairfield Rotary Club at rotarynz@xtra.co.nz.
 
 
Last Saturday, Rotarians from Cambridge and Hamilton assisted with the unloading of approximately 90 boxes of items donated by The Warehouse to Kids in Need Waikato. They are a registered charity based in Cambridge, that supplies care packs to children in foster care, or any child being cared for by someone other than their biological parent. See more HERE and HERE.
Yesterday at the Hamilton Lake, Dick Breukink a Rotarian from Waikato Sunrise Rotary club ran the ‘2021 London Virtual Marathon’ around the Lake to raise funds for a Rotary charity, Hospice Nepal.
The run involved 11 laps of the lake and Dick was supported by a number of friends from the Hamilton Roadrunners Running club. Our thanks go out to the club and its members for their wonderful support (and the sausages) in helping to get Dick across the line!
Below are a few of the pictures taken on the day… If you would like to donate you may do so at: <www.gogetfunding.com/hospicenepal>
 
 
 
With a sad heart, I am writing to let you know that Special Olympics New Zealand has been forced to make the heart-breaking decision to postpone the 2021 Freemasons New Zealand National Summer Games (NSG) to 2022.    
There were three key issues that our Board considered when making this decision 
    The wellbeing of our athletes and volunteers the most important one. There is a high risk of infection with Delta, and we want to ensure that everyone is safe. 
    Delta has created a heightened level of uncertainty.  We consulted with our clubs, and they have made it clear that they needed certainty sooner, rather than later if we had to postpone.  It is important that the whole country can participate and for all athletes to have a level playing field with their preparation for the Games. 
    Finally, management of the financial risk means that our losses could be significant if we wait any longer.
We will let know you as soon as the new dates are confirmed and they will be made available to everyone.  Asti Farrell (events@specialolympics.org.nz) will be the main contact from 30 September, however I will still be available for any questions until then. 
Thank you so much for your support of our athletes and we hope you will be able to make it to the 2022 Games. 
Best regards
Nikki Cameron
Special Events & Volunteer Manager
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Part of the 70 plus members of the community who  came along to the Fairfield Project (adjacent to Fairfield College), on Saturday 31 August, to help with the planting of 2500 native trees in around 2 hours. Fairfield Rotary was represented by 8 members of the club. Information on the Fairfield Project can be found HERE.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Hamilton  8 - 12 December 2021
 
Up to 600 volunteers will be needed to cover 2000 shifts across 5 days of competition, health screenings and ceremonies.
 
Roles will include general event volunteers, sports officials, marshals, health professionals, IT management and more.
 
Rotary is a Special Olympics New Zealand Summer Games partner and we are asking all Rotary Clubs across the Waikato to help promote this event in their social media.
If you’re interested in volunteering you can sign up at:  specialolympicsnz.rosterfy.co/invite/Rotary_Volunteers
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Cahill being presented with the District 9930 Club Bulletin Award, by the District Governor Grant Spackman. It is very appropriate that Mike was present to receive the award, as he was the Club Bulletin Editor for the 2020-2021 Rotary year. Congratulations Mike.
 
               
 
 
For the first time, people will be able to roll, ride as well as run down the Hamilton Airport runway in an annual fundraiser.
 
Set to take off on Sunday, 14th March 2021, the Rotary ‘Run the Runway’ event will also include mobility scooters, wheelchairs and strollers.
 
Beginning at 7.15am, walkers, runners and users of mobility scooters and wheelchairs are invited to run, ride or walk the length of the 2.2km runway.
 
A digital clock will be present for the more competitive to record their times.
 
Limited to 600 people, the event is organised by the local Rotary Clubs, created to raise money for local and international charities and projects.
 
Event co-ordinator Mike Cahill from Fairfield Rotary Club said he hoped all those in Hamilton would take the chance to participate and support this unique event.
"This event is only available in two places in New Zealand and is only offered in four places in the southern hemisphere.
 
"You don’t realise how big the runway is until you’re out there, It’s quite an amazing experience."
 
On offer is a first prize of a free flight over Hamilton, which has been kindly donated by the Kiwi Balloon Company he said.
 
Registration fee:
$30   per  Adult
$80   per  Family 2 Adults + 2 Children (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
$100 per  Team of 4 people
 
You can register and purchase tickets on the website at: www.runtherunway.org
 
 
Science Box Lockdown Challenge can now be found on the Science Box website and Facebook page:
 
  
 
 
 
Science Box is a project supported by Fairfield Rotary aimed at sparking an interest in science in kids at a young age. Founded by Shalini Guleria in 2018, it is ever expanding and looking for volunteers. Science Box currently focuses it's work in the Waikato region of New Zealand, and hopes to grow this reach to a global level one day.

Check out their website here: <https://www.sciencebox.co.nz/>

Please pass on this link to Teachers and Schools and anybody with primary school children! Thank you.
 
 
 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBBIE FRANCIS
 
The club offered congratulations to our own Robbie Francis who has been announced as a finalist in the Global category for the 2019 Women of Influence Awards. The Women of Influence 2019 winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at SKYCITY on October 24. Check out the story here <https://bit.ly/2jRkyyC>
 
SHALINI GULERIA - NEW HONORARY MEMBER
 
Congratulations to Shalini Guleria who was inducted as an honorary member of Fairfield Rotary on Monday evening. Members learnt tonight that she has graduated with her Masters Degree from Waikato University and has been awarded a scholarship to study breast cancer at Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne. We wish her the best of luck in her new career. Seen here with Jack Keeys and Prof David Lowe.
 
 
 
HAMILTON CIVIC AWARD RECIPIENT
 
Shalini Guleria receiving her Civic Award from the Mayor of Hamilton, Andrew King.
Shalini was nomonated for a civic award by the Rotary Club of Fairfield for her enthusiasm, dedication and effort in setting up the Science Box Club and programme to schools for young people aged 5 to 11. The Science Box Club webpage is available here <https://www.sciencebox.co.nz/>. 
Shalini was personally congratulated by the Mayor and acknowledged as being the youngest recipient of the award.
 
LEADERSHIP IN THE CITY
 
Last night our guest speaker was Councillor Paula Southgate who gave a presentation entitled, 'Leadership in the City'. It is clear that Paula is very passionate about this city and its people. She believes strongly that our best days are ahead of us. With over 25 years in community, regional, national and local government leadership, she explained that she is ready to lead Hamilton to a better future for all.

"Governance is a challenging environment, but I believe robust debate is healthy. Good leadership is about looking for win-win outcomes and harnessing the potential of people." Southgate said. 
 
Paula’s website can be found here - <https://www.paulasouthgate.co.nz/page/meet-paula/>
 
 
 
 
YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
 
Our lives are affected every day by decisions made by your city's Mayor and Councillors - the people who are elected every 3 years to represent you. In spite of this, voter turnout for Hamilton Council elections has been steadily declining. This year, a new crop of candidates will put their names forward for the 2019 Election. Last night Councillor Angela O’Leary gave a fact filled informative talk as she shared insights into why people don't vote and what can be done about it. She shared with members some of her 11 years' of elected experience and gave us tips on how to choose the right candidate to represent us.