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Guest Speaker - Glen Crowther
Glen Crowther was born and bred in the Bay, and he now lives with his family here in Tauranga. Glen has more than two decades of experience applying sustainability principles within businesses and local communities, and has a particular interest in stakeholder engagement. He was the Bay of Plenty Regional Manager for the Sustainable Business Network from 2015 to 2020, where his role linked him to councils, businesses, business networks, community organisations, iwi and hapu, and various government agencies operating in the region. Glen now works for the Sustainable Bay of Plenty Charitable Trust, where he continues to support a range of sustainability initiatives within the Bay of Plenty region.
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Next Meeting - Monday June 15th 2021, Club Meeting, Kindly email Clyde for apologies email candrstewart@xtra.co.nz

Sharing a powerful moment as a vaccination volunteer

By Vicki Brentin, a member of the Rotary Club of Houston Skyline, Houston, Texas, USA, May 11th 2021

Anticipation. Excitement. Nervousness. Uncertainty. Hopefulness. Relief. Gratitude. I had all of these not-so-surprising emotions as I passed through the various stations at the mega vaccine site in Houston to receive my COVID-19 vaccination.

At each station, the volunteers looked into my eyes with a keen sense of understanding as if I was their first interaction of the day, when in reality I was close to number 2,500. It seemed to mean so much to them; this moment we shared. And I felt overwhelmed with feelings deep in my soul and heart. 

I knew I wanted to volunteer at a vaccination center and be part of this historic moment as we help our communities return to some sense of normal. The more I shared this feeling with friends and fellow Rotarians, the more I heard similar sentiments. I reached out to our district governor, Scott Rainey, and discovered he also had a strong interest in getting members of our district to be a part of the vaccination effort.

For the past few weeks, I have been helping coordinate hundreds of volunteers in our district. Rotary clubs recruited members as well as family, friends, and community partners to join our effort. I also spend time in Denver, and reached out to Rotary members there to support the vaccination effort in that city. In either place, Houston or Denver, the experience was the same. Volunteers were so grateful to be a part of this epic effort. Most volunteered more than once.

One volunteer expressed it well:

 “Volunteering was one of my favorite events of the last year. Seeing all of the people involved in vaccinating our friends and neighbors was emotional and inspiring. “

I am grateful to have been a small part of this moment and am confident that all the Rotary members who volunteered or recruited others felt the same way. Whether I was ushering people to the right station, serving at the registration table, taking temperatures, or directing traffic, I never tired of connecting with the people coming to get their vaccines. We all shared a powerful moment that we knew to be life changing – individually and for our community.

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Degustation Lunch Cambodia Chartiable Trust Fundraiser

Arranged by the Cambodia Charitable Trust, join for a gourmet degustation lunch at the beautiful Hidden Lake Hotel venue in Cambridge.

 

When
Sunday 4th July 2021 11:30am - 2:30pm
Where  Hidden Lake Hotel Cambridge, Lakewood Development Block D, 34E Lake Street, Cambridge

You will be treated to four specially-selected courses plus two palate-cleansing sorbets and a glass of bubbly.

Guest Speaker is the inspirational Denise Arnold, founder of the Cambodia Charitable Trust. https://cctnz.org.nz/

Cash bar available (orders taken at your table) |  Spot Prizes 

Tickets Limited to 50

All proceeds from this event go to the Cambodia Charitable Trust.

                                                      
 
 
 
 
Meetings each second and fourth Monday of the month at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Meet from 5.45pm for a 6.30pm start.  There will be no meeting on public holidays, and these dates will have been rescheduled in the same month.   All guest are welcome to join, please contact a club officer to confirm such dates. www.rotary-otumoetai.org.nz