Mt Eden Club News

 

November 2019
  • In absolutely fantastic news, Gow Langsford Gallery has announced that the Art Auction in Support of Māpura Studios held at Giltrap Audi (150 Great North Rd) on 21 November 2019 raised over $100,000.

  • Our warm congratulations go to everyone involved, including the Rotary Club of Epsom (especially Craig Jones) who worked very hard together with Gow Langsford Gallery to make this event come to fruition.

  • Thanks so much to the artists for donating their works (which can be seen at https://www.gowlangsfordgallery.co.nz/media/676672/mapura-charity-auction-catalogue-2019.pdf or by double-clicking on the poster below) and to those who supported the cause by purchasing artworks and tickets.

  • Thanks very much also to Art+Object auctioneer Ben Plumbly, BlueStar Printing, Brian Barnett, Eden Catering, Empire Electrical, Iain Cheeseman, John Gow, Peek Exhibition and Pene Hemus.

  • For its part, Mt Eden Rotary was delighted to both assist at the event and help with its promotion and we acknowledge the efforts on the night of club members/friends Ainslie Campbell, Frances Loo, Gillian Anderson and Ian Denning.

  • Well done everyone and thanks very much!

  • Mt Eden Rotary was delighted to donate 100 copies of the Usborne Illustrated English Dictionary to the Mt Eden Corrections Facility on Tuesday 12 November.
  • The dictionaries will be used by Zoe Cornelius (Librarian) and Ghissy Lee (Regional Volunteer Coordinator) to assist their literacy programmes.
  • This donation was made possible by the OCEAN LIGHT book launch event held last year and we thank Nalini Singh, her fans who attended the event, Hachette NZ, Epsom Community Library, Chapter Book & Tea Shop and the June Gray Charitable Trust for their support.
  • Look who Mt Eden Rotary met at the Mt Eden Train Station - our very own local MP! On Friday 1 November, a number of Rotarians rode the Auckland train system to Tag On and Tag Polio Off. This was an opportunity for Rotarians in Auckland to raise awareness and funds for the End Polio programme. We are very grateful for the support of Rotary's guest riders, including Hon Simon Bridges (Leader National Party and MP Tauranga), David Seymour (Leader of Act NZ and MP Epsom) and Lucy Brock (Miss World New Zealand 2019). Thanks very much. #tagpoliooff.
October 2019
  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary donated $3,250 to the team from Hearts4Kids for their surgical trip for children in Fiji in mid November.
  • Mt Eden Rotary made a donation to the Middlemore Foundation.
  • Many thanks to Helen Laurenson for agreeing to do a HISTORY OF MOUNT EDEN book talk and signing event with Mt Eden Rotary - as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival! Many thanks also to the Epsom Library (host) and Chapter Book and Tea Shop staff (supper). It was a good night on Tuesday 22 October with around 38 attendees (excluding helpers) – which is a great outcome – considering the dismal weather, dramatic and historic events in the city (SkyCity Convention Centre fire) and competing local events (including a public meeting at the Mt Eden Village Centre). Book sales and donations resulted in funds raised of around $329 (after GST) to put towards Rotary literacy projects. A number of the attendees remarked very positively on the event. All in all, a good night!
September 2019
  • Mt Eden Rotary was delighted to help host Nalini Singh for the ARCHANGEL’S WAR book launch and author signing event (together with Epsom Library, Hachette NZ and the Chapter Book & Tea Shop) on Tuesday 24 September. Nalini is New Zealand's very own, multiple award-winning author, who has sold more than 7 million books worldwide.
  • Around 80 dedicated fans arrived on a cold and rainy night to celebrate the launch of the twelfth book in the darkly passionate Guild Hunter series. Nalini spoke to the crowd about her process and her characters, and about how it all began when she was a student at Mount Roskill Grammar. The queue for the book signing took an hour to work through! It was an exciting night for many, some of whom had travelled from out-of-town to the event.
  • We raised $604 from book sales and donations for our literacy programmes
  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary jointly held a DOWNTON ABBEY premiere screening on Thurs 12 September to raise funds for the Hearts4Kids surgical trip to Fiji in November. We raised around $1,750.
  • Epsom Rotary and Mt Eden Rotary organised a "Meet Two Auckland Mayoral Candidates" evening on Tues 3 September which was very well-attended considering the wet weather on the night. The 120+ chairs were just about all used for the fiery debate.
​July 2019
  • Mt Eden Rotary made a donation to Help Auckland (Support for Sexual Abuse Survivors).
June 2019
  • Mt Eden Rotary donated $2,000 to the Rotary Foundation, with the funds mostly raised from the ROCKETMAN Movie Night Fundraiser.
  • Mt Eden Rotary donated $2,000 to Allergy New Zealand, with the funds being raised by the club's Quiz Night Fundraiser.
  • Mt Eden Rotary donated $1,310 to PolioPlus (to End Polio Now), with the funds mostly raised from the A STAR IS BORN Movie Night Fundraiser.
  • Mt Eden Rotary made a contribution towards Laura Mooney attending the UN Youth Australian National Conference (Topic – The Age of Information) in Melbourne followed by cultural exchange in Vanuatu in July.
May 2019
  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary jointly held a ROCKETMAN Movie Night Fundraiser on Thurs 30 May to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. We raised around $1,660.
May 2019
  • Mt Eden Rotary held its inaugural free WELLBEING DAY OUT on Sat 4 May from 9am to 4pm at the Mt Eden Village Centre. The event hosted seven workshops: Zumba, Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness, Food allergy, Self defence and a further Hatha Yoga workshop. Concurrently, the event hosted information stalls and displays from a number of organisations including Allergy NZ, Asthma NZ, Fire and Emergency NZ, For the Love of Bees Community Garden, Get-Outside, Heart Foundation, Home and Family Counselling, Mapura Studios, Mt Eden Yoga, NZ College of Chiropractic, Rotaract Club of Auckland City, Rotary Club of Mt Eden, Volunteering Auckland and White Ribbon. A number of activities were available from the stalls including free virtual reality “Escape My House” experiences, free spinal checks, free blood pressure checks, free lungs checks (via peak flow meter test) and quizzes for adult and child attendees (with the quizzes designed to encourage attendees to visit the stalls).
  • We are extremely grateful for the Albert-Eden Local Board’s support for and funding of the event.
  • We are also very grateful to the organisations, workshop presenters, Mt Eden Rotary club members, Rotaract Club of Auckland City members and other District 9920 individuals who helped on the day (including District Governor Ingrid Waugh, District Governor Nominee Craig Horrocks, Rotaract Representative Mehak Janjua, Assistant Governor Gill Johnston, Shefali Mehta and Ainie Kwok), as well as the businesses, organisations (including the Pakuranga Rotary Club) and the individuals who donated goods to make the event as cost-effective as possible. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH !!!
March 2019
  • Mt Eden Rotary held a Quiz Night on Sat 23 Mar as a fundraiser for Allergy New Zealand. We raised $2,000 through a combination of ticket sales, raffles, auctions and a donation. Many thanks to everyone who helped making the event a success - including attendees and sponsors.
February 2019
  • Nickola Horrocks and Ainslie Campbell (pictured with the Rotary sign) attended a celebration held at the For the Love of Bees Organic Market Garden – to celebrate the significant achievements made at the site.
  • Spot the new garden storage shed at the site funded by Mt Eden Rotary!
  • Mt Eden Rotary is very grateful for the support provided by Bunnings Warehouse Grey Lynn and the Rotary Foundation which helped us to achieve our garden storage shed project fundraising goal of $1,800.
January 2019
  • We were delighted to have Andre Munro Wilson visit us and talk to us about the year he spent in France (via the Rotary International Youth Exchange) and the personal growth he achieved on his exchange.
December 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary made donations to the Auckland City Mission and also to Home and Family Counselling.
November 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary held a Baked Goods Stall and raised $702.70 towards a storage shed for the “For the Love of Bees” project to transform the Symonds Street Junction Community Garden (at 257 Symonds Street, Eden Terrace) into an inner city Organic Market Garden and Community Teaching Hub: www.fortheloveofbees.co.nz/omg 
    The group really needs a shed to keep their gardening tools – as a number of them walk or cycle to the site.
October 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary hosted a NETWORKING WITH YOUR COMMUNITY event. Many thanks to Rotary Oceania Zone Operations (ROZOPs) for providing the funding for this event.
  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary jointly presented an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to Scott Johnston, CEO of The Hearing House (251 Campbell Rd www.hearinghouse.co.nz). Many thanks to the June Gray Charitable Trust (for its matching grant) which helpedmake this presentation possible.
  • Scott Johnston (CEO of The Hearing House) recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Mt Eden Rotary held an A STAR IS BORN Movie Night Fundraiser on Thursday 18 October to raise funds for End Polio Now and other Rotary programmes. We raised $1,450 (incl GST) or $1,260 (excl GST).
  • Mt Eden Rotary made a contribution towards Ruby Lawrence attending the Outward Bounds Mind Body Soul course in December.
August 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary joined Epsom Rotary at the Dolphin Theatre comedy BASKERVILLE.
July 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary issued a Press Release on 4 July: Mt Eden Rotary Asks You to #SayYes to LifePod Appeal at Eden Park.
  • Mt Eden Rotary served as the liasing Rotary club for Saif Fawzi who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) development programme in 2018.
  • Our Changeover & Dinner was held on Tuesday 3 July. It was a great evening – to reflect on what we achieved last year and look ahead to the current year. Thanks very much to our Immediate Past President Tracey Green, our new President Aritra Ray and to everyone who contributes to the club's efforts. Our very warm congratulations to Greg Chaplin who was recognised with a Paul Harris Fellow Award as a Benefactor to the Rotary Foundation.
June 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary donated $1,600 to the Rotary Foundation.
  • Mt Eden Rotary helped host the Nalini Singh bestselling author OCEAN LIGHT book launch/author talk/signing session (together with Epsom Library, Epsom Rotary, Hachette NZ and the Chapter Book & Tea Shop) on Tues 12 June. We raised $551.70 from book sales and donations for our literacy programmes, ie, buying illustrated dictionaries for schools and prisons.
  • Mt Eden held an OCEAN'S 8 Movie Night Fundraiser on Sun 10 June to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation. We raised around $941.
  • At the end of the Rotary year, we were sad to farewell Sarah Kedgley, Heike Papenthin and Jan Wills as active members (for relocation or health reasons) but we expect them to remain good "Friends of the Club". Thank you so much for your contributions.
May 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary made a contribution towards Charles Morton attending the Outward Bounds Leaps and Bounds course in October.

  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary members (and partners and friends) supported Māpura Studios Charity Art Auction on Saturday 12 May at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. The two Rotary clubs provided catering and volunteering support.

April 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary donated $1,260 to PolioPlus (to End Polio Now); being the nett proceeds from the MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS movie night fundraiser held in November 2017.

March 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary hosted a Rotary-Rotaract Networking Night for District 9920 (Auckland Region).

December 2018
  • Mt Eden Rotary made a donation to the Immerse foster care agency.

November 2017
  • Mt Eden Rotary presented an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to Sam Bremer, General Manager of De Post Belgian Beer Cafe, Mt Eden (466 Mt Eden Rd www.depost.co.nz) whose location and late hours make it an ideal recipient. Many thanks to Leon Hattori (for his fundraising jazz concert) and the Chenery Memorial Trust (for its matching grant) which, together, made this presentation possible.

  • Mt Eden Rotary held a Quiz Night on Sat 25 Nov as a fundraiser for Rotary District 9920's Diabetes Education Resources project. We raised around $2,200 through a combination of ticket sales, raffles, auctions and a grant from the Rotary Foundation. Many thanks to everyone who helped making the event a success - including attendees and sponsors.

  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary jointly held a MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Movie Night Fundraiser on Wed 8 Nov to raise funds for End Polio Now and other Rotary programmes.

October 2017
  • We inducted Ainslie Campbell as a new member.

  • Mt Eden Rotary made a donation to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

  • Epsom Rotary and Mt Eden Rotary helped to host Helene Wong's author talk & signing session at the Epsom Library on Tues 24 Oct. The event was well-attended and well-received.

 
September 2017
  • Epsom Rotary and Mt Eden Rotary organised a "Meet the Candidates" evening which was a great success, with around 150 people in attendance. Many thanks to the candidates. Many thanks to those club members who helped. And many thanks to the Epsom Rotary Club, who hosted us that night – and worked hard to ensure the evening went well – in terms of set-up, sound system, convening, ushering and providing a delicious supper! As well as being a positive advertisement for Rotary, $214 was raised for community causes. So an all-round great evening!
August 2017
  • Mt Eden Rotary presented an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to Wendy Hoskin, acting CEO of Presbyterian Support Northern. Many thanks to Leon Hattori (for his fundraising jazz concert) and the Chenery Memorial Trust (for its matching grant) which, together, made this presentation possible.
August 2017
  • Mt Eden Rotary held the WOaH Trio Jazz Concert event (on Sat 5 Aug) at St Barnabas Church as a fundraiser for End Polio Now and local Rotary Youth Programmes. We raised > $1,100 thanks to the very talented trio of Leon Hattori, Denholm Orr and Daniel Waterson.
  • Mt Eden Rotary agreed to sponsor outbound student Andre Munro-Wilson to France in 2018.
July 2017
  • Our Changeover & 20th Anniversary Dinner was held on Tuesday 25 July.
  • Mt Eden Rotary purchased 50 dictionaries for the Howard League. Mt Eden Rotary also purchased 100 dictionaries for the Wiri prison (with support from the June Gray Charitable Trust).
June 2017
  • Mt Eden Rotary donated $1,700 to Rotary Foundation and $348 to PolioPlus (to End Polio Now).
  • We held a special meeting on 6/6 (ahead of the Auckland Blues vs British & Irish Lions Game) which included a rugby quiz session and quickfire raffle to raise funds for PolioPlus.
May 2017
  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary members (and partners and friends) supported Māpura Studios Charity Art Auction on Monday 22 May at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre. Please view the e-catalogue by clicking on the cover image.

May 2017
  • At our meeting on 9 May 2017, Ian Denning brought along the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) that the club has purchased. We also applied to the Chenery Memorial Trust for a matching grant to purchase another AED. Thanks very much to Ian (pictured) for his work in organising the AED; many thanks also to Heike Papenthin (also pictured) who made our Live Jazz fundraising event possible – with her son Leon Hattori providing the wonderful jazz performance. 

May 2017
  • At a combined meeting, Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary were delighted to present a cheque for $4,872 to Ana Kennedy and Christine Orchard representing Hearts4Kids. The Hearts4Kids volunteer team will travel to Lautoka again in September to perform life life-saving congenital heart surgery on babies and children. Many thanks to everyone who attended last year's JASON BOURNE movie night fundraiser; many thanks also to Rotary District 9920 for providing a matching grant.

April 2017
  • At a combined meeting, Epsom Rotary and Mt Eden Rotary were delighted to learn that last year’s Charity Art Auction (which the two Rotary clubs supported) raised $14,393 for Māpura Studio’s stroke art therapy programme research.

March 2017
  • We inducted Aritra Ray as a new member.

  • The Club held a LIVE JAZZ with LEON HATTORI event (on Sat 11 Mar) at the Danish House as a fundraiser, primarily for District 9920's Heart Saver Project to get more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) out in to the community.

February 2017
  • The Club participated in District 9920's Pop Up Playground (on Sun 19 Feb) and a combined club quiz night (on Tues 21 Feb) hosted by Epsom Rotary.

December 2016
  • The Club (with the support of the June Gray Charitable Trust) presented 32 dictionaries to May Road School and 89 to Three Kings Primary School. The dictionaries were presented to Year 4 students who were delighted to receive them – as an end-of-year reward and as some holiday entertainment and learning.

November 2016
  • A working bee to pack Emergency Response Kits. We packed 115 in our 2-hour shift. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped us (from the Rotaract Club of Auckland City and also some who responded to our Facebook and MeetUp posts).

September 2016
  • A working bee (in a joint initiative with Epsom Rotary) after the Orchid + Flower Show. The two clubs took down the hundreds of orchid stems displayed at the show's entrance and distributed them to local rest homes.

August 2016
  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary jointly held a Movie Night Fundraiser (JASON BOURNE); nett proceeds of  $2436 were raised for Hearts4Kids.

July 2016
  • We inducted Michelle Etherton as a new member.

June 2016
  • We inducted Heike Papenthin as a new member.

  • Mt Eden Rotary donated $1,152 to Rotary Foundation and $270 to PolioPlus (to End Polio Now).

May 2016
  • On 3 May, the Club held its final meeting at the Normanby Hotel.

  • Mt Eden Rotary and Epsom Rotary combined forces to hold a Charity Art Auction in support of Māpura Studios Stroke Art Therapy Programme.

March 2016
 
February 2016
  • The Club (with the support of the Rotary Foundation and the Epsom Rotary) donated $3000 to the Māpura Studios Stroke Art Therapy Programme.

 

December 2015
  • The Club sponsored Matt Milner to attend Outward Bound.

  • The Club sponsored Dean Price to the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in Vancouver, Canada.

 

November 2015

 

September 2015
  • The Club (with the support of the June Gray Charitable Trust) presented 95 dictionaries to the Year 4 students at May Road School.

  • Club member Penny Jorgensen recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow.

 

August 2015

 

July 2015
  • Club member Frances Loo recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow.

  • Gerald Waters (Researching Impaired Driving in New Zealand - RIDNZ) recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow.

  • The Club sponsored Francis Hwang to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) leadership development programme.

 

June 2015
  • The Club (with the support of the June Gray Charitable Trust) presented 93 dictionaries to the Year 4 students at Three Kings Primary School.

  • The Club donated $500 to the "Jammies in June" campaign. This was presented to David Kemeys  from the Middlemore Health Foundation.

May 2015
  • The Club (with the support of the June Gray Charitable Trust) presented 100 dictionaries to Cecilia Gullery, Librarian at the Mt Eden Corrections Facility.

  • The Club donated $2,000 (with the support of a District 9920 matching grant) to Dave Smith, Smith & Henry Consulting Engineers towards the cost of relocating a junior playground to Lalomanu Primary School in Samoa.

March 2015
  • The Club delivered tables and tablecloths for the Mt Eden Village annual fete (and then collected them at the end of the fete) as a fundraiser.

  • The Club held a St Patrick's Day themed social night.

 

February 2015

Mt Eden Rotary Helps Eradicate Polio With Fundraising in 2014

January 9, 2015

Mt Eden Rotary raised funds towards the eradication of Polio in 2014. It had a busy time with holding three fundraising events in less than four weeks.

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December 2014
  • The Club held a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings.

 

November 2014

 

October 2014
  • The Club manned a promotional table in Mt Eden Village to raise club awareness and World Polio Day (25 Oct).

July 2014
  • The Club (with the support of the Rotary Club of Albany and the June Gray Charitable Trust) donated 100 dictionaries to Paremoremo Prison.

  • Anne Cooney recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow.

  • The Club received a Membership Development and Extension Award for 2013/14 through achieving the highest retention rate in District 9920 during 2013-14.

  • The Club presented proceeds from the Charity Art Auction fundraiser of $7,070 to Suzanne Estey (Spark Centre of Creative development). The Club organised and promoted the event. The New Zealand Fellowship of Artists donated the majority of the artworks and was represented by Margie Matson and Judith Wallath.​

May 2014
  • Charity Art Auction in support of the Spark Centre of Creative Development held; a joint project with the New Zealand Fellowship of Artists (22 May).

  • The club (with the support of the June Gray Charitable Trust) donated 70 dictionaries to year 4-5 children at the May Road School. 

March 2014
  • The Club delivered tables and tablecloths for the Mt Eden Village annual fete (and then collected them at the end of the fete) as a fundraiser.

 
November 2013
  • The club held a special meeting with a "Wine Tasting" event.

May 2013
  • Ursula Bach was awarded a District Paul Harris Fellow – which is a Rotary International award for exceptional service. As project manager, Ursula’s efforts were instrumental to the success of the Peace Dance Rock’N’Rotary “Flash Mob” held in February.

  • Nickola Horrocks undertook to distribute around 80 boxes of surplus donated "Buzzy Bee" stock. This stock was distributed to appropriate local Rotary Clubs and local charitable organisations and also overseas to the Pacific Islands Rotary Clubs (to pass on to children).

  • Club members and a number of volunteers organised by the club participated in a "Beef Tasting Survey" as a fundraiser.

April 2013
  • Mt Eden Rotary held a Charity Golf Tournament on 11 April at the Maungakeikei Golf Club, with support from Rotary Mt Roskill. The proceeds of our fundraising of approximately $5,000 were subsequently donated to the Middlemore Foundation's National Burns Unit, and to the Hearing House.

  • The Club delivered tables and tablecloths for the Mt Eden Village annual fete (and then collected them at the end of the fete) as a fundraiser.

  • The club completed removing an overgrown garden for an Onehunga resident - a project which we initially undertook in 2012.

  • We inducted Sarah Kedgley as a new member.

Feb 2013
  • World Understanding and Peace day on 23 February also marked Rotary’s 108th year of existence. Rotarians and clubs in District 9920 chose to celebrate the day in a uniquely Pacific  way – with a Dance  for Peace “D-9920 Rock’N’Rotary Ends Polio Builds Peace”. Mt Eden Rotary club member Ursula Bach was the District Dance for Peace Co-ordinator. The Auckland Flash Mob can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DD7WYDdYjs  The District 9920 Flash Mob (involving Auckland, Apia, Bora Bora, Moorea, Nukualofa, Raiatea Tahaa, Rarotonga, and Suva) can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCUlaM3yrsA

  • The Club held a sausage sizzle fundraiser at Bunnings.

2012
  • The club contributed $10,000 toward the rebuild of the Woodham Park playground in Christchurch (a post Christchurch-earthquake project). It was a real term effort with the Rotary Club of North Harbour also donated $14,000 and District 9920 donating $6,000.

  • The club came to the aid of an Onehunga resident - substantially clearing out her overgrown garden.

  • We inducted Nickola Horrocks as a new member.

2010
  • In 2010, Mt Eden Rotary won the Polio Plus Challenge which was open to all Auckland-based District 9920 clubs. This was achieved by making the highest per capita PolioPlus contributions to the District Foundation Committee for the six-month period ended 31 May 2010. The prize money of $10,000 was subsequently donated towards the rebuild of the Woodham Park playground, in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake. (This prize money was only made possible through the very generous assistance of the late Past District Governor Ross Craig and the trustees of the Chenery Memorial Trust and the June Gray Charitable Trust).

 

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