Rotary Club of Christchurch South
Archived News
Ashley Stuart - Thai Internship
At our meeting on 22 March Ashley Stuart told us about her recent visit to Thailand where she undertook an internship with 14 other University of Canterbury students. This talented young person has previously told us about her participation in the International Rotary Youth Leadership Programme in Washington and the Model UN. Clearly she is a person who is keen to "make a difference". See the Rotary Bulletin for a more detailed report.
Paula Harborne Worthy Recipient of the Southern Environmental Trust 2016 Scholarship
Our speaker on 15th March was Paula Harborne, a LincolnUniversity Environmental Management student who was awarded the Southern Environmental Trust Scholarship for 2016. See the Rotary Bulletin for details.
Christchurch South Combines with Cashmere Rotary to Hear from Round the World Cyclist
Shown here with his well-travelled bicycle, Jeremy Scott spoke to a combined meeting of Christchurch South and Cashmere Rotary Clubs  on Wednesday 8th of March. Having come through major heart surgery as a child, Jeremy eventually was working in London when he made the decision to set out on this 52,000Km cycle ride. This was an inspirational story. See the Rotary bulletin for a detailed report.
Christchurch South Rotary Marks the Death of Longstanding Member
Longstanding and much-loved Rotary Club member, David Coulter , died on the 15th of January 2017. He had been a member of our club for 34 years and served in many capacities during that time. Our sympathies are with Jan and the family. Click here to read President Mel Opie's comments at David's funeral. Click here to read David's obituary that was published in the Christchurch Press.
Christchurch South Rotary Gives $700 to the All Stars Marching Team
Representatives of All Star Marching seen here receiving the donation from President Mel Opie. This donation is to help All Stars Marching send their under 12 and under 16 teams to the NZ Championships in Invercargill. 
Christchurch South Rotary Completes Three Years Running the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Programme
From Sunday 22nd of January until Friday 27th January College House in Waimari Rod was abuzz with 48 young people participating in the RYLA programme that has been run by Christchurch South Rotary for the last three years. 
Tony Blacker who chaired the RYLA Organising Committee, welcoming the RYLA candidates at the beginning of the week. Tony and Allison lived in during the week and did a marvellous job running the event.
On Wednesday the RYLA participants were at the high Ropes facility at the Groynes, where they participated in many team-building and personally challenging activities
Thursday night was a chance to get dressed up for the RYLA dinner and social night.
To see more photos, visit the RYLA Facebook page
New Paul Harris Fellow, new Honorary Member and President for 2018-2019 Announced at Annual Christmas Event
At the annual Club Christmas event on 14 December 2016, we were delighted to see Sarita McLean awarded with a Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) in recognition of her contribution to Rotary over the years at both Club and District levels. Picture shows Sarita receiving her reward from President Mel.
At the same event, Robin Redpath, shown here collecting for the annual Pink Ribbon appeal, was made an Honorary Member of the Club after 18 years of dedicated service during which she was President in 2008-2009 and served on most club committees. We wish Robin well in her retirement from Rotary and and look forward to the occasions when she and Ralph make the trip in from Rangiora to attend a club meeting.
It was also wonderful to hear the announcement that Kim Tanner, one of our very active Young Adult members, will be club president for the 2018-2019 year. Picture shows President Elect Nominee, Kim, with current President Elect, Keith Gunasekara.
Young Totara Award Presented to World Champion Rower
At our meeting on 30th of November 2016, a Rotary Young Totara Award was presented to Jack Lopas of Little River. Jack is the World Junior Double Sculls (Rowing) winner for 2016 and the singles and double sculls winner of the NZ secondary schools championships. He has won a High Performance Scholarship at Lincoln University for 2017 and has also been selected in the Southern Rowing Performance Centre's Rowing NZ development squad. We congratulate Jack on all his achievements. The photo shows Jack with his sponsor John Wylie.



Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) Attendees Introduced to Christchurch South

At our meeting on 16th November 2016, the three RYLA candidates being sponsored by Christchurch South, a candidate sponsored by the Christchurch Rotary Club and one sponsored by BNZ were presented to the club. RYLA is a live-in  6-day Youth Leadership programme for about 50 qualifying young people which will take place in January 2017. Each attendee is sponsored by a Rotary Club after a selection process. For more information  about RYLA, click here.