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Community the winner on race day
Thursday, 7 November 2013 (778 reads)

After the success of the Rotary Club of Apia Calcutta Auction held last Sunday at Le Manumea Resort, day 2 festivities continued at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel with the annual Melbourne Cup Race Day Fundraiser!

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Melbourne Cup Charity Fundraiser
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 (753 reads)

Day 1: Melbourne Cup Calcutta Draw

Day 2: Race Day Charity Wine & Dine

With your help and support, proceeds from these Melbourne Cup fundraiser activities will go towards Rotary Club of Apia projects in Health, Education and Community Development, in particular the building of the 'Family Recreational Park' Project, complete with a large playground for the children and a Peace & Harmony Garden for all families of Samoa

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Rotary Apia reaches out
Friday, 14 June 2013 (930 reads)


A gathering with the idea to fundraise for three projects to improve lives in Samoa united the community during the weekend.

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Goodbye Tuala: Samoa salutes a great man
Thursday, 11 April 2013 (1190 reads)

Samoa bid farewell to award-winning Rotarian, a prominent member of the medical profession and multi-talented man, Tuala Dr. Misi Tuala, yesterday.

Tuala died from a heart attack last Thursday. He was 73.

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Rotary hosts BBQ
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 (903 reads)

An open market day will be held on the grounds of Sails Restaurant at Mulinu’u this Saturday.

Vendors will have tables for a small set up cost under a large tent selling their own bric a brac – second hand clothes, books, jams and pickles  - anything that is taking up space at home and is looking for a new owner.

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 Rotary rockstar moments

Tiafau Douglass Creevey, President of Rotary Club of Apia 2012 - 2013 addressing Rotarians and friends.

Tiafau Douglas Creevey, officially took over the reins from Rosita Brighouse Slaven as the new Rotary Club of Apia President at the annual Rotary hand-over ceremony held at Café Sele.  The humble gathering of about fifty people included past and present Rotarians and friends who came together to witness this traditional event.   The night began with the presentation of special Rotarian of the Year awards to two loyal and committed members Christine Hurley and Debra Gibbs.  Outgoing president, Rosita announced, “These awards recognize the sterling service and dedication of Rotarians who have gone beyond the call of duty despite their busy schedules.  These members demonstrate to all and are exceptional exemplars of what it means to be a Rotarian and lead by example”.

After being donned with the ceremonial president’s chain link necklace, Tiafau fired up the crowd with an inspirational speech that highlighted three goals for the coming year: To promote and advocate peace through service; To increase membership and encourage new blood and; To encourage every member to have their ‘Rock-star Moment’.  “I’m privileged that Rotary has given me the opportunity to have my Rock-star moments.  When you’ve been put in charge of a Rotary project and successfully completed it; whether it was providing water tanks to a rural community without running water or building a library for a primary school students that had no books – the moment you look back and see the good that you’ve done for others and felt gratitude and warmth inside; that is a Rock-star moment”, explained Tiafau.  He went on to say that every member should have their moments and the honour of engaging in community service to help others with the reward being that ‘service above self’ was fulfilled.  He then reported that Rotary membership was declining globally which put the goal of pushing for new blood a priority agenda for the Apia Rotary Club.  The charitable service club seeks to recruit anyone interested in community projects on a volunteer basis from young professionals to long serving community experts in all respected fields.

The official Rotary International theme this year is “Peace Through Service” and was unveiled by the new Rotary International President, Sakuji Tanaka at the opening plenary session of the 2012 International Assembly. “Peace in all of the ways that we can understand it is a real and a realistic goal for Rotary,” he said.  “Peace is not something that can only be achieved, through agreements, by governments, or through heroic struggles.  It is something that we can find and that we can achieve, every day and in many simple ways”.  The Rotary Club of Apia aspires to integrate this theme in all of its upcoming projects under the new presidential mandate of Tiafau. 

Rotary club of Apia is a non profit, non government, charitable community service organisation registered as part of the wider global network of Rotary International whose motto is “Service Above Self”.  All are welcome to attend weekly meetings held at 12pm every Tuesday at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel Board Room. 

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Outgoing President 2011-2012 Rosita Brighouse Slaven, in her final address to Rotarians and friends

Rotary Club of Apia President and Board members for 2012 - 2013 strike a  rockstar pose.

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 Rotary supports village schools

Visiting Rotarians with members of the school worked with


A team of four Rotarians from Australia spent the week of July 2nd to 6th at the Asau primary school working with the School Committee and people from the village to undertake maintenance and upgrade work at the school. The works included external painting of the school, installation of a new concrete water tank, internal painting of classrooms, insallation of cocoa wire on second story windows and painting of blackboards. The many village men assisting the team built new shelves for the library and installed additional guttering and downpipes to connect to the tanks at the school. Five new external lights were wired in so that the school can conduct some night classes for the students.

The team also carried out some minor plumbing works at the Vailsala primary school.
Team leader, Tom Dobeli, said that the team could not have achieved all they did without the major support of the village. Mr Dobeli said that whilst the support of the men was crucial, the food supplied by the village had enabled his team to be fed like kings! "The School Committee, teachers and children all combined to make our project one we shall always remember," he said. "We know that God has smiled on this village and school and we trust our work will assist the pupils to strive to improve their knowledge".
At the Fia Fia to farewell the team, the village presented gifts and bestowed Chiefly Titles on the four team members to honour them for their contribution to the Asau village and its children.
The Rotary team are from Bendigo in Victoria, Ausrtalia, about 150km north of Melbourne. Between the members, Tom Dobeli, Ken Gilchrist, Stuart Galloway and Paul Kirkpatrick, they have a combined experience of fourteen trips to Samoa working on school upgrade projects. This work has become a priority since the 2009 tsunami when the Bendigo Rotary Club coordinated a large fundraising appeal to buy the tools, supplies and materials necessary for the projects.
The team coordinated with the Rotary Club of Apia to plan the project. The team said they were indebted to the local club members who had coordinated transport, storage and other arrangements which made for the smooth delivery of the project. Assistance had been received from Tamasone Esera, Khosrow Moghbelpour, James Arp, Louise Main to name but a few. Incoming President of the Rotary Club of Apia, Tolefou Tiafau Douglas Creevey said that the signing of a recent MOU with the Ministry of Education meant that such projects at Samoan schools would now be better coordinated so that priorities of Rotary clubs from Australia could be matched with those of the Minisrty and the local club.
After a couple of days rest and recouperation, the team returned to Australia, all vowing to return for another project and to once again experience the wonderful hospitality of the Samoan people.

Rotary celebrates Samoa's 50th Independence with fundraising Jubilee Garden Party

L-R: Christine Goodman of Apia Rotary, guest of honor Masiofo Filifilia, Prof. Patti O'Brien at the New Zealand High Commission Residence and site of the Rotary Jubilee Garden Party Fundraiser. Prof. O'Brien is a researcher on the life of Olaf Nelson.


On Saturday 9 June, the Rotary Club of Apia celebrated the 50th anniversary of Samoa’s independence with a Jubilee Garden Party.  Described by some enthusiasts as the Event of the Social Calendar, the Party was held at the Residence of the New Zealand High Commissioner, Letava. The High Commissioner, Nick Hurley and his partner Christine are both members of Apia Rotary.  


More than 300 tickets were pre-sold for entry to the Garden. The ticket price included a special High Tea prepared and donated by students of the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC). High Teas were served on the terrace of the Residence, overlooking  the spectacular Vaisagano Ravine with its massive trees and wilderness of green vegetation.


After a welcome by the High Commissioner and a backgrounder on Rotary projects by President Rosita, the event was formally declared open by Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese Efi. MC Douglas Creevey ensured that guests relaxed to music provided by the Police Combo Band, interspersed with special performances  by children from Solosolo Preschool (recipients of Rotary desk and chairs donations), the Malted Milk duo and the choir of Apia Singers.   Books, plants, cakes and drinks were available from a series of packed stalls staffed by dedicated Rotarians.  A sausage sizzle plus Indian and Italian food provided options to eat on the spot or take home for dinner.  Rotaract  ran a supervised play area with face painting and a bouncing castle.  A big attraction was the swimming pool, supervised by Australian lifesavers and volunteers. 


Many wonderful raffle prizes were donated by local businesses, restaurants and resorts.  Special draws were made for lucky tickets and a parade resulted in awards for the best garden hat for adults and children.   Proceeds from the Garden Party will go to Rotaract and Rotary community projects.

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Medical students volunteer via Rotary, run cancer seminars in Samoa

A group of 5th year medical students from the University of Melbourne visited Samoa in January 2012 on medical elective placements with the Oceania University of Medicine.  They worked at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital in Apia and the Malietoa Tanumafili II Hospital at Tuasivi in Savai’i. Before arriving, they approached the Apia Rotary Club to offer some community service during their stay and were referred to the Samoa Cancer Society through a member of the Club. 


 Jenny Tran, Richard Liu, Grace Chan, Daniel Pham, Matthew Kwok, Xin Lyn Goh and Brian Yue


The students (Jenny Tran, Richard Liu, Grace Chan, Daniel Pham, Matthew Kwok, Xin Lyn Goh and Brian Yue, all pictured above) then worked in collaboration with the Cancer Society to deliver three seminars in Upolu and Savai’i.  These were addressed to registered nurses and new graduates.  They provided a refresher course on understanding cancer: its development, risk factors, symptoms and treatment, and issues around patient care.   They particularly focused on providing information on the five most prevalent cancers in Samoa – gastrointestinal, breast, leukemia, skin and cervical cancers. The presentation emphasised the important role of nurses not only in providing care, but also as an interface with cancer patients and their families, to help them understand their diagnosis and options.  The seminars contributed to the programme of continuing medical education being offered by the Samoa Cancer Society, which also provides information and access to research from its Resource Centre, and runs outreach sessions on cancer awareness in villages and schools.


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Projects in the Pipeline

If you or your Club would like to be involved with the following projects, please write us!


Project has progressed with help of NZ based District Clubs. More help welcome! Email us for more info!

Rotary Academic Youth Scholarships 2013
Dux Awards 2012
Library Programme 2012
Desk & Chair Programme 2012

Water Tanks
Medical & Health Scheme

Coming soon: Apia Rotary August Quiz Night
Coming soon: Melbourne Cup Fundraiser 2012


Rotaract News

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Rotaractors model for MENA
Saturday, 9 November 2013 (1147 reads)

Samoa’s premier fashion house, MENA, got racy this week.

But relax, the clothes are not naughty, just that a new range was launched during the Melbourne Cup race day events that traditionally include a lot of fabulous fashion.

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Defending champions do it again
Friday, 4 October 2013 (954 reads)

Few educational events could conjure the intense feeling of excitement and anticipation like the Digicel Battle of the Minds Quiz finals.

D201 Lecture hall was packed with students and supporters from 12 competing schools all eager to see who of the two finalists Samoa Adventist College, Lepea and defending champions LDS Church College, Pesega would win the battle for 2013.

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