Posted by Fi Ironside on Oct 02, 2022
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1 October 2022
The Power of the Positive!    
I’ve spent five days of learning and professional development in steamy Darwin and my take home message is about influencing the life journey of a troubled child. I was at the International Foster Care Organisation Conference which was attended by over 600 people who are involved in the out-of-home-care sector.  There were children and young people with their carers, youth who have transitioned out of care, foster carers, social workers, psychologists, doctors, and leaders.  Many of the adults, like myself, have experienced foster care in some form or other.
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Club Changeover

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As I am doing the bulletin, as filling in for Kisa for this week only....... I get to do the So this past weekend we had our Club Changeover at The Red Shed, Drury. Was a lovely brunch & weather stayed nice for us to sit outside. Made doing a few speeches much easier.
Our outgoing President Fiona, was incoming President as Fi......(lol) Know she is looking forward to her FULL year as President. We met the new/old team & at the end I had a few words to say as outgoing Conference Chair. (OMG, even writing that is
So I was able to give the team all certificates of thanks, as what a wonderful team I had. We showed how a small but mighty club could do an amazing conference, with little help in the end. To end I presented our now IPDG Steve with a Diamond Art picture, I had done in my spare time....he he. The photo was taken at District Changeover, when he began his journey as DG for the 2021-2022 Rotary Year. I hope that he can look at this & remember his year with much pride.
Club Changeover Leanne Jaggs 2022-07-10 12:00:00Z 0

School Holiday WORK

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The things you do during school holiday's, which for the Jaggs family started a week earlier than everyone else.......
For the 1st week back at school, Izzy & her art partner, have to complete their Egyptian Wearable Arts costume. So we had to do a headpiece for Izzy. Amazing what you can find on UTube to help you think of what to do. So Izzy did all the bead work, & Mummy helped with the glue gun. I can tell you there were MANY naughty words spoken that afternoon, as I think I burnt nearly every finger........ Worth it though as think the outcome is something we can both be proud of.
Please note this is also only one part of costume.....hmmmmmmm lots more work to do!
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Covid School Holidays!

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on May 01, 2022
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For the Jaggs family, our Queenstown School Holidays were nothing on what we thought they would be...... 3-4 days in we started dropping like flies......Yip Covid was rife in Queenstown and even taking our normal precautions, we couldn't run away from it..... Think it was from going on the Luge, or maybe go-karting, as hardly anyone even inside wore masks.....think they were so happy to have people shopping and spending money, they forgot all about Covid.
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Michelle Tanner - Give Every Child A Future

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Apr 21, 2022
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At our last Zoom meeting, we had PP Michelle Tanner of Rotary Club Matamata speaking, about Rotary's Give every child a future project.
As some background, 1 child in 41 dies before they turn 5 in our Pacific Nations, with pneumonia an diarrhoea being the top killers.  Zone 8 "Down Under" Centenary project is to deliver 3 vaccines (RV, PCV & HPV) to 100,000 children in 9 Pacific Island Countries (these countries determined by Unicef). This is a 3 year project that all countries will continue to do after the 3 year project finishes.  The project is worth 4.5 Million, done through 24 Global Grants.  Currently needing $700,000 to finish this wonderful project.
Michelle Tanner - Give Every Child A Future Leanne Jaggs 2022-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

Virtual Round the Bays

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Apr 21, 2022
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The past couple of years, I think I have done more virtual walking achievements than ever before........ Covid-19 has really changed the way we took things for granted in the past. At a moments notice things can change and like Rotary we have to adapt. This is what I had to do for this years, Round the Bays (RTB) event. They had to move this to a virtual event, so we had to map out our own 8+ km walk. (very easy for me around my neighbourhood, just not as flat as doing it around the waterfront)
They gave us a RTB app that tracked our process and stopped when you had completed the walk. But instead of doing with the family, it ended up just being BUT I was the only one that got the very cool medal in the mail.... It's all about the bling!
Virtual Round the Bays Leanne Jaggs 2022-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

President's Report 24 March 2022

Posted by Glynis Carter on Mar 24, 2022
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A mixed week of news overall but FINALLY! Some light at the end of the Omicron tunnel. No, not Orange, going down the tiers of traffic lights has proven to be simply too big a step so the analogy has rather failed really as imagine the chaos if the light just went slightly pink, however, we will embrace the relaxing of the protocols regardless of what on earth it is called.
While we have been able to travel internally for a while Rod and I are still catching up on trips that were cancelled between August and Dec last year so this weekend just gone saw us in Pyes Pa, Tauranga with a school friend of mine and her husband. As usual a hilarious (late) Friday night started the weekend with a bang that took most of the rest of it to recover from. A walk around the Mount (I did chicken out on climbing it) and some very bad tennis got our constitution right for a dinner at a Mt Maunganui restaurant called Fife Lane, which was very pleasant, if in an unlikely location for a swanky restaurant. I finished the meal off with a Lemon Meringue Pie cocktail!
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President's Report 18 Mar 2022

Posted by Glynis Carter on Mar 17, 2022
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Well, as I write this it is St Patrick's Day- and thanks to many Rotary fundraisers held in March I have a load of accessories to acknowledge the day and wore a number of them to work. Wasn't a great deal of people at work as Thursday is a big working from home day, and I am not likely to be taken to a pub this evening, so I don't think my efforts have been overly well appreciated. 
Hey ho, I have googled St Paddy's/Irish sayings and while I quite like "May your home always be to small to hold all of your friends" I found this:
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President's Report 11 March 2022

Posted by Glynis Carter on Mar 11, 2022
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Another stormy week of news, it is difficult to comprehend what an entire country is going through on the other side of the world. Be assured that Rotary will be there, with funding and volunteers from all over the world. You can help with that, there are donation compaigns running to get aid to the Ukraine via Rotary channels - more details will come through from district - and as you know all money donated will go to the cause, without contributions to admin costs.
We have decided to contribute $250 to Interplast, I am sure most of you know what important work Interplast does in the South Pacific, it is life changing for the patients that it touches. We have also been involved in a Global Grant with an Australian District, and we might try to get someone on zoom to speak to us about that, although timing might need to wait until our time zones are more aligned. Speaking of which about a month of day-light saving to go so enjoy this burst of warm weather to the fullest.
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President's Report 3 March 2022

Posted by Glynis Carter on Mar 03, 2022
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Greetings all, Rod & I, Steve & Edith and Kirsten attended the Rotary Foundation Dinner last Saturday. Due to COVID an in person award dinner had not been able to be held for two years so we had presentations by both PDG Gary and IPDG Craig for their DG years. Our "small but mighty club" as Leanne would put it, featured very well represented, with recognition of a Major Donor, two consecutive 2nd places for annual giving to the Foundation per capita, and one further member admitted to the Paul Harris Society. Go you all!
Thank you to all that participated in the fastest brain storm session EVER, coming up with a great raft of ideas for how we can take our small and mighty club to something a bit bigger and equally mighty, if not, mightier. Thanks to Edith for collating those efforts.
President's Report 3 March 2022 Glynis Carter 2022-03-02 11:00:00Z 0

President's Report

Posted on Feb 07, 2022
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Happy Waitangi Day
We finally have some rain to dampen the Waitangi Day celebrations and long weekend, but it comes at the end of such extremely settled and fabulous summer weather that I don't think anyone can complain. It certainly is not cold.
Since the 17th Dec I have worked just 6 days and consequently am feeling quite relaxed!
Time to get back into regular life however, and with that will be the return to weekly Rotary meetings, the hiatus is over.
Our thanks to Leanne & Mike Jaggs for hosting (and Stuart Searle on the BBQ) our "first meeting" of the year, combined with Pukekohe Club. It was a superb night, filled with fabulous food, good company and hospitality.
Our first regular meeting was at Friendship House on 15th Feb as a Club Planning Meeting - as it is the middle of Feb already we need to kick start and resume our efforts for the rest of the 2021/2022 year including the District Conference.
Next week is a zoom meeting with Lindsay Tait, an ex-tall black who is helping disadvantaged but talented sports youth to succeed. We have invited some other clubs but all friends/whanau are welcome to participate so a good showing from our members would be appreciated. Kristina is on the program in earnest now, and thanks to Steve, Edith and Fiona for putting forward speaker suggestions. Keep them coming please.  
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Job well done

Posted on Dec 05, 2021
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A wonderful feel good project. Club adhering to the Covid outdoor policy, put together 40 handbags for our local woman's refuge. Everything was set up on an outdoor table, so you could just walk around & fill every bag with set items. Didn't take team long at all.
Afterwards, we all enjoyed a lovely BBQ for a job well done. Another project for next year, as Leanne still has 100+ handbags to fill.
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President's Report 4 Dec

Posted by Glynis Carter on Dec 04, 2021
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A successful fellowship evening with great attendance was had last Tuesday evening. Unfortunately best laid plans of fish and chips were thwarted by the local chippy not being open on a Tuesday! But delivery pizza made an adequate substitute, and Leanne's nibbles are the gift that just keeps giving. It was so good to see everyone in person and a taste of what life in the "traffic light" may be like.
My firm's Friday night virtual drinks which have been well attended over the last 100 odd days were suddenly abandoned by my team in favour of them taking advantage of being able to catch up in cafes, bars and restaurants with others. Fair weather friends indeed, but understandable. Must say I am looking forward to go out to dinner with friends tonight (Saturday).
The last meeting for the year on Tuesday, note the change of venue to Pathways, 15 Ronwood Ave, thanks Elaine for making that happen. Come armed with scissors, cellotape and wrapping paper if you can, don't leave it all to our super-shopper, Leanne to supply. We will also have a short Club Assembly to elect President and Secretary for next year.
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President's Report 21 Nov 2021

Posted by Glynis Carter on Nov 21, 2021
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A collective sigh of relief from Aucklanders last week with the news that the hard border around Auckland would be lifted on 15th Dec. At last an opportunity to plan ahead and the anticipation of an (almost) normal Xmas and holiday period, with families able to reunite and also travel out of Auckland. Bring it on! 
On Tuesday evening I joined Pukekohe Club on a zoom meeting featuring Bob Aitken as their guest speaker. Bob was a reporter/editor on RDU magazine for many years and basically considered Mr Polio for our Zone which includes New Zealand and Australia. Rotary's initiative has almost eliminated the Polio virus worldwide, which was highly contagious and affected children the worst, causing widespread death and disability. Being in the middle of a pandemic caused by a virus, it really brings home just what an epic effort this has been. The Sabin vaccine has been refined over the years to now an oral vaccine (so much easier to administer) and last year there were only 2 cases, the remaining two countries Pakistan and Afghanistan, with India having been polio free for 10 years.
Apparently the Taliban are on board with the initiative and by 2023 they expect to be able to declare the world free of it.
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Walking with the Stars with a twist.......

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Nov 14, 2021
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Well you all know, other than Rotary, my other charity of choice is the Cancer Society....... So this year I still conned my sister-in-law Kelly to come & walk the "Virtual" Walking with Stars with me. We had the weekend of the 13/14th Nov to do this. Plans were for Sat but with the raining of many, many cats & dogs we put off until Sunday.
Happy to say that we both succeeded & completed 21km around my lovely neighbourhood. Can't say it was flat, but we did it well under 4 hours, so very proud of that. Now my ankles of all things & butt muscles hurt, so over & out........
Walking with the Stars with a twist....... Leanne Jaggs 2021-11-13 11:00:00Z 0

President's Report

Posted by Glynis Carter on Nov 12, 2021
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Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to the Club, one of us is just 23 - can you guess which one?
Oh, be kind!
Yes our small but mighty club chartered on the 11th of November 1998, Armistice Remembrance Day, with 25 members, as per the list on the honors board that still exists - somewhere! The most recent charter members to resign are Neil Green and Leigh Auton, with Steve, Leanne & I the only remaining of the original 25. Steve was our founding President, and did a load of work recruiting charter members, having decided a breakfast club would suit more with his lifestyle at the time than the evening club he belonged to.
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Club Project - Xmas Presents from Club

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
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Well, it is that time of the year again, where our club gives some local families that might be struggling a wonderful & Merry Xmas.
Thanks to Pathways, this year our club is supporting 5 families. These 5 combined families have 9 kids that we will make super happy this Xmas. I am the lucky one that gets to do all the Xmas shopping for these families, but come early Dec for our last Rotary meeting of the year, we will hopefully have a club get together where we all wrap like crazy and fill Elaine's car up to take to these families in need.
I know as a Xmas "fan" there is nothing more exciting than getting a pressie under the tree, so wonderful we can do this for families that might not otherwise be able to do this. So shop, shop, shopping I go........
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Covid-19 new hobby......

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Nov 02, 2021
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With being at home for 75+ days, you get involved in new hobbies....... I have now become addicted to "Diamond Art". You might have to look closely at the attached photo, but is a Diamond Art project. I sent away a family photo that they turned into a project for me, and I have spent the past month putting little crystals on this, until finally finished. The photo has huge meaning to us all, as was the last family overseas trip we took before the world went crazy with Covid-19. This was our White Xmas in Whistler.
Can't wait to frame this and have on our wall. This one was the largest one I have done, with 2 others also complete. Now onto my next one.......soooooo much fun.
Covid-19 new hobby...... Leanne Jaggs 2021-11-01 11:00:00Z 0

Halloween not lost due to Covid-19

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Nov 02, 2021
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When Covid-19 cancels most things in and around Auckland, we didn't want this to happen to Halloween, as have a certain daughter that loves dressing up. (wonder where she gets that Thankfully the new costume arrived and if you look closely, you will also see that Izzy is holding her favourite Teddy, who also has a Halloween hat as his costume. (She was over the moon that Teddy also got to dress up!)
As our "neighbours" (Grandma & Pappa) have been in our small bubble since day one, they came over for Halloween dinner. All the girls dressed up with witches hats, where the men......well....... Was a lovely evening, keeping a daughter extremely happy.
Halloween not lost due to Covid-19 Leanne Jaggs 2021-11-01 11:00:00Z 0

3 Generations - 2nd Vac Shot

Posted on Oct 24, 2021
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Keeping it in the family........ 3 generations getting their 2nd Vac shot.
So what else do you do on Labour weekend when you can't travel overseas, can't travel out of Auckland and go to the Bach in Coromandel..... You take your Dad/Pappa and your son with you to all get your 2nd Vac. That is what we did, so now relaxing for the rest of the wet weekend.
The things my family do together is hilarious, but this would be one of the strangest....... Proud to know we have done our part for a better future.
3 Generations - 2nd Vac Shot Leanne Jaggs 2021-10-23 11:00:00Z 0

Covid-19 School highlight - Izzy

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Oct 11, 2021
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Second happy story is about Izzy, as still in the Primary part of Strath. She really came into her own this lockdown, as didn't need any help going online for classes, got the work done and did some amazing stuff too. The projects she was able to complete were incredible, so like Brayden super proud.
The icing on the cake came at the end of term, where in the past she has got a little certificate for being nominated for the "Pride of Achievement"award for her class. This time she took the BIG certificate out, which just showed how well she did during lockdown. Probably a good thing, since we are going back to online learning again next week. Will not be ironing their uniforms for a little while yet.........
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Covid-19 School Highlight Brayden

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Oct 11, 2021
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After hearing that the kids will continue with going back to school next week to their online learning, I decided to write a couple of "happy" Covid-19 stories, so the first one is of Brayden.
Super proud with how both kids have done so well in their 6+ weeks of online learning, and Mike and I are so thankful that they both go to a great school that is able to give them the online learning, so they don't miss out on anything. They got very creative, as picture is of Brayden doing his Social Science speech on Sparticus. They even got the chance to do this in costume, and while Brayden thought this was silly, when they all got to listen to all the speeches in class (as kids recorded them and sent to teacher etc) there were probably only 3 students that didn't dress up for their speeches. Happy to report back that Brayden got a 90% for his speech, so was well worth all the painting and gluing of costume!
Covid-19 School Highlight Brayden Leanne Jaggs 2021-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
Made RDU again........ Leanne Jaggs 2021-07-25 12:00:00Z 0

Cape Reinga

Posted on Jul 26, 2021
Covid-19 has meant that instead of traveling overseas as our family would normally do, we have been seeing New Zealand. So for the past school holidays, we went up North, & finally after 50 years, I finally made it to the top of the North Island........ Have been to Kaitaia many, many times in my sales life, but never any further.
Cape Reinga Leanne Jaggs 2021-07-25 12:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary baby turned 13.......

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on May 16, 2021
Where did the time go........ Our beautiful Rotary baby Brayden is now a teenager........... He has even grown into his shoes, as yes wears a size 13 MENS..........
This year he decided he wanted a Llamba cake, so yours truly set to work. Not exactly a baker, but every year I stress for 2 major birthdays to get a cake done. Was pretty pleased in the end with this one. (thank goodness for U-Tube!)
He is certainly a teenager, as now sleeps for ages & still eating us out of house &
Our Rotary baby turned 13....... Leanne Jaggs 2021-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

My new hobby........

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In my spare I have taken up a couple of new hobbies...... Resin art is my newest hobby, & attached in the photo is my Mothers Day pressie that I gave Mum.
The story behind this, is the shells Izzy & I collected from the beach outside Coromandel Bach. Then we painted these (took forever) & after all the prep work, off I went & finished this piece. The lovely thing is, Mum is going to take back to the Bach, where the shells came from, so full circle.......
Next hobby is acrylic this space!
My new hobby........ Leanne Jaggs 2021-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

ANZAC Preparation

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
As part of Guides, we were asked to help the RSA ladies put flowers & poppies on the ANZAC graves. It turned out to be a very enjoyable morning, with Izzy chatting away about all she saw & did. The RSA ladies loved her spirit & how particular she was with the right coloured flowers on each grave.
We learnt a lot about the ages of some of the soldiers, some very, very sad. At the end of the morning, the place was transformed & looks amazing. As we couldn't join Guides for the ANZAC parade, this was our way of doing something for them.
ANZAC Preparation Leanne Jaggs 2021-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

Gibbston Valley in style

If you are going to Queenstown, going to Gibbston Valley Vineyard is a given. We ended up staying in Arrowtown, as I thought it would be closer for an As it turned out, they have some great tours ex Queenstown, so didn't have to stay in Arrowtown........ So then the problem was getting there and back. Brayden not quite old enough to drive, we had to come up with a plan. A plan that ended up being the highlight of my entire trip, but man it was so far out of my comfort zone it wasn't funny. We had to BIKE..........
Gibbston Valley in style Leanne Jaggs 2021-03-28 11:00:00Z 0

Traditions passed on......

Traditions come in all shapes & sizes & this one I had to share as feature the 3 most important males in my life....My Dad, my hubby and my son.
Over the Xmas break, we invested in a new BBQ, as have a larger patio for use. Mike was in his element buying this, so had to be tested........ In doing this, we had Mum and Dad over for a BBQ dinner, and what a great time to teach Brayden the art of cooking on a BBQ. Very humorous, to say the least, but a job well done, as now Brayden does a mean steak, mean sausage and even better, a great coffee....... He is learning very, very well.
Traditions passed on...... Leanne Jaggs 2021-03-28 11:00:00Z 0

Lake Wanaka - A must.....

During the Xmas holidays, the Jaggs family did their "Overseas" trip going to the South Island. We toured Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka and then back to Queenstown over 10 days. Trip was amazing, so a few stories for you coming over the next few months....... One is our trip to Wanaka. We had amazing weather, so while there we did a Jet Ski tour. Damn the lake was cold, but what an amazing tour. Izzy was with me, where we just went in straight lines, where Brayden was with Mike and you could just watch them doing many, many donuts, going super fast. We got to hear about the area, while racing around the lake.
Then to add to the couple of days there, we went to Puzzle World & the most amazing Toy & Transport museum. (stories for later)
Lake Wanaka - A must..... Leanne Jaggs 2021-03-27 11:00:00Z 0

Apulu Reece Autagavaia Elected Local Board Member of Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board

Posted by Kisa Leota-Lu on Mar 28, 2021
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Minutes of Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board - 21 May 2019
It was with real pleasure that we had the opportunity to welcome and listen to Apulu Reece Autagavaia give us a brief history on his time as an Elected Local Board Member of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board and a break down of the outcomes that dictate their plans and projects.
His legal background and a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry, provides him with the skills and experience in serving his community. 
The local board is split into two areas - 1) Papatoetoe and 2) Otara.  The population of the area is young and diverse in ethnic composition.
Apulu Reece Autagavaia Elected Local Board Member of Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Kisa Leota-Lu 2021-03-27 11:00:00Z 0

Otara Flea Market ready

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
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Otara Flea Market ready....... Friday afternoon packing the Ute, ready for a 5.30am departure to the market on Saturday. We sooooooo had stuff to sell....... We had Glynis & Rod, Elaine, Kerry & Leanne selling to the mass. Not as many families at this market, but lots of goodies sold. We had a washing machine, set of outdoor chairs, leaf blower, & many, many clothes & shoes.
There were bargains for all, even for our members. Elaine (thanks to Leanne) walked away with lots of little goodies for her cute Grandson, and Leanne shopped at "Glynis Boutique" and went away with complete outfit, skirt, jeans, top, shawl. Set for winter.......
Got asked by many what charity we were, so some Rotary talk was had. Great morning for us all.........
Otara Flea Market ready Leanne Jaggs 2021-03-26 11:00:00Z 0

Izzy already doing well

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Mar 14, 2021
Lockdown went well for Izzy, as once getting back to school, she took out the "Principle's Award" for all her hard work at home, doing great work and being very positive.
Very proud, as she is making a flying start to new school, which comes with many changes. Parent Teacher interviews this coming week, so will be interesting to see teachers for both kids. Bring on Thursday, can't wait......
Izzy already doing well Leanne Jaggs 2021-03-13 11:00:00Z 0

New School for Izzy

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Mar 14, 2021
Huge changes for Jaggs family this year as Izzy started brand new school this year. Instead of waiting for year 7 to start at Strathallan with big brother, we took the plunge and put her into the Strath Primary part of school in Year 5, so is heading to school with Brayden.
New School for Izzy Leanne Jaggs 2021-03-13 11:00:00Z 0

RI Appointment.........

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Feb 10, 2021
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Rotary certainly opens opportunities....... I was stopped dead in my tracks going for a morning walk on long weekend, when I was scanning my e-mails......opened an invitation from our RI President Elect asking me if I would like to be the CHAIR of the Young PDG (Past District Governor) Committee I have been a committee member for the past 2 years. OMG.......I was over the moon, scared as h.ll, but very honoured.
So have to laugh as always having an opinion, has worked in this instance........go figure........
Huge shoes to fill, as current Chair is amazing, so hoping to do this job justice. Can't wait........
RI Appointment......... Leanne Jaggs 2021-02-09 11:00:00Z 0

I DID IT........

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Feb 10, 2021
So for our last long weekend before Easter, family went down to Pauanui with brother & his family. We did loads of swimming, paddle-boarding & for me lots of walking. One on my bucket list was to climb Pauanui Mountain. What I didn't know was how step it was. 45 minutes of straight up....along ridges that made my heart stop. At one point, I was leaning against a tree, thinking I can't do this, I can't go up, & didn't want to go down either...... So as I was by myself (everyone else sleeping) I had to keep going.
I DID IT........ Leanne Jaggs 2021-02-09 11:00:00Z 0

9 Already!!

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Nov 25, 2020
What a week last week........Hubby went on his annual fishing boys weekend, leaving me with 8 little girls screaming at Izzy's 9th birthday Pool party. (hence the cake.......tried to make it to theme....)
Had Mum & Dad as the lifeguards, & Dad swears he went home counting to 8 over & over.......was funny when 1 went to loo, 1 left early, so then numbers changed.....
Izzy had a ball & Mummy earnt a cheeky Chardy that evening......Can't quite believe Izzy is now 9, so grown up already!
9 Already!! Leanne Jaggs 2020-11-24 11:00:00Z 0

Summer has come early????

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Nov 25, 2020
With our weather being on & off, it hasn't stopped the kids getting in our new pool. They are loving it.......started over Labour weekend & most days after school if fine, they are in for anything up to an hour........
Yes, we even had to get some new pool toys......Brayden loves Llama's & Izzy Unicorns......go
So remember your togs for our Jan catch up, as pool will be ready for you all.
Summer has come early???? Leanne Jaggs 2020-11-24 11:00:00Z 0

The things we do.......

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Nov 15, 2020
Was a small but mighty group that joined the Pink Ribbon Walk to help Breast Cancer Awareness over the weekend. Was a little touch & go on whether it would be on, but thankfully with Auckland getting the all clear off we headed.
The things we do....... Leanne Jaggs 2020-11-14 11:00:00Z 0

Dad & I - Polio

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
Dad & I again......... Roped Dad into coming on the Polio train/bus again this year. As I was in town getting my shoulder looked at, parked in Remuera & jumped on the train, with my Polio t-shirt & you know me, having to jazz it up a bit, had some awesome red wings that I stuck Polio stickers on...... Met Dad in Pukekohe & we then rode the bus/train back to Remuera to pick up my car. Then the fun began, as while 3.30pm, we were heading into long weekend traffic. Not the best I must admit, & took us 2 hours to get back to Pukekohe, to drop Dad to his car. Was glad to be home that was for sure, & thankfully not going away for the long weekend, as too much to do at home......
Dad & I - Polio Leanne Jaggs 2020-10-30 11:00:00Z 0

Polio 3 Amigos

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
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For a small club, we had great numbers riding the Polio train on Friday labour weekend day.......... Steve & Edith did the major work (so they should in their DGE but I managed to hop on at Remuera, head out as far as Pukekohe & then back to Remuera to pick up car & then spend 2 hours getting home........ Not sure if I would park in town again, as long weekend traffic was out of this world........ Was a fun afternoon never the less.......
Polio 3 Amigos Leanne Jaggs 2020-10-30 11:00:00Z 0

Club Polio Giving

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In true club style, we met the crowd at Manukau Train Station to give over our Polio cheque. Club gave $1000 & our wonderful Suzie donated $200 personally, so $1200 from us. Awesome effort guys.
Club Polio Giving Leanne Jaggs 2020-10-30 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary babies representing New Zealand Leanne Jaggs 2020-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Only my husband........

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You know your husband loves his job when he can find anything to put his works logo on........ He couldn't help himself when seeing that our new large back shed has the Bunnings colour on it........ So when he is finally able to get his tools in this shed, it will pretty much be what you see in the
Only my husband........ Leanne Jaggs 2020-09-15 12:00:00Z 0

Face to Face & Zoom......

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Who knew we could be sooooooo adaptable......... Our we had Rosie our Districts Global Grant Scholar speaking, Kisa (from Japan) & Jeanette (RC Otahuhu) didn't want to miss out. With COVID-19 & number restrictions, we got a little creative.
Face to Face & Zoom...... Leanne Jaggs 2020-09-15 12:00:00Z 0

Thank you

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
What a lovely surprise at our 2nd part of our club health check on Sunday, to have presented a lovely 50th birthday pressie from the club.
Thank you Leanne Jaggs 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0
Izzy's Success at CLD Leanne Jaggs 2020-09-13 12:00:00Z 0
School's Family Challenge...... Leanne Jaggs 2020-09-09 12:00:00Z 0

Fabulous to be 50.....

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Not sure where the time has gone but 50 rolled around pretty fast. Was meant to have been a travelling year but well not to be.... no worries though as best birthday ever..... hubby & kids went above & beyond. I woke to a few little pressies - 50 tiara to wear all day, 50 sash & stunning Pandora necklace. Then after scrambled eggs (my fav) for brek, I was in for huge surprise..... i had a massive box of 50, yes 50 individually wrapped pressies for my birthday......i was in 7th Heaven...... kids even let me open them all, as enjoyed giving me another each time I had unwrapped one. Truly spoiled......
Fabulous to be 50..... Leanne Jaggs 2020-08-10 12:00:00Z 0

We ROCK as a club

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At District Changeover, our small but mighty club was awarded the Bill & Lorna Boyd Trophy, for the Highest per capita giving for the year. As a club we give a great amount, but we also have a few club members boosting this with personal giving. I am proud to say I gave quite a bit extra in the past year, as one of our favourite & long standing family friend past away & gave my brother & I some extra $. So in both Hans & Ulla Gunn's memory, I gave some extra to put me as a major donor L1, in their memory. This I asked to be given to Annual Giving, so was super proud to accept this trophy on behalf of the club.
We ROCK as a club Leanne Jaggs 2020-07-30 12:00:00Z 0

Very Proud

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Very proud to receive from IPDG Gary a Distinguished Service Award for my work as on my Rotary International Young PDG Committee & being the District PI Chair. I have totally loved being on this RI Committee & lucky to be doing this for another year. Have learnt do much, so love club & International level stuff, as so exciting.......... Wonder what this year will bring........
Very Proud Leanne Jaggs 2020-07-30 12:00:00Z 0

Otara Flea Markets

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
What a morning, we had a great club turnout with lots & lots to sell. Some getting there super early at 6.30am & others staying late to collect the small amount that we didn't sell. My favourite photo was when the Donut Boys came....OMG they were next to our site......aghhhhhhhh So Steve brought 6 beautiful, super yummy donuts for us all & OMG so worth the kilos I then had to walk Edith's face says it all!!!!!!!!
Otara Flea Markets Leanne Jaggs 2020-07-30 12:00:00Z 0

Book this walking date........

Only 4 hours, just a walk in the park.............
In the team so far - Elaine, Glynis, Fiona, Leanne, Kerry - lets go team.  Invite family and friends to join our Rotary Manukau Sunrise team support the Cancer Society.
Book this walking date........ 2020-07-22 12:00:00Z 0

Dancing Hip Hop my secret passion....

Outside Rotary, one of my hidden passions is Hip Hop dancing.........Have been doing for about 4 years now, with shows usually being July & Dec. This year due to COVID-19, instead of a show we ended up doing a video........My groups theme was Camo.......not my colour choice, but you know me with dressing's my thing..........
Still waiting on video to be done, but this is what I have been up to every Tuesday evening since Lockdown changed......
Dancing Hip Hop my secret passion.... Leanne Jaggs 2020-07-22 12:00:00Z 0

July Breakout session.....

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Check it out.......yip an early one for us, but this is my RI Committee at work.....18th July.........10am Chicago time......yip not going to be nice NZ time, but if I can, you
July Breakout session..... Leanne Jaggs 2020-07-03 12:00:00Z 0

Brayden surprises me again

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
Brayden's school has to be different to all other ones & having the extra July school holiday week before Primary gets off, not after, so he gets to come to work with me for most of the week. So what a start to his holiday.........He completed his ICT Coding course & doing so, got his well deserved promised $50...... yes there is a story behind this.......
Brayden surprises me again Leanne Jaggs 2020-06-28 12:00:00Z 0

Izzy has to do well too.....

Posted by Leanne Jaggs
So funny, Izzy can't let her brother do well, without her doing well, so same day we have her completing Brownies........................
Izzy has to do well too..... Leanne Jaggs 2020-06-28 12:00:00Z 0


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What a week……..was invited to be an active participant at the June RI Board of Directors, which was for 3 hours over 4 days. This sounded good until I found out the Chicago time zone meant that I was going to be online from 12.30am to 3.30am for those 4 days…… Plus had to get up a little earlier to make myself look a little respectable, as had to have my camera on the whole time……
AWESOME ROTARY HONOUR Leanne Jaggs 2020-06-27 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Baby growing up........ Leanne Jaggs 2020-06-07 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Free Virtual Convention Leanne Jaggs 2020-05-15 12:00:00Z 0


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The things you do during Home Schooling online lockdown......... For Izzy's Primary school they have what they call, Whanau Friday, so each Friday we have a task that we need to do as a family. (they seriously don't think Mum's & Dad's
FRIDAY WHANAU ART Leanne Jaggs 2020-05-10 12:00:00Z 0

Autumn at it's best

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The one thing that I have really enjoyed during lockdown is my morning walks, with hubby also now being at home as well.
Autumn at it's best Leanne Jaggs 2020-05-10 12:00:00Z 0

Your worst COVID-19 Nightmare

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Our weekend ended in pain, as our washing machine finally died a totally natural death....... We have had it die a few times, but have always been able to bring it back to life, but this time, the pump went & no going back........
Your worst COVID-19 Nightmare Leanne Jaggs 2020-05-05 12:00:00Z 0

New COVID-19 afternoon chore

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Despite the photo being on it's side, it will show you who we took walking with us.......Izzy & her newest Teddy, "Fashion"...... Izzy decided that she wanted to get fit, so every afternoon once her schoolwork has been completed, Mummy & Izzy go for a walk around the block. Our block is very rural, so High Vis Vests a must, even under Lockdown L3. We walk the country roads for about 4.5km.
New COVID-19 afternoon chore Leanne Jaggs 2020-04-28 12:00:00Z 0
Daddy Daycare...... Leanne Jaggs 2020-04-15 12:00:00Z 0

Travel will never be the same........

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Our guest speaker this week was none other than our lovely Sally, who gave us a rundown of what it was like being a tour guide to the, shall we say more "Mature" adults. You could tell by the way Sally told her story, how much she enjoyed being a tour guide, & how now everything is completely up in the air, as travel as we knew it will never be the same ever again.
Travel will never be the same........ Leanne Jaggs 2020-04-15 12:00:00Z 0

Extra Training - NO excuses......

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Have just received a FB message from "Walking Stars Auckland". They have decided super early to postpone Walking with the Stars 2020 until 2021. Real sad as it goes to show how things might take longer than we can ever imagine to get back to some sort of new normality.......
Extra Training - NO excuses...... Leanne Jaggs 2020-04-13 12:00:00Z 0

Our Zoom meeting

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One of the positives for us having a Zoom meeting than in person currently due to COVID-19, is that we see our lovely Kisa each week who is living in Japan, but still doing our wonderful Bulletin, plus we have had our District Governor Gary online for the past 2 weeks, which has been lovely as well. We also have our newest member Fiona, online from her home in Taupo, as usually works in Manukau, but now working from home. So just goes to show what can happen & the positives we can take out of this crazy situation we are in.....
I am NOT missing the Southern Motorway at all, & getting out of bed at the crack of dawn to get to our normal breakfast meeting....... So now we are going to try a guest speaker next week, so rocking this Zoom new Rotary life.......
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13th Wedding anniversary was VERY different this year....... With COVID-19 we had to think well outside the square. As no dinner out, we had a lovely one at home, but our pre-dinner drinks was with our neighbours....aka Mum & Dad/Grandma & Pappa. So we did the social distancing, & attached  is how we do it in the South......OMG had to laugh at photo as how cow cocky can we be with a wheel barrow, chilly bin & open space........ Was actually a lovely way to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary, even if a little strange......
HOW WE DO IT IN THE SOUTH..... Leanne Jaggs 2020-04-05 12:00:00Z 0

Kids are aware of COVID-19

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Amazing what kids do......while online at Directors Izzy was busy writing a story about COVID-19. She then read it out to Mummy & Daddy, & I was truly amazed at what she had come up with. No help from us, all herself.
Apologies for the photo being the wrong way up, but Club Runner & I are having major sure why, so hope to fix soon.
Kids are aware of COVID-19 Leanne Jaggs 2020-04-02 11:00:00Z 0

The things you do.......

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The great thing about the lockdown is how everyone changes the ways they teach & do.... Take Brownies for Izzy as an example....every day we get a Brownie Challenge for each Brownie to do if they wish. Today was build a bridge to "Bridge the gap". Awesome idea, as we had to do with recycle paper & this took about an hour & half. Awesome effort with our secret stash of art supplies coming out. Lots of cardboard & tape, but success at the end.
Wonder what tomorrow will bring.......
The things you do....... 2020-03-29 11:00:00Z 0

New schooling.......

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I am loving Brayden's new Intermediate school, as they had been working on kids being able to work from home for awhile now. Little did they know that it would be sooner, rather than later...... So Brayden has to go to school (in the dining room) every week day, doing all his regular classes online. The only thing they have been a little light on is the homework, as still getting used to this new system. As a Mum, loving this, as also means that he is busy from 8.30am to 3.15pm, so less time for kids to say, "I'm bored......"
Izzy also has some homework set by her school, but not as intense......... We have done some movie reviews, which Mummy must also
Weekend's might be hard.........
New schooling....... Leanne Jaggs 2020-03-25 11:00:00Z 0

Working from home......

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Our house will never look the same as now have 4 new work stations around the place...... Mike has set up at one end of the table, & every morning at 8.30am, he has an online meeting. Even dressed up this week..........
Then we have Brayden on the other end of the table as needs to be online from 8.30am to 3.15pm. Izzy a little more flexible as set up in lounge, but good in the regards, as close to Mummy's work station, also in the lounge, & we have the TV so great for "Movie Reviews-----Frozen 2 & Finding Dory" How things can work in very different ways, but great that we can all have some normality........
Very strange not to be racing around like a headless chicken with all the after school activities, so what will I do with all this extra time.......time will only tell.......
Working from home...... Leanne Jaggs 2020-03-25 11:00:00Z 0

A Simple Thanks......

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In all the crazy  stuff that is going on, a simple thanks made our day......... In the post today of all days, when we hear we have 48 hours to get our sh.t together as will be on total lockdown  (well, that is how I took it....) we get a thank you from Girl Guiding NZ to Izzy for her efforts for around the bays, where she (we) raised $400 for them. Didn't cost them anything (well postage & certificate, but you know what I mean) & the smiles we got from this was priceless.
So it just goes to show that the simple things in life, a thank you for a job well done, means more than you can ever imagine. So to have this sent on such a day, gave Izzy the courage that things will be fine, as we can make a difference even if small, like walking 8+ km's. We have this New Zealand & the World, but we do need the little things like a thank you to make it better......
A Simple Thanks...... Leanne Jaggs 2020-03-22 11:00:00Z 0

Organised Chaos

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You have to see the funny side, as otherwise you feel like crying. With all the cancellations of late, my poor diary looks like I am a 5 year old, with the amount of scribbling going on. Travel plans, school sports, interviews, name it out they go.......
Not too sure if I am going to like having so much time on a Sunday for the next little while, as that usually means I will have time for cleaning the house & all the jobs I love to hate........Now where will my excuse be........hmmmmmmm
Organised Chaos Leanne Jaggs 2020-03-19 11:00:00Z 0


Couple of dates for the diary for events coming up......
Otara Flea Market - Sat 4th April & Sat 30th May
- Make sure you start having a clean out now, as need your goods to sell.
Club Changeover - Tues 30th June
- Perfect date as 5th Tuesday of the month, so easy.......Venue TBC once Elaine comes up with
DATES FOR DIARY 2020-03-17 11:00:00Z 0

Round the Bays for Girl Guides

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Thanks to the club for supporting the crazy Jaggs family in completing the Round the Bays. Brayden's quote of the day...."Mummy I learnt something today.....never to do this again!" On saying that he supported his sister, & the photo is probably my most favourite of the whole day......Brother/Sister love.....
We did the 8.4km with 34500 other people. Our time was 1 hour 50 minutes, which with 2 kids, who only started complaining with 3 km to go.......(longest 3km of Mummy's life.....)
Bucket list, done & dusted.....
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White Xmas Rocked......

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As you know family for me is super important, & I am lucky to be able to travel with my whole family......all 11 of us, when you have the Grandparents, brother & his family & us. So for Xmas 2019, we headed to Whistler & had the most amazing holiday. The weather, other than a few days of rain in Vancouver when we arrived, was just stunning. I think I took about 1500 photo's, so apologies for a long talk this week at our meeting, & that was only half of the
We certainly packed in so much, with skiing, ziplining, snow mobiling, sleigh rides. You name it, we did it........For anyone that has never been to Canada, & experienced their winter, put in on your bucket list, as just beautiful. (only thing not is the amount of clothes, hats, scarves, gloves etc you have to wear every time you go out.........)
White Xmas Rocked...... 2020-03-02 11:00:00Z 0

What a great day......

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Our kids never cease to amaze me, & this time was little miss Izzy. We had school swimming sports after Rotary this week & for her a huge thing, as first "big kid" swimming. She has been at swimming lessons learning Freestyle & Backstroke, but only breaststroke last week at school. So what does little miss do, she thinks entering into breaststroke is a great idea. Well.......her heat she came in.......first & then in the finals she came the closest second ever.........So proud she gave it a go, & did better than I think we both thought she would. So with that & her other swimming, we are now off to inter-school swimming next week.........
Just to add to it, she then had her dance class, & who comes home with another certificate for trying really guessed it.......what a day!!
What a great day...... Leanne Jaggs 2020-03-02 11:00:00Z 0
Izzy Fundraising - Needs your help 2020-02-21 11:00:00Z 0


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Amazing what you find when having a massive clean out......... This was the Tote Bag that we gave out at my conference way back in 2010...... Can you believe that it was 10 years ago & we are now looking at doing it all again for Steve & Edith......
We had such a great conference, so now our aim as a club is to re-do it once again & put it on for District, showing that yet again our "Small but Mighty" Club rocks........ Thinking caps on everyone, we all have a job to do!
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE Leanne Jaggs 2020-02-17 11:00:00Z 0

Loving Rotary International.......

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Well, what a Valentine's Day.....& not the normal kind....... Got back from camp to find hubby had got the bug that Izzy had, so not even a close hug! So instead I had to rely on Rotary once again.......... Not one message but 2, so SUPER EXCITED.......
1st message - Leanne you have been invited to be on the Young PDG RI Committee for a second year........(wahoo, didn't scare them off with my totally honest
2nd message - Would you like to be presenter at the RI Convention in Honolulu......why yes I would....even more lol......
So despite not having the Valentine's I thought I would be having, just as good.........(sorry hubby)
Loving Rotary International....... 2020-02-17 11:00:00Z 0

Intermediate already.......

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2020 for Jaggs family is HUGE........ starting with Brayden starting Intermediate........ Where has my little Rotary baby gone.......all grown up...... He is now catching bus outside our place, heading off to Strathallan in Karaka at 7.30am, then home around 4pm. Having all his friends heading to Pukekohe Intermediate & not knowing anyone, he is loving it. Got a text first day, saying "Big day over, great day, love the school"...... I can tell you, it was the longest day of Mummy's life....... Thankful that he had a great start & made some new friends.
Have to admit, Rotary has helped Brayden so much. From the million of meetings he has been dragged to over the years, he can honestly talk to anyone. No fear on meeting new people, so thank you Rotary, you have given him an inner strength that we get to see now.
Intermediate already....... Leanne Jaggs 2020-02-14 11:00:00Z 0


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Was a trip like no other, as everything went according to plan. We had snow, snow & more snow, so we all got our white Xmas. Whistler this time, & if you haven't been there, it should be on your bucket list. So beautiful & so much to do. We pwcked our 2 weeks there with Ziplining in the mountains, snow mobiling, sleigh rides, & lots of skiing. Put the kids & myself into Ski School, & then hot the slopes with what we learnt.
We did have to get used to the layers, as every time you went out, you had to put on so many clothes & then when at a restaurant, it all had to come off. Just funny really....... Then home to the humidity of NZ.....I know where I would prefer to be!!!!!!
Included in the trip was also a train trip through the Rockies, & catching up with 2 of my old exchange student friends. Was a perfect holiday, that went so fast!
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SCHOOL CAMP - Already!

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Well, just 3 weeks into school & we are at camp once again....... This time Raglan with Year 7's..... I got to look after 12 kids, & must admit they were a great group. From my point of view, was great to meet the teachers on a more personal level, plus some parents. Loved the whole week, even if was looking forward to my own bed & of course a chardy......(Yip dry camp.......OMG)
I even got to learn how to surf!!!!! Loved riding the waves, as nearly got up but decided zooming in was just as fun. You should have seen my
All in all, very happy with the choice we made for Brayden as he is in a great Year 7 group & some great teachers looking after him.
SCHOOL CAMP - Already! Leanne Jaggs 2020-02-14 11:00:00Z 0

Hip Hop Show done & dusted......

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What a week leading up, then what a weekend. Kids & I had our Groovit Hip Hop dance show Saturday & we rocked........... So proud of the kids as they were totally amazing. This time for the first time since doing shows, I got all my moves & really enjoyed this dance, Soooooooo glad it is over well until next year!
Hip Hop Show done & dusted...... 2019-12-07 11:00:00Z 0

OMG 8...........

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Wow, my second Rotary baby is now 8...... (going on you can imagine!)
Mummy, can I have a Unicorn cake........aghhhhhh but made it in the end........ Happy child, less stressed parent! Done & dusted for another year.......
OMG 8........... 2019-11-21 11:00:00Z 0

Check out RDU..........

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Parent & kids make sure you open your latest RDU............ Page 24........... Very proud........
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School camp this year was as tiring as all others, but a little bit special as Brayden's last one at Primary School. We headed off to timbucktoo, middle of nowhere, but amazing place. Had place to ourselves with 58 kids, 12 parents & 4 teachers. With another Mum, we looked after or group of 9 kids for the duration of the camp. By the end of it, OMG could have throttled at least 2, but we were very lucky with a great group.
Camp gives you the chance to see your child outside of the norm, & how they react. I was so proud of how mature Brayden is becoming & he is certainly a leader. Wonderful to see the younger aged group looking up to him. His strength was in the water sports, but like Mummy not that great with heights....... We both gave everything a go, even doing BMX.........(My thighs will never be the same........)
All in all, if you ever have the chance to be a camp helper, do it........ you come home super tired, but totally worth it.......
THE THINGS YOU DO.......... Leanne Jaggs 2019-11-17 11:00:00Z 0


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Our last meeting will be our Xmas dinner on Tues 10th Dec. Have booked Melba Manukau for us. Please advise Leanne if you can/can't make it & for how many. for your numbers please.
Time 6.30pm & please bring a secret Santa pressie of your sex. (eg. If male, a male present, if female, a female present etc)
XMAS DINNER & LAST MEETING 2019-11-17 11:00:00Z 0


Posted on Nov 07, 2019
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A great Directors meeting, as we set lots of dates for the diary, so pens we go......
Club Xmas do - Tues 10th Dec (Will be our last meeting, venue TBC)
First social BBQ meeting - Glynis's house for BBQ 6.30pm
First Meeting - 4th Feb
Otara Flea Markets - 15th Feb
DATES FOR THE DIARY 2019-11-06 11:00:00Z 0

Support for Walking with Stars

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Firstly, thank you to the club for supporting my 22km Walking with the Stars half marathon..........
BUT........ for those that were going to walk with me & my sister-in-law & are not, you can still support...... Even if $5.00, all going to another worthy cause, my SECOND charity of choice, as do this every year for my Dad & Father-in-law, both survivors!
Link is:
Many thanks
Support for Walking with Stars Leanne Jaggs 2019-11-06 11:00:00Z 0


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Amazing how excited you can get when you see an official e-mail from RI............ Totally honoured to represent our RI President next year at one of the many conferences around the world. Heading back to Oz........ & as it turns out is Cathy from French Polynesia's hubby Hugh's can you imagine..........
Past District Governor Leanne Jaggs
Dear Leanne,
I believe district conferences are an important time of fellowship for all Rotarians and their families and that the President's Representative and his or her partner can and should be an important component to a successful conference. While Gay and I would like to represent Rotary at every conference, it is physically impossible for us to do so.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we invite you and your partner Mike to represent us at the District 9790 conference held at the following location and dates:
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
19-Mar-2020 through 22-Mar-2020
TOTALLY HONOURED Leanne Jaggs 2019-10-23 11:00:00Z 0


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REMINDER......... we have our Flea Market this Saturday, so Spring Clean away as all "junk" required to make this a success.
See you there, anytime from 6.30am.......
FLEA MARKET THIS WEEKEND!! 2019-10-07 11:00:00Z 0

ROTORUA - great for school holidays

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For the Jaggs family, school holidays always mean a trip to Rotorua. So much to do for young & old. We have a family pass to Rainbow Springs & every visit there is something new, as they are constantly improving their park & services.
Then you have the Redwood Treetops adventure. (slightly pricey, but worth it) & mini golf........ never a dull moment. Eating out always is great at Eat Street & would recommend Mac's Steakhouse. Food amazing & service incredible.
Kids then off to in-laws for 2 nights, so hence for those seeing me at our Vocational visit, as heading out after work for date night, had my bling shirt
ROTORUA - great for school holidays 2019-10-07 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Oct 08, 2019
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Huge thanks to Elaine for organising a very interesting vocational visit to Hamlin Rd Farm. We were told of it's history, why they are there & who they support, plus got to walk around the organic certified farm seeing how things were done. Great operation & a huge positive step for the local community & those that want to get back into the workplace after suffering from any type of mental illness.
We even got some seedlings to take home with us, though jury out on if they will survive........
VOCATIONAL VISIT - Hamlin Rd Farm Leanne Jaggs 2019-10-07 11:00:00Z 0

A Family Affair

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With Mike still "trying" be transfer to his new Rotary club (don't get me the extra.......) they asked him to be the guest speaker. So as school holidays, the whole family went along. (yes you can see a very different meal to what the adults had, as so not kid friendly, but very yummy for us.....)
Was also nice to have Mum & Dad there too. Mike has even offered to be club secretary, after he finally becomes a Rotarian again. (& you thought I was the only sucker in the Jaggs household!)
A Family Affair Leanne Jaggs 2019-10-01 11:00:00Z 0

More Rotary Bling

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While I was down in ChCh for our Annual Rotary Institute (gathering of many, many PDG's from both New Zealand, Pacific Islands & Australia) I attended a Foundation event, where I received some more Rotary bling....... I got this for becoming a Major Donor Level 1. (this is contributing $10,000 US) It sounds a lot, but have been working on small payments over the past 20 years, so with a little boost, finally got there........& know it will be well used for Doing Good in the World.
Got to dress up as well, as not many bling bling events, what with having kids, so nice to get out of jeans or work gear & get dolled up for the event.
Institute was a great time to catch up with many old friends, plus listen to some great quest speakers. As usual some awesome, & some not so, but a great variety. Even had time to head up to Hanmer Springs with Mum & Dad afterwards, which was really nice. Now back for school holidays...........
More Rotary Bling Leanne Jaggs 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0

SPEAKER THIS WEEK - Miles from Habitat

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Great to have fellow Rotarian Miles Cain back to talk to us about his latest Habitat trip to Cambodia.
Interesting to learn that he started this after retiring (thanks Steve) & saw an advert in the local courier, asking for builders to go to Nepal. He never looked back & has done 5 trips building houses & now planning his 6th trip to Thailand this coming November.
Average age of those going to help is 65-68, so was seeing if could con anyone from our club to go........... Truly amazing experience & great to hear & see such colourful photos of his trip.
SPEAKER THIS WEEK - Miles from Habitat 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0

Spring Rotary walk completed

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Was a smaller group than our last Rotary walk, but those that braved getting up super early since daylight savings sprung forward the night before, enjoyed the beautiful Spring day. (we didn't think it was going to be like that on Thursday when every cloud was crying.........)
My Committee met at 7.30am to set up course with little Rotary Windmills, so everyone could find their way. Problem being someone (me) got lost putting them out & then walked the wrong way collecting them after the last of the walkers went off. So my simple 5km walk worked out to be more like And yes the tutu's were out, so got lots of comments & those walking got to share with other clubs what they are up too. All in all a great morning. Next one planned for March 2020, so watch this space.
Spring Rotary walk completed Leanne Jaggs 2019-09-30 11:00:00Z 0
How Awesome is This! 2019-09-07 12:00:00Z 0

Evanston - Chicago

Posted by Leanne Jaggs on Sep 01, 2019
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Evanston is where Rotary's HQ is & what an amazing building. I spent 2 full days in meetings from 7.30am to 5pm, which was a real eye opener. No holds barred on comments, which was amazing, so will see what happens in the future.
I was lucky to have a tour of Evanston on my last day & our RI President Mark was in his office. They had a staff picnic to go too, hence the casual attire. The views were stunning & place quite incredible. Got to the floor where I saw Mum & Dad's photo, so a story for the club at some stage.
Best thing was the Direct flight from Auckland to Chicago. 16.5 hours home, but once you got on the plane, next stop home......... oh yes I did boost the US economy, so Trump will be happy with
Evanston - Chicago Leanne Jaggs 2019-08-31 12:00:00Z 0


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Life after being a Bulletin Editor......... well not much of a rest as dropped this role, only to add I have been on a weekly midnight to 1am conference call, leading up to going to Chicago next week, so super excited. Will also have an article on this, as while there will be having a tour of Evanston Rotary headquarters. (going to see Mum & Dad's photo on the wall too.......)
Besides Rotary, we are in full swing with lambs..... Meet Snowy (Izzy's) & Llammy (Brayden's). It is like having young kids again as feeding times are 7am, 12pm, 5pm & 10pm...... I swear that as soon as we get lambs, I go from a nightowl to wanting to sleep They are super cute, but does mean no going away for the weekend, as lambs need us! Bring on the evening of Sept 14th.
LIFE AFTER BULLETIN EDITOR ROLE..... Leanne Jaggs 2019-08-11 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Leanne Jaggs
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In our usual fashion, no meeting on Tues 30th as our 5th Tuesday in the month. Leanne has booked the following for this night.
Melba Manukau
1 Ronwood Ave (opposite Farmers)
Time: 6.30pm
Please advise numbers to Leanne by Tues 23rd
5TH TUESDAY DINNER Leanne Jaggs 2019-07-17 12:00:00Z 0


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Rico Pokoaki will be sharing his week on RYLA with us. Those of the club that have already met him, know he is an amazing young man with a huge future. Glad we could help him on his journey.
NEXT WEEK - RYLA CANDIDATE 2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0


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Last one guys.... Kisa is on the job from next week, even if she doesn't know
Happy to say that it was worth missing District Changeover as OMG my Dance Show was a total surprise...... Firstly I managed to do it without falling flat on my face, but total surprise I got the groups, "Most improved" for my class. Just to add to this, so did little miss Izzy....... She was so funny, as come Sunday, I got......"Morning dancing Queen Mummy, & guess what I am dancing Princess then....." Too cute!
So it is over & out from me.......3+ years, time for me to pass the mantle to someone else...... Good luck Kisa.......xx
EDITORS REPORT 2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK - Rex Chaney

Always great to see Rex back at our club, but hearing his low down on things like the Southern Motorway, well.........hmmmmmmmmm
Interesting to hear how many of the major roadworks are not on track $ wise & scary to hear some are $125 million over budget...... Take Southern Motorway for example, cost was meant to be $100m, looking to be $450m...... And to make it worse, still a few years to go...... Not a happy camper........
The other stories were just as scary & nothing but ching ching.
Always great to have Rex come back for his interesting if not scary stories. Just hope that he gets his kitchen project done quickly......
THIS WEEK - Rex Chaney 2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0

Izzy Princess dancing Queen

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Last weekend not only Izzy, but Brayden & I attended our July Groovit Dance Hip Hop Show........ All dressed in black pants & red Groovit t-shirts, we had the Junior Show mid afternoon & Senior in evening........  Was certainly an experience & we have been working on these dances for 2 terms...... I don't think I have ever practiced so much ever, but dance was awesome & fun to do. (super glad it is FINALLY
PS. Look how old our little girl looks. 7.......really?????????
Izzy Princess dancing Queen 2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0


Just a brief one today, as got a bit on the plate, Had a visit from our Assistant Governor Vinod Sareen this morning, even though we had a small turn out this morning, I'm sure that he appreciated the energy and fun our Club enjoys.
Steve and I attended the Dinner last Friday night for the RYLA Attendees, all 118 of them, including our young man Rico, What a nice guy, and I could see he really got a lot out of the week. Steve went and picked him up on Saturday morning to take him back home, and he did nothing but talk about the week all the way home, so I'm sure he will gain a lot from that experience.
Don't forget Directors Meeting this Thursday at 5.30pm at Peter Hay Kitchens,
Cheers  Kerry T   
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With some quick changes as our 1st RYLA candidate had to pull out due to medical reasons, we then have sponsored Rico Pokoaki. I dropped him to RYLA at Willow Park, Eastern Beach at 7.30am last Sat, & must say he is a lovely young man, who I know will get a huge amount out of this programme. Kerry, Steve & Edith are attending the RYLA formal dinner this Friday & we hope that at one of our meetings, he will be able to come & present, telling us of his journey & stories.
RYLA CANDIDATE 2019-07-03 12:00:00Z 0


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An interesting Saturday night I had this past weekend, as Izzy had her first Brownie Disco. Theme was none other than 80’s, so I knew I could do this one well………. Soooooo love “Look Sharp” store, as attached is a photo of Little Miss & our neighbor. They cleaned up too……..Ruby won the Limbo contest & Izzy won best dressed……….So some super excited girls I had on my car, that was for sure.
So there was lots of colour (obviously, as what else was the 80’s) & have to say the DJ was amazing, as girls dancing around the whole time. Funniest was the 80’s music they played. So good for all ages, so they were in their element. (If only I could share the sneaky video’s I took… Was 5-7pm, & thankfully after the prizes done, I got the “Can we go now” which was 6.30pm. Trip through McD’s for dinner, I delivered 2 happy but tired girls home…….
THE THINGS YOU DO....... Leanne Jaggs 2019-07-03 12:00:00Z 0


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Good morning folks, I've been advised that I need to do a report weekly, so here goes......
Welcome to the new Rotary Year, I'm looking forward to what lies ahead for our club. I must say it is a privilege to have the Presidents job bestowed on me for the coming year, and I will do my best to serve you all. Something we discussed this morning was our need for a push to get our numbers up, and I think if we all make a concerted effort to grow, we will achieve this in time. Steve, Edith and I are going off to support our RYLA candidate Rico at a dinner on Friday evening so looking forward to that. Hope you all have a fantastic week ahead and look forward to seeing you ALL next week. Cheers Kerry T    
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Well super excited to have someone to step up & take over being Bulletin Editor……..thank you so much Kisa, as think this will be a perfect job for you while away in Japan, as will also show you can be very “remote” & be able to contribute & remain a vital part of our wonderful club.
I do thank everyone that has contributed over the years I have been doing this, plus putting up with my constant nagging for material. That won’t change with Kisa taking over……….
EDITORS REPORT 2019-07-03 12:00:00Z 0


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This is my last report for the 2018/2019 Rotary year. Many thanks for the help and guidance I have received from the club everyone has contributed to make the year a success. Glynis reminded me over dinner tonight at Rotary Club Waiuku we did not do a walk in the park this year!! Have to fix that. (hmmmmmm one of us did do a walk in the park - Walking with the know half marathon etc.......)
Leanne and Glynis always there when you need them.
To the directors Kerry, Pelu, Elaine, Kisa, Les, Jill, Leanne and Glynis what a lot we have achieved.
Caterer, Organizer, supplier of wine, and Quizmaster of us all Russell thankyou
Thanks to Brett on organizing a full programme. Special thanks to Sally for her support of the Trivial Pursuit night and Pelu for the venue. Kisa for the Otara market days
To our good friends that are moving on Brett and Jill you will be sorely missed. Kisa just a short stay in Japan!
To Kerry all the best for your year 2019/2020
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-06-26 12:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - Club Assembly

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Come & hear what we have installed for the 2019-2020 year..........
Directors - this is your warning to come prepared & members bring along your questions, ideas & ready for input.......
NEXT WEEK - Club Assembly 2019-06-26 12:00:00Z 0
HANDBAGS FINISHED 2019-06-26 12:00:00Z 0


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Leanne created this awesome schedule to help with compiling the Bulletin.  Each week she will put out a spreadsheet giving a member a date in the month. They will look after the intro needed the week prior to the speaker coming, will be the host & then after meeting will write a small blurb for the bulletin, so you will own this for the speaker. This will be of great help to me as the Bulletin Editor, as my last meeting will be July 30th.  I am out of the country for an unknown period from the first week in August.   This means I will be totally reliant on the information that is emailed to me, to put together and send out our weekly Bulletin.
02-07-19 Leanne
09-07-19 Leanne
16-07-19 Steve
23-07-19 Kisa
30-07-19 5th Tues - Dinner meeting
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It's a little sad to farewell two of our finest members, who have always helped, despite their very full on jobs. We couldn't have had the success in the past of our Golf Days, Movie Nights & Trivia Nights especially without both of these wonderful guys. They will be truly missed.
We can only wish them both well on their next chapter....... I am sure we will see them in the future at upcoming events & we know they won't drop off our bulletin list........
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Why I leave this to the last week to finish, as then you find a few loop holes that you thought had been done….lol….. Thankfully now pretty fast at correcting, as been doing this too long….lol…… I have completed all the info I can, so now in the lap of the Rotary Gods to whether we pass….. Sooooooooo everything has been done that can. (this was written after our meeting & if they don’t change what I was able to get off the RI website, which is displayed & it’s all GREEN………….cross your fingers, looking very positive)
If not successful as things can change, we still have had an amazing year, & with putting up our stories it really showed me how much we do & sometimes forget about. We rock as a club, something we should NEVER forget.
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Wow another year gone, who knew how fast that was going to go……… So we have our club Changeover this coming weekend at Steve & Edith’s. Unfortunately we have quite a few away, so thinking a good idea is to let Steve know who is going, so we don’t end up with BBQ meat for Africa. Please e-mail him with your numbers by Thursday at the latest.
Remember that it is BYO Veges/Salad or dessert, plus Grog. Meat etc being provided by club.
1pm lunch will be served, so might be good to get there a little before.
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I had hoped this would be my last one, but hmmmmmmmmmm As mentioned at our meeting this week, I really need to pass this on to someone, as have a few other Rotary commitments this coming Rotary year, so need to free some time up. I also think I have done this for long enough & time for some fresh blood, as I am sure you must be getting sick of my many “fill in” stories…….. (amazing how much material you can “make up” when needed though….lol)
EDITORS REPORT 2019-06-25 12:00:00Z 0


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You all know I give Steve heaps on not always sending in his President's report...... Well this time he has an excuse, a very unfortunate one, but very valid. Just talking to Steve this week on this, had tears welling in my eyes, as when it comes to kids especially, you think of your own & also how fragile they are. Steve & Edith got a horrible call advising that their grandkids had been in an accident. They are ok, though will certainly be very bruised, as can't even write what parts have been damaged........
We can only send big hugs to the whole family & hope they get better soon. xx
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-06-20 12:00:00Z 0


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Will be quite a sad last meeting of our Rotary year, as we are farewell both Brett & Jill, who are heading off on new adventures. Will be very hard to replace as they both have been incredible members, despite having major busy jobs. Always there to help with Golf Days, Movie Nights, Trivia Nights........ They will most certainly be missed, but we do all wish them well on the next chapter of their lives.......
LAST MEETING OF THE 2018-19 YEAR 2019-06-20 12:00:00Z 0


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Our annual Trivia night has come & gone........a great night even with numbers a little smaller than usual. (thinking June mid winter not the best time for an event, but we still made it fun) Was probably one of our driest events I have been to, & as barmaid, well I wasn't over worked......only at the time getting to the end, knowing we weren't selling much, was taking the extras back to my truck. My fitbit had a HUGE workout, let me tell you.........
Funny that the end result, we had the Lawyers beat the teachers. We can always rely on Brett & Sally to have an amazing smart team that give everyone a run for their money. In fact we have to thank Sally & her crazy "The Shadee Bunch" team, who won the Best Dressed at Quiz Nationals (you know no one really had a chance don't They donated their prize who was the Quiz Master, so really helped with our fundraising efforts. (this also showed us who the real smart ones were on the time, grab Sally for your team & you know you will
Thanks to everyone that helped out, We will be using the proceeds to help our local community, so worth dressing up & braving natures elements.......
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Izzy is one of 2 girls on her soccer team, & the other girl has been overseas on holiday, so many of the games little Miss is the only girl. Super proud with how she is playing, as she has her moments of playing like a girl & like a boy....... So funny to watch. Worst was this weekend, where she wanted to play goalie......OMG talk about stress. Thought was the worst move, but stood back & just tried to be positive...... Well, go Izzy, she stopped 2 potential goals & rocked as goalie. (hopefully you can see her stance in the photo....) Super proud, she held her own.....
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Save the date for our next Trivia Night........ Sat 15th June.
Start thinking about teams, costumes etc, tickets will be out soon.......
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Hmmmm, someone has been away....... He promises next week a bumper addition, especially as Bulletin Editor is an apology due to hubby being overseas & Grandparents still swanning around Germany.
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I got to finally go to Field Days in the deep Waikato......... growing up on a dairy farm, you would think I would have been before, but noooooooo.
OMG. this is not just for blokes & tractors & tools....... I walked away with a set of pots.......yes, plus some cool kids Merino socks & hats ready for Xmas in the snow.
The Field Days App was incredible. You needed it to "pin" your car in the carpark, so you knew where to head back. I think they sent me to the end of the earth, but did provide buses to get you to the entrance.
So going back next year, but this time for more........not on a day I have to race back to pick the kids up from school.......
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Mark the date - Sunday 30th June at 1pm
We will be saying goodbye to President Steve & his committee & welcoming in President Elect Kerry & his new committee. (those that are
Venue - Steve & Edith Chaney's house 15 Bell Ave, Remuera.
Steve is on BBQ so meat taken care of. Club members have been asked to bring along a Pot Luck salad/Vege/dessert of some description. Do know we already have 2 desserts coming (thanks Jill & Pelu) & 1 salad (thanks Leanne) Rest will be a surprise.........
As a club we have had yet another amazing year, so lets celebrate in style. (oh yes.....BYO grog)
CLUB CHANGEOVER 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - Gary Dalton

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Gary will talk to us about the "Te Whangai Trust"
We are a Community-led Enterprise based on business principles to achieve Social, Environmental, Economic and Cultural aspirations.
Kinesthetic Work & Life Skills Self-assessment & Development hubs are codesigned with community partners to fit each unique multisector community needs. The hubs support communities to eradicate poverty in a way that simultaneously reduces inequality and exclusion while protecting the environment on which we all depend.
Nurture the land, give life to the people.
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With our speaker stuck in Dunedin, it gave us time to talk about our upcoming Trivia Night - THIS SATURDAY NIGHT.......
Can those that haven't advised numbers, please let Glynis know as she is ordering the pizza's for the evening. We need more people, so quick ring around everyone........
SET UP - At Kedgley Intermediate 12pm. Won't take long with a few extra hands. I will bring all the table decorations, but have to leave for art for Izzy, so the more hands on deck, can get this done before I have to go.
NEEDED: Chilly bins to keep drinks cold please. Water jugs too.
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You are invited to the District 9920 Changeover Event 2019. Please click on the link below to attend or decline. You can also book family or friends.
District 9920 Changeover
July 06, 2019 5:30pm - Jul 06, 2019 8:00pm
Remuera Golf Club, 122 Abbotts Way, Remuera, Auckland 1050
DG Ingrid Waugh and DG Elect Gary Langford invite Rotarians, partners and friends to the District 9920 Changeover to be held at Remuera Golf Club, 122 Abbotts Way on Saturday 6th July. On acceptance of this invitation please deposit the amount of $35.00 per head into account 01 0262 0122518 25 and use the word C'over and your name in the reference field for the payment.


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Am hating the school bugs that are going around at the moment, as my poor little girl picked up another one, just after being sick 2 weeks ago. In fact, she told me while we were waiting at the doctors last week, "Mummy we were here the same time 2 weeks ago........." Poor little thing, lots of blowing the nose, & with so much gunk being swallowed, causing tummy issues. So meant 2 days working from home for Mummy & then Daddy had to play Mummy for one day too, as Mummy had to do some work........ The joys of kids, but so hard to see them ill & not happy.
Thankfully back at school this week, though still not quite 100%.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0

Handbags done......

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HUGE THANKS to the "Handbag" team......... Elaine, Glynis, Jill, Suzie, Les & daughter Amy, Brett, Kerry & myself.
Over the weekend, we put together 150 bags that Elaine took in her car to give to the Woman's Refuge (she could only just get in the drivers seat, as rest of car full) Huge effort from everyone, as had to unpack all the goodies first, then got to the packing. We certainly have bags left for another handbag project.
A great Sunday afternoon had by all.
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So funny writing up a story about guest speaker when it is me........., I gave an update on our Districts Conference in Napier. The high's, lows, funny stories, interesting speakers, & ones, well. we won't say anymore. All in all it was a great conference, so for any that have never been, you should put this on your Rotary to do list. Great to meet other Rotarians, see what they are doing in their clubs, meet new people, have many, many laughs, & just have a great time. Then the more you go too, it is like a mini reunion. so nothing to loose..........
For our MCS team that went, we all had a blast & a definite trip down memory lane.
THIS WEEK.....LOL ME 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0


As we don't have a meeting next week, some IMPORTANT dates to remember......
Sunday 9th June - putting handbags together
Sat 15th June - Trivia Night (Need to sell tickets)
Sun 30th - Club Changeover 1pm - bring the family......
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No meeting next week, so enjoy Queen's birthday weekend & will see you all back on Tues 11th June.
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So with a daughter that is amazing at art, & can draw like a pro, when a "resin" art class came up, I thought why not, let's try this. As not drawing & really just making a mess, it was heaps of fun & actually learnt a few new skills. My picture is my white background one, as also did one in black. Super fun & would recommend everyone to do something out of their comfort zone.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0


In our own small way we make a difference to our community.
We have nominated Minna Popata from Aorere College as our young women candidate to the IYM Innovative Young Minds Rotary programme. Thank you to Pelu for interviewing the candidates and selecting Minna for the programme. We will pay her fee for the course and my have to assist with her airfare to Wellington.
Sian McAleer visited the club with her solo mother Rachael. They had come to our meeting the week before but at 7pm. She was surprised by the presence of security guards and the large number of men attending the Anger Management courses. Rachael said to me is that Mr Smith? She was taught at primary school by Russell!
Sian is representing Counties who has been selected to represent NZ at the Touch Youth Champs 14-22nd September Sunshine Coast Australia. Sian has to personally raise $3500 to attend. Sian is a pupil at Sancta Maria College, studying NCEA level 2 and last year received academic honours in NCEA level 1. Rachael would like her family to come to the Trivial Pursuit fundraiser.
Remember keep selling, only $25 tickets, to our Trivial Pursuit on Saturday 15th June at Kedgely Intermediate. Royal theme. Cash bar. We will need prizes for the charity auction and our able auctioneer Kerry. Glynis do you still have the pink gin....?
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0


I promise to do an extra big one next week......... (Sorry Bulletin Editor couldn't wait any longer)
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Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.

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Great to hear about another Rotary project that is making a difference. This one all the way from Hutt City.....
IYM - Innovative Young Minds is a residential programme for a week for 40 female students. Reason for this, it's vital for woman to participate fully in innovation.
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NEXT WEEK - Hmmm Leanne Jaggs

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Hmmmm, seem to have been added to the programme & didn't even know it. So talking on Conference with the help of Steve & Kerry...... Better find my notes & get something
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Now that winter sports have started, we find ourselves attending Netball Friday night for Izzy & Mike & I juggle with 2 kids doing soccer on Sat morning. This past weekend, couldn't have been more proud as what a weekend for little Miss Izzy. Gave it her all & got Player of the Day in Netball, & then being the only girl in her team Sat for soccer, she ended up getting Player of the Day at soccer too. Most improved, as being 1 of 2 girls in team, the boys really are in a different league, but she took it in her stride. Turning out to be a great defender.....who knew........
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IYM - Innovative Young Minds......
The Innovative Young Minds (IYM) programme is designed to encourage young women to explore science, technology, engineering, mathematics and high-tech manufacturing – fields we call the STEM sector. The week-long residential programme is open to female Year 11 and Year 12 students, and runs during the July school holidays each year.
NEXT WEEK - IYM 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0


Reminder our Trivia Night is coming up........June 15th 6.30pm to 11.30pm.
Need to sell, sell, sell. See Les for tickets!
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If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people in the world.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Russell Smith 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0


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Obviously conference will be the "Hot" topic of this bulletin, but will leave most to when I am apparently talking on conference in a few weeks. My funny story is my dress which was for me a little out there. In the end I put to use my Rotary wine pin in a very different way...... it helped "close" my very large
My photo is a funny one. Pretty good for the end of the night, with much wine consumed by then. Dress my Mum & Cathy are wearing are from my wardrobe......... Actually my red dress from our conference pretty much 10 years ago, so pretty cool down memory lane moment........
My weekend got even better by.......
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Kerry, Leanne and I went to Napier to the Rotary Conference. We were not disappointed.
On Friday morning Auckland and Napier airports were closed with fog. Ended up arriving 2 hours late. Glynis had told us about the cycle tour around the vineyards. So we booked and she opted out....
We arrived at Ash Ridge 15 minutes late but we had talked some people on the plane to be randoms and pay at the door. We only got to two more vineyards Oak estate and Trinity Hill. Oak estate was serving cheese platters and pate platters so we passed the afternoon in the sun with Russell from Rotary Club of Mangere, and other 3 couples from Remuera and Downtown. And the wine was not half bad. Ended up with a six pack to bring back to the car in the bicycle basket just like my grandmother.
Friday night was cocktails then we went Indian dining with the Papatoetoe Central Club. Southern Indian cuisine. The men drink Johnny Walker Black label by the bottle. Kerry and I declined.. they said it is just a glass of honey wine!
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Not kidding all..... I have registered a "Rotary Team" for Walking with the stars.
Date 23rd Nov, so no excuses as telling you in May!!!!!!
Yes, you ahve to dress in blue tutu's, but seriously, if you don't dress up, you will look soooooo out of place! Mark this in your diary now & if like me like a deal, early bird registration, so get in quick!!!!!
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Another good speaker on Tuesday. Doing something positive about the homeless.
Edith's birthday this week and she has been away in Tauranga home last night, so intimate restaurant dinner and the contemporary dance "the Complexions - Bach to Bowie" at the CIVIC theatre tonight.
Off to the District Conference in Napier tomorrow interesting line up of speakers. Brings back memories of Leanne's conference in 2008 doesn't seem like 11 years ago!
On Friday we have the cycle tour around 6 vineyards. There are only 6 electric bikes first come first served! Edith so much wants an electric bike.
See you all Tuesday.
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So funny being back to Rotary after a few missed meetings, what with school holidays, Easter & Anzac. It doesn't rain, it pours...... Now all go to head down for a little memory lane as last time in Napier for a Conference, well it was for mine....... 
Couldn't help adding an old photo of Glynis & I, at my Art Deco themed night. We had a ball........ Hoping it will be the same for this one, though lending my red dress to Cathy (in blue) as a new one for this occasion...... A story for next week I am sure.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-05-08 12:00:00Z 0

GUEST SPEAKER - Rami Alrudain

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Another great speaker this week with Rami, the GM for Link People. This group is part of Wise Group, with 10 other organisations including Pathways which Elaine works for, so a very small world. They actually grew out of Pathways back in early 2000 where they started with around 17 staff & now have over 100. Their property portfolio has also grown from 100 to about 260 houses. 
Their expertise is in mental health & follow the housing first model. Started with Homeless to emergency housing to transitional housing to finally permanent. Now homeless to permanent housing.
Different types of homeless
- 80% transitional (people you don't see as sleeping in cars, sheds etc
- 15% episodically (in & out of homelessness)
- 5% chronically (see on the streets)
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BAGS TO FILL........

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MARK the date - we are filling our massive amount of handbags on Sunday 9th June. We need as many members as possible, as have over 500 bags to fill.
Leanne's work as have a huge boardroom/garage.
Address: Searle Group Ltd, 25 Queen St, Pukekohe
10am start. Lunch & drinks will be provided
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NEXT WEEK - Michael Northcott

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My name is Michael Northcott, and I enjoy through working for the CP Society the ability to be part of a team that assists people with Cerebral Palsy to be able to live better lives, and I think that the Programmes the Society offers makes a real difference to our members.
I have worked for a number of businesses, including organisations in the disability field, prior to joining the team at the CP Society.
For the Cerebral Palsy Society I fulfil many roles including answering many of the incoming calls and queries. In addition I have the Welfare Officer role, and in conjunction with Auckland Transport carry out Total Mobility assessments.
I coordinate a number of projects including the getOnYour Trike programme, purchasing equipment and IT assistance for the office, and at times, for members.
I enjoy swimming, reading, movies, repairing/ building things, and coming up with workable and effective solutions to challenges. I especially enjoy spending quality time with friends, family, and loved ones
NEXT WEEK - Michael Northcott 2019-05-08 12:00:00Z 0


Just saying, Editor in shock.........
What a great April. Fantastic weather though a little cool at night we have found it down to 6C in the mornings. 3 public holidays and combined at the same time with the school holidays.
We went to the Bach for Easter and it was sunny every day. Caught our legal limit of 21 snapper with 3 people in the boat. Also caught 4 Trevally which we converted into a batch of raw fish. And we have still got fish fillets in the freezer!
 ANZAC day as we walked though Parnell we wondered why the crowds were walking to the 10am veterans parade? We came home and watched Maori TV and Price William was at the Domain. No wonder there were crowds!
Then dinner out on Tuesday the 30th April. In the process no Rotary for 3 weeks.
But back next Tuesday everyone
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I have today donated $100 to Polio and I challenge the members of District 9920 to do likewise. Every $100 donated is matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and becomes $300 and  the Gates Foundation have committed support up to $50 million per year for the next three years.
And before you read anymore remember that your $100 donation qualifies for a 33% tax rebate! So your net $67 donation generates $300 which is a great return as the global investment in a Polio Free World will reach $40 to $50 billion within the next 20 years.
Select one of the three easy ways to donate -
·        Direct to Peter Wilcocks, District Rotary Foundation Administrator, ph. 027 285 1763
Internet banking account 02-0256-0333474-00. Confirm by email to
·        Clubs with Central Billing can collect the donations from their members, and forward the list of members who donated and one payment from the Club to Peter Wilcocks, see 1 above.
·        At District Conference donate by cash or credit card – forms for receipts will be available.
This email has the full support of DG Ingrid Waugh who has also made her $100 donation.
Finally,  I  wish to personally thank you for your support for this District Giving Challenge.
Willard Martin
D9920 District Foundation Chair 2016-2019
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Together, we make a difference

We link people to healthy and affordable homes, and the right support services for their health and wellbeing needs. We help people to be contributing members of their communities, good tenants and good neighbours - no matter what service they receive from us.

We couldn’t do this without our strong community relationships with services, organisations and landlords – because together, we make a difference.

UPCOMING SPEAKER - Rami Alrudain 2019-05-02 12:00:00Z 0


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So back from great holiday in Mooloolaba, only to have Izzy fall sick on Thursday & then our wonderful school has a "lovely" teacher only day........(worked in my favour this time, so shouldn't complain) Even taught me a few wonderful Mr Google is...... Kids have never in all their young years suffered from earache, so when Izzy had this, I had to google what to do to help....... We had done everything at top of list, but next solution was something warm on the ear. Who knew......& wahoo it worked, until at least the doctors the following day.
Just to add to it, izzy got sick, just as hubby was heading overseas, so timing huh..... So we missed Netball, but soccer on for the weekend........bring it!
EDITORS REPORT 2019-05-02 12:00:00Z 0

Guest Speaker - Wayne Neal

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Another great speaker organized by Brett referred by Les
How can we have more energy at the end of day? We have two states relaxed or fight which is the instinct to survive when all our blood flow goes to our muscles and not our vital organs like the brain. We need to be taught to control our emotions and gain inner poise.
The body mind and spirit have 4 states.
Physical    Mental
Spiritual    Emotional
Guest Speaker - Wayne Neal 2019-05-02 12:00:00Z 0

5th Tuesday DINNER

Kisa started the practice if there were 5 Tuesdays in a calendar month we would go out for somewhere different for dinner
The restaurant was chosen by Elaine. It is just down the road from our home and what a culinary delight. Sakebar Nippon Epsom style Japanese Izakaya restaurant
There was Elaine and Morris, Jill, Les and Chris, Kerry and Lina, Edith and I. Great night for traffic jams and no parking. Parked in a 60 minute zone... no ticket.
When you entered the restaurant they played a noisy drum and said welcome in Japanese. You sure knew when the next guest was arriving. No shoes in the dining area. Les as is always prepared with his slip on shoes. Kerry said he was just keeping his seat warm for a year just for Elaine! News … Chris has just retired.
Then the meal was fantastic. We had five dishes. When I came to pay it was only $78 food and wine. I asked them to check that I had not been under charged. Our bill was one of the dearest.
Great company, great night Elaine.
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SAVE THE DATE - District Changeover

District Governor Ingrid Waugh will hand over the reigns to District Governor Elect Gary Langford at this function
Please save Saturday 6th July 2019 5.30pm until 8.00pm.
Details regarding registration will be sent closer to the time. Please mark your diary to save this date and time.
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Will add for next bulletin, but update from Brett on speakers:
We have Rami Alrudain on 7th May. He is the GM at Link People and has been arranged by Elaine.
We have Michael Northcott from the Cerebral Palsy Society recommended by Suzie on 14th May.
We have Conal McKenzie from IYM (innovative young minds) on 21st May.
We have Leanne Jaggs for 28th May on Rotary District 9920 conference . (hmmmmmmm better put in the diary!)
No meeting 4th June.
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Shortest bulletin ever, as only just back this weekend & not quite back into the school starts tomorrow so packing bags & getting things ready for picking up parents too......
Photo just showing where we were & what I am pointing at is the massive roller coaster I went on at Movie World. EPIC.........
Will miss dinner, but will see you following week.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-04-27 12:00:00Z 0

No Meeting but DINNER

FRIENDLY REMINDER - No morning meeting, but Elaine has booked dinner at following restaurant......
This email is to confirm your booking at Sakebar Nippon Epsom on Tuesday, 30 April 2019 at 18:30.
Your booking details are below:
Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Time: 18:30
Guests: 12
Leave Time: We respectfully require your table back by 21:30
Thank you for booking.
Kind Regards
Sakebar Nippon Epsom
No Meeting but DINNER 2019-04-27 12:00:00Z 0

STORY - Helping ourselves

Posted by Susanne Smith
Suzanne kindly sent Steve a story for the bulletin. Unfortunately I didn't have time to rewrite this into the bulletin, as was given as a PDF, so have attached as a photo, which I hope will work. Great thought provoking story, so thanks Suzanne.
Please hit Read More bulletin to see story.
STORY - Helping ourselves Susanne Smith 2019-04-10 12:00:00Z 0


We have a busy couple of weeks but only 1 meeting.
The garage sale is att he Otara markets this Saturday 7am to 10.30am. Be there or be square
Meeting next week no meeting on the the 23rd or 30th April
Dinner on the night of the 30th April will be at a Teppanaki restaurant at Greenwoods corner. We have booked for 14
Next meeting at The Cause is Tuesday 7th May. The day after Edith's birthday!
Have a happy Easter and early start for the ANZAC dawn parade!
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-04-10 12:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - Wayne Neal

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Next week looks to be a very interesting on one, with a great guest speaker - Wayne Neal speaking about "Business Energetics". (such a bummer Bulletin Editor away, so someone please take some notes.....)
The focus of Business Energetics is expanding human awareness and potential.
NEXT WEEK - Wayne Neal 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0

BOYZONE Concert.....

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I now what you are thinking, but seriously this concert was amazing......... Was like going back to my 20's....... Went with my 2 best friends & we danced the night away. Had great seats, so we could stand & dance to our hearts content, without annoying anyone behind us.
No matter what you think, Ronan Keating is a hunk & worth going just to see Laughed & smiled all night until then getting into the car to head home to have not one but two motorway closures in Ellerslie & Takanini, so finally home at 12.30am after leaving Auckland at 11.15pm. Not a great way to finish the night, as meant lots of strong coffee's the following day!
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Walking/Tutu weekend

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So was a weekend of Tutu's...... Saturday saw me in my Rotary Green (so not my colour, but hey, got into the swing of things) & then Sunday kids school having their major school fundraiser of our Mauku FunRun/walk. This time in my blue Tutu......... Was meant to be a prize for best dressed & conned my best friend into wearing the same & OMG, they forgot the best dressed....... we would have won for sure, as pretty much only silly ones entering, but that is beside the point.......
Day was totally different with sun shinning & we even had our famous Rod Dixon giving out the kids medals when they crossed the finish line. Made 7 Sharp on Monday night & yes, I even made TV with my blue Tutu being quite visable. Funny both kids got on TV too, so all famous in our brief seconds of School made over $8000 for the morning, so lots of fun & money to help the school with their projects.
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Woman in Rotary Walk

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Saturday 6th was our official day for celebrating "Woman In Rotary"marking 30 years. Well, mother nature was not on our side at all, as rained pretty much the whole time we were walking, but 75ish turned up, mostly dressed in Rotary green or branded t-shirts & off we went. Huge thanks to Elaine who had a crazy busy weekend like myself, but off we went. Was great catching up as we walked approxx 5km. Not sure if it was the right route, but was good enough for us...... In true Rotary style, as was my idea of having a walk, got a new multi green coloured tutu & off we went.
Was a great morning, despite the rain. So much so, will be an annual event, so watch this space everyone........
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Tuesday morning seemed like a successful day for everyone on the sale of houses and rentals!
Jill Lane has sold her house and is moving to Hamilton and then Cambridge. Emirates will certainly be worst off! So will we.
It highlights the need the we have a active and positive strategy on Membership recruitment. An important topic for directors on Thursday night.
Kerry was carrying a bruise from his 3 rounds with Joseph Parker. You should see Joseph Parker!
Remeber to bring your bric a brac to our Garage Sale at the Otara markets next Saturday the 13th.
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As Bulletin Editor is taking a break for school holidays & not back until end of month, please make a note in your diary for the following dates:
12th April - Trivia Night with RC St Johns (see Steve if interested in being part of a team)
13th April - Our OTARA Flea Market. We have a heap of stuff to get rid of, so please support.
No meeting week of Anzac & Easter, so might want to join RC St John for their Anzac meeting. Again see Steve for details.
5th Tues coming up. More details to be sent out, but will be a dinner meeting, not breakfast.
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Paul Burns has only been in the role at Big Buddy for about 18 months, but has gone so quickly as enjoys what he does.
The approach that Big Buddy took was first looking at the Statistics. 80% of youth are male, 80% don't have Dad's in lives or any male influence.  So their initial focus was support & help.
Buddy's have to have free time, a big heart & don't need qualifications. No programme, no training, just need to show up & do what is natural
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Posted by Glynis Carter
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Hmmm, the big fish story, not much of a story, but oh well:
It would be fair to say that while Rod & I try often to catch fish, we are regularly disappointed and return home with an empty chilli-bin (no, and not one that I have drunk all the contents of thank you). With low expectations to save on disappointment we embarked on an excursion into Mercury Bay a few weeks back, our desperation to be back on the water overcame the look of the ugly swell that was rolling in, and that did not abate any when we anchored. Rod, who doesn’t normally suffer motion sickness, was for some reason feeling queasy from the get-go, so it didn’t help his demeanour or colour (green) at all when after his initial throw-back snapper, I caught five fish in a row. Three under-sized snapper, a small kingy, and this baby, at 62 cm. The funniest thing was that both the kingfish and the snapper latched onto my rod while it was in the rod-holder, my interest in the whole episode had waned in favour of in the first case eating lunch, and in the second pouring a drink with the catch-phrase “A dry boat catches no fish”. So effectively the rod-holder makes a better fisher-woman than I do! And all without spilling a drop!
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Super proud this week as what a weekend..... Had a date night with hubby as had my best friends 20th wedding anniversary to attend, but lol, had to take Brayden with us....... Then while we were there Izzy had a Brownie Camp & got to stay away the whole weekend without Mummy. This I have to say was HUGE for her & wahoo we got there. No call, so we successfully survived a weekend without home........ Sooooooo proud.
Now this coming week looking to the end of Brayden being 10, as turns 11 next Tues, so apologies for next week as will be taking birthday boy to school.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0


Posted on Mar 30, 2019
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Eye on Nature

Bring the kids and a picnic to the spectacular Auckland Botanic Gardens, and enjoy this free environmental education event with hands-on activities, crafts and games for the whole family.

This year's Eye On Nature theme is 'Nurturing our Forests - Healthy trees, healthy me'. ('Hauora Rākau, Hauora Ahau' - Whakatipuria to tātou Waonui ā Tāne ngātahi ai). The event will  take children and their families on an experiential journey through our native New Zealand forest, learning how the health of the forest and all its inhabitants impacts the health of us.

PLEASE see Les for details 30th March 11am to 5pm

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Big Buddy works on the simple philosophy that boys develop more confidence and resilience when they have a positive male role model to learn from.
Some boys  don't have a dad in their lives. So Big Buddy finds kind-hearted mentors to spend a little time with them each weekend. We are a free, secular charity that thoroughly screens men from the community, then matches them with a Little Buddy between 7 and 14 years of age. This small commitment makes a huge both lives!
NEXT WEEK - BIG BUDDY Paul Burns 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0


Club famous..........well our stories anyway......
Well done Les, all your effort in writing about the painted elephant was worth it, as was picked up by our District Editor & placed in this months District Bulletin. Make sure you open the link that everyone would have been sent........
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So the weekend I got the kids working up a sweat...... We firstly sorted all the bags, then counted them all. This load was 220, & since then have had another full "truck" load, which will be counted. My guess we will have an excess of 500 by the time we are done......... Bring on May when we start filling these wonderful bags!!!
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Our Vanuatu family arrived back in NZ in January 2019, I had the pleasure of greeting Pepetua and little Mathilda at the airport with our ROMAC colleagues. It was so great to see Pepetua’s face light up with a huge smile when she saw me
I knew then that we had made the right decision as a club to support them on the second leg of Mathilda’s journey towards wellness.
As many of you know Mathilda came to NZ in October 18 to have cardiac surgery. It became apparent early on that she was not fit enough for her major cardiac surgery as her lungs were very underdeveloped. She had a stent inserted into her major pulmonary blood vessel to widen this and make sure that she could get enough oxygen to her major organs for essential growth. They both returned home to family for Christmas.
MATILDA OUR ROMAC BABY Elaine Wogan 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0


Pepetau and Matilda our ROMAC Mother and daughter from Vanuatu leave Aotearoa on Wednesday April 3rd to return home. Elaine will take them to the airport. Thank you Elaine for everything you have done.
Elaine took them and another Vanuatu Mother Mary with her son to the zoo last Sunday. She now remembers why the zoo is not a regular visit on her calendar.
Matilda has grown so much and put on weight after her operation. She is now walking.
When Edith and I visited a couple of weekends ago we learned from Pepetau that she had been living on one of the main islands in ROMAC accommodation. She had not seen her husband or her other 5 children for over a year. Her sister was looking after her children
ROMAC will get her back to Vanuatu but there is a gap of a flight and a ferry trip to get them both out to the outer island where they live. They are very poor and Peptau has no money to get home.
Elaine is going to talk to ROMAC to get a quote for the flight and the ferry for our club to pay the last stages of her journey.
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The things you do for your kids……. Past weekend saw Izzy & I do the XRACE at Totara Park. Had meant to be a family affair, but Mike piked as was on his annual fishing boys weekend, & then so did Brayden as had a friends birthday & sleepover party. That left us girls……… We had a blast, even if lots & lots of running. Did I mention the lots & lots of running. OMG the area between the challenges were crazy, but thankfully being much fitter than last year, was much easier than it would have been.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK - Glynis Carter on tax

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Glynis kindly sent through some her important info from her talk this week. this will make way more sense than my So make sure you read more for all the goss........
THIS WEEK - Glynis Carter on tax 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0


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Russell is away until end of April for apologies please send them through to President Steve.
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NEXT WEEK - Glynis Carter

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With so many changes coming up with our Govt, time to look at what we can all do..........
Glynis talking on.......Ring fencing of losses on residential rental properties & proposed CGT
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This week little Miss Izzy became a Brownie. Not just a normal ceremony either, which was super cute. We had a visit to Roosevelt Park in Pukekohe, where the Brownies, got to search for rocks & hide their own. (All painted with pretty pictures on the front & Pukekohe Brownies on the back of them)
When we arrived there had been a wedding & they had laid paper flowers along the path. As they were picking these up to throw away, we asked if we could use them. They agreed, so the Brownie ceremony took on a different look. We made a path for all the new Brownies to walk up, to make their pledge. So cute & special for them. One Izzy will always remember.
OUR NEW BROWNIE 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Glynis Carter
It’s not anthrax or terrorism or AIDS that is the worst ill in our world. The most horrible disease in the world is hate.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Glynis Carter 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK - Ian Willets MUNA

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A real shame our teachers couldn’t make this morning, as a very interesting insight into the running of MUNA & how valuable it is for students. It is a wonderful youth programme run by Rotary, & a little under the radar, which is a small shame, as really is a WOW programme.
D9910 & D9920 combine for this event, which Ian has managed for the past 3 years, as loves it. Over the 17th/18th May this year, where it stimulates the workings of the United Nations. Teams are made up of 3 students, who are briefed 4-6 weeks out from event, so they can get organized for the debate.
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Even for me, hard to be my normal happy self, what with what has happened over the past week. Similar feeling to a stunned mullet, as such an unnecessary tragedy, affecting so many. How one person, can destroy so many people’s lives over the course of a few fatal minutes. My heart goes out to all affected.
We certainly have lost our innocence now, as no going back. I hope that from this, can come change for the good, as our time to stand up & say no more.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0


How life can change in a week.
I was born and bred, went to school and University in Christchurch and have so many happy childhood memories of the city
In three separate houses my grandmother and mum's two brothers and all my cousins lived near Deans Ave. My godfather lived on Deans Ave 3 houses from where the Mosque now stands. When I was a child the site was part of the saleyards and in the school holidays with my cousins we use to play all around there.
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Hmmmmmmm as Bulletin Editor won't have time this weekend & needs to get this out, with a couple of reminders to our lovely President, I get "oops" this not waiting any longer.........
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To celebrate 30 years of “Woman in Rotary”, D9910 & D9920 invite you to a “Fun 5km Walk” around Wynyard Quarter & Westhaven area on Saturday 6th April. (Rain, hail or shine, we are doing this……)
We will gather from 9am for a 9.30am start, at Wynyard Quarter Playground (Jellicoe Rd). Please note we will start & finish at the same spot for ease of parking. Gold coin donation for all attending, going to Polio Plus campaign.
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THIS WEEK - Glynis Carter TRIPS

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No stranger to us, our own member Glynis talking about a couple of her many trips she has been on. First trip to Hawaii, then trip to Noumea. Some many tips for those that haven't been before & some new learning's for those that have been to these places.
So in the "Read more" section, you will see some of Glynis's travel tid bits.......
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Couple of date changes for events coming up. Please mark in your calendars.......
Otara Flea Market - NOW 13th April
Sculpture Visit Matakana - NOW 5th May
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NEXT WEEK - Ian Willets on MUNA

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“MUNA was amazing and changed my life.  After MUNA I was so inspired that instead of following science as a career, I went on to do international politics.”  - Participant


  • To simulate the working of the United Nations Assembly by having school teams of two or three Year 12 and 13 (Forms 6 and 7) students representing a particular UN country in debates on matters of world politics and social concern.
  • Debates are held from Friday morning until Saturday afternoon.
  • To develop bridges of goodwill for the furtherance of world peace and understanding.
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I can only laugh now, as trip in this week was crazy stupid....... Love how an accident brings the whole Southern Motorway to a stand still. Then laugh when radio stations say take an alternate route.......did they not listen to their previous message on the radio advising this was blocked due to power lines down! Seriously....... so I sat & I mean sat as didn't move a cm for many, many minutes.
On the plus side, got to wear one of my MANY Melbourne outfits that I acquired last week, so that put me in my happy Suitcase was at maximum & won't even mention the weight of my carry on, or handbag/
EDITORS REPORT 2019-03-11 11:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK- Steve & Edith

Posted by Edith Chaney
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As I am doing this over in Melbourne, huge THANKS to Edith for sending not only the quotes I was after but pretty much the story they told this week...... So much better than my notes as OMG, the places....well no idea of spelling, so this week, our story is from Edith......
December 2018/New Year’s 2019 was Steve & Edith’s second trip to India, having firstly travelled in 2017 at the same time. The trip was organised through Rahul  Sharma - Exotic Holidays – Specialising in Tours within India.
The trip was organised through Rotarian couple Joyti and Sursen Singh, Harbourside Rotary Club.
There were 19 in the group with the majority being either current of active past Rotary members. We attended Rotary meetings in Kolkata, Darjeeling and Dharamsala.
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RC Auckland South have been super kind in supporting our "woman's bag" project, so would be great to support them.
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For the ladies in the club, who will SOOOOOOO understand. My first day at boosting the Aussie economy......... you know me, I love my shoes & talk about bargains........silver sparkly only $20......., the black interesting ones, where down from $270 to $ about a bargain........& then some comfortable wedges (hubby will laugh at this) to add to the mix.
Tomorrow a free shuttle to Chadstone Mall....whoop whoop........
PS. Enjoyed main reason of coming to Melbourne & that was the Woman's breakfast. (next weeks story)
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Kerry and I attended SPPETS (South Pacific President Elects training) at Waipuna Lodge at the weekend. Attendees were from all 6 New Zealand Districts and the Pacific Islands clubs. Over 300 President Elects.
1.    Rotary is facing a generational change and needs to prepare itself for the new face of Rotary. Every club should have an under 40 membership strategy prepared by under 40s. This group "Millennials" will make up 75% of the workforce by 2030.
3.    I was born in a Polio epidemic, There was another Polio epidemic when I started school and some of my classmates had Polio. October 24th is the Polio Plus birthday and we are almost there. The target is to raise $US25 million this year. This will be matched by $US75 million from the Gates Foundation. This initiative started in 1987 and the world is almost clear of a dreadful disease.
4.    This year is the 30th birthday of women joining Rotary.
5.    Our club does have a busy programme, we raise a lot of money per member and we do punch above our weight in service to our community compared to other clubs in New Zealand. We could do more with more members!
Our club is in safe hands next Rotary year with Kerry.
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We have many promises for stories, so what is coming up in our exciting editions are:
Glynis - Her major Fish story
Leanne - Rotary Woman's Breakfast in Melbourne
Elaine - Matilda story
Kerry - SPPETS & what he took away from this (plus what he might have signed us up for.......)
Steve/Edith - Possible true story of India, as might have missed a heap in my story from this week
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Posted by Kerry Thorstensen
I have lots of hidden talents. The problem is, even I can't find them......
THOUGHT OF WEEK ONE Kerry Thorstensen 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0


Posted by Kerry Thorstensen
Your secrets are safe with me....I wasn't even listening.....
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Posted by Les Parlane
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Our club was approached to paint a concrete elephant, for a Pre School located in Otara.  It so turned out he/she was fibreglass. We understand it was donated to the pre-school by the Otara shopping centre. So Jill, Elaine and myself excepted the challenge.
I approached Wattyl paints to see if they would provide free paint and they obliged by providing 4 ltrs of the grey coloured paint.
We arrived at the site on a Saturday morning all decked out in painting clothes and armed with paint brushes, rags and paint pot and proceed to paint. We completed the first coat by mid-day. On completion the pre-school provided us with
an exceptional lunch as the island community do. Then left on our merry back to abodes.  
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What a week for Jaggs kids. Brayden had his senior swimming & the major benefit of going to a small rural school, when you are in the zone, you are in the zone. So proud, as "Best day EVER" Brayden won ever single race he did at school swimming sports & have to say quite a few - 2 length freestyle, freestyle, backstroke, breastskroke, Ultimate Champion (boys vs girls in 2 lengths), his Whanau team race, but his most proudest moment, winning the biggest Belly Flop! So Brayden rocked this week, going to school "Zone" which Mummy is missing as in Oz. (so not happy.......)
Then to end week, Izzy went up her swimming lessons from a Pirate to a Transformer. (all about the name you know!) So yes, great week for Jaggs kids......
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Last time we promise........NEW date for the Otara Flea Market is Saturday 16th March.
No excuses now for that big clean out. We do need help to man the stand from 6am to about 10.30-11am. Easy work & loads of fun. Never a boring morning........
FLEA MARKET CHANGE OF DATE 2019-02-28 11:00:00Z 0


HMMMMMMMMMM, something is missing again......... Editor given up waiting, as huge weekend on & no time then, so a quick one.......
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NEXT WEEK - Steve & Edith re India trip

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Steve & Edith have an interesting tail for us all next week, as went away for many weeks touring around India & many other interesting places. Can't wait to hear some of the colourful & fun things they got up too.
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With being in a family of Rotary, it is nice to sometimes go to special events with my parents. Last Saturday was one of these which was a wonderful Foundation dinner. I think I put on a kilo just that night, as OMG we had about 7 courses, all amazing & as I had a driver home, well had lots of yummy wine, all extra calories......... Was an update on where our Foundation is, & a chance to dress up........
Then everyone was either too kind or my blood sore on top of head went unnoticed..... I did my annual (truth be known 2 years later than I should have, but still done) mole check, & they found one on my forehead that they thought would be better off than leave, so off it went. I had to put my big girl pants on, & very proud I did. No stitches, just lots of blood the first night when drugs wore off........Scared poor kids, but then presto....Now the wait for 2 weeks while they "check" for the just in case...... So big week.....
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If you could have a clean out of handbags for the club, that would be awesome. We are looking at filling these with care packages for the Woman's refuge.
Please bring them along to our weekly meeting, so we know how many we have etc. Thanks.
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We are so fortunate to lead healthy lives. 
One of my key staff the Factory Manager who is under 50 his wife Maree has had a stroke. They came to our Fia Fia night and bought a couple of auction items.
He comes to work at 730am then heads off to Middlemore for the rest of the day and basically nurses his wife. All our factory staff have stepped up into the gaps.
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Doing my happy dance as was sent a very important Rotary International e-mail, asking me to become a member of the "Young PDG Committee"
"You have been selected for this appointment because of your experience and knowledge of Rotary and its programs. Your appointment to the committee and other proposed committee appointments were reviewed and approved by the RI Board at its January 2019 meeting, prior to any invitations being issued."
Totally over the moon. Loving the "young" Won't know what is involved until later, as in true Rotary fashion, you have to accept before they advise what is July 1 2019, so will be an interesting year for me, for sure...... The things we accept!
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We will be celebrating Woman in Rotary on the 6th April. Event soon to be advised as a typical Rotary work in progress. Mark your diaries now for a mid morning event.....
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Our very own Elaine helped with being our guest speaker this week, & great to know the background behind the amazing lady.....
Born in London, but really no love for the place, as both parents Irish, both leaving Ireland when 15 & meeting on a dance floor...... Found they both lived close to each other & rest history. Happy childhood, didn't spend much time in London, as most back in Ireland. Oldest of 4 girls & grew up in Coventry.
Left school as wanted to work & party, but after 2 years of doing this decided to do nursing. Last one to go through the old system. 1989 qualified so coming up 30 years.......
GUEST SPEAKER - Elaine 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0


Please ,make sure that if you know you can't make a meeting, to advise Russell of this. It is a huge waste of food, & will also help the club out. Thanks.
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We are booked to go to the following:
24th March - Scultureum (40 Omaha Flats Rd, Matakana)
Owners Anthony and Sandra Grant have spent ten years creating a destination that is designed to unlock the imagination, fuel creativity and ignite the mind. They have spent many more years collecting the displayed works, which have been brought together for an art experience that is internationally unique. The hundreds of works on display have been chosen to amuse, inspire, and stimulate. Discover why we are one of the most unique Auckland art experiences.
- Cost - Adult $39.00, Seniors $29.00 & Child (6-16) $19.00 They also have family passes.
Please advise Leanne of who will be attending, so we can book lunch there. Looking at being there around 10.30am, look around until lunchtime 12pm, then another hour or so for other part of venue. Lots to see form all accounts, & well worth the visit.....
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Tiger Goes Camping! (got to love the bike has a name.......)
OK so not just Tiger, Mike, Dave and brother in law Ant went camping. Adventure Motorcycle style. Form work we shot straight to Coromandel Township for the night. First stop Liquorland for essential supplies then up to the Motorcamp to consume such beverages whilst setting up the tents.
Conveniently across the road was a pub with cold beers and pretty good pizza’s whilst the rugby was on. Then retiring back to the campground for more such beverages. Given that they were of the bottle variety rather than cans, it was essential that we save weight by consuming all but the last 2.
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We will discuss these at our upcoming meeting, but 2 events that might be of interest.........
17th March - Sol e Mio
- Playing at the Auckland Town Hall
24th March - Scultureum (40 Omaha Flats Rd, Matakana)
Owners Anthony and Sandra Grant have spent ten years creating a destination that is designed to unlock the imagination, fuel creativity and ignite the mind. They have spent many more years collecting the displayed works, which have been brought together for an art experience that is internationally unique. The hundreds of works on display have been chosen to amuse, inspire, and stimulate. Discover why we are one of the most unique Auckland art experiences.
- Cost - Adult $39.00, Seniors $29.00 & Child (6-16) $19.00 They also have family passes.
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Date change for our Otara Flea Market, which gives you an extra week to have the most needed "Spring Clean"
New date Sat March 2nd. Kisa will be there at 6am, Leanne at 6.30am, so come along & help with a fun morning. Need your goodies ASAP.
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So many stories.......what was your one........ Just need ONE photo, & a little bit of blurb, & presto, you will be featured in our bulletin......
We have had a HUGE break & some have gone a far, others, just down the road, & some just working. Would love something from EVERYONE please...........This bulletin needs more than just what I make up to fill the gaps........ You will get sick of me sooner than later, so please help........
WHAT DID YOU DO THIS HOLIDAY?? 2019-02-16 11:00:00Z 0


Brett needs everyone's help. If you have any great speakers you know of, please send contact details through to Brett. It makes our meetings to have a great speaker, on top of our usual Rotary business. Don't delay........we need your help now.......
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PRESIDENTS REPORT week our President "Promises" to do a bumper report, to make up for not getting this week's one in........
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Well, as you have guessed it, some of us struggling to get back into Rotary jobs......... some reports still missing, but "hopefully" next week a bumper edition.......
School is back....yippee....... so getting back to how the term goes with new after school activities for the kids, & most much later in the afternoon, so making things very interesting.
A very proud Mummy, as on Friday at assembly, Brayden became a Year 6 Whanau Leader. Our school has 6 Whanau groups, each having 2-3 leaders each year, being year 6's. Brayden is 1 of 2 for his group & he promises not to boss Izzy around........ Then Izzy gets her first school certificate for doing great writing, so a great start for the Jaggs kids.
EDITORS REPORT 2019-02-16 11:00:00Z 0


Super short bulletin, as I am also trying to get back into the swing of things...... Important dates for the diary......
Otara Flea Markets - Sat 23rd Feb & Sat 25th May
Trivia Night - Sat June 15th
Changeover - 30th June 1pm
DATES TO PUT IN DIARY 2019-02-04 11:00:00Z 0


Get ready everyone, our break is over...... We are officially back next Tuesday........12th Feb!!!!!!!!!!
Hope everyone is ready for an exciting 2019, as we have lots planned. Dates are in another message, so please take note.....
As everyone will have had an amazing break, I expect at least "ONE" story for the bulletin!!!!!! No pressure, but should be pretty easy.
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Wow, what an awesome break........ As bulletin Editor, our long break has been AMAZING.......... One less job to think about, so do apologise for the lack of info coming out, but if you read your last bulletin, way, way back in Dec, you would know the forward dates.........
Hope that everyone had a great break & enjoyed our incredible heat wave......... Jaggs family spent it at Coromandel, where we were kayaking every day until both Mummy & Daddy had to come back to work. Now wahoo as of this week kids back to school. YIPPEE..........
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A great visit to Steve’s work this week, finding Peter Haye Kitchens not just kitchens. They do much more – Kitchens, scullery’s, wardrobes, vanities & lots of kit sets.
Started in 1973. Did “The Block” for 6 years & then Placemakers took this over, but they helped in the background. Found this was devaluing their brand.
They have a great showroom on the top floor, which we got to see in lots of detail. So many choices…….


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Very proud Mummy when Izzy graduated from being a Pippin to being a Brownie, starting in the New Year.
She has that many badges that I now need to sew over our summer holidays. She has done so much from visiting our local Vets, Fire Station, Retirement home. Everything she has done as a little Pippin, mirrors what we do as Rotarians, so super proud that Izzy wants to continue next year being a Brownie.......
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You might be surprised that I conned Glynis into helping me out with a walking challenge....... As she couldn't do the "Walking with the Stars", I think she felt guilty. Even brought a FitBit.......
So challenge started 1st Nov to 30th Nov, with a goal of 210,000 steps per team. WELL.......... Glynis & I did 320,903 steps for the month of November.......(surprised Anyway, we came 141st out of 992 teams, so think we did pretty well......
AUCKLAND WALK CHALLENGE 2018 2018-12-03 11:00:00Z 0


This would by far be my biggest week, leading up to Xmas, as my big dance show this weekend. Totally out of my comfort zone with trying to do something that both Brayden & Izzy are awesome at. So we have rehearsal Tues, Wed & Thurs, so all go.......Hoping all these extra sessions, will help with Sat!
I will unfortunately miss next weeks Xmas dinner, as have kids school prize giving at same time, so I can only wish you all the best, & happiest Xmas. Look forward to catching up in 2019.....(how crazy does that sound!!!)
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For the families we are giving presents too, which Elaine has kindly found for us, we will be doing all the wrapping Dec 9th, Sunday afternoon at Leanne's work.
Searle Group office - 25 Queen St, Pukekohe
Time: 3pm
After wrapping, there is a great pub/cafe across the road for a Xmas wine/coffee, or you might be lucky & get one while we are wrapping.........
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NEXT WEEK - Vocational Visit

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PLEASE NOTE BREAKFAST MEETING CHANGE....... We will be visiting Steve's work - Peter Hay Kitchens. Address is 47 Dalgety Dr, Wiri. Same time, 6.45am for 7.15am start.

Peter Hay has been at the cutting edge of cabinet manufacturing in New Zealand for over four decades. His starting point in the early 1970’s, was to take the European design model and apply it to the more individual design style requirements of New Zealand. Such has been the company’s success over the decades, in recent years Peter has been invited to European factories to consult and look to improve their way of manufacture

NEXT WEEK - Vocational Visit 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0


Born in Dannevirke, Did my schooling at Primary and then on to Dannevirke High School until early 4th form. Moved to Whangarei as my folks bought a Dairy there, at the time the Oil Refinery was being built. Finished off my schooling at Whangarei Boys High late in the 4th Form, as wasn't making any progress there and finished the day I turned 15. My mum asked if id like to be a barber? and I jumped at the chance, anything to get out of school. Both my parents were Hairdressers earlier on so why not. Finished my time and went off to work for myself hiring a chair in another shop. Came down to Auckland for a few days and found a shop for sale in View Rd Mt Eden, Went back to Whangarei, sold my house and with the profits bought that business. Ran that for a few years then sold it and decided to go to the U.K with a mate to discover the world.
THUMBNAIL - Kerry 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0

PAST SPEAKER - Leigh Auton

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Was great to have one of our charter members back to talk to us . Leigh as we all know is a super busy person & now after being appointed by the Govt July this year, with 3 others to an appointment for 3 years with Housing NZ.
Interesting times, as 63,000 properties, 180,000 people housed, 26 billion asset base, 1500 staff.
Needing to build 2000 houses this year. This is the expectation.
Priority now Auckland, where before it was ChCh.
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Very weird not to be at Rotary this week, but did survive the weekend which started with a 7 year old party after school for little miss Izzy. 5 girls & 2 boys until 5.30pm, then laft with only 4 for a Tee Pee sleepover.........OMG what was I thinking...... They got to sleep earlier than I thought with the last one to fall asleep at 10pm, but all up giggling away at 5.30am! Not great knowing I had to walk that night for Walking with the Stars. So after much coffee (& no wine) picked up sister in law Kelly & off we went. Had a ball & somehow was awake for it, as then Sunday saw me driving to Whitford for a Pippins Cookout........The things you do......But wait there is more.....had best freind over with her 2 kids, to celebrate the girls 7th birthday & early Xmas.
So as couldn't fit anymore into my crazy weekend, was in bed around the same time as kids on Sunday. Still chasing lost
EDITORS REPORT 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0


The year is drawing to a close.
Next weekend we are in Wanaka for Christmas Dinner with our son and his Whanau especially our two mokopuna Tama and Harper. We are parent help at the sleepover at school on Thursday night and walking up Mount Iron on Friday with the class. I think Edith will skip the walk!
It has been a great start to the year and we have done so many community based activities. The change to Friendship House has put us back in our community even though it can be a bit noisy at times!
Two vocational speakers last week Vai and Kerry
Congratulations Vai on your engagement. Another Chemical person in the club to join Nadine and I!! 5 siblings and then a gypsy all over Aotearoa. 
We could not imitate Kerry: hairdresser, auctioneer and real estate. Then the personality to match! The club will be in safe hands
Next week is a vocational visit to Peter Hay Kitchens 47 Dalgety Drive, Manukau. I will organize coffees accompanied by bacon and egg bun for breakfast. Does anyone want a new kitchen?
Merry Christmas everyone and Prosperous New Year
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The Rotary International Convention is filled with moments of inspiration that you won't want to miss. The 2019 convention takes place 1-5 June in Hamburg, Germany, a bustling, beautiful port city known for its impressive architecture. Enjoy a special welcome to this exciting city at An Evening in Hamburg, a reception hosted by local Rotary members.

Convention brings together thousands of people from around the world to share ideas, learn new skills, and have fun. You'll find moments of inspiration listening to dynamic speakers, attending lively breakout sessions, and exploring the House of Friendship.
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I DID IT........

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Well, I am not too sore, just tired, but that is more the combination of the weekend & past week I have had.
Was soooooooooooo lucky with the weather as started to rain when sister-in-law Kelly & I got to the car heading home, so we got around with no rain, just lots of fun & laughs. Huge thanks to everyone who supported, but not too late if you feel the urge....... all going to another great cause.
Everyone commented on our super headgear, which flashed colours all night too. Did it in 4 hours 2 minutes, as some very slow patches, but my best time yet, as started at about 4 hours 30 mins, so super happy. Next year goal under 4....... just saying people.........start planning now!!!!!!!
I DID IT........ 2018-11-25 11:00:00Z 0


Apologies to all for not getting a bulletin out, but as you can see from the same amount I did, lots on.......
Was also waiting on a Presidents report, which we did get a little confused on, as the one Steve sent me was for the stand alone Fia Fia Night/20th birthday that I am working on, but he thought for this bulletin.......
So this coming week, a President Report, a story on past speaker Leigh Auton, this weeks Thumbnail speakers (please someone write some notes & send no later than Wed night) Plus the usual......
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Huge thanks for the club support of $100 & for the club members who have also given. Really appreciated, as thinking with the weather the way it is, not going to be pleasant.
I will be walking in my Rotary blue colours, including blue Tutu........ Will think of you all, & next year, hmmmmmmm we WILL have a team once again!
Anyone else that would like to support, even $5, would be awesome.
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To say silly season has started, has for me. November is always a tough month, what with Izzy's birthday. This week, well I had more icing sugar around the kitchen than should be, but proud to say her request of having a "Unicorn" cake, was met! Not the flashest, especially if you look close, but she loved it so phew......
Now the biggest weekend ever, have Izzy having her "party" on Friday with a sleepover as well, then art class, followed by art show for Izzy, & me doing the Walking with the Stars. Sunday then have a Pippin half day event, so OMG what a weekend. I hope others have it a little more quiet.....
EDITORS REPORT 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0


We have had a busy couple of weeks at our Rotary Club
If there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we go out for dinner. Great evening dinner organized by Brett at Windross Restaurant, Cockle Bay, Howick for 10 of us on the 31st October.
We set up the FIa Fia night at our meeting on the 6th November. Preparation and Planning of course and so we ended in a great night.
ROMAC. Elaine had asked us to help out in the weekend with Mathilda as she had gone away for the weekend to Whitianga. Remember Wayne Brewer came and spoke at our club, Remember he said there is not much to do to support the ROMAC families
Elaine, Kisa and Glynis have started the club support.
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YOU do know I thought we had a MCS team entering into this amazing walk for Cancer Society,,,,,, then have had all the excuses in the world, but "WE"are still doing this. It is THIS weekend, & I will be in my blue tutu, so anyone keen to join & has registered, please see me ASAP.....
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THIS WEEK - Leigh Auton, our very own.....

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We welcome back one of our own, as past member Leigh Auton will give us the run down on the "Auckland Housing Crisis". Very topical at the moment, so I am sure a full house this coming week.....
THIS WEEK - Leigh Auton, our very own..... 2018-11-17 11:00:00Z 0

GUEST SPEAKERS - Rotary Youth Exchangee's

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This week we had the pleasure of hearing from not one, but two Rotary Youth Exchange students, who came with our previous member Bart Signal, who is now with RC Pakuranga Inc & on the IYE District Committee. (Great to see him also attending our 20th & in costume…..)
This week brought back many memories for myself, as way back in 1988, I too was an exchange student going to Sweden for my year. Hearing both Vicki (Austria) & Maria (Denmark) was like reliving my year, as I too had very similar experiences.
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What a night, what a success. We certainly know how to party & what a way to celebrate our small but mighty club turning 20. As mentioned I will put out a special 20th bulletin addition, so watch this space.
Huge thanks to the committee for organizing such an event, & Kedgley Intermediate for a great venue. It went without a hitch & everyone had a ball. (My Mum raved about the night all the way home, so you know we had a great event!)
Lots of colour with costumes & did have to laugh when we had the photo of our Charter Members present – all 3 of us were the ones with the funny wigs, so says something doesn’t it…….
So happy birthday MCS, we ROCK as a club.
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Elaine gave an update on how Matilda is doing. Great to hear that she is doing well & out of intensive care. By the time you get this bulletin, she should be back at Ronald McDonald House.
So stage 1 done, but still more to do. Matilda will eventually go home, grow a little & then be back to fix her hole in her heart.
Our club is still being asked to help out with supporting the grocery shopping, taking them out for a walk etc. Just being there as company. Please liaise with Elaine if you can help, though she will be putting together a roster for everyone.
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Sorry for the delay, but after a full on 20th Birthday celebration for the club, had Izzy’s overnight camp & getting ready for little miss to turn 7 next week. Yip, all go as usual in the Jaggs family……..
I will be putting out a separate “20th Birthday” bulletin as just too much to do in a week, plus waiting on “others” for their reports too…….A taste is my “20th” outfit, as my Mum made me a black velvet dress & yes I did have the big permed hair!
Short & sweet…….
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Are we ready.....we turn 20 this coming Saturday......... We still have tickets to sell, but Kisa needs to know numbers ASAP if you haven't already advised.
Have you got your 20th birthday themed outfit ready to probably scare...... (saying that as mine is just shocking........need some urgent improvements, but man time is running out...... (Just saying black velvet with sequins......has to be wrong!)
Set up is now at 3pm. (sorry due to time change I am out, so hopefully we can have some helpers there to make the place look amazing.......)
Lets make this an amazing evening, as lots to celebrate.
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Elaine is doing an amazing job, but this coming weekend she is away so asking for immediate help to look after what is coming up this weekend. Matilda should be going into surgery Friday, so her Mum will need some help. Also need people to help pop in over the weekend.
Know it is a shocking weekend for all, but please let Elaine urgently know if you can help.
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Next week I promise to get back to normal, as lots of stories to report on, but this needs to get out early as getting organised for 20th & help with Matilda our ROMAC child we are helping with.
SHORT BULLETIN THIS WEEK 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0


Wow, it seems an age since I did one of these. (secretly yippee........) So much has happened, which will be updated in next weeks bulletin, as this is a small but important one, due to our 20th THIS Saturday! But just to say, survived a school camp & hubby's looking forward to izzy turning 7. Yip, all go in the Jaggs household.....
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Elaine, Steve & Edith took part in helping with Aucklands Homeless Count, & Steve shared the following e-mail they received.
The main initial findings show the following.
  • On 17 September, 336 people were counted living without shelter across Auckland. These people were all adults. 179 were sleeping rough and 157 were sleeping in cars.
  • The validation exercise found that this number is likely to represent 40% of the people who were living without shelter on this night. 
  • As a result, it is estimated that there was a minimum of 800 people living without shelter across Auckland. 
  • There were also 1,027 people in Ministry of Social Development funded (special needs grants) emergency housing. 553 of these people were children.
  • There were also 1,847 people in transitional housing and other temporary settings. 746 of these people were children.
AUCKLANDS HOMELESS COUNT Stephen Chaney 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0


Our next meeting in the morning isn't until the 6th Nov. With this being the week of our 20th Birthday, will ask Kisa & Pelu to give us an update on what is still needed to be done, plus job lists for the weekend.
In the meantime, sell, sell, sell those tickets! We want to celebrate our 20 years in style!!!!!
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Shame that this is over long weekend, but if you can help, please let Elaine know. Details for this coming Saturday are:
Otara Community Kindergarten
9am start Sat 20th October
Elaine, Les Jill and the paint (expecting some great photos!)
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Another week gone.16 at Rotary, please remember to give your apologies to Russell. We had a few wasted meals for the homeless.
Remember no Rotary next week as Monday is a holiday and it is a long weekend. Have a good weekend the weather forecast is for fine warm weather. Great for reading, golf and fishing, whatever you do to relax.
The following Tuesday the 30th October as it is the 5th Tuesday of October and this will be an evening meeting at a restaurant TBA. So we are not back at Friendship House till Tuesday 6th November. The 5th November is the anniversary of when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. The last week of politics proves politicians can do that without any help from the rest of us! A few of my staff are morose as they live in Howick/Botany and the events are bit close to home.
Great speakers again with Judy and Michelle from the Middlemore Foundation - Burns unit. Sad to hear Judy's story about her accident as a 4yo and then subsequent prejudice to her disfigurement from the burns.
Not long to our Fia Fia night on the 10th November our biggest fundraiser of the year. Brett and Leanne have sold a table of 10 each, I have managed to sell two tables of 10. So that is 40 sold to start and there is over $1200 already in the bank account.
Sell Sell  Sell. We even have Tongan Fire dancers booked. And remember we need prizes for the silent auction and to let Jill know. Anyone going overseas a bottle of duty free liquor would help, or a week in a bach, or the winner of a prize last time 3 burly men.
Have a good week.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0


It is probably only me but with long weekend coming up, no meeting next week & then having our 5th Tuesday being an evening meeting, this means I get at least a week off bulletin.......Make the most of this guys, & READ it, as nothing out for a couple of weeks. (can you see me jumping for joy!!!!!!
Good timing on not having a meeting next week, as I am on OMG school camp once again. Tues to Friday. Not going bush this time, but to the water. Army Bay, here I come........ Brayden is soooooooo looking forward to it, but little miss Izzy not..... I feel for Mike already as she is now going through a lovely faze of wanting both parents at home. If not, "I have a sore tummy Mummy/Daddy......." So hoping a short faze.
Read up guys, as we will be having our 20th before we know it. Safe long weekend.
EDITORS REPORT 2018-10-16 11:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK - Ingrid Minett

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Ingrid started by thanking our club for helping with the Mall collection for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as normally this isn't a good area, but we helped raise $865 which was awesome. as not normal.
MS is one of those bizarre diseases, as no two people will have the same symptoms. It triggers communication to the brain & spinal cord & attacks the immune system. 4000 people in NZ have MS.
Episodes can come & go. You won't die from MS, but in the end it will take away the quality of life.
THIS WEEK - Ingrid Minett 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - Michele Henry

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Come & hear Michele Henry talk about the "Burns Unit", as she is the Office Admin & events Manager.
As out club has supported this unit so much in the past will be a great update for us all.
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World Polio Day, 24 October, is just a few weeks away. As you make your final preparations, remember to share your club event with us at Already, hundreds of clubs around the world have planned local events to raise awareness in their communities.
  • In the U.S., the Rotary Clubs of Evanston and Evanston Lighthouse are screening Rotary’s latest virtual reality film, Two Drops of Patience, at their event so attendees can experience what it’s like to immunize children against polio.
  • In Indonesia, the Rotary Club of Bandung Selatan is hosting a walk to raise awareness about the need to eradicate polio.
  • In the Bahamas, the Rotary Club of Nassau is hosting a livestream viewing party and fundraising event, with all proceeds going to End Polio Now.
This year we’re encouraging all 35,000 Rotary clubs to create an event and promote it at Join the celebration.
END POLIO NOW 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS - What we are doing as a club

Great to share what was discussed at Directors & our plan going forward for new members.
Structured process for admitting and retaining new members has been formulated.
1) Email or telephone invitation to visitor
2) Visitor to attend 3 meetings (breakfast complimentary)
  a) Les or Kisa to forward visitor contact to leanne
 b) Throughout visitors attendance at 3 meetings membership team to continue to engage and follow up on visitor feedback.
3) Send out notification to Rotary club team about potential new member and field any feedback, queries or concerns.
4) Interview (Les & Kisa) with potential new member to outline the following:
 a) Go over process
 b) Membership fees
 b) Different memberships available
 c) Commitment to meetings, projects and fundraiser events.
 d) Outline Rotary organisation local and international
 e) Advantages of being a Rotarian
 f) Enrolment at RIL training
5) Arrange a buddy for new member
6) Induction.
But wait there is more.......
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A trip to see my sisters new abode in Nelson was further enhanced by a trip out to Jester House which is between Mapua and Motueka
An idyllic Nelson day with bright blue skies was the perfect time to sit under the cherry tree in full blossom and have some lunch.
This is a quirky spot which has been in business for about 20years , has B & B Mother Hubbards Boot, tame eels , and ‘odd’ pieces of art work scattered through the grounds . A good place to take children as there is lots of space to roam , a great playground, a chess board , hats & tails to wear if so inclined !
A stop off in Mapua on the way home was sooo tempting with lots of amazing local jewellery, home wears and art & I was very proud of myself to only come away with 1 purchase.
Well worth a visit.
TRIP TO NELSON 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0


More than a quarter of the Rotary year has gone!
Welcome to our three new members: Suzanne, Vai, and Vili. Membership met their challenging target of 3 new members quarter with these Inductions.
Vai is on the ball and wants to resurrect the Manukau Rotaract Club. She is looking for support amongst our members.
There is no meeting on Tuesday after Labour weekend. And October has 5 Tuesdays so we have an evening meeting on the last Tuesday. Brett Abraham wants to have an indication from members of numbers for our Dinner meeting on Tuesday October the 30th so please email him if you want to come. My guess is around 20 including our partners!
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0


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When traveling with son & hubby, Orb (similar to Zorbing, but better) is the way to go. Izzy sooooooo didn't want to do this, so we watched the boys. Brayden had a ball & think daddy had one too. The smiles on their faces & if I could have shared their video from inside, you would be laughing as hard as I was seeing it. Something to do for sure, as certainly brings the kid out in everyone.......including the kids...........
SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0


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School holidays........I know teachers & kids are the only ones that love these holidays.....(sorry Pelu, Nadine & Sisi) Parents nightmare really......but did give us the chance to have an extended long weekend in Rotorua with the kids. So much to see & do, & kids most favourite place, so always a good one to visit. I even made use of the mornings & walked around part of Lake Rotorua. Just beautiful.......
Now have hubby away to China/Taiwan, which have only just worked out, I will be away next week, as Mike not back until Labour weekend. Just gets better & better...... Someone please take notes for next week, thanks.
EDITORS REPORT 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0

Petrol sooooooo expensive.......

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OMG, living in Auckland, even on the outskirts is expensive. Found this out when leaving Pukekohe paying $1.59 for Diesel & then filling up in Rotorua for $1.39. Seriously........
Petrol sooooooo expensive....... 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0


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A dilemma that I am now glad to have, but a learning for sure........ With school holiday programmes, I had a spare 2 hours waiting on Izzy, so as I had to find a new skirt that fitted (my great new dilemma as others now too big). After going into every shop I could find at Sylvia Park, finally success on a new straight black skirt. Got to wear for the first time at our meeting this week. What I had forgotten to remember (it's been awhile since needing to shop for skirts), was you need to cut the thread where the back pleat is, allowing you to move freely. So with the lack of coffee as leaving at 6.15am just to be in traffic for what was still ages, I found myself walking like a Japanese lady in a Kimono to the meeting. (won't even mention trying to get into my truck with some sort of decorum)
It wasn't until after the meeting & having my strong coffee, I worked it out. Was a quick yank of thread & wahoo, I can walk like a normal person once again....... Had to share, as was laughing all the way back to Pukekohe........
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The 2019 District 9920 conference is being he;d at the Napier Conference Centre from 10 - 12 May 2019.

Registrations are open and earlybird registrations (15% discount) will be available until 30 November 2018.  To register for the Conference click here

The costs are:
  • Conference Delegate $345 (earlybird $293.25)
  • Delegate's Partner $235 (earlybird $199.75)
  • Rotaract (conference only - no meals) $170 (earlybird $144.50)

The theme for the conference is Keep Rotary Real.

There are events available outside of the conference - Check out District 9920 Conference 2019 Registration website for more details

CONFERENCE UPDATE & PRICING 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0


Hmmmmmm, maybe next week.........
President Steve "would" have said welcome to our 2 new members Susanne & Vai, & Editor will do photos & a blurb on both next week, as rumour has it, we might even be inducting a third, so will do a special edition on our new members. (under the pump as off to Rotorua for extra long weekend with the kids, so not back pretty much until our meeting)
PRESIDENTS REPORT - MIA.... 2018-10-03 11:00:00Z 0
Pakuranga Trivia Night 2018-10-02 11:00:00Z 0

This week - Samantha Jung-Fielding

Interesting to hear Samantha & how we can break our habits we have created in 5 easy steps.
How those habits are created are through Cues - Routine - Reward. This is all automatic, so like domino's becomes a loop.
This week - Samantha Jung-Fielding 2018-10-02 11:00:00Z 0


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And old photo but it works! We will be having another before the end of the year, so time to start going through your attics, garages and general storage facilities.  September 7th is the date to be scheduled into your telephone calendars for our next Flea Market.  Need lots of big stuff!!
OTARA FLEA MARKET 2018-10-01 11:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - Ingrid Minett

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Ingrid Minett will be talking about Multiple Sclerosis, which our club has helped with in the past.
The cause of MS is still unknown – scientists believe the disease is triggered by an as-yet-unidentified environmental factor in a person who is genetically predisposed to respond.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.
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School holidays.......scary as end of Term 3, meaning we only have one term left & Xmas is upon us! (I know........)
Very proud as usual of our kids, as end of term saw Brayden get a diligence award, for all his hard work in maths & reading for the term, & then Izzy got to share in front of the whole school her written work about Country Life Day. 2 super kids, that is for sure. Now holiday time, with a mixture of after school activities & extra long weekend in Rotorua. (back for Rotary of course.......)
Traffic still shocking, though did gain 10  minutes this week, surprising more than myself........sooooo over Southern Motorway, & light at end of tunnel, not even flickering!
EDITORS REPORT 2018-10-01 11:00:00Z 0
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Q & A about Rotary 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0


Kia ora Whanau,
It was great to see Past President Neil the Whanagamata gypsy rock up on Tuesday morning. He is busy in retirement! I just had a small job with the incinerating toilet at the ski club but he could not fit it into his schedule.
Kisa and Les brought 6 visitors certainly filled the table to overflowing. May need two tables soon. Taina and her 3 friends, plus Kisa's brother Rev Faamapau  (he gave the new venue a seal of approval.. located in our community) and Kisa's sister Mesepa.
Neil Denney is in Rarotonga on sabbatical. Leanne on sick leave. The chef of "The Cause" Cherie Maroroa has resigned and next week is her last week. Remember to say good bye. In future Russell may be cooking breakfast to help out.
PRESIDENT REPORT 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0

REVIEW - The Novotel Airport

Posted by Glynis Carter
Hmmmm, Rod & I took a visiting Australian businessman there – well he took us actually – and fair to say that it was exceedingly average in most respects. Very slow service, out of stock of some things on the menu, the menu itself was low rent on an A3 sheet of paper that got wet from the table even before we started.
Wine/drinks list was extensive, but food menu did not match that on the current website, and when the food came it was pretty ho-hum. Such a shame as this could really capture a large market as there is so little available by the airport. Wish Villa Maria would open at nights!
REVIEW - The Novotel Airport Glynis Carter 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0


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Time to Spring Clean as this Saturday we are at the Otara Flea Markets to get rid of our junk, but someone else's treasure.
Set up early & best time to get there is before 7am, as then very hard to find a park.........
See you there.
OTARA FLEA MARKETS THIS SAT 2018-09-25 12:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - Samantha Jung

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If you have a habit to break, this is a morning meeting you don't want to miss, as Samantha will be giving us some top tips to help people who want to change something important in their life. Will be an interesting meeting.......
NEXT WEEK - Samantha Jung 2018-09-24 12:00:00Z 0

Aucklands 1st Homlessnes  Census –  Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland's Homeless Count

Posted by Elaine Wogan
On 17th September Steve, Edith and I joined up to 1000 volunteers across Auckland to complete the 1st census of homelessness in Auckland. Unfortunately, we weren’t on the same team together but that didn’t deter our intrepid surveyors! Armed with our smart phones and survey apps we were dispatched with our team leader to various parts of south Auckland to seek out anyone living on the street or in their car. Thank goodness the rain stayed away which meant that we didn’t have to content with inclement weather, something our homeless population have to deal with on a daily basis.
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Becoming a New Zealand Citizen.

Posted by Elaine Wogan
It was with great pleasure and excitement that I attended a recent citizen ceremony with my husband Maurice and daughter Amy. After 14 years as a permanent resident we made the decision to apply for our citizenship and take the final plunge to full commitment to NZ.
I didn’t think that it would impact me as much as it has, in the sense that the ceremony felt very special and consolidating!
Becoming a New Zealand Citizen. Elaine Wogan 2018-09-24 12:00:00Z 0
QUOTE OF WEEK 2018-09-24 12:00:00Z 0


Other than my hate for traffic, is change of seasons, as OMG waking up this week at 5am feeling like my head was in a vice, was not fun....... Sorry to have missed the meeting, but will be back next week....... Sounds like I missed a boomer.......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-09-24 12:00:00Z 0


Report coming...........well has been promised as Bulletin Editor was in Tassie for Rotary. Got some info sheets, but no report, so maybe next week........
THIS WEEKS SPEAKER - Ann Dunphy 2018-09-20 12:00:00Z 0


Thank you Brett for the finding the good speakers.
But he does need help so if you know anyone that would be a good speaker please advise Brett.
We have Directors on the first Thursday of the month. Just some information from the meeting to keep you all informed:
(Please read more for all the info that Steve has written)
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-09-20 12:00:00Z 0

Our 20th, Fia Fia Night - 10th Nov

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How are your ticket sales going?
Are you spreading the word??
Theme - Dress as if it was your 20th........ with such an array of ages, this could be hilarious........
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Down with Blood Pressure Campaign

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Please advise Elaine if you can help. Details follow:
Date Saturday 6th October. 9.30am meet St John and set up
Manning of stall is 10am to 2pm, St John does the blood pressure measuring
Need 2 stalkers times 2 hours to bring people to the stand. Outside PNS Manukau City.
Down with Blood Pressure Campaign 2018-09-19 12:00:00Z 0

REVIEW - The Conservatory

Posted by Glynis Carter
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The Conservatory – North Wharf Wynyard Quarter
Attended there for Rod’s birthday, after having sampled a few beverages at 16TUN. Rod & Andrew were very impressed with the array of craft beers at said prior establishment so we were in good spirits as we arrived at the Conservatory. The menu promised much, the seared tuna salad entrée/small plate was divine, and highly recommended. The mains – 2 out of 3 were probably above average but the rib eye that I had was grisly and overly marbled. Must have been the cow as the waiter obligingly got me another meal and it was the same. By this time quite hungry I was going to try to consume it come what may, but the waiter saw my gesture to Andrew and basically swopped on my meal and whisked it away claiming ‘no no no, you can’t possibly have that my darling!” Damn!
Some time later, after my companions had finished theirs my third meal arrived (cow looked pretty much the same just cooked more!) and I was kind of over it by then. Rod managed to scoff most of that too! And cheesecake…..never did find out how the cheesecake was. If I was a critic I would say : Ambiance 6, service 8, Food 6.
REVIEW - The Conservatory Glynis Carter 2018-09-19 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Glynis Carter
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Here is the Rotary Driver with your AG attending the Franklin Club Casino night – where we had a jolly good time betting away a small fortune, mostly on Black Jack.
Safe to say we will never give up our day jobs for the lure of the bright Casino lights.
A DIFFERENT CLUB EVENT Glynis Carter 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0


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As many of you may have done, Rod & Glynis attended the concert Pink’s Beautiful Trauma, week before last and Wow!
While Glynis is a stalwart fan of her music, Rod was less keen but as you know the “rotary driver” (doesn’t infer that he drives around in circles) is frequently dragged into driving said Diva to things he may reluctantly be attending but he ends up having a great time
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Trip to Tassie was one in style as upgrade came through.......... Funny though I was in business & Mum & Dad had to travel Premium economy..........
While saying this was wonderful, being away from kids & missing Country Life Day was horrible. Poor Mike had to deal with 2 kids, 2 lambs & sending us text messages & photos to keep us up to date, as with the 2 hour difference, it was all over before we went to conference. So funny to be highly stressed & not even be there. In the end despite the wrong predictive texts, Brayden got a 1st for leading & the senior cup, plus 2nd for grooming (thank you Mummy & Daddy) & Izzy got 1st for calling. Then in the art exhibitions, Brayden got Highly recommended for his Calendar, & Izzy got 1st for her Calendar & 3rd for her plant creation. Next year I am SO not missing it....
EDITORS REPORT 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - Ann Dunphy

Ann will talk on mentoring, as well as specific school based programmes as below:
The Reading Enrichment Programme (REP) is a well-established educational support initiative, strongly integrated into the learning programmes at One Tree Hill College and Otahuhu College.
The programme has been achieving impressive results, driven by community tutors who provide one-on-one tuition. Over 100 tutors deliver this initiative to over 100 year 9 students annually across both schools
The REP programme aims to lift the reading age of year 9 students to match their chronological age and lift their self-belief and confidence which are key elements to successful learning.
NEXT WEEK - Ann Dunphy 2018-09-12 12:00:00Z 0


Some one got busy & forgot that the Editor needed by Wed night........ Gave him until 11am, as he had promised by 10am, soooooooo next week, he will have a bumper report as needs to be 2 weeks worth.
As for Editor, over & out, as off to Tassie shortly. Have a good one all, see you in 2 weeks.
PRESIDENTS REPORT....... 2018-09-12 12:00:00Z 0

RYLA - If keen advise Steve

Elaine, Edith and I went to Papakura Rotary Club on Thursday to listen to the plan for the four clubs to host RYLA 2020. The District committee and past RYLArians would run most things on the RYLA programme. 
There were 5 options for places for us to help out:
Each day there is a different Rotarian of the day.
10 drivers for charity day.
10 drivers for Rangitoto Island Tuesday to Thursday.
Organize the closing RYLA dinner programme.
or two people to run the speakers programme with Todd Hanlon.
RYLA - If keen advise Steve 2018-09-11 12:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK - Dr Dragos "The Pursuit of Dreams"

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Dr Dragos started extremely well, by saying we were the loveliest club they have been too....... He had won us before he even started........
Dragos grew up in Romania where there was lots of poverty. They had just enough food, just enough education to work for the Govt, where you couldn't speak out, as otherwise put into dungeons. This kind of environment, people suppress everything, so dreams are shut behind doors in their minds. Grew up with $100 a month to go to school, so as couldn't do much, read many books as free. All saying, if you have a dream, go for it.....
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What a weekend, as all was consumed in making sure our "Family Challenge" for the upcoming Country Life Day, which I am missing as in Tassie for Rotary, is done...... we being the royal we, decided on doing a wind chime, which had to be made out of recycled items. Well, as you might see, had the help from Patty Village Bar with the beer caps, then the butterflies are Mike's coke cans chopped up & Izzy did all the colouring in. I couldn't believe that we finished by end of Sunday, so bring on Thursday when I get to take to school.......... That & the baking which needs to be done before heading away. Feel for poor hubby, as he has to do the whole Country Life Day without me, which I am not happy about, but hoping kids will do well, as done so much this year with their lambs.......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-09-10 12:00:00Z 0

Upcoming Speaker - Tony Vaka

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A speaker not to be missed........
Tony is an amputee who lost a leg in a shark attack in Tonga but has since represented NZ at powerlifting at the London Para Olympics and next month will be representingNZ in disabled sailing in Japan.
Upcoming Speaker - Tony Vaka 2018-09-10 12:00:00Z 0

Lei Café, Ponsonby

Posted by Russell Smith
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I have often thought that in New Zealand we sometimes ignore the fact that we are a Pacific Country.  For example: why aren't there more cafes with a Pacific theme?  I would like to recommend one and that is Lei Café, 4 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn. It is opposite the old Ponsonby Fire Station and is in the same building as Countdown and its car park.
It is comfortable, cosy and casual with some nice Pacific touches.  There are some great murals and Pacific family photos behind the counter. The service is friendly with good food and the coffee excellent.
Lei Café, Ponsonby Russell Smith 2018-09-10 12:00:00Z 0


All the best to Kerry, who flew to Perth to see his brother who is ill.
Another good speaker with Pernell Callahan. Thanks Brett. Reminds me of how little I know about social media and the following Tsunami of new business models and opportunities created by this new technology.
Thank you Directors for switching to Wednesday. Peter Hay Kitchens was the host. Peter was proud that the Rotary club was meeting on our premises. He asked me how many Rotarians would attend? I said 8 attendees. Red or white? So Peter provided 4 bottles of red wine and 4 bottles of white wine. There was a lot of wine left over.
Our club does not have a drinking problem. Directors were vocal and committed. Many great ideas. But the meeting ran for 2 and half hours. An improvement in time keeping is needed.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-09-06 12:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK - DR Dragos Bratasanu

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Great speaker coming this week, so make sure you attend.
"The Pursuit of Dreams." Our mission is to inspire, empower and educate people to make their dreams a reality anywhere they start. In "The Pursuit of Dreams", I share the personal experience of how I accomplished my dreams—including traveling to the North and South Poles without any money or connections, becoming a bestselling published author, and the extraordinary lessons I've learned by working and studying with NASA legends - the leaders who put man on the moon, flew into space, and sent robots to Mars — to show people how they can fulfill their greatest dreams regardless of their circumstances. The side effects include complete healing of anxiety, depression, and addiction, and finding freedom, overflowing joy, and abundant life. 
NEXT WEEK - DR Dragos Bratasanu 2018-09-05 12:00:00Z 0


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This week, we helped with a presentation at RC Pukekohe (My Dad's club) on our trip to Rotary Convention in Toronto. Took the kids as both Brayden & Izzy went with us. Off we went in our NZ/PI uniform & was a great night.
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Stand Up Stand Out Finals

Posted by Kisa Leota-Lu
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My sister, cousins and I attended the Stand Up Stand Out 2018 Finals to support one of our young cousins, who was part the Mt Roskill Dance team.  I had never heard of this event and was expecting some mediocre performances, but how wrong I was!
This event was presented by the Auckland Council and supported by Flava.  I’m writing about it, because I was taken aback not just by the amazing talent of our youth, but by their level of professionalism, confidence and the hard work that they had put into their items. 
Stand Up Stand Out Finals Kisa Leota-Lu 2018-09-05 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Russell Smith
To Change your life, you need to change your priorities.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Russell Smith 2018-09-05 12:00:00Z 0


Hoping that all the Dad’s/Grandpa’s had a great Fathers Day. Ours was not normal, as spent half the day in a car, in the rain going from Patumahoe to Putararu & back. Down for lunch with the in-laws, as father-in-law had foot operation last week, so we thought a good idea to see how he was & then home for dinner with my Mum & Dad. Exhausted would be the word I would use, but great to share with both Dad’s.
Then Wednesday, I helped Brayden’s class go to the Maritime Musesum……..
EDITORS REPORT 2018-09-05 12:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK - Pernell about Real Estate

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Pernell, a past member of our club came back to give us an update of what he has been up too, & over the 3 + years he has been gone, he has been rather busy. Having always been in Real Estate, in 2016 he left Don Ha Real Estate, starting his own agency, but 6 months in he decided he needed to do something different & take Real Estate in a different direction, as noticed that Real Estate had room for improvement, with technology being the solution.
THIS WEEK - Pernell about Real Estate 2018-09-05 12:00:00Z 0


Another week gone and welcome back from Australia Russell and Dubai Jill. Russell had an interesting story they went to the Bee Gees museum in Brisbane. Interesting he found the weather in Australia cold.
Another good speaker and she was also a Surfer, runner though not long distance and a Skier! With all those interests in common no wonder she works with Brett.
Been missing the fine session from Russell for the last 2 weeks, phone a friend still works. Leanne was the exception and got the correct answer without any help. (How rude.....Ed.....)
Directors next week will be on Wednesday 5.30pm at Peter Hay Kitchens 47 Dalgety Drive Manukau. It is a factory. The board room Is spartan. Good turnout please. The hard seats will make it a short meeting.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0


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Rachel gave a heart warming address on being a Pillars Mentor. She has now been a mentor for just over a year & you could tell this was certainly a passion that she has, & getting as much out of it, as the child she is mentoring.
Pillars is a charity for children of prisoners. They help support positive, crime free futures. They match a child of a prisoner to a mentor, so there is consistency & stability in their lives. This as Rachel shared with us can take quite some months, as after her interview to find out more about her & her interests etc, it took 6 months to find the right match.
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REVIEW - The Red Shed

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For Mike’s birthday, we headed to The Red Shed for lunch on Sunday. Glad we booked, as place packed, with people eating, as well as enjoying the Sunday Markets, which certainly have grown over the years.
Staff super friendly, even though very busy. Kids super happy with their choice of pancakes & maple syrup, where Mike & I decided on a more breakfast/brunch option of eggs. Food very nice, but my only comment would be not to order any sides, as just not worth it. Mike got sausages for $5 & was all of 2 tiny & I mean tiny breakfast like sausages & I decided on tomatoes $4.50, which was 1 tomato (if I was lucky to call it a full tomato) cooked as our side. Never again, that is for sure. Can however recommend their coffee, which is strong & hot…..
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Posted by Glynis Carter
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Last Tuesday night Rod & I attended the Charity Dinner & Auction run by the Rotary Club of Tuakau. This is a bi-annual event and well supported by the Tuakau community.
The event was well run, and a four course plated dinner was quite a pleasant surprise, given that my expectation was a Cossie club traditional buffet.
TUAKAU EVENT Glynis Carter 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Russell Smith
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An unusual Rotary fundraising activity
Recently while walking through the Broadbeach Mall on the Gold Coast I noticed an old fashioned Carousel so stopped to have a look and was surprised to learn it was operated by the Rotary Club of Southport.  Apparently it is owned by the Gold Coast City Council and operated by volunteers from the Rotary Club.The Carousel is over 120 years old and it costs $3 for a ride.  Proceeds go to a range of local charities.  It is always interesting to see what other Rotary clubs get up to in their efforts to help their communities
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Watch this space as know SOMEONE will have a place they have been to, or seen to comment on……..
OTHER REVIEWS???? 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0


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August is a huge birthday month for the Jaggs family, as first mine, & now hubby’s. He even got to buy his own birthday pressie for himself, a Motorbike…….. Can’t say I am over the moon as hate them, but he is happy. His excuse is the Southern Motorway, as can now get to work a little more easily, I think more in line with a mid-life crisis…….. So instead of happy wife, happy home, we are going this week with happy Daddy, happy home!
Huge thanks to Glynis & Russell for their articles. Still waiting on everyone else………Doesn’t take that long to put something together, so please do, as makes our bulletin much more interesting for all.
With Father’s Day this coming weekend, hope everyone has an enjoyable one.
EDITORS REPORT 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0

REVIEW - The Red Shed

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For Mike’s birthday, we headed to The Red Shed for lunch on Sunday. Glad we booked, as place packed, with people eating, as well as enjoying the Sunday Markets, which certainly have grown over the years.
Staff super friendly, even though very busy. Kids super happy with their choice of pancakes & maple syrup, where Mike & I decided on a more breakfast/brunch option of eggs. Food very nice, but my only comment would be not to order any sides, as just not worth it. Mike got sausages for $5 & was all of 2 tiny & I mean tiny breakfast like sausages & I decided on tomatoes $4.50, which was 1 tomato (if I was lucky to call it a full tomato) cooked as our side. Never again, that is for sure. Can however recommend their coffee, which is strong & hot…..
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THIS WEEK - Prof Bob Elliot

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What an amazing man, retired from university 20 years ago, but has done lots of projects since. 3rd world is Bob's passion, so looked for a new project.The video that Bob showed of a small infant that was struggling to breathe had us all thinking. Some with kids of their own, some of their grandchildren, all quite hard to think about.......
For Fiji, severe pneumonia & lack of oxygen is the leading cause of death in newborns, so the need for oxygen is a huge issue. The tanks that are currently used are shocking in remote areas. Then you also have areas that don't even have the tanks.
THIS WEEK - Prof Bob Elliot 2018-08-22 12:00:00Z 0


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As I always struggle with getting ANY stories from anyone, I have now added a new section to our bulletin. This is where you can be a critic about anything, a movie you have been too, a new restaurant, a book you have read, a place you have been too. Doesn't have to be long, I will take anything from you!! Just need you to write a few lines & e-mail these to me. (no hard or rocket science.........)
Have done the first one on a recent movie I went to as a school fundraiser. Never laughed so much.......
NEW SECTION FOR BULLETIN 2018-08-22 12:00:00Z 0

REVIEW - The Bookclub

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Four lifelong friends have their lives forever changed after reading 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club.
This movie is a must see, as will have you in stitches....... Huge cast with Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Don Johnson, Andy Garcia & Craig T. Nelson.
For a movie with no violence, just plain good fashion fun, though not for the young due to topic.......highly recommend, as the older stars do it justice & funny life stories about all the 4 ladies. Hilarious......
REVIEW - The Bookclub 2018-08-22 12:00:00Z 0


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On any given day more than 23,000 children  are affected by having a parent in prison in New Zealand. Without the right support these children are over 9 x more likely than other kiwi kids to end up in prison as adults. 

Children of prisoners are among some of the most vulnerable children in our community. They are in a situation they didn’t choose, yet they face a sentence of their own. They become the invisible victims of crime and can become socially isolated and deprived. They need our support to live positive lives.

Children of prisoners deserve a future like we want all kiwi kids to have – not to be our future prisoners.

NEED A NAME BADGE?? 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0


Posted by Stephen Chaney
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We had friends in Mexico Rosa and Pepe. Rosa we met when I was studying Philanthropy and Civil Society for 4 weeks at CUNY in New York in 2009. Pepe is an engineer and he was the past president of Mexico for the YMCA. We went to Mexico to Rosa's 60th bash in 2014.
They have two children who we know a daughter Rosita who lives with her husband in Barcelona and has two boys and a son Pepe Jnr who lived in Sydney married to an Australian with a new infant daughter. 
Rosa was in Sydney for four weeks and wanted us to visit. The amount of emails meant we were stalked for persuasion!
SYDNEY WEEKEND Stephen Chaney 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0


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Our mokopuna Harper who is two in November caught a virus two weeks ago and had a cough. It turned to pneumonia. On Monday night she was air lifted by helicopter from Dunstan Hospital to Dunedin Hospital and was in ICU over night on oxygen. Today her temperature is down and she is much better.
In Fiji for an infant there are not the same options. Step in Rotary's own charity Cure Kids. Working with British engineers the technology has been developed to use solar energy and overnight a lithium battery to make hospital grade oxygen. But there is more only $650,000 is needed to start the project which will then be able to roll go out to all Pacific Islands. Then through Rotary the Bill Gates Foundation may take over.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0


Funny how a guest speaker can bring back so many memories, good & bad ones....... With Prof Bob Elliot speaking about oxygen & kids breathing etc, brought back many memories of Brayden with his croup & the many trips in a speeding car/ambulance to Middlemore for urgent treatment. Very scary for anyone, but especially a mother or father, so really related with this weeks speaker. Now thankfully with having Brayden's tonsils & adnoids out, we are having less trips to Middlemore, but you are never safe......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0


I have known Ingrid and John for many years.
Ingrid made her District Governor visit to our club on Tuesday. Though we were hard to find. GPS does not always work
It is great to see her having a good start to her year as District Governor and many of us will support her at her conference in May in Napier, Ingrid's home town. More Chardonnay consuming at the vineyards.....
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-08-16 12:00:00Z 0
JUST BECAUSE........ 2018-08-16 12:00:00Z 0


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Our Rotary International Presidents theme this year is ‘Be The Inspiration’ and our District Governor Ingrid Waugh with her own sub theme of "Keep Rotary Real". This is what DG Ingrid spoke about at our morning meeting. She came in force as hubby John, AG Bill & District Secretary Peter, so lots of Rotary bling to be seen. (shame so many of our members away overseas or busy getting ready for the teacher strike the following day. They missed a great speech & for the editor, a trip down memory lane.
DG Ingrid had done her homework, as acknowledged all members of past & present Rotary roles, our 3 charter members (Steve, Glynis & Leanne) but that while small, we punch well above our weight. (we know this, but so lovely for others to know this too.......)
THIS WEEK - DG INGRID 2018-08-14 12:00:00Z 0


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With pure luck I was able to get tickets for the Saturday night to see Celine Dion. After missing her in Vegas by one day after the Rotary Salt Lake Convention, I was sooooooo looking forward to finally seeing her. So all I can say is wow, wow, wow....... The costumes reminded me of Edith & the shoes Glynis. They were awesome.........
Worth mortgaging the house to go, & traveled home with very sore cheeks, what with smiling, singing & laughing so much........ Also time well spent & on time...... Celine Dion came on at 8.30pm & finsihed around 10.50pm, as while doing the most amazing songs, it was interesting to note, she is also a comedian & loves talking.........Loved it, is pretty much all I can say.......
CELINE DION 2018-08-14 12:00:00Z 0


Hmmmmm, still WAITING......... guys I really need your stories, as getting a little light!
MISSING STORIES........ 2018-08-14 12:00:00Z 0


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This coming week, we have the pleasure from hearing the Co-Founder of Cure Kids (45 years ago), Professor Bob Elliot talk about the Cure Kids oxygen project in the Pacific Islands.
NEXT WEEK - PROF BOB ELLIOT 2018-08-14 12:00:00Z 0


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Sorry for photo, but wahoo, after our meeting this week, I went straight to get my massive soccer bandage off & this was underneath........ now a small bandage on it for a week & then away laughing. Matching scars, so all done!
I was also lucky last weekend to attend Celine Dion. OMG is all I can say & will do a small story for the bulletin, & maybe something from Steve & Edith who went Tues night.
Shame we had small numbers for our DG visit, with so many away. DG Ingrid shared her goal & views on the year. Brought back many memories......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-08-13 12:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Rotary International President Selected

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Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.

“As individuals, we can only do so much,” Gupta said in a statement. “But when 1.2 million Rotarians work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and in the process, we can truly change the world.”

2020-2021 Rotary International President Selected 2018-08-07 12:00:00Z 0