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Our last meeting will be our Xmas dinner on Tues 10th Dec. Have booked Melba Manukau for us. Please advise to Leanne if you can/can't make it & for how many.
 
leanne@searlegroup.co.nz 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 2019-11-11 11:00:00Z 0
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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.......... 2019-11-11 11:00:00Z 0
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A great Directors meeting, as we set lots of dates for the diary, so pens out.....here 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
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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: https://walkingstars2019.everydayhero.com/nz/leanne-1
 
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 District.....so 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
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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 on.....lol......
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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
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With Mike still "trying" be transfer to his new Rotary club (don't get me started.......read 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
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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
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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
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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 15..........lol....... 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
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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 me....lol
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 another......lol..... 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 early...lol.... 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
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5th TUESDAY DINNER MEETING
 
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)
Manukau
Time: 6.30pm
 
Please advise numbers to Leanne by Tues 23rd leanne@searlegroup.co.nz
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 it.....lol.....
 
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
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
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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 over....lol)
 
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   
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
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Steve needs your help.......... If you want us to continue having the amazing speakers we have had in the past, Steve needs your help. Please forward any ideas to him & he will take it from there.........
 
At this stage we don't have anyone coming that the Bulletin Editor knows about.
NEXT WEEK.....???????? 2019-07-03 12:00:00Z 0
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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…..lol) 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    
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-07-03 12:00:00Z 0
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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…..lol…….
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 Stars......you 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
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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.
 
DATE PERSON LOOKING AFTER INTRO, INTRODUCING SPEAKER, DOING WRITE UP FOR BULLETIN
JULY  
02-07-19 Leanne
09-07-19 Leanne
16-07-19 Steve
23-07-19 Kisa
30-07-19 5th Tues - Dinner meeting
BULLETIN BEING DONE DIFFERENTLY..... 2019-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
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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........
FAREWELL TO 2 OF OUR FINEST 2019-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
PRESIDENTIAL CITATION....... 2019-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
CHANGEOVER THIS SUNDAY 2019-06-25 12:00:00Z 0
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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 you....lol) 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 team..........next time, grab Sally for your team & you know you will win.....lol......)
 
Thanks to everyone that helped out, We will be using the proceeds to help our local community, so worth dressing up & braving natures elements.......
TRIVIA NIGHT 2019-06-19 12:00:00Z 0
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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.....
GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING....... 2019-06-19 12:00:00Z 0
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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.......
SAVE THE DATE - TRIVIA NIGHT 2019-06-14 12:00:00Z 0
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.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
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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.......
FIELD DAYS NOT JUST FOR BLOKES 2019-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
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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 new....lol....).
 
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
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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.
NEXT WEEK - Gary Dalton 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
 
NO SPEAKER BUT TRIVIA NIGHT 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Event:
District 9920 Changeover
Date:
July 06, 2019 5:30pm - Jul 06, 2019 8:00pm
Fee:
$35.00
Location:
Remuera Golf Club, 122 Abbotts Way, Remuera, Auckland 1050
 
 
Details:
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.
DISTRICT CHANGEOVER DETAILS 2019-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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.
Handbags done...... 2019-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
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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......
DATES TO REMEMBER 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
No meeting next week, so enjoy Queen's birthday weekend & will see you all back on Tues 11th June.
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK 2019-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
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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)
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
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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.
SPEAKER - IYM 2019-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
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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 organised.....lol......
NEXT WEEK - Hmmm Leanne Jaggs 2019-05-20 12:00:00Z 0
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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........
EDITORS REPORT 2019-05-20 12:00:00Z 0
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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!
TRIVIA NIGHT - SELL, SELL, SELL 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
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 split.......lol.......
 
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.......
EDITORS REPORT 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
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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!
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
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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!!!!!
SAVE THE DATE NOW........ 2019-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
THOUGHT OF THE DAY 2019-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
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.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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)
GUEST SPEAKER - Rami Alrudain 2019-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
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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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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
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
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A CHALLENGE FOR ROTARIANS IN DISTRICT 9920
 
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 pdmwilcock@gmail.com
·        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.
 
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 9920
Willard Martin
D9920 District Foundation Chair 2016-2019
FOUNDATION UPDATE 2019-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
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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 things....how 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
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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
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.
5th Tuesday DINNER 2019-05-02 12:00:00Z 0
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.
SAVE THE DATE - District Changeover 2019-04-27 12:00:00Z 0
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.
UPDATE ON SPEAKERS 2019-04-27 12:00:00Z 0
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Shortest bulletin ever, as only just back this weekend & not quite back into the groove.....plus 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
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:
Ref: BP7FZXZ
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
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
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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
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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 him.....lol...... 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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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 fame....lol..... School made over $8000 for the morning, so lots of fun & money to help the school with their projects.
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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........
Woman in Rotary Walk 2019-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
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.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-04-03 11:00:00Z 0
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.
EVENTS COMING UP 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0
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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
 
THIS WEEK - BIG BUDDY 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0
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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!
 
THE BIG FISH STORY Glynis Carter 2019-04-02 11:00:00Z 0
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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

EYE ON NATURE EVENT 2019-03-29 11:00:00Z 0
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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 difference...to 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.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
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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
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Glynis kindly sent through some her important info from her talk this week. Phew.....as this will make way more sense than my notes.....lol....... 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.
 
APOLOGIES 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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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
NEXT WEEK - Glynis Carter 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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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
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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.
THIS WEEK - Ian Willets MUNA 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-03-19 11:00:00Z 0
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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 morning..........so not waiting any longer.........
PRESIDENTS REPORT........ 2019-03-14 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
WOMAN IN ROTARY EVENT 2019-03-13 11:00:00Z 0
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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.......
THIS WEEK - Glynis Carter TRIPS 2019-03-13 11:00:00Z 0
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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
DATE CHANGES...... 2019-03-13 11:00:00Z 0
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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

Purpose:

  • 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.
NEXT WEEK - Ian Willets on MUNA 2019-03-11 11:00:00Z 0
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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 place....lol..... Suitcase was at maximum & won't even mention the weight of my carry on, or handbag/backpack.....lol.......
EDITORS REPORT 2019-03-11 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
THIS WEEK- Steve & Edith Edith Chaney 2019-03-06 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
EVENT NOT TO BE MISSED 2019-03-06 11:00:00Z 0
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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 $79.....talk 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)
BECAUSE I HAD TOO....... 2019-03-06 11:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Learnings:
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.
 
PRESIDENTS REPORT....... 2019-03-06 11:00:00Z 0
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
WHATS COMING UP 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
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
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Your secrets are safe with me....I wasn't even listening.....
THOUGHT OF THE DAY TWO Kerry Thorstensen 2019-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
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.  
ELEPHANT PAINTING Les Parlane 2019-03-04 11:00:00Z 0
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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......
EDITORS REPORT 2019-03-03 11:00:00Z 0
WEEK FUNNIES 2019-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
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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.......
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
NEXT WEEK - Steve & Edith re India trip 2019-02-28 11:00:00Z 0
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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.....
EDITORS REPORT 2019-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
HANDBAGS NEEDED 2019-02-21 11:00:00Z 0
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.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-02-21 11:00:00Z 0
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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" part.....lol...... Won't know what is involved until later, as in true Rotary fashion, you have to accept before they advise what is involved....lol.....Starts July 1 2019, so will be an interesting year for me, for sure...... The things we accept!
EDITORS REPORT 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
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.....
LADIES KEEP 6TH APRIL FREE 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
APOLOGIES TO RUSSELL 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
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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.....
MARCH EVENT 2019-02-20 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
WHAT HUBBY GETS UP TOO..... 2019-02-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
ARE YOU INTERESTED??????? 2019-02-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
FLEA MARKET CHANGE OF DATE 2019-02-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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.......
SPEAKER HELP!!!! 2019-02-16 11:00:00Z 0
Well..........next week our President "Promises" to do a bumper report, to make up for not getting this week's one in........
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2019-02-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
WE ARE BACK NEXT WEEK 2019-02-04 11:00:00Z 0
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..........
EDITORS REPORT 2019-02-03 11:00:00Z 0
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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…….
VOCATIONAL VISIT - PETER HAYE KITCHENS 2018-12-04 11:00:00Z 0
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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.......
FUTURE ROTARIAN....... 2018-12-04 11:00:00Z 0
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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 Glynis....lol....) 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!!!)
EDITORS REPORT 2018-12-02 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Details:
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.........
XMAS WRAPPING EVENT 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
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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
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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.
PAST SPEAKER - Leigh Auton 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
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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 sleep.....lol
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
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
 
HAMBURG ROTARY CONVENTION 2018-11-28 11:00:00Z 0
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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......
BIGGER BULLETIN THIS WEEK 2018-11-25 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
 
I'M DOING THIS......OMG 2018-11-20 11:00:00Z 0
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To say silly season has started, well.....it 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.
 
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-11-17 11:00:00Z 0
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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.....
WALKING WITH THE STARS 2018-11-17 11:00:00Z 0
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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
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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.
GUEST SPEAKERS - Rotary Youth Exchangee's 2018-11-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
20TH BIRTHDAY FIA FIA NIGHT 2018-11-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
MATILDA UPDATE 2018-11-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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…….
EDITORS REPORT 2018-11-16 11:00:00Z 0
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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.
WE ARE CELEBRATING BEING 20!!!! 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
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.
Matilda - HELP REQUIRED 2018-11-06 11:00:00Z 0
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 surgery........now looking forward to izzy turning 7. Yip, all go in the Jaggs household.....
EDITORS REPORT 2018-11-05 11:00:00Z 0
QUOTE OF THE WEEK 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
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!!!!!
NEXT MORNING MEETING 6TH NOV! 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
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!)
PAINTING THE ELEPHANT - SAT 2018-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
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!!!!!!......lol)
 
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
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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
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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.
NEXT WEEK - Michele Henry 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
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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 endpolio.org. 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 endpolio.org. Join the celebration.
END POLIO NOW 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
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.......
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS - What we are doing as a club 2018-10-10 11:00:00Z 0
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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
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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........
WHEN YOU KNOW YOU NEED COFFEE 2018-10-08 11:00:00Z 0
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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
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
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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.
NEXT WEEK - Ingrid Minett 2018-10-01 11:00:00Z 0
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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
ROTARACT TRIVIA NIGHT 2018-10-01 11:00:00Z 0
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
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
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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.......
 
http://www.happinessence.co.nz
NEXT WEEK - Samantha Jung 2018-09-24 12:00:00Z 0
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.
Aucklands 1st Homlessnes Census – Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland's Homeless Count Elaine Wogan 2018-09-24 12:00:00Z 0
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
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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........
Our 20th, Fia Fia Night - 10th Nov 2018-09-19 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
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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
PINK CONCERT Glynis Carter 2018-09-18 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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
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
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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.....
THIS WEEK - Dr Dragos "The Pursuit of Dreams" 2018-09-11 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
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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
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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.
FAMILY AFFAIR 2018-09-05 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
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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.
THIS WEEK - PILLARS 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0
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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…..
REVIEW - The Red Shed 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
ROTARY IN GOLD COAST Russell Smith 2018-08-28 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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…..
REVIEW - The Red Shed 2018-08-26 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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.

NEXT WEEK - RACHEL PEETERS ON PILLARS 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
NEED A NAME BADGE?? 2018-08-21 12:00:00Z 0
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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
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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
Lots to think about.....
 
Kerry spoke on Vocational thumbnails, so watch this space & your tap on the shoulder.
 
21st August - Charity Dinner Tuakau. See Glynis for details.
 
1st Sept - Casino Night with RC Franklin - See Glynis or Leanne (Brothers club)
 
Lots of seminars - check dates in upcoming events......
ROTARY NOTICES 2018-08-07 12:00:00Z 0
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Dame Lesley Max was an inspirational speaker on one of her true passions, which came about from having a son with Down Syndrome, as she learned alot about learning, which lead to "Great Potentials Foundation". What a truly amazing porganisation that is helping not only our back yard in South Auckland, but have 41 sites around New Zealand.
 
We heard about their 3 life changing programs, being their Family Service Centres, HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents & Youngsters) & MATES. (Mentoring & Tutoring Education Scheme)
SPEAKER - DAME LESLEY MAX 2018-08-07 12:00:00Z 0
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Izzy was in her element on the weekend,as she got to go to "Disney On Ice" with Mummy, Grandma & Grandpa. For those that have kids/grandkids, especially little girls, this is a must for all. The ice skating is great, but the songs & costumes of all the skaters is out of this world. Izzy knew every character, & was funny hearing her tell Grandma who they all were as Grandma needed a little help, as some quite new to her.
 
The only downside was the cost of merchandise. OMG things were worse than crazy stupid. $42 for a small plush doll. The slurpy drink you see in Izzy's hand, which is shaved ice in a merchandise cup......$18..........(don't go there........)
 
So something not to miss & so cute seeing every little girl dressed up to the nines. Izzy went in her Ariel costume & looked pretty as a picture. Too cute.........
DISNEY ON ICE 2018-08-06 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 will be talking about this & her goals for the year. A speaker not to be missed. Let's show DG Ingrid how "Small but Mighty" we are.
NEXT WEEK - DG INGRID WAUGH 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0
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Second time around, much better....hmmmm have said that before haven't I!!...lol..... But my soon to be matching scar with now the left hand been done, hopefully will help the new me........ Heading into another birthday, but this time without my Rotary weight, which after nearly 10 years since being DG has gone & crossing the fingers won't be back. Still some to go, but have kissed 13 kilos goodbye.
 
So huge week, what with surgery, birthday coming up, & wahoo going to Celine on Saturday as somehow managed to get tickets for Mike & I. Thankfully Mum & Dad weren't successful, so they will see Steve & Edith there on Tuesday, but yippee, we have babysitters...... Next week will be much calmer I am thinking.
EDITORS REPORT 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0
1. Speakers
 
Plan B
The mornings are getting lighter earlier. It is quiet noisy at the venue after 8am. This morning was particularly bad we had about 6 extra guests. We will change the speaker to first at 735am
 
2.    Welcome back Kisa. How did you get that suntan in Japan? Welcome back Leanne after carpal tunnel surgery. Another very good speaker thank you Brett.
PRESIDENT REPORT Stephen Chaney 2018-08-06 12:00:00Z 0
Gave poor President Steve a huge ask to have his report to me by Wed 9pm, as needed to get out before heading off at 6am tomorrow, so will see how he goes....time ticking........
 
Next week.........was a huge ask, but needed to get something out instead of nothing........ I am such a hard task manager.........
PRESIDENTS REPORT??? 2018-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
Short & sweet this week as having left hand carpal tunnel operation done tomorrow morning, so making sure bulletin gets out before next week. While left hand, can't see myself getting one out before next meeting, which I will make but tapping away on a laptop, maybe not!
 
Hear the dinner went really well. Great way to spice things up for our regular breakfast meeting.
 
Have a great week all......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
Dame Lesley Max will be speaking to us on the "Great Potentials Foundation."
 

Great Potentials Foundation works in low-income New Zealand communities, helping to unleash the potential of children, young people and families through education and parental support.

Great Potentials operates three life-changing programmes:

  1. Family Service Centres – hubs providing integrated health, education and social services to individuals and families in low-income communities

  2. HIPPY (Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters) – preparing 3-5 year old children for the transition to school, while giving parents the skills and confidence to engage in their children’s learning and go on to further education and employment

  3. MATES (Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme) - improving confidence and educational outcomes of low-decile school students by pairing them with tertiary student mentor/tutors with whom they meet once a week, every week, throughout the academic year.

Great Potentials helps over 5,000 children, young people and families across New Zealand each year.

COMING WEEKS SPEAKER - Dame Lesley Max 2018-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
Hmmmmm, well our President's report is MIA.......(Missing in action). Next week I am sure we have a bumper one to make up for lack of this week...... As quite a few important messages for next week, wanted to get out before end of this week, so please read & action points required, ie. no meeting next Tues morning, as having dinner meeting instead.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
WEEK 1
Thank you Leanne for the opportunity to look after the bulletin – Somewhere in between the lines you may read my sarcasm.  On a more serious note with a follow on from the “changing of the guard” Club President Steve Chaney greeted the members this morning with more than his usual smile.  His strategic thinking and action plan was presented, which I believe will continue to grow the club in the right direction.  Clarity around roles, Challenges to achieve and guidance linking back to 2018 – 2019 Rotary vision “Be the Inspiration”
 
Quote: Be with people who inspire you to become better” Anon
It brings comfort knowing every Tuesday morning I am reminded with the company of people who inspire me to become better.
 
WEEK 2
Completing the bulletin for the second week.  I wouldn’t say I’m getting use to it but I am enjoying the opportunity to try and be creative with my limited writing skills.  Also having comfort in knowing Leanne will be back soon – yay!!  It’s an awesome meeting when you have fun, food and laughter.  This weeks meeting provided all three with great company, good bacon and a fun quiz round – knowing the answers help.  Russell was in full flight switching hats from time manager, quiz- master, introducing our guest speaker and handing out fines.  A great start to a chilly Tuesday morning.
 
Quote: Gratitude is the wine for the soul.  Go on get drunk” Anon
 
EDITOR IN TRAINING 2018-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
Brett has been involved with Rotary for a number of years.  Within that time he has developed a programme with a business focus for high school students in year 12 and 13.  The programme being “Biz Awesome”.
PAST SPEAKER - BRETT MURRAY 2018-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
Greg Chaney one of many nephews to our club president Steve Chaney shared with us his journey post the Christchurch earthquakes 2010 – 2011.  Originally from Lower Hutt Greg studied and graduated with a Bachelor in Building Science.  At a young age, employed by Arrow International he found himself amongst the recovery for the Christchurch region.
PAST SPEAKER - GREG CHANEY 2018-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
Great to be back & seeing everyone again, as did miss our weekly breakfast meeting. Didn't miss doing the bulletin....lol....., but as poor Pelu found, not all things go to plan. He did however write some amazing pieces & so we will have a bumper issue this bulletin, as have put in our past guest speakers & Pelu's 2 "Editor in Training" notes.
 
Reality is fun, as back having lambs is like having babies once again. 4 times a day feeding, but no going away as have to feed them 7am, 12pm, 5pm & 10pm....... this goes on until mid Sept......the things we do!
EDITORS REPORT 2018-07-24 12:00:00Z 0
As this will be a 5th Tuesday we are having a dinner meeting instead. This will be at Volare restaurant, 6.30pm for 7pm dinner.
 
Brett needs your numbers ASAP so he can book the correct numbers. We have so far going: Les x2, Kerry x2, Glynis x2, Steve x2, Russell x2, Elaine x2, Jill x1, Brett x1. All others please let Brett know.
 
Address: 91 Charles Prevost Dr, The Gardens, Auckland 2105
NO MORNING MEETING NEXT WEEK 2018-07-23 12:00:00Z 0
HOMELESS CENSUS WITH ELAINE? Elaine Wogan 2018-07-23 12:00:00Z 0
With all the complaints about Auckland traffic, a speaker not to be missed, as Stev's Cuzzy is coming back to talk about Motorway Construction. One not to miss.......(I know I'll be there, but late due to the traffic....lol.....)
NEXT WEEK SPEAKER - STEVE'S CUZZY 2018-07-19 12:00:00Z 0
As we have 5 Tuesday's in July, we won't have our normal morning meeting, but a dinner one. Brett is organising us to go to Volare in The Gardens at 7pm.
 
Please advise how many are going to this to Brett ASAP. Partners will be at full price, but members subsidized.
5TH TUESDAY - EVENING MEETING 2018-07-19 12:00:00Z 0
Our guest speaker on Tuesday 17 July was Wayne Brewer. Wayne gave a presentation on the Rotarians Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).
 
ROMAC is a wonderful arm of Rotary in NZ that supports children from Oceania to travel to New Zealand for surgery or medical care.
Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children 2018-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
District Changeover Saturday night July 7th cocktails in Parnell with Edith, Glynis and Rod. (Leanne still gutted to have missed as soooooo her event, as cocktails instead of  early breakfast!) We got second in the District for Foundation giving per club member. RC Mangere won the trophy!
 
We could not find a restaurant that was not booked out by Rotaraians. So we all went to 15 Bell Road had chinese takeaways and watched the rugby on sky.
DISTRICT CHANGEOVER 2018-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT STEVE
 
Russell has agreed to be Sergeant for my year
 
Please help him with meal apologies. There was a wasted meal last Tuesday
 
Russel needs help and lets get set up as soon as we arrive
 
APOLOGIES FOR THE WEEK 2018-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
Kia ora Koutou,
 
We have had a busy start to the year
 
For our first meeting Greg Chaney, Building Project Manager, and my nephew, came and spoke on his work for the reconstruction of Christchurch after the earthquake.
 
We then had Brett Murray who spoke on the Biz Awesome programme for Year 12 and Year 13. The target students are in our area and Sisi was very keen to follow up.
 
Our third meeting was Club Assembly where directors talked about their plans for the coming Rotary year. Neil Denney offered to fill the vacant position of International Director.
 
On Thursday 5 of us went to the Panmure RSA for a pub meal and as part of the Auckland Council Matariki festival and listened to 2 hours of Annie Crummer, Maisey Rika, Betty-Anne Monga and Ria Hall. WOW! If you are stuck outside a venue and security wont let you in. Phone our friendly barrister Brett. He got Jill past security!
 
We had a visitor on Tuesday Taina and she said she will come back next week. See you all on Tuesday
PRESIDENT REPORT 2018-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
Our club is helping the Multiple Sclerosis Society on Saturday  the 8th Sept. Please mark in your diary now. Jill will be putting together a roster for the club, which she will send out shortly. Only looking at a 2 hour shift at the Westfield Manukau Mall, so nice & easy.
 
Save the date now!
STREET APPEAL - WE ARE HELPING... 2018-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
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When chief babysitters are heading to the same place as you are, then you decide to take the whole family......which is what we did for the Rotary Toronto Convention this June. As this was celebrating RI President Ian Riseley from Australia, it was a must to go, also we had our host brother who lived in Toronto to visit, so as you can see from the photo, a true family affair.
 
There were 25,262 attending, & even Brayden & Izzy had their own name badge as were officially registered. (thankfully they were only $10) Kids were amazing, as attending opening & closing ceremony, plus the plenary sessions which lasted from 10am to 12pm each day. Every day we wore our NZ/PI t-shirts & of all the countries, we certainly were one of the smartest countries present & man does the black stand out.......
A FAMILY AFFAIR 2018-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
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Driving north east from Beverley to what I like to call the family seat !  Castle Howard. There is a connection somewhere way back so thought it time to check it out.
 
Another wonderful day weather wise and we strolled around the beautiful grounds of this 18th century house. The May trees and Rhododendrons were all in flower so it looked pretty spectacular
WHAT TO DO AFTER BALTIC CRUISE 2 2018-07-17 12:00:00Z 0
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While at Toronto Convention, Mike & I were lucky enough to attend the Arch Klumph Society Dinner & Induction evening. A very special occasion & one I was super proud to be at, as my wonderful parents were inducted as the first Kiwi's to be part of this very amazing Society. For those that are new to Rotary, Mr Google will tell all........
 
Was an amazing night, as held at the Fairmont Toronto, & what a place it was. Magical, so an occasion not to miss. Thankfully we had my host brother Jason look after the kids, so we could enjoy the evening. Words can't express how I felt, & to be there when Mum & Dad were inducted, was something I won't ever forget. They sure did this in style, so well done Rotary.
PROUDEST MOMENT 2018-07-16 12:00:00Z 0
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As they say, reality sucks......... Home from an amazing trip, seeing & doing so much, so now home to pay off credit card bills. (yes did boost both the Canadian & USA economies......) But wait there is more.......we now have 2 lambs.... let me introduce Kai (No laughing for those that know the Maori, as was named from Lego Ninjago, not........) & Belle. Now no going away for the weekend's, we have 4 feeds a day until mid Sept. Yippee........ (thankfully they are super cute)
EDITORS REPORT 2018-07-16 12:00:00Z 0
Wow, we are going to have a boomer next week.......
 
Jill's Baltic story stage 2
Leanne's Convention story
Leanne's proudest moment (& not about her kids this time!!)
More Rotary info as we look at the New Year
 
Stay tuned, as we might even have other members stories......(Not a hint by the way!!!!)
NEXT WEEKS BULLETIN 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
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Hmmmm, did you miss me.......... Seems like it has been a rather dry period for bulletins, so I'm back & will get back to the normal weekly bulletins. Thanks to Jill who sent me an article, so now waiting on everyone else........ No excuses, as need at least one from everyone else......everyone has a story & I will get sick of asking, & you Sooooooooooo don't want that. Time to pull your socks up guys, as you will help make this bulletin great. In the meantime, you will have to suffer with some of my stories, as 3 weeks away on holiday was amazing.........Rotary Convention, Orlando, visiting old exchangee friends in Seattle & Vancouver Island, we sure packed a heap in.......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
Getting back to normality as we start our new Rotary Year, will mean a weekly President's Report from our trusted leader. Didn't give him any notice of this bulletin going out, so will start from next week, as thought better get some info out for next week.
 
So to come from President Steve, his goals for the year, update each week of club doing etc. Exciting stuff to be read each week......
PRESIDENT'S REPORT 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
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 GOALS FOR PRIORITY 1 – UNITE PEOPLE 1. Strengthen the process for activating leadership in clubs and districts. 2. Increase club membership by attracting new and retaining existing members. 3. Start new clubs. 4. Increase the number of female members, members under 40, and Rotaractors joining Rotary. 5. Enhance the engagement and collaboration among Interact, Rotaract and Rotary club members and other Rotary participants.
 
 
GOALS FOR PRIORITY 2 – TAKE ACTION 6. Publicize the role of Rotary and Rotarians in polio eradication. 7. Increase local and international projects by fully utilizing District Designated Funds to fund district grants, global grants, PolioPlus and the Rotary Peace Centers. 8. Increase contributions to the Annual Fund and PolioPlus while building the Endowment Fund to $2.025 billion by 2025. 9. Build awareness of Rotary, and promote the People of Action campaign.
 
GOALS FOR PRIORITY 3 – INTERNAL/OPERATIONAL MATTERS 10. Analyze the effectiveness of our current volunteer leadership levels. 11. Focus and potentially narrow our program efforts.  
 
2019-20 ANNUAL GOAL FOR ROTARY 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
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Well apart from watch the Royal wedding of the year on the right time zone you head north to Yorkshire where I stayed with friends in the little village of Beverley , right under a glorious Minster, the largest in England.
 
While there we did a bit of sightseeing and having only driven past Hull on previous visits took a closer look this time , and was pleasantly surprised. A stunning day weather wise helped as did a glass of vino sitting looking at the boats in the habour !
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BALTIC CRUISE? Jill Lane 2018-07-14 12:00:00Z 0
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Changeover for Manukau Sunrise Inc was once again at the Chaney residence. Another amazing night, low key, down to earth & lots of fun. Us to a tee......... A great night to celebrate a great 2017-2018 Rotary year. Even managed to get a Presidential Citation, so once again our small but mighty club rocks.
 
Huge thanks to both Steve & Edith for opening their amazing home for this event. Food was incredible & we could have feed at least another 30, as they were very generous.
 
Steve is our incoming President come July 1st & while he has done this a "few" times, this one is pretty special. For our newer members, Steve was our clubs charter president & with this year celebrating 20 years, we couldn't think of anyone better to take us through this amazing year. ( 3 lovely woman in our club get the blame for this, but we did get sign off from the woman in charge, so all good......)
 
We are going to have an amazing year, bring it on.
CLUB CHANGEOVER 2018-06-20 12:00:00Z 0
Hmmmm, our President Elect (until July 1st) is AWOL & busy. I would usually be able to wait, but time is of the essence, so will leave this to Pelu to extract........
 
To look forward too....... Steve's plans for his year, introducing his new team.
PRESIDENT ELECT REPORT 2018-06-20 12:00:00Z 0
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RI President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”
2018-2019 Rotary Theme 2018-06-19 12:00:00Z 0
I shouldn't be excited, but wahoo.......3 weeks without having to be bulletin editor......... I will have some storeis for the bulletin when I return, as off to the Rotary Toronto Convention, & of course some fun sightseeing blurbs. Huge thanks to Pelu who is taking up the reins while I am away.
 
Have fun, enjoy the beginning of our new Rotary year. Lots coming up, with our clubs 20th being the biggy. (just makes me feel old, as wow even I have been in Rotary for 20 years!) Catch you all when we return......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-06-19 12:00:00Z 0
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Well what a night, your incoming president Steve and his lovely wife Edith supported by a cast of millions setup a spectacular evening. Steve even went all out and had the official chains completely resurrected. All the paper clips were removed and replaced with new gold links, extra name plates added and the Past Presidents all added and brought up to date, impressive. Oh! Almost forgot, and polished to it’s regal splendour, really looked like new. Most of you new members probably have no idea what I am raving on about. Well the President has a set of official chains that are supposed to be worn at meetings and official engagements. Did I wear them, yes in my first Presidency, but sadly the chains fell into dis-repair and had I worn them I think I would have spent more time in hospital with puncture wounds and cuts from the home repairs.
 
Anyway enough of that, this was my last meeting as President and the handover to Steve went really really really smoothly. Steve and I have known each other for a very long time and have done and achieved many things during that time. I have no qualms in handing the reins of the club over to Steve.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-06-19 12:00:00Z 0
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Please note NO morning meeting next week, as instead we are having our Club Changeover at the Chaney residence.
 
6.30pm for 7pm dinner, followed by our club changeover, where we see President Neil present his year end, before passing the mantle to President Elect Steve.
 
Event being catered for, so please bring your wine & smiles.
CHANGEOVER NEXT WEEK 2018-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
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Dave Wylie, a fellow Rotarian from RC Howick Inc gave a great insight to being a business mentor & some of his stories that he has had.
 
It all started with a picture of a giraffe, where at first Dsve thought was quite stupid, but when thinking more of the why, found that if you think about Giraffe's, they see things from a different prospective & see things that others don't.
 
The other tool that Dave uses is a mirror. When looking into a mirror, you see how others see you.....
THIS WEEK - Dave Wylie 2018-06-12 12:00:00Z 0
Yet another good morning and considering the foul weather the number who stepped out and braved the elements was fantastic. Also special thanks to Steve who went out yet again to get batteries so that the technology (AKA projector remote) could be brought back to life so our guest, Dave Wylie could do his presentation. It works out that Dave is the incoming President for Howick, the club my cousin Gavin Green is current President of. As most of you know Tracey my daughter is President of Mt Eden, talk about keeping it in the family.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
Thankfully I won't be needing to battle the "South Auckland Carpark" for about a month, as come next Friday I am out of here until the 14th July.........Won't miss the traffic, won't miss the weather, but will miss my Tues breakfast with you all.......
 
Huge thanks to Pelu who has kindly offered  to put out a bulletin while I am away, as a huge relief that the 3-4 weeks I will miss you all, you will still be informed etc.......
 
See you next week for club changeover, & will try to get one more bulletin out before I leave, then wahoo.....it's all Pelu........
EDITORS REPORT 2018-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
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We will have the pleasure of having fellow Rotarian Dave Wylie talk to us about his experience of being a business coach. As a side, Dave knows quite a few of us (Steve, Glynis, Leanne) as they all worked on "Step Up" in it's hayday, so will be great to catch up as well.
 
Will get to hear about "Experience on Tap".
NEXT MEETING - 12TH JUNE 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
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I think we are destined to have our Trivia Night on a rainy day. Thankfully not as bad as last year…… As not a particular date of any significance, we opted for a traditional Rotary themed event, so lots & lots of blue & yellow. Many members dressed up in blue head gear, tutu’s & of course our Rotary t-shirts.
 
Was a full house with lots of laughs. Night ran smoothly & at this stage looks like we made a healthy profit, which will help with many of our Rotary projects.
TRIVIA NIGHT 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
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Life’s a Beach
Exploring and Studying in Brighton
 
The city of Brighton and Hove sits on the southern coast of the UK, and is a popular seaside retreat. Only an hour from London by train, Brighton is often referred to as ‘London-by-the-Sea’, due to it’s easy accessibility, vibrant culture and busy social scene. Indeed, the nightlife is frequently supplemented by weekend trippers from London, including an abundance of stag/hen parties, making Brighton a rather lively place at night. From a student’s perspective, the similarity with London also extends to the extortionate cost of living; student rental fees are higher in Brighton than anywhere else in the UK, outside London. However, regardless of this rather unfortunate parallel, Brighton remains a popular student destination.
LIFE'S A BEACH Thomas Walton 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
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A Medical Student Abroad
Orthopaedic Surgery at the Middlemore Hospital
 
After months of meticulous planning, and travelling half way around the round, it felt strange to finally arrive at Middlemore Hospital, and begin my placement. Like most medical schools, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (where I have trained for the last six years) allows students time to experience medical practice in another part of the world, in the form of a four-week ‘elective’. While some students choose to spend time in developing countries, or enjoying beaches in the Caribbean, for me there was never any doubt which country I’d be visiting; New Zealand had been top on my list since I was very young. With that decision made, I had begun the laborious search for a hospital that would be willing to host me for the duration of my elective.
OUR FRIENDLY VISITOR Thomas Walton 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
Another great evening meeting was had by the twenty brave souls that braved the elements to be transported to the centre of Thailand at the Secret Thai Garden Restaurant.  The company was great, the food was great, the heating could be improved on as it was a little cool. We said a fond farewell to our guest Thomas wishing him a safe journey home and his future endeavours as a doctor back home in England. I think Kisa shed a tear at the loss of her new found son.
 
It was good to hear the results of a successful Trivia evening, well done team and thank you all for the support.
 
Well everyone it’s not too far now till I depart the fair waters of Manukau for places known and unknown. I will be mostly around for the next few weeks and will be here for changeover so don’t dishearten at your fearless leaders departure just yet.
Anyway enough of the waffle, don’t forget no meeting next Tuesday 5th June due to the long weekend. I see everyone the follow Tuesday 12th for our standard meeting at Friendship House then the 19th for Changeover (evening meeting) at Steve & Edith’s.
That it from me so have a great long weekend and keep safe.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
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Dinner At The Secret Garden
A successful evening shared with a good number of Rotarians, family and friends. A total of 19 people braved the cold weather and traffic jams for a delightful dinner meeting.  
The Secret Garden,  a lovely Thai restaurant, nestled in the hub of Otahuhu and from what I have learned a popular place for some of our Rotarians.
Great choice Leanne, with a set menu that covered all tastes, palates, budgets and yummy to boot.
Many thanks to Leanne, for organising the dinner and our menu.  
NIGHT EVENT FOR CLUB Kisa Leota-Lu 2018-05-30 12:00:00Z 0
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Apologies for being late, but I have been without internet & phone at home & only just getting back online to get this out before long weekend.......
 
Shopping for Trivia night was an eye opener......had to do it in the horrible weather, but did make everyone I saw very friendly, as funny how looking at my very full trolley, everyone wanted to be my friend......... So truck full & we knew we were going to have a great night. (see story)
 
Sorry I missed out Tues night get together, but ended up being the best thing, as while not the main reason, it ended up being very lucky, as found out our lovely son had to get help with his speech that he was only having to do the following day.......... he had got the bones of it done, but needed a little help with printing & a little more structure. If I hadn't been home in the end, all I could imagine was disaster..... Hear it was a great night & hoping that we will have a story in this edition or next.......
EDITORS REPORT 2018-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
Willard came & spoke about his passion for motorsport, not his passion for the Rotary Foundation. Interesting to hear that he had studied & was an accountant, came to Auckland & it's bright lights, did some rental car work & then found himself on the board of Rally New Zealand. So really has been involved since the early years & spoke about many of the changes & some funny stories along the way.
 
From Motorguard Rally, Round the World Rally, Rothmans & Bensen & Hedges. Was funny to hear that after the cigarette companies were sponsors & then they were banned, the next sponsor was Smokefree. The the funniest story of the Japanese coming over in the first year they were the main sponsor, asking where the smokes were that were free.......lol........
 
THIS WEEK - PDG Willard Martin 2018-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
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It just gets better & better. Thurs 24th May is International Chardonnay Day, but wait there is more...... it is also eat Lamb day.
 
Guess what is on the menu tomorrow night.....lol.......
CELEBRATION DAY - THURS 24TH 2018-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
APO trades Beethoven for Bee Gees - 14th June 8pm at Aotea Centre
 
The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is creating a Boogie Wonderland over at the ASB Theatre this June with KBB Music Presents: APO Does Disco.
 
Join the full orchestra, along with a stellar cast of performers – Annie “More Than a Woman” Crummer, Laughton “Le Freak” Kora and Esther “Three Times a Lady” Stephens – in recreating the musical spirit of the decade that brought us boob tubes, leisure suits and Saturday Night Fever.
 
Orchestral music never sounded so funky with hits like ‘That's the Way I Like It’, ‘YMCA’ ‘Disco Inferno’, ‘We Are Family’, ‘Blame it on the Boogie’ and more; tickets are selling fast so make sure you ‘do the hustle’ and get in quick!
 
You should be dancing – yeah!
LET STEVE KNOW ASAP WHO IS KEEN 2018-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Glynis Carter 2018-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
The meeting started with Glynis telling me to get the meeting underway as I was gas bagging with Thomas. Unusual actually as everyone else was as well, never mind. A great meeting yet again with our guest Willard Martin’s talk on rallying in New Zealand. What was interesting was when he spoke about MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme) / Propecia. As most of you know Cathy is a senior manager at MSD NZ and MSD had a corporate tent in the pit area, amazing and noisy. Real pity we allowed the Aussies to take control so hope Rally NZ gets it back.
 
One final thing, the Trivia night on the 26th of May which is this Saturday evening we need to sell as much as is humanly possible. Unfortunately I won’t be there as I have a prior commitment out of Auckland which has been in place since last year and no it’s not Whangamata either.
 
That’s it from me so looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday evening at the Thai Secret Garden for dinner. Keep safe and see you next week
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-05-22 12:00:00Z 0
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The things you do for your kids......... I survived a "Pippin" sleepover, as Izzy didn't want to go without Mummy staying, so I braved sleeping in the Pukekohe Scout hall, (froze my a.s off.....) with 15 little 6 year old girls. Was an experience, I can tell you. Enjoyed meeting some of the Mum's, but the evening.....wow........ Izzy had been full on from the afternoon, not even hunting Mummy out, but come 8.45pm, & girls in their sleeping bags etc, I got the "Mummy, I'm scared.....can you come to bed now...." So off I went & if you look at the beds behind Izzy, yes this is where we slept, well, that was the plan!
EDITORS REPORT 2018-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
As our Trivia night is this Saturday, thought a few reminders might be helpful.
 
Set up of tables & decorations etc 12pm at venue. It shouldn't take long to set up, so a few extra hands would be appreciated. Those that can't help with set up, would be great for pack down.
 
Doors open to guests at 6.30pm, with Trivia starting at 7pm. Can members try to come early, so there for your guests etc.
 
Theme is Rotary colours, being traditional Blue & yellow. Thinking members should "dress up" so our Manukau Sunrise polo shirts, blue tutu's for those game......(come on, you soooooo know you want too........any excuse......)
 
Please REMEMBER your item/s for the raffle. If we can get these to the set up time, so we know what we have & put it all together, if not as early as you can, as will be a crazy time between 6-6.30pm......
 
Hope this helps.
 
 
TRIVIA NIGHT INFO 2018-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
Reminder we have NO regular meeting next week as having our meeting as a social one. Secret Thai Garden in Otahuhu. Members are being subsidised $20, & set menu around $35. BYO wine only too
 
Booked for 6.30pm.
 
Have booked for the following:
- Kisa x 2, Kerry & Lina, Russell x 2, Les x 2, Sisi x 2, Pelu x 2, Neil x 3, Glynis x 2, Steve x 2, Elaine x 2, Leanne x 1
 
Anyone missing, or any changes to this, please flick a quick e-mail to Leanne - ljaggs@alliancemarketing.co.nz
DINNER MEETING NEXT WEEK 2018-05-21 12:00:00Z 0
Bulletin is looking a little bare this week, as lots of promises, but...........nothing to show for it........ PLEASE remember to send your stories in, as you can make our club bulletin great.......thanks.
PROMISES, PROMISES......BUT....... 2018-05-15 12:00:00Z 0
A somewhat larger turnout this morning and a warm welcome to our guests PDG Stuart Searle, Thomas Walton our guest from Dover and guest speaker Trevor Watson from the Auckland Council. Trevor’s speech on the proposed expansion of Auckland and in particular South Auckland, Drury to Pukekohe drew some interesting questions at question time. I am not sure it was necessarily the right forum for some of the questions but it did display everyone’s feelings about the current position in Auckland.
 
I received a quick note from Thomas’s father, Roger Walton, thanking us and in particular for welcoming Thomas into the fold. It would seem from Thomas’s account of his recent trip around New Zealand has wetted Roger’s and his wife’s appetite to come in the not too distant future and see New Zealand for themselves. I am sure we can raise a rousing welcome when they do.
 
Don’t forget we need more Trivia night tickets sold, this is one of our main fund raisers for the year so needs everyone’s input as the 26th is not far away.
 
Have a great safe week and as Pelu had to get off to school as we were running a little late, I have include a though on his behalf.
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it” Mayo Angelou
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
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Hmmm, not sure if Dad will come to Rotary with me again, or maybe just not let me drive, as the traffic this morning was worse than normal, & I could use the T2 which even saved me at least 10-15 minutes! Funny how this morning we had Trevor from the Auckland Council speaking on the growth in South Auckland, as all I could do was groan. Love the plans, but for me, left hand not talking to the right. Plans are great but if we can't get the infrastructure to go along with it at the same time, then we will be looking even worse than we are now. No matter where you try to go in Auckland, we have major traffic issues & we always seem to look at solutions, way too late & playing catch up which we are currently are doing, we aren't doing well.
 
As for Dad not wanting me to drive, it was because I wasn't going to zoom up the right lane, only to push in the left to get on the motorway, as he would have, & I have told him off on many occasions, so as I hate people who do this, I wasn't doing it. You could see the steam coming off his head & all I could do was laugh, saying, calm down Dad, this is "normal". I did pick him up at 6.15am, so getting to our meeting so late was frustrating, & this was saving 10-15 having 2 in the car. GRRRRRRRR as my usual Tues morning is. When this will improve, well..........
EDITORS REPORT 2018-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
While Willard is our District's Foundation Chair, next week he is speaking to us on his passion with Motor Sport & his involvement with Rally NZ. Willard has many interesting stories to tell, over the many years with this organisation. Will be another interesting speaker for us, so don't miss it. (if you are, remember to advise Russell that you can't make it. He hates seeing good breakfasts go to waste.......
NEXT WEEK - Willard Martin 2018-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
MT EDEN EVENT 2018-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
If you want to know what is happening in  the development in the south & how we might service the growth, then you don't want to miss next week, as we have Trevor & Michael from Auckland Council to talk to us. I know I can't wait!!!!!!! just hope the Southern Motorway works better than normal....lol......
NEXT WEEK - not one to miss 2018-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
Wonderful to see the power of Rotary at work, as with a connection from England, we have the lovely Kisa home hosting our speaker, Thomas, who is over in NZ doing his pre med elective. What a lovely young man & a great morning for Thomas to share his story, as all the way from Dover to NZ.
GUEST SPEAKER - Thomas Walton 2018-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
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A very small turnout with everyone away this week. Unfortunate really as our guest speaker, Thomas Walton from the south of England gave an exceptional presentation about himself and his achievements. I will leave it to Leanne to explain all the detail.
Don’t forget Mt Eden Rotary have invited us to “Mapura Studios Charity Art Auction” detail below.
Just a Note that Botany Rotary are having their 50th soon, details to follow, soon.
Rotary International are looking for clubs to submit proposed amendments to Rotary International policy. And that’s it from me.
Have a great safe week and as Pelu wasn’t there this week, I decided to include a thought.
 
“You can do anything
  But not everything”
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
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Wahoo......finally.......I won the weekly raffle & what a win.....Chardy for me......chink, chink all.......
 
They say things come in three's & mine are good ones, as weekend started with Izzy losing her second front tooth, then went on to be one of four (out of 50) player of the days for her first soccer game, so wine is the third........
 
Great to see the always smiling Sisi back at our club. Such a super star.
 
Remember stories people!!!!!!!!! Getting light again!!!!!!!
EDITORS REPORT 2018-05-07 12:00:00Z 0
Well another good speaker and a really interesting subject. Not that I have thought of a Patent Attorneys job as interesting but John Hackett put a whole new perspective on those thoughts.
 
We are sailing through the year with not many weeks to go before my Presidency is up and Steve takes over the reins.  Before that happens we have a number of projects to complete, one being the Trivia night on the 26th of May which is an important fund raiser for the club. So sell sell sell.
 
That’s it for another week team. Keep safe and see you next week
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
Schools back……yippee…….. As Pelu mentioned at our meeting, lots & lots of happy parents this week. Can comment, all must be driving their kids to school again, as seriously leaving at 6.10am to get to our meeting in time just doesn’t work. Over an hour, to do a 25 minute trip…….. Then you hear about a 11c hike in petrol pricing to cover the Auckland roads. If this would work, great, but seriously not believing it will. Time will only tell, but can still see much frustration in the process……..
EDITORS REPORT 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
A great way to start the day, as lots of laughs from a lawyer of all things…..(sorry Brett) John Hackett shared some very amusing stories of his 40+ years of being a lawyer looking after intellectual property. Day had quite a bit of meaning too, as on the 1st May 1975, he was interviewed for a job & on his 3rd question was asked, “Well son, do you want a job!” His one & only ever job interview, as was poached by AJ Park 20+ years ago & still there, protecting the rights as well as enforcing them.
The stories………& there were many………
GUEST SPEAKER - John Hackett 2018-04-30 12:00:00Z 0
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Passionate, energetic and honest are the words that best describe John Hackett. With boundless energy and enthusiasm, John is passionate about finding the best course to help his clients achieve their goals. However, he also wants them to be fully aware of the implications of any decisions they take, so he’s not afraid to tell clients things they may not necessarily want to hear.

Since joining AJ Park in 1999, John is justifiably proud of the reputation the firm has built, both locally and overseas. ‘I think what sets AJ Park apart is our legacy as the leading IP firm in New Zealand. I do a lot of overseas business development and get fantastic feedback on the services provided by AJ Park and our staff from people I meet all over the world.’

NEXT WEEK - John Hackett 2018-04-26 12:00:00Z 0
Hmmmmm, President is awol, but know that President Neil would be asking us all to SELL, SELL, SELL our Trivia Night tickets.
 
Plus don't forget our next Otara Flea Market is 16th June. Start cleaning out your garages......
 
See you next week all.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-04-26 12:00:00Z 0
Fitting that we have Colleen talking about WW1 & how her book that took her 4+ years to write, Anzac week. It all started with a photograph of Uncle Bertie, who was waiting on a boat to come home. Colleen kept googling "Bulford Kiwi", the Kiwi we left behind.
 
Colleen tracked down all the families that feature on the books front cover & has been quite a journey.
 
Crazy to find out that it was 6 weeks home in a boat, but ships just weren't there, so the wait was very long. Soldiers who had fort life & death for their country, making it through the toughest times, were not dying because of war, but influenza.
GUEST SPEAKER - Colleen Brown 2018-04-26 12:00:00Z 0
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This year was quite special, as we witnessed our little "Pippin" Izzy being part of the Pukekohe Anzac Parade. She was with all her fellow Pippins, & Girl Guides walking through the Pukekohe streets to our town hall, where it was packed for a very memorable service. The amount of young people taking part & remembering what was done in the past for our country, is truly wonderful. Very proud.......
A DIFFERENT ANZAC THIS YEAR 2018-04-26 12:00:00Z 0
Award winning eco friendly, luxury boutique resort alongside Savusavu Bay
 
Built in the 1960s designed to be reminiscent of a Fijian village layout. 25 individual bures one or two bedroom contemporary décor but no air conditioning just roof fans, no TV but wifi available and a hammock! Library full of current books.
 
The coral reef and bay are marine reserves full of marine life. Hoby cats, canoes, fishing (not in the reserve), snorkeling or diving all available inclusively for guests.
 
The Bula programme for kids seemed to be the biggest draw card for families. All children under 6 have a nanny one on one and 6-12 in groups all activities and meals from 8am to 9.30pm every day. Beach volleyball, swimming, guided walks, kayaks, music, table tennis, tennis etc. (OMG, I am soooooo going there......)
Jean Michel Cousteau Resort Stephen Chaney 2018-04-25 12:00:00Z 0
Couldn't help but share what my lovely hubby put in his clubs Rotary Bulletin......
 
From the EDITOR
 
Hi team, I learned a valuable lesson in the past week. Never undervalue your other half.
PDG Wifey had Carpal Tunnel surgery on her right wrist. Being extremely dominant right handed, this somewhat impaired he ability to do .. pretty much anything she normally does. With the exception of writing, for which her shaky left hand was better than her normal scribble, there were few domestic chores she was able to do. Having 10 years experience in child rearing behind me now, it should have been a doddle. However I quickly came to the realisation how much I cheated on those few weeks Leanne was away. Looking after the household and 2 kids isn't easy, but achievable. Having to also look after an adult, is quite a step change. I didn't really realise that when she was away I really didn't really look after myself. I didn't prepare myself proper meals, waited to the end of the week to do household chores, didn't have to do the after school runs (which thankfully I didn't have to do this time ) etc. But with Leanne home, the housework couldn't wait until the end of the week, she needed to be fed,and since I was cooking for Leanne, I got to eat too, the shopping needed to be done etc. So more than ever I now appreciate my better half.
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Wahoo, "soccer bandage" off this week, & if they have gold stars, I would have got one....... Now a new smaller bandage for a week & massaging my scars,,,,,,,,whoppee....... Was so good, they have even booked my left hand in for the 2nd August........I am obviously collecting scars!!! At least now I can type & write with my right hand, so super excited.........
 
School back next week, so where did the 2 weeks go........
 
Remember articles, for me please, as makes a much more interesting bulletin. Huge thanks to those that have already submitted.
EDITORS REPORT 2018-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Well, it ended up being a one woman race......... Our Team Rotary Manukau Sunrise did pretty well considering.........
 
1091 teams & "we" came 578th with a daily average of 6662 steps. Not bad considering in school weeks, where walking other than around the house & work is pretty much all I can do, but did help having the Mauku School 10km walk, plus the Rotary club Waiuku walk which boosted my walking numbers. Happy with the result, even if the magical kilos it was meant to get off didn't....lol..... (maybe need to try exercise without the wine intake at end of day)
 
Don't worry, the club WILL be entering "Walking with the Stars" this coming November............. Just saying!!!!!
TEAM WALKING CHALLENGE....HMMM 2018-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
Published a book on “the Bulford Kiwi” a camp for all kiwis that passed through to enter fighting in world war 1 and a holding camp for all the fighting men returning to NZ after the war.
 
Pretty much every kiwi in the 1st world war passed through this camp.
THIS COMING WEEK - Colleen Brown 2018-04-17 12:00:00Z 0
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Was a pleasure to have Brayden's teacher James Christie be our guest speaker this week. I knew his story would be interesting, & he didn't let me down. (thanks also to Glynis for taking the notes, as would still be writing them if it was me.....)
 
James met his tramping buddy William Pike at teachers training college, where they became close friends, as being in a woman dominated arena, guys stuck together.......They started making the most of school holidays with tramping & getting out & about in nature. This lead them to discovering mountaineering. Not really building up to the beast, they decided they would walk across all 3 mountains around Mt Ruapehu. Haven't achieved yet, but still on target for one day.....
 
24/9/07 head off. First night slept in a snow cave half way up Mt Ruapehu. (not my cup of tea, as SO not a walk in the park.......) Only people on the top, but thankfully had use of a GPS which said they had arrived at the Dome Hut. Couldn't find, as was buried in snow. At this stage had reached crater lake, but ran out of time for many of the options they had thought of, so decided to stay in the Dome Hut.........this decision saved their lives......
GUEST SPEAKER - James Christie 2018-04-17 12:00:00Z 0
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What a week...... Carpal tunnel is not nice, & being my right hand, nothing but pain....... Even brushing my teeth with my left hand is foreign........ Has meant that hubby has stepped up being Mummy, & have to say doing a great job, even if hating every minute....... Have a week with attached photo until they see what is underneath, so bring it on as over it already......
 
Was so nice to bring both kids to Rotary this week & especially great for Brayden to hear his teacher Mr Christie talk about more than just being his teacher. (nice than Mummy could find all our badges too.........thanks DG Malini)
EDITORS BLURB 2018-04-16 12:00:00Z 0
Another good turnout this morning with sixteen members present, that includes our guests Brayden and Izzy Jaggs, Christine Parlane and guest speaker James Christie.
 
James speech was of particular interest to Steve and myself as we have both spent considerable time on Mt Ruapehu not only skiing but hiking to the summit both in summer and winter. In fact we have crawled over most of the mountain in good and bad conditions and know how changeable and unpredictable the mountain can be. A great place to visit but also to be respected.
 
Don’t forget the Flea market this weekend (21/04/2018) we need as many hands as can please. Also with our Trivia evening coming up next month (12/05/2018) there are tickets that need to be sold to make the event a success. So everyone grab their allocation and start selling. Everyone have a great week and safe week.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-04-16 12:00:00Z 0
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If you get the chance over the school holidays to visit the Museum, DO. They have the Brickman Lego display on & it is truly amazing.........
 
The kids & adults loved it. The exhibits were incredible & then you got to build your own. We were there for hours.......... well worth a trip......
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We went the Rotary conference in early April. The weather forecasters say the cyclone season finishes during March.
 
Surprise, surprise there was a slow moving cyclone Keni off the coast of Fiji. Hitting the new Hebrides due to hit Nandi. I now have a great new weather app for my cell phone.
 
We had a speaker on Cyclone Winston at the conference.
 
Planes were being delayed, all the hotels were full, and there was an element of panic among the Rotarians to get out. (sure was, some of us had to get home........) No swimming in the pool because of lightening.
Cyclone Keni Stephen Chaney 2018-04-14 12:00:00Z 0
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I just did a quick tally and since I joined Rotary this is the 14th Rotary conference Edith and I have attended and our second in Fiji.
 
There was not much information sent out beforehand and we really had no idea about the programme or the organization. A lot was taken on trust. This conference was a pleasant surprise. Well organized and a line up of great speakers. And then there were so many old friends from previous conferences.
 
Friday night cocktails where the Indian High Commissioner was the guest speaker. We then went with about 30 of us from Harbourside and Papatoetoe Central clubs to a Fiji traditional restaurant in the back streets of Nandi. It was Tata's back street and was just a tin car port. The food was amazing. I have never eaten fresh water shellfish before.
Fiji Conference Stephen Chaney 2018-04-14 12:00:00Z 0
Apologies everyone, you can’t blame Leanne for getting the bulletin out late as it was me getting this report in late that caused it, and the power outage didn’t help.
I hope no one experienced any damage with the storm that ripped New Zealand leaving destruction in it’s wake.
Anyway onward bound. It was another great morning meeting with a good turnout of twelve people and no left over breakfasts, yah!!!!!!
Our Member moment from Glynis was extremely interesting, one point though, we will have to call ourselves the Manukau lowland Scottish club soon with all the people in the club with Scottish decent / heritage.
 
Don’t forget Les needs people this Saturday (14th) for the Eye on Nature project. Those interested please call Les directly 267-3600.
 
As I said at the meeting I haven’t received many Rotary based Emails in the past week so not a lot more to discuss. Maybe they think I have already departed, should have tried that earlier.
 
Have a great safe week everyone and I will see you next Tuesday.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-04-12 12:00:00Z 0
In true club fashion, a slight change as Glynis was born in the 1960's. (a woman never lets you know her true age) She really got into the speech, as even wore Tartan pants as ancestors from Scotland.
 
Born in Waiuku, grew up in Patumahoe (wahoo for Patty......) Was the 3rd child, having 2 older brothers. You would think she was spoilt, but not the case at all. She was one of the boys....... Remembers summers & caravans heading out around the country especially around Coromandel. Went to Patumahoe Primary, & Pukekohe Intermediate. Terrible at sport, science, but great at talking.....(you think Glynis....lol)
 
Parents split, so moved to Pakuranga. Auckland Uni, & went out with commerce degree, as great at maths/accounting. Got married after Uni at 21. Marriage didn't work, but did get some major learnings from it, as learnt about property & was on the real estate ladder very early on, due to hubby's parents being in Real Estate.
MEMBERS MOMENT - Glynis Carter 2018-04-10 12:00:00Z 0
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We got another banner.....this time for the 2016-17 year we got a lovely banner for our 100% MEMBER PARTICIPATION for US$100 average giving!!!!!! Well done team.......we rock yet again.
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Attending our D9920 conference in Fiji was not the typical tropical paradise that we always think of, & this photo was the only time the sun came out as was not for long, I can tell you........
 
Steve & Edith will be doing an article on the Conference from their point of view, & as they are still away in Fiji, thought a small blurb will fill the gap until the big story comes out...... (hint, hint Steve!!!!)
 
Was great to catch up with old friends & make some new ones. As mentioned at our meeting, highlight for me was hearing Past RI Director Jennifer Jones speak. She made the conference in my opinion. Also really enjoyed Assistant Governor Griffon talk about the ERK's (Emergency Response Kits) & how they deal with disasters, for which they have many.
 
Looking forward to May 2019 where we will be heading to sunny Hawkes Bay. (just like old times for our club!)
FIJI - Tropical paradise?? 2018-04-10 12:00:00Z 0
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WE ROCK.......... Our very own AG Glynis presented our immediate Past President Kisa with last years Presidential Citation. Being only one of less than 5 clubs getting this, we should all be extremely proud. Well done to us.....lol.....
WE DID IT....... 2018-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
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My wife Bronwyn and I recently spent 5 days in Dunedin.  Why did we go?  I was born there and started school there at the Arthur Street School.  I havn’t been back for around 35 years so was keen to look around especially as my mother’s family arrived there exactly 170 years ago.
 
Dunedin values its past and its history.  Toitu Settlers Museum (see photo) is an interesting place to visit and not just because there is a portrait of my great great grandfather in the portrait gallery.  There are portraits of hundreds of other early settlers there as well!  He was the first cabinet maker to set up in business there and came with his wife from Edinburgh. We wanted to take the Dunedin Railways Taieri Gorge train trip but decided it wasn’t a smart choice as the weather wasn’t the best.  Instead we did a trip on a 1970s Silver Fern Railcar to Waitati just to the north of Dunedin.  A comfortable and interesting trip with great coastal views.
A TRIP TO DUNEDIN Russell Smith 2018-04-09 12:00:00Z 0
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I will be bringing to our meeting lots & lots of Girl Guide Biscuits, which Izzy as a "Brownie" has to sell......
 
Those interested, please let me know at our meeting, or by e-mail ljaggs@alliancemarketing.co.nz
 
Have Original Plain, Original Chocolate & Mini Chocolate
 
Cost: 1 packet for $3.50 or 3 packets for $10.00. (can mix & match)
 
Please note - LAST YEAR for these biscuits........
GIRL GUIDE BISCUIT TIME AGAIN 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
Thought this might be a good new segment for a summary of Rotary notices discussed at our weekly meetings......
 
Our Trivia Night - May 26th. Start selling the idea NOW to friends, workmates etc (last change to date now....)
 
Tues night meeting - May 29th. Dinner at Secret Thai Gardens in Otahuhu. Let Leanne know numbers.
ROTARY NOTICES 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Glynis Carter on Mar 29, 2018
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Glynis & Rod escaped the end of financial year and headed off to Oa'hu for 10 days to extend summer and the inevitable plunge into autumn - or fall as it is called here. The last time I visited was January 1999 and Rod has never been so we visited the Pearl Harbour Memorial to the service men and civilians that died in December 1941, I think almost 2500 in total, with the bombing of Pearl Harbour and the entry of the US into the war. Even though I had been before it was still a moving experience and I am pleased I went again.
 
Actually just a note that at 8 am we got a 5 minute bugle call that the National Anthem would be played and as it did, everyone (that was American) dropped what they were doing, turned to flag with hand on heart. Not saying we want to be back singing at Rotary meetings but the display of patriotism was impressive. I suppose a bit like the Anzac remembrance here - and that done daily in every RSA.
Hawaii 5 0 Something Glynis Carter 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
Born in 1956. (not too sure why the guys start with that, as can soooo guess our woman members are not going to be starting with that!!)
 
Was a rebel at school, with only going there to eat lunch. (doesn't sound like Neil at all.....) Got school C, but only just. Left thinking he knew everything (boy thing to do....lol....) but 6 months in, found out he didn't. Then it got interesting, as since then he has gone back to study including lots of night school, to learn. Neil was quick to point out, that education is very important & to do it early, as so much easier.
MEMBERS MOMENT - Neil Green 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
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What a weekend the Jaggs family had. Last Sunday 25th March, we were at Totara Park with 2400 other contestants, doing the XRACE. This is where you are in a pair (Adult & Child) & you race around the very hilly, steep Totara Park venue, doing all sorts of different activities together. You need to finish them all before you can move on. Challenges are very mixed, so everyone can do it.
 
We had Izzy & I in one team, Mike & Brayden in another. Very proud to say that "Beauty" bet "Brawn" as we crossed the finish line well over 4 minutes before the guys & that was even helping them with some of their last activities.......slow & steady wins every time........
 
Activities ranged from making beaded key rings, rolling down a steep him on your side, building a block tower, Tug o War, Memory game etc. We also had a compulsory challenge which this year was to make a secret handshake. Both teams were pretty proud of their ones...... Great morning for all, but man did we suffer the next day....lol.....
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THOUGHT OF THE DAY Neil Green 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
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After being stuck in stupid traffic, taking over an hour just to get onto the motorway, having cold eggs for breakfast, can't say I was in the best of moods, but have to also say won't apologise for being grumpy re the Bulletin. I am not joking when I say I need your help. To make our bulletin exciting & something you want to open & read, I need your stories. Everyone will have seen or done something that can be written about. I am not asking for much really, but you would seriously think I was......... So over the Easter break, how about relaxing with a wine & write SOMETHING.........Otherwise I will just go missing in action for awhile, until your get it...... I enjoy doing the bulletin (maybe a little strong there....lol) but it is needed to keep everyone informed. We have been though times with nothing & it's not good, so up to you all. Ranting & raving out........
 
(please note this is my softer version, as doing this in Coromandel & the view is very calming)
EDITORS REPORT 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
NEXT MEMBER MOMENT - Glynis Carter........ 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
A cosy wee meeting it was this morning. Lots of people away as they are really, really, really busy, strangely enough I can relate to that. I think most of us can.
We had intended inducting Mary but unfortunately she also was one of the casualties (of busyness) and was away in Wellington on business. Added to this we were supposed to have two visitors from Rotary Club of Liverpool West Sydney which unfortunately had to give apologies at the last moment.
 
So as a result I had to subject everyone to my misspent youth and rise to not so much power. Although no-one really moaned and groaned, so it can’t have been all that bad. (just wait until you read the notes....lol.....) So unless you want to hear me again (as I have many stories to tell) I suggest you get out there and find real speakers or I will have to get everyone up for a member’s moment. Ohhh! Wait Leanne’s doing that anyway so everyone put yah thinking caps on.
 
Please don’t forget that Leanne also needs lots of stories for the bulletin. Believe you me, when Leanne says she won’t do it, if you won’t support. I, as some other members have known her for quite a while and if !!!!!!!!!!!!! well we don’t want to go there ok, so lots of help please. (thank you Neil......Ed)
 
Well that’s it for me, don’t forget no meeting next week be Easter Tuesday. On that note have a great Easter and a safe Easter and see you in two weeks time.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kerry Thorstensen
"Change your thought and you can change your world."
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Kerry Thorstensen 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
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Hi team, another great morning.
 
I had my doubts that we would have enough people as no-one indicated than they would be there other than those that didn’t. Those that didn’t of course were not there! So go figure those that would and weren’t (AKA Doctor Susses) would be there. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
For those that were there we had yet another (in the words of Joanne Lumley) an absolutely fabulous time darling and those who weren’t (in the words of Spike Mulligan) well naff off then, yah missed out. There’s a bit of recent times and history for you.
 
Anyway onto the immediate real world, it was a good meeting yet again and our visitor Mary was back with us again. As a result Mary Autagavaia has expressed an interest and desire to become a member of our club. This is absolutely fantastic as I reported last week her ideals and actions are absolutely in line with Rotaries and of course all of us within Manukau Sunrise Rotary. So it would be great if all were present for this event. Elaine, last chance if you want the formal version of the induction. Just let me know. Really think you should.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
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Steve started our members moments off with a bang, but as Bulletin Editor, I take NO responsibility on what I didn't capture, or names I missed, as wow.....so many & so hard to keep track, as trying to listen, but also take notes......not easy.......so will give it a go!
 
Easy part Steve born in 1953 & was actually born in a Polio epidemic. This followed when starting school & another Polio epidemic, so a personal subject for Steve.
 
Went to Massey Uni studying Chemical Engineering & did this for many, many years at Nufarm, until he had to take redundancy due to not wanting to move with rest of company to Melbourne. Having 4 kids (3 girls & 1 boy) & now 6 grandkids, made the choice easy....
MEMBERS MOMENT - Steve Chaney 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
Otara Flea Market will have a change of date as Eye On Nature is also on same date - 14th April (new date to be confirmed)
 
Eye On Nature - 14th April. See Les for details
 
Trivia Night - 12th May (start pre-selling tickets to friends, workmates & family)
 
Fiji Conference & Toronto Convention (talk to Leanne as she is going to both)
IMPORTANT DATES 2018-03-21 11:00:00Z 0
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So nice to be back, as only 2 weeks, but feels like a lifetime....... Amazing how much changes in 2 weeks, as man has it got dark in the morning, as driving to our meetings in the pitch black......so guessing winter is certainly on it's way.
 
I will have a story for next week as doing the XRACE with Izzy on the weekend, where Mike doing the same with Brayden. This is where we will be doing crazy activities & getting a medal for it.....(you so know how I feel about medals!) Picture is of Izzy & I last year doing the Nippers challenge. This year we are all in, & racing against Mike & Brayden!
EDITORS REPORT 2018-03-20 11:00:00Z 0
We are doing this, & have storage....... so start cleaning out your "nice" & unused handbags etc, & we are going to do something super special with these leading up to Xmas. Spring cleaning time starts NOW......
BRING YOUR HANDBAGS IN....... 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
We have some major dates to start thinking about......so mark in your diaries!!
 
Otara Flea Market - start that spring cleaning now, as next market date 14th April
 
Trivia Night - May 12th. Start thinking of who to sell tickets/tables too
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
This is back, with the first of many being Mr Steve Chaney.
 
Following Steve will be current President Neil Green. (lol.......getting him before he fly's the coop.......)
MEMBERS MOMENTS ARE BACK...... 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kerry Thorstensen
“Accept your past without regrets, handle your present with confidence, face your future without fear”
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK Kerry Thorstensen 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
Our speaker today was Mary Autagavai’a.
Mary like last week’s speaker Vai has been a visitor to our club many times. Kisa you need to use those persuasive powers of yours and get Mary to join.
Mary spoke today of the program she had setup to help Samoan people, especially those outside of Samoa to either attach or reattach to their culture.
GUEST SPEAKER THIS WEEK - Mary Autagavai’a. 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
We had another good turn out this morning and only one breakfast left over. Good but lets get it down to none then I won’t have anything to moan about.
Well I would have to say I am a wee bit surprised, normally I am inundated with countless Emails from Rotary.  Last week I had one from Jennie Herring Re: Jennifer Jones former RI VP hosting a dinner here in Auckland 27th of March and that was it. Maybe they have heard I about to vanish and simple couldn’t see the point, I wish.
 
Les had received an Email from Manukau Beautification Trust saying they were hold an other Eye Nature Day and needed volunteers to help on the day.
Volunteers Required Saturday 14th April, 10am-5pm:
·         Games assistant – working with the children and families in our games area
·         Headquarters assistant – being the face of MBCT at HQ – helping volunteers, helping adult visitors give feedback, giving out prizes.
Please see Les for further details.
 
Well that’s it for me for another week so keep well and safe.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
Sorry I have been AWOL for a few weeks. Mike was in Welly this week leaving early Tues & previous week getting my hand looked at for Carpal Tunnel. This was followed up with nothing short of torture, where I was shocked to see if there were any issues with my hand, & yes was confirmed that I do & I wasn't making the pain up. So guess who is going to have yet another operation!! Do have to do this around Rotary conference & school, so a few weeks to now wait....lol....
 
Will be a short bulletin, but huge thanks to our soon to be runaway President who has not only sent his report, but some notes on guest speaker. Back next week, promise........
EDITORS BLURB 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
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SUPER, SUPER PROUD...........
 
I thought I would expand on what President Neil mentioned in his blurb. I was lucky enough to go to the dinner last Friday night where we had our Rotary International President Ian Riseley as the guest speaker. The part of the night that I was super proud of, was when they acknowledged both Dad & Mum for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation. We laugh about this being part of my inheritance going west etc, but for me, I couldn't think of a better charity & great that Dad & Mum are the first Arch Klump Society members in New Zealand. (those new to Rotary, something to google.......) And yes, I did play a part in this as Dad gambled on me saying the right thing & I didn't......... a story for over coffee.........
EDITORS REPORT 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
Mary's topic is "Aganu'u Fa'asamoa 101" This is helping Samoans learn formal speaking & traditional presentations.
 
(Kisa, as Bulletin Ed away, you are on making notes & story, as might be a little hard for others....lol.....)
THIS COMING WEEK - Mary Autagavaia 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
This is an oldie but a goodie.......... Members moment is where each week we have one of our members give a 3-5 minute talk about, well yourself...... who you are, what you do, what is important in your life etc. Even for those that have done this in the past, amazing what has changed since we last did this.......
 
So to start the ball rolling Mr Steve Chaney, incoming President will show you all how it is done. Will be starting not next week but Tues 20th March. (playing the Bulletin Editor card as can't make next week as hubby in Welly.......)
 
From then we will have a weekly list, so you have a week in advanced to think about what you want to say....
MEMBERS MOMENT........You will be called...... 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lina Hii
“The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket”
THOUGHT OF THE DAY Lina Hii 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
We had a nice group of twelve this morning and we had a reasonable level of apologies ahead of time.
Well done, but, and there had to be a but and not of the butt type, unfortunately we still had four meals left over. I know you are paying for them but it is such a terrible waste and if you really do not want the money I am sure the club could find a better use for it, so please do not forget to give Russell a call.
Do not forget President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet will be at a dinner host by Rotary Club of Henderson Thursday 8th March. In addition, nominations for MUNA are being accepted now.
PRESIDENTS REPORT 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker today was Vai Lolohea from Auckland Rotaract.
Vai has been a visitor to our club many times and her and her club have supported us in many of our ventures.
Vai spoke today of her journey with her club, how it was at the edge of extinction when she joined. Initially there were only four members; this has built up considerably since then.
 
She took over as President and remained in that position for two years. After this she told the club members that they had step up and take over the role, as she could not keep doing it.
SPEAKER - Vai Lolohea 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
Pop Up Globe - Comedy of Errors, Wednesday 16th March 7.30pm, C Reserve $69pp
 
Meet for buffet dinner and wine - Novotel 6pm
 
Please confirm to Steve by Friday 9th so he can get the tickets
Chaneys 2
Kisa 2
Abraham 2
Carter    ???
Pelu       ???
POP UP GLOBE NEXT WEEK?????? 2018-03-06 11:00:00Z 0
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Our club rocks........ for an easy project of buying or giving money to buy Undies for the Fiji Squatter Preschool project, we outdid ourselves. Poor Steve is going to be using all his muscles to take in the many bags, as we have as well as what you can see in this photo, Steve's big bag, & with all the money we raised at our meeting $66.00, I have another 2 large bags to give Steve.
 
Great project & super easy. Couldn't ask for anymore. Thank you all for contributing, as every little bit counts. Well done us!
DIDN'T WE DO WELL.......... 2018-02-27 11:00:00Z 0