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Weekly Update - An entrepreneur visits - 21 February 2023










President Denise shared her thoughts about all the communities who have been affected by the might of Cyclone Gabrielle, particularly those on the East Coast. Plans are afoot to coordinate ways to help and in the meantime, she acknowledged their pain and said we would all keep them close to our hearts.

She welcomed Honorary Member, Ted Nation (who we don't see nearly often enough). She also welcomed two returning graduates of the RYLA 2023 programme, Emily Farrer and Maiza Rehan who were introduced formally by Youth Director, Colin, and Maiza's partner, Cameron Lee. 

And last, but not least, she gave a warm welcome to John Fiso, local entrepreneur and Wellingtonian of the Year in 2016, who would be formally introduced later by Bruce Phillips.

Reporting on RYLA …

Our Club recently sponsored two impressive young women to RYLA 2023. It was clear that both women had achieved enormous benefits from their RYLA experience. You can read Kay's report here. 

The speaker said ...

A background video (which is unfortunately too large a file to copy here) gave us a good description of John Fiso’s aiga (Samoan family). John is a very accomplished man and talked about the very many interests he has in helping the community. You can read Kay's report here

What’s coming up in February and beyond?

Next week, 28 February, we will hear from Simon Aing who is a Director of EasyBuild, Concept Outdoor Solutions & Concept Heat & Energy Solutions and also owns Concept Blinds & Shutters Limited.

Please remember that your assistance will be very helpful in the Pop-Up Shop which is open to the public from 27 February-4 March. You'll find all the times and details here and can get in touch with Alan at any time to offer your help.

A board was sent round so that members could express their interest in attending the Bowls Evening on 14 March but it appears not to have travelled very far around the tables. Please let Bryan know if you would like to attend so that she can notify the caterers. 

For all future events, go to the Events page or check out the Rotary Calendar.


Allan said that there are heaps of items ready to be sold at the Pop-Up-Shop next week and he might consider an 'end of season' sale on the last day if there are still items available for sale. He has sent round a roster of people who have volunteered but there is still time for you to offer if you haven't done so already. Setting up, preparation, and pricing beforehand is important so please get in touch with Alan to offer your help.

Phillip has been considering a new business brand for the club and a board was passed round depicting four possibilites that we could use to recognise our 50 years of service to the local community. Members voted and this one was chosen. This will appear on everything connected to the 50th Anniversary

There will be a Vocational and Cultural Exchange to Tasmania in June and Team Leaders and Team Members are being sought. Team Leader applications need to be received in the next 7-10 days so please let President Denise know if you would like to be considered or would lie more details. There is also a possibility that accommodation will be sought to host the incoming team. 

Lanaco, who provide masks, have just given 7,000 free masks to Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. They have several thousand WP2 masks which are full respiratory masks, available for distribution through Freightways (free) but need to recoup $1 per mask. Has anyone any idea where some funding can be found - individually or through a Rotary club, please? Please contact Adreienne Murray if you can help.

This week’s happenings

As you will have heard from Phillip, Bruce Couch is finalising the numbers for the ‘Imagine’ formal Gala Dinner. This will be at the Southward Event Centre on Saturday 18 March 2023.  The cost is $115 per head and includes a free drink on arrival, formal dinner, cash bar and dancing to live music (two bands). If you did not get the chance to put your name down on the board Bruce sent around, it is not too late.  Just let Bruce know by 22 February 2023 so he can book us in as a group. If you would like to register for the whole of the District Conference, check out the link here. 

The RNZWCS is launching an appeal for donations in aid of the floods in New Zealand and the devastation caused by Cyclone Gabrielle. Please read the attached document and consider whether you can donate. appeal-nz-floods 

The Almoner said …

Denise mentioned that May has had a fall and was being checked out at the hospital. She suggested that members might like to reach out to Bill to check on her progress. 

Parting thought

Euon gave us the Parting Thought (in absentia) tonight from Albert Einstein who said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."

Who’s on duty for the next month?

Unable to do your duty? Please find a replacement and inform Leigh Corner.
If you're a late 'no show' please tell President Denise.
Please arrive at 5.45 pm if you're on Door duty or hosting the Guest Speaker for the evening.
For apologies or additional guests, please phone or email Phillip Whearty before 10.00 am on Mondays (or before 10.00 am on Tuesdays if Monday is a statutory holiday) on 027 448 9094 or email The same applies if you're going to be late.

Weekly Update - An entrepreneur visits - 21 February 2023

Guests are welcome to our Dinner Meetings. 
For apologies or additional guests, please phone or email Phillip Whearty before 10.00 am on Mondays (or before 10.00 am on Tuesdays if Monday is a statutory holiday) on 027 448 9094 or email


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