On a perfect late summer evening, Emcee for the evening, Bryan Waddle welcomed members and visitors alike as they arrived at Whitby Bowling club. He directed them to sign up, get a drink, and, if they were appropriately dressed, to the lawns where Richard and Alison were waiting to put them into teams and instruct those who were uncertain about what to do in the intricacies of the game. Richard and Nathan ably manned the bar throughout the evening, Euon did a wonderful job on the BBQ and the players either covered themselves in glory or shame - or even a bit of both! After the serious, and very competitive games, were over, Bryan introduced some 'silly' games and prizes were handed out.
More prizes were dispensed for the most stylish female and male bowlers - to Janet Reidy and John Barber, both of whom can be spotted in the photos, although neither is in action.
Back in the Club House, President Denise thanked Bryan for providing everyone with a fun-filled evening, Richard and Alison for providing great instruction, Richard and Nathan for managing the bar, Clare for providing such delicious food and Euon for his mastery on the BBQ.
Clare Waddle took complete charge of the kitchen, ably assisted by Kay, and produced a delicious spread which was enjoyed when the fun and games were over.
It was a great evening of fun and frivolity. Denise concluded by congratulating Donna - dressed and ready to cycle home - on her retirement (again) from teaching and wished her some well-earned rest and relaxation.
What’s coming up in March and beyond?
Next week, 21 March, we will hear from Wendy Shaw, Secretary of the New Zealand Geographic Names Board, will talk to us about some recent place name decisions, the restoration of Māori place names – especially language revitalisation and cultural identity.
Important note: There will be a Sergeant's Session next week to fund the 'fishing expedition' for Rachel McKinnon's adventure. Please bring some paper money in your little hot hand to contribute to this initiative! Coins are, of course, acceptable if you can't find a fiver!
Allan Nichols has asked us to keep the evening of Saturday 22 April free for a Special Event. Please mark it in your calendars from 6.00 pm onwards. He will tell us more in due course.
As ever, you can find future events and the Rotary calendar here.
Innovative Young Minds is offering a residential programme for 40 young women in years 11 and 12 at high schools from the Greater Wellington Region, Horowhenua and Manawatu. If you know of any young women who would benefit from this exciting opportunity, please let Donna know. IYM_Residential_Report_2022_1
Who’s on duty for the next month?
(A chocolate fish for anyone who spots the deliberate error!)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org The same applies if you're going to be late.