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President Denise gave a warm welcome to our visiting speaker, Graeme Jupp, who works with Graeme Blick, and also to visiting Rotarian from Central Melbourne, now living close by, Brett Jones.

Later in the meeting, Denise mentioned that the Board had met the previous evening and that Kay had kindly agreed to host future meetings until the end of the Rotary year. Dexter has now joined the Board as Community Director and is also a Trustee of the Charitable Trust. 

The speaker said …

This week’s speaker was Graeme Jupp, who, as Mike writes, is a professional cartographer and appears to spend every waking minute thinking about the ill-fated ‘Titanic’. Mike has captured Graeme’s fascinating talk and says that it would be an understatement to call him a Titanic enthusiast. He owns more than 650 books on the subject, and has visited museums and memorials and consulted experts and fellow enthusiasts all over the world. There's a link in Mike's article which you can download to read Graeme's book in Mike's article and this link will take you to his pptx presentation - without the accompanying explanations, of course. 


Bob Austin talked to us about his early life in Sheffield, his experiences on lifestyle blocks and farms, and the variety of organisations he has worked for since. He and Faye have eleven grandchildren who keep them busy. 'Life is what you make it', was Bob's closing comment. 

What’s coming up in April and beyond?

This Friday, 21 April, the Orphan's Club will be meeting at the Co-op in Whitby at 5.30 pm. Do come along and join us. 

If you've signed up for the Cinema Extravaganza on Saturday 22 April, remember that the evening starts at 5.30 p.m., with drinks and nibbles. As mentioned last week, the movie will be The Jersey Boys. Please remember to bring a $20 donation for cyclone relief.

There is no meting next week - 25 April 2023 because it's Anzac Day. It follows that there will, therefore, be no Update (whooppee!) so please take notice of your scheduled duty now. 

On Tuesday 2 May we will be working away in our committees after the dinner meeting.

And advance notice that DG Marilyn will be dropping in on Tuesday 9 May

As ever, the link for all future events is here

Presidential comments

President Denise announced that numbers for the Gala Dinner had now reached 95. If anyone wanted to take up one of the remaining five places, they had better be quick!

Tania Woodcock, incoming President for 2023-2024, announced that a date of 11 July has been set for Club Changeover. It will be a low-key, low budget affair, given its proximity to our much anticipated extravaganza that is the Gala Dinner on 23 May to celebrate the Club's 50th Anniversary which will be our Club's main celebration for this year. She will be announcing her Board at Changeover but in the meantime, she confirmed that Bruce and Nick will continue as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. 


Bruce Phillips gave more details about the Love Local Expo that Porirua City Council are hosting for local organisations. It will take place on Saturday 10 June. John O'Connell has secured a site for us and we will be joined by Porirua Rotary members. Theo Sutorius will create a video or appropriate images to roll throughout the day and it will be an opportunity to showcase what we do.

Thanks to Secretary Nick, the Board and Charitable Trust minutes for the March meetings will soon be on the Intranet. 

This week’s happenings

Colin Whyte has sent some photos taken at the Fishing Outing with some of Rachel McKinnon's students. It was clearly a super-fun day with prizes awarded for "The first fish of the day', 'The tastiest fish of the day' and 'The biggest fish landed'.

Parting thought

Graham Craig gave us his Parting Thought tonight. He gave us a quote from Maya Angelou, an American memoirist, popular poet, and civil rights activist. She said, 'At the end of the day, people may not remember what you said, they may not remember what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.'

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 - Raising The Titanic - 18 April 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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