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Weekly Update - The Mayor Drops In - 29 November 2022










President Denise gave a warm welcome to our speaker, Mayor Anita Baker. She also welcomed Glen Conroy, a guest of Dieter's. She said it was a pleasure for her, and members, to welcome back Graeme Tongs after a long absence of ill health.

The speaker said …

Porirua City Mayor Anita Baker was re-elected in October and paid us one of her regular visits this evening. You can read Mike's report here

Person Behind the Badge

Tonight we heard some of John O'Connell's life history including a little about the huge contribution he has made to youth, both within our Club and in the District. You can read the whole story here

What’s coming up in December and beyond? 

David Knight reminded members that the very exciting Parumoana Speech Competition will be taking place this Friday, 2 December at Discovery School at 9.00 for 9.30 am. Those who have been before could be seen busily noting the date in their diaries as an event not to be missed. David urged members who have not enjoyed this special occasion in the past to come along to be enthralled and impressed.

Next Tuesday, 6 December, is the Children's Christmas Party.  The entertaining will start at 4.45 pm with dinner at 6.00 pm. Allan and his team have a great programme on offer with just one request from Santa - please write names in large letters on the presents as his eyesight is failing.

The last knees up of the year will be on Friday 9 December at Judgeford Golf Club - the Club Christmas Party. You can find all the details here. 

For those of us who have memory problems, be advised that there will be no more meetings until Tuesday 17 January when there will be a social get together at Ruby's. Following that, there will be a casual start to the year on Tuesday 24 January at Mana Cruising Club and formal meetings will start on Tuesday 31 January.

You can find all this information on the Events page at any time, should you mislay your Update over the holiday period!

This will be the last Update of the year so the Editor wishes everyone a very Happy Christmas and a safe, happy, and healthy 2023.


Before the meeting began, the AGMs for Plimmerton Rotary and the Plimmerton Rotary Charitable Trust took place. The procedural matters were dealt with very efficiently. As is normal practice, President Denise announced that Colin Whyte has been nominated as President Nominee and will take office for the 2024-2025 year. Although it is customary for the President-Elect to announce the 2023-2024 Board at the AGM, President-Elect Tania said that she would be delaying this announcement until the New Year.

Graham Craig updated members on progress at the Porirua Garden. A wide variety of vegetables is growing apace and he takes several boxes to the Salvation Army each week. Sera Toloi says that they provide food to 25-30 families each week, some of which can have a household of 4-8 people. They appreciate the quality and nutrition provided by our offering and is grateful that it is continuing. Graham reported that there is a small team of helpers each week but he would appreciate even more to spread the load. Some of the helpers bring produce from their own gardens when they have a surplus.

Allan asked members to note the week of 27 February-4 March 2023 in their calendars. In conjunction with Plimmerton Inner Wheel, we will be running a Pop Up Shop at 7 Serlby Place, Porirua from 10.00-4.00 each day. Allan will provide more details in the New Year but in the meantime, please start collecting items for sale such as books, garden tools, CDs, DVDs and clothing. You can continue to donate larger items to Phillip and Mike for the De-Cluttering initiative. 

Very many thanks to those of you who volunteered your time to wrap Christmas presents at North City Plaza over December. While the schedule appears to be full, some Porirua members have put their names down five times to fill the gaps. Please let me know if you can offer your time to help and I will put you in touch with Kath Beattie who knows who needs to be spelled. I did my first (of three) stints today, and it's great fun meeting happy shoppers. Two of those were, incidentally, Ian and Terrie Turner! It was good to catch up.

This week’s happenings

You can find the October Board Meeting and Charitable Trust Board Meeting Minutes in the Intranet, courtesy of Secretary Nick. To view these, log in in the usual way. 

Christmas Puds have arrived with Kay. If you ordered one, please collect it from Rotary next Tuesday or call Kay to arrange to collect it directly from her.

Parting thought

Bruce Couch gave us the Parting Thought tonight. "A lie is like a bald spot - the bigger it gets, the harder it is to cover up".

Who’s on duty for the next month?

There are no duties at the Children's Christmas Party next week, 6 December, apart from Michael Parker and Colin Whyte who will be on the door.

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.
Need to apologise or bring additional guests? 
Advise the Receptionist at Professionals before 10.00 am on the Monday before the meeting on 233 9955 or email if you prefer. 
Please provide the name (and spelling if necessary). The same applies if you're going to be late.


Weekly Update - The Mayor Drops In - 29 November 2022

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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