By Jenny Lucas
President Adrienne gave her overview of the year ahead based on the planning of the Directors over the last few months.
Her Information Bites each week feature three logos: The Rotary Club of Plimmerton, Rotary International, and the theme for the year under the leadership of World President Ravi Ravindran – Be a gift to the world.
Recommended club objectives are:
1 - to adopt a partnership model
2 - to embrace change to have a relevant club now and for the future, but to respect traditions and acknowledge mana
3 - to build public knowledge of Rotary through more sponsorship and more successful projects.
Adrienne’s teams for this year are Communications, Membership, Projects, Pathway, Youth, International and Club Service.
Ideas for some Initiatives:
Interact, working with Porirua Sundown
Knowledge of community needs
Section 2 of the Pathway with planned completion in 2018
Swimming lessons for school kids
Rain shelter in Pauatahanui Village - with Rotary logo
Parking area for surfers at Plimmerton Beach
Planning for an accessible playground at Te Rauparaha Park
Fellowship and joint club events
Each Team Leader (committee chair) gave their plan for this year before members adjourned to their respective monthly planning group meetings (committee meetings).
As advised at our first meeting of the year there will be a club forum on 8 August where everyone will be given the opportunity to discuss the proposed plan and put forward any new ideas.
Peter has come through his surgery OK and everything went well. He's still in intensive care and we're being asked to give him and Linda some space before visiting. We'll keep you informed of his progress.
Wanganui North Rotary Club are asking for contributions to the Wanganui Flood damage relief initiative. Cash can be deposited in the Mayoral fund specifically for flood victims. The ANZ Bank account details are 01 07900157888 02 - Reference Mayoral Fund.
Greek Bailout - a reasonably good explanation
Following the recent visit from AMP Chief Economist, Bevan Graham, who explained many things about the current state of the world economy, this might help members to understand more about the situation in Greece.
It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night. The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.
The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drink bill at the tavern.
The pub owner slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.
The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.
The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.
No one produced anything.
No one earned anything.
However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.
And that is how the bailout package works!