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Weekly Update - A Satellite Club perhaps - 13 June 2023









President Denise welcomed Past District Governors Marion Johnston and Gillian Jones and Laura Summer from Tawa Rotary Club and noted we had our own Past District Governor, Graeme  Blick present as well. 

The speakers said …

Marion Johnson gave a presentation about the creation and development of The Rotary Satellite Club of Whanganui North Starburst. John O'Connell shared a presentation from District 9510 and Marion, and Gillian answered questions from the floor. The next step for our club is to consider whether the formation of a satellite club is the appropriate move for Plimmerton and  members will be canvassed for their opinions before the Board makes a decision. You can see both the presentations here. Whanganui North Satellite.pdf   District 9510 Satellite Club presentation.pdf

What’s coming up in June and beyond?

Next week's meeting on 20 June will be an informal one as we anticipate that many of our members will be attending the Plimmerton Inner Wheel Changeover which will take place at the same time. 

However, the following week on Tuesday 27 June, we will be celebrating the life of Robbie Burns and hope that there will be a big crowd of members, partners, friends, and guests (and especially plenty of lassies), to do some serious partying, including singing and dancing. 

On Tuesday 4 July we will hear from Helmut Modlik, CEO and Rangatira of  Te Runanga o Ngāti  Toa. Helmut is an experienced director, executive, and consultant with specialist skills in implementation and change management, business and economic development among many other things. Helmut will be speaking about the Talanoa, citizens assembly, and how Rotary might work/partner with Ngāti Toa. This is a great opportunity for partners and friends together with members to understand how we might build a long term relationship with another key part of our community.

You can find all future Events here.


President-Elect Tania reminded members that Changeover will take place on Tuesday 11 July at Mana Cruising Club. She welcomed the members of her new Board for 2023-2024 as:

  • Communications - Phillip Reidy
  • Community - Dexter Traill
  • International - Bruce Phillips
  • Membership - tbc
  • Administration - Colin Whyte
  • Youth - Denise Traill

Denise informed the Club that Jenny Lucas had decided that it is time to step back from being a full Rotary member as she heads off to get involved with other initiatives. She thanked her for her years of service in many aspects of the Club's work and confirmed that the Board had offered Jenny Honorary membership, which was pleasingly accepted.

Donna has interviewed our candidate for Innovative Young Minds and told us that she wants to be a marine biologist. Her elder sister has attended the course previously. She invited members to join her for the visit to Parliament mentioned in last week's Update. 

Donna also mentioned that members had asked her how the Myanmar Homework Club was progressing. She said that Christalin has  managed to get sponsorship for wifi in the refugee camp and that members would now be able to help with simple English between 1-2 pm on a Friday. If you can help, please let Donna know. 

This week’s happenings

Phillip Harris, Senior Fundraiser from Mary Potter Hospice has written to thank members for helping with the Mary Potter Hospice Annual Street Appeal and has attached a certificate of appreciation. He writes that this year's appeal was a tremendous success, raising an astounding $122,609.57 which not only represents an incredible effort by volunteer collectors and that of the public's generosity towards the Hospice, but it also marks the highest amount ever achieved in their Annual Street Appeals.

Plimmerton & Porirua (Mana Tangata) Clubs had a combined stand at the Love Porirua Expo event held last Saturday 10th June. The  rostered Plimmerton members were: John O’Connell, and Denise Traill pictured here, Bruce Phillips, Tania Woodcock, Donna Reed, and Bryan Waddle. Kath Beattie (also pictured with Denise and Tania) and other Mana Tangata members were hard at work, chatting with local people, six of whom expressed an interest in further information. 

The Plimmerton Inner Wheel newsletters for May and June are now posted here. Their Changeover will take place on 20 June.

Parting thought

Kay gave the Parting Thought from Nelson Mandela tonight by way of advice for current and intending governments, specifically in election year: “ Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. 

Who’s on duty for the next month?

Note: Sincere thanks to Bill MacAulay who has read his Update early this week. Obviously the two dates below following the meeting on 27 June are, in fact, 4 and 11 July.

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 Philip 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 - A Satellite Club perhaps - 13 June 2023

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