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Apart from Honorary members, Inner Wheel members, and partners of Rotarians (just too many to name), it was lovely to welcome Bevan Smith from Porirua, Dianne McGavin, and Liz Sandell who had come to support Angus on the very special celebration of his 50th anniversary in Rotary.

The speaker said …

The undoubted highlight of the club's 2018 Christmas party was the celebration of Angus Langbein’s fifty years’ service to the Rotary movement. You can read Mike's summing up of the evening here.


President Donna extended grateful thanks to Terrie and Ian and to Youth Director Bill for all the work they had done for the Kids' Christmas party. Sergeant Jo will be coming to talk to us in due course. This was a fantastic opportunity for Rotary to provide the organisation and means of community engagement, bringing huge benefits to both the kids and the police recruits for whom assisting young children will soon be a part of their day-to-day work and you can read Terrie's report here.

And wait, there's more. She thanked Phillip for producing the excellent visual presentation to celebrate some of Angus' many contributions to Rotary over the 50 years - and provided some great reminiscences too! (Wasn't it funny to see how young we all looked back in the day?) For those of you who would like another look, Phillip has made the presentation into two .pdf files, with one showing the letter of congratulation from Barry Rassin, the World President. The files are now in the Intranet in 'Visual memories year by year' towards the bottom of the right column. Here's the link to the page but remember that you won't be able to access it until you enter your username and password. While you're on the page you'll find that it's at the top of the list of some of the Changeover presentations over the years. While you're there, you might like to make a cuppa and enjoy some of those memories.

And last, but by no means least, President Donna extended grateful thanks to President-elect Euon and his team for all the arrangements that had been made for the occasion. Eighty people enjoyed an evening of fun and laughter.

But wait, there's still more! Congratulations to Euon Murrell for the honour of being confirmed as a Life Member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand this week.

The Almoner said ...

President Donna offered special thoughts to our Rotarian whanau who could not be with us tonight due to ill health. She asked us all to keep them in our thoughts.


  • Johnsonville Club would like some extra volunteers for car parking at their market, the same day as the Johnsonville Christmas Parade, in the morning of 1 December. Please let Donna know if you can help.
  • And remember that you are welcome to just go along on 9 December to the Street Party that Mount Kaukau are putting on in Khandallah. (No volunteering needed!)
  • Porirua Club has asked for help with Christmas wrapping at North City Plaza. Kathryn Beattie is in charge and you can email her on to offer to fill one of the slots where more help is needed.

This week’s happenings

Jonathan Lemalu is joining Virtuoso Strings for a concert they've called 'Some Enchanted Evening' at Wellington Opera House on 3 December. This will be another extraordinary evening showcasing our local talent.

The latest newsletter from Mana Zonta has just arrived. It's jam-packed with success stories (they're very good at fundraising so perhaps we can learn a thing or two from them ...) Remember to apply for tickets if you want to go to the Arohata Christmas Concerts on 4 or 5 December - apparently, they have lots of tickets available. It's always a memorable occasion.  Zonta_December__2018 

And we've received another December newsletter, this time from Mana Lions. A good read and you may want to put the date for the 'Eat, Drink and Be Crafty Fair' on 26 January into your diary.  Mana_Lions_December_2018_newsletter 

What’s coming up in November and beyond?

At our Planning night next week, 4 December, Peter Lillico will be telling us more about his Friendship Exchange to Canada and the US and the upcoming return visit.

A reminder that the Parumoana Speech Competition will take place at Discovery School this Friday, 30 November at 9.30 am.  Please arrive at 9.00 am for a 9.30 am start and remember that parking at Discovery is not as easy as it has always been at Aotea!

Another reminder that 11 December is the Children and Grandchildren's Christmas party starting at 4.30 pm. Harold will be there and a magician. It promises to be a great evening. Normal meal cost of $25 applies to the adults, with $10 boxed meals for children. Please bring a named gift of $25 ish for each child you bring. If you are not attending Rotary that night, please apologise to Sandra at Professionals.

And yet another reminder that our last meeting of the year is on 18 December and will feature the AGMAnnie Grenfell, outgoing Exchange Student to Chile, will tell us about her expectations after the AGM.

Our first (informal) meeting in the New Year will be on 22 January. It will be happening at Ruby's on Mana Esplanade, wet or fine, and Ruby's will be providing us with a smorgasbord dinner. The timing is earlier than usual. Please be there by 5.30 pm.

Who’s on duty for the next month?

Unable to do your duty? Please find a replacement and inform Philip Mottram.  If you're a late 'no show' please tell President Donna.
Please arrive at 5.45 pm if you're on Door duty or on Introduction duty to greet the Guest Speaker and be his/her host 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 - 50 years in Rotary - 27 November 2018

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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