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Weekly Update - After Jacinda - 25 February 2020








The Speaker said ...

'Colin James has been reporting and commenting on New Zealand politics since 1969. His face and voice are familiar to all of us, and last evening he delivered a most thought-provoking address. Although his title was ‘After Jacinda’, he reviewed the trends and developments in our polity over the last 50 years', says Mike Doig in his excellent article about Colin's talk.


Taking the Chair tonight, Past President Donna welcomed our speaker, Colin James, visitor Bruce Thomson and Honorary Member, Malcolm Turner. She also welcomed Eddie Uluilelata, principal of Rangikura Primary School, who had come to talk about Duffy Books in Homes and Ondine Soutar, the school's SENCO (Special Needs Coordinator)... Eddie showed a video about Duffy Books in Homes. He told us that in 1994, 80 schools were involved in the programme covering 16,000 students, with the help of fourteen sponsors. Today, 520 schools are involved, 300 of which are early childhood. the number of students has risen to 100,000 and there are now 200 sponsors of the programme. Ondine also took the opportunity to thank the club for the donations it is currently giving, and emphasised the importance of the reading programme on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. She stressed that many of their children are not read to at home and that developing a love of reading helps children to relates better to the real world they live in. They develop imagination, literacy and numeracy and enhances their well-being which is also so important.


Richard Sherwin's Viewpoint was unfortunately overlooked but has been rescheduled for July when he returns from America.

This week's happenings

Those of you who enjoyed Judge Tompkins' talk about art theft last week will probably want to dip back into Mike's report here. Not only does the note at the foot of the article attach Art's pptx (lodged on Google Drive) but there are also two links to the course he teaches in Italy. Enjoy!

The Rotary Club of Paraparaumu is staging a Charity Golf Tournament at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club on Thursday 12 March 2020 to fundraise for extensions to the Ocean Road Community Centre. If you would like to enter, please get in touch with Bob Hamilton on 04 298 8012 or email him at


There will be a reminder for the next three weeks about freeing up the trees that were planted last spring. Wednesdays 26 February (hope you were there today!) and 11 March are the next two dates, any time between 9 and 12. Go to Ulric Street, Plimmerton by the NZ Motor Caravans Association site. It's easy work as the soil is nice and damp. Take gloves and hand tools. If you want more information, talk to Bill or Barry.

Allan is now looking for members to help over the weekend of the Book Fair and a board went round. For anyone who missed the board and can offer some time, please get in touch with Allan.

Donna reminded members that they would be welcome to help at the Myanmar Homework Club from 4.00-5.30 on Tuesday afternoons at The Gospel Church on the corner of Hereford and Champion Streets in Canons Creek.

Richard Sherwin is looking for lots of able bodies to look after a stall at the Discovery School X games on Sunday 29 March from 11.00-3.00. It's the school's major fundraising event and it's great fun to see the families participating together. The Discovery X-Games is a family-friendly, fun event for all ages.  Teams of 2-6 people work together to complete as many of the 25 activity stations around the school as they can. You can opt to help at an activity station or a food station. If you can help, please let Richard know.

A new pdf of the latest membership list dated 20 February 2020 is now available in the Intranet. You can find all the latest information about all our members here, should you wish to make contact between meetings. Of course, it's a dynamic document but you should always find what you're looking for. As you know, you can find the link at the top of the right-hand column. 

Further down the right-hand column, you'll find the Monthly Board Minutes and the Monthly Charitable Trust Board Minutes. Copies of these documents are now posted up to the end of 2019.

Mana Zonta has sent us their March newsletter. It has some interesting news and an opportunity to support their Pop Up Shop in Porirua from 11-14 March.

The Almoner said ...

John Barber is double-checking but is pretty sure that Spencer Harris, Angus Langbein (both of whom are or will soon be 90) and George Bright, would all welcome visitors at home. Please ring first and John will confirm during the week.

What's coming up in March and beyond?

Next week, 3 March, is set aside for the monthly planning meeting.

The following week, 10 March, we're going bowling at Whitby Bowling Club so please remember not to turn up at Mana Cruising Club.

And the following Tuesday, 17 March, remember that those who are not invited to the Plimmerton Inner Wheel 30th Anniversary celebrations are invited to Tawa Rotary for their evening meeting. Normal apologies apply.

For all future events, go here.

Parting thought 

Nick Walmsley's Parting Thought was a quote from William James. 'Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact'.

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 Euon.
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.
Euon reminds members that it is the role of the person saying Grace to host Cris for the evening.


Weekly Update - After Jacinda - 25 February 2020

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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