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Weekly Update - Nurture the seed and it will blossom - 13 August 2019








Cris was, as ever, a very welcome visitor. He's joining in with club activities on every side, having conversations with young and old alike. Here he is, after the Porirua Primary School Leadership Awards, enjoying the company of some of the special guests at the 'after match function' at Peppermill, including, importantly, 'Ana Coffey's baby girl, Esther.

The Speaker said ...

There was no speaker tonight but Euon took a moment to congratulate the team who have been working tirelessly for several months to prepare for the Porirua Primary School Leadership Awards which took place on Monday 12 August. He described Wendy as a hard taskmaster but her efforts had resulted in a near-flawless production to honour our primary school students. He was kind enough to present her with a beautiful bunch of flowers, the message from which was clearly shared by the whole team who had worked like a well-oiled machine.

David Pine's article about the Awards captures the spirit of the occasion beautifully. When the professional photos arrive, more will be posted but in the meantime, you can read what he had to say about the event here.


John Barber reminisced about his years in the building industry, from which he retired seventeen years ago. He remembered when 25mm was called an inch and when 100mm or 4 inches was the width of a wall. Tremendous changes are still going on and two of his sons are working in the industry today. He said that, if he had his time again, he would be happy to return to the industry which had given him so much pleasure. Euon commented that he remembered the days well when John would build house after house and he and Philip Whearty would have no trouble at all selling them!

This week's happenings

Donna reports that the school in Timor Leste has now been operating for some months and it is gratifying to see how quickly the parents, teachers and students, have started adding to the school’s impact on their community.

The August Newsletter from the Inner Wheel Club is now up on their page on our web site. You can read it here.


Two urgent notices:

Kay Phillips is looking for additional volunteers for this Friday's Myanmar Homework Club at the Salvation Army Hall at 89 Warspite Avenue, Cannons Creek from 4.30-5.30 pm. Games, instead of homework, are planned this week and extra pairs of hands would be invaluable. Please offer an hour of your time if you possibly can.

Bill McAulay reminded members that there will be a working bee this Saturday, 17 August, starting at 1.00 pm by the bridge that goes across to the sports field in Ulric Street, Plimmerton for the Friends of Taupo Swamp. He hopes there will be a good turnout but it won't be the last working bee if you can't make it this time!

'You may have noticed over recent weeks', said Peter Cox, ' that a small group meets after each weekly meeting. Tonight I can officially advise members that the Board has approved a unique and exciting project with the potential to substantially increase our income into our Trust Fund'. You can read more here

What's coming up in August and beyond?

Our speaker next week, 20 August, will be Richard Rhys Jones, CEO of Fire and Emergency New Zealand. He will talk about the merger of the Fire Service with Volunteer Fire Brigades and how that is going.

Advance notice that District Governor, John Mohi, will be speaking to the club on Tuesday 3 September.

For all future events, go here.

Parting thought 

Keith Harrison gave us the parting thought, 'Having the best of everything is gained by making the best of everything.'

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

Weekly Update - Nurture the seed and it will blossom - 13 August 2019

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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