President Bill gave a warm welcome to Lou Oldershaw and Honorary members Jim Dearsly, Derek Oldershaw, and Peter Turner.
The speaker said …
Many speakers this week as Kay Phillips had organised a fundraiser based on the panel game, 'Would I lie to you?' Mike has captured the entertainment provided by Nick, Ann, Brian, Bob, and Mike Scott in his usual indomitable way - with a twist in the tale. Worth a read here!
What’s coming up in April and beyond?
Next week, on Tuesday, 20 April, Bill Day, Wellington Hospitals Foundation Chair, and Adrienne Murray, Chair of the Children's Health Trust, will be talking to us about the part that Rotary is playing in supporting the Children's Hospital at Wellington Regional Hospital.
The official opening of the last section of Te Ara Piko will take place at The Light House on 20 May. There will be more details about this soon as the event also recognises the completion of the pathway between Pauatahanui and Camborne. For the fit it will mean you can walk from the Paremata Bridge to Pauatahanui (and return) with plenty to enjoy along the way.
If you haven't done so already, remember to put these important dates into your diary:
- Changeover is on Tuesday 29 June at the Silverstream Retreat. The theme is "A Touch of Class". The cost is $73 per person, and as there will be no meal on the preceding Tuesday, the net cost to members will be $23 each. Partners are especially welcome so note your diary now. You will receive your personal invitation in due course. There will be no Club meeting on the precceding Tuesday.
- Looking ahead, Kay is organising another Garden and Golf weekend from 15-17 October in the Wairarapa. Please let her know if you are interested in going so that she can begin to make bookings.
- Looking way into the future, the Club Christmas Party will be on Tuesday 14 December at Judgeford Golf Club.
To see future events, you can go here.
Bill reported that the Board has agreed to donate $2,500 to the District Centenary Project for the Children's Hospital. We will hear more about this at next week's meeting.
Bill thanked Kay for all her hard work in arranging the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner parties on Saturday evening. Colin Whyte talked about the experience. Thirty-five guests had converged at Allan and Barbara's house for drinks and canapes before taking off in different directions to the homes of the five hosts. He encouraged those who haven't experienced the event before to sign up next time as he could highly recommend it. Kay delivered catered meals to all the hosts during the afternoon and the food was delicious. It was a great night. He thanked Allan and Barbara and all the hosts for their hospitality.
This week’s happenings
Mike reported on the visit to the Assembly at Rangikura Primary School on Thursday 8 April. Members would remember that we had made a donation to them for Duffy Books in Homes during Euon's year. Donna announced that we would be donating again during this Rotary year. The purpose of the visit was to hear from Jo Holley, their Ambassador, who had travelled down from Auckland for the sole purpose of presenting every single student with a book, chosen especially for them. You can read about the visit and see some heart-warming photos here.
For those who want a good read, you can find the Plimmerton Inner Wheel newsletter for April here.
Donna has received sincere thanks from Marion Eades, who organised the District Conference, on behalf of DG Gillian Jones. She writes to our RYPEN candidates, Gemma and EJ, and says, 'The Rotarians who were there were thrilled to hear your stories and to hear how your RYPEN experience helped you take on new challenges. We hope you both have a great final year at school and then take those experiences with you into whatever comes next. Your contribution to the success of the Conference is valued.' Thanks to David for organising RYPEN and to Mike for providing transport to Carterton.
Nick gave us the parting thought tonight with a saying by Dr. Arthur Aufderheide, a famous American pathologist and founder of paleopathology. 'All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections.'
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