A quick update on the Waiyevo Hospital progress.
 
All plumbing to the house is now completed and the electrician will be coming to wire the electric hot water in for the bathrooms and kitchen.
 
A brand new 2000L water tank is also now connected to a fresh water electric pressure pump system and the white box secured seen here is housed the stainless steel electric hot water cylinder.
 
A big clean up scheduled for the week before bringing in some furniture and the Waiyevo Hospital will be ready to receive its first residence/patient.
 
Once again, thank you to everyone that have contributed in one way or another to this project.
 
Latest News from Taveuni / Waiyevo Hospital 2018-08-19 12:00:00Z 0
The national finals of Rotary's Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards will be in Wellington on 6 Sept., and our IPP Peter B. is lucky enough to be going down for it.
 
But the finals will also be available for Rotary members (and public in general) to view by live streaming - as stated in the following article from the Eureka website:  https://www.eureka.org.nz/news/2018/8/20/only-two-weeks-to-go
 
It's only two weeks until twelve aspiring young science leaders face the judging panel in 2018 Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards National Finals.  At stake are $10,000 and an ionic trophy for the winner of the Premier Award.
 
The finals will be held in the Museum Theatrette on the Massey University Wellington Campus on Thursday 6 September starting at 12:30.  The doors will be open for members of the public from midday onwards.
For those keen to watch the students deliver their 12-minute presentations (but unable to be there because of distance) - we will be live-streaming the whole afternoon on the landing page of our website https://www.eureka.org.nz 
 
The finalists' presentations cover a wide range of issues including: mental health, flexible concrete, superbugs, Epigenetics, solar roads, "clean" meat, food safety, augmented reality, crickets, geoengineering, bioprinting organs, and dairy farming.
 
Expect to be entertained and impressed by the quality of thinking, innovation and science demonstrated by these secondary students and university undergraduates.
As well as the presentations by the finalists we will also feature the six-minute presentations by five students who won scholarships.
 
Eureka Symposium History under "Read More"
Eureka Awards 2018-08-19 12:00:00Z 0
Namrata means kindness and politeness.
 
I have been a Rotarian since 2015 and been involved with different projects such as organising speakers for our club over 1.5 years and volunteer for hospice garage sale.
 
Recently helped with interviewing 2018 RYLA candidates sponsored by our club.
 
A little about me - I work as an Alcohol and other drug counselor for, Community Alcohol & Drug Services, (CADS).  I have been with CADS for the last 5 years. 
 
In my free time I read books and play the saxophone.  I enjoy travelling to a different country every year and exploring beautiful New Zealand.
 
The attached picture includes my mom, my older brother and his family and my older sister who I live with. 
 
We as a club already focus on local projects and I would want it to keep focusing on our local communities and joining with other clubs for more interaction and joint ventures. 
Member Profile - Namrata Gulani 2018-08-19 12:00:00Z 0
Namrata Guliani - Member Profile Peter Walsh 2018-08-15 12:00:00Z 0
I first Joined Rotary because of Mary Ann D. several years ago I can't remember which year but Bruce Hancock was the president then and it is the first time I have joined anything like this.  I was impressed with the good humour of all the members and their caring attitude. The meetings are fun and interesting and well run.  Everyone made an effort to welcome me as a member which is great.
 
I am single (actually divorced) with no kids and no family in NZ at the moment.  I have a brother who travels away a lot and my mother recently passed away.
Lynette Boyd - Member Profile 2018-08-12 12:00:00Z 0
Auckland Science Students Excel in Selection for Finals of Rotary’s Sir Paul Callaghan EUREKA! Awards 2018-08-11 12:00:00Z 0
A useful tool for our project publicity 2018-07-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 14, 2018
In the last two weeks there have been two small but hugely successful projects - the Beach Clean-up and the ERK Packing.  Were these popular - nothing beats the cameraderie of a hands-on project!
It seemed like a 'half the club' turned up there was such a good group. This mornings beach clean up at Tahuna Torea Reserve was great fun and quite invigorating just to enjoy a very pleasant and beautiful place. More in the next club bulletin so make sure you have a good read. Thanks to Nick for organising.
 

Packed and ready to go. Thanks to the enthusiastic club team that joined those from other clubs for today's Emergency Response Kit packing.

What an effort!

For those who have not done this before this is precision operation to get exactly the right items packed so they will fit the box … there is almost not enough room for air.The end result is a supply of ERKs that ultimately will be 'life savers' for families in dire need in time of disaster in the Pacific.

Success From Two Small Projects 2018-07-13 12:00:00Z 0

Tahuna Torea is a beautiful nature reserve and wetland (salt marsh and freshwater habitat) in Glendowie that we do our bit to keep pristine. Bring yourself, your family and friends, rope in your neighbours and help with the clean up - it is really great fun. Open to all.

The Environment & Science Committee would like to invite you to join us for the Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve clean up next Sunday, 8th July.

Start time is 9am at the car park at the bottom of West Tamaki Road. Gloves and bags will be provided, bring your woolies.

If the weather is not favourable the postponement date is Sunday, July 22. Queries to Nick Goddard.

Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve Clean Up Excitement Builds 2018-06-30 12:00:00Z 0
We all have a great story of our lives to tell and while we may not necessarily want to tell it all, placing some of the more relevant parts into a Bio helps our fellow members get to know us.
 
This is exceptionally easy.
 
Just login into the club's ClubRunner site and behind the Member Area at the top of the Admin list is 'Edit Profile' - go into this and click on the 'Biography' tab - there are two options of which one makes your Bio visible to other Rotarians in District 9920 and the other has visibility to club members only - your choice.
Who are your fellow members - what is their story? 2018-06-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 18, 2018
Last week, President Allan Smith hosted his first meeting. He arranged for Assistant Governor (AG) Pam Clarke to facilitate a “discussion” meeting where members were invited to talk about all aspects of St John’s Rotary Club “moving forward”. (Thanks Pam for your great work leading this very productive meeting).  Five topics were quickly established and agreed for discussion.
 
  1. Meeting Programme
  2. Projects
  3. Funding
  4. Membership
  5. Social
Due to time constraint, only the first four topics were covered. President-Elect Robyn and Bulletin co-editor Alan Mayne, worked as scribes for the meeting and recorded the following main points.  Click Read More for a recap on what is important to us…
Our Club – Moving Forward 2018-06-17 12:00:00Z 0
Connect to Rotary on the Go! 2018-06-17 12:00:00Z 0
Every project the club does or event it holds is important and for every one of these we want to succeed to its maximum potential. It is a strange thing, but this does not happen if we do not tell people about these club activities, yet it is so easy to do so.
 
So, for EVERY project and event, no matter how small or big, MUST go onto the club calendar in the website. There are two options depending on complexity that need to be done:
Every Club Project and Event Must Be Doing This! 2018-06-11 12:00:00Z 0
This /       
or this
        /       
which would you prefer?
 
As members of this wonderfully vibrant Rotary club we need to know each other and we need to be able to EASILY communicate with each other.  To find out how ...
All members - only 5 minutes is needed but important 2018-06-07 12:00:00Z 0
Members Workshop Thur 14 June 7.15am 2018-06-07 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 28, 2018
It's been another exciting and demanding three months. Thanks to many of you, momentum continues to build, and we take another step closer to getting the school open!
The Onja Excitement is Building 2018-05-27 12:00:00Z 0
St John's Club Member Gary Key is delighted to announce that discussions with Orakei Marina have "successfully" concluded.  They have agreed to make a "significant" donation to support the "Have A Go" Sailing Program. 
 
The Rotary Club of St John's extends sincere thanks to Orakei Marina and also to the Chenery Trust for their ongoing support of the superb "Have A Go" sailing program.
Sailing...Have A Go! 2018-04-18 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Anine Kwok

RYPEN 2018 was held this year at Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Centre (MERC) Long Bay. It was held from 23 to 25 March 2018.

RYPEN 2018 Anine Kwok 2018-04-05 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ainie Kwok

The weekend weather forecast of heavy rain and thunder did not dampen of those involved in organising another fun and inspirational RYPEN program held at Sir Peter Blake Marine Educational Reserve Centre, Long Bay Auckland. The 68 students from 25 schools including 5 students from International Youth Exchange Programs attended the weekend camp. Our speakers for the weekend include MP for Tamaki, Simon O’Connor, Lee Warn and Nick Tuatasi with the students engaging with the speakers with vigour and thought provoking questions. During the day, the team from MERC were exuberant in encouraging the students in team building exercise and in perseverance and cooperation. Thank you the Rotaractors for getting involved as team leaders and the members of Rotary Club of St Johns for their enthusiasm in making the RYPEN camp a memorable weekend for the students.

 

RYPEN 23 to 25 March 2018 Ainie Kwok 2018-03-25 11:00:00Z 0
The Z gas station in Glen Innes has selected RYDA as one of their charities for the Good in the Hood programme.  Voting for this happens during May so if you ever use this station please vote for RYDA with their token.  Any money raised from this will go towards the Glendowie and Tamaki College RYDA programme days.
Z in Glen Innes supporting RYDA 2018-03-24 11:00:00Z 0
Golf Tournament Update 2018-03-24 11:00:00Z 0
Our Sub60 Golf Tournament took place today with many members assisting behind the scenes and others competing...
 We look forward to bringing you a full report of how it all went in the next bulletin.
St John's Rotary Swings into Action 2018-03-18 11:00:00Z 0
A lick of paint and the intrepid 7 transform 2018-03-15 11:00:00Z 0
An Evening with Jennifer Jones 2018-03-11 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robyn Ingram
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Somerville hosted a 'Women in Rotary High Tea' on Saturday, with a Hats and Handbags theme.  A glass of bubbles at the door set the tone (served by the only men at the event) as women arrived decked out in a huge variety of hats.
Tea Anyone? Robyn Ingram 2018-03-10 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annie Tyson
Well, what hasn’t Sang done? Sang took us on a global, whirlwind and humourous journey: NZ, USA, Korea, back to NZ.  But let’s first back up the truck…Sang arrived in NZ from Korea as a 7 year old who spoke absolutely no English. 
Profiling Club Member Sang Cho Annie Tyson 2018-03-07 11:00:00Z 0
7 May
The Great Rotary Debate (Nic, Hugh, Chris)
St Johns v Auckland East
6-13 May
Have a Go Sailing (Gary K)
12 schools involved
30 June -
7 July
RYLA (Tom S)
Interviewing now
 
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators 2018-03-04 11:00:00Z 0
Reunion - D9920 Rotary Youth Exchange 2018-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
Three information evenings are coming up for students and families to find out more about Rotary Youth Exchange - an awesome programme! If you have family or friends in this age group - come along to an info evening and find out about this well-respected; world-respected Youth Exchange Scheme.
 
Ideal for Secondary Students aged 16-18 years in 2019 (current Y10-13s). 
Life changing; challenging; fun!
 
Auckland & Central
7:30pm, Thursday 12 April
Remuera Golf Club
 
East Auckland
7:30pm, Tuesday 10 April
Te Tehi Centre, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
 
South Auckland
7:30pm, Wednesday 4 April
Papakura RSA, 40 Elliot Street, Papakura
 
Become a Youth Ambassador for NZ 2018-02-15 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Allan Smith - President Elect
“Action of Choice” reflects what Rotary is all about and as members of a great Rotary club I was somewhat surprised at the lack of willingness to be involved in the management of the club. For those who have indicated their willingness to take on a role we thank you. 😊
 
Often, I hear from members that there appears to be a divide between the old members and the new. I can understand that but by being involved it can help breakdown this divide. Since I have been involved on the Board I have felt a compelling understanding of what Rotary is about and how we can be an important part of the community. Great friendships also develop.
 
We appreciate that members belong for many reasons both socially and project community actions locally and internationally. However, Robyn and I need help to finalise the team to support the club over the next 12 months / 2 years.
What we need help with are the following:
  • Management of the Bulletin (2 x person/s makes this job easier and Robyn will assist)
  • Website / Facebook management
  • Social fellowship
  • Special Projects convenor
These are important to the club functioning well and if you can assist please give me a ring.
Allan
President Elect
021 959 397
Action of Choice Allan Smith - President Elect 2018-02-15 11:00:00Z 0
How often have you said “Yes” when offered an opportunity even if you really knew little or even nothing about what was involved? 
 
The response from those who can answer “Yes” is that it brought countless amazing people into their lives, an incredible array of experiences they would never otherwise have participated in and all this has helped them to become the happy, successful people they are today.
 
Be exciting, be adventurous, and Rotary will be rewarding for you. Say “YES” when offered the chance to participate. Everyone will help you succeed such is the goodwill of your fellow members so have a go when asked.
 
.... Sounds like you are a strong Rotarian ...
YES is SUCCESS 2018-02-14 11:00:00Z 0
 
For those of us interested in hearing the progress of our Club’s initiative we spoke about at the evening meeting, the club will be hosting some of the most brilliant intelligent members from all walks of Auckland and beyond for the Taveuni Trivia Night on 1 March 2018 at Glen Taylor School, West Tamaki Road. If you have not purchased your ticket, I suggest you do so quickly as we are inviting friends and members from other districts to join us on the evening.
 
The Taveuni Story that keeps on… 2018-02-11 11:00:00Z 0
Clubrunner is the website platform we all use for Rotary in New Zealand and the pacific including our districts and clubs.  The following will help you as a member to access these. Note that the login you have is the same at  Rotary Oceania, district and club levels.
ClubRunner Tips 2018-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
Taveuni Trivial Night a 'must go to' 2018-02-06 11:00:00Z 0

No, your Elf-eyes aren't deceived! 

This project raised a whopping:

$23,370

 

Once again, huge thanks to all the St John's Rotary Elves.

Project Elf Raised $23,370 2018-02-05 11:00:00Z 0
Fun run, walk or dance to support our local community and especially our young people by raising suicide prevention and awareness. A great way to support a local cause and connect with our Pt England GI community. Suitable for all ages and fitnesses.
Saturday 9th December
12pm - 4pm
Pt England Reserve
True Colours - Fun Run, Walk or Dance 2017-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
Club member Toni Millar [Orakei Board] pictured with Desley Simpson [Auckland Council] and Denise Lee [MP Maungakieke] at the opening of Stonefields Heritage trail.
 
Located along the cliffs on the south-west side of the old Mt Wellington Quarry, the trail runs along existing basalt benches and a short section of open terrain, and traverses a proposed stair and boardwalk structure.  Click Read More for another photograph...
Stonefields Heritage TrailOpened 18 November 2017-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
An Invite to St John's Rotary Club Members...
 
It's almost the end of the year and we thought it would be a good time to have one last social fling before we all head into the festive season.  Come along and enjoy the best Malaysian food in Auckland, BYO and banter with fellow Rotarians. Plus one's welcome.  A few moderately cringing Thanksgiving practices may take place!
 
When:  Thursday 23 November at 6:30pm
Venue:  KK Malaysia Cuisine, 463A Manukau Road, Epsom
Please RSVP by 16th November to Megan Gallagher Email: Megan.Gallagher@airnz.co.nz
Rotary 'Thanksgiving' Dinner 2017-11-18 11:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Exchange Opportunity (RYE) 2017-11-17 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Elf-Robyn
If you didn't make the meeting last week, you missed seeing Elf Robyn, correctly dressed and diligently at elfin-work urging members to get their name on the Elf Supervision Rosters.  If you haven’t put your name down for a shift - be warned - you may well find yourself on the “naughty” list!
 
Only 35 more sleeps until Christmas!
 
St John’s Rotary and Glendowie College Interact Club are combining Elf resources at Sylvia Park this Christmas Season to man the “Gold Coin Donation Christmas Gift Wrapping” booths. Based on last year's donations this fundraiser could potentially raise up to $21K.  (Click Read more for How it will Work...)
Are you Naughty or Nice?Project Elf Gets Closer Elf-Robyn 2017-11-17 11:00:00Z 0
Many of us will be following the team via posts from Miles on Journi and Ainie's posts on Facebook.  Miles reports they all arrived safely and their accommodation is at Club Magnolia.  Mornings start gently with Tai Chi at 7:15am led by Hunter (one of the team members).  Miles stated they are all “an uncoordinated bunch of misfits”.  Breakfast follows at 7:30am and then a bus takes them 30 minutes to get to the build site (with a stop on the way to buy fresh bananas).  Safety boots for locals are jandals or bare feet, whereas Team Habitat has standard issue closed footwear.
 
St John's Habitat Build TeamBangalore - India Extracts: Miles via Journi & Ainie via Facebook 2017-11-17 11:00:00Z 0
RYLA FundraiserAlumni Guest Speaker Sir Stephen Tindall 2017-11-17 11:00:00Z 0
Timely communication within Rotary is important in order for us to be an effective club and also to minimise time-waste.  For this reason the following are available to you:
 
District 9920 Directory for 2017-18: portal.clubrunner.ca/13060/Documents/en-us/49257713-0637-400d-a1fa-d878094dc34d/1/ President Peter has a small number of hard-copies available on request.
 
Club Member Individual Contacts: 1) Go to 'Rotarians Area' and select Member Directory, 2) Login to Clubrunner, 3) go to desired member
 
Club member Directory: 1) Login to Clubrunner, 2) Go to Member area, 3) Go to Reports then eDirectory Reports 2, then scroll down to Standing Reports and Generate what you need - this will email you a copy that you can file to your computer Desktop for easy access.
District 9920 Directory for 2017-2018 2017-10-22 11:00:00Z 0
St Johns Rotary has been given the opportunity to do a major fundraiser for the Club, and at the same time we can have fun and get into the spirit of Christmas giving! 
 
Our job for this fundraiser will be to supervise gift wrapping booths located at Sylvia Park Shopping Mall. We will be assisted by Glendowie College Interact Club (our Interact Club) who will do the actual wrapping.  All funds raised from the service go to projects for those in need of a helping hand in a local community. 
 
Rotary Supervisors are required from 4 - 24 December.  Rosters with shifts/times will be available at the next meeting.  Don't hold back, dig out your Elf hat and sign-up to help please!  For more info on this fun and festive project...
Help the Community and (Ho Ho Ho)Enjoy the Spirit of Christmas! 2017-10-22 11:00:00Z 0
The Big Screen Experience - not to be missed 2017-10-19 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Lucas (from Email) on Oct 18, 2017
Another two months has passed and I am still in Antananarivo, however we have made some good progress, and I (finally) leave for Mahanoro today!
 
Key Progress
 
Simon's presentation: I think most will know that Simon presented Onja to the club and high power Rotarian visitors. I'm told Simon worked his magic and the visitors want to see Onja happen. That should give our grant proposal a good boost! Thank you everyone and in particular Simon for going out of your way to make that happen.
 
St Johns Commitment: Thank you for openly and thoughtfully considering the project, and for being some of the very first people to recognise its potential. This is very rare in a space I have found to be pretty sheepish (both in the way people and entities follow one another, and are overly adverse to measured risk). St Johns has committed to investing 15 NZD over 3 years. It is a real milestone and I cannot thank you all enough. 
 
Onja Progress Sam Lucas (from Email) 2017-10-17 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Miles Cain via Email
I am very pleased to report that today (Monday 9 October) we completed our project , waterproofing an old “War bunker” that is used to store equipment for the Motutapu Restoration Trust.  It was through Bunnings Mt Wellington generous donation of materials that made this possible.  So a BIG thanks you from St Johns Rotary and the Motutapu Restoration Trust.
Click Read More to see additional photographs...
Community Project on Motutapu Island Miles Cain via Email 2017-10-11 11:00:00Z 0
Posted by Email Frances Benge
Dear Peter and Penny,
I am so delighted to say that St Johns Rotary collected a total of $1836.90 from the Sergeants round and both collection points at Meadowbank and New World Lunn Ave on Red Nose Day.  This is an amazing amount – I am so proud of our club.  ($745 of this came from Meadowbank where we only collected for 4 hours).  Amazing effort, deserving of mention in the newsletter.
Thank you,  thank you 😊  
 
Frances Benge CEO
Curekids Thank You Email Frances Benge 2017-10-11 11:00:00Z 0
We were advised at our last evening meeting about Drug Free Sport NZ calling for applicants for the role of Chaperone.  Here are full details.  Please feel free to alert  appropriate family, friends and colleagues to the details:
 
About the Organisation
Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) is a crown entity with the responsibility to implement and apply the World Anti-Doping Code in New Zealand.  Our mission is to work with the New Zealand sporting community and to ensure all levels of New Zealand sport is clean and drug free.
 
Your role – Chaperone
Your role will be to; notify athletes of their selection for doping-control, chaperone the athletes until the test mission is complete and to witness the passing of the sample (from the athlete).
Drug Free Sport NZ - Chaperone Role Andrew McCowan (Drug Free Sport NZ) 2017-10-11 11:00:00Z 0
Last week was Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week but in reality every day presents a new chance to speak to someone you may know who has taken part in one of Rotary's programmes and suggest they come along to Rotary and see if it is for them.  Most Alumni have never been asked yet they owe so much for the experiences - often life-changing experiences -  they gained through Rotary. At our recent evening meeting, we heard of the experiences of our RYLA awardees and at least one was so impressed with our club that he immediately signed a new member application form and at least one other was going to seriously consider the same - the power of ASKING.  Offer others the chance to enrich their lives through the Rotary experience.
Do you know a former Rotary Alumni? 2017-10-07 11:00:00Z 0
Sep/Oct
School Gardens project (Miles)
9 Oct
Motutapu Island bunker repair (Miles)
Nov
Motutapu Island house painting - TBC
7-24 Dec
Supervising student gift-wrapping as fund-raiser at Sylvia Park (Ainie)
2018
 
Jan
National Science & Technology Forum (Peter B)
3 Mar
Fund-raising dinner/auction for Taveuni Island, Fiji (Ainie +)
Mar
Megan Jaffe Real Estate Golf Tournament (David)
Mar
RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment)
Apr
Decision not to host Soap Box Derby
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators 2017-09-24 11:00:00Z 0
Warning
This report contains words and information some members may find disturbing!!!
 
Graeme opened by explaining the Prostate Cancer Foundation in NZ has been in existence for around 20 years and started as a voluntary organisation.  Around five years ago the Board made a strategic decision to establish a National office in Auckland.  The original team of two has now grown to six.  The Foundation deals not just with Prostate Cancer (known as an ‘older men’s disease’) but also Testicular Cancer (‘younger men’s disease’).  To generate awareness of Testicular Cancer, for the first time this year the “Go Balls Out” campaign was rolled out.  The campaign asked the public to create cock and ball maps across the New Zealand landscape by using an exercise app such as MapMyWalk.  Once the walk (aka cock and ball masterpiece) was created, the idea was to take a screenshot of it and share this with the hashtag #goballsout and tag goballsout.org.nz.  Thanks to social media the campaign went viral (reaching 190 countries) and created superb awareness of this particular cancer which kills more young Kiwi men than any other cancer.  (We dare you to Click onto the link for more...)
Guest Speaker Graeme WoodsideCEO Prostate Cancer Foundation Robyn Ingram 2017-09-24 11:00:00Z 0
Red Nose Day coincides with Thursday 28th September meeting.  We encourage members to wear "red" to show their support.
Dress Notes for this Week 2017-09-17 12:00:00Z 0
Alan Smith attended Future Leaders Forum and described it as an outstanding event where he was able to listen to inspiring speakers on a number of interesting yet specific topics, and then to discuss this with the other participants using a "World Cafe" table discussion format.
 
Beryl and Colin made mention of the fact that the format of the Rotary Symposium weekend was an example of the positive change that is occurring within Rotary at present.  Beryl was involved on the committee that created Future Leaders a few years ago at the Brisbane Rotary Institute, bring and establishing the highly successful initiative back in New Zealand. Now it is all moving to a new stage as is Rotary and this is explained further at   http://www.rotaryoceania.zone/Stories/the-challenge-is-change
Opportunity and Change 2017-09-14 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 09, 2017
Club member Simon Jones took the floor to tell our guests about Sam Lucas and his Onja project.  We can report that Simon's presentation generated some strong interest and comments from special visitor John Hewko (General Secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundationand some of the other influential Rotarians.
 
Showcasing Onja 2017-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of St Johns very proudly hosted many international Rotary guests (and extra's from around Auckland) at our recent 'full house' evening meeting.  
 
Setting the tone for the evening was the Kapa Haka group from Glen Taylor School.  Resplendent in their new uniforms, they gave a strong performance and the boys Haka was thoroughly enjoyed by our international guests. It was great to hear from their Principal (and club member) Chris Herlihy, who cleverly took the opportunity to promote the schools big raffle.
 
This performance was followed by students from St Piux X Catholic School who sang beautifully, accompanying themselves on guitar. They started with a well know kiwi classic (Ten Guitars) and also sang a Tongan number, in celebration of Tongan language week. It is always a delight to host students and staff from this school.
Best 'Hosting' Club in the Biosphere 2017-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robyn Ingram
Henning has sent us an update (via FaceBook Messenger)
 
Good Day, here I’m again!
I arrived good in Germany, but missed one flight in Dubai, so I arrived few hours later than I expected.  After that I did do an internship for four weeks at an carpentry company, but they didn’t want to take me, so I called at one day with 20 companies to get an apprenticeship training position as soon as possible.  And one company said that I could come around the next day to talk with the boss.
News from Henning (RYE Student) Robyn Ingram 2017-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robyn Ingram
We were honoured to host a very large party of visiting Rotarian’s who were in Auckland to attend the Rotary Symposium taking place primarily at Waipuna Lodge from 8-10 September.  The symposium combined two events, ‘Institute’ and ‘Future Leaders Seminar’.
 
‘Institute’ is an annual event where each Rotary International Director convenes a meeting of senior leaders in Zone (past, present and incoming) to share information, ideas and resources, build new connections and reacquaint with old friends, and exchange ideas about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
 
The ‘Future Leaders’ seminar was open to any Rotarian wanting to learn more about Rotary from a leadership perspective. The symposium was preceded by pre-Institute events including Governor-Elect and Governor-Nominee training, Governors Forum and the best little club in the Biosphere (St John’s) hosting a joint meeting.

Our guest speaker was Rotary Foundation Trustee Mike Webb from England.  To open, Mike told us his Rotary Club meets in the village of Cheddar, and how Cheddar (the Village) got its name.  He then went on to talk about the Rotary Foundation. 
Mike Webb - Rotary Foundation Trustee Robyn Ingram 2017-09-08 12:00:00Z 0
Club members were happy to support the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Awareness Week collection over the weekend.
 
Pictured are Donald and Alan in action outside New World Stonefields (the best supermarket in the biosphere).
 
Club Members on MS Collection Duty 2017-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Following a Doodle Poll, the date for the next Combined Committee Meetings will be Monday 11 September, 6:30pm at Remuera Golf Course Clubrooms.
Combined Committee Meetings 2017-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
In support of the Mental Health Foundation, an "elite" group of club members enjoyed a wine tasting hosted at the Ingram Residence on Saturday evening. Superb wines were provided by Roger Garrett who divided us into four teams and coached us through a challenging game to see which team was best at identifying each wine's country of origin, grape variety, age and alcohol content.  
 
The teams, aptly named:  Que Syrah Syrah; Wineskis, Wine Knot and Gewurty Old Men grew amazingly more confident as the evening progressed!  The Wineskis unexpectedly won the evening with a last minute run on the reds. 
 
The funds Roger makes from these special wine tastings are part of his commitment to the Kilimanjaro Challenge 2017. Roger is one of 25 individuals registered for this 12 day adventure, culminating in a climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro.  Led by Ultramarathon Runner, Mal Law (who has partnered with the Mental Health Foundation) each individual registered is set a fundraising target of $4,000. Collectively (so far) the group have raised over $100,000 for the Mental Health Foundation. Departure date for the challenge is September 13.  We look forward to hearing back from Roger on how this epic adventure goes.  
www.inspiredadventures.co.nz
Wine Tasting for a Great Cause 2017-09-02 12:00:00Z 0
Motutapu Island Planting and Nursery Work 2017-08-25 12:00:00Z 0
The exuberant, energised and youthful Chloe Swarbrick was our guest speaker this week.  Chloe came to our notice last year when at age 22, she decided to run for the Auckland Mayoralty.  Why?  Because after interviewing the top four candidates for a radio show, she was genuinely uninspired by their vision and then got "really worked up" when she learned that voter turnout was sitting at only 34%.  
 
A quick google search on "How to Run for Mayor" told her what she needed to do and thus began her political experiment to see if she could get more people engaged in the campaign and actually turning out to vote.  Despite joining the race much later than the other candidates, Chloe came in third with 30,000 votes.

Her back story: Chloe attended Epsom Girls Grammar, but disenchanted with High School, left in Year 12 and went to University of Auckland one year earlier than normal. Stating she "likes to rush through things" Chloe fast tracked a six-year conjoint Bachelor of Arts (in Philosophy) and Law into just four-and-a-half years.
 
Chlöe Swarbrick - Green Party Candidate Robyn Ingram 2017-08-24 12:00:00Z 0
From an email...
 
Hello,  My name is Jessie Alison and I was the recipient of the Peter McKenzie Scholarship via Glendowie College in 2007.  Being a decade ago now, I thought to write and keep you updated!  The Scholarship went towards my first year of studies at the University of Auckland in 2008 where I studied Commerce.  After this, I took a few years off studies and for personal reasons moved to Whangarei, Northland. 
Jessie Alison - Recipient of Peter McKenzie Scholarship Jessie Alison 2017-08-24 12:00:00Z 0
Our team  arrived safely in Fiji and are already hard at work.  
 
Pictured (left), Past President Ainie Kwok at the resident of Geoff Amos (President of Taveuni Rotary Club and one of our guest speakers last week).  
 
Also pictured (right) is the Teacher's House the team are currently painting (interior and outside).   Awesome work everyone!  Look out for their updates on Facebook.
Taveuni Update 2017-08-20 12:00:00Z 0
A few of our club members attended The Annual Musical Gala Concert by Glendowie College. It was held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell and the acoustics at the venue enhanced the superb, entertaining and highly talented performances from Glendowie students.
 
One of the solo pianist's was Deanna Louis, president of the Interact Club. Deanna is in Year 12 and is a very talented, and organised young woman. She is a good communicator and a potential leader for the School. Deanna performed “La Plus Que Lente” by Claude Debussy. She is also a percussionist in the concert band. Definitely a future leader in the making!
Glendowie College Annual Musical Gala Concert Ainie Kwok 2017-08-11 12:00:00Z 0
August is Membership Month, which means it’s time to celebrate St Johns Rotary, our members, and the good we do in our community and around the world.
 
There are many ways to join in the celebration, but here are a few activities to get you started:
 
  • Say it loud, say it proud! Tell others you are a Rotarian and why. Bring a guest.
  • Watch and share. Learn more about Rotary but also your stories from projects inspire others.
  • Exchange ideas.  Have your ideas turned into action though your committee.
  • We Are Rotary. Rotary is an activity in your daily life. 
  • It’s now or never. If you have ever though … maybe I should have gone along then put your hand up and take part next time.
  • Make a Difference.  A little or a lot, every contribution is valued.
  • What does Rotary mean to you? Be active to make sure you are getting value from being a member.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook to see what Rotary members around the world are doing to celebrate Membership Month.
Be proud 2017-08-10 12:00:00Z 0
 
Talk with us about:
  • Jobs and training
  • Affordable housing
  • New social and private homes
  • Parks and Reserves
  • Roads and infrastructure
Glen Innes:  Thursday 7 September, Te Oro, 98 Line Road
4:00pm – 7:00pm
 
Let's Shape Tamaki Together 2017-08-09 12:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 01, 2017
Hi All
 
Since the last update almost two months ago now I have been stuck in Antananarivo, the capital city, mainly waiting for information from the government.  It's been a little frustrating but has also given me a chance to work on many of the smaller things that I have not got around to doing. 
 
Key Progress: 
  • Hiang, one of our former web teachers in NZ has improved our website onja.org so that we can now accept donations.  This was much more work than I anticipated and Hiang did a great job.  She is a computer science graduate currently looking for a job in IT in case anyone knows of any openings!
Onja - Project Update Sam Lucas 2017-07-31 12:00:00Z 0
10 Aug  An exciting TBA.  Watch the Bulletin for updates
17 Aug  Malini Raghwan (District Governor) and Geoffrey Amos (Taveuni, Fiji)
24 Aug  Chloe Swarbrick (Green Party list candidate)
31 Aug  Raewynne Jacobs (Foundation North previously as the ASB Community Trust)  Foundation North provide the main funding for the Manaiakalani Education Trust which the schools our club supports are part of.
7 Sep     Rotary Institute Hosting 40 international Rotary delegates
Speakers to look forward to... Robyn Ingram 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
Tricia has been a member of St John’s Rotary almost six months and reports very much enjoying being part of the best little Rotary Club in the Biosphere. 
 
Tricia has worked at Sacred Heart College for 19 years, 15 of those years in her current position as Fees Manager (Finance Department).  She is in charge of collecting school and boarding fees and also works closely with families in their school community who need financial assistance.
Guest Speaker – Tricia Gerrard Robyn Ingram 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
19 Aug  Dove Hospice Garage Sale 8:00 am until 12 noon – this sale takes place every third Saturday of the month at their Distribution Centre, Corner of Eric Paton Way & Elizabeth Knox Place, Glen Innes.  Rotary volunteers always happily utilised to assist with the sale.
 
19 Aug  Taveuni House building team departs for Fiji
 
20 Aug  Tree Planting and Nursery work on Motutapu
 
1-2 Sep MS Society Street Appeal – collection at New World, Stonefields
 
2 Sep     Motutapu Makeover (working on the bunker, small team required)
Upcoming Events Robyn Ingram 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
Soap Box Derby on Stonefields Avenue, Stonefields
8 April
Our club has been invited to take over this annual event from Auckland East club.  This is a very popular, fun, family focused community and school event.  Have a look at this promotional video to get an idea of how “big” this event already is:  https://www.facebook.com/Auckland-East-Rotary-108550902498374
 
Rotary Ramble
Dates TBA
New event offered to us in conjunction with three other clubs.  The ramble is promoted as a cross between a ‘treasure hunt’ and an ‘amazing race’ where teams get to explore the City whilst competing for prizes.  Currently being successfully run in Perth.  President Peter will have more information soon.
Exciting New Events Robyn Ingram 2017-07-26 12:00:00Z 0
We are delighted to report this evening event will be a FULL HOUSE with 106 attending (so no stragglers permitted).  To meet the high ticket demand, tables will be cozy but stretched to seat nine per table.  Please arrive by 6:00 pm to allow time to order drinks and select a table.  Be ready to be seated by 6:25 pm, where to ease catering congestion we will be invited to the buffet table-by-table.
 
This will be a scintillating and entertaining evening featuring NZ's voice of the America's Cup (since 2002) and New Zealand Yachtsman of the year in 1977 and 1987.

For more about Peter Lester, please click the link...
    Peter Lester - The America's Cup from the Inside (Evening, 3 August) Robyn Ingram 2017-07-25 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Robyn Ingram
    Our Club is a great supporter of the RYE programme, hosting every second year.  Our most recent exchange student Henning (from Germany) returned home just last month and many of us miss watching him work his way through three rounds of breakfast!  Henning's hosting families are also enjoying (via Messenger) his cheeky updates on life back at home.  St Johns members who have welcomed and hosted exchange students will be very aware how enriching the hosting experience is.  Other members not in the position to host, have still enjoyed the fun of whisking away our student for weekend excursions; sharing day outings; or simply having "our student" for a meal in their home.
     
    We know this programme is life changing for the students we host, and for the students our District sends out.  We also know that RYE participants are put through a very stringent selection process and are incredibly well prepared for their exchange.  Really sadly, because of the difficulty in securing host clubs and families, RYE District Committee is extremely worried (and somewhat shamed) that the RYE programme is struggling to survive in Auckland. 
    Could Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Be In Danger of Dying Out? Robyn Ingram 2017-07-13 12:00:00Z 0
    Simon is a regular visitor to our club.  Having paid careful attention to Nick’s “snap chat”, Simon suggested he might need Nick’s advice on how to work with difficult leaders (such as Winston Peters).
     
    Since presenting to us last, Simon has married Rachel and gained five children (three of them at home) and one crazy barking dog.  His days of returning from work to a silent house, putting up his feet and watching the history channel have now been replaced with a household where homework takes priority, and teenaged “angst” is very real.
     
    He was delighted to discover we had a team travelling to Taveuni and was able to share that he lived and worked in Taveuni for two years and is well acquainted with Geoff Amos.  He described his time there as being two of the most amazing years of his life!
    Guest Speaker - Simon O’Connor National MP Robyn Ingram 2017-07-12 12:00:00Z 0
    Nick was still in shock from his recent and successful completion of the week long RYLA camp (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  He described the first three days of the camp as full of inspirational speakers from whom he learned interpersonal skills and the nuances of relationship building. 
     
    Thanks to inside knowledge (unwittingly shared with him) he knew he would be forced out of his comfort zone and was not disappointed when Army supervisors called a 3AM muster, broke up previously comfortable groups alliances and allocated camp participants into totally new groups for the journey to Rangitoto.  Nick then reported surviving 22 hours of “forming, storming and performing” physical and mental challenges, all of which were completed whilst totally drenched, thanks to torrential rain. 
    Snap Chat – Nick Goddard Robyn Ingram 2017-07-12 12:00:00Z 0

    Roger is the guest speaker on 20 July. He was was born in South Taranaki 65 years ago, and eventually settled in Auckland in the 1980’s. His Mother created a huge and very beautiful country garden, and it is no coincidence that Roger made his career in the garden and nursery industry. Milne’s Plant Link, a complete plant supply service, was the major focus in the 1990’s, and this business eventually sold in 2006. The sport of rowing keeps the Milnes busy, and Roger was a rowing umpire at the Rio Olympic Games. He has been a Rotarian at Pakuranga for 5 years, and has been managing Trees for Survival for the last 2 1/2. He will give an update on Trees for Survival, and a glimpse of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    Guest Speaker Roger Milne Trees for Survival 2017-07-09 12:00:00Z 0
    It was a beautiful graduation dinner attended by over 150 guests at Willow Park Christian Convention Center. The RYLArians awardees had a warm glow and was clearly elated with their achievement over the 8 days/7 nights camp. Our club was fortunate to be able to send 8 fine young men and women to RYLA and no doubt we will hear from them, including Nick Goddard in the next few months to share their stories and experiences.
    RYLA Graduation Dinner 2017-07-08 12:00:00Z 0
    David finally arrived following high jinks in the sky (thunder and lightning). He meaningfully spoke of how grateful he was of Rotary’s engagement with polio immunisation and eradiation. His late mother contracted polio as 6-month-old baby following a polio vaccination. She did recover, became a Pharmacist and a pro-vaccine supporter. David presented two topics - Charter Schools and Assisted Dying (Euthanasia) Bill. 
     
    David spoke of his passion for Charter Schools and said that following the end of schooling 1 in 4 students are not in employment and pointed out with no education, there are no jobs.  David said New Zealand has the best and worst education system in the OECD. In his view, ACT bought about Charter Schools also termed Partnership Schools. Those currently operating span from a military academy, to project-based inquiry learning, to Steiner and to Maori.  Partnership Schools Policy allows communities, iwi, philanthropists and business organisations to partner with educators to open new innovative schools.  These schools are highly accountable as they contract with the Government to meet specified, rigorous educational standards in return for the freedom to innovate. David mentioned such a school in Albany with small class sizes of 15 students and providing good teacher salaries. It is one of the top ten schools achieving Level 2 NCEA.
     
    David then went on to talk to about the Assisted Dying (Euthanasia) Bill.  He had read the book on Lecretia Seales and believes as a society we’re failing about 25% of the time and said the motivation for this Bill is compassion. It’s about the significant minority of people with terminal illness or who are grievously and irremediably ill, as they anticipate the prospect of intolerable suffering and the indignity of the final few days and weeks of their lives.
     
    Guest Speaker David Seymour MP for Epsom, Leader of ACT Annie Tyson 2017-07-06 12:00:00Z 0
    Greetings from Omaha from David & Jill Stone
    This is an interesting story; one that our honorary member David Stone is passionate about. I am sharing the article with you as I myself finds it interesting and important.
     

    Fondly referred to by some as “Dots’, New Zealand dotterels are appealing little shore birds, their sharp ‘cheep’ call signalling their constant alertness to possible danger. They need to be watchful. Dotterels nest on the ground, where the camouflage of their colouring gives some protection against aerial predators but not against mammals. Camouflage isn’t much of an obstacle to predators with a strong sense of smell.

    The NZ dotterel is endemic to New Zealand and their numbers are threatened and yet they often live and breed in close proximity to human communities. On Omaha Spit in Rodney District, north of Auckland, David Stone, a trustee of the Omaha Shorebird Protection Trust, estimates that the closest housing is now only about 80 metres away from the Shorebird Sanctuary. That’s close – very close! Sections in the adjacent subdivision have been sold and there is constant building activity.

    Dotterels in Omaha Ainie Kwok 2017-07-01 12:00:00Z 0
    Thanks to Phil, we now know that Qantas is one of the oldest airlines in the world (some 98 years in fact) and they have been operating in NZ continuously for over 80 years, two years longer than Air New Zealand!
     
    Via his engaging presentation, we learned that the Qantas Frequent Flyer programme has been running for 30 years this year, and has just under 12 million members with some 10,000 new joins per week.  Phil touched on how points and credits can be earned and utilised via store rewards, or for flights, with 11 airlines to now utilise.
     
    Phil talked about how loyalty programmes have become a huge business, particularly in NZ.  We have three major loyalty programmes in contention:  Fly Buys, AA Smartfuel and Air Points.  There is a lot of movement within these three programmes who battle it out for a staggering $61 million market. 
     
    Guest Speaker Phil Devlin NZ Head of Frequent Flyer at Qantas Robyn Ingram 2017-06-28 12:00:00Z 0

     
    Celebrate we did at the club Changeover!
     
    Above (left to right) is President 2016-2017 Ainie and Club Service Director Peter, our Speaker Coordinator Namrata, President 2017-2018 Peter and our Guest Speaker, Dr Siouxsie Wikes.
     
    The theme for the evening was Green evoked by light with a predominant wavelength of roughly 495–570 nm and representative of growth and nature. Introduced as the "Doctor of Fungus", our Incoming President, Dr Peter Buchanan, revealed an evening that was revealing, fun and very educational; Why? ... well read on ...Peter introduced guests including his family and the theme for the evening of sustainability. To that end the menu was on screen to save a whole lot of paper but there is more ... "payment" for dessert was to be four fingers in a petrie dish and in two weeks it will be revealed who has the fingers with the most bacteria on them from the fungal growth!  Exciting!
     
     
    Green = Growth and Nature; a flourishing club 2017-06-17 12:00:00Z 0

    This week was my last proper school week, because this week I have exam week and not really school. Friday was the day where I was with my mates together at lunch time and had my last ESL lesson. It's kind of sad when you realise that the exchange is almost over and that you are doing things for the last time. I was on the weekend with the other Inbounds on the Selection Weekend, where 9 Outbounds were which want to go this year abroad. The Inbounds hold few Presentations about their Country and at the End 2 Outbounds wanted to go to Germany. In few Weeks we will see who from them two will come to Germany.

     

    Yeah this is my Last week! :( I don't want to leave.

     

    See you at the Changeover Night, my Last night in New Zealand.

     

    Henning

     

    Henning's Fact for the week:

    When Germany won the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it was the first time as a united country. The three previous times, the soccer World Cup was won by West Germany.

     

    Henning's phrase for the week:

    “The last time you're doing something- knowing you're doing it for the last- makes it even more alive then the first.”

     

    -Gloria Naylor

    Henning's Blog 2017-06-11 12:00:00Z 0

    Our June 8th meeting was a well attended and superb evening for outgoing President Ainie Kwok, celebrating completion of an extremely positive and enjoyable year leading the “irreverent” Rotary Club of St John’s.  Ainie opened the evening and expressed gratitude to the club for supporting her through a very busy and successful year.  She explained how she felt she had really grown into the President role; recommended the leadership experience to new members to consider; and personally thanked a number of key mentors who had provided ongoing support and prodigious advice throughout her year as President.  

     

    Proceeds from the evening are to go to the Taveuni Rotary Club in Fiji, specifically to utilise for their many building projects.  Jefferey Amos is the President of the Taveuni Rotary Club.  He presented at this year’s District Conference in May and received a Rotary Legend award.   His approach and commitment is inspirational.  The Taveuni Club do an enormous amount of work for the community which is totally disproportional to their membership (reported at 11 members).  They are supported in this work by other Rotary Clubs in NZ and Australia.  Chris Ward joined us from Rotary Club of Pakuranga and explained how they have been sending working teams to Taveuni for some years.  His PowerPoint outlined the projects they help with and showed photographs of the building work they have completed, rebuilding teachers houses and schools.  It is heart-warming to learn that Rotary is the only organisation rebuilding teachers houses and schools in Taveuni after any disaster.

    Power of One – Special Event Evening Meeting Robyn Ingram 2017-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
    Kevin Roberts former Saatchi & Saatchi World Wide CEO is speaking to Rotary Newmarket on 20th June and we are extending an invitation to all Rotary Clubs to join us.
     
    Kevin is an inspirational speaker and internationally acclaimed marketer, best- selling business author and business man. He is a passionate rugby fan & is in NZ for the Lions tour so we have been fortunate to get him to speak which is one of his few speaking engagements during his trip.
     
    This is a great opportunity to attend, bring your clients or friends.
     
    We have already had registrations from a number of Rotarians from other clubs so I would appreciate if you can advise your members & get them to contact me to register.
     
    We have some spaces left so be quick to respond.
     
    Many thanks
     
    Brian McMath
    Rotary District 9920
    Community & Social Enterprise Group
    Ph:09 2363324
    Mbl: 021 914 439
    Luncheon Invitation with Kevin Roberts by Rotary Newmarket 2017-06-10 12:00:00Z 0
    This is an update email from Geoff Amos, president of Rotary Club of Taveuni.
     
    Hello Ainie
    It seems ages since we met at the Conference. My apologies for not getting back to you sooner. On the Mon after the conference I went to hospital for surgery, came out the next day, took a few days to be active again. We flew back to Taveuni on the Saturday, from there on it has been a race to catch up. We had a week of rain which put our building program for two teachers houses back a week, a call from the hospital to upgrade a doctor's house due to lack of maintenance, blame Min of Health, we are doing the job because we need doctors at the hospital.
    I thought your offer to invite all to your changeover was amazing, unbelievable and incredible. Thank you most sincerely. We do need all the help we can get. The wants are many and varied. However the two most important are our focus on Women's projects and the rebuilding of TC  Winston destroyed classrooms and teachers houses.
    Last Monday the Chairman, Bob Fulton and 3 Directors of Fulton Hogan Hiways flew from Dunedin to Taveuni to be present at the official opening of the Vuna Primary School. This was the first school to be rebuilt after the Cyclone, no Govt help. Our major partners were Fulton Hogan Hiways, RC MOSGIEL and RAWCS/RNZWCS.
    Yes,we would like to work with RC St. John's, we have all sorts of health and educational projects. Let's get started.
    Thank you again, it was very heartening to hear how well your Club is doing.
    With best wishes to you and your members,
    Geoffrey Amos
    Rotary Club of Taveuni Island, Fiji
    "Power of One" Special Evening Meeting 8 Jun 2017 2017-05-28 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Alex McKenzie on May 28, 2017

    Wendy and Alex delivered pencils, pencil sharpeners and rubbers, that the club paid for, to the year 1 children. They were very pleased to receive them.

    We are planning on visiting Mwanahawa and her parents in the next 2 weeks. It is graduation week this week so the staff that arrange home visits are very busy at the moment.

    School of St Judes Alex McKenzie 2017-05-27 12:00:00Z 0
    This week several of the students involved in the Rotary Programmes at Glendowie College came to the club meeting and provided an enthusiastic and very articulate update of their involvement in the Interact Club, RYPEN and the Rotary Science and Technology Forum.  It was very clear that they were grateful for the opportunities provided to them through these programmes and were making the most of these.  Below is a summary of each from the student's perspective.
    Stimulating update on our programmes with Glendowie College 2017-05-25 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted on May 20, 2017
    ‘Onja’ as an organisation is committed to unlocking opportunity to the world’s poor on an unprecedented scale.  Onja is a social enterprise empowering gifted students to code their way out of poverty – Highly intelligent teenagers from extremely poor communities learn to code, increase their earning power by a factor of 25, and later pay forward education...
     
    Ben Lucas is the Founder of Onja and joined St Johns Rotary recently.  He spoke of his vision and the club also became a supporter of this and is exploring whether a Rotary Foundation Global Grant is possible.  The following is a copy of two recent emails that provide the club with an update:
     
    Onja Progress report - helping the world's poorest to code for a new future 2017-05-19 12:00:00Z 0
    Please support our District's program "Trees For Survival". This year, we will be planting on 25 May 2017, 581 Clevedon-Kawakawa Bay Road.  We will be accompanying students from Glendowie Primary School for the day. It is a great day out and a sumptious lunch provided as well as transport to and from Glendowie Primary School. 
     
    Trees For Survival is looking at local planting in the future.
     
    If you have not been involved, please contact Murray Hutchinson (murrayh1@orcon.net.nz)  for more details.
    Trees For Survival 9 Jun 2017 2017-05-16 12:00:00Z 0
    From Geoffrey Amos, president of Rotary Club of Taveuni Island
    To be a vibrant club we need inspirational projects, projects that excite and challenge, build fellowship and enthusiasm in our community and with other clubs.  We aim to achieve $50,000 of projects per member per year. We have a plan, we work our plan, we review and update our plan. We delete completed projects and add new ones.  Last and most important and pressing is the rebuild following Cyclone Winston. The cyclone came out of the blue and changed our project plans. It hit us on 20 Feb 2016. We had every Aid agency, NGO and local and overseas government on the island. Doing what? Fluoro jacket, clipboard, a plastic envelope with ID all asking the same questions, "what do you need, what do you want, what can we do".  One Head Teacher replied, "If you can't see you should not be here, deliver tarpaulins tents food and disappear".
     
    For your information Rotary is the only organisation rebuilding teachers houses and schools. The rest have disappeared to the next disaster. Now is the tough time. 6 months later, little home grown food, replacement crops still being planted, little to sell, virtually no income, financial obligations to village, church and schools not fulfilled - no crops - no income. All schools except one are owned by the communities. Communities provide the houses for teachers. We have 3 teams rebuilding -  support coming from Clubs in NZ & Australia, RNZWCS & RAWCS. We have built 3 teachers houses, a school ablution block and completed a damaged computer/library room.  I would like to read a quote before I finish.  "Being a Rotarian means that if someone needs help and you can give that help. You don't turn your back. You say, I am here for you, I will do whatever I can and I know whatever I do, I know I am not doing it alone, I am doing it with Rotary serving humanity, I am doing it with all of you"
    Taveuni Projects how can we help? 2017-05-15 12:00:00Z 0

    This week I went again to school, did some important things for the last five weeks of my exchange. 

    Friday I drove with the bus up North to Kerikeri, to visit Katrina, a German Exchange Student. During the day we walked through Kerikeri and in the afternoon some Taiaha in front of the Stone Store. 

    I drove in the evening with Belinda (Jonathans (Exchange Student who was in Germany)Mother) to Taipa. During the next two days, we went to Kaitaia, went fishing for one day and relaxed in the beautiful summer weather. 

     

     

    Henning's Fact for the week: 

    Prison escape is not punishable by law in Germany – German law maintains that it’s a basic human instinct to be free and therefore, prisoners have the right to escape jail. Escapes, however, rarely go unpunished because prisoners are held liable if they cause damage to property or inflict bodily harm against any individual upon their breakout. 

     

     

    Henning's phrase for the week: 

    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein 

     

     

    What is Henning up to? 2017-05-14 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Miles Cain
    A huge thank you for your support of our Helping Hands Build. Out team have really enjoyed working with you all, and your contribution has been massive in building this home for the Nikora family. We have also raised almost $100,000 in gifts in kind, sponsorship and cash donations. All has gone towards building this home, and will be recycled back into Habitat over the next 8 years as the family pay for their home and then finally purchase.
     
    Thing is, we haven’t quite finished. So we are looking for anyone who may have time this week Monday15th – Friday 19th to help us complete the internal fit out. Shelving, kitchen, architrave, skirting boards, painting and general finishing all on the menu for anyone willing.
     
    If you have any time, please contact Andrew Baker on 021922007   and let him know when you can help.
     
    I have attached a short video from NZ Herald taken on site this week. Think it says very well what we do, why we do it, and what you have all achieved.
     
    Habitat for Humanity House Build Newmarket Miles Cain 2017-05-13 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Roger Goodman
    The great debate: Moot was "that Donald Trump is the greatest US president of the 21st Century" and the Affirmative was allocated to St Johns Rotary (a bit of a challenge!).
    In the immortal words of our second speaker, Ben “We were definitely of extent, amount, intensity and eminence considerably above Auckland East!” Aka Greatest!
    From the presentation of the affirmative debating team resplendent with red caps emblazoned with “Make America Great Again” and Donaldesuqe hairdos the opposition in frumpy attire had no chance.
    The extent and enormity of the overwhelming evidence of the affirmative case presented with eloquence, panache and flair from statues to statistics and the man’s own diatribe the Case was firmly established and needed no defence!!
     
    The Greatest Debate Roger Goodman 2017-05-08 12:00:00Z 0
    Eleven club members had a fantastic time at the District Conference on the weekend of 5-7 May 2017, but even better the club received the following Awards:
     
    Jack Smallfield Bulletin Award
    Rangitoto Trophy for best contribution to the environment through projects
    ChangeMaker Award - for the club making the greatest positive change over the last Rotary year
     
    A fantastic recognition for a fast growing and very progressive club.
    What achievement! 2017-05-06 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Henning on Apr 24, 2017

    Monday and Tuesday I went to Motat, AKL Museum, Victoria Park Market and many other places in and around the city. I did that to complete the Facebook Easter Challenge which Sue created for me Later last week.

    Allan and Sue were until Wednesday at the South Island for hiking.

    Until they arrived Debbie, my host sister took care of me.

    On the day Allan and Sue arrived I “surprised” the whole Smith family with a German 2 course Menu.

     

    I went after the Thursday morning Rotary meeting to the Ingram's to work there a little bit, to talk with my hostsister and Robyn and to walk the Dog Kobi.

    At Lunch Time I took the Bus to Sylvia Park to meet there some friends from school and to watch “The Fate of the Furious”.

     

    Saturday Morning I watched Zac playing Rugby League, afterwards we drove down to Whangamata to meet there Family from Allan and Sue. We went to the beach, did Buggy boarding and Sunday we just relaxed, because the weather was nasty.

     

    Henning's Fact for the week:

    Karl Marx, the author of the Communist Manifesto, was born in the Rhineland city of Trier and was a keen member of the Trier Tavern Club drinking society (Landsmannschaft der Treveraner).

     

    Henning's phrase for the week:

    “Die Religion... ist das Opium des Volkes” - Karl Marx 1818-1883

    “religion is the opium of the people”

    Henning's Blog School Holidays Henning 2017-04-23 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Roger Goodman on Apr 23, 2017

    x  y  m  o  r  o  n s 


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    1.
       Is it good if a vacuum really sucks?

    2.    Why is the third hand on a watch called the second hand?

    3.   If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?

    4.   If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?

    5.   Why do we say something is out of whack?  What is a whack?

    6.   Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?

    7.
       Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?

    8.   Why do "tug" boats push their barges?

    9.  Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?

    10.   Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?

    11.   Why is it called "after dark" when it is really "after light"?

    12.  Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected?

    13.   Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?

    14. 
     Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things?

    15.   Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?

    16.   If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it?

    17.   If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?

    18.   If  love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?

    19.   If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right?

    20.   Why is bra singular and panties plural?

    21.  Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?

    22.
       Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?

    23.   How come abbreviated is such a long word?

    24.  Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?

    25.   Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

    26.   Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one?

    27.   Christmas - What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?

    28.  Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?  I dunno, why do we?

    Keep smiling Roger Goodman 2017-04-22 12:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Apr 04, 2017
    This is a small update for Rotary members to track Onja's progress. I intend to send one out every few months, detailing our progress and key challenges. 
     
    Key Progress: 
     
    • I presented at 5 rotary clubs in New Zealand over the past couple of months, and am now a member of the st Johns club! 
    • We are now working towards an international rotary grant through the st Johns club. Rotary New Market have quite extensive experience in creating international grants and have indicated their willingness to help out where needed. 
    • I spoke about Onja at my local church too, and a professional videographer who heard me speak offered to help. He made a this short video to supplement the crowdfunding video: https://vimeo.com/209855616
    • We've almost completed a 25 page proposal that we can serve as a base for the international grant proposal, and for information for donors.
    • I had a little bit of time off in New Zealand, and managed to go surfing once a week or so!
    Key Challenges: 
    • I've just landed in San Francisco, the idea being to continue fundraising here. I'm hoping to speak at rotary clubs and also talk with companies, and individual donors. I have very little in the way of connections to kick this process off. Simon Jones is working on a connection through rotary, but if anyone else has any personal connections to rotarians, or other people around San Francisco who might just be a lead to something then please let me know!
    Many thanks to you all, 
    Onja Update with Sam Lucas 2017-04-03 12:00:00Z 0
    Loren O'Sullivan from Neustros Pequeños Hermanos New Zealand (NPHNZ)
     
    Loren is the Director of Neustros Pequeños Hermanos New Zealand (NPHNZ), which is Spanish for ‘Our Little Brothers & Sisters’ – an organisation that helps over 3000 throughout Latin America who have been orphaned, abused or abandoned.  They support nine orphanages through fundraising initiatives in New Zealand, by providing education, healthcare and homes.  Loren is a former teacher who chose a posting in Honduras, where she stayed for two years teaching middle school English.  On her return to New Zealand, Loren resumed teaching for a year before she realised working for NPH was what she really wanted to do, knowing first-hand how donations can help.  "In my mind, I was like, this is only a dollar, and we can give a healthy snack to 20 of my students, who would then focus better in class and have more energy during the day."
    Speaker of the week - Loren O'Sullivan 2017-04-02 12:00:00Z 0
     
    Starring:  Larry Morris, Fiona McDonald, Shane Cortese, Mike Chunn, Peter Urlich, Jordan Luck and many more will be taking the stage, to celebrate difference and recognize talent and courage with songs like -  I Feel Good, Why Does Love Do This To Me, Let’s Think Of Something, Stuff And Nonsense, Blackbird, Rust In My Car.
     
     We aim to, not only raise community awareness for Autism but, to also provide funds for Autism NZ’s Employment Program a program that assists people with autism to find suitable, paid employment in mainstream settings.
     
    Venue:            Sacred Heart College Auditorium, 250 West Tamaki Rd, Glendowie
    Date:               Saturday 13 May 2017
    Time:               6pm for festive family food and refreshments (cash)
                              7pm Doors for show (with intermission concludes by 10pm)
    Emcee:            Shane Cortese
    Tickets:           Eventfinda $45 Adults $25 Children
     
    Get the full story @:
     
    Get your tickets @
     
    This is a family friend concert you won't want to miss - so please support it and spread the word.
     
    Supported by; Coast FM, NZ Rockshop, Eventfinda.
     
    Kind regards
    Debbie Little                                                             Neil Swanney
    027 533 2548                                                            Rotary Newmarket
    debbielittle@playitstrange.org.nz                    nswanney@outlook.com
    We are One - A Concert for Autism 2017-03-30 11:00:00Z 0
    The RC of Harbourside is hosting an International Dinner on Wednesday 5 April at the Remuera Club, 27-33 Ohinerau St, Remuera to celebrate the birth and development of Rotary. Their chosen country this year is the USA with a theme of Gatsby Style to celebrate the centenary of The Rotary Foundation. It will be a fun evening and it would be great if you and some of your members can support President Harjeet and his club. A flyer is attached and payment details are outlined below:
     
    Anyone interested may register attendance with Helen Parker:-   hparker@orcon.net.nz 
    including names of those attending please.
     
    And please pay directly into our Auckland Harbourside club account - referencing a name:-
    ANZ 01 102 00687309 00
     
    Please support this and respond directly to Helen Parker.
    Centenary Dinner Rotary Foundation by Harbourside 2017-03-29 11:00:00Z 0
    Our "Have A Go!" Sailing Program continues with Glen Innes School and we have been fortunate to have Gavin Gilmer assisting us deliver this amazing program. Here is an account of the day with Glen Innes School by Gavin.
     
    The group was supported by Aimie (one of their teachers)throughout the two days , however the principal Jono and the deputy were there on the first day. The training was conducted by Reuben from Yachting NZ.
     
    The kids were very apprehensive and cautious of the water but after Reuben told them about the importance of wearing life jackets they felt more confident . They were taught about the basic parts of the Oppie and showed how to rig them. This was also tested on the second day to see what they remembered.
    They were paired up into two kids an Oppie and instructed on three particular sail settings and basic wind direction
    After sailing in the shelter of the marina they were showed how to right the yachts after capsizing them.This exercise soon became a favourite as they (students)requested to do this on the second day as well.
    Venturing into the channel was daunting as the water was a lot rougher , but many of them wanted to do it again on the second day.
     
    Have A Go! Sailing Program with Glen Innes Gavin Gilmer 2017-03-28 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Mar 28, 2017
    A truly fun filled weekend for 68 students from all over Auckland. Thanks to all the club members, George Wilson, Peter Wilcock, Hilary Prior, Jon Atkinson, Mike Turner and Todd Hanlon. Not forgetting our sponsor Lolliesonline (http://lolliesonline.co.nz/) for the jellybeans and chocolates given to the students in their pack on arrival.
     
    All your efforts and enthusiasm have made RYPEN 2017 Willow Park possible after the cancellation of Camp Adair a week before. We managed to pull through a program within 24 hours and at the end of the camp, to see the smiles and gratitudes from the students - absolutely magical.  See you all at RYPEN 2018.
    RYPEN 2017 Willow Park Ainie Kwok 2017-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
    Megan Jaffe Fundraising Golf Day 2017-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok
    Over the weekend, we hosted 68 students from all high schools and colleges in Auckland to a 2 day RYPEN Camp.
     
    The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Youth Leadership over a weekend long camp for Year 12 and 13 students, aged between 14 - 17 years old, designed at developing young people’s potential through a mixture of lecture style sessions and adventure-based learning.
     
    RYPEN is designed for students who are seen as the upcoming leaders in your school, not those students who are already leading and achieving amazing things or those at the bottom end, but those students who just need a bit of a push and a confidence boost to start achieving at their full potential.
     
    RYPEN has as its principal aim, to communicate to young people taking part in the program a series of ideas, problems and social experiences which will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards and allow them to broaden their horizons culturally, socially and academically. Nothing is forced upon the young people – they are free to discuss and interpret what they experience and above all, the Rotarians or Leaders who are involved in running the conference do not patronise them.
     
    RYPEN " Unmasked Palm Oil" Ainie Kwok 2017-03-27 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Tom Street on Mar 23, 2017
    Attention : Seeking applications for RYLA 2017.
     
    • The week long course is open to anyone aged 20 – 28 with the desire to be a leader of the future, the will to invest in their own growth and the passion to be the best they can. You will need to be fit and active to complete this course.
    • RYLA candidates to submit their application  by 31st March – forms available on www.ryla.co.nzand submit to stjohnsryla@gmail.com
    • Interviews to take place April 18th
    • Candidates confirmed early May
    • RYLA camp July 1st to 8th.
     
    Seeking RYLA Candidates Tom Street 2017-03-22 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Mar 13, 2017

    This Friday Zac (grandson of Allan and Sue) came around to stay over night at our home. 

    So I played with Zac at Saturday, what I really enjoyed. We played rugby, played with Lego, with Carerra and other stuff. Tonight I went early to bed, because the next day I woke up at 5:45 am to get picked up by a friend at Greenlane at 6:30 am. We drove to Albany to attend the Colour Run with other Exchange Students from D9910 and D9920. It was so much fun, we walked 5k and got every 1k colour thrown in the “face” and at the end there was a big Party with more Colour! 

     

    At the evening Zac and Renee came around for dinner. 

     

    Henning's Fact for the week: 

    Germany was once a cluster of small kingdoms, duchies and principalities – which were unified as the German Reich (Deutsches Reich) in 1871. Later it became the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich (National Socialism), and in 1949 the nation divided into the Soviet-supported East Germany (German Democratic Republic) and the democratic West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany). On October 3rd 1990, East and West were reunited. 

     

     

    Henning's phrase for the week: 

    What is the sunshine for nature is the colours for our environment. 

     

    Henning's Blog 2017-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Mar 13, 2017
    Members of our Club pit their intellects against teams from the Glenfield Rotary Club Quiz Night yesterday. "Steelers" came in 2nd overall. Thanks to Emma Stuart who came up with the name, Steele Gibson and Namrata.
    Rotary Club of Glenfield Quiz Night 2017-03-12 11:00:00Z 0
    We all know that NZ economy is dominated by small firms and this week, we will hear from young man Jimmy Li, co-founder of MyTuition. Jimmy together with Roy Lin will explain how the company helps students through the challenge of high school succeed academically by connecting high school students with high achieving university students who have recently been through what these young students are going through and then work behind the scenes to make sure everything is on track. This is a model of mentorships and help bridge the knowledge and experience gap between generations and tutoring is a great way to do that.
     
    Upcoming Speaker 2017-03-11 11:00:00Z 0
    We are the greatest!  People are flocking to our membership because of this but there is more to our club than that.  We WANT people just to know more about us because, yes we like new members, but also YES we like people to support our projects by taking part, to be sponsors and to refer others to us.
     
    You can help very easily!  Really, it is so easy.
     
    First you 'Like' our club Facebook page - even if you have Facebook and don't use it much / at all.  To do this click on the big blue " f " to the left.
    Second, as you see posts from the club - and they will be interesting - you can 'Share' these (the 'Share' is at the bottom of each post) and, this is important, if you can just add your own personal 'take' or thoughts about the post to the top - all will be obvious when you do this.
     
    In Sharing you are telling a whole new bunch of people about our club and because the Share comes from you, they will read it because the trust YOU. 
    You can do it - really you can! 2017-03-10 11:00:00Z 0

    Dear Rotary friends,

    I hope you’ve all been enjoying the summer!

    Since I left in August, I travelled through Russia and eastern Europe, arrived in Oxford and promptly got lost in my new house (which has parts dating back to the 11th century) I joined the ballroom dancing team and competed at Blackpool (probably the most famous ballroom in the world). 

    I started rowing with my college novice crew, which came 2nd out of 62 crews in the novice regatta and was afterwards drafted into the M1 senior college boat. We just rowed at Henley two weeks ago, and have our big Oxford races (Torpids) this week.

    I also joined what turns out to be the top student a cappella group in the UK (Out of the Blue Oxford), and went on a 2 week UK tour with them, running singing workshops in schools and performing all over England. Rather a surprise given I hadn’t sung in public before coming here!

    On a different note, I figured that I’d gotten my bad luck out of the way early: after a (literal) team of friends managed to get my road bike here from NZ, it was stolen 33 hours after arriving in England, and after a hard decision to invest a lot of my remaining savings in replacing it, when I withdrew the money for it my bank card was hacked and my savings emptied!

     

    The Oxford community and the Rhodes community within it are absolutely lovely and supportive and friendly. Part of me was definitely concerned that it would be awash with aristocratic and snobbish people, but I haven’t found that at all (with some notable exceptions). Everyone has been hugely welcoming (within a day of having my card emptied my college chaplain, college, the Rhodes trust and a number of my friends had offered to lend me money to get through!), and it is fascinating listening to others’ backgrounds and points of view.

    I’ve been remiss with Rotary, and haven’t gotten around to meeting the clubs over here yet, but I will look forward to exploring them in 2017.

    I hope everyone is well back home, and enjoying the summer! I have enjoyed keeping up with the notices, and following a little of what has been happening. My invitation is certainly open for the next 3 years, if anyone is visiting nearby, I would love to show you around some of the special places I have found in Oxford.

     

    Best wishes, Oscar
    How is Oscar Lyons doing in UK? Oscar Lyons 2017-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
    This week was a special week, I have only less than 4 months until I go back to Germany and I changed Thursday my Family, I went from the Peach's to the Smith's. We ate at this evening all together a lovely dinner at Smith's place. Allan's and Sue's grandson Zach took also part.
    The evening before Heather and Blair cooked for us (Gran, Heather, Blair and me) a lovely dinner with a really tasty tarte with macaroon base with chocolate and raspberry filling.
    It was good that I got Sue and Allan already to know, when I came to them.
    Saturday I flew with them to Nelson to visit there their friends, who lived in Nelson since 6 weeks.
    Henning's Blog 2017-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
    Kevin Kevany you SO deserve your Paul Harris Fellowship!. .. in recognition of years of committed service to the Rotary Club of St Johns, our community and our projects. You're the best MC and a true friend to so many people.
    Paul Harris Fellowship Toni Millar 2017-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
    It was a special evening with the Club welcoming Roger, Liz, Muriel and Ruth to our Club. I look forward to getting to know you and welcome you to the Club.
    New Members Induction 2017-03-05 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by tom st on Mar 03, 2017
    Attention : Seeking applications for RYLA 2017.
     
    • The course is open to anyone aged 20 – 28 with the desire to be a leader of the future, the will to invest in their own growth and the passion to be the best they can. You will need to be fit and active to complete this course.
    • RYLA candidates to submit their application  by 31st March – forms available on www.ryla.co.nz
    • Interviews to take place during April
    • Candidates confirmed early May
    • RYLA camp July 1st to 8th
     
    Seeking RYLA Candidates tom st 2017-03-02 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Peter Buchanan on Feb 27, 2017
    Following my motor-scooter accident last Monday 20th, I've had one operation to install an external fixative (scaffolding) that holds the leg, ankle, and foot in alignment.  But the real operation needed is internal, and this can only occur once the swelling reduces.  I was scheduled to have that operation today, but that plan was postponed this morning - until tomorrow or maybe Wednesday 1 March.  The swelling is still evident.
     
    Knowing that I'll need 2-3 days post-operation in hospital, I beginning to doubt if I will be out of hospital on Friday. So in the meantime, I am keeping myself busy electronically and reading.
    Update Peter Buchanan 2017-02-26 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Feb 26, 2017
    Sam is a clever, qualified engineer who is focussed and passionate about supporting disadvantaged young people in Madagascar. Sam is the founder of Onja (translated as ‘waves’ in the Madagascar language of Malagasy),a non-profit organisation that teaches English and computer programming to Madagascar's high achieving, disadvantaged young people then offers them outsourcing work. Sam had previously volunteered as an English teacher in Cambodia five years ago and saw no employment opportunities for young people.  One year after this, Sam and two former students and Sam’s friends set up web sites for the international market. 
     
    So why Madagascar? The country is twice the size of New Zealand with 22 million people with 92% of the population living in extreme poverty.  The country has low costs and good internet meaning it is reliable and affordable.  Sam lived in a rural Malagasy village for a year and now speaks Malagasy.  
    Guest Speaker Sam Lucas Founder Onja Nonprofit Organisation Annie Tyson 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Annie Tyson on Feb 26, 2017
    Welcome to Tricia Gerrald, Fee Manager at Sacred Heart College. Tricia works with families who struggle financially. Tricia had been thinking about joining a community group for quite some time. The decision to join our Club was cemented when she watched the commitment of the Rotary members in the pouring rain at last year’s Stonefields’ fair followed by shopping at New World Stonefields and saw the Rotary Club of St Johns flag!
     
    New Member Induction Annie Tyson 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Annie Tyson
    Nick has had a very interesting life as a young fella growing up in Port Moresby, PNG for the first 6 years of his life with his expat parents.   He attended Victoria Primary, Remuera Intermediate and Auckland Boys Grammar then completed a law degree at Otago University…then he left law as he hated it!   Not knowing anything about his next job, he became an Estimator at a demolition company which he was passionate about. He then decided to pursue a Master’s in Business Management while continuing to work part time. That didn’t work out so Nick resigned and is now a full time student while figuring out what he wants to do next.
     
    Snap Chat Nick Goddard Annie Tyson 2017-02-25 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Peter Buchanan
    President Elect Peter Buchanan presented the Club's objectives and plan for 2017/18 titled ' Looking Ahead To: 1 July 2017 – 30 June 2018.    Peter provided some background to the establishment of a new committee - the 'Environment and Science Committee'. Peter referred to Ian Riseley, Rotary International President-Elect and the  2017/18 presidential theme of Rotary: Making a Difference stating that ''the time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern.   It is, and must be, everyone’s''.
     
    The new vision includes a new committee setup "Environment & Science" which amongst other projects will be:
    Environment - Acting Locally
    Restore Motutapu Island - weeding, planting, renovation and painting
    Restore Waiatarua Reserve - annual planting
    Clean up Tamaki beaches
    School involvement in Trees for Survival Program
     
    Environment - Acting Globally
    Our club is also one of the first few clubs to be inducted into The Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG).
    http://esrag.org/
     
    Sciences
    National Science & Technology Forum - D9920 coordination
    Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka Awards - Auckland Region coordination
     
    Rotary Club of St Johns 2017/18 Plan Peter Buchanan 2017-02-19 11:00:00Z 0

    Only two days left, until I must go after 3 months holidays again to school.

    Monday I arrived in Auckland from my trip to Taupo and Whangamata, and Tuesday I prepared myself for school and I went to the Barber. The next day I woke up at 7am and went with the bus to school to find out that the school starts Thursday. So I drove back and had then a full day with relaxing in front of me.

    The last two days of the school week I found out that a friend of mine is driving with the same bus to school.

    I got this year two new subject: Hospitality (cooking) and Outdooreducation (doing crazy sports).

    At the weekend I cooked the German dishes “Maultaschensuppe” and “Schwarzwaelderkirschtorte” for my guestfamily.

    I also went to a BBQ from a Inbound, what was a nice opportunity to meet her and her friends.Monday morning I went with my mum to Waiheke to visit the “headlands sculpture on the gulf” walk. It was pretty nice to see the different Art sculptures!

    Henning's Blog Part 3 2017-02-19 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Feb 19, 2017

    Sam Lucas is a talented, recently qualified engineer who is focussed and passionate about supporting disadvantaged young people in Madagascar.

    Sam is the founder of Onja, a non profit organisation that teaches English and computer programming to Madagascar's most intelligent, disadvantaged young people then offers them outsourcing work. 

    Read about Sam Lucas:

     http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/88099952/Kiwi-social-entrepreneur-braves-it-all-to-teach-Madagascan-children-to-code

    Upcoming Speaker - Sam Lucas Ainie Kwok 2017-02-18 11:00:00Z 0

    Dear fellow Rotarians,

    Rotary will be partnering with other service organizations in an International Week of Service, 25-31 March 2017. All over the world, volunteers like you are working to improve their communities. In the spirit of Rotary Serving Humanity, I ask you to invite another local service group to volunteer with you. Information and resources for this event can be found at weekofservice.org. Visit the International Week of Service 2017 Facebook event page to RSVP and see what other clubs are planning.

    Organizations participating in this event include: Lions Clubs International, Rotary International, Optimist International, Junior Chamber International, Kiwanis International, Moose International, Soroptimist, Y’s Men International, Pilot International, and Sertoma Inc.

    To participate, your club can work with one or more other area service groups to do something together for your community. They can join you in a pre-planned event, or you can plan a new event together. Find a fellow service organization in your community here. Share your photos and videos at weekofservice.org, on the event page, and on social media using #weekofservice2017. To promote your activities locally, we’ve provided you with a customizable press release.

    This event will help us to promote all of our organizations, highlight membership opportunities, and reinforce the importance of doing good in the world. It’s a chance for our volunteers to forge lasting relationships and creating the potential for future joint projects. Your participation will also achieve one of the service goals listed in my presidential citation.

    I hope you’ll join me in what promises to be a unique, important opportunity to better your community.

    Sincerely,

    John F. Germ
    President, Rotary International 2016-17

    Rotary International Week of Service  2017-02-18 11:00:00Z 0
    I wanted to thank you and St Johns Rotary for the generous contribution to the Queenstown $10 challenge for Cure Kids. I am so proud to be personally competing in the challenge both as the Cure Kids CEO and as a St Johns Rotary member.  My participation wouldn't be possible , without your generous support. On behalf of Cure Kids and personally, I am so grateful, thank you.

    Yours sincerely, Frances Benge, Cure Kids CEO, 📞+64 21 976003
    Thank You from CureKids 2017-02-18 11:00:00Z 0
    Habitat for Humanity, St Cuthbert's College and Rotary Club of Newmarket have partnered to build a home for a deserving family in housing need. This unique build, in the centre of Newmarket, is over a three week period from 3 April 2017 and provides an opportunity for local businesses and the general public to join together to build a healthy and affordable home, and highlight the innovative ways that a community can come together and support those in need.
     
    YOU can support this by buying a ticket to a very special fundraising evening:
    Join Rotary Club of Newmarket at The Gatsby 2017-02-15 11:00:00Z 0
    Curekids $10 Queenstown Challenge 29 Mar 2017 Ainie Kwok 2017-02-11 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Feb 11, 2017
    Glenfield Rotary is starting afresh and with a fast growing membership and to keep the momentum going we are investing in a number of exciting projects including the youth in our area.  To do this we have an exciting fundraiser for you to enjoy:
     
    This is proving popular with approx. 10 table’s sold and I encourage St Johns Rotary to try round a team of 8 (or 4) together and enter a team.We will have individual spots if anyone would like to join on the night but can't get a team together.
    Date: 13th March 2017
    Time: 6.30pm onwards
    Venue: The Postmans Leg Bar and Restaurant, 43 Downing St, Glenfield.
    Cost: $120 table of 4, $200 for table of 8, or $30 individual.
     
    Many kind regards, Anil Nathoo - President, Rotary Glenfield, 021435869  (Anil is a Past President of St Johns Rotary)
    Glenfield Rotary fundraiser Ainie Kwok 2017-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

    Directly after we arrived at home from Great Barrier Island we went to Meadowbank Train Station to pick up Hilke, a Scout from Germany.

    The next 2 days we went to Devonport to explore the Suburb and to go swimming and to eat finaly Fish and Chips. The other day we met us with Joe (a Scout from Kenya, who I met at the Jamboree) to go in the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The Museum was pretty good, but wasn't good as Te Papa in Wellington. Afterwards we ate some nice stuff.

    Henning's Blog Part 2 2017-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
    Guest Speaker James MacAvoy Ainie Kwok 2017-02-10 11:00:00Z 0

    We have been fortunate to have visitors this week from Columbia Central Rotary Club, Kennewick, Washington. Linda is the incoming ADG 2017/2018 and with husband Jim, they are here in NZ touring our beautiful islands and staying with fellow members of the Rotary International  Travel and Hosting Fellowship.

    Check out the website if you are interested https://www.ithf.org/

    Both of them  commented after the meeting "We very much enjoyed your Club this morning. Folks were very hospitable, and the program was totally engaging." Thank you Linda & Jim and hope you will discover the beauty of the country and its people.

     

     

    Rotary Club of Columbia 2017-02-10 11:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Feb 09, 2017

    A friend of late rugby great Jonah Lomu will use Whanganui and the New Zealand Master's Games to launch a nationwide anti-obesity movement, honouring a committment the two friends made more than a decade ago.

    Henry Vaeoso is the face of Onyou, a movement designed to tackle obesity throughout New Zealand, but particularly among his own Samoan community. The term 'on you' is commonly used in the middle of the tight five in rugby.

    "Some 15 years ago I started this journey with my dearest friend the late Jonah Vitale Lomu. Sadly his dream will never be realised, but his spirit will always be with us," Mr Vaeoso said.

    With backing of Rotary New Zealand, Mr Vaeoso will kick off Onyou during next month's Master's Games in Whanganui. He will lead an aerobics demonstration at the War Memorial Hall, accompanied by several local Rotarians and celebrities."It's a way of raising awareness in a fun way of a serious issue faced by far too many New Zealanders," Mr Vaeoso, a former New Zealand aerobics champion, said.

    On You Movement Simon Waters 2017-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Feb 09, 2017

    Meet James MacAvoy, Goodnest co-founder. A young entrepeneur who started his business with his brother Nick in his early 20s.

    Their business venture include DVD rental business Movie Shack, since sold out to Sky TV back in 2008, Treatme, a daily deals business. Goodnest follows through. A tech business that brings customers wanting things sorted around the house together with cleaners, gardeners and tradespeople

    Upcoming Speakers Ainie Kwok 2017-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Feb 09, 2017

    The week before Christmas I visited a New Zealand Rebound (older Exchange Student), who lives in Waiuku and who was in Germany in my District, so I knew her already. Her Birthday was one Day before so she, her friend and I went to the Karioitahi Beach. There I got my first and hopefully last New Zealand Sunburn on my front!

    On Thursday night I went to the Elf Night at my first Hostfamilies place. WHAT Elf Night!?

    Yeah my family make every year with their cousins a night where one room is decorated like a Winter landscape and then they wear Elf Costumes and watch the ELF Movie.

    Henning's Blog 2017-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Feb 09, 2017
    Rotary Family Fun Day 19 Feb 2017, Ellerslie Racecourse.
    To mark the 100 years of Rotary “Doing Good in the World”. Come along and enjoy the fun.
     
    Inter Club Quiz Evening 21 February, Epsom Rotary Club, Epsom Bowling Club, 77 The Drive 630pm
    The first social quiz night organised by Epsom Rotary Club. This will be between D9920 (represented by Mt Eden & St Johns) and D9910 (represented by Epsom & Western Springs. It will be a fun social evening and we would like as many members come along to make it a success. This is the first time it is being organised so if all goes well, it will be a yearly event.
     
    Please read Peter Walsh emails with regards to details.
    Upcoming Events Ainie Kwok 2017-02-08 11:00:00Z 0
     
     
    Did you purchase the fire extinguisher from Donald last year? We offered it to our club members at $20 per bottle. Read on a real experience from our president elect Peter Buchanan.
     
    Donald will have more fire extinguishers available which he will bring along on Thursday morning so if anyone missed out last Thursday or members want some more please let me know donald.bowie.dbc@gmail.com.
     
     
    Fire Extinguisher Peter Buchanan 2017-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
    Dear St John's Rotary Club
    Thank you for giving us a very very spectacular learning opportunity to go sailing, we learnt so much thanks to you. Thank you for sponsoring our Volvo sailing trip opportunity, we really had a blast. Thanks to you we now know how to sail a boat and how to assemble a sailing boat properly. How to work a sailing boat correctly and the different positions of the sail flags so we can catch the wind to go extra fast. We also got to ride on the big sailing boat and we were so excited we didn't want to get off. Our time in the water was superb we loved it so much that we wished we didn't have to go back to school. We loved how we got taught and once again thank you, thank you very very much for your sponsorship
     
    From Anika and Cherish
    Room 8
    Glen Taylor School
    Letter of Thanks from Glen Taylor School Room 8 2016-12-21 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Miles Cain on Dec 20, 2016

    On the 17th November, a team of 24 headed to Hanoi, Vietnam, with the mission to change two families’ lives by building each family a house. This was the third build Gary and I have done with Habitat. The first being in Nepal and last year, Buenos Aires, Argentina. When we started Habitat did warn us it can become Habitual! Joining us on this trip were a number of present and past Rotarians - Simon Jones, Nigel Robinson, Mary Ann Davison and Bruce & Dawn Hancock. With mission completed, the team then explored Vietnam going to Halong Bay for a fantastic cruise followed by a train trip to Hue, then on to Hoi An and ending in Ho Chi Minh city.

    It was great being able to change families’ lives, the food was great, the people great and a great country. Watch this space next year for Cambodia in November - “only 2 seats left”.

     

    Habitat for Humanity Vietnam Miles Cain 2016-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Summary of Survey Results conducted in Dec 2016.
    30% participated in the survey. Most survey participants were in the 50-70 age brackets.
     
    68% rated as having good engagement at Club's level.
    Request of more business & community minded speakers for evening meetings and a more varied format of weekly meeting.
    More informal and social evenings to promote friendship and getting to know each other a lot better.
     
    80% prefers status quo for meeting times options - ie. three weekly morning meetings and one evening meeting.
     
    Almost all of members are aware of community service projects carried out by our Club. The improvements and requests for new initiatives include more involvement with lower decile schools around the area and local community and youth development. This has been our focus this year and will continue to expand to include more lower decile schools within the Glen Innes/Panmure area. Projects such as Discovery for Intermediates, Have A Go Sailing Program, Music Groups and Gardens in Schools are some of the new initiatives that have and will be introduced in the new year to other schools.
     
    On attracting new members, I am pleased to report that I will be working closely with Glendowie College to explore the setup of Interact Club at the College. We are also starting to have a good relationship with Sacred Heart College and will be working closely with both Colleges to introduce youth leadership programs (RYPEN) in 2017.
    Survey Results Dec 2016 Ainie Kwok 2016-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Dec 18, 2016
    Our Club's Roll of Honorary Members.
    John Anderson, Peter Boshier, Mike Henry, Tim Jones, Gary Lord, 
    Andy McCarrison, Alex McKenzie, Dr Sharad Paul, David Stone, Neville Sturmfels, Beryl Robinson
     
    Honorary Members Ainie Kwok 2016-12-18 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Dec 11, 2016
    Honorary Member : Alex McKenzie
    Not often do I get the honour to say a few words about  our member that have made a huge impact in my short Rotary membership. He is a walking encylopaedia, the man who has all the knowledge not only on the Rotary protocols; he is so well versed in the financial aspects of the Club. He was the Club president in 2004/2005 and has xxx Paul Harris Fellow pin. He was sorely missed this year but we know that Rotary is never far away from his mind and is always there to give a helping hand. I can clearly remember “you received as much as you put in” and I thanked Alex McKenzie for all his words of wisdom. It is an honour to present honorary membership to Alex McKenzie. As all of you may be aware, Alex and Wendy will be moving to the mainland middle of next year and will definitely be missed.
    Honorary Members Ainie Kwok 2016-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Dec 08, 2016
    Noeline Doherty Deputy Head  Glendowie College  presented the Peter MacKenzie Scholarship which has been awarded since 1996. This ws actually the 21st time that Noeline have come with a recipient to receive the scholarship. This year’s recipient is Lachlan Southall. Lachie attained Level 1 and Level 2 NCEA endorsed with Excellence. Lachie has specialised in Accounting and Economics. He was first in Economics in 2015 and received a certificate in Accounting. In 2016 he was 1st in Accounting. This year he also received a Certificate of Merit in the RBNZ Monetary Policy Challenge. In both 2015 and 2016 he achieved distinction in the NZ Economics competition. Lachie has also taken on leadership roles of being an Academic Prefect and Peer Support Leader. He has even found time to privately tutor students in Accounting and Mathematics. Lachie is renowned for being cool, calm and collected amongst his peer group and the teachers. He is highly intelligent and an independent learner. Give him the information and he just gets on with the job. Although he has a phlegmatic personality (nothing flaps Lachie) Noeline said she has found his insight and wisdom are far beyond his years. Noeline said it was a delight to be able to present Lachie to the Club this year as a very worthy recipient of the 2016 Peter MacKenzie Scholarship award.
    The Peter MacKenzie Scholarship Noeline Doherty 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Some of us gathered together for loads of fun and laughter heralding the coming Christmas and New Year holidays. Warm balmy evening with lots of great food and drinks. 
    Christmas Dinner Party 2016-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok on Nov 27, 2016
    We were entertained last week at breakfast meeting by a group of young musicians from St Piux. The  young students (Year 6) came and played 2 beautiful songs. The music lessons and some instruments were kindly donated by our Club and the children have been practising every Saturday morning at 10am for the last six weeks. Their music teacher, Andrew and a few parents came along to accompany the children. The music group is very appreciative of our support and would like to thank all club members for their generosity.
    St Piux X School Music Group Ainie Kwok 2016-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Members of St Johns Rotary have recently participated, as club members, in two charitable events lately. First was the 'Rescue Run' raising funds for Westpac Rescue Helicopter and this second event was for ‘Walking Stars’ on Saturday 26 November 2016 for cancer research.  As Alex said, "Just over 4 hours half marathon walk thru inner city Auckland - night life we don't normally see!!!"
     
    In preparation for these events not only have the participants improved their own health and fitness but they have welcomed any others to join in even if not actually taking part in the evens themselves.
     
    The next event are two Rotary teams in the Cure Kids $10 Queenstown Challenge in March 2017 (for which they are fundraising).
     
    The fellowship that resulted was amazing and the publicity for the club and for Rotary was huge ... getting the Rotary brand out into as many events as possible does us all good. Note the very visible fluro jackets.  Well done to the teams ... Rotary at its best.
    Run Run Walk Walk 2016-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Miles Cain
    After more than 24 hrs on the 'road', with a layover at Bangkok Novotel Airport Hotel, 23 weary travellers arrived in Hanoi where we were met by Simon Jones, rounding the official team up to a full complement of 24.
    Our hotel here in Hanoi is a delightful boutique abode in the old quarter. Authentic, charming and all importantly with temperatures outside reaching 30C, fully functioning air conditioning!  What a relief!
    Lunch was a gourmet banquet in a lovely restaurant nearby. I don't think any of us were overly hungry but we certainly managed to clean up the 10 dishes without too much hesitation!
    Vietnam Habitat Build with Rotary Club of St Johns Miles Cain 2016-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
    By special request, thanks to David Stone, lyrics to the famous song (sung to the Cheesedale Cheese song) that Peter Boshier serenade us at October meeting.
     
    The St John's Folk Song 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Alex McKenzie on Nov 15, 2016
    The School of St Judes was founded by Gemma Sisia 14 years ago with just 3 students. A beautiful story of boy meets girl; fell in love not just with each other, but Gemma fell in love with wanting to help children who would have otherwise missed out on education. Through Rotary involvement, Gemma started the School of St Judes (St Judes is a patron of lost causes) and the school has been nothing short of a huge success story of Rotary in action. The Rotary Club of Armadale, Australia kick started the massive financial requirement to run the School which now has 1,900 students.
     
    The School is in Arusha, Tanzania. The School's annual budget of $5million is solely funded and raised through a dedicated team of volunteers. The School follows a Tanzanian curriculum; this is exam based with regular assessments to gauge student progress. Each year, over 2000 students apply for entry into the School and they go through a very rigorous selection process to be selected to the fully funded education system. The students need to be bright and poor. Student are expected to achieve at least 70% in all exams.
     
    The children are in School from 8.30am to 5pm. The emphasis on studies meant there is minimal sports played in the school. The senior pupils in the primary school board from Monday to Friday and all the secondary students board fulltime. Boarders are provided with 3 meals a day. The School of St Judes is a non-denominational School. Grace is said before each meal and Christian values are evident within the School. The school provides lunch consisting of maize, beans and rice to all students and staff.
     
     
    Alex & Wendy McKenzie School of St Judes Alex McKenzie 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Peter Buchanan on Nov 14, 2016
    Why buy someone a goat in Africa for Christmas? Try buying them trees in New Zealand – after all, goats eat trees!
     
    This year one of our Trees for Survival schools planted a wetland site in Taupaki with 300 native trees. We’d like to invite you to sponsor some of these trees as your environmental gift to a loved one this year.
    Sponsor 10 trees at $50 / Sponsor 20 trees at $100
     
    We will send you a magnificent handmade card with Christmas decoration outlining this sponsorship, for you to gift to someone.
    To participate in this fundraiser, please visit https://trees-for-survival-christmas-fundraiser.myshopify.com/                                                                                                    
     
     
    Why buy someone a goat in Africa for Christmas? Peter Buchanan 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Our Exchange Student, Henning, has set up a Givealittle page to raise $1,000 towards a Emergency Response Kit.  If you have webmaster access or can persuade a webmaster to add the following code to a website this will provide a link only to the donation page.  A great way for your business to do something simple for the community.
     
    BUT Henning's Fundraising Project is coming to an end! Next week on Thursday he will cut his hair however, to date he has only collected $315.  He needs our help with donations to reach the goal! So share with all your friends! :)
     
    Help Henning & ERKs 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Nov 14, 2016
    This week was a really busy week and also the last week in year 11 at school (Thursday was my last day). I had Scouts twice this week - Monday night I helped to lead little Scouts and Wednesday I went with the Ventures on a hiking trip around the beautiful Cornwall Park.
    On Saturday I helped my family to sneakily cut our friendly neighbours big hedge and we also cleaned up the garden. 
     
    In the evening Tony's (my Dad) sister came with her family with her family around to celebrate Guy Fawkes. We had a lot of fun being naughty, holding fireworks and shooting them at “Guy”, to light him on fire.
     
     
    Henning's Blog 2016-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok
    Last week, we inducted and welcome Ben to our club. Ben is a medical registrar with Counties Manukau District Health Board and is based at Middlemore Hospital. He attended RYLA2016 and will be part of the RYLA Rescuerun team.
    Welcome Dr Ben Ng Wai-Shing Ainie Kwok 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Robyn Ingram
    Emma, Ben, Sam and Ollie provided us with an energetic update on their fund raising efforts and preparation for the first ever “Rescue Run”.  This scarily energetic event will take place on November 19 at Woodhill Forest and is a new and exciting fundraiser for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter.
     
    They explained (with relish) how the event will involve teams of six (and each team must have at least two women) who will work their way through a 15km course of simulated disaster zones.  Using GPS, teams will track and rescue a team member lost in the forest; be required to perform emergency medical procedures; must overcome a variety of team challenges and obstacles and must also navigate through a series of simulated disaster zones.
     
    Westpac Rescuerun Robyn Ingram 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Youth Services recognises the positive change implemented by youth and young adults involved in leadership development activities such as RYLA, RYPEN, community and international service projects and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. 
    Guest Speaker Peter Ross, District Youth & Leadership Chair 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
    2min with Michelle Mann 2016-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
    Upcoming Speakers 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Ainie and I attended the Diwali celebration in support of Rotary Club of Harbourside on Saturday evening at The Langham Hotel. The evening began with meet and greet along with lovely canapés and drinks on arrival. Keeping with the theme Indian Bollywood music played in the background with several performances and speeches that brightened the evening.
    The highlight of the evening was the performance by a young woman Radhika Ravi. The dinner aimed to raise funds for the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation, Education First Trust and Rotary Programs. Plenty of support from the local community as well as guests from the business sector. 
    Diwali Charity Dinner Namrata Gulani 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Kevin Kevany on Nov 07, 2016
    On Thursday evening 3 November, former Auckland City councillor for the St Heliers ward, Toni Millar JP QSM was sworn in as a new member of the Orakei Local Board of the now-combined Auckland Council. The very formal inaugural meeting saw Toni, an ex-President of the RCOSJ, propose and have accepted a motion for the chairmanship to be shared by Colin Davis and Kit Parkinson, each serving 18-months of the three-year term. Former chair of the Local Board and now serving councillor, Desley Simpson, represented the new mayor Phil Goff at the function.
    Toni established a reputation on the Transport Committee of the previous council. Her expertise is expected to be very valuable in sorting the choked Orakei ward, which is yet to have a bus service to train stations in the area. 
    Tom Street and Kevin Kevany were special invitees to the event.
    Toni Millar Kevin Kevany 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Oct 30, 2016
    Our guest speaker for the morning was the amiable Heike Papenthin, national adviser ILEP (International Languages Exchanges Pathway) based at Auckland University. Heike was a Rotary Foundation Scholar on the Ambassadorial Japan Programme from 1990 to 1992. She lived in Japan until 2005 where she met her husband. They had an opportunity to come to New Zealand and she is enjoying the country very much. She is also a member of Rotary Club of Mt Eden.
     
    Guest Speaker - Heike Papenthin 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
    What a team from St Johns. We were so fast and efficient that we completed all tasks ahead of schedule. There were many of us giving our Saturday morning packing, folding and unwrapping from t-shirts to shorts and babywear. Thank you to Penny for the delicious home baked muffins which all of us enjoyed at morning tea.
     
    There are lots of planning and packing that goes towards having one box ready with all the essentials to make up the blue Emergency Response Kit (ERK) kit box. Every year, Rotary NZ dispatches hundreds of the ERK boxes to countries in the South Pacific affected by disasters. The contents and average freight component for each kit costs around $600.00. The Rotary NZ World Community Service Ltd (RNZWCS) is responsible for the coordination of clubs to assist with packing of ERKs and all donations for the Emergency Response Kits are tax deductible.
     
    So the next time, our Club gets a chance, don’t forget to put your name down.
    Emergency Response Kit Packing (ERKs) Ainie Kwok 2016-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
    Peter provided an informative insight into the Office of the Ombudsman.  He began his term as Chief Ombudsman on 10 December 2015.  Prior to this, Peter was a Law Commissioner with the New Zealand Law Commission and was also a Family Court Judge. There is a team of three supported by approximately 70 staff located Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Their role is to act independently and to fundamentally help the community. The Ombudsman is an impartial investigator; it does not have an advocacy role.  The Ombudsman handles complaints and investigates the conduct of state sector agencies, including in relation to official information requests.  The Office also carries out a range of roles that go toward protecting our rights, like monitoring places of detention, and the implementation of the UN Disabilities Convention.  Along with this they provide advice, guidance and training to state sector agencies, and work to build awareness of their  role in the wider community. 
    Guest Speaker Peter Boshier Chief Ombudsman, Honorary Founding Rotary Member of St Johns and Old Friend to Many.... 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    What a delight to have Peter MCing our very special breakfast meeting.  For twenty years Peter has lead Yachting New Zealand.  The Rotary Club of St Johns established sailing scholarships to develop young sailing talent. What started out as a development programme for promising young New Zealand sailors has turned into a joint venture with Yachting New Zealand to expose yachting to a wider range of young people, many from low decile areas. Three members of the 2016 Rio NZ Olympic Yachting team are past winners of the Rotary of St Johns Youth Yachting Scholarship.
     
    Peter also provided an update on the America’s Cup in Bermuda.  The Challengers begin racing in May 2017 on their one only 50 foot foiler multihulls.  Peter’s pick is either TNZ or GB that will race against the defender Oracle.  Finally Peter briefly mentioned the Volvo off shore round the world race and revealed that recent rule changes now includes two females on each boat instead of an all-female boat. This has its advantages as there is merit points with mixed racing teams.
    Peter Lester MC and Yachting Commentator 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Peter provided an informative insight into the Office of the Ombudsman.  He began his term as Chief Ombudsman on 10 December 2015.  Prior to this, Peter was a Law Commissioner with the New Zealand Law Commission and was also a Family Court Judge. There is a team of three supported by approximately 70 staff located Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Their role is to act independently and to fundamentally help the community. The Ombudsman is an impartial investigator; it does not have an advocacy role.  The Ombudsman handles complaints and investigates the conduct of state sector agencies, including in relation to official information requests.  The Office also carries out a range of roles that go toward protecting our rights, like monitoring places of detention, and the implementation of the UN Disabilities Convention.  Along with this they provide advice, guidance and training to state sector agencies, and work to build awareness of their  role in the wider community. 
    Guest Speaker Peter Boshier Chief Ombudsman, Honorary Founding Member of Rotary Club of St Johns and old friend to many. 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Having Jo at our breakfast meeting was truly exciting with Jo describing their sheer grit and determination to take out silver, having been 21 points down at the Rio Olympics.  Jo is a remarkable person - she won the first Tanner Cup at the young age of 15 years which is the benchmark if you have got what it takes. In 2002 Jo attended an overseas meet in Canada - the first time she had been overseas. This experience for Jo was the biggest opportunity to meet other sailors and this was the catalyst that jump started her sailing journey. She went onto win the youth and open categories. In the London campaign they sailed a one design boat – a 470 and had the best off the shelf equipment.  Jo said the boat sailed well however, a challenge to sail a new boat.
    Jo Aleh Olympian and Kiwi Sporting Legend 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    What a delight to host Peter a renowned yachting commentator.  For twenty years Peter has lead Yachting New Zealand.  The Rotary Club of St Johns established sailing scholarships to develop young sailing talent. What started out as a development programme for promising young New Zealand sailors has turned into a joint venture with Yachting New Zealand to expose yachting to a wider range of young people, many from low decile areas. Three members of the 2016 Rio NZ Olympic Yachting team are past winners of the Rotary of St Johns Youth Yachting Scholarship. Peter also provided an update on the America’s Cup in Bermuda.  The Challengers begin racing in May 2017 on their one only 50 foot foiler multihulls.  Peter’s pick is either TNZ or GB that will race against the defender Oracle.  Finally Peter briefly mentioned the Volvo off shore round the world race and revealed that recent rule changes can now include two females on each boat instead of all female boats. This has its advantages as there is merit points with mixed racing teams.
    Peter Lester MC and Yachting Commentator 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Danika presented on Kohimarama’s youth yacht club dedicated to introducing young people to sailing, and training them to love and excel at the sport. This all started in 2006 from Peter Blake’s legacy that every child should have the opportunity to learn to sail. The Team New Zealand 2000 trust provided the original funding to get the programme started, and the Lion Foundation continued to help as the programme evolve.  In 2013, Volvo Cars New Zealand came on board as the naming rights sponsor in support of youth sailing.
    Guest Speaker Danika ‘Have A Go’ Sailing Programme 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted on Oct 25, 2016
     
    Monday was maybe one of the best school days, because in the interval I went to hang out with another group with a friend and meet more people.  Also during lunch I played rugby.  I was not so good because it was my first time. The one time when I had the ball somebody tackled me when I was not paying attention, but next time when I play I will tackle him!  During the week was also House rugby (school has different Houses like in Harry Potter).
     
    I'm also planning to go over New Year to a big scout camp at the top of the South Island. The weekend I was in Ohakune, this time I can't do snowboarding, because on the beginner area wasn't so much snow. In 7 school days I have for 3 months of holidays, during which I will go on the South Island Tour with the other Rotary Exchange Students and I go to the scout camp.
    See you Thursday
     
     
     
    Henning's Blog 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Danika presented on Kohimarama’s youth yacht club dedicated to introducing young people to sailing, and training them to love and excel at the sport. This all started in 2006 from Peter Blake’s legacy that every child should have the opportunity to learn to sail. The Team New Zealand 2000 trust provided the original funding to get the programme started, and the Lion Foundation continued to help as the programme evolve.  In 2013, Volvo Cars New Zealand came on board as the naming rights sponsor in support of youth sailing. ‘Have a Go! is a Yachting NZ programme offered to schools throughout the country, designed to give students in Years 4 through 8 the opportunity to experience the thrills and spills of sailing in a safe and well managed environment and most importantly, to have fun!  The Programme consists of a variety of activities and games which focus on the school curriculum of physical and personal development and science and the environment.
    Guest Speaker Danika ‘Have A Go‘ Sailing Programme 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Having Jo at our breakfast meeting was truly exciting with Jo describing how through sheer grit and determination they took out silver, having been 21 points down at the Rio Olympics in the Women's 470 .  Jo is a remarkable person - she won the first Tanner Cup at the young age of 15 years which is the benchmark if you have got what it takes. In 2002 Jo attended an overseas meet in Canada - the first time she had been overseas. This experience for Jo was the biggest opportunity to meet other sailors and this was the catalyst that jump started her sailing journey. She went onto win the youth and open categories.  In the London campaign they sailed a one design boat – a 470 and had the best off the shelf equipment.  Jo said the boat sailed well but it was also a great challenge to sail a new boat. For the Rio Olympics the four year development phase focused on a deep understanding of how to sail boats and a profound increase in knowledge gained.
    Jo Aleh Olympian and Kiwi Sporting Legend. 2016-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Varayme was a young Fijian boy youth that the club supported as he received treatment through Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC).  If you missed the September screening of 'Walk with me', the documentary on his journey from discovery by Sarah, her approach and association with St Johns Rotary, the surgery and care of him and his family through to his return home can be seen via TV on Demand at https://www.tvnz.co.nz/ondemand/walk-with-me  Note that you may need to sign up for this free service 9very easy to do).
    Varayme - TV doco 2016-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Peter Buchanan on Oct 17, 2016
    Globally, there's a growing awareness and concern, including across Rotary, that climate change is an evolving global crisis, relevant both to humanity and to biodiversity. If not already, it will have major impacts on most of Rotary's humanitarian efforts.

     
    Climate Change Peter Buchanan 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Miles Cain on Oct 17, 2016
    Well, our 5th Stonefields Community Fair is over. Despite the appalling weather conditions, we do feel we provided a wonderful day full of fun and community spirit. Sometimes, in a situation like this with the bad weather, it  just makes you all pull together even more as a community.
     
    Stonefields Community Fair Miles Cain 2016-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
    The highly successful Stonefields School/ Rotary Community Fair – now its fifth straight year on Saturday 15 October – is to be boosted by a major new attraction, a specially designed military-style obstacle course created on site by New Zealand Cadet Forces Unit, No. 19 (Auckland) Squadron, Air Training Corps, under the command of experienced Flight Lieutenant Liz Martin, NZCF.
     
    This is the first time this activity has been offered outside a military event.
     
    But there is so much more for all the family!  Come along and have some fun.
    This weekend you can transform your day 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
    Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week is intended to remind Rotarians that there have been literally tens of thousands of people who have taken part in and benefited from Rotary programmes over the years and whether they have just returned home or participated much longer back they should be encouraged to continue to engage with Rotary if they have not already done so.
     
    One of the best ways to do this is to have some of the stories from the Alumni told and here is but one of these from our own very respected club stalwart Kevin.  Log in to the RotaryNZ Facebook for more over the coming two weeks.  If you have a story that illustrates the benefit of participating in a Rotary programmme, by yourself or others, please send to Colin for a very wide international audience (pic and a paragraph is OK).
    My 1977 Group Study Exchange in East Anglia - a Rotary Alumni Reminisces 2016-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Peter Walsh on Oct 03, 2016
    Fresh from the outstanding success of the Ray White RCOSJ Golf Day, PP David Hartstone combined talents with Club members Frances Benge, Michelle Baillie and Emma Stuart to lure 200 punters to the Glen Taylor School Hall on Saturday 1 October for a bonanza night of fun, good food and some seriously challenging ‘Trivia’-- all in aid of our favourite charity, ‘Cure Kids’. DG Roger Harvey, a legend-in-the-making, travelled all the way from Gulf Harbour to be with us and add his considerable Trivia talents to his other obvious accomplishments. It was he who kicked off a ‘Match Me with $50’ which garnered a further $350 to the total. You’re most welcome anytime Roger. With Frances being the highly experienced CEO, now leading Cure Kids, motivation to bring off a memorable and lucrative event was at an all-time high. A rattling good evening followed with wild guessing, allegedly some dexterous googling under the table and heated contests between rival club tables. The target is a massive $20K to enter two teams. As we went to press, one team looked to be secure, but we will need to pull out all stops to get the second.
    Club Trivia Night For $10 Queenstown Challenge Peter Walsh 2016-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
    Chris Herlihy celebrated his 1.5yrs as principal of Glen Taylor School. Chris was born in Hamilton and with his family moved to America to follow his father who was a softball pitcher coach. In his teens, the family moved back to Auckland where Chris’ ability and prowess as a table tennis player blossomed. He represented the NZ national team at 15yrs and spent three months coaching, studying in Japan and was ranked 5th in the Worlds Junior tennis ranking. Once again, Chris was selected to represent New Zealand in the doubles for the Sydney Olympics 2000, but due to technical draws the New Zealand team did not qualify. Chris chose to be a teacher and gave up a lucrative contract to play in Iceland. Thank you Chris for making that decision.
    Chris Herlihy 2min Snap Chat 2016-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
    It has been great such massive feedback to the changes to the club website (oh Tui).  But what is going on?  Well, there are things like the new Rotarians Area where you can go directly to a member search and so on.  This is all Stage Two of developing the new website where it is intended to reorder topics into a more sensible way, add more useful and relevant information and generally move away from the generic Clubrunner format and put a more public oriented face to the club website.  Big job intended to be completed by Christmas BUT your suggestions would be appreciated, especially around describing projects and getting great pictures up on the site.  Contact Colin anytime ... he won't put you to work ... your ideas are enough.
    Puzzled?  No need. 2016-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Roger brought greetings from Rotary International and thanked us all for choosing to be a Rotarian AND for choosing to join the best club in the Galaxy! He asked us to reflect on what Rotary was all about “we make a life of what we give” and reminded us that this was the essence of Rotary.  Worldwide, Rotary has a membership of 1.2 million and as an organisation we are special because we do BIG and small projects.He advised that the Rotary Foundation will be 100 years old in 2017 and spoke of how we are a “smart” charity, rated at 100 by Charity Navigator.  Utilised wisely, every $1 we put into a Rotary project can return $14 back!  Rotary has much to be proud of, with the ‘End Polio’ and ‘Polio Plus’ programmes being prime examples. 
    Guest Speaker Roger Harvey 2016-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
    Volunteers Needed:  Here's an opportunity to contribute to a major Rotary initiative to assemble Emergency  Response Kits (ERKs) for provide practical disaster relief for our Pacific Island neighbours.  Following recent disasters there is a urgent need to replenish the supplies before the next cyclone season.   On Saturday 29th October, from  9am to 1pm, we need 20 volunteers;  8 have already registered. If interested in volunteering please respond to this notice and family and friends are always welcome to help. Address to be advised but will be in vicinity of Sylvia Park so very handy to get to. Any enquiries please contact Penny McGarry.  More at https://www.facebook.com/EmergencyResponseKits

     

    Emergency Response Kits 2016-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
    On November 19th 2016 a significant new fundraising event is being held to raise funds for ARHT at Woodhill Forest and Parakai.  ARHT need to continue to raise additional funds for their increasing workload. Each year they need to raise a minimum of $5million each year to keep flying.  The focus of the rescue run event is search and rescue and disaster relief high intensity obstacle courses. Their hope is to pay for 100 potentially lifesaving missions via fundraising from this event.  For more information visit rescuerun.org.nz and also to register. 
     
     
     
     
    Rescue Run on behalf of Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter (ARHT) 2016-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
    Sailing to success 2016-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
    'WALK WITH ME' screens on TVNZ Thursday 29 September at 9.30pm. Filmed in Fiji and Auckland with the support of ROMAC ( Rotary Oceania Medical Aid to Children,) St John's Rotary and Air NZ Pacific Island Division, Walk With Me tells the story of a young Kiwi artist's  mission to help a wheel chair bound Fijian Boy  walk for the  first time in his life. But the stakes are higher than anyone first imagined.  Well worth watching to learn more about this high-value Rotary programme. http://charityforchildren.org.nz/
     
     
    "Walk with me" screening on TVNZ 29 Sep 2016, 9.30pm Gary Key 2016-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
    We had the first social event for the Club. A bingo evening with great turnout from club members and friends including AG Pam Clarke and her husband Rod. It was a slow start to the evening as everyone got into the swing of things there were some "constructive competition" between Peter Walsh's table and John Cornaga's table. There were heaps of prizes given away thanks to our generous sponsors:New World Stonefields http://www.newworld.co.nz/upper-north-island/auckland/stonefields/  and  Earth Sea Sky http://earthseasky.co.nz/, Christchurch.
     
    Bingo Evening Ainie Kwok 2016-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
    Henning presented an action packed talk on where he’s from.   He is one of six siblings - two of his sisters’ are former Rotary Exchange students - and Lyn the cat who lives with his Mutter and Vater in a beautiful place called Wiesbaden 15kms from Frankfurt and close to the Rhine.  It is one of the oldness spa towns in Europe and is famous for its architecture and climate. He has completed school and plans on becoming a carpenter. He plays guitar and played hockey for five years, involved with Japanese akido marital art and is a Boy Scout. Henning presented an eclectic array of well-known global German brands from Aldi to Nivea (who knew that?) to Zalando and every German brand in between.  He’s attending Glendowie College and is currently staying with Robyn and Tony Ingram and their two older girls.
    Henning Schmidt Exchange Student from Wiesbaden, Germany 2016-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
     
    Jaspreet is passion about working with youth and in particular, how to inspire young people. Having attended RYLA in 2015, the learning outcome for Jaspreet was self-empowerment. Together as a team effect leadership can be achieved even by the smallest initiatives which can have positive impacts.  Jaspreet attended Manurewa High School and currently is completing his medical training.
    Guest Speaker Jaspreet Singh 2016-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
    You are invited to the 2017 Conference to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland on 5 – 7 May 2017. The theme of the 2017 Conference is “The Power of One – Connecting for Good”.
     
    Some club members have already registered, in part to ensure they get a spot on a spectator boat for the Friday Rum Race on the harbour so don’t delay.  If that is not your activity there is golf or zorb racing … go to http://www.d9920conference2017.com/
    And now for the conference itself:
    Sailing, golfing, zorbing and some inspiration ... 2016-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
    FUN?  Of course our club meetings are fun!  The spirit of our members is self-evident in this picture ... they want to have a great time.  Of course these are meetings with a purpose and time is effectively allocated between some socialising/networking, notices with an opportunity for discussion to ensure everyone is current with the opportunities to participate and how projects are progressing followed by a guest speaker to improve our knowledge and / or understanding on a wide variety of Rotary, business and community interest topics. 
    Meetings are Fun? 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Fireside Chat Evening Ainie Kwok 2016-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok
    Member pictureLesley Harris was born and raised in Auckland and have lived and worked overseas before settling into Auckland to raise her family. A vibrant member of our Club, Lesley joined Rotary in 2013 
    2min Snap Chat with Lesley Harris Ainie Kwok 2016-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Ainie Kwok
    Melanie Virtue visited our club last wee. She is from Rotary Club Bonn International, Bonn, Germany. 
     
     
    International Visitor Ainie Kwok 2016-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Emma Stuart
    On the 4th of August we had 10 of our 13 Rylarians attend our evening dinner, to talk to our members about their experience at RYLA for 2016. The excitement and passion that exuded from the awardees was outstanding, each having developed a new set of goals, and a different mind-set about their lives and futures.
     
    RYLA Awardees 2016 Emma Stuart 2016-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Miles Cain
    Last year, some members of our club went to Argentina as part of the Habitat for Humanity House Build Program. 
    Habitat for Humanity Miles Cain 2016-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
    The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's Charity.  This Rotary year sees the Centennial of The Rotary Foundation and if you go to http://centennial.rotary.org/  you will see some of the history of TRF and all about the Centennial celebrations and activities.  The Rotary Foundation runs a number of programmes such as Peace Scholarships and Polio Eradication but also funds humanitarian projects throughout the world through its Grants programme of which our club participates.  These are based on the Areas of Focus being promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education,  and growing local communities (more about this here).
     
    Rotary 101 2016-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Scott is studying at Otago University this year. He would like to express his gratitude and is  keen for us to learn of his progress.
    Scott was given a grant for his sailing some time ago when he entered into a World Championship event. He has just competed with another boy in the Open 29er Worlds Nationals and they came 7th in the world.
    Scott Herbert 2015 Receipient of Peter MacKenzie scholarship 2016-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Chris Herlihy & Miles Cain
    The Glen Taylor Garden Project is in full bloom
     
    In early 2015 St Johns Rotary promoted the idea of creating a vegetable garden at Glen Taylor School.
     
    Glen Taylor Garden Project Chris Herlihy & Miles Cain 2016-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Andy Francis is a long serving member of the club.  His career has been been varied starting out in the Royal Navy  for ten years followed by a number of years in the merchant navy who "took him around the world".  After meeting his wife Kay he settled down with a position with Datacom where he was for significant number of years before joining the RSA where he has been the CEO of a local branch for the last decade and more and is a cause he is passionate about.
     
     
     
    Snap Chat 7 Aug - Andy Francis 2016-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
    A wonderful evening with an amazing showcase of young talents from Glendowie College. Watch out for Head Boy Genesis Sua Tariau. Samantha Hayward and pianist  Frank Leng.
     
    Glendowie College Musical Gala 2016-08-07 00:00:00Z 0

    Clearly the line marker decided it wasn’t his job to get out and move the log, and just swerved around it. Is it that in in Rotary, that for many members, membership is “not their job”. They just swerve around it? Should this change? Will you invite someone new to our club this month?

     

    If you need help in how to invite members contact Allan Smith by phone or asmith@accessable.co.nz

     

    Don't swerve around membership 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
    This will be the fifth year in a row that the Stonefields Community Fair will bring together the Stonefields Community. The fair has grown exponentially over this period -- from hundreds of participants in Year 1 to thousands last year. And it’s growing with more and more neighbourhood schools and Sports Clubs participating, plus increase in the local community.
     
    Look at the photos from previous years here https://www.flickr.com/photos/brucesimages/albums/72157659585184719
    Stonefields Community Fair Miles Cain 2016-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
    Henning is well and truly into school life at Glendowie College taking English Second Language, Design & Visual Communication (Graphics), Math, Hard Materials Technology, Media Studies and Science. 
    He has organised to take part in the Rugby and hockey, a game that he is familiar with.
     
    Meet our just arrived Exchange Student 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
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    A small contribution with big outcomes:  Letter of thanks for our support:  Our sincere thanks for to Rotary Club of St Johns for their continued support for our school. We had a wonderful two days with our Year 8 students at the Franciscan Friary Retreat Centre in Hillsborough, at the end of last term.
    St Piux School Leadership Camp 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
    We welcome PDG Leanne Jaggs to our meeting to give us an overview of Rotary Foundation 101. There are 2 grants within the Foundation – District grants & Global grants. Most of the smaller scale projects, can be funded through the district grants. Our club have been successful in our district grant applications for projects such as Have A Go, Glen Taylor Garden Projects and new media for Glen Taylor School. Global grants normally would attract clubs doing cluster  projects together and would be under the following categories – water sanitation,  peace conflicts.
    Guest Speaker Leanne Jaggs 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
    All you need to know about Rotary Foundation. Let Leanne Jaggs show us how to maximise our funding through District & Global grants.
    Rotary Foundation 101 2016-07-28 00:00:00Z 0
    St Johns Rotary is part of a cluster of clubs within the district that enables these clubs to join together for events and projects where a larger economy of scale is desired.  An example is for applying for projects District Designated Funds where some are only available for cluster projects.  The cluster is meeting monthly and is working effectively together.
     
    Starting at the top left and going clockwise is:  AG Pam Clark, Presidents - Ainie Kwok: St Johns, Dennis Millard: Auckland East (the club that chartered our club), Peter Armstrong: Pakuranga, Harjeet Golian: Auckland Harbourside, and Kenneth Winstone: Downtown Auckland, (bottom left).
    Introducing our Club Cluster 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
    Letter from planting volunteer:
     
    What attracted me to volunteer was the ideal of some fresh air with a day in the country and the bonus was that I would do this with such fun people from your club ... your reputation precedes you and I was not disappointed.
     
    Project Volunteer Appreciates Experience 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
    The club created a school garden at Glen Taylor Primary School some years ago to support the school's teaching of environmental understanding and good eating practices.  The students have taken to the project with gusto over the years and the most recent planting  has just taken place with a number of members joining in with the students.  The club has a long-standing relationship with the school across a number of activities including supporting their school camp.  The school's principal is a member of St Johns Rotary.  The picture shows just some of the gardens planted with spring-harvest crops.
    Glen Taylor School Garden Project Blooming 2016-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
    Tony Quinn Motor Racing
    From a wooden caravan to a multi-million-dollar business empire
     
    Downtown Auckland Rotary Club have been fortunate to be able to secure Tony Quinn for an exclusive luncheon at Rydges Hotel 59 Federal Street on Friday 12th August 12.30-2pm.
    Tickets limited to 100.
    $95 pp includes lunch and Tony’s new book ‘Zero to 60’
    Book your place with Marina at Rydges Hotel.
    Phone (09) 3755975 or email: Marina_golubovskaya@ridges.com 
     
    Tony Quinn Motor Racing 2016-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
    WOW ... I didn't know you did that!
     
    The stories we tell about the many projects and events our club has in a year do interest and often excite people who then get involved.  Most of our new members became excited about what our club does because someone told them of what we do and they thought "I would really like to do that".
     
    So we need to share our experiences as we meet new people.  Another powerful way to entice people to join us, whether as members, helpers or sponsors, is to put in front of them a stimulating photo that will grab their attention along with a few descriptive words.

    The best people to do this are  ...
    Stories Excite 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
    When: Saturday 26 November 2016
     
    There is a trophy and certificate for the Rotary Club whose members cumulatively ride the most distance on event day proportionate to their team size.
    If your Rotary Club is the overall winner of all the group challenges, there is also a prize of up to $500 worth of free entries into next year’s Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.
     
     
    Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge 40th Anniversary 2016-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
    St Johns Rotary members have entered a team into the Cure Kids $10 Queenstown Challenge almost every year since the first team of Beryl and Rotaractor Sam Gordon (pictured) competed in 2006. 
     
    The next $10 Queenstown Challenge is in March 2017 and the two teams are: Team 1 is David and Emma, and Team 2 is Frances and Michelle Baillie. Cure Kids was founded by Rotary and many clubs and those in the wider community support their life-saving research into cures for serous, often life-threatening, childhood illnesses.  What better way to 'leverage' a donation to Cure Kids than by making a donation via one of out teams and then to enjoy the excitement of watching the team live via the internet as it completes the challenge!  Email stjohnsrotary@gmail.com or speak to a team member if you would like to support them with a donation or in some other way as they prepare.
    The Cure Kids $10 Challenge 2017 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
    The District 9920 CHANGEMAKER Trophy was presented to Immediate Past President David Hartstone at District Changeover.  The award is "Awarded to the club that makes the most effort to reactivate, have a makeover, or to freshen up or whatsoever." 
     
    We got it for the "whatsoever" being the club with the greatest number of new members inducted during the 2015-2016 Rotary year.  Needless to say David was delighted to receive this on behalf of the club and it epitomises a fantastic year under his leadership - all in the club have contributed to this and we all deserve to be pleased of our achievements!
     
     
    Changemaker Trophy presented to club 2016-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
    Events of others that might interest you 2016-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
    This is a 'teaser'.  Club members went to the District 9920 Changeover breakfast today. Beryl received a PHF+4 from outgoing DG Jennie Herring for her contribution to the club and therefore the district in adding copious new members through sound membership practices.

    Then Immediate Past President David Hartstone accepted on behalf of the club a district award for [he will announce what this was for at the dinner meeting this Thursday so be there].

     

    Club receives award 2016-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
    The 2016 Rotary Young-Person Leadership Awards (RYLA) experience started on 2 July.

    Organised in 2016 by Howick Rotary, there are over 119 young adults about to have an experience that will last them a lifetime. 12 of these are sponsored by St Johns Rotary and we wish them well.

    RYLA is a week-long leadership development programme for 20-28 year-old participants, hosted and sponsored by Rotary Clubs in district 9920. RYLA is an experiential live-in programme designed to help young people develop their team work and communication skills and fulfill their potential as leaders.

    RYLA is a Rotary programme run by most districts across the world and while the criteria and format of the programme may differ by district, the objectives are the same.
     
    RYLA 2016 Starts 2016-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
    Inspiration from around our region - July 2016-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
    In June the club supported the annual Trees for Survival planting with 7 members joining the Glendowie students on their day-long planting experience. A great environmental and educational project of the Youth Committee.
    Environmental Project 2016-06-15 00:00:00Z 0
    Last excellent club bulletin for 2015-2016 2016-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
    Over the last eight years, our Rotary Club of St Johns have sent teams of seven to assist with local builds at either Habitat for Humanity's South Auckland pre-assembly site at Wiri or onsite plus members also join teams to other countries.
     
    Picture:  Club member, Gary Key, at the hand-over ceremony to Habitat for Humanity house owner Pradip and his family in Nepal
    It can become habitual! Miles Cain 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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