President's Message
It was great to be back at Rotary for last Thursday's evening meeting - and I'm very grateful to those who have stood in for me while I was away. We had a travel theme for the evening. John Cornaga provided an illustrated travelogue of his trip to Cardiff to view the Parker vs Joshua heavy-weight fight along with 78,000 others! And Graham Fabian took us on a journey from South Africa, via Italy to explore his Italian roots, and on to New Zealand - on the way changing his name and gaining two additional passports!  
In the coming week, there's a strong contingent of St Johns members registered for Monday (7 May) evening's debate with Auckland East - at 5 Knots, 5.30 for 6.00 pm. We'll be supporting our team of 3 skilled debaters addressing the moot: Is the America's Cup only beneficial to Auckland?
Note that on Thursday morning (10 May) we will meet over breakfast for our combined committee meetings, planning ahead for a number of club projects; it's also the chance to suggest and discuss new ideas for future activities.  
In House Guest Speakers
Members John Cornaga and Graham Fabian
As reported by President Peter, this months evening meeting featured two of our club members as the "guest speakers". 
John (pictured left) shared stories and photographs from his trip to Cardiff where he attended his 'second' world heavy weight championship fight (Joseph Parker V Anthony Joshua). John got to the fight by acting as a 'gear assistant' for his very talented photographer son Andrew (owner of New Zealand's premier sports photo agency PhotoSport).
Graham (aka Signor Fiabane pictured right) talked about his experience as "a last minute Immigrant" from South Africa and what he learned about his ancestors as he and his family pursued Italian citizenship in order to have options when leaving South Africa.
Thank you gentlemen for sharing your entertaining anecdotes - it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  
Sailing...Have A Go!
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.
Designed to give primary and intermediate school students the opportunity to try sailing in a safe and well managed environment, this program is taking place at Okahu Bay.  This year's program started on May 1st with Panmure District School (pictured).  Below is an extensive list of schools now participating.  St John's members are warmly invited to drop-by on any of these days to see what they get up to.  Click Read More to see additional photographs from Day 1.
Panmure District School
Panmure Bridge School
Churchill Park
Glen Taylor
Stonefields School
St Pius X
Pt England School
Stonefields School
St Patricks School
Glen Innes School
Glenbrae School
17Tamaki School
St Patrick School Garden

An enthusiastic team assembled at 9am to assist Miles with building a flower garden at St Patrick School, Panmure. The team included Gary, Arvi and son Kyle, Gavin, Nigel, President Peter, Murray and Megan. Over the space of 5 hours we formed a 54-metre-long garden along the length of the fence line. The timber had been bought and delivered many months ago, so it was satisfying to get the garden completed. Once the grass has died back from weed killer we will have another working bee to put in 2 cubic metres of garden mix. St Johns Rotary can be proud of another Community Project underway.


Leaders Elect Training Seminar (LETS)
On Sunday a team from St John’s attended this year’s LETS, which is a daylong seminar open for all Rotarians, but targeted at incoming Presidents and their ‘teams’.
The day was divided into informative plenaries and breakout sessions covering important topics such as: How to Fund Projects; Attracting and Engaging Members; Club Runner; Rotary Branding and Image; and the importance of getting the Rotary Message out and Telling Our Stories.
The day was well paced; the sessions were informative and motivating and speakers were interesting. All-in-all, a stimulating day, well-spent in great company.
(Pictured) Robyn, Gary, Donald and Michelle clearly enjoying their time at LETS. Beryl (organisation) and Colin (Club Runner speaker) were also in attendance making for a strong St John's presence.
RYDA Thank You Letter
Challenge Camp - Final Concert Invitation
Dear Rotarians
Thank you for your club's support of this year's Challenge Camp.
We would like to invite you to attend this year's Challenge Camp final night dinner and concert.
During the dinner you'll be able to chat with the campers and International Youth Exchange students and find out what they've been up to over the week.
After dinner the concert will begin - this is when all the campers and IYE students will perform and is an absolute highlight of the week.
The times and dates are as follows:
Thursday 17th May 2018
Dinner: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Concert: starts 7:00pm.
Venue: Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club, 100 Jack Butt Lane, Muriwai, Auckland.
If you wish to attend dinner, the cost is $20.00 per person which you can pay by cash on the night.
If you are unable to attend, we would love you to extend the invitation to any other member/s of your Rotary Club, in particular those interested in Youth projects.
Please RSVP by emailing me by Saturday 12th May, advising whether you'll come for dinner or the concert only, the name of those attending, your Rotary Club name and whether there are any special dietary requirements.
Should you have any questions, please let me know.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 17th May if you can make it.
Best regards
Matthew McLeod
Challenge Camp Coordinator
The Rotary Club of Henderson
ph 0274 324 069
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators
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

Club Contacts

President:  Peter Buchanan 027 434 1832 
Secretary, Treasurer:  Alex Gatt 
Apologies:  Alex Gatt 021 571 722 or
President Elect:  Allan Smith
Sergeant Major:  John Cornaga
Club Services Director: Brian Fergus
Bulletin Editors:  Annie Tyson & Robyn Ingram
Membership Director:  Allan Smith
Our Meetings
We meet Thursday for breakfast at 7 am for 7.15 am start,
except for the first Thursday of the month,
when we meet in the evening at 6 pm for dinner.
Remuera Golf Club
120 Abbotts Way, Remuera, Auckland, 1072
New Zealand 
All Rotarian's are welcome including family members.
Others wanting to visit are most welcome to contact:
Next meeting: 
Thursday 10 May 2018
Morning: 7:15am for 7:30am
Meeting Responsibilities
10th May 2018
Set Up/Down
Jones, Simon
Kwok, Ainie
Robertson, Andrew
Goodman, Roger
Thanks & Close
Fergus, Brian
May 07, 2018
Mote: Is the America's Cup only beneficial to Auckland?
May 17, 2018
Solving Traffic Congestion without Building Infrastructure
May 24, 2018
May 31, 2018
Advances in Hepatitis C Cure
Jun 07, 2018
Changeover Dinner
Jun 15, 2018
Jun 22, 2018
Rotoroa Island
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Upcoming Events
Debate Rotary St Johns v Auckland East
May 07, 2018 5:30 PM
Combined Committees Breakfast
May 10, 2018 7:00 AM
Changeover Dinner
Jun 07, 2018
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