President's Message
As a lot of you are aware I am travelling to New York on Wednesday taking 34 athletes and support crew who have disabilities of vary levels, for the New York Marathon. We are looking forward to the event and after attending the Auckland marathon early this morning it is incredible the speeds that these chairs can go.
I am passing over to Peter Buchanan in my absence.  I return on the 27th Nov.
There are a number of other club members away over November for many reasons, but I am sure those who remain will make sure that the meetings are well attended and fun is had.  This coming evening meeting is one that I wish I was there as I believe that Rod Emerson will be inspiring and fun.
Until I return have fun and stay safe.
Kindest regards
President – Rotary St Johns
October 25th Breakfast Meeting 
Twenty Five members, and prospective residents, attended our breakfast at the Edmund Hillary Retirement Village, (EHV), last week.  Breakfast was served by the staff from EHV including our own club members Michelle and Annie - thanks guys - the hosting and serving was most appreciated.  
Becky Gillanders, Sales Advisor, shared some information on the EHV as well as RYMAN the operating Company, who have now been in the business of building and running all inclusive Retirement Villages in New Zealand since 1984.  They have also expanded into the Australian market with two operating Villages now in operation in Melbourne and six more locations currently under construction.
If any members are interested in finding out more details on what EHV and RYMAN have to offer, please do not hesitate to contact Becky at;
Club Activities / Important Dates to Diary
Next Club Meeting - Evening Dinner Meeting - November 1st:
Guest Speaker Rod Emmerson, NZ Herald Cartoonist - "A Visual History of Satire"
Please RSVP to Brian asap to ensure catering is planned accordingly.
Trivia Night Flyer
Breast Cancer Foundation Collection
The Ellerslie / Lunn Ave area co-ordinator for the Pink Ribbon Appeal, our very own Sue Smith, in an e-mail to volunteer collectors has advised the following;
"I have heard back from Breast Cancer Foundation NZ who organised the Pink Ribbon Appeal and our area raised a grand total of $6,501.05.  This is an outstanding effort of you        and your team of volunteers, just awesome.  This is a huge improvement on last year and better than the last 2 years prior to that so you know how well we all did."
Well done to all St. Johns members and partners, who assisted Sue - much appreciated.
Habit for Humanity - Phnom Penh
At midnight last Friday, Miles and 11 intrepid travelers, including St. Johns Club Members; Robyn, Tony, Michelle and Oscar, departed for Phnon Penh, Cambodia to complete a week building homes for those in need under the umbrella of Habitat For Humanity. 
We have received photos taken soon after arrival with the comment "very hot, but all are well"! 
The bed looks a little low to the floor for a big fella like you Miles!
Happy Anniversary!
Mark and Sarah Hillman recently celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary in Fiji, which included a visit to Teveuni and what else do you do in Taveuni,?  You stop by and say hi to Jeff Amos which is exactly what the Hillmans' did.  Big Congratulations to you both and we hope that you had a great celebration.
Fellowship at District Conference - Earlybird Registrations Now Open
The Board and the St. Johns Fellowship team would love to see a large group of St John's members attending next year's District Conference.  The theme for the conference is "Keep Rotary Real".  Please mark in your diaries now and don't delay registering to ensure you receive the "Early Bird" discount - space is limited:
Including the Conference, other activities to join in on are:
  • District Governor’s Golf Tournament
  • Art Deco Walking Tour
  • An Art Deco vintage car driving tour
  • Hawkes Bay Farmers Market in Hastings on Sunday morning
  • Bike winery tour
  • Wine tastings at the Conference venue
Registrations are now open!  Please "Read More" for links to Registration.
If you are interested in attending, please also advise Michelle Forman  - Email:
Possible Club Visit to - Hauturu (Little Barrier Island)
A "new"tentative date of February 18th has now been secured.  If you are interested in joining the visit to this very special place, please confirm so to Peter Buchanan and sit tight with confirmation of date and cost to be advised shortly.
Missing in Action!
Have you seen?  Have you got the Rotary Banners?  Once again the Banners have taken on a life of their own and they are fending off all attempts to round them up?

Full amnesty in place - if you have, or have seen any of these recently we would love to hear from you!  Many thanks.
Time for a Laugh?
This is a bit long winded, but as we didn't include a joke last week, hopefully you have the time to read this one!!
While walking down the street one day a "Member of Parliament" is tragically hit by a truck and dies.  His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter.  'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem.  We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.'
'No problem, just let me in,' says the man.  'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up.  What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven.  Then you can choose where to spend eternity.'
'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.  'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.'
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.  Everyone is very happy and in evening dress.  They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.  Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes.  They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.  Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.  'Now it's time to visit heaven.'  So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.  They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven.  Now choose your eternity.'  The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.'  So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.  He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.  The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.  'I don't understand,' stammers the MP.  'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time.  Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.  What happened?'
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday, we were campaigning......Today, you voted.
Editor AWOL
Just to let you know, the Bulletin Editor is currently AWOL on the loose in the South Island, starting out walking the Queen Charlotte Track on Nov 1st, then a 2 1/2 week road trip to check out the price of gas down south!! 
If over the next 4 weeks you have a need to contact the Bulletin Editor, for issues on Nov 5th and 12th please contact Annie Tyson, and for the issue to be published Nov 19th please contact Robyn Ingram.

Club Contacts

President:  Allan Smith 021 959397 
Secretary, Treasurer:  Alex Gatt  021 571722
Apologies:  Alex Gatt -
President Elect:  Robyn Ingram -
Sergeant Major:  Michelle Forman
Club Services Director: Brian Fergus
Bulletin Editors: Pete Walsh -
Membership Director:  Robyn Ingram
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 1st November 2018
Dinner Meeting:
6.00 pm for 6.30 pm.
Meeting Responsibilities
1st November 2018
Set Up
Robinson, Colin
Fabian, Graham
Belthazar, Jane
Speaker Host
Hillman, Mark
Mann, Michele
Thanks Close
Robinson, Beryl
set Down
Buchanan, Peter
November 8 th 2018
Set Up
Bell, Patrick
Scott-Russell, Hugh
Jolliffe, Cheri
Stichbury, Glen
Speaker Host
Ingram, Robyn
Thanks Close
Millar, Toni
Set Down
Cain, Miles
Leyland, Penny
15th November 2018
Peach, Blair
Jones, Simon
Mcphee, Angus
Hogg, Janice
Speaker Host
Kwok, Ainie
Thanks Close
Kevany, Kevin
Set Down
Francis, Andy
Nov 01, 2018
A Visual History of Satire
Nov 08, 2018
Update on Tavenui Eye Project
Nov 15, 2018
Sharing of their Rotary experience in NZ
Dec 06, 2018
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Upcoming Events
WineFriend Wildcard Wine Evening
Remuera Golf Club
Nov 03, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Polio Movie Fundraiser - Bohemian Rhapsody
Berkeley Mission Bay
Nov 12, 2018
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Great Auckland Duck Race
Vector Wero White Water Park
Nov 25, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Trivia Quiz Night
Glen Taylor School
Nov 30, 2018
6:15 PM – 10:00 PM
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