President's Message
A great turnout from club members and visitors to hear from Murray Hobson, RNZRSA representing the RSA. The theme was not all wounds are visible and how the RSA is responding not only to the physical scars of combat but also the unseen mental scars. 
We thank Michelle Mann for her efforts and ongoing commitment to honour and commemorate our past and present service men and women.
Some of the best speakers we have are from club members and we will be hearing from two at Thursday night’s meeting so please RSVP and come along for a fun filled evening.

David Hartstone (Past-President)

Lest We Forget - ANZAC Breakfast
Members and Guests enjoyed the warm and convivial atmosphere at the ANZAC Breakfast last week. We all appreciated the ANZAC themed setting featuring poppies, rosemary and carefully selected music playing in the background. Our thanks to Michele Mann (and her team) for setting the tone for this special commemorative breakfast ($5 from each breakfast fee going to the RSA).
Guest speaker was Murray Hobson, RNZRSA. He spoke about this year’s theme for the poppy appeal “not all wounds bleed” and how mental health injuries suffered by our servicemen and women are so common, but least understood. It was timely that the government had just announced a $1.1 million funding boost to assist the RSA deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Murray also spoke about disability assistance dogs who are being specially trained to support and comfort veterans with PTSD. The dogs are proven to reduce issues with social anxiety, irritability and memory loss. The service dogs are valued at approx. $50,000 with so far only one NZ veteran in line to get a dog. This year’s Poppy Appeal was fundraising for this dog and Murray felt sure more funds will be found to invest further in this significant K9 service.
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The Great Debate - Please RSVP

Rotary Club of St Johns   V   Rotary Club of Auckland East

Monday 7th May

Mote: Is the America's Cup only beneficial to Auckland?

Venue:  Five Knots, Tamaki Yacht Club, 30 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay

Time:  5:30pm for 6:00pm start

St John’s members are invited to the debate to support their team.

RSVP is essential as guest numbers are limited to 25.

Evening Meal charge of $28 will be added to your account.

Be in super quick to register your attendance with Brian Fergus


Cambodia Habitat for Humanity Build
Sponsorship Offered!!!
Further to my invitation to join the team to Cambodia, I am pleased to announce that a very generous sponsor has offered to financially support one or two members of St John’s Rotary to participate in the Cambodia Habitat for Humanity build in October. The recipients must have a genuine desire to participate but through lack of funding, cannot contemplate such a worthwhile adventure. Please contact Miles Cain to discuss further.
Regards, Miles Cain 0274 469 225
Sailing...Have A Go!
Designed to give primary and intermediate school students the opportunity to try sailing in a safe and well managed environment, this superb program is taking place at Okahu Bay.  These school are now booked, with a few more to confirm.  If you are near Okahu Bay, swing by to see what they get up to. 
Panmure District School
Panmure Bridge School
Churchill Park
Glen Taylor
Stonefields School
St Pius X
Pt England School
Stonefields School
St Patricks School
Glenbrae School
Tamaki School
Mt Eden Rotary Fundraiser
Mt Eden Rotary invites you to a private screening of OCEAN'S 8.  Please SHARE this invitation with anyone who you think may find it of interest. Thank you!
Date: Sunday 10 June 2018
Time: Starts 6.30pm (Doors open 6.15pm)
Venue: Hoyts Sylvia Park
Tickets: $25 includes popcorn, or choc bomb or bottled coke; CASH sales please.
Net proceeds to: The Rotary Foundation and other Rotary programmes
Win an e-bike with the MS Auckland Raffle
Win an e-bike with the MS Auckland raffle!
Tickets are on sale until the 2nd of May and only 2,000 tickets will be sold.
Great odds!
Thanks to the kind support from friends at Electric Bikes NZ Ltd and Smartmotion, MS Auckland has an e-bike valued at $2,799 to raffle off!
Tickets are just $5 and come in books of 5 – so you can buy a book for $25 and have 5 chances of winning this fantastic bike! Sales close on the 2nd May and the prize will be drawn on 9th of May.
  • Tickets can be purchased from Donald Bowie (phone:  0274 752 473) or from the MS office at 5 The Strand, Takapuna.
  • Contact Kirsty at or on 09 845 5921 for more information on the raffle.
  • All proceeds from the raffle will be going directly to the support services offered by MS Auckland for people living with MS.
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators
25 April
ANZAC Breakfast (Michele M)
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 3 May 2018
Evening: 6:00pm for 6:30pm
Meeting Responsibilities
3rd May 2018
Set Up/Down
Fergus, Brian
Mayne, Alan
Belthazar, Jane
Cain, Miles
Speaker Host
Fergus, Brian
Thanks & Close
Gallagher, Megan
May 03, 2018
You have to come to the meeting to find out what they are talking about !!
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
Leaders Elect Training Seminar
St Cuthberts College
May 06, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Debate Rotary St Johns v Auckland East
May 07, 2018 5:30 PM
Changeover Dinner
Jun 07, 2018
Did you join Rotary to do good things in the community?
You can help or join in all projects (whatever the committee), just contact the committee director and/or project team leader.  In most cases, you can include family and friends. 
Enjoy your Rotary:  Be an active Rotarian
The best 'little' Rotary Club in the Biosphere!