President's Message
This coming week is a BIG one - for our club as well as for Rotary Auckland-wide. 
Several members, led by Ainie, Penny and Donald, are heavily engaged in organising the final touches for our Taveuni fund-raising event this Thursday evening 1 March at Glen Taylor School, 6.15 pm for 7.00 start.  We will be hosting many Rotarians from other clubs as well as our own families and friends, together for a fun night of friendly/combative(?) competition, with the focus on fundraising for the rebuild project at Waiyevo Hospital. Special guest will be Geoff Amos from the Taveuni Club. We are very grateful for sponsorship for this event from Lynette Boyd at Bartfoot & Thompson, New World Stonefields, and Moet & Chandon.
Over this coming weekend, Auckland is hosting the visit from the Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife Juliet - here to speak at the weekend's SPPETS training course at Waipuna Lodge for all incoming NZ club Presidents-Elect (including our PE Allan Smith), who will take office from July this year.  On Saturday afternoon, Miles Cain, Michelle Forman, and I have the privilege to join with Newmarket Rotary for a visit with Ian & Juliet (who both share a keen interest in environmental sustainability) to view 25+ years of Rotary involvement in forest restoration on Motutapu Is. - hosted on the island by the Motutapu Restoration Trust.    
Guest Speaker - Patsy Sim
Manager Citizens Advice Bureau Glen Innes
Patsy is Manager of the Glen Innes Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and has now been in this role for six months. Situated at 100 Line Road, out local CAB can be found just behind the Library. Patsy advised it just needs grass on the roof and their building would double-up for Hobbiton!
She thanked the Club for our support, particularly with the Foodbank. (Members will recall during December we collected and donated food items; grocery vouchers; and toothbrushes).
Patsy explained that the CAB is an independent community service, largely supported by Council. They have a very professional National Head Office funded by Central Government. All CABs collate information that feeds into social policy via the Ministry of Business.
The Taveuni Story Continues...
Day 1
Today we starting removing all the rubbish from the building. I guess you call this Day 1. The clean up will take a couple of days and we will then start drilling the concrete at the top of the walls. We need to run a timber skirt around the top of the exterior walls to enable us to fasten the roof trusses securely.
This is the latest update from the hardworking team on the building site at Waiyevo Hospital. For those not familiar with the setup, there is a core of workers who work on Rotary projects around the island. They are local Fijians employed by Geoff Amos.
Our club is hosting the Taveuni Quiz Night to assist Geoff Amos and his workers with their projects. The funds raised at our Quiz night will be targeted for the refurbishment of one of the burned out buildings at Waiveyo Hospital. This building will be refurbished and converted to a 5 bedroom unit for expectant mothers and family who would otherwise have to endure long bumpy roads travelling to the Island’s only hospital. The building will also be used for visiting doctors and surgeons supporting the Taveuni Eye Project and other health programs.
Waiyevo Hospital is a small wooden basic general hospital with a 32 beds and 5 wards. The hospital is run by a 2 doctor team with surgeons and other medical specialists visiting the hospital from time to time. For serious cases where advanced medical treatment is required, patients are airlifted to the nearest main hospital in the island of Fiji.
Let’s get behind the Taveuni team and support them either by purchasing a ticket or a table to ourTaveuni Trivia Night on 1 March 2018 at Glen Taylor School, West Tamaki Road. If you are not able to be with us, donations to the project can be made directly to Rotary Club of St Johns (bank account details are on the event flyer below).
Taveuni Quiz Night Auction Items
Some great items are "up for grabs" at our Taveuni Quiz Night.  Remember to come along so you can put in a bid...
Magnum of Moet Chandon Champagne
Wardrode Make Over
$300 Dinner Gift Voucher at Annabels
Meal & Wine Tasting for 6 at Maison Vauron
Tour of Southern Spas
Taupo Bach Holiday for 5 days
Awhitu Bach Holiday for 5 days
Stirling Silver Ring
Signed Warriors Jersey
Splendid Sponsors!
A heartfelt thank you to our key sponsors for the Taveuni Quiz Night:
Lynette Boyd (Barfoot & Thompson)
as key evening sponsor
Stonefields New World (Graham Fabian)
and Michele Mann
Taveuni Trivia Night
Three SJR Past Presidents
Last night the Cains had the opportunity to host Mary Ann and Andy while they were in Auckland for Andy’s sons wedding. Over dinner we had the pleasure of opening the bottle of “President’s" Pinot Noir that Mary Ann presented to office holders during her term in 2013/14. It was delicious.
Accommodation Request from Germany
Dear Alex Gatt and the members of the Rotary Club of St. Johns
My name is Tammo Maertens. I am one of the volunteers for ShelterBox in Germany and I am currently a student at the University of Applied Science in Bremen. In 2010 I had contact with Rotary for the first time. I was an exchange student through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in 2010/2011 for a year in the USA. During this time, I was able to attend the Rotary meetings and activities, which I really enjoyed. As part of my undergraduate program I have to do an internship abroad. I received an internship position at Hamburg Sud in Auckland. The internship lasts from the beginning of August 2018 until the end of February 2019. For this time I am looking for a small apartment or a room in Auckland.  (Click for more...)
Rotary Youth Exchange
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators
Motuapu Island house painting (Miles +)
Tahuna Torea Beach clean-up (Nick) 9am start
3 Mar
Co-Hosting RI President Ian Riseley to Motutapu Island (with Newmarket Club)
19 Mar
Sub60 Golf Tournament (David)
23-25 Mar
RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) (Ainie)

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
Club Email
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 1 March 2018
Evening: 6:15pm for 7:00pm
Upcoming Events
Taveuni Island - Trivia Evening
Mar 01, 2018
Golf Tournament
Mar 19, 2018
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