President's Message
At this Thursday morning meeting, we look forward to getting to know two of our newer members who have kindly agreed to share their personal profiles with us:  Sang Cho and Hugh Scott-Russell.
We owe huge thanks to the Organising Committee and other helpers for the very successful Taveuni fundraising evening last Thursday, enjoyed by so many members, family, and friends along with several other Rotary Clubs - and with special guests Geoff & Joey Amos. See the illustrated article below.
On Saturday, Michelle Forman, Miles Cain and I had the absolute privilege to travel with RI President Ian Riseley and Juliet to Motutapu Island, along with members of Newmarket Rotary, to view the island and its restoration projects along with Rotary's contribution (especially Newmarket) over the past 25+ years. We were kindly hosted on the island by trustees of the Motutapu Restoration Trust, visiting the nursery complex (where Miles & team are assisting with the bunker and school house), Motutapu Outdoor Education Trust, and Home Bay (site of Rotarian and public planting, Rotary Centennial Walk, and the bridge jointly funded by Newmarket and St Johns) - with luxury launch transport there and back kindly provided by Rotarian John Boscowan. Miles was especially partial to the afternoon tea scones! 
Tavenui Quiz Night
Well what a wonderful night of fun and frivolity along with a healthy dose of competition. This event enjoyed an excellent turnout with ?? teams/tables participating and if the noise was anything to go by, everyone there enjoyed a great night out!
We were delighted that Geoff Amos (Taveuni Rotary Club) was there to enjoy the evening with us. He shared with everyone the astounding local work Rotary is undertaking in the area, thanks to the encouragement and coordination of his club of only 13 members.  They aim high with their projects and are a superb example of how Rotary "get things done".
We were also very fortunate to be able to host this event in the Hall at Glen Taylor School and were treated to a lovely performance from the schools "Pacific Pearls".  
Once again a MASSIVE  thank you to the Sponsors of this event: Lynette Boyd, Barfoot & Thompson; New World Stonefields; Michelle Mann.
Huge thanks to our dedicated committee members Ainie, Penny and Donald for organising a fantastic night for Taveuni, fundraising for the rebuild project at Waiyevo Hospital. We also very much appreciated their "helpers" who worked tirelessly through the evening to ensure everything ran so well.
21 teams competed including teams from other Rotary Clubs - Mangere, Epsom, Mt Eden, Waikato Sunrise, Remuera and Christchurch Sunrise. A great event - thanks to all who came along and supported it.  


 Paul Harris Sapphire Award - Ainie Kwok
The award is named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, and is one of the highest awards that can be given in Rotary. The sapphire pin is equivalent to a double Paul Harris Fellow Award, and in New Zealand is usually awarded to Rotarians to underline a long-term commitment to Rotary ideals.
At the Taveuni Quiz night, past President Ainie Kwok was surprised with a presentation of this award.  Her dedication to Rotary Club of St Johns and beyond includes:  Formation of and on-going support for the Interact Club, Glendowie College; Main point of contact for St Johns with partner secondary schools, Glendowie and Sacred Heart Colleges; Contact for several Manaiakalani Schools in Tamaki region; Active participant on District Youth Committee; Chair of the District RYPEN committee; Mentor, Christchurch Sunrise Club, and some new Auckland clubs; Led Gift-Wrapping fundraiser at Sylvia Park pre-Christmas; Volunteered at Taveuni Island build, fore-runner to fundraiser that Ainie co-organised; Multi-tasker Extraordinaire; Also runs her own business based in Christchurch, and runs ultra-marathons!  Ainie, your example of "Service above Self" is applauded by all.
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
Reunion - D9920 Rotary Youth Exchange
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators
9 Mar
Motuapu Island house painting (Miles +)
Tahuna Torea Beach clean-up (Nick) 9am start
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 8 March 2018
Evening: 7:00am for 7:30am
Upcoming Events
Golf Tournament
Mar 19, 2018
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