President's Message

Last meeting, we were treated by Ainie Kwok to a first-hand view of the amazing Taveuni Eye Project, following her recent visit to Taveuni Island’s hospital at Waiyevo.  This project achieves so much and changes many lives thanks to the generosity of overseas eye surgeons and other medical staff, funding from Rotary clubs, and the incredible achievements of Geoff & Joey Amos and the Taveuni Is. Rotary Club.

At this week’s meeting, we look forward to welcoming Claire Lucas as a new member.  Claire is well known to many of us through her active involvement with the Onja project, established by her brother Sam in Madagascar.  And our speakers this week will be two Rotary Exchange Students – always great value to hear of their backgrounds and impressions of life in Aotearoa NZ.

Don’t forget to register with Nick Goddard for the Omaru Stream clean-up this Saturday 17th Nov.

Kind regards,

Peter (standing in for Allan, in USA)










Guest Speaker Ainie Kwok Rotary International Taveuni Eye Project 2018
What a real pleasure listening Ainie speaking with so much passion and compassion on the Taveuni Eye Project which has been running for the past 12-13 years.  In 2017 over 12 days, a total of 345 cataract surgeries were performed with patients coming all over from Fiji often on a ferry from Suva to Taveuni. What this project sets it apart from other eye surgery projects is holistic model of care from village tom hospital.  The wrap around service includes transportation, travel costs and all medical and associated supported such as meals and accommodation.  Four surgeons and nurses from around the globe from USA, Argentina, Australia and NZ provide the service.  A next door neighbour of Geoff Amos is one of the volunteer drivers who meets and greets the patients off the ferry in one of the two mini vans donated by Kamal’s Island tours.  Ainie talked about a woman who was totally blind and another two women who were incredibly frightened and couldn't be persuaded to have surgery. 
Quick fund raiser AND opportunity to assist another superb club!!!

Our Club has been given the great opportunity to earn a quick $5K (yes, five thousand) simply by assisting Papakura Rotary Club with their annual and extremely popular motorcycle show. They are looking for around 10 (ten) Rotary helpers at the ASB Showgrounds on Saturday 24 & on Sunday 25 November. 


They need us to man doors, guide parking and man a Rotary booth.  Shifts would probably be four hours. Could members who can help please email Robyn ASAP who will coordinate a schedule. Email:


Club Activities / Important Dates to Diary
Next Club Meeting - Breakfast Meeting - November 15th:
Exchange Students Experience 
Trivia Night Flyer
Club Visit to Hauturu (Little Barrier Island)
A confirmed date of Monday February 18th has now been secured. BUT we ONLY need a ferry!!!  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.
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:

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 15 November 2018
Breakfast Meeting:
7.00 am for 7.15 am
Meeting Responsibilities
15th November 2018
Peach, Blair
Jones, Simon
Mcphee, Angus
Hogg, Janice
Speaker Host
Kwok, Ainie
Thanks Close
Kevany, Kevin
Set Down
Francis, Andy
22nd November 2018
Set Up
Richardson-Jones, Aubrey
Robertson, Andrew
Tedcastle, Isabella
Key, Gary
Speaker Host
Cornaga, John
Thanks Close
Gatt, Alex
Set Down
Goodman, Roger
Snap Chat
Francis, Andy
29th November 2018
Set Up
Cain, Miles
Boyd, Lynette
Jones, (HM) Tim
Gerrard, Tricia
Speaker Host
Millar, Toni
Thanks Close
Bell, Patrick
Set Down
Fergus, Brian
Snap Chat
Benge, Frances
Nov 15, 2018
Sharing of their Rotary experience in NZ
Nov 22, 2018
Glen Taylor Principal's Perspective on the Chinese Education System & Relationships with NZ
Nov 29, 2018
Eastern Bays Songbird Project
Dec 06, 2018
Dec 13, 2018
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Upcoming Events
Stream Cleanup Maybury Reserve GI
Maybury Reserve
Nov 17, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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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