President's Message
We are really in the hands of some exceptional young people looking at the future in New Zealand after the presentation today. These two special science students from our partner school Glendowie College, aspiring scientists Arbel Tenembaum and Alvaro Nola-Dodd. Read more about their presentations below but there would not have been any member not inspired by these two students. Our partnership with Glendowie College, the strength of the Interact club, and the continued contribution these students are making within our local community is outstanding.
Next week we are going to learn more about our members with Hugh Scott-Russell sharing his personal stories and experiences with us. It is always amazing to hear what our team have experienced in life as was demonstrated recently.
Also, we will hear from Vaimoana Lolohea who is the current President of the Auckland Rotaract Club. This club has a group of young adults trying to make a difference both here in our communities and a special project in Fiji. I experienced her story recently and I know you will congratulate and support the team and what they want to achieve.
Well done to the team who went to Motutapu over the weekend, once again the efforts of club members have made a huge difference to our facilities within the Hauraki Gulf and islands.
(Posted by President Elect, Allan Smith)
St John's Rotary Swings into Action
Our Sub60 Golf Tournament took place today with many members assisting behind the scenes and others competing...
 We look forward to bringing you a full report of how it all went in the next bulletin.
Arbel Tenembaum and Alvaro Nola-Dodd
EPIC Science Students

WOW, what a privilege to have had the opportunity to listen to two awe inspiring presentations from two ultra special science students from our partner school Glendowie College. They're on a mission and these two students are certainly ones to watch out for in making a massive global contribution on the international stage. Both Arbel and Alvaro received sponsorship funding from our Trust to assist with their science activity costs.

Aspiring astrophysicist Arbel Tenembaum presented her participation at the week-long 'Hands-On at Otago' experience in physics in January. Arbel is a Year 12, 16 year old Glendowie College student. She came to New Zealand with her parents from Israel when she was 7 years old. Her curiosity in attending 'Hand on at Otago' was driven by her desire to understand what science does, as she has always held a long time passion for science. She was 1 of 400 students who undertook various physics projects across the 6 days such as solar powered grasshoppers! Arbel's goal is to attend University to study physics.
Alvaro Nola-Dodd joined 160+ students at the Rotary National Science & Technology Forum over 2 weeks in Auckland where he was awarded the prestigious AUT Roy Geddes Science Education Award for travel to London. He is a Year 13 student who won a Physics scholarship in Year 12. He eloquently talked about his time at the Forum meeting like-minded top end engineering/science people. Alvaro said the Forum was life changing as a person, socially and professionally - it opened his eyes to the world around him and he was exposed to in-depth research at the University particularly in biomedical research whereby the application of theoretical knowledge can make a dramatic impact on peoples' lives. Alvaro talked about the many science modules on offer, such as the linkages with ethics and business, molecular bio discovery and bioinformatics. Alvaro has a passion for engineering and physics and quantum computing and plans on pursuing higher learning in this field.
The Forum provided Alvaro a snap shot of student life with 200 students across NZ who all shared a common passion for science and technology. In between the science stuff he played volleyball, and  learnt how to play pool. What else does Alvaro do in his spare time?...well he plays the violin, does a bit of fishing and sailing, is learning to kite surf, tinkers with cars and is rebuilding a motor bike. He said he's "fuelled" with a desire to learn; wants to question the 'why' and wants to know how something works.
Club Member Oscar Lyons (currently studying at Oxford) read about Alvaro in our previous Bulletin and has offered to show him around Oxford!
Motutapu Painting Project - School House

Day One started with our team of 4, Miles, Gary, Peter & Aubrey, catching the 9.15am Rangitoto ferry, accompanied by regular volunteer for Motutapu Restoration Trust, Neil.

We arrived at the old schoolhouse to the sight of 2 pails of house paint at the front gate, one erected scaffold, loaned from MOEC and a petrol water blaster. So we hit the ground running with Peter waterblasting the house, Aubrey replacing damaged weather boards and Miles & Gary starting the paint preparation.

By the end of day one we prepared all the paintwork and managed to get half the windows undercoated. 

Our Club was represented at Epsom Rotary Club Annual Bowls Tournament yesterday (Monday 12 March) at Epsom Bowling Club. The team captain for the day was myself, with Eugene and our friends, Ray and Vili. We won 6 games out of 7 and were the winning team for the evening. A great event to encourage fellowship among other club members and friends.
Taveuni Hospital Rebuild - Update from Geoff
The start, the mess,moss and mould.
More rubbish and dirt etc.
Killing the mould and mildew.
After water blasting into the hospital building.
The 800 x 50 mm timber border around entire top of wall, bolted through to a 800 x 50 on other side of wall every 600mm. This will carry the trusses and the roof, new steel reinforcing rod is tied to the original reinforcing rods so Building secured from bottom to top. The bond beam fixing and concrete will be complete today.
The steel brackets are bolted through the old concrete and the new bond beam and the 800 x 50 timber collar.
Hope this brings you all up to date. Thanks for all the support.
Best wishes, Geoffrey
Geoffrey Amos
Rotary Club of Taveuni Island
Rotary Glenfield Quiz Night
An Evening with Jennifer Jones
Life Changing Experience for 20-28 year olds
Don't Miss Out - RYLA Nominations Please
Our Club is looking for nominations for this remarkable programme. As a club, we have all thoroughly enjoyed hearing back from our RYLA graduates and unfailingly hear how this programme enriches the participants in profound ways.
If a nomination is successful, our Club pays the fee!  
Rotary family members and friends are welcome to apply
2018 Dates:  Saturday 30 June – Saturday 7 July
RYLA is an experiential live-in programme designed to help young people develop their team work and communication skills and fulfill their potential as leaders. (Age range: 20–28 years, aApplicants must be of reasonable fitness.) 
If you know of anyone in this age group who could be a potential nominee/candidate, please direct them to complete the online Registration form (adding St John’s as the sponsoring club) via this link: 
If you would like to know more about the programme and nomination process, please contact Tom Street for additional information.  Email:
Become a Youth Ambassador for NZ
Three information evenings are coming up for students and families to find out more about Rotary Youth Exchange - an awesome programme! If you have family or friends in this age group - come along to an info evening and find out about this well-respected; world-respected Youth Exchange Scheme.
Ideal for Secondary Students aged 16-18 years in 2019 (current Y10-13s). 
Life changing; challenging; fun!
Auckland & Central
7:30pm, Thursday 12 April
Remuera Golf Club
East Auckland
7:30pm, Tuesday 10 April
Te Tehi Centre, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga
South Auckland
7:30pm, Wednesday 4 April
Papakura RSA, 40 Elliot Street, Papakura
Reunion - D9920 Rotary Youth Exchange
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators
23-25 Mar
RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment) (Ainie)
25 April
ANZAC Breakfast (Michele M)
7 May
The Great Rotary Debate
St Johns Vs Auckland East

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 22 March 2018
Morning: 7:00am for 7:30am
Meeting Responsibilities
Setup/ Set Down
Bell, Patrick
Boyd, Lynette
Stichbury, Glen
Robinson, Nigel
Speaker Host
Fergus, Brian
Ingram, Robyn
Upcoming Events
ANZAC Breakfast
Apr 25, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Debate Rotary St Johns v Auckland East
May 07, 2018 5:30 PM
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