President's Message
Greetings for the New Year, and looking forward to meeting you all again at the Greatest Little Rotary Club in the ... Biosphere in 2018.  There's a lot coming up to get involved with, so please keep a close watch on the Bulletin and notices at club and committee meetings. 
Our 2018 Rotary Club Meetings kick off this Thursday evening with a special speaker who comes highly recommended by staff and students at Glen Taylor School. Charlotte Gibbs leads a publishing company called Toitoi, not just publishing “for” children but rather publishing the writing and art "of" kiwi children aged 5-13 years. Our Glen Taylor is one among many schools where Charlotte’s work is so appreciated.
Please don’t forget to RSVP to Brian Fergus ASAP for this first meeting.  
Note also 7th Feb. (pm)  We have our first Combined Committee Meeting of the year on Wed. 7 Feb. at the golfclub.  Please plan to be there, as there are many activities to work together on in the lead up to the busy March/April period.
Please diarise 1st Mar. (pm)  Please also note a special Club event on Thurs. 1st March.  This will be our regular club night, but we will hold a Trivia evening at Glen Taylor School as a fundraiser for projects on Taveuni Is., Fiji.  There, our plan is to assist projects prioritised by their Rotary Club; Geoff Amos from Taveuni will be with us for that evening.  Please plan to participate and invite others to join in – details coming shortly from Ainie, Lesley, Penny, and Donald.
Also during the first week of March, Auckland will host the visit of Rotary International President Ian Riseley.  More details to come. 
Project Elf - It's a Wrap
St John's Rotary Members (family and helpers) can be incredibly proud of the effort and adaptability demonstrated with the roll out of "Project Elf".
This project required dedicated volunteers to set aside hours to supervise and man gift wrapping booths at Sylvia Park during the silly season - those crucial three weeks of shopping-madness in the build up to Christmas Eve.
As the project got underway, St John's Rotary Elves (and family) collectively demonstrated the ability to roll up their sleeves, Elf-Up and get on with it. Flexibility was the key when we learned we'd be WRAPPING more than supervising! But I think it is fair to report that despite the unexpected intensity of the project, most Rotary Elves involved had a busy and positive experience.  There was also the added bonus of meeting and working with Glendowie College Interacters (who were also volunteering their man-power).
Time and again we saw covert Rotarian gift-wrapping skill emerge at the booths. Rotary Elves who previously wouldn't even wrap their knuckles could be seen tearing, folding and sticky-taping gifts - not only with speed but (eventually) with finesse and precision any surgeon would envy.  Shifts were often heard to end with boasts of who successfully dealt with the most awkwardly shaped gift; who wrestled with the largest gift; who did the best bow curl and who elicited the largest donation!  Click Read More
Onja Update from Sam Lucas
Currently I am on the road with two others, conducting exam sessions in 4 districts. We have completed the first one and are preparing for the second one now. 
In the first district we stayed at a church. This is me with the pastor and his family.  I forget how much bigger than most people I am until I see photos! Simon (Jones) will be a giant here!
Marcelline (left, below) helps with the exams and interviews and Germane (right) is cooking for all of the students during the exam sessions. This photo was taken after we had been in the van for 12 hours overnight. The road was terrible and I was amazed a van like that could actually do the job. 
Doing the exam.

We Featured in Motutapu Restoration Trust Newsletter Dec 2017
Fun Run - Highbrook Rotary
A great way to kick-start the new Year!  Team St John's anyone?  Please email Robyn Ingram if you would like to join a walking team: .  Click Read More for further information.
Cultural and Charity Night - Auckland South
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators
National Science & Technology Forum (Peter B)
Motutapu Island - house painting (Miles +)
10 Feb
Beach clean-up (Nick)
1 Mar
Taveuni Island Fiji – Quiz Night fundraiser
Auction items gratefully accepted (Donald, Ainie)
3 or 4 Mar
Hosting RI President Ian Riseley to Motutapu Island
(with Newmarket Club)
19 Mar
Golf Tournament (David)  Sub60 lead sponsor
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 February 2018
EVENING 6:00pm
Meeting Responsibilities
1st February 2018
Set Up/Down
Walsh, Peter
Such, Rosemary
Bowie, Donald
Hartstone, David
Gerrard, Tricia
Speaker Host
Herlihy, Chris
15 February 2018
8th February
Set Up/down
Street, Tom
Jones, Simon
Robertson, Andrew
Francis, Andy
Cornaga, John
15 February
Robinson, Colin
Russell, Hugh Scott
Robinson, Beryl
Robinson, Neil
Speaker Host
Fergus, Brian
Peach, Blair
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!