President's Message
This Thursday morning, we look forward to hearing from a key organisation in our Glen Innes community when Patsy Sim speaks to us about the Glen Innes Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).  CAB services include the foodbank, budgeting, JP visits, and legal advice. Our club recently gave financial assistance to the CAB for the purchase of school clothing for a family, and also contributes to the foodbank. 
As Cyclone Gita continues on its course towards NZ, Rotary is responding to the devastation in Tonga thanks to Rotary personnel on the ground and the Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) that had earlier been distributed there from NZ.  Each year, club members here assist with packing ERKs, and their importance is clear in the face of such damage and dislocation. Our Board has sent a donation for ERKs.
If not already please reserve your tickets for the Taveuni Is. Trivia Night, on Thurs. 1 March - at Glen Taylor School. 
Guest Speaker Roger Green Founder & Director, The Retreat Rehabilitation Programme
This week’s guest speaker was Roger Green who has 33 years’ experience working with people with addictions such as drugs and alcohol. Roger is Founder and Director of the New Zealand Retreat Auckland (NZRA) which operates a facility in Otahuhu and opened in April 2013. It is similar in concept to the Retreat at Wayzata, Minnesota, USA. Though modelled on the Twelve Steps principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) there is no affiliation with AA. Nevertheless, AA has been around for 85 years and has continued to be the by far the most effective rehab programme.    
Action of Choice
“Action of Choice” reflects what Rotary is all about and as members of a great Rotary club I was somewhat surprised at the lack of willingness to be involved in the management of the club. For those who have indicated their willingness to take on a role we thank you. 😊
Often, I hear from members that there appears to be a divide between the old members and the new. I can understand that but by being involved it can help breakdown this divide. Since I have been involved on the Board I have felt a compelling understanding of what Rotary is about and how we can be an important part of the community. Great friendships also develop.
We appreciate that members belong for many reasons both socially and project community actions locally and internationally. However, Robyn and I need help to finalise the team to support the club over the next 12 months / 2 years.
What we need help with are the following:
  • Management of the Bulletin (2 x person/s makes this job easier and Robyn will assist)
  • Website / Facebook management
  • Social fellowship
  • Special Projects convenor
These are important to the club functioning well and if you can assist please give me a ring.
President Elect
021 959 397
Taveuni Trivia FUNDRAISER Night
***  Auction and/or Spot Prize items for this event gratefully received!
Rotary Youth Exchange
RYLA Nominations Please
(Rotary Youth Leadership Award)
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.
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). If a nomination is successful, our Club pays the fee.  Applicants must be of reasonable fitness.
2018 Dates:  Saturday 30 June – Saturday 7 July
If you know of anyone in this age group who could be a potential nominee/candidate (Rotary family members are welcome to apply), 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:
Women In Rotary High Tea
This year’s Women in Rotary High Tea will be on 10 March 2018 at the Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre in Lloyd Elsmore Park.  The theme will be Hats & Handbags and please invite family and friends as well.  Donations of used handbags in good condition and women’s health and beauty items are also welcome and will be used as fundraisers throughout the event, with profits being donated to women in need and other Rotary projects.  If you are interested in attending, then please contact Jacqui in the office.
Date & Time: 2pm, Saturday 10 March 2018
Venue: Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre, Lloyd Elsmore Park, 451 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
Cost: $45pp
Online Auction Supporting Dementia Auckland
Parnell Rotary are proud to support Dementia Auckland’s first ever online charity auction – and you could collect some amazing items.
We are delighted that we can help provide vital services to support people with dementia, and their carers, to live well and extend their independence.
Now, with this new auction, we hope that Dementia Auckland (and the people in their care) will benefit even more.
From a signed Jona Lomu rugby jersey (a truly one of a kind collectors’ item!) through to gorgeous collectable homewares and family passes for some of Auckland’s favourite attractions, dining vouchers and coffee machines, there’s truly something for everyone.
Now, we’re asking all Rotarians – why not put your dollar where it can do some good?
Visit the Dementia Auckland Trade Me auction today to put your bids in. Get in quick – you don’t want to miss out on these amazing items.
Happy bidding!
Upcoming Projects and Lead Coordinators
Motuapu Island house painting (Miles +)
Tahuna Torea Beach clean-up (Nick) 9am start
1 Mar
Taveuni Island Fiji – Quiz Night fundraiser
Auction items gratefully accepted (Donald, Ainie)
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 22 February 2018
Morning 7:00am
Meeting Responsibilities
Smith, Allan
Tedcastle, Isabella
Hillman, Mark
McGarry, Penny
Richardson-Jones, Aubrey
Fergus, Brian
Upcoming Events
Taveuni Island - Trivia Evening
Mar 01, 2018
Golf Tournament
Mar 19, 2018
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!