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We meet Fridays at 6:45 AM
Tauranga Club
Level 5 Devonport Towers, 72 Devonport road
PO Box 2401
Tauranga 3140,
New Zealand
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Upcoming Events
Training police dogs
Oct 19, 2018
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
Board Meeting
ANZ Board Room, Cameron Rd
Oct 23, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Today's attendance:











Today's guests and visitors:
Coby Duggan. Speaker
Rosalie Crawford -
Chris Dever -
Lisa Phillips -  (all prospective members)
Ross Prestidge. President Tauranga Rotary Club

President Pat:

  • Bill Holland is very positive about his health scare and is doing well

  • President Elect Nominee

    Expressions of interest are sought for the position of President Elect Nominee.
    In effect this is for the position of President 2020/21.
    Guidance and all the help you need will be provided by the President, President Elect and all Board members.
    This is an exciting opportunity to put your mark on the Club.
    Contact President Pat Taylor for more information

Steve asked for attendees for Stepping Out (28 November) to see him afterwards for tickets at $35. The more we sell, the more we make.

Pauline forewarned she would be sending a notice about the duties roster, which should be read carefully to avoid doing unwanted ones. Also Christmas Puddings are back!

James reminded all to attend drinks tonight (that was Friday night) at Duncan and Ebbett.

Barry thanked those who attended the world premiere event on Sunday. Over 200 tickets were sold.


Guest speaker

Treasured Art's Partner Volvo’s Coby Duggan’s presentation was entitled ‘The Road to Autonomous Vehicles. A Volvo Perspective.’

He overviewed various global trends in automobile manufacture and stated autonomous vehicles would be the biggest impact on the market since cars began. Volvo has been at the forefront of safety since 1927 and reflects its human centred Swedish heritage with the brand strategy ‘Designed Around You.’

Coby listed Volvo’s impressive number of innovations and described in some detail the two most recent. The first is City Safety initiated in 2009 and centred on autonomous emergency brakes combined with camera and radar. The second is Pilot Assist launched in 2014 and included driver support with braking and acceleration up to 130kph.

Volvo’s vision is that by 2020 no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo.

Coby went on to describe how autonomous vehicles mean more freedom and driver experience rather than less. There are various levels of autonomy from 1-5. In a stunning degree of confidence in their own products, Volvo will accept full responsibility for their autonomous vehicles in the future.

Image result for cartoons for driverless carsCoby then showed a video of the Autonomous Drive Pilot in Gothenburg, Sweden costing $100m, which includes 100 self-driving cars. Their ambition is a crash free future. He went on to describe the 360C concept car which will be launched in 2025, and will feature full autonomy, full electrification and no human driver. It will give back a week/year of life to owners who don’t need to drive their cars, and can sleep, work or eat instead!

Volvo’s core values are safety, quality and environment, and are the first major car manufacturer to commit to full electrification of their fleet. By 2025 their target is 50%.

The final part of the presentation was a compelling video showing how autonomous vehicles will give us back our cities and provide us with more time. Virtually no inner-city parking will be required, so whereas cities of the past were designed around traffic and parking, in the future they will be designed for pedestrians.



Sergeant Devlin

Ron fined Stuart for his speaker thanks; Bill Holland for giving money away to the Kollective; Barry for being a semi-conductor; Pauline for bringing back the ghost of Christmas pud; Greg for his serious BOP Times photo; President Pat for his long stories; Mark Whitworth (past member!!) because Ports of Auckland have a bigger crane than Port of Tauranga; Dean for following his doctor’s (Neil) breakfast eating habits; Max for unfairly assuming Ron’s glass recycling bin wasn’t collected due to being overly full with wine bottles; Kevin for comments in last week’s housing crisis talk; Clayton Mitchell for promoting New Zealand’s values given his past, and Stuart (again) for wearing a cool jacket with party colours.



Rotary Friendship Exchange visit

A vacancy for hosting has arisen with one of our Hosts having to pull out for health reasons.
We will be hosting a team of 12 Rotarians and partners from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
All speak good English.
We have five host families and need one more.
Dates are Thursday 29 November to Saturday 1 December (3 nights inclusive)
Activities will be arranged for the team during the days they are with us.
Hosts are required to provide bed, some breakfast and some dinners (unless club events are arranged).
Those who have participated in Friendship Exchange visits in the past have all said that it is a richly rewarding experience helping foster international goodwill and understanding.
If you are interested in participating or want to learn more please contact either Pat Taylor or Club team leader, Michele Beaton.

New Member Nominations



Chris Dever has been nominated for membership of the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise, and his nomination has been approved by the Board.


Chris and his wife Nancy moved from Christchurch to Tauranga in January this year for Chris to take up a position with BOPDHB.


Born in Wairoa, Chris has spent most of his life elsewhere having spent ten years in Wellington working on the Wanganui Computer Centre project before taking up a an IT role with Hewlett Packard. This lead to a role with Mid Central Health and the Canterbury DHB where he lead IT teams. The move to Tauranga has seen Chris lead a team of IT Project Managers in Health IT with a particular emphasis on Data and Application Architecture.


He and Nancy have two sons. Edward who lives in Auckland and works in marketing and the theatre and Andrew who has Down Syndrome living at home in Tauranga.


Chris was a Lion for some ten years, is a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Celebrant so is no stranger to public service. He is very keen to develop a wide network of similarly minded friends hence his approach to join our club.




Lisa Phillips has also been nominated for membership of the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise, and her nomination has been approved by the Board.


Lisa and her partner Jason moved to Tauranga 18 months ago and live in Greerton together with two cats and a soon to arrive puppy.


Lisa is a Digital Consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and the nature of the job means that she spends most of her time behind a screen, Lisa’s job entails many overseas trips, often at short notice. She has worked in several NZ cities, London and Sydney.


Lisa has attended several club meetings, loves the vibe and is very keen to contribute to our various activities and fund raisers.

Members now have the opportunity to lodge any objections, which must be made in writing to the Secretary within 7 days of the publication of this notice. You do not need to disclose the reason for your objection, unless it is a business-related issue. Members are expected to act with the highest integrity for the good of the Club rather than self-interest. Please address all correspondence to


....and finally


Reaching out for help
Hi everyone
As you may know I am involved with the Bay of Plenty Multiple Sclerosis Society. Earlier in the year we had two staff leave in quick succession leaving us in a bit of turmoil. At this point I put myself forward to cover one of the roles left vacant and with the idea of sorting some issues out and to get the Society to run more efficiently.  I soon realised that the Society was in a great deal more trouble than first thought. 
As a consequence of the situation, more than half of the committee has resigned with the Acting President the next person out the door. 
What do I need - 
I am looking to fill three roles on the committee. President, Vice President and Secretary/ Treasurer. They need to have the necessary skills for the job, strong leadership skills and for the Secretary/Treasurer role good financial competence. 
It is not going to be easy getting the MS Society back into a sustainable position, however it is possible. 
If you know of anyone that would be up for a challenge then please get them to contact me to discuss. 
I appreciate your help.
Warren Scobie -  GDipBus
So there you are - another bumper issue of our Bulletin BUT is it worthy of a more 'interesting' name rather than 'Bulletin' or doesn't it matter? President Pat is offering a bribe (sorry, prize) to anyone who, in his opinion, comes up with a better alternative name. It is your Editors' (all 5 of us) aim to provide not only a factual report of past (and future) events but also to make it interesting, maybe controversial or even humorous. Any suggestions to Pat please
Parting Thought

David McConnachie quoted Robin Williams who said, ‘Compassionate conservativism sounds like a Volvo with a gun rack.’

 Duties for the next 3 weeks:



19 Oct 18

26 Oct 19

2 Nov 18


Shaun Piper

Antoon Moonen

Dan Allen-Gordon

Technology Set-up

Les Geraghty

Wayne Shadbolt

David Robinson

Door and Parting Thought

Warren Banks

Barry Fredheim

Wendy Showan


Michele Beaton

Ian Burns

Bill Chapman

Speaker Intro and Host

Anna Kendall

Warren Scobie

Dave Woodhouse

Speaker Thanks

Wayne Shadbolt

Sally Morrison

Stephen Dorrington


Julie Hignett

James Ross

Stuart Pedersen

Bulletin Editor

Stephen Dorrington

Bill Chapman

Dave Woodhouse


Antoon Moonen

Dan Allen-Gordon

Max Mason


Luis Vascanelos - Training Police Dogs

International Convention Toronto + My year as President. Ken White

My life in retail -

Barry Muir