Editor: Dave Woodhouse

Club Directors
Past President
Community Service
International Service
Membership and Club Service
Public Image and Events
New Generation
If you wish to apologise or register a Leave of Absence Request, please use the links below. Any problems please use contact form and emails will be forwarded. Remember absences need to be submitted before 6 pm on Thursday to be credited. LOAs require board approval


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Meeting Information
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
Cricket 7
Feb 09, 2019
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Alzheimers Tauranga
Feb 15, 2019
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM











  • Bill goes in for his operation on Monday. Our thoughts are with you, Bill
  • Welcome back to Graham after his spell away
  • Membership anniversaries: Ursula 8 years and Barbara 3 years
  • On a sad, but entirely understandable note, Larissa has seen fit to stand down from the Club, having found juggling everything didn't work out. We all wish you well, Larissa and look forward to the time when you can renew your membership.
  • Dave W appealed for members to commit to selling 'a few' Savealife capsules each to help us reduce the aspirin and capsule stock.(The response was truly amazing - huge thanks to all. Your orders will be distributed next week)
  • Collection for the Blind Society/Foundation on 22 February. See Wendy S

WHEN? Sunday 24 February from 4pm

WHERE? 1889 F State Highway 29 Lower Kaimai, Tauranga. First turning left 50 metres past Kaimai School.

COST? $10 per head to cover meat dish, payment details on bulletin. Attendees to bring a plate, either salad/savoury, hors d'oeuvres, or a dessert to share, BYO alcohol. 

WHAT ELSE DO YOU HAVE TO DO? SEND APOLOGIES TO BOB if you are NOT attending. Otherwise liaise with your Social Secretary, get your name down and please pay, otherwise it will be very lonely.




A good first half of the Rotary year.
Membership and Attendance up
Almost all club members involved in one or other of our major projects or social events.
Treasured Art one of our best results ever.
Financial position stabilised
Governance tightened
New signage to promote club at various events has helped raise our profile.
Well attended social events with record numbers at Friday Fives and social get together to start the year.
Vibrant Facebook page and good media coverage through various media.
Varied and interesting range of top class speakers and outstanding Sergeant sessions.
Board working well together and members kept abreast of decisions taken.
Several interesting projects and programmes ahead.
Still seeking President Elect nominee. Nominations encouraged.
Need more members to bring prospective members to meetings/events.
We are solvent
External Exchange Student – Inbound.
A fantastic student this past year.
A big thank you to the Club for embracing Eduardo during the year he was here and making him a part of your lives.
Whether it be in taking him on trips, including him on outings, going him rides around town, or including him when he was at our meetings.
It all contributed to a massive year for him and one he thoroughly enjoyed.
External Exchange Student – Inbound.
Katie Scott has returned safely from Austria and will be giving us an update on her year in April.
I have caught up with her since her return and she has really enjoyed her time overseas and made the most of learning a new language.
There was some good interclub co-operation with Otumoetai Rotary on both of these exchanges, which I think we can make work again.
J R McKenzie Trust
Working alongside the Trust we have assisted a deserving year 9 student at Tauranga Girls with her school uniform.
BOP Youth Development Trust
Funding of $2,500 approved for punching bags for new gym.
Rotary Youth Program of ENrichment – RYPEN
This is our major operation event of the year and is scheduled for the afternoon of the 15th March through to lunchtime on the 17th of March.
Saturday 16th is the big adventure day and I encourage everyone to come down and lend a hand, mix with the Children, spend the night in the bush and assist with challenges or activities – whatever you feel comfortable with.
The hard yaka is being done by Adventure Works following a very successful camp last year.  
These are great kids and the more we can give them out of the weekend the better but let me know soon as we need to get you Police vetted.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award – RYLA
We are seeking candidates for this year’s week long Leadership camp from 13th to 18th April inclusive but we need to be quick as applications close on 28 February of that year.
RYLA is open to young people aged 20 – 26. It could be someone in your organisation or someone
Participants have the opportunity to grow and develop their leadership networks through being part of a cohort of emerging leaders, expanding their network of Rotarian contacts and meeting a range of prominent local leaders.
Outward Bound.
We are always on the lookout for our next Outward Bound candidate.
Our committee (of just 11) has had a mixed year – we gained some new members and then lost them again and did only manage face to face meetings twice.  We did however engage online reasonably well and keep up to date the best we could utilising that channel.
  • We distributed $8,350 to a diverse range of community groups – Papamoa Surf Lifesaving, Merivale Community, Tauranga Musica, Homes of Hope, & Volunteer Coastguard.  We also supported the Books for Babies project.
  • We met our target of supporting 6 national street appeals – Heart Foundation, Blind Foundation (2), Cancer Society (2), & Alzheimers Society.  Thanks very much Wendy for your work in this space.
  • Club members also once again supported the Tauranga Community Foodbank.
  • And last, but not least on the fundraising front, our committee coordinated you all to contribute around about 508 man & women hours to collecting rubbish & minimising waste over 6 games of cricket.  This also equates to a revenue rate of around $5.50 per hour or to look at it another way – 7.5 hours work for every club member. A massive effort, look out for the opportunity to engage in some feedback (of the constructive kind), that we can send through to the trust.
  • Other goals we set for ourselves – creation of a community database, creation of a community award, organisation of a club social event and/or a project to raise more funds will all be ‘next in line’ for some attention.
Thanks very much everyone on the committee and in the club who have supported these initiatives with so much enthusiasm – I really have appreciated it.
EVENTS AND PR (Les for Warren)

The changeover dinner on Friday 5th July, 2019 is again in the planning stage and we anticipate it to be another great Club event for members and their spouses/partners. The Charthouse has been the location for the past three dinners but we are looking for a change and members are requested to contact Warren or I with alternative venue options. I had two members approach me after the meeting today with Wendy suggesting either the Mount Golf Club or Omokoroa Boat Club. Andrew is the commodore of the Tauranga Yacht Club and advised that they have recently completed a major refurbishment of the club and as he and two other Sunrise Rotary members are also Yacht Club members that we consider their club with its superb Harbour outlook as a serious option.

Our major event for this Year is the "Great K Valley Adventure Race" set down for Sunday 3rd March (10am-4pm) at the Kopurererua Valley Reserve (adjacent to Historic Village) with registrations from 9.30am. Rhonda and Warren in particular are again working tirelessly towards making this another successful club event. Rhonda has managed to  get Koops Cycles on Cameron road to donate a mountain bike for the registration draw and we have five categories planned with three prizes in each. The feedback from a number of the 120 odd entrants last year was very enthusiastic and we do expect there to be more this year. All members are very welcome to come along and we would encourage them to mention it to family, friends and colleagues.


CLUB SERVICE (Lisa for Pauline)

Rotary 2018 Survey

Overall, the feedback has been very positive. People enjoy the club, feel welcome and consider we are making a difference.
Areas we have noticed could be addressed are:
  • Informing people more about the various upcoming projects within different committees.
  • Frequency, quality and diversity of social activities, and having them focus on fellowship, not fundraising.
  • Understanding and addressing different levels of commitment within the club.
  • More awareness of club goals and activity calendar.

If you missed the survey or have any other feedback to provide - at any time, please feel free get in touch with Pauline as the head of the membership club service committee to have your thoughts and ideas taken into consideration



Sight word book. Us along with Otahuhu, Parnell Rotary. Impacted 5000 kids in Tonga. Printing just under 2000 books for reading.

Threads Across the Pacific - Caroline leaves on 23rd of March to install 10 sewing machine and to keep an eye out on any major projects
Looking at soon investing into ROMAC with one of the fundraisers
Looking for bulk order for black toilet paper
96 rolls for $285
The Big Sing, $2 sponsor on those in the club you want to hear sing. Event at LoneStar date to be confirmed soon 

TRUST (WdV for Neville)

We are solvent


SERGEANT Antoon gave a treatise on the breakdown of society (Its life, Jim, but not as we know it).

He waxed lyrical about bus timetables. telephone directories, landlines and the apparent demise of White Pages. He suggested that people who get rid of their landlines need counselling and people (well, just one) who get rid of letterboxes are - well - words escaped him. 'Bring back flagons!' says Mr M and finished with a great poem about Old Geezers.

Ed's note: Great to see a long letter about roundabouts in the new issue of Bay Waka!







Parting Thought from Woody Allen via Ron Fyfe:
'You can live to 100 if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be 100'

Duties for the next 3 weeks:



15 Feb 19

22 Feb 19

1 Mar 19


Jane Nees

Glenys Parton

Rhonda Whisby

Technology Set-up

Les Geraghty

Wayne Shadbolt

John Carlson

Door and Parting Thought

Chris Rapson

Bob Sutton

Mary O'Sullivan


Barry Vercoe

Barbara Whitton

Warren Scobie

Speaker Intro and Host

Dan Allen-Gordon

Stuart Pedersen

James Ross

Speaker Thanks

Ross Brown

James Clague

Wendy Lowe


Dave Woodhouse


Max Mason

Bulletin Editor

Bill Chapman

Stephen Dorrington

Bill Chapman


Glenys Parton

Rhonda Wisbey

Wendy Showan


Julie Sargeson - Alzheimer's update

Keith Williams - 'The Race of your Life'. Clipper round the world yacht race

Tauranga Foodbank