17 February 2023

                                              Today in History 1878    

On 17 February 1873, Aucklanders awoke to the alarming news that a Russian warship had entered Waitematā Harbour undetected and landed troops.

For many readers, this seemed to confirm their worst fears. Anglo-Russian conflicts during the 19th century prompted many New Zealanders to view the Russians as potential aggressors. In the aftermath of the Crimean War of the 1850s, unannounced visits to the South Pacific by Russian warships created alarm in New Zealand.

David Luckie, the editor of the Daily Southern Cross, was concerned about this threat and published a hoax report of a Russian invasion of Auckland by the ironclad cruiser Kaskowiski – ‘cask of whisky’. Despite an asterisk in the story’s headline referring to a date almost three months in the future, gullible Aucklanders were alarmed to read that marines from the Kaskowiski had seized gold and taken the mayor, Philip Philips, hostage.


Editor: Kathy Webb
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Tauranga Club lev 5 Devonport Towers
72 Devonport road
Tauranga,  3110
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Feb 24, 2023 7:20 AM
YSAR -Youth Search & Recue
Mar 03, 2023 7:20 AM
Otumoetai Social Super Market update.
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Today’s attendance:
Please note The Club has relocated to the Tauranga Citizens Club  170 13th Ave  while the Tauranga Club on Devonport road is under repairs
Note: The Tauranga Club is unlikely to be available to us within 3 months. But we are ok – actually we quite like the Citizens Club.
Kaitiaki Award – was made to Ian Burns  for his devoted to the Kopurerua Valley project. Ian was a charter member of this club and is one of our most regular members and contributors. His service to the K Valley project has been exemplary. Many thanks for your service Ian.
Today in History ( Sergeant )
It turns out that today is No-one Eats Alone day, plus National Cabbage Day, Random Acts of Kindness and My Way Day – all a little contradictory. And who knew or cared.
1904 Giacomo Puccini’s opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres at La Scala in Milan, Italy – now there’s a few tunes that have outlived the Top 10.
Birthdays today: Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton, Hyacinth Bucket, and Banjo Patterson whose claim to fame was Waltzing Matilda – among many other poems and songs. Turns out that our own Andy Knowles features in that song, alongside the swagman! Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong…..Andy sang as he watched andy waited till his billy boiled…..
  • Bob’s Barbq – currently on hold until future notice.
  • More Vanuatuans arriving soon, who will need clothing. Please contact Rhonda.
  • Buddy: A working bee coming up on 4 March 9am – 12 noon. All hands on deck, please if you can.
Thinking of those in Hawkes Bay. Note there is an appeal being coordinated by Rotary. And a number of other appeals also. Good Neighbour are collecting canned food to distribute
Note that Civil Defence and others are encouraging people to contribute money rather than food and other goods. Rotary NZ World Community Service recommend:
Clubs work to raise funding to provide financial assistance to those affected in communities in the impacted flood areas. And that:
Use RNZWCS Ltd if you are donating to this event (or in fact to any other humanitarian assistance project)
RNZWCS Westpac account: 03 1702 0192208 02  SWIFT Code WPACCNZ2W
Committee Meetings:
New Generations: Offering another opportunity for a young person 17 – 25yrs for an Outward Bound experience. Nominations to Dan.
Environment: Kopurerua Valley is a great asset doing a v important job.
Family Cycle event 12 March. Still looking for some sponsorship for this event. Amounts from $200 will be appreciated. This is a low cost family event which projects a great younger profile for our club and it’s a good afternoon our for families.
Drain sock, one has gone and other not collecting much. Not sure if that’s good or bad?
Club services  Planning a gin night 21 April. Considering venues, now that Tauranga Club is unavailable.
International  Supporting the Vanuatu workers coming to NZ.
Books shipping to Vanuatu: 18 boxes going. We have also purchased 2 shelter boxes for Ukraine.
Community services. Treasured Art 17 -21 May at Yacht club. Still looking for place to receive art work. Needs to be about the size of a small office, be secure and have someone who can check art in. Just received our first submission and already have 4 people booked for the auction night.
Amazing places meeting next week. Have 12 potential places which will be shortlisted later this year.
Heart appeal. Now that Neil has been made redundant from his Toastmaster position and has agreed to be the new street appeal coordinator.(no redundancy payment was required)
Heart Foundation collection: Saturday 25 Feb – (tentative) contact Neil.
Salvation Army appeal coming up very soon.
Parting thought: Even though the Cricket is a tragedy, Rhonda quoted:
“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.”
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Wayne Shadbolt
Viv Dykes
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John Carlson
Henry Kayser
 Parting thought  
Ron Fyfe
Mary O’Sullivan
Attendance recorder
Rosalie Liddle Crawford
David Robinson
Speaker Intro and Host  
Paul Belcaster
Dave McDonald
Jane Nees
Byran Winters
Speaker Thanks 
Bob Sutton
Glenn Dougal
Bulletin Editor
Greg Brownless
Steve Dorrington
Indeevar Duhan
Andrew Knowles
Neil Penniston
Youth Search & Rescue
John & Jackie Paine
Otumoetai Social Supermarket