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72 Devonport Rd,
PO Box 2401, Tauranga 3140,
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President Warren welcomed all to the first meeting of the year
Dave W is on LOA until March. However, looking forward to visitors. Give him a ring first
Rhonda : Planning for the Great K Valley cycle race is ramping up.  Lots of help needed for the day 8 March
Bob: Bobs world famous BBQ is on again Sunday 1 March. Lock into your calendars. Not to be missed.
Wayne: District Conference is on 22-24 May. This time in Rotorua.
Glenys: Vinna’s leg has healed and she has gone back to her village in Vanuatu. She will be returning to NZ in April for her last operation to get her plate out. A fantastic and life changing result for her.  Also, an orchard in Hawkes Bay is sponsoring the Village and providing seasonal work for the men with money going back to the village.
We were privileged to have Puran Bagh Singh who is the President of the NZ Sikh community in Tauranga and Jasleet Kaur, his daughter, who talked  to us about the NZ Sikh community and religion. What a start to the year !!!!. Jasleet is a kiwi girl, born and raised in Tauranga. Well not so much a girl. Jasleet aged 19 is studying at Otago University and is a confident, eloquent young woman and if this is a view of our future we are in good hands. (Pauline Cowens did claim credit as she is an ex TGA Head Girl)
Faced with interesting challenges and questions like:
  • What's under your turban ? Alas, just hair.
  • Where did you come from - Tauranga
  • Where did you really come from – Tauranga ! 
Some facts about being a Sikh:
The religion started 500 years ago and is the 5th largest religion in the world.
Sikh means a student of life.
Bay of Plenty has the biggest population of Sikhs in NZ with over 20,000.  Many involved in the Kiwi Fruit Industry.
There are three temples in Tauranga and Te Puke.
You can also judge a good speaker by the questions asked. There were numerous questions and all answered confidently and well by Jasleet.
Sergeant : Stephen Dorrington initially usurped by Ken White who claimed the winning raffle ticked but couldn’t produce his ticket.
Bob Sutton brought the box as he turned up to last week’s meeting at the Raft Café at 8 am vs 7 am.
There was a wee post mortem of the Christmas meeting where by  he congratulated some innovation in presents, the variability of keys in the last days of Christmas.
Back in the 1990s there were some predictions about 2020
Life expediency will be 100 - almost
There will be an anti gravity car – not there yet
Everyone will have health monitoring bracelets – almost with Fit bits
Books will be dead – Nope and just as well
People will work 26 hours per week and mostly from home. Alas not achieved
And in 1997 the Independent newspaper in England predicted Boris Johnson would be Prime minister and lead England out of the EU - who would have thought it?
And finally......
You know you're getting old when your husband/wife/partner says, "Honey, let’s run upstairs and make love," and you answer, "I can't do both."


Parting Thought from Pauline: He Waka eke Noa. We are all in the same boat.

Duties for the next 3 weeks:


24 Jan 20
31 Jan 20
7 Feb 20
Ursula Hurn
Les Geraghty
Ross Brown
Technology Set-up
Wayne Shadbolt
John Carlson
David Robinson
Second Door and Parting Thought
Kevin Atkinson
Warren Banks
Ian Burns
Rhonda Wisbey
Ken White
Mary O’Sullivan
Speaker Intro and Host
Ron Fyfe
Wendy Showan
Speaker Thanks
Greg Brownless
Bob Sutton
Henry Kaiser
Andy Cameron
Pat Taylor
Bulletin Editor
Stephen Dorrington
Pauline Cowens
Bill Chapman
Les Geraghty
Ross Brown
Jane Nees
Newish members’ presentations? Or maybe something else
Fellowship Breakfast
Bruce Clarke, White Water rafting