BULLETIN 12 July 2019

On this day in 1954 - Elvis Presley signs his first recording contract and quit his job as a truck driver. The contract is with Sun Records


Editor: Stephen Dorrington

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Visitors: Henry, Joe, Margo McCool (speaker)

President’s Welcome – Welcome from Warren! A very prompt kick-off. Some of us were still tucking into our eggy-weggy.

22nd Rotary Anniversary for Greg Brownless. Copper apparently.

Change Over – Many thanks to all those who attended the Rotary Change Over on Friday last. A special mention to Pauline and Graham who attended on Saturday last (although possibly not together). Pauline was presented with a Wall Chart Calendar with Change Over date clearly marked for future reference. A grand night was had by all who attended on the correct evening. Many thanks to Rosalie for all the photos.

Two Paul Harris Fellows were awarded on the evening - David Robinson and Stephen Dorrington.

Treasured Art - is now open for Art Submissions. Auction Date is 9th November. Either contact Kathy or

Speaker Roster. Newly equipped with her comprehensive event planning Wall Chart Calendar, Pauline is keen to fill in Speaker Spots. If you know of any potential speakers, please advise.



Mrs Krishnan’s Party – You’re invited 22 August, Baycourt. This is a ROMAC fund raiser so get the gang together for a great night out. Teaser:

Tickets $50. Contact Stephen Dorrington to book. Email:

Guest speaker Margot MCCool – Margot is from Acorn Trust and is very enthused about the idea of Rotary. She spoke about a tool they use called Vital Signs and about the Trust itself.

Vital Signs furnishes the results and analysis of a survey of 2000 individuals in the wider BoP region. The survey looks at 14 Key Indicators and is used by Acorn to target their financial distributions.

The indicators rate our Social and Cultural, Health, Economic and Environmental Wellbeing.

A similar survey was conducted in 2015 so there is now some comparative ability. Unsurprisingly the things we love about the region are to do with the natural environment, and areas for improvement are where human beings get, or have been involved. Planning for growth, the cost of living, roads etc.

The next Vital Signs update is due for 2021, and with three points on the chart, promises some degree of trend analysis into the bargain.

Margot also spoke about some of the social initiatives funded by Acorn including an 8 week programme called Live for More, helping troubled young men through surfing.

She also told some anecdotes about donors and the difference they can make. (without troubling ungrateful nieces and nephews). Donations can either be via estates or in the here and now. Don’t wait until you are dead.


Sergeant – Max Mason read the “Female of the Species” by Rudyard Kipling as the box was passed around. It was a lethal and cautionary tale.



The past 12 months at Tauranga Sunrise Rotary

  • Started the year with 64 members, finished with 63
  • 21 of 24 goals for Rotary District were achieved
  • 18 service projects undertaken with close to 2400 man hours utilized raising $42900.
  • 36 Social events with 858 people attending
  • 56 Hong Kong students home hosted by 27 members
  • 8 members and partners hosted Brazilian Exchange team
  • 9 media articles including NZ Herald
  • 500+ hits on average on Club’s Facebook page
  • 18 local and international groups assisted with over $50000
  • 6 street collections and appeals
  • 2 Past Presidents (Kevin Atkinson and Simon Beaton) threw themselves out of a plane for Kiwi Can
  • 4 Paul Harris Awards (Glenys Parton, Kathy Webb, Steve Dorrington, David Robinson)
  • 3 Kaitiaki presentations (Warwick de Vere, Philippa de Vere, Dave Woodhouse)
  • 6 Women in Rotary presentations to past Presidents (Mary O’Sullivan, Jane Nees, Lynda Burch, Sally Morrison, Ursula Hurn, Wendy Showan)
  • 1 Honorary Members pin and certificate to Mike Batchelor
  • 14 Sunshine Awards to members who went that extra mile for the club.
  • $4960 raised for Rotary Foundation by members
  • 12 visits to other clubs and 5 return visits
  • 3 meetings ran over time
  • 1 District recognition to Glenys Parton (PHF + sapphire)
  • 7 Project K mentors
  • 1 Outward Bound and 1 Inward bound exchange student
  • 38 RYPEN Graduates
  • 1 RYLA graduatE

Tauranga Sunrise Trust

Kevin Atkinson and Jane Nees have retired from the Trust, to be replaced by Lynda Burch and (now)Past President Pat. Pat noted the long and stalwart service provided by Kevin and Jane as trustees and they were thanked with a round of applause

Wayne noted that a couple of additional drivers are needed to help with House of Science deliveries on Monday and/or Friday mornings.

Kathy gave the first of what will be many mentions of Treasured Art for 2019. She confirmed that Duncan and Ebbett and Volvo NZ are locked in as sponsors and the event will be on 9 November. She is looking for someone to take responsibility for management of the catering – any interest, please contact Kathy.

Geoff (visitor from Papamoa Club) told us that about 10 years ago a project was set up in Tanzania to support local farmers. Since then, the project has raised about $1.1 million. The final phase of the project is to acquire a milk truck because the village has no spare vehicle to carry out milk collections. They are about $16,000 short. More information can be found at

Dan introduced the speaker, Ayla Dellaway.

Ayla had a challenging start to life. She was expelled to (from?) Mount College in Year 9. She went to Hamilton, but that didn’t last and she came to Otumoetai. At that stage of her life, she was moving around and not living anywhere for very long. She was selected for Project K, although she acknowledged that she didn’t really want to do it and her mother had to pay her. She had been in foster care for most of her life and has not had the benefit of trusting reliable relationships.

Ayla said Project K has helped her overcome many of the challenges she had in her life. She said it was an opportunity to step back after always feeling she needed to move forward to fill voids in her life. She started with the three week wilderness challenge and came back feeling refreshed, but unsure about what would come next, although there was no-one to collect her from the bus. She got support from families of some of the others who had been on the challenge.

The next stage was the 12 month community challenge helping other people and she felt good doing something positive for others. It also gave her a chance to solidify some friendships with some of the others on the course.

Ayla said she found having a mentor very supportive and helpful. Dan also commented on the very positive effects of the mentoring programme in Project K. Ayla told us about how Project K had helped her set plans and goals. She got a job and her driver’s licence, although she was still having a rough home life, so she moved out of home when she was 16 and started work full-time. She now has a 4 year old daughter and a husband. She has bought a digger and contracts to HEB (which explained the hi vis gear she was wearing).

Ayla finished by repeating that Project K was all about setting goals and achieving them and choosing your own future rather than letting people around you choose it for you.

Dan spoke generally about the Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes. There are five of them. Two programmes, Career Navigator (which is about helping kids at school to decide what to do afterwards) and Mind (which is to support offenders to avoid reoffending) are not offered in Tauranga. Dan talked about the benefits of the programmes offered. There are 3,050 students in the Bay of Plenty participating in Kiwi Can each week. Dan also noted that not all kids should or need to stay at school – he says there are plenty of opportunities for learning to continue later in life and some kids are better off moving out of school and getting into work. Kiwi Can has five teams each day, so there are five schools getting Kiwi Can delivered every day of the school week. A total of about 18,000 children in New Zealand get Kiwi Can programmes delivered to them.

The cost to sponsor a child through Kiwi Can is about $8,000. Dan noted that Kiwi Can doesn’t just change the kid – it also has a beneficial effect on the family.

The raffle was won by Glenys (after a delay while she fossicked in her purse). Thank goodness she found her ticket or Chris might have won again

Sergeant: At least one of the Two Ronnies: There was some confusion here because there is more than one Ron in the Club. Ron Devlin prepared for a crash session as Sergeant, only to find out when he stood up that the real Sergeant was Ron Fyfe. For some reason, Ron Devlin carried the day anyway. Ron Fyfe introduced the Tauranga District Rotary Deputy Governor’s challenge, with a suitable trophy, to promote inter-Club relationships. The current “activity” is pétanque but the Club which wins the trophy can select the next activity.


Compiler's comment: With Lisa heading overseas, getting back on board with the Bulletin has given me a new focus. I can't begin to thank each and every one of you for your visits, concern and support. I have no idea when I will be able to get back to the Club but my next challenge is to put in a short appearance at KIndest Possible Wish #4 on Tuesday. A heartfelt thank you to you all.


Parting Thought: 

Rhonda Wiseby (eventually).

When you play cricket, you don't give the Englishmen an inch. Play it tough, all the way. Grind them into the dust.

Don Bradman

Duties for the next 3 weeks:






James Clague

Barry Fredheim

Andrew Knowles

Technology Set-up

David Robinson

Les Geraghty

Wayne Shadbolt

Door and Parting Thought

Kevin Atkinson

Barbara Whitton

Brett Hobson


Wendy Showan

Graham Cornes

Wendy Lowe

Speaker Intro and Host

Ron Devlin

Warren Scobie

Shaun Piper

Speaker Thanks

Wendy Showan

Wayne Shadbolt

Glenys Parton


Ron Fyfe

Pat Taylor

Julie Hignett

Bulletin Editor

Stephen Dorrington

Max Mason

Neville Whitworth


Barry Fredheim

Andrew Knowles

Warren Banks


President’s Brainstorm time

Peter Maxwell - District Governor visit

Neil Matson - My year as President