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We meet Fridays at 6:45 AM
Tauranga Club
Lev 5 Devonport Towers,
72 Devonport Rd,
PO Box 2401, Tauranga 3140,
New Zealand
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Upcoming Events
Outward Bound - Ivie Wiliams
Mar 06, 2020
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Great K Valley Adventure Cycle Race
Mar 08, 2020
10:00 AM – 2:45 PM
Janine Speedy
Mar 13, 2020
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Mar 20, 2020
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
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Guests and Visitors:

Evie Williams (Speaker)
Peter Williams
Jo Bond
Nikki Hansen
Jon Murie
Colin Beere
Fraser and Kathryn Lellman
Peter Tinholt
Darren Wisbey
Amanda McFadden

Welcome from PP Pat

Dave Woodhouse 33 years in Rotary.
  • Dave Robinson: police vetting forms are available for those who need to complete/renew them.
  • Rhonda Wisbey: the K Valley Cycle Race has been postponed to 5 April – this will allow participants to continue their training (and incidentally allow time for would-be participants to get around to entering).
  • Phil Mangos: the Kaimai Classic Golf tournament is being held over the next couple of days.
  • Bob Sutton: thanks to those who attended the barbecue. There was about $100 left over which will be donated to Threads Across the Pacific.
  • A reminder about Guess Who is Coming to Dinner, which is to be held in about six weeks.  There is a circular coming round.  The idea is to raise $1,500 to buy a new Shelter Box.
  • From Wendy: 
    We have done very well for help  re the Collection for Blind and Low Vision - Red Puppy Appeal  next Friday and I am filling in one or two gaps BUT is there anyone who could please fill in on the 11.00 to 12.00 slot? Alternatively, the 2.00 - 3.00 slot? I will take one of these but can’t really take any more time off to do both.
    Very many thanks to those who  have already made themselves available for an hour - it is much appreciated.
    This is the final collection until the Alzheimers Collection 20/21 September and our final collection for 2020 on October 18/19. Up to now this year we have had two collections and collected over $500 at each. It would be good to do the same for Guide Dogs as they do such a valuable job in our community
Presentation – Paul Harris Fellow Award
Glenn had the pleasure of presenting a Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Jo Bond, the outgoing festival director for the Tauranga Arts Festival. Jo had been invited along on a false pretence in order to drop this particular surprise on her head, although she did get a minute or two to get used to the idea.Glenn noted the close connection between our club and the Arts Festival over the years.Sally Morrison and Peter Wyatt were founding trustees and various members have been involved since.Glenn listed Jo’s contribution to the Festival in particular and the Tauranga arts community and events in general, with particular reference to her support for the Rotary breakfast which is run in conjunction with the Festival and has raised some $50,000 for various community organisations over the years.The award was presented to Jo by Sally Morrison.
Speaker – Ivie Williams
Rhonda introduced Ivie, who has recently had the pleasure (if that is the right word) of attending Outward Bound with our club’s support.
Ivie started by thanking the club for supporting her in going to Outward Bound.  She has just turned 17, and her Nana passed away very shortly before the course started so she missed the funeral.
Ivie said she expected Outward Bound would be an experience, but she severely underestimated how much of an experience it would be.  She said she learned incredible life lessons, came away with some incredible memories, and made some lifelong friends.  She found Outward Bound to be a whole new environment and lifestyle.
  • The day started at 6.00 am with PT at 6.20 am for 25 minutes followed by a 3.2 km run and breakfast at 7.30 am.  Lateness was rewarded with another round of PT.
  • Ivie found the mental component of the course to be the most challenging, rather than the physical part of it.  She referred to “type 2 fun”, which means things like tramping up steep hills, running a half marathon, swimming across the sound, and a number of other frightening and exhausting pastimes.  The fun apparently comes when the pastime is finished.  Ivie also mentioned that the food at Outward Bound was great, except when they were cooking it for themselves.
Mary did the vote of thanks
Sergeant Session
  • James Clague was the Sergeant.  His theme was decisions, and how bad most of us are at making them.
  • James based his session on a speech given by Charlie Munger (Warren Buffet’s business partner) in about 1995 called “The Psychology of Human Misjudgement”.  This speech includes such gems as:
  • “Under recognition of the power of what psychologists call reinforcement and economists call incentives”,
  • “Psychological denial”,
  • “Incentive-cause bias” and
  • “Bias from consistency and commitment tendency, including the tendency to avoid or promptly resolve cognitive dissonance.”
  • The real estate agents in the room came in for some implied criticism for using “bias from contrast caused distortions of sensation, perception and cognition”.  Watch for it being used on you next time you’re buying a house.
  • What your editor thinks is a less than full copy of Charlie’s little speech can be seen at
  • Overall it’s probably easier to go on screwing things up.
  • Past President Pat reminded us that next Friday is the closest meeting to St Patrick’s Day, therefore we are invited to wear something green.


And finally…..Two blondes fell down a hole. One said, "It's dark in here isn't it?" The other replied "I don't know; I can't see."
Parting Thought from Steve Read:
         “Common sense is like deodorant, the people who need it most never use it.”

Duties for the next 3 weeks:

13 Mar
20 Mar
27 Mar
Lynda Burch
Andrew Knowles
Kathy Webb
Technology Set-up
Les Geraghty
Wayne Shadbolt
John Carlson
Second Door and Parting Thought
Bob Sutton
Warren Banks
Dean Thompson
Dan  Allen-Gordon
Glenn Dougal
Shiv Thammalla
Speaker Intro and Host
Brett Hobson
Glenys Parton
Speaker Thanks
Mary O’Sullivan
Ray Scott
Chris Dever
Ross Brown
Neil Matson
Bulletin Editor
Stephen Dorrington
Neville Whitworth
Pauline Cowens
Andrew Knowles
Kathy Webb
Barbara Whitton
St Patrick’s Day + Janine Speedy
Tauranga Council plans part 2
Zespri. The rise of the red kiwi fruit
Michael Fox
Committee meetings