On this day every year, everybody falls in love and shows affection for someone else, regardless of the exorbitant price of flowers

Editor: Neville Whitworth

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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
Friday Fives
Feb 28, 2020
Export NZ in action
Feb 28, 2020
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Collection at Pak 'n Save
450 Cameron Rd
Feb 28, 2020
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bob's BBQ
Lower Kaimai just past school, on left
Mar 01, 2020
4:00 PM – 10:40 PM
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Guest - Brian Winters
President Elect Rhonda welcomed everyone to this Valentine’s Day meeting.
Pat and Bernie 45 years married.
Wendy: Two collections coming up this Friday and next Friday both at Pak N Save. Please add your name to the list or get in touch with Wendy to book a spot.
Bob’s world famous BBQ . Let Bob know if you are coming. $10 per head towards the meat and details to follow. 
The cost is $10 per head for meat, payable in advance.  Please make payment to the following bank account:
R A Sutton – 02-0432-0426865-000
Bob will sort out what salads need to be brought once the numbers have been confirmed.  Bob also noted that the river temperature was measured the other day at 27o. That is C not F.  In the unlikely event that the event is affected by rain, Bob may need help on Saturday to put up some marquees.
Psst. Bring your singing voice – apart from the warm river, wonderful food and conviviality, rumour has it there could be a few troubadours to assist in a sing a long !! .
Lynda -Threads across the Pacific group is leaving in March. We are sending 10 sewing machines, material, helping secure a shed and provide lessons to sew clothes. We are also assisting with a trolley to enable the women to take the goods to the cruise ships. They are also making school uniforms for the local kids as well.
Rhonda – The Great K Valley cycle challenge is on again 8 March. Stand by! We need assistance from volunteers for this great event.
Guest speaker
One of our own - Shiv Thammalla

Born in India – Hyderabad a city of 12 million. Has been a member of the Club for a year.
Attained a Degree in Chemical Engineering. Moved 13,000 miles away from the family which proved meeting the woman of his dreams somewhat difficult.
Explained the concept of an arranged marriage being the joining of two families vs just two people. 
Happily married with 2 children, decided to move to NZ. Arrived here in 1994. Had never heard of the place!!
Luckily for us they chose Mount Maunganui as the place to live and have never looked back. And now is a grandfather of 3 months standing.
Sergeant and toast master Neil Matson
Valentine’s Day – Saint Valentine – Originally a Roman Priest born around 2069 AD. Set up shop to provide marriages for young men so they wouldn’t be conscripted into the army.
Didn’t go so well for him as he got his head lopped off. Apart from doing many good deeds, he was also the Patron Saint of Epileptics
In 1375 poet Chaucer picked up the baton and set this day as Valentine’s Day.
Link to a 'thank you' letter from Ivie Williams - our speaker on 6 March
On the speaker front, both of the speakers who had bookings and had to cancel - that's Marty Grenfell (Tauranga Council CEO) and Bruce Clarke (White Water Kayaking) will give their presentations before the end of the current Rotary year.
Personal note: Words can't really express my thanks for all the cards, emails, calls and visits that I have received since Helen passed away and it truly shows what an amazing organization we have in Rotary - and in particular, our Club. Thank you all.

And finally…..What do you get when you cross a dyslexic, an insomniac, and an agnostic?

Someone who lays awake at night wondering if there is a dog.


Parting Thought from Lynda Birch and Doctor Google
To thrive in life you need three bones
A wish bone, a backbone and a funny bone.

Duties for the next 3 weeks:


21 Feb
28 Feb
6 Mar
Phil Mangos
Wendy Lowe
Simon Beaton
Technology Set-up
Wayne Shadbolt
John Carlson
David Robinson
Second Door and Parting Thought
James Clague
Lisa Phillips
Steve Read
Glenys Parton
Barry Fredheim
Rosalie Liddle Crawford
Speaker Intro and Host
Brett Hewlett
Paul Belcaster
Rhonda Wisbey
Speaker Thanks
Michele Beaton
Andy Cameron
Pat Taylor
Kathy Webb
Phil Mangos
James Clague
Bulletin Editor
Stephen Dorrington
Pauline Cowens
Stephen Dorrington
Wendy Lowe
Simon Beaton
Lynda Burch
Graham Cornes – My fascinating life
Jo Hall plus CEO
Export NZ
Ivie Williams, Outward Bound participant