On this day in 1945 - V-E Day: World War II ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender

Editor: Dave Woodhouse

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*Started at 30, dropped to 25 after Zoom reboot

President's notices

Les has a birthday this weekend and Barry on the 13th.

Chris denied that he had a 'Years in Rotary' anniversary so Warren moved quickly on.

Warren has spoken to Tauranga Club and they are keen to have us back (phew!). They are working through the logistics of table service etc. Any comments on this - please email Warren.

Michele announced that would be NO second GWCTD but that we would wait for a real-time opportunity. Only $280 has been paid in for #1 so far - should be more.

Les pointed out a possibly useful, but definitely interesting, website

Kathy again reminded of the need to answer the survey which has now been sent out several times. Come on guys, it doesn't take much effort and it is YOUR opportunity to shape the future of our Club.


Pauline and Les updated the club on progress with the ‘This is Us initiative, a project that arose to draw our community together following the events of March 17, 2019 and the attack on the Christchurch Mosque. The events of Covid-19 have caused some reshaping of the project as well as giving it new meaning in drawing together our community from the bubble separation of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The key change is that the ‘He waka eke noa’ series of workshops, based around a hikoi led by a local Maori artist, and designed to capture community voices around a waka installation and the creation of hoe (paddles) (see power point link) will now be strongly digitized. The whole process of capturing people’s journeys to be in Tauranga and their hopes for the future is to be videoed to create on-line resources, available for the project participants and also to social media and education platforms.

This work is being done in partnership with The Incubator Creative hub, Loop Creative and lead artists Quinton Bidois and Michelle Estall.  A multicultural community representative Advisory group is providing feedback and direction to the work as it evolves.

Key dates for the project include the launch in June during Matariki,, both physically and with an on-line presence, workshops through the months of  July August and an exhibition (virtual as well as physical) in late August. Weekly updates will be given to members from now until the project is completed.


Sergeant Glenn was conspicuous by his absence, so Pat ('I'll do anything if asked') Taylor stepped in and came up with some noteworthy tidbits. He also admitted to being  proficient in Zoom and was getting computer related phone calls


  • On Good Friday 1930 the BBC reported “There is no news” and played piano music instead.
  • In the 1980s Pablo Escobar’s Medellin cartel was spending $2500 a month on rubber bands – to hold all their cash
  • After an on line vote in 2011 Toyota announced that the official plural of “Prius” was “Prii”.
  • More people die in NZ each year playing lawn bowls than scuba diving.
  • There are more vending machines in Japan than there are people in New Zealand.
And finally.......
Gandhi walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.


Parting Thought from Lynda Burch:
'Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud'