ON THIS DAY in 1924, amateur radio enthusiast Frank Bell from Shag Valley, East Otago
sent the first ever Morse code message to London. The reply he received read ‘Sorry, no one is available to take your call. Please leave a message after the dash-dash-dash-dash-dash-dot-dot’ (Allegedly)

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Tauranga Club
Oct 30, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Carrus Breakfast (Crystal Palace)
Nov 01, 2019
6:30 AM – 8:15 AM
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Nov 08, 2019
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Nov 09, 2019
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It was noted at the outset that the meeting was supposed to be “fellowship” but was in fact “committee meeting”.  A number of members commented on this, a couple noting that they thought they had been encouraged to attend under “false pretences”.  One way or another, it was a well attended committee meeting morning.
Past President Pat (standing in for Warren) welcomed us.  He particularly welcomed Warwick’s guest, Andrew Logan.
Birthday celebrations are in order for Neville Whitworth and Neil Matson, and for Andy’s wife (about whose name there was some uncertainty due to the fact that Andy put something else in the club records).
Rotary Anniversaries:
First anniversaries for Chris Dever and Lisa Phillips, and 19 year anniversary for Warwick de Vere.
Pat thanked everyone who provided a good turnout at Stuart’s funeral, and in particular to Andy and Stephen for their contributions at the funeral
Sally: final reminder about the breakfast at the Crystal Palace next Friday.  Further and final, final reminder that the Crystal Palace is located adjacent to Baycourt, rather than on The Strand as in previous years.  The support crew kicks off at 10.45 pm on Thursday.  Six tickets are left to sell.
Ken White: reminded us that the Fringe Festival starts at the Historic Village in conjunction with the Arts Festival, and tonight is Friday Fives.
Ron Fyfe: had a meeting on Tuesday at which he can pass on any information anyone needs passed on to other clubs in the District.
Les Geraghty: had a reminder about the Mini nationals at Cliff Road this weekend.
Kathy Webb: a reminder that she is looking for potential art buyers for Treasured Art.  Good responses have been coming in so far.  Also, a reminder of the need to RSVP for the event. Kathy asked for further volunteers for setup, including one further cashier.
Lynda Burch: thanks for everyone who has supported Stuart’s family.  Lynda has been able to deliver meals every day and some of the accommodation offered was used by family.  No more food is required.
Dave Woodhouse: Dave said he had good news and bad news.  The bad news is that he has seen his consultant, and he can start to mow his own grass again.  The good news is that there is a 99.9% chance of his cancer not coming back.  He now needs to get rid of the bag he has been carting around with him.  This news was greeted with a round of applause and Dave thanked everyone for their help.
Committee Meetings
Following brief committee meetings, each committee chair reported back.
Pauline reported back for Club Service:
  • Anyone wanting a Rotary t-shirt should let her know;
  • The Rotary Information Meeting on 30 October is going ahead with six people coming and six more interested;
  • A reminder that each member is expected to produce one prospective member to Rotary each year;
  • The Sergeant’s Pot for the meeting on 8 November will be given to Max Mason for his charity – paper money only; and finally
  • Christmas puddings are back.
David Robinson reported for New Generations: particularly noting that Rypen is coming up in March next year.  Their aim is to get sponsorship sorted out before Christmas.
Pat noted that Julie Highnett has resigned.  Pat thanks Julie, in her absence, for her contributions to the club while she has been a member.
Sergeant’s Session – Simon Beaton.  The theme of Simon’s session was aging, and how to avoid it or at least deal with it.  He noted Einstein’s theory of relativity which suggests that the faster you go the slower time goes.  Hence, he claims, busy people rushing around look younger.  Presumably the opposite holds true.
Simon did have one very useful suggestion for exercise.  He suggested that you start by standing outside behind the house, with a 5 lb potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out at each side and hold them there as long as you can.  After a few weeks, he was able to move up to a ten lb potato sack, and a 50 lb potato sack, and finally he got to where he could life a 100 lb potato sack and hold his arms out straight for more than a full minute.  After that he started putting a few potatoes in the sacks.  Warwick de Vere was fined for jumping to the conclusion of this particular joke.
Simon noted that the cost of living has not effected its popularity.  He had a list of the top 10 senior texting codes:
  • ATD:         At the Doctors;
  • BFF:         Best friend’s funeral;
  • BTW:        Bring the wheelchair;
  • BYOT:      Bring your own teeth:
  • DWI:         Driving while incontinent.
Simon finished with the senility prayer: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never likes anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
Does anyone recognize this plate? In the early days of my 'confinement' somebody brought some food and I would like to return it to its rightful owner. please.  Dave
Breakfast at Carrus Crystal Palace - Duties
Below is a list of duties for Thursday, 31 October at 10.45 pm and Friday, 1 November 2019, at Carrus Crystal Palace, next to Baycourt.
Thursday night at 10.30 pm. If you are unable to help, please find someone to replace you and notify Mary O.
Dan Allen Gordon  James Ross      Kevin Atkinson              Steve Dorrington
Mary O'Sullivan  Wayne Shadbolt Graham Cornes            Warren Scobie?
Barry Fredheim   Simon Beaton  Ron Fyfe                       Chris Rapson?        
Warren Banks   Les Geraghty  Brett Hobson     Ray Scott
Dave Robinson  Pat Taylor   Sally Morrison  Bob Sutton?
Helpers for the morning start at 6.15 and clean up afterwards.
Mary O'Sullivan  Jane Nees  Ray Scott   Neville Whitworth  
Ian Burns   Chris Dever   James Clague   Lynda Burch           Michele Beaton   Barbara Whitton Sally      Phil Mangos 
Warren Scobie   Neil Matson   Glen Dougal                  Rhonda Wisbey   David McConnochie    James Ross
Kathy Webb, Barbara W, Jane, Mary, Sally, Lynda Burch.
Note: Please wear black and a nice apron.
Door ushers
Mary O, Ursula, Greg Brownless, John Carlson, Ross Brown.
Andy Cameron:   Flowers to Palace at 6.20 am.
Michele Beaton:  Selling raffles. One assistant required.
Les Geraghty:     Please bring the lectern, banners, bell, badges box, on Thursday evening.
Neil M:                 Lead the Anthem.
Henry:                 To assist Margaret Harper at 5.30 am.
John Carlson.
Teapots and coffee plungers. 13 of each required. Please call Sally 027 496 3916 if you have any available.
Other volunteers still welcome to come along.
And finally................
Motorway Patrol pulled over a car. ‘Your tail light is broken, your tyres need changing and your bumper is hanging off. That’ll be $300’
Driver replies. ‘OK go ahead. That’s half the garage quote’


Parting Thought from Bob Sutton:
            This life is what you make of it.  No matter what, you are going to mess up sometime, it’s a universal truth.  But the good news is you get to decide how you are going to mess up.


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Les Geraghty
Door and Parting Thought
Dan Allen-Gordon
Ross Brown
Andy Cameron
Phil Mangos
Speaker Intro and Host
Brett Hobson
Neil Matson
Speaker Thanks
Barry Fredheim
Michele Beaton
Glenn Dougal
Bob Sutton
Bulletin Editor
Dave Woodhouse
Neville Whitworth
Stephen Dorrington
Barbara Whitton
Kathy Webb
Carrus Crystal Palace Breakfast
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