BULLETIN 02 February 2018

Editor: Neville Whitworth
Club Directors
President Elect
Past President
Director Membership and Club Service
Director Community Service
Director International
Director Events Coordination
Director New Generation
Director Foundation and Investment
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Meeting Information
We meet Fridays at 6:45 AM
Tauranga Club
Level 5 Devonport Towers
72 Devonport Road
Tauranga,  3000
New Zealand
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Today’s attendance:
Name of Visitor & Organisation
Guest of
Eduardo (from Brazil) - International Student Exchange
Dave Robinson
Erica Holtsbaum
Being inducted today
Graham Cornes
Pat Taylor
Laura Wragg - Envirohub
Lindsey Bowles - Envirohub
Mike Bell - Think IT
Murray Holtsbaum
Erica’s husband
Birthdays – Linda Birch
Committee meeting next week – same time same place.
Ursula reminded us about the Presidents citation that we should each plant a tree this year. She is planting hers this week. Also when you do it please email both rotary international and Shane Jones (as his billion tree target needs a wee boost ! )
Ian Burns has a spare 7’s ticket however by the time you read this it’s too late – sorry Ian
Dave Robinson introduced our Rotary exchange student Eduardo. Seemed a nice young fellow but no one understood a word he said (somewhat akin to Andy’s grace) apart from the fact he was from District 4510.
However, he probably had no idea what we were all babbling on about either. Anyway if you are doing something cool and fun let David know and Eduardo could tag along. By the end of it all, he will understand what we are on about and that today’s grace was really taking the P#&!ss. – more about that later.
Warren advised the K Valley bike event is all go. We need 22 volunteers to help on 3rd of March. We really need to get behind this event as it is the first one and a great idea
Fun fact – the International Taupo Tri and annual around Taupo cycle challenge was started as a Rotary project.
This K valley idea has wheels !!
Change over dinner date set for 6/7/2018. Pasta optional
Barbara Whitton still needs some volunteers for the last cricket match 28/2/18. From 12 noon to 10.30 pm.
Two appeals coming up being Heart Foundation 23 Feb and Guide Dogs appeal 23 March. Both at Red Square.
Another fun fact – since August 17 we have done 281 volunteer hours over three collections gaining $1,797.
Erica Holtsbaun was welcomed into the club and will join the Community Services Committee.
Guest Speakers
Steven Dorrington introduced our guest speakers in the expected irreverent way
Laura and Lindsay are from EnviroHub BOP
Envirohub Bay of Plenty is one of 12 Environment Centres around NZ, aimed at helping local communities learn about and take action on environmental issues that support a sustainable future. They are a non-profit, non-political organisation that works within the Bay of Plenty community delivering innovative and practical projects and programmes designed to educate, inform and inspire our people. 
Amongst other things they were advocating for a greener – more sustainable BOP. Also talked about sustainable backyards. Beach and estuary clean-ups.
This is an umbrella organisation and unlike the banks that give you a rain umbrella when it is sunny and take it away when it rains (sorry my dig at my ex-banking sector) they are here to help.
Speaking of help what can we do vs waiting for Council and Government to do (comment well support by our beloved mayor)
Here’s some ideas:
  • Go back to big bottles of beer – swap a crate !. ( Why won’t they wash the small bottles ? )
  • Worm farms – See Warwick, Neville or Stuart Pederson – they will confirm those wee buggers eat all your scraps and the worm wee is fantastic on the garden.
  • Don’t use plastic straws especially if you convert to big bottles as you will only get half-way down!
  • And demand paper bags at the supermarket.
  • Help assemble the predator traps that the Men’s shed are currently making – coming soon. 
  • 54% of waste is recyclable
Sargent session
No dob-ins however, the fines were spread evenly like tomato paste across a well-done pizza.
Who has started their new years resolution ? Who has actually done it?
The Sargent’s delegated  resolution was to reduce the use of profanities
Things got pretty hectic from here and the poor old Bulletin editor couldn’t keep up. However, the upshot was  Aborigines have a full vocabulary of swearing (that said they don’t have hammers that hit thumbs so there probably is one key word missing  akin to procreation)
We can all swear better in a second language and African is the hardest language to swear in – probably because you can’t understand it anyway.
New Member Nomination
Graham Cornes has been nominated for membership of the Rotary Club of Tauranga Sunrise, and his nomination has been approved by the Board.

Graham and his wife Julia have been living in Tauranga for 3 years now. They have 4 children, the youngest of which is 31. They are running a Bed & Breakfast establishment called Matua Lodge, where Graham is the second chef to Julia, and they both enjoy being part of Tauranga Tourism. He previously worked as a designer for 47 years, then as a ground engineer for Air New Zealand. He was based in Auckland but was loaned out to other airline operators around the world, including NASA.

Graham is keen to join Rotary as he sees that as giving him the opportunity to give something back to the community. He is also looking forward to the fellowship that Rotary offers in getting to know the members, and getting stimulation from them, and he hopes to make many new friends.

Graham and his wife Julia enjoy yoga, biking and spending time with their grandchildren.

Members now have the opportunity to lodge any objections, which must be made in writing, to the Director Membership and Club Service Committee within 7 days of the publication of this notice. You do not need to disclose the reason for your objection unless it is a business-related issue. Members are expected to act with the highest integrity for the good of the Club rather than from self-interest. Please address correspondence to the Director at
Parting thought
The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired in value.
Duties for the next 3 weeks:
Gail Page
Bill Holland
A N Other
Door & Parting Thought
Mike Batchelor
Simon Beaton
Wendy Showan
Erica Holtsbaum
Rhonda Wisbey
Graham Cornes
Speaker Intro & Host
James Clague
Pauline Cowens
Speaker Thanks
Roberta Budvietas
Ken White
Neville Whitworth
Stan Gregec
Brett Hobson
Bulletin Editor
Steve Dorrington
Andrew Knowles
Dave Woodhouse
Bill Holland
Michele Beaton
Pat Taylor
Committee meetings
Warwick de Vere - Habitat
Clinton Naude - Civil Defence Emergency Management