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We meet Fridays at 6:45 AM
Tauranga Club
Level 5 Devonport Towers, 72 Devonport Road
PO Box 2401
Tauranga 3140,
New Zealand
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Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
ANZ Board Room, Cameron Rd
May 28, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
RYPEN attendees
May 31, 2019
6:45 AM – 8:00 AM
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Guests and visitors:

Shane du Faur - G/o Brett Hobson

Shianne Banks - G/o Dad

Mike and Mark Batchelor


  • Pat awarded Mike Batchelor with an Honorary Member certificate and pin

            Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
This is a fantastic opportunity for Club members to have fun and get to know each other better.
  • Pot luck format: everyone brings a plate – entree, salad/veges or dessert, as allocated by the organiser a few days before the event
  • Host prepares main course
  • BYO wine
  • Details of who’s hosting whom remain top secret until late afternoon on the day of the event! (You'll receive a sealed letter or email on the Friday morning - not to be opened until...
  • This is a Shelter Box fundraiser. We’re aiming to buy one at a cost of $1500. In the past every participant, host or guest, has paid $30 to the host on the evening of the dinner
  • THIS TIME, the AMOUNT DONATED will be a matter of choice with everyone placing his/her offering in an envelope with their name on it. Again, the hosts will collect these.
  • If you’d like to be involved, send me your details: text or phone 0212233631 or email
  • Indicate whether you’d like to be a HOST OR GUEST OR BOTH, which date(s) you prefer, your preferred contact details (phone and email) and whether you or your partner have any dietary issues
  • Hope you can make it! The more the merrier and the more Shelter Box we can purchase!
  • Les. The Events Committee Film Night is on 12 June at 7pm and attendees will see Top End Wedding at the Rialto

    Top End Wedding Poster

  • The Movie is another classic Aussie romantic-comedy  with 4 star reviews.

    The cost of $20 pp includes the ticket, glass of wine and nibbles and should prove an enjoyable out for members, partners , friends or aspiring members that wish to come along. 

    I've had an early indication that we will easily sell the 60 tickets available so members should be in early or miss out on a "Top End" night out. (From Les)

  • Pat. District Changeover in Morrinsville on Sunday 30th June 2019. All welcome

  • Pat. Remember that next Friday is Friday 5’s.

  • Les. The Welcome Wall sub-committee is being formed and a meeting with Council is pending.

  • Shaun. Announced this was his last meeting at Sunrise as he is moving to Kerikeri. He thanked everyone especially Warwick, David and Pat, was said he was proud to have been a member. He will be sorely missed. Good luck, Shaun

Guest speaker

Paul Treanor – Mount Maunganui Lifeguard Service (MMLS).

MMLS is in it’s 90th year and provides a vital service to the community. The board consists of three independent members and four ‘clubbies.’ With the development of the larger clubhouse the management team has been expanded and consists of a CEO, Ops Manager, Events Manager and Administrator. Paul quickly dispelled the notion that the new premises would follow the Aussie model of having bar, restaurant and pokies!

There are about 750 members ranging from five-year-old Nippers, to Rookies, to Masters. The club is dedicated to volunteer lifeguarding and land-based rescue services on and around Main Beach, Mauao and Pilot Bay. Volunteers spend thousands of hours each year patrolling the beach and coastline, from Labour weekend to Easter weekend, as well as providing a year-round, 24-hour emergency call-out squad.

Last season, their volunteers spent more than 5,000 hours patrolling beaches, undertaking 1,782 preventative actions to stop people getting into danger, completing 57 rescues and 15 search and rescues. The 24-hour emergency response squad also attends to on average one call-out per week. As the primary responders for incidents on Mauao, they often perform first aids and help other emergency services deal with incidents including search and rescue, body recoveries, fires and Coastguard call-outs.

Paul choked up when recalling the loss of little Jack Dixon, which perhaps testifies to the passion and deep commitment felt by many in the club.

Competition is very important to the club and MMLS has won the National Open Champs seven years in a row. The new premises evolved from a simple $400,000 refurbishment to a full $3.5m fit-for-purpose rebuild and Paul thanked all their funders who were gaming trusts, Tauranga City Council, family trusts, charitable trusts and individual philanthropists. As Chairman at the time the project gave him many sleepless nights!

Paul emphasised the new building was a community asset and all were welcome to pop in and tour it’s facilities.


Ross Brown provided an excellent sergeant’s session especially considering it was a surprise that he was doing it today! He fined Shaun for leaving, the Tamaki Coalition Party, John and David for researching the whisky evening so thoroughly, and Pat for being hyper-prepared. He then ran through a range of people's first names and what their original meaning was. This caused much preening from identified members! He ended off with a few old Winston Churchill chestnuts.

And finally......

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

Parting Thought from Lynda – If there’s no light at the end of the end of the tunnel, get down there and light it yourself.

Duties for the next 3 weeks:



31 May

7 June

14 June


Dan Allen-Gordon

Wendy Lowe

Ray Scott

Technology Set-up

Wayne Shadbolt

John Carlson

David Robinson

Door and Parting Thought

Neville Whitworth

James Ross

Pauline Cowens


Andrew Knowles

Barbara Whitton

Jane Nees

Speaker Intro and Host

David Robinson

Lisa Phillips

Barry Fredheim

Speaker Thanks

Shaun Piper

James Clague

Rosalie Liddle Crawford


Neil Matson

Chris Rapson

Kathy Webb

Bulletin Editor

Bill Chapman

Neville Whitworth

Max Mason


Wendy Lowe

Ray Scott

Brett Hobson


RYPEN attendees

The Beatons – Elephants in the Galapagos

Caroline Mason and Glenys Parton. Vanuatu/Vinna/Sewing machines