Rotary Club of
Botany East Tamaki
Issue 22 Volume 53                      18th Feb 2019
President Bob Donovan
Secretary Mike Jaggs
Treasurer Richard Thorpe
Imm.Past Pres.
Stuart Welm
Pres. Elect
Dave Hawke
25th Feb: No Monday meeting as we are visiting Sommerville this week
Wed 27th Feb: RC Somerville visit. 6:15 for 6:45 at the Howick Club
1,2,3 March: South Pacific Presidents Elect Training
4th March: Normal meeting
March 30 & 31: Rotary Leadership Institute
8th April: Partners & honarary Members Night. Rotary Alumni Sue Campin wants to visit her roots. A student of Faltbush Primary, she went on to win a Foundation Scholarship and then on to the UK to study her Masters in Town Planning. Now a resident of Australia, she wants to visit the closest club to her old school and share how Rotary has impacted her life.
From Mike the EDITOR
Something different next week with a visit to Sommerville in lieu of our own meeting. Whilst the Ed will not be there, he does encourage everone else to join this club visit.
As you can see from this weeks main story, the Editor set forth for his first formal 'motorcycle adventure tour' in many years. Much fun was experienced and more of these will come. Of course this is challenging with 2 young children with weekend sports etc. Plus time must be made for PDG wifey to also have her weekend pursuits.
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Cnr Te Irirangi & Ormiston Roads, Botany Junction. Auckland, 2016
President's Message
Another Meeting discussion where we discussed President Elect Dave’s Rotary year and a new member Expo to attract new members. District are providing support to Dave , the Expo and the Club as there is a definite need for Rotary in the area that we serve. This all looks promising as we now look forward to the club progressing and helping our community .
Next week we have arranged a club visit to Somerville Rotary on Wednesday at the Howick Club and it will be interesting to see how another club operates.
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Over 1.32 million children will be immunized over the next 3 days as Pakistan fights to #endpolio


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Read about this Rotary partnered multinational (Netherlands and Australia) project here
Tiger Goes Camping
OK so not just Tiger, Mike, Dave and brother in law Ant went camping. Adventure Motorcycle style. Form work we shot straight to Coromandel Township for the night. First stop Liquorland for essential supplies then up to the Motorcamp to consume such beverages whilst setting up the tents.
Conveniently across the road was a pub with cold beers and pretty good pizza’s whilst the rugby was on. Then retiring back to the campground for more such beverages. Given that they were of the bottle variety rather than cans, it was essential that we save weight by consuming all but the last 2.
In the morning, post an espresso brewed on the camp stove and a Peppersteak Coro Pie, we headed north. First stop, Port Jackson at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsular.
This being the first time on gravel whilst fully loaded for touring, the loose stuff and washboard sections proved challenging. Partially fixed by changing the bike mapping from road to off-road mode, I soon had Tiger humming along the 58 kms of gravel north of Colville. If you haven’t been there, I recommend it for the view and they also have a good DOC campground.
A further 6kms to the end of the road gets you to the next DOC camp at Fletchers bay. This one faces north east and has options from beachfront camping through to some protection up the valley. A great stop for a bite to eat.
The zoom back to Colville was a little faster as now Tiger and I had our groove on. But it appears I celebrated too early. Colville to Port Charles and then on to Stoney Bay was some of the worst gravel I have ever encountered. Even in off-road mode, the traction control was working overtime keeping the rear wheel connected to the road. The front wheel was …challenging! A lot of off camber left tyre track with nasty loose marbles of gravel. But we made it to Stoney Bay DOC camp for a lunch under the trees.

Women have always had an influence in Rotary right from the contribution of Jean Thompson, Rotary's Founder Paul Harris's wife, who is often stated as being "the power behind the Rotary 'throne' ".  2019 marks 30 years since Rotary International formerly enabled women to join Rotary as Rotarians. Since then the direct contribution of women in Rotary has soared and is today pronounced.

Through the Rotary Oceania Facebook page and website over the next few months we would like to recognize the work that Rotary women throughout NZ and the Pacific do publicly and behind the scenes. This is a great opportunity to highlight women in your Clubs and Districts who have gone above and beyond the call of Service above Self. We are wanting to know those really special women and to thank them for being part of our Rotary family.


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