Rotary Club of
Botany East Tamaki
Issue 30 Volume 53                      20th May 2019
President Bob Donovan
Secretary Mike Jaggs
Treasurer Richard Thorpe
Imm.Past Pres.
Stuart Welm
Pres. Elect
Dave Hawke
Future Rotarian
27th May: Club Health Check Survey
3 June: No meeting for Queens Birthday Weekend
6th July (Sat) 5:30 - 8:00pm
District Changeover
Remuera Golf Club
From Mike the EDITOR
With the Editor having time off on holiday, Easter then 10 days in the USA for business and finally a social meeting last Monday night, you will finally get a bulletin again this week.
An interesting fact I discovered this weekend is that the club I am moving to next year (Pukekohe) has now moved formally to just 2 meetings per month. This is surprising news.
Whilst that is all that is mandated by Rotary International now, I have some concerns that more and more clubs are moving to this as a default rather than seeking to re-organise the mix to still have a regular 4 events, which includes at least 2 meetings. I shall watch and see if it affects the clubs productivity at all.
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President's Message
Another nearly 100% Active Member Meeting where we had the AGM of the Memorial Trust and discussion around topics of Dave attending Leaders Elect Seminar and myself attending District 9920 Conference in Napier
Both events highlighted the changing face of Rotary as we adjust to the 21st Century and the challenges ahead.
Our re establishment with Ferguson Intermediate is a priority and agreement reached regarding the prize giving to the two top students being increased plus another amount for the Student who exemplifies the school code in conjunction with the Rotary 4 way test.
Agreement has been reached with the Rotary Club of Somerville that Members can attend their Meetings as and when they want and become involved with Projects within the community as we move toward a different meeting model under the stewardship of President Elect Dave.
News Brief
Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21. Holger is replacing Sushil Gupta who has had to resign due to health reasons.
Rotary is bringing the world to Hamburg for International Convention on the 1st-5th June 2019.
If you haven't had a chance to attend a Rotary International Convention yet, then next year in Honolulu may be your year. Start building your plans now.
Meet Richard's new friend (above)
Richard Thorpe has been enjoying road cycling for a number of years and has raised a lot of money in that time for Polio Plus with sponsored rides.
After starting with a half alloy / half carbon Giant back in 2008 he upgraded to a 2011 S-Works Tarmac SL3 three years later when he decided that this was the sport for him. But after nearly 29,000km on the 2011 bike he has recently invested in a new bicycle believing that 7 ½ years since his last investment would mean noticing a real jump in technology and performance.
He is now the proud owner of a 2019 Specialized S-Works Tarmac and he says the difference even after only a couple rides is noticeable. The engineering and carbon layout of the frame is designed around the 52 sized frame and is rigid and holds the road well, and when descending hills the bike sticks to the road and goes where it is pointed. When climbing the bike feels light and responsive and on the flats it rolls along with ease.
The bike is fitted with disc brakes which have been on mountain bikes for years but have only just started to be accepted on road bikes in the last three years but now the technology has advanced to the point where the UCI teams now accept them both for their reliability and weight.
Richard advises that he has a new friend and that the relationship should be a long and happy one into the future!!
Tunisian Interactors win 2018 Interact Video Awards
By Arnold R. Grah
When members of the Interact Club of Tunis Inner City, Tunisia, set out to make a video about their club, they focused on the many projects that have kept club members busy and engaged throughout their city.
“The key message was to show that a group of teenagers can have an impact on their community,” says Fatma Choura, the club’s adviser and member of the Rotary Club of Radès, Tunisia. “They wanted to encourage other young people to become active and serve their communities.”
The two-minute video was selected as best in the 2018 Interact Video Awards, earning the club $1,000 to spend on a future project. Videos from the Interact Clubs of Alexandria East Champions, Egypt; San Salvador Noroeste, El Salvador; and Colegio de Calumpit, Bulacan, Philippines, were named runners-up. A video from the Interact Club of A.V.P. Trust Public School (CBSE) Gandhinagar, Tamil Nadu, India, was voted the 2018 fan favorite in a social media poll. All awardees received a letter from the Rotary International president and have their videos posted on social media.
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