Rotary Club of
Botany East Tamaki
Issue 8Volume 53                        27th August 2018
President Bob Donovan
Secretary Mike Jaggs
Treasurer Richard Thorpe
Imm.Past Pres.
Stuart Welm
Dave Hawke
30th August: (Thur) Foundation Seminar
24 September: No meeting on Monday as doing make up at Somerville
TBC 26 September: (Wed) Joint Meeting @ RC Sommerville, 6:15 for 6:45, The Howick Club.
From Mike the EDITOR
So you may have heard, the editor has a new to. (See pic to the right). Its been some 7 years without an ironhorse, so with much consideration, the editor deemed it time again mount a 2 wheeled steed. Turns out that Trade Me auctions can be a a challenge and many a swear word was uttered when out bid on first and second choice. Then lady luck turned up on Saturday. As I went into the bike shop, to look at third choice (in white ...!) and bugger me if this beauty, the full spec model in good old British green had been recently traded in. I'm lovin it.
A week without a regular meeting is a rare thing, but not an excuse to not do something as a Rotarian. So lets try and make it to the D=Foundation Seminar this Thursday.
Upcoming Events
D9920 Foundation Seminar
Kolmar Centre, Papatoetoe
Aug 30, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
D9920 International Seminar
Kolmar Centre, Papatoetoe
Sep 18, 2018
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Cnr Te Irirangi & Ormiston Roads, Botany Junction. Auckland, 2016
President's Message
With no meeting this week, there is not a lot of new news..... Well unless your're Donald Trump. And then, is if real news or fake news. Don't ask Mr Google, as allegedly they too are a suspect source. So what does this leave? Bing perhaps? Who knows...?
But at you will find the truth. You don't always want to hear about it, as often the content is about some significant problem in the world, or perhaps you do. Rotarian's get great pleasure from doing good and trying our hardest to right the wrongs and give a fairer outcome to all concerned. Whether it be peacemaking or delivering fresh potable water sources, educating our children or giving a few hours of elbow grease, we do it because it is right and because we enjoy it.
So think this week when you have a moment or two, what small thing can we each do this week, next week and for ever to make a difference in someone else's life.
The Ed
News Brief
Its Citrus Season  And doesn't Richard know it with lots of comments since the posting of his Lemon Tree on Facebook.
However Richard, doesn't know that each brand of Gin has a natural fruit match and Bombay Sapphire should be matched to Limes ... sorry true story.
Facebook is awaiting your comments and posts. Who checked tour page this week? If you have something to post, please send it to Richard.
Project Ideas: Mike is ging to RC Pukekohe on the 4th Sept and hopes to pick their brain on the key things that went into their project to purchase a van for the local special school.
Happy Birthday to me (The Editor). Proud owner of a great bit of British 2 wheel magic. A 2017n Triumph Tiger 800 XCA. Yep the full works burger fit out with secret sauce ... Well most of the wizzy bits (AKA Farkles) you can think of.
Why you shouldn't be afraid to take risks
By Daniel Vankov, Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Brisbane, Australia
Rotary’s secret is cooperation. Alone we are useless. Together we are powerful. And together in a million we are unstoppable.
I had the honor of serving as president of the Rotary Club of Brisbane in 2017-18. It was a task that was not only challenging, but highly rewarding. My desire had been to make a difference, which also happened to be the theme 2017-18 Rotary President Ian Riseley put forward for the year.
Club members Carolyn Tate, left, and James Delahunty do some heavy lifting during a working bee at Rotary Donations in Kind.
Reflecting back, I realize that at that point of time, I was unprepared in many ways for the enormity of it, given my limited exposure to both Rotary and the club. But I embraced the opportunity I was given with a passion and desire to learn and grow as a person and as a Rotarian. And I had many great former presidents to learn from.
One thing in particular I learned, and it would be my advice to those that follow, is to take risks. We would not have achieved anything as a club had we not been willing to try new things and assume the risks that entails. When you change nothing, nothing changes. One should not fear failing, one should fear not trying.
My favorite quote from Mark Twain is this:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
If you would like further insights into how my club was able to innovate, download our annual report from our club website. I am also happy to respond to inquiries through my LinkedIn profile.
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