Rotary Club of
Botany East Tamaki
Issue 178 Volume 53                      26th Nov 2018
President Bob Donovan
Secretary Mike Jaggs
Treasurer Richard Thorpe
Imm.Past Pres.
Stuart Welm
Pres. Elect
Dave Hawke
3rd Dec: No meeting
10th Dec: Christmas Party. BBQ at Bob's  & Leslie's place.  6:00 for 630pm. 3/25 Takutai Ave, bucklands Beach.
$20 per Adult, $10 per Child with Bob and Leslie managing the catering. Bring your own drinks. Partners, children and potential members welcome. Please RSVP to Bob. 
This is the last meeting for the Calendar year.
21st Jan 2019: First meeting for the year
TBC: World Polio Day. How do we feel about a family Picnic in lieu of a standard meeting @ Barry Curtis Park. A bit of fun, a walk in the park and maybe we could also do a little rubbish pick up as our bit of service for the week
From Mike the EDITOR
The Editor had a great last week. The splint was gone, replaced by a cast, got wet, was replaced, and is allegedly ahead of target on healing and may be lucky enough to go into a moon boot by Christmas.
Thanks to the support of 4 Honorary Members adding to the difficult conversations we had to have at the AGM on continuing the club. Whilst they could not vote, it was valuable feedback. Part of the feedback also lamented the lack of support at times that Honorary Membership gives. We appreciate that meeting attendance is at times difficult and we did receive 2 apologies as a result of this. However its hard times like this when we are discussing th eprospect of winding up the club that we really need that extra support and feedback. It was asked if we give Honorary Memberships away too easily. A fair point. We do appreciate very much however those who continue to support the club throughout the year.
There is no meeting next week. Why you ask? Quite simply, when 3 or 4 turn up, its is hard to have a proper meeting.
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President's Message
A very successful AGM 2018 was held with 4 Honorary Members and equal number of Active Members in attendance. New President elected for the next Rotary term together with Treasurer and Secretary all voted and accepted. General discussion centred around  Membership and as a consequence of that the future of the Club. A Membership opportunity has been identified for March/April 2019 and we will look to attract new Members to the Club as an attempt to revive our small Membership. Suffice to say that we are not alone in our endeavours however with a small number of Members active it does become difficult to keep the required Rotary activities rolling along.
So for next year we are going to put effort again into recruiting and growth.
We have another Howick Board Meeting this week to discuss Projects and hopefully gain some that we can participate in ourselves or with another Rotary Club. The Rongomai Pathway is yet to be completed with at present the path stopping in the Park. Requirement is to continue to Te Iriangi Road and the Rongomai Sports Centre. All past and present Members will recall the concrete pouring and the fellowship engendered from that. Our Member Dave Hawke is pushing our case with the Local Board.
News Brief
New Districtng for 2021/22
Its now official that D9910 and 9920 will no longer exist and a new District will be formed.
It is not allegedly  a merger, but the starting of a new district.....? (Perhaps the Editor is a little confused as it sounds like a merger)
All stimulated by D9910 falling below the minimun required numbers. 9920 isn't rosy either so we must do our bit to boost numbers.
Membership Project in Brief:
With the permission of Ormiston Snr High School we want to contact the paents of the Interact Club and invite them to a meeting.
Leveraging this 'base', we want to then invite local business and public to attend.
Utilising our members, our history and with support from key Rotarians in the district, pitch a new reformed Rotary Club of Botany East Tamaki with the aim of gaining 10+ members.
Who knew attempting a world record could transform your club?

By Joanna Chrzanowska, president, Rotary Club of Marabella-Guadalmina, Spain

The event planning team from the Rotary Club of Marbella-Guadalmina, Spain, was awed by the first sight of the hall they had to fill. We have drawn 80 people to our walks or events before, but aircraft hangar might be the best description for the room we were looking at. It had been generously donated free of charge by Marbella Town Hall, who have been very supportive of the expatriate community. The space was also free of tables, chairs, a sound system, a stage and several other necessities for putting on a large public event.

Founded in 2010, our club is English-speaking with members from a number of different nationalities, including many new Rotarians. We have been effective at fundraising for local and international charities, but why did we suddenly take this on?

Why we did it

We’d love to tell you it was part of a master plan for growth and community engagement. But the truth is it was more like a ball that started rolling and didn’t stop. A member suggested that we could aim for a Guinness World Record in a competitive game called Beetle, which involves throwing a die and drawing parts of a beetle according to the numbers that fall.  Sounded easy. Get lots of people together for a couple of hours. Give them a paper, pencil and die. And film the record attempt.

Several months later we were still working out logistics, how best to sell tickets, what else we would have to offer, how to promote the event, how to get tables and chairs to the venue, and so on.

There were some dark days, doubts and debates, a mountain of emails, and uncertainty until the very last that we would have enough people in the hall to even make the record attempt valid.  A warning for severe rain on the day of the event didn’t help.

Team dynamics like never before

Just before the event, the team working on it pulled out all the stops; united by a strong determination to do the very best they could for the club. Our Events teams are used to working hard, but this was exceptional. Everyone worked effectively, and somehow managed to not fall over from exhaustion, driven by a unity of spirit that arranged furniture, audio, display stands, crowd control, refreshments, publicity, etc.

And yes, despite the weather, well over 300 people came to enjoy the displays, the entertainment, and to take part in the game, hoping to win the beautifully crafted Golden Beetle.

Reach for the moon. Even if you fail, you will be among the stars.

Things weren’t perfect that day. Yet the atmosphere was positive and we built a great connection with the local community.  Sponsorship had already raised money for a charity for Alzheimer’s no matter what happened. The record attempt has still to be ratified by Guinness World Records, but people left the hall feeling it was a success.

The club has been a different place since this accomplishment. There is a feel-good vibe. Our horizons have expanded and our confidence has increased. We are prepared to be less insular, more organised, more dynamic. There won’t be another Beetle event for sure. But the Marbella Town Hall has said we can have the Palacio again next year. What will we do with it?

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