Meet the man behind the meal

As you enjoy your Rotary meal, why not introduce yourself to the man who made it?
Michael, our new caterer, is a friendly chap with an interest in volunteering. He catered for the Rotary Club of Papatoetoe for five years before he came to The Papakura Club, so he knows Rotary well. "I like to join in the Sergeant's session and put a few dollars in the bag," he says.
Michael is Fijian and has been a chef for over 35 years, first at a Fijian resort and later, after moving to New Zealand, in his own catering business, Michael's Catering NZ. He is married and has three children. 

What you need to know ...

Apologies and extra guests to Trevor

After years of dutiful service, Alf has retired from collecting our apologies. Henceforth, please give your apologies for absence from Rotary meetings to Trevor. Apologies need to be in by 12pm on Monday, and Trevor would prefer to receive them by phone on 294 7155. Please leave a message if he's not around. Alternatively, members can email him on
Trevor will prepare the weekly attendance sheet and send it out to whoever is on reception duty. If you arrange someone to stand in for you when you're on reception, please ensure you pass the attendance sheet on to that person. 
Cheques for meals can be made out to Michael's Catering NZ.

What's on Harry's mind ... 

The James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope is a significant scientific breakthrough that will replace the Hubble Telescope. It is 19 metres high and has 18 mirrors coated with extremely thin gold. It will be launched in October 2018 and positioned in a 'halo' orbit, balanced between the gravity of the sun and the moon. Once in place, it will enable astronomers to study the Big Bang. 
Harry also reflected on the top five geniuses who have contributed most to society. His picks were: Pythagoras, JS Bach, Sir Isaac Newton, Mozart and Einstein. 
For more information about the James Webb Space Telescope, see:
Jul 10, 2017
IYE experience 2016-17
Jul 17, 2017
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Duty roster
10 July
Hewlett, P.J., Philip
Hall, Mike
Senior, R., Roy
Munro, Hugh
Hayward, Trish
Thought of the Day
Phillips, Graeme
What's On My Mind
Blake, Sam
17 July
Redgwell, Des
Blakely, Sue
Senior, R., Roy
Blake, Sam
Stevens, Trevor
Thought of the Day
van der Gulik, P., Peter
What's On My Mind
Blakely, Sue
Drury Rotarians help Dementia Auckland raise $24,000
Six of our members - Bill, Alf, Lisa, Iain, Trish and Trevor - were out rattling buckets at Countdown Pukekohe South over the weekend. 
While the sealed buckets made it impossible to count the exact amount we raised, all the members involved were delighted with the substantial weight of the buckets by the end of the collection. 
Dementia Auckland volunteer coordinator Sarah Knight said that overall the collection raised $24,000 - a great result for them. "I just want to say a huge thank you for all your help over the weekend. We couldn't have done it without you. You are all amazing!" she said.

President Iain

  • President Iain presented Director Lisa with a 'Rotary Making a Difference' badge.
  • Sadly, we have received resignations from Robyn, Annie and Tom. Chris will also leave the club to transfer to Scotland-based e-club for aviation-minded Rotarians.
  • The World Press Photo Exhibition, supported by the Rotary Club of Auckland, is on at Smith & Caughey in Queen Street this month.
  • Quota will hold its annual antiques fair at Drury School this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Opening night starts 7:30 Friday and the cost is $20. The fair is open 10-4 over the weekend, with admission $6. Valuations are available on Sunday for $5.
  • The Rotary Club of Pakuranga is hosting a Triumph and Trivia Night on July 22nd. A table of 10 costs $250. 
  • District is organising seminars for Rotarians interested in youth initiatives. The next one will be held on Wednesday July 12th at the Papakura RSA. 

Secretary Harry

Fifteen members and one guest present.
One minutes were:
Trevor: Despite some difficulty finding the location, all the trees were planted at the Waiau Pa Trees for Survival planting day.
John: John and Annie attended District Changeover. Around 150 Rotarians were presented and many PHFs were awarded to Newmarket Rotarians and District chairs. 
Adrian will be secretary of the new Rotary Club of Pohutukawa Coast.
Trish: Interested members are invited to tour Kauri Flats School. See Trish for contact details.
Harry: Trees are preventing ambulance access to Cliff's house. Des, Hugh and Harry volunteered to do some trimming back at Cliff's place this Saturday from 10am. Phil will also attend if able. All to bring axe and chainsaw if possible. 

Sergeant Linda

Sergeant Linda is keen to introduce a wider range of things to generate fines this year, and especially to focus on positive things. Her inaugural session focused on recent sporting events and netted $66.30. 
Club review shapes the year ahead
Club members agreed on the service projects and other club initiatives we want to support this Rotary year at the first of our monthly 'club reviews'. Youth and Vocational Director Lisa, Foundation and International Director Des, and Community and PR Director Sam took turns leading club members in a discussion of which initiatives to present to the board for approval. 

Youth and Vocational

Members supported RYPEN, Australia-New Zealand Student Exchange, Rotary National Science and Technology Forum, Challenge Camp, RYLA and Outward Bound, although it was noted that finding candidates for some of these can be difficult. Members were also willing to consider working with the Rotary Club of Papakura to host an International Youth Exchange student, and to provide partial support for a Walsh Flying School Scholarship. However, we would not take on sole responsibility for either of these projects. Members opposed RYDA.
Members agreed in-principle support for Trainee of the Year.

Foundation and International

Members felt that updates on current affairs and the practical impact of The Rotary Foundation would be of more interest than its theory and philosophy. 
The club supported investigating an international project. It was suggested that we build stronger relationships with our sister clubs in Fiji and Pago Pago. A possible project could be Days for Girls, which supplies sanitary products to girls and women in the Pacific Islands who would otherwise be prevented from attending school and work by a lack of access to feminine hygiene products. Finally, members expressed interest in a Rotarian Group Fellowship Exchange with Rotarians in  Toronto, Canada. 

Community and PR

Members supported running the Golf Tournament again this year and keeping up our relationship with Rosehill Special School. We have committed to assist the Rotary Club of Papakura with the NZ Motorcycle Show in September. The Country Kitchen is also already booked in, although we have not yet decided on a beneficiary. Drury School has been in touch with us seeking help with Calf Club Day. Members expressed support for smaller, low-cost, hands-on projects that serve our community, and building ties with speakers could be one way of finding these. Graeme already has one such project lined up - he will visit Kelvin Road School to do maintenance on their playhouse this week. 
Publicity for Interact was noted as worthwhile, and the possibility of new Rotary shirts was raised. 


Lisa is leading fellowship this year. She outlined the following calendar: September - 30th birthday celebration at the Jolly Farmer; October - degustation dinner; December - Christmas party; February - historical garden party at President Iain's home; April - cruise. 
We're in the news ...
  • Planting Trees for Survival, The Post, Tuesday 27 June. See story:
  • We also submitted a media release about our 2016-17 achievements to the Papakura Courier and Franklin County News. Stay tuned, if you get those newspapers, and let the club know if they publish anything!
  • Meanwhile, our Facebook post featuring a photo of the Dementia Auckland collection reached 74 people - so it's worth doing! 
.... REMEMBER ....

 When on reception duties please pass the attendance sheet and money to Secretary Harry, who will settle with the caterer.

Apologies and extra guests to Trevor on 294 7155 or no later than 12 noon on the day of the meeting. Please note that you will be asked to pay for your meal if you do not apologise by this deadline. 
Bulletin content to Trish by Tuesday afternoon following the Monday meeting.