The President's Pen

Hi All,
Thanks to Robyn and the team for putting on a relaxed quiz morning where we could all catch our breaths before the long weekend.
Hopefully everyone had a safe and enjoyable weekend with family and friends.
Look forward to seeing you all on Thursday.
President: Rotary Club of St Johns
Phone: 021 0813 7313
Meeting in Review - April 1st 2021
Cute ears!  
A small but enthusiastic group of members turned up for an Easter and April Foolery Breakfast. A big thank you to IPP Robyn for compiling the two Quizes.  Obviously a lot of work went in to the planning and it was disappointing that once again the IT systems let us down and accordingly we didn't get to enjoy viewing Robyn's hard work as much as we should have.
A big thank you, once again, to Graham for the donations of the Easter Egg prizes, many of which left the room with Grandparents preparing for the weekend Easter Egg Hunts!  Thanks Graham.
The winner of the "Easter Quiz" was a dead-heat - congratulations to Murray and Graham!  The "General Knowledge", True and False quiz winner was - everyone who attended, or in other words the true winners name was missed by the Editor in the excitement of it all!!  
Prior to the fun side of the meeting a few club notices were shared with those gathered;
  • RYLA - we currently have 10 candidates applying to participate and hoping to be nominated by the Rotary Club of St. Johns.  Interviews will take place on April 17.  Tom is looking for a team of 4 - 5 Interviewers to join him for this important part of the RYLA process.  Can you help??? Please contact Tom as soon as possible.
  • RYDA - for the first time in 2 years, RYDA is again up and running and it will be held, at the Auckland Showgrounds on April 13th.  If you are interested in supporting this very valued Rotary supported project please contact Gary K asap!
  • We are looking for an appropriate speaker for our ANZAC Breakfast which will be a Breakfast Meeting on Thursday April 22nd.  If you have any suggestions, please contact IPP Robyn asap.
Club Activities & Other Important Dates to Diary
Rosie is in NZ thanks to a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship.  She is hosted by RC of Otahuhu and living in Ponsonby.  She is studying for a Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Auckland and her research project is looking at how Pākehā New Zealanders respond to learning about New Zealand’s history (and other societal issues), and the implications (and potential) this has for peace-building and relationship building.  Rosie will talk to us about her studies and her Rotary journey.
St Johns Rotary's largest fundraising event of the year - our Golf Tournament which is Sold Out. We are looking forward to seeing all volunteers on the day.
THURSDAY APRIL 15th - BREAKFAST Meeting - Speaker - Peter Lester.  How lucky are we!!
We are delighted to have enticed popular America's Cup Commentator Pete Lester back to the club to give us his 'Debrief' on the America's Cup.
THURSDAY APRIL 22nd - ANZAC Breakfast Meeting
Our ANZAC Day Breakfasts have become a very special event for our club and this year will be no exception.  This event will be held on our scheduled Thursday Morning slot, on April 22nd.  This will allow those planning to get away for the long weekend, or celebrate ANZAC Day on the 25th in their own special way, while still being able to support our breakfast.
New Venue for Sally Army Food Packing
Our wonderful Rotary food-parcel packing organisers advise the Salvation Army now have a new distribution centre in Mt Wellington where the majority of food-parcel packing will 'eventually' take place.
The first 'trial' packing with Rotary Volunteers at Mt Wellington will be on Wednesday 14 April, where Rotary Teamleaders and volunteers will have the opportunity to work out how our 'volunteer power' can be best utilised at the new Mt Wellington venue. Any volunteers available for the usual 9:30am-2pm ish timeframe on this date, who are happy to help please click here to email Robyn.
Robyn was delighted to report that we had an excellent 'extra' packing session last week, combining with our friends from RC Newmarket. As usual we all worked so efficiently, we ran out of the stock variety needed to pack and were asked to stop early. Here we are standing in front of the boxes packed last week:
Kev's Candid Photo Album
Kev was at it once again, clicking away - did he catch you this week!!
You don't have to be the IPP to have cute ears - well done for getting into the Easter theme ladies.
Even though I don't have big ears, I still want to hear from you if you can assist with RYLA Interviews!
Still not sure if they were Googling answers in the Quiz or are they texting each other?
Are they really Googling the answers as Cheri looks deep into the heavens for answers!!!
Winners are Grinners!!
Hi everyone - I'm back.
Hang on - it looks as though most of them are all using their phones!!
Time For A Smile



An elderly man in Auckland calls his son in Sydney and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing, fortyfive years of misery is enough".

"Pop, what are you talking about?"  the son screams.  "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man replies.  "We are sick of each other and I am sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Brisbane and tell her", and he hangs up.

Frantic, the son calls his sister who explodes on the phone, "Like heck they are getting divorced, " she shouts, "I'll take care of this."  She calls her Dad immediately, and screams at the old man "you are not getting divorced! Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back and we will both be there tomorrow.  Until then, don't do a thing.  DO YOU HEAR ME?", and hangs up.

The old man hangs up the phone and turns to his wife, "OK," he says, "they are coming for Christmas and paying their own fares."

Thanks for the contribution Margaret.

Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Breakfast Meeting;
Thursday 8th April 2021 for 7.15 am.
Venue - Remuera Golf Club
Bulletin Contents: 
  • The President's Pen
  • Meeting in Review - 1st April
  • Activities and other Important Dates
  • Change of Venue - Sally Army Food Packing.
  • Kev's Candid Camera Album
  • Time for a Smile
Apr 08, 2021 7:00 AM
Rotary Global Grant Scholar (hosted by RC Otahuhu)
Apr 15, 2021 7:00 AM
America's Cup Debrief
Apr 22, 2021 7:00 AM
Apr 29, 2021 7:00 AM
Environmental Improvements and Issues in the Eastern Bays
May 06, 2021 6:00 PM
To be revealed
May 13, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly (aka Brainstorm)
May 20, 2021 7:00 AM
May 27, 2021 6:00 PM
Jun 03, 2021 7:00 AM
Jun 10, 2021 7:00 AM
Jun 17, 2021 7:00 AM
Jun 24, 2021
View entire list
Upcoming Events
New World Golf Tournament
Apr 09, 2021
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Annual Debate with RC of Auckland East
May 06, 2021
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MUNA 2021 (Model United Nations Assembly)
May 28, 2021 9:00 AM –
May 29, 2021 5:00 PM
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Thursday 8 April MORNING
Kevany, Kevin
Tedcastle, Isabella
Wheadon, Ruth
Speaker Host
Jolliffe, Cheri
Speaker Thanks & Close
Harris, Lesley
Fabian, Graham
Boyd, Lynette
Thursday 15 April MORNING
McGarry, Penny
Leyland, Penny
Robinson, Neil
Speaker Host
Key, Gary
Speaker Thanks & Close
Mayne, Alan
Mcphee, Angus
Bhana, Prabha
Thursday 22 April NO MEETING
Deferred for ANZAC Breakfast meeting
Sunday 25 April MORNING
Lewisham, John
Bell, Patrick
Ingram, Robyn
Speaker Host
Mann, Michele
Speaker Thanks & Close
Street, Tom
Rutherford, Christie
Jones, Simon
Thursday 29 April MORNING
Robinson, Beryl
Hartstone, David
Boyd, Lynette
Speaker Host
Buchanan, Peter
Speaker Thanks & Close
Robinson, Colin
Francis, Andy
Harris, Lesley

Club Contacts

Hugh Scott-Russell 021 0813 7313 
Secretary, Treasurer & Apologies: 
Alex Gatt 021 571 722
Presidents Elect: 
Penny McGarry 021 702 310   &
Lesley Harris 027 4935 498
Michelle Forman 021 0277 9456
Club Services: 
Robyn Ingram  022 0200 171 
Bulletin Editor: 
Pete Walsh 021 747 858
John Lewisham 021 375080
Our Meetings
We meet Thursday for breakfast at
7:00 am for 7:15 am start,
except for the first Thursday of the month, when we meet in the evening at 6:00 pm for dinner.
Remuera Golf Club
120 Abbotts Way
Auckland 1072
New Zealand 
All Rotarian's are welcome 
including family members.
Others wanting to visit are most welcome - please phone or email:
John Lewisham. Ph: 021 375 080, email;
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