The President's Pen

Kia Ora,
What a fantastic debate on Thursday.  A tight completion with science winning the day. Thanks to Auckland East for a great performance and to Desley for singing for her supper.
This Thursday’s meeting is an important one as Penny and Lesley will facilitate a session to understand what members would like to achieve in 21/22.  Please join in and have your voice heard.
Take care and see you on Thursday. 

President: Rotary Club of St Johns
Phone: 021 0813 7313
Meeting in Review - May 6th 2021
Where does one start!!!
A great meeting, excellent fellowship, a very good example of Rotary at work and, of course, the forum for the "Great Debate", held annually between the Rotary Club of Auckland East and the St. Johns Rotary Club.
President Hugh, with only minor technical issues to deal with this week, welcomed the attendees made up of 30 RCSJ members and 12 RCSJ partner / guests; plus 24 RC Auckland East members and guests.  A special welcome was also extended to RC Auckland East President is Kay Flower., who was under the impression that Auckland East would be walking away with the trophy this year?????

Prior to the Debate beginning President Hugh shared a few club notices, which are covered off in detail separately in this Bulletin.
The annual debate is normally one of the highlights of the club's year and this year, hosted by St Johns, was no exception.
Murray H. had the responsibility of introducing the Adjudicator, who this year was well known Auckland Rotarian, Greg Moyle.  Greg has adjudicated many a debate and District Quiz nights and it was keenly expected that,  despite the lack of any bribes or corruption, St Johns Rotary were in line for another win.  After a few rules had been shared with both teams, which were immediately ignored, the teams were introduced;
Auckland East;
The Don - Derek Bond
Desley Simpson - better known as Mary Poppins
MD Nicola Barker - aka the Doc
St, Johns:
Mr Serious - Brian Fergus
Mr Corner Store - the big G aka Graham Fabian
Honest Miles the plumber - Miles C
The moot was; "Make Covid Vaccinations Compulsory for Everyone over 18", with St. Johns starting first speaking for the affirmative.
During the course of the debate there were many wild statements made by both teams with many bordering on being libellous, accordingly it would be inappropriate  to record in detail the arguments tabled, but without identifying who said what the following are a taste of what was said;
"Covid is nothing but a conspiracy and a platform for witch craft and voodo"
"If you don't take the shot you should be shot"
"Make the borders tighter than a ducks ,,,,"
"Lock 'em up"
"Do you really want to live in a nanny state with a talking horse leading you by the nose"
"Just like the Rotary Four Way Test - Is it the right thing to do"
"Follow the science - 5G no longer is spreading Covid"
"The vaccine is not a vehicle to inject the population with a micro-chip" 
"Although our team have all submitted strong arguments, we don't believe what we have said"
Prior to announcing his decision the adjudicator made a few comments, some of which were;
"Some of the comments were relevant, many were completely irrelevant"
"Auckland East were by far the most entertaining"  "Entertaining yes, but totally irrelevant"
"The star of the show was Mary (Desley) Poppins"
"St. Johns were very boring and serious, however many of their arguments gave body to their position"
"St. Johns were more persuasive  while Auckland East were entertaining, but confused"
and ...
"On Balance of probabilities, despite no bribes, Team St. Johns are the winners"
A big well done and thanks to both teams, the adjudicator and the very supportive audience.
Club Activities & Other Important Dates to Diary
THURSDAY MAY 13th - Breakfast Meeting - Club Assembly, AKA "Brainstorming".  President's Elect Penny & Lesley will lead discussion on their 'shared' focus for the upcoming new Rotary year. 
THURSDAY MAY 20th - Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speakers - RYPEN Feedback
Our Club sponsored five participants to the RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programe of Enrichment) camp this year, held in the last weekend of March. Two students from Glendowie College and three from Sacred Heart will join us to report back on their experience.


THURSDAY MAY 27th - Dinner Meeting - Guest Speaker Simon Yates LegaSea New Zealand.
After a successful career in sports marketing, sponsorship and advertising including 15 years with one of New Zealand’s most successful advertising agencies, DDB, Simon chose to leave the world of fast moving consumer goods promotions and dedicate his remaining years to follow his passion for meaningful environmental change. He joined LegaSea 8 years ago believing that this was the organisation most likely to campaign for and promote change in the way we are managing our fisheries and coastal ecosystems. Simon spearheaded much of their brand, sponsorship and communications development.

LegaSea campaigns for better fisheries management to help restore our inshore fish life to abundance. Fish are our last freely accessible wild resource however there is still a complex range of pressures on the resource whether from commercial, customary or recreational interests, not to mention the impacts of climate and land run off. Our relatively young New Zealand has depleted this wild resource in a little over 100 years.

Simon will provide an understanding of LegaSea’s core purpose, explain their Fish Care and Kai Ika initiatives, give you an insight into how and why our fisheries have been so decimated, what’s happening in the Hauraki Gulf, (including the recent Waiheke Rahui), what’s happening to core species like tarakihi and crayfish, the problems with the Quota Management System and what the chances are like for us to fix it.

Have A Go Sailing
As mentioned in last weeks Bulletin, thanks to the support from St Johns Rotary, Orakei Marina and  Yachting New Zealand, HAG Sailing begins this week with the first school up being St Patricks School with 26 students taking part of this worthy project in developing young people life skills.
The other schools receiving our support are; 
Tues/Wed   11&12th May - Glen Taylor. 50 students
Thurs.        13th May - St Pius X, 30 students
Fri.             14th & 20th May - Churchill Park, 126 students
Fri.             21st May - Point England, 25 students
Mon.          24th May - Ruapotaka, 23 students
Tues.          25th May - Panmure District. 35 students
Total 315 Students
Salvation Army Food Parcel Packing
Update on Volunteer Oppportunities
Hello Club Members
Our assistance is still very much appreciated at the Manukau depot for usual packing duties. This date is possibly our last assignment at Manukau:
Date:  Tuesday 25 May
Time:  9:30am - 1:00pm
Venue:  15 Bakerfield Place, Manukau
Please let IPP Robyn know if you would like to help - just click here to email her.
There are also opportunities to help at the Mt Wellington depot, joining with a mix of Rotarians from other clubs. The dates for Mt Wellington 'volunteer' opportunities are:
Date:  Wednesday 12 & 24 May
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Venue: 18 Allright Place, Mt Wellington (off Carbine Road)
If you would like to join in on one of the above Wednesday's, please contact Alan Hayward (RC Newmarket) on 021 1079978 or email him:
Kev's Candid Photo Album
Candid Kev was absent last week due to travelling around the South Island.  In his absence Aubrey did a stirling job.  Here are just a few of the pictures taken:
Once again Grant and his team served up an excellent meal - thanks Grant.
Please Grant can I have some more?
The closest act of bribary was Miles buying some of the adjudicators peanuts!
Are you sure St. Johns will win!
I wonder who will be smiling after the winner is announced.
Not a winner, but certainly the star of the show!!
Greetings & Invite from HM Donald Bowie
Hi Everyone
Great to catch up with many of you at the ANZAC breakfast meeting a few short weeks ago.
I wanted RCoSJ members to know that there is the opportunity to play Golf at Wairakei which is not often available to non members.  For a team the cost is $200 per player which includes an electric cart and range balls are available.  There is an all-day barbeque and platters in the Club House during the prize giving and auction.
Full info below and for the Rego form, click read more.
Donald Bowie
Time For A Smile

Bob feared his wife Peg wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid.  Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem.

The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss.

Here's what you do,' said the Doctor, 'stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.'

That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself, 'I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what happens.' Then in a normal tone he asks, 'Honey, what's for dinner?' No response.

So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, 'Peg, what's for dinner?'  Still no response.

Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his Wife and asks, 'Honey, what's for dinner?' Again he gets no response.

So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. 'Honey, what's for dinner?' Again there is no response.

So he walks right up behind her. 'Peg, what's for dinner?' 

She replies in a totally frustrated voice, “For heaven’s sake, Bob, for the FIFTH time, CHICKEN!”

Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Breakfast Meeting;
Thursday 13th May 
7.00am for 7.15am.
Venue - Remuera Golf Club
Bulletin Contents: 
  • The President's Pen
  • Meeting in Review - 6th May 2021 
  • Activities and other Important Dates
  • Have a Go Sailing
  • Salvation Army - Food Packing Opportunities
  • Kev's Candid Camera Album
  • Time for a Smile
May 13, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly (aka Brainstorm)
May 20, 2021 7:00 AM
Reporting back on RYPEN Leadership weekend camp
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 18, 2021 6:00 PM
Please diary
Jun 24, 2021
View entire list
Upcoming Events
MUNA 2021 (Model United Nations Assembly)
May 28, 2021 9:00 AM –
May 29, 2021 5:00 PM
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Thursday 13 May
Richardson-Jones, Aubrey
Forman, Michelle
Cain, Miles
Thanks & Close
Peacock, Shaun
Gibson, Steele
Fergus, Brian
Thursday 20 May
Robinson, Neil
Gatt, Alex
McGarry, Penny
Roake, Muriel
Thanks & Close
Mcphee, Angus
Hillman, Mark
Leyland, Penny
Thursday 27 May EVENING
Figueiredo, Avinash
Fabian, Graham
Rutherford, Christie
Fergus, Brian
Thanks & Close
Bell, Patrick
Lewisham, John
Gilmer, Gavin

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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