The Presidents' Pen

Penny McGarry                                  
Rotary Club of St, Johns                    
Ph: 021 702 310  


Lesley Harris
Rotary Club of St. Johns
Ph: 027 4935 498

Baby Talk!  Robyn’s table got closest to identifying the ‘Grown up Board members’ as little people!  Gary Key has obviously not aged as everyone recognized him!

Moving on a good few years and recognizing present members for their past service letters of recognition from Shekhar Mehta the current Rotary International President were presented to Kevin Kevany and Christie Rutherford (both 25+ years). Colin Robinson (Charter Member), Murray Hutchinson (Charter Member), and Aubrey Richardson-Jones were all 30+ years.

Beryl Robinson, who was presented with her certificate for 25+ years and was also congratulated for being a Charter Member of Rotary’s Membership Society, as recognition for sponsoring 25 or more new members. Much deserved.

There will be more awards to be presented, including a member who has been overseas for most of their Rotary life.

The Club is so fortunate to have such depth of commitment and service. Thank you and congratulations to the 25+ and 30+ year exclusive group!

On certainly a younger note, your Co Presidents and Tom Street attended the RYLA graduation dinner. We shared a table with Pun, Wills, Josh, Sarah and Spence, 5 of our 7 RYLA candidates. They were such wonderful young people and they are looking forward to sharing their experiences with you all.  We were proud to be associated with RYLA, and the Clubs thanks to Tom and team for making it possible.

A roster has been circulated for the Foodbank Drive 31 July, the July Board meeting will be Tuesday.



Meeting in Review - July 8th 2021
Initially it looked as though the attendance was going to be very much on the low side, but prior to Cheri ringing the gong, 24 members and 1 guest nearly filled the set tables.
This meeting was Cheri's first as Sergeant and what a fine job she did, but she did acknowledge that some of her questions need to be made a little tougher to be sure that our News Junkies don't get so many of the questions right.  Nice job Cheri.
Co-President Penny introduced "From the Presidents Desk" and each week they will show a picture of something different / unique that they have spotted on their travels over the previous week.  This week no one was able to guess what it was, which was the sculpture at the end of the Devonport Ferry Wharf. 
Nice shot Penny, and we look forward to the future "Where am I" photo challenges - certainly much more interesting that the sleeping irregularities of Kevin's cat!
Penny & Lesley then reminded all of the activities planned for the month of July.  Along with what is detailed in this edition of the Bulletin, don't forget;
  • July 17th - Apirana Tree Planting working bee.  If you can participate please RSVP to PP Peter B.
  • July 14th & 28th - Salvation Army Food Packing.  Contact PP Robyn if you able to assist.
  • July31st - GI CAB Foodbank drive, New World Lunn Ave - See invitation to register your availability published under the next story.

Last weekend, Lesley & Penny attended District Changeover.  Two big take-outs from the event were the enormous amount of effort, and the number of individuals who are required to support the DG during the year - so stand by St. Johns members to be ready for the challenges that will face us to ensure Allan's year, (next year), is a roaring success.  
There was also a big push on the night to provide an advance heads up on the initial details of the next District Conference.  This will be held at Te Papa in Wellington over the first ever Matariki Long Weekend - June 24 -  26 2022;  This will be when DG Elect Allan and St Johns Rotary will pick up the baton.  Put these dates in your diary now to ensure we provide Allan & Sue with the best possible start to their year!!!
As mentioned in the Presidents' message above, another Rotary International initiative, Service Awards, were presented to several members.  Photographs of the recipients below.  The first to be acknowledged where those members with 30 or more years service; Congratulations and well done to Colin, Murray and Aubrey;   
....and 25 years awards went to; Christie, Kevin and Beryl.
While talking awards, it was also announced at the meeting, that Rotary International have introduced a new group, to be known as the "Membership Society".  Being elected to this group will recognise extraordinary service and commitment so it was no surprise to learn that a charter member of this Society is no other than our very own Beryl.  
Congratulations to all, from your fellow club members.
After all that excitement our guest speaker Gordon Robertson was introduced.  Gordon is Principal of Glendowie College, (GDC) and he has been at GDC for 35 years, 20 years as Deputy Principal and one year as Principal.  Currently the roll exceeds 1,200 students.
Gordon's goal is for individual pupils to come to the school as students, have an all round holistic experience, and leave as productive contributing citizens.  The school's commitment to their students is to provide a rigorous academic education, and an extensive co-curricular programme in a caring environment that challenges and supports their students. 
The academic results speak for themselves, as do the co-curricular activities and performance and Gordon and his staff are very proud of the schools achievements.
GDC also recognise that Leadership is a very important attribute and this is rolled out across the college at every opportunity.  Currently they have 250 students enrolled in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme..
The school is also very proud of their new Science block which includes a facility for 18 students from Sommerville Special School.  This programme is working extremely well with these students being able to assimilate in many mainstream activities that they would otherwise not have had the opportunity to do.
St. Johns Rotary is very fortunate to have GDC as one of our allocated "Rotary Schools" and it was also apparent from Gordon's comments that GDC very much appreciates the support extended to the school by St. Johns Rotary! 
Many thanks for your time Gordon and we do hope that you weren't too late for assembly!
The sign on the School Gate says it all!
Club Meetings and Other Important Dates
THURSDAY JULY 15th - Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker - Danielle Bergen:

Danielle is the Manager of Island Child Charitable Trust based in Glen Innes, and will tell us about the work they do.  The Trust is a small grassroots organisation with a big heart making a sustainable difference in the lives of whānau facing a housing crisis.  It successfully rehomes between 48-55 whānau (residential and non-residential clients) each year, depending on available housing.  Their goal is to assist more individuals and families.  The Trust provides transitional housing and a 12-week residential programme that operates 24/7 from premises in Glen Innes and in a neighbouring suburb.  At any one time they can host up to 12 families or a total of 40 people across three properties. 

THURSDAY JULY 22nd - Breakfast Meeting - Guest Speaker - Conrad LaPointe:

Conrad is the General Manager for Habitat for Humanity Auckland, a non-profit organisation that helps families build and improve a place to call home, here in NZ and around the world.  They believe affordable housing plays a critical role in strong and stable communities.  Conrad (who has been a guest of our club a number of times over the years) and advises this time he will be coming with some controversial statements on housing to illicit debate! 


All members should have received an email from IPP to register their availability.  In case you missed it, a copy of the email is published here:

"Dear St. Johns Rotary Club Members;
We are planning a GI Foodbank Collection on Saturday 31 July at New World Stonefields.
There will be four slots with six volunteers per slot.
9:00 – 10:45
10:45 – 12:30
12:30 – 14:15
14:15 – 16:00
If you are interested in participating pls use the link below or send me an email.

Club FUNdraiser
Let the fun begin!  It doesn't get much better than this.  A great night of fellowship, a great night of rugby, (potentially) and a great opportunity to raise some funds for "doing good in the community" .
Sally Army Food Parcel Packing - July Update
Hello Club Members
Only the one Wednesday date for volunteer packing in July at the Mt Wellington depot this month: 
Date:  Wednesday 28 July
Time:  9:00am - 2:00pm (can arrive later as suits, and we often finish earlier)
Venue:  18 Allright Place, Mt Wellington (off Carbine Road)
Please let PP Robyn know if you would like to help - just click here to email her.
Kev's Candid Camera Album
Candid Kev was away last week, but he was present at last Thursdays meeting - did he get a picture of you for the Album?
I hope he doesn't contradict what I have been telling the good folk at St. Johns over the last few years!
Here's $50 to put on number 7, 3rd race at Ellerslie.
Now that's a nice welcoming smile Gavin.
Nice Scarf.
If you had only listened to me a few years ago you wouldn't still be conned into being the Bulletin Editor!
Colin, is that really your new comb-over that we can see?
Time For A Smile
Are you a "SEENAGER"?
Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Breakfast Meeting
Thursday July 15th 
7.00am for 7.15am
Venue:  Remuera Golf Club
  • The Presidents' Pen
  • Meeting in Review - July 8th 2021 
  • Club Meetings & Other Important Dates
  • Club FUNdraiser
  • Salvation Army Food Packing Volunteers
  • Kev's Candid Camera Album
  • Time for a Smile
Jul 15, 2021 7:00 AM
Island Child
Jul 22, 2021 7:00 AM
Habitat for Humanity Auckland & Housing
Aug 05, 2021 6:00 PM
RYLA 2021
Aug 19, 2021 7:00 AM
Address from our newly appointed District Governor
Aug 30, 2021 5:30 PM
Speaker: Allie Mooney 'Pressing the Right Buttons'
Sep 02, 2021 6:00 PM
Combining with Rotary Club of Remuera
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Other clubs - open to all
Jun 05, 2021 – Dec 31, 2021
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Thursday 15 July MORNING
Francis, Andy
Scott-Russell, Hugh
Robinson, Beryl
Speaker Host
Robinson, Colin
Speaker Thanks & Close
Bell, Patrick
Mcphee, Angus
Thursday 22 July MORNING
Fergus, Brian
Jolliffe, Cheri
Hartstone, David
Speaker Host
Fabian, Graham
Speaker Thanks & Close
Tedcastle, Isabella
Robinson, Neil
Thursday 29 July MORNING
Roake, Muriel
Belthazar, Jane
Rutherford, Christie
Speaker Host
Lucas, Claire
Speaker Thanks & Close
James, David
Wheadon, Ruth

Club Contacts

Penny McGarry 021 702 310 &
Lesley Harris 027 4935 498
Secretary, Treasurer & Apologies: 
Alex Gatt 021 571 722
Presidents' Elect: 
Gary Key 021 611 169 & Graham Fabian 021 826 292
Club Services: 
Robyn Ingram  022 0200 171 
Gary Key 021 611 169
Hugh Scott Russell 021 0813 7313 & John Lewisham 09 5288908.
Tom Street 021 685 651
Science Technology & Education:
 Peter Buchanan 027 434 1832
Michelle Forman 021 0277 9456, Angus McPhee  09 575 1007 & Cheri Joliffe 021 037 7559
Beryl Robinson 021 652 802. Email:
Bulletin Editor: 
Pete Walsh 021 747 858.
Club: Email:
Area Govenor:
Ashwini Sadhu
021 305 261,
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:
Beryl Robinson 021 652 802. Email:
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