The President's Pen

Kia Ora,
How fantastic is RYPEN and the individuals it attracts.  I was really impressed with the young men that were involved with this year's program and hopefully the experience will help them in their futures.
I am looking forward to Thursday evenings meeting where the Club will be able to share the proceeds from the Golf Day with Dove Hospice so both clubs can do some great work in the community.
Look forward to catching up Thursday.
Take care 
President: Rotary Club of St Johns
Phone: 021 0813 7313
Meeting in Review - May 20th 2021
The meeting started on time despite President Hugh admitting that his alarm clock, (his dog), was late in waking him up!  The attendance was down with only 23 members and 7 guests present.  This was a pity as we heard from the year 12 students from Sacred Heart College and Glendowie College who St. Johns Rotary had sponsored to attend the D9920 RYPEN weekend last March.
Sacred Heart had 3 students attend, David, Heath and Tommy and from Glendowie two, Lewis and Kalib.  Each of the five students spoke, sharing with us highlights of their experience,  the challenges they faced and how they think the experience will impact on their lives going forward.  Each shared some very personal experiences and how difficult some of these were for them, including how difficult public speaking was for some of them, but despite their fears each and every one of them did very well sharing examples of their learnings, the friends they made and how already the takeaways from the weekend are positively impacting their day to day lives.
They each thanked St. Johns sincerely for the opportunity and we wished each of them very best wishes for what lies ahead.
The students were accompanied by a teacher from each school and we very much appreciate their support of the RYPEN Programme, and the additional work that they are required to undertake in the selection and registration process
Following the meeting, Miles spoke to several of the speakers and learned of PP Ainie's continued involvement in District 9920 activity.  This is just one of the many activities that Ainie continues to be involved with despite her now living in Wellington.
Below is a copy of an email exchange following last weeks meeting between Miles and Ainie 
Dear Ainie:
5 participants from both SHC & GC spoke glowingly how the camp was a huge success for each of them personally.
Well done for your commitment that weekend.

Miles Cain
From: Ainie Kwok <>
Date: 20 May 2021 at 12:48:32 NZST
To: Cain Margaret <>
Subject: Re: RYPEN

Thank you Miles! The Camp was run by the young RYLA awardees and Rotaractors.  Tim Wilcock (RC Papakura) and my roles are just to oversee and make sure it goes well.  The following picture is of the total attendees.
As always
Ainie Kwok
Club Meetings & Other Important Dates to Diary
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.

THURSDAY JUNE 3rd - BREAKFAST MEETING - Guest Speaker Stu Allsopp-Smith, Former Manager National Security Investigations - NZL Police: Stu retired in 2020 having completed 44 years service with the NZ Police. He will talk on the subject of National Security and the approaches taken whilst he was the Manager of Investigations.  He will also discuss international trends and issues, and what he considers are the strengths of our approach and how community trust and confidence is central to managing and reducing the risk.


Stuart joined  the New Zealand Police on 10 May 1976.  After initially being stationed at Takapuna, he joined the Auckland Criminal Investigation Branch in May 1978 where he served until transferring to the Whangarei CIB in 1983.  He returned to Auckland in 1986 on promotion.

His career has seen him serving in all areas of the Criminal Investigation Branch including major crime investigation, Witness Protection, specialist areas including forensics, drug investigations, and the undercover programme.  He has worked on, and led, numerous homicide and other serious and high profile criminal investigations.

In 2003 Stuart was promoted to the rank of Detective Inspector in Auckland Metro Crime and Operations Support.  This position involved the management of all Upper North specialist Policing groups.

In 2016 he was appointed to the position of Manager: National Security Investigations which encompassed management of all National Security (CT) Investigations across the country.  In this role he liaised closely with National and International Partner agencies and frequently attended and presented to international symposia focused on Counter Terrorism and National Security issues.  He remained in this role until retiring from the New Zealand Police in October 2020 after completing 44 year’s service.

It's that time of the year again with our all important Change-over event soon to take place.  Full details are in the
poster below and your RSVP as soon as possible to IPP Robyn at, would be most appreciated.
Four District Events to Consider

Four District Events for you to consider

The following Event information has been received from District 9920 and is passed on for your consideration.  If interested, please respond directly to the Event organisers - also see the District Calendar at
  1. Rotary 100 Year Centennial Showcase
  2. District 9920 Conference
  3. District 9920 Conference Formal Dinner
  4. District 9920 Changeover
Please "Save the Date" for the special R100 celebration events listed below under 'Read more' for the evening of Friday 25 June and all Saturday 26 June 2021.
Venue: Kiri Te Kanawa Auditorium, Aotea Centre
Rotary 100 Year Centennial Showcase
5.30 pm Friday, 25 June 2021
Cost  $100pp - will include Includes Finger Food & One Complimentary Drink [cash bar available]
Join dignitaries, Past DG’s, Paul Harris Fellows, past Rotarians and active Rotarians to celebrate 100 years of achievement of Rotary in New Zealand.  We will hear inspiring stories from young and old. We promise an evening of fun, fellowship and entertainment.
District 9920 Conference
8.00 am to 4.00 pm
Cost TBC -- includes Morning Tea and Buffet Lunch
Five conference sessions:
  1. Celebrating our past as our future R C Auckland
  2. Wellness and Chaos R C Mt Eden
  3. Rotary means Business R C Papatoetoe Central & Auckland South
  4. Projects & Awards R C Suva
  5. Rotary in the future R C Manukau Sunrise
District 9920 Conference Formal Dinner
from 5.30 pm on Saturday, 26 June 2021
Cost TBCincludes a sumptuous three course seated dinner
Tickets to each event will be available as soon as bookings are available on the website (TBA). 
There will be early bird prices, we will keep you informed!
In the meantime, please put these events in your calendar and book your accommodation now!
There is a special rate for accommodation at the BRAND NEW Sudima Auckland City Hotel on the corner of Wellesley and Nelson Streets. 
Please see their website and use PROMO CODE – rotary100 to have access to the special rate. 
This special rate is available for you to use for stays from 23-28 June 2021
Booking reference          Rotary D 9920 conference
Hotel                                  Sudima Auckland City
Room                                 Superior room King or Twin (2 Double Beds)
Dates                                  25 – 26 June 2021

NZD$149 per room per night inclusive of (one) breakfast and 15% GST. (Single Occupancy) NZD$169 per room per night inclusive of (two) breakfasts and 15% GST. (Double Occupancy)
Should the event be cancelled due to Covid-19 lockdown, tickets will be partially refunded, however the event will be broadcast live via Vimeo.
Attendance at this event is always subject to current public health controls.
You will be asked to record your attendance using the COVID-19 app.
If you do not have a mobile with the app you will need to be registered on entry.
To make that simple you can speed up registration by printing, and bringing with you, a signed copy of the COVID form.
This event is managed by ROZevents Limited on behalf of various Rotary associated entities.
Rotary International and any of its associated entities are relying as all attendees are relying on public health measures for health and safety.

DGE Steve & Edith Chaney, in conjunction with Rotary Club Manukau Sunrise Inc, invites you to District Changeover on Sunday 4th July.
The venue is MIT Manukau Campus, Corner Manukau Station Rd & Davies Ave Manukau, 2.00-4.00pm.
  •          Parking on weekends free in Campus Carpark
  •          Train service available to venue
For catering purposes, please register your club attendance to with payment by Friday 25 June.  Bank details on Flyer attached.  
Any further queries please feel free to e-mail PDG Leanne Jaggs or give her a call.
Community Working Bee Opportunity
We have another opportunity to do good in the Neighbourhood!  All members should have received an mail from Peter Buchanan, but just in case you didn't, or have misplaced the e-mail, please see last weeks Bulletin for full details.  Herewith key info;
Sunday 30th May, 9.30 am to 12.00 pm.  Meet at the Apirana Ave entrance to the Reserve.
The main work will be spreading a large pile of mulch over the planted area.  To achieve this, we will need to bring some wheel barrows and empty 10 litre paint pails. 
Please RSVP asap, (also indicating if you can bring a wheelbarrow).  
- Wear gloves, sturdy shoes, sunhat 
- Wheelbarrow 
- Empty 10 litre paint pail
Have A Go Sailing - Week Two
Week two was another successful week for this valuable community project.  Churchill Park School was once again a big supporter, see following e-mail from Principal (and club member) Liz Gunn, and to see more of the daily reports from YNZ,  Click "Read More" below.
From: Liz Gunn <>
Date: 19 May 2021 at 14:56:35 NZST
Subject: Thank You from Churchill Park

"Hi Gary
I popped down to the sailing at lunchtime today and it looked like a fabulous programme in action.  I spoke to Colin and the other gentleman, as well as the other helpers, and thanked them so much for their support.
I want to especially thank you very much, for continuing to think of us at Churchill Park and offering us the sailing programme.  It is a great opportunity which the children really love, and we really appreciate the Rotary St John support.
Very much appreciated
Ngā mihi
Liz Gunn
Churchill Park School"
Salvation Army Food Parcel Packing
Wednesday Volunteer Dates
Hello Club Members
Wednesday dates are now available for Rotary Volunteers to assist at the Mt Wellington depot: 
Date:  Wednesday 9 June & Wednesday 23 June
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 IPP Robyn know if you would like to help - just click here to email her.
RYLA 2021 Update
The RYLA selection process is now completed and Tom Street has reported that our club has been successful in having 8 candidates selected.  Six of the selected will be sponsored by the club with 2 being sponsored by corporate contacts.
The gear check will be undertaken on June 19th and Tom may be looking for assistance on this day as we will be required to transfer the Rylarians to Willow Park on the morning of  3rd of July.  If you can help on either day please contact Tom.
St Patricks School Garden
Its been a while since this garden was built, but it's great to see the garden now flourishing.  Many thanks to the school for capitalising on this structure which was built with the loving hands of many St. Johns Rotarians.
Kev's Candid Photo Album
Candid Kev is back in town and was back clicking his way through the meeting.  Click on "Read More" below to see new additions to Kev's Candid Photo Album.
Time For A Smile


And if you touch the left side of my nose ....

Right, and I'm suppose to smile at the camera with him here.


Yup - If you wait I can get ya a lab report

Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Dinner Meeting;
Thursday 27th May 
6.00pm for 6.30pm.
Venue - Remuera Golf Club
  • The President's Pen
  • Meeting in Review - 13th May 2021 
  • Activities and other Important Dates
  • Change-over
  • Four District Events for you to Register for
  • Working Bee
  • Have a Go Sailing
  • Salvation Army Food Packing - New Dates
  • RYLA Update
  • St. Patrick's School Garden
  • Kev's Candid Camera Album
  • Time for a Smile
May 27, 2021 6:00 PM
Jun 03, 2021 7:00 AM
Former Manager: National Security Investigations - NZ Police
Jun 10, 2021 7:00 AM
Jun 17, 2021 7:00 AM
Changeover Celebration - see Friday 18 June
Jun 18, 2021 6:00 PM
Fun Bowling at 5:15pm; Formalities at 6:15pm
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
Apirana Reserve, Glen Innes Working Bee
Apirana Reserve
May 30, 2021
9:30 AM – 11:59 AM
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Thursday 27 May EVENING
Figueiredo, Avinash
Fabian, Graham
Rutherford, Christie
Fergus, Brian
Thanks & Close
Bell, Patrick
Lewisham, John
Gilmer, Gavin
Thursday 3 June MORNING
Key, Gary
Belthazar, Jane
Mayne, Alan
Bell, Patrick
Thanks & Close
Hartstone, David
Buchanan, Peter
James, David
Thursday 10 June MORNING
Robinson, Colin
Francis, Andy
Harris, Lesley
Boyd, Lynette
Thanks & Close
Roake, Muriel
Gerrard, Tricia
Robinson, Beryl

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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