The Presidents' Pen

Co-Presidents St. Johns Rotary, Penny McGarry (Ph: 021 702 310), and Lesley Harris (Ph: 027 4935 498).


We welcomed DG Steve Chaney and Edith Chaney back this week, as Allan Smith so aptly put it  'last week was a test run'. Good to see Steve looking well.  Steve and Edith then presented their vision, strategies, goals and objectives for District 9920. We will echo these in our planning for St Johns, this year and in future years. Their aim to host the District at Te Papa for the District Conference over the  inaugural Matariki  long weekend is something we should consider supporting as a Club, as we could make it a great weekend of fun and fellowship while getting some ideas of how to support Allan when we are the host club in 2023!!

It was great to see everyone and you will have to cook your own Eggs and Bacon Alex Gatt!

The 'new normal' necessitates a Zoom meeting next Thursday evening, and sadly dinner will NOT be served but do expect some good fun and laughs to break the lockdown boredom. In the meantime time stay away from bugs and stay well.

L and P


Meeting in Review - August 26th 2021
Our second "Zoom Meeting" under the current Covid restrictions saw 22 members and two guests logging on. 
Our Co-Presidents, "Presidents Pen" above, is a good summary of the meeting so will leave it at that other than to remind members that Zoom is likely to be our only forum for meetings for the next 3 - 4 weeks at least, certainly not until we are in Level 2.
Over this time, the bulletin will continue to be published each Monday and emails will be sent with updates, Zoom Links etc.
Until face to face meetings are reinstated, Kev's Candid Photo Album is of course on hold, but if any members have "Lockdown" photos that they would like to share, please feel free to use the bulletin as a medium that we can use to stay in touch with each other. Likewise any stories, jokes or whatever that  you would like to share with fellow members, don't hesitate to get these to the Editor for inclusion.  Email - walshp@xtra,
In the meantime - stay safe. be kind and stay in touch with each other.
Club Meetings and Other Important Dates
MONDAY AUGUST 30th - Dinner Meeting - Club Visit to the Rotary Club of Remuera - CANCELLED - WILL BE RESCHEDULED WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOW


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 2nd - ZOOM EVENING MEETING 6pm - Trivia entertainment, fellowship and whatever else your Co-Presidents can conger up between now and then!   

Zoom Logon details will be emailed in advance.


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9th - Breakfast Zoom Meeting- Guest Speaker, To Be Advised.  


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16th - TBC, but Potentially Zoom Meeting.  Guest Speaker, Simon O'Conner MP Tamaki

Simon O'Connor is our local MP and well known to many of our membership.  He is a member of the National Party and is the spokesperson for customs and associate spokesperson for housing and social development.  He is also Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade committee. 


Time For A Smile
Thanks Aubrey!
Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Zoom Evening Meeting
Thursday September 2nd 
6.00 pm.  Link to follow via email.
  • The Presidents' Pen
  • Meeting in Review - August 26th 2021
  • Club Meetings & Other Important Dates
  • RLI
  • Time for a Smile
Aug 30, 2021 5:30 PM
Joint meet with RC Remuera - Speaker Allie Mooney 'Pressing the Right Buttons'
Sep 02, 2021 6:00 PM
In-House Fellowship - QUIZ
Sep 09, 2021 7:00 AM
Sep 16, 2021 7:00 AM
MP for Tamaki
Sep 23, 2021 7:00 AM
Sep 30, 2021 7:00 AM
Auckland Councillor
Oct 07, 2021 6:00 PM
New Zealand’s Housing Crisis: An overview of the real stats and state of housing in NZ
Oct 27, 2021 6:00 PM
Oct 28, 2021 7:00 AM
Combined meeting with RC Auckland Harbourside
Nov 04, 2021 6:00 PM
Scott Brown Carpentry
Nov 11, 2021 7:00 AM
New CEO Tamaki Regeneration Company
Nov 11, 2021 7:00 AM
Nov 18, 2021 7:00 AM
Nov 19, 2021 6:00 PM
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Meeting Responsibilities
Thursday 26 August MORNING
Hillman, Mark
Leyland, Penny
Wheadon, Ruth
Speaker Host
Scott-Russell, Hugh
Thanks & Close
Buchanan, Peter
Bell, Patrick
Monday 30 August EVENING
at RC Remuera
Thursday 9 September MORNING
Hartstone, David
Mcphee, Angus
Fergus, Brian
Speaker Host
Tedcastle, Isabella
Thanks & Close
Jolliffe, Cheri
Francis, Andy
Thursday 16 September MORNING
Rutherford, Christie
Richardson-Jones, Aubrey
Lucas, Claire
Speaker Host
Lewisham, John
Thanks & Close
Jones, Simon
Street, Tom
Thursday 30 September MORNING
Fabian, Graham
Robinson, Beryl
Mayne, Alan
Speaker Host
Key, Gary
Thanks & Close
Gulani, Namrata
Robinson, Colin
Thursday 7 October EVENING
Ingram, Robyn
Cain, Miles
Belthazar, Jane
Speaker Host
McGarry, Penny
Thanks & Close
Gilmer, Gavin
James, David

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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