The Presidents' Pen

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


What an intelligent bunch our Club members are!

Last week, although we had to cook our own dinner, we all enjoyed Zoom fellowship while testing our Rotary, Bowls, NZ Food and General Knowledge.
The winners of each section were promised the customary Chocolate Fish by Robyn, who Penny also awarded a chocolate fish for her outstanding Rotary Quiz.
It was lovely to be joined by Prahba and Donald and Penny, Donald was so impressed by our Quiz he has 'borrowed' it for his Club meeting on Monday!
We all learned 'something'  - even if it was that we can still meet and enjoy each other's company in Lockdown!
L and P
"Zoom" Meeting in Review - September 2nd 2021
Our meeting last week was once again relegated to a Zoom meeting as we remain in Lockdown.  Unfortunately it would appear that this will be the case for a few more weeks  However, it was great to see 21 members and 5 guests, Zoom in to enjoy some virtual fellowship and a fun Quiz.  Special thanks to Co-President Lesley and Robyn for the effort they put in preparing and presenting the Quizes.  

The quiz was broken down into three subject matters, and

the winners were, (We think);

General Knowledge – Murray Hutchinson

Rotary Knowledge – Beryl & Colin Robinson

Bowls Knowledge – Muriel & Phil

and we were assured by all players, including the winners, that surfing of Google did not play a part in the results.  Congrats to all winners and PP Robyn is taking good care of your winning Chocolate Fish until we meet again and this can be presented to you! 

We are looking forward to seeing members at our next Zoom Meeting, Thursday September 9th and don't forget, if you have any Lockdown stories or photos that you would like to share, please send these to the Bulletin Editor;


Club Meetings and Other Important Dates
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9th - Breakfast Zoom Meeting 7.30am - Guest Speaker, Sharon Crean:  

Sharon from BeyondWater is no stranger to our club and last presented to us in November 2019.  She, and her husband Pete, are currently back in NZ but are, of course, working on fundraisers for post-lockdown, to help continue funding their projects back in Kenya.

BeyondWater is a not-for-profit organization working across East Africa. Their focus is on ensuring schools, medical clinics, children's home and remote communities have access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities.  These include deep bore wells, guttering, water tanks, hand washing facilities, toilets and health education programmes.

BeyondWater is registered as a trust both in New Zealand and Kenya, and as a charity in Australia. 


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 16th -  Breakfast Meeting venue 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. 


Rotary Club of St Johns Charitable Trust
The last meeting of Trustees was via Zoom on 31st August 2021.

Present:  All six trustees were in attendance - Penny McGarry, Simon Jones, Mark Hillman, Peter Walsh, Patrick Bell, Lesley Harris

Finances:  Accounts for the months of March, April, May and July were received and had been circulated to all Trustees and subsequently approved by email.  Bruce Howe has circulated the June 30 2021 End of Year Accounts to all Trustees for approval.  A Resolution was prepared to document that these accounts are approved by all Trustees.

 Grant Applications:  All received applications received since the last meeting have been approved by email.

General Business:  

a)  Great Kiwi Anzac Day Breakfast Charitable Trust has been wound up as per Michele Mann’s instructions.  Negotiations with the Auckland Museum regarding the gifting of Trust Funds are underway.  Once an agreement is reached funds will be transferred from  the RCOSJ Charitable Trust to the Museum.

b)  Retirement of Trustees;  All Trustees have been advised of the Trustee retirement and rotation clause within the Amendment of the Trust Deed.  Subject to Board approval, all Trustees will be asked to retire and those who wish, can then offer themselves up for re-election.  Some Club Members have indicated their interest in stepping up should vacancies occur following this process. The President/s are responsible for the appointing of Trustees.

This is an interim measure.  The Trust is further recommending to the Board that the rotation of Trustees rules change and this change will be presented to the members after Board approval.

Next Meeting:  December 8th 2021 

From The Inbox - Give Every Child a Future

The following email has been sent to the Club

From: Rotaract Oceania <>
Date: Mon, Aug 30, 2021 at 10:35 PM
Subject: Rotary Give Every Child a Future with Michelle Tanner
To: St. Johns Rotary
Kia ora,

Rotaract Oceania are inviting you to attend Rotary Give Every Child a Future with Michelle Tanner LIVE on the 12th of September 7:30 AM NZT. Michelle is the Marketing Committee Chair who will be sharing with us her involvement in RGECAF and previous vaccination programs through Rotary. 

This event will also be showcasing Rotaractors involvement and collaboration on projects like GECAF and how we are connecting our Pacific projects to a global audience.

To join the meeting, please register by clicking on this link 

To contribute to the cause please go to the following link:

Rotaract Oceania Team


From the Inbox -  2021 Zone 8 Conference

Dear Rotarians, 

Registrations for the 2021 Zone 8 conference are open now, and you can attend from the comfort of your own home!
The program has been attached.
This virtual conference over the weekend of 11 & 12 September is focused on Learning, Leading and Action putting a spotlight on the essence of Rotarians and the way we get things done.
Hear from a range of inspirational speakers and thought leaders in this flexible 2-day program covering a broad selection of topics for you to choose from.  Strategise with your club on which breakout session to attend to achieve maximum gains for your club.
Registration from $25 with individual and group options available.  Open to all Rotarians.
Kind regards
Kirsten Hawke
District 9920 Secretary
Time For A Smile
So this is why there is a run on Toilet Paper every time we go into Lockdown - TP ART!  (Thanks Gary)


Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Breakfast Zoom Meeting.
Link to follow via email.
Thursday September 9th 
  • The Presidents' Pen
  • Meeting in Review - September 2nd 2021
  • Club Meetings & Other Important Dates
  • From the Inbox
  • Time for a Smile
Sep 09, 2021 7:00 AM
Beyond Water
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
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
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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