The President's Pen

Hi All,
We had a fantastic Rotary week last week with Rosie giving an informative talk on the Thursday, followed by what we are hoping is a record breaking Golf Day on Friday.  Thank-you to all that participated in this event and to David and the team for organising it.
I am looking forward to Peter Lesters talk this Thursday so please RSVP to Robyn if you would like to bring a guest. 
See you all on Thursday.

President: Rotary Club of St Johns
Phone: 021 0813 7313
Meeting in Review - April 8th 2021
Only 20 members and one guest were present at this meeting, but we knew that there would be a great turnout at the Golf Tournament the next day.
Our Guest Speaker was Rosie Boxall.  Rosie is in NZ thanks to a Rotary Global Grant Scholarship.  She is hosted here in Auckland by the RC of Otahuhu and living in Ponsonby.  She is studying for a Master of Arts in Sociology at the University of Auckland and her research project is looking at how Pākehā New Zealanders respond to learning about New Zealand’s history (and other societal issues), and the implications (and potential) this has for peace-building and relationship building. 
Rosie's primary sponsoring Rotary Club in the UK is the RC of Baldock and they are supported by 8 other Rotary Clubs in South East England.  Rosie spoke to us about her significant studies in the UK, (Cambridge), Canada and New Zealand and her Rotary journey.  It was a fascinating story and one that to appreciate the full extent of, you needed to be present to hear her talk.
Rosie and her partner love the outdoors and they are very much enjoying what New Zealand has to offer.  To date she has walked 5 of the New Zealand Great Walks!

Rosie indicated to us after the meeting that some members had asked for her email, which is: 

Also if you are interested in knowing more about Rosie and her studies checkout the following link;

Club Activities & Other Important Dates to Diary
THURSDAY APRIL 15th - BREAKFAST Meeting - Speaker - Peter Lester.  How lucky are we!!
We are delighted to have enticed popular America's Cup Commentator Pete Lester back to the club to give us his 'Debrief' on the America's Cup.  RSVP's ESSENTIAL - EMAIL IPP ROBYN;
We are looking for volunteers for this working bee, which is a cleanup of Apirana Reserve - if you are available, please let Peter Buchanan know at buchananp& no later than Wednesday April 14.  Feel free to bring along family and friends - many hands make light work!
THURSDAY APRIL 22nd - ANZAC Breakfast Meeting
Our ANZAC Day Breakfasts have become a very special event for our club and this year will be no exception.  This event will be held on our scheduled Thursday Morning slot, on April 22nd.  This will allow those planning to get away for the long weekend, or celebrate ANZAC Day on the 25th in their own special way, while still being able to support our breakfast.
THURSDAY APRIL 29th - Breakfast Meeting: - Guest Speaker Margaret Voyce;
Margaret is an Orakei Local Board Member and will be discussing a range of topics around Environmental Improvements and Issues in the Eastern Bays.
2021 New World - St. Johns Rotary Golf Tournament
The 2021 New World, (Lunn Ave, East Ridge and Remuera), and St. Johns Rotary Golf Tournament was held last Friday April 9th at the Whitford Park Golf Course.  The "sold-out" event, was a resounding success with a record 33 teams participating and vying for the Winners spot.  The winning team, (pictured here), were from, New World Eastridge, with Soho Wines in second place and our own Chris Herlihy's team a very admirable third.
Thanks to the generosity of New World, St Johns Rotary club members and friends of St. Johns Rotary, many other golfers won an array of prizes.
The final amount raised, which will be shared between Dove Hospice and St. John's Rotary, is not yet known, but it is expected to exceed previous years.  The programs sponsored by St, Johns Rotary such as; RYLA, RYDA, RYPEN, and the Science & Technology Forum to name but a few will benefit from the funds raised.
Needless to say, the success of the event would be insignificant if it wasn't for the generosity of Lunn Ave, Remuera and Eastridge New World stores and members of St. Johns Rotary. Special thanks are also extended to David Hartstone and Graham Fabian for their significant contributions.  
Activity necessary to ensure the event was successful began months ago and one of the last off course activities undertaken was the packing of the very full Goody Bags.  Well done team and thanks to all who donated prizes.
Our resident Photographer, "Candid Kev", was also on duty all day, ensuring that a good selection of photos were taken to record the tournament.  A selection of photos of some of the sponsors, the St. John's volunteers and a few want-a-be Rotary golfers can be viewed by clicking "Read More" below.
Kev's Candid Photo Album
Kev was at it once again, clicking away at last Thursdays meeting - did he catch you this week!!
(Please click "Read More" to see photos.
Time For A Smile

A chicken walks into a library and up to the desk.

            “Buk” says the chicken; so the librarian gives the chicken a book

The chicken leaves with the book but returns 5 minutes later.

            “Buk” says the chicken again; so the librarian gives the chicken another book.

This goes on about 8 more times until, finally, the librarian leaves the library and goes outside on a break – to the back of the library where there’s a pond.

The chicken is standing on the edge of the pond tossing books to a frog.

The chicken says “Buk, Buk” and the frog says “reddit, reddit”

Rotary Four Way Test
Next Meeting:
Breakfast Meeting;
We are expecting a large crowd for this meeting - RSVP's Essential - Please Contact IPP Robyn Ingram if you and guests are planning to attend this meeting.
Thursday 15th April 2021 for 7.15 am.
Venue - Remuera Golf Club
Bulletin Contents: 
  • The President's Pen
  • Meeting in Review - 1st April
  • Activities and other Important Dates
  • 2021 New World & St. Johns Rotary Golf Tournament
  • Kev's Candid Camera Album
  • Time for a Smile
Apr 15, 2021 7:00 AM
America's Cup Debrief
Apr 22, 2021 7:00 AM
Commemorating ANZAC Day - A Snake Boat out of Hong Kong
Apr 29, 2021 7:00 AM
Environmental Improvements and Issues in the Eastern Bays
May 06, 2021 6:00 PM
To be revealed
May 13, 2021 7:00 AM
Club Assembly (aka Brainstorm)
May 20, 2021 7:00 AM
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 24, 2021
View entire list
Upcoming Events
Annual Debate with RC of Auckland East
May 06, 2021
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MUNA 2021 (Model United Nations Assembly)
May 28, 2021 9:00 AM –
May 29, 2021 5:00 PM
View entire list
Meeting Responsibilities
Thursday 15 April MORNING
Lewisham, John
Leyland, Penny
Robinson, Neil
Speaker Host
Key, Gary
Speaker Thanks & Close
McGarry, Penny
Mcphee, Angus
Bhana, Prabha
Thursday 22 April MORNING
Ingram, Robyn
Bell, Patrick
Bhana, Prabha
Speaker Host
Ingram, Robyn
Speaker Thanks & Close
Street, Tom
Rutherford, Christie
Jones, Simon
Thursday 29 April MORNING
Robinson, Beryl
Hartstone, David
Boyd, Lynette
Speaker Host
Buchanan, Peter
Speaker Thanks & Close
Robinson, Colin
Francis, Andy
Harris, Lesley

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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