Presidents Time
Despite having forgotten his glasses, President John opened the meeting and commented on the excellent turnout of members. He welcomed Peter Hayes, our guest speaker and thanked Gavin for looking after the "shop" last week. A big thank you to all who helped set up Bookarama, which is due to start on 10 June.
John commented on the final Rotary down under publication for District 9980. We feature on the front page, despite getting Noel's name incorrect (with respect to H to H)
A reminder, 30 June is Changeover, and members should record numbers attending. The menu has two options and is $35/head.
Pumpkins for Polio has been a successful campaign. With the Gates Foundation's input, approx $120,000 has been raised for the Polio fight. As an aside, Barrie was congratulated for the size of his 44 kg Pumpkin!
Gavin reminded those who had put their names down for Bookarama to make sure they turned up. At least six are needed for the Cash desk over the weekend. A big thank you to Rob and Trevor for getting rid of the rubbish generated by the week's work.
Terry Stag spoke of the membership drive and reminded members that Bookarama was a chance to interest people in the club and answer questions from the public.
What a line- up!
5 Minute talk
Barrie stepped in to give a 3-5 min talk on the changing face of Agriculture. In the last few weeks, his business has been working on embryo transplants, and he reflected that when everything was set up in his woolshed, looking around at the Vets, technicians and staff, he was the only male. Again when it was shearing time and taking into account his staff, he realised men were in the minority.
Very much the changing face of agriculture!  
The Robbery (the taking)
Robbie Jackson and  Colin Clemens were let loose again, and all our pockets were lightened. Robbie finished with a joke that can't be repeated in this forum.
Raffle (the giving)
Derek Copeland won the wine again.
Guest speaker:
Colin Shore introduced Peter Hayes and his life of golf.
Peter commented that he loved the game and started learning golf in childhood. He noted that NZ Golf reported some 68-78% of golfers in NZ are men 55 years and older, so there is a real need to widen the popularity of the game amongst younger people. NZ golf has a focus on young girls starting off in the game in order to broaden its appeal. Younger folk also tend not to want the rigid rules of the formal game.
Peter himself has played the game for 50 years. He started at Highfield golf club, which he has fond memories of. He loved the fresh air, camaraderie and competition.
At 16 years old, he won the stroke play championship and got picked for the junior Rep team (Piper cup) playing against Otago. He got to know Greg Turner among many other well-known golfing names during that time.
He was asked to try out for Rep golf for Sth Canterbury, but despite finishing in the top three, selectors decided he was just too young. A family member suggested he turn pro at around 19, but he decided against it. It wasn't till his 40's that he did indeed turn professional.
With his second wife, he travelled around Australia, playing golf and seeing the country. He played about 338 games in the year and travelled 53,000 km.
During this time, he became an insurance agent and worked at that for 30 years. It wasn't till he approached his 60s that he got the opportunity to open a Pro shop at Gleniti club. Coaching at Gleniti and Timaru as well as running a shop and cafeteria, has kept him very busy. A shoulder injury a few years ago curtailed his playing, but he immersed himself in his new business ventures and still loves the game.
Harley Smithson thanked Peter for his interesting and informative life story.