Presidents Time
President Jeremy welcomed all members present for the second half of our Rotary Year and opened the meeting with grace
 
President’s Time
Jeremy asked for a show of hands to determine if a Rotary Meeting is to take place on Waitangi Day, Thursday 6th February. The result was clear – No Meeting on Waitangi Day.            
Announcements:
Noel Crawford advised that the organisation of this year’s Hadlow to Harbour is well under way. The main sponsor is Alpine Energy and they have Naming Rights. This means the event is officially called “Alpine Energy Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run” and will take place on Sunday March 1st. Keep this date free as all the help we can get is needed. Advertising the event will mainly be in the Courier Newspaper as well as On-Line and local Radio.
 
Geoff Cloake told us that On-Line Ticket sales for H2H have consistently increased over the past few years. One issue though was, the fees payable to the Payment Platform are considerable and in order to avoid these fees a Club owned Payment Platform has been set up with the help of Geoffs’s son and daughter in law. The Club’s Website has been improved in the process too. Prepayment for the H2H entry will be used and on the basis of a Payment Confirmation the Wristbands can be issued. 
 

“H2H pre-payment emails”

New emails will be presented for collecting wristbands.  There will be no 'ticket' just a H2H logo with a pre-payment 'confirmation code' with number of wristbands for collection.  We do not intend to check/record codes, just rely on people's honesty.  This change is because we have moved to a lower cost on-line payment system.”

The Rotary District Media Platform, Club-Runner will be used to record and keep the History of our Club up to date.
 
Trevor Johnson reminded members that want to take part in this year’s 4WD Trip that the planned Train Trip (WED 25th March 2020) has to be paid now. Contact Trevor if you did not receive his e-mail or if you have any questions.
 
Ken Linscott is looking for extra help at the Otipua Wetlands. The area where our Club helped with tree planting needs to be weeded. Thistles and Deadly Nightshade. Contact Ken for details.
 
3-Minute Talk:  Murray Purvis talked to us about receiving the Queens Services Medal for Community Work. He thanked anybody that took the time to put in a submission. Murray choose to go to the ceremony in Christchurch to be honoured and receive his Medal from the Governor General.
 
Sergeant Robbie and Corporal Jerry made up plenty of stories to fine just about everyone. Roy turning 90 years old and for things like becoming a Grandad, leaning on a shovel and for no reason at all, was all good enough to for a fine.
 
Weekly Club-Raffle – was won by Ken Linscott with ticket 86A
 
No Speaker tonight but plenty of Holiday Stories were shared during dinner and Harley shared a story about a Rotary BBQ
President Jeremy closed the meeting with the story of the journalist who asked Trump what does the “J”, the middle initial stand for in your name. Trump replied it stands for “Jenious” (Genius)