2022 Restart

Welcome to 2022
Yes, we are already a couple of weeks in 2022, and with 2021 behind us, here's hoping for a much more settled year.
We ended 2021 with our usual Christmas Party. It was great to see 76 members, partners, children and grandchildren this evening. As you can see from the below photo, Ashley received a present from Santa, and we trust you received presents on the basis you had been good all year. Santa is not privy to who was fined for various misdemeanours each week - so they don't count. 
Restart of Timaru North Rotary Meeting
We will restart Rotary on Thursday 20 January 2022 in the same venue.
A special note and reminder for Honorary Members attending Rotary Meetings
Honorary members who attend regularly (yes, we know who you are) are automatically on the 'I will be attending' status for the purposes of counting you in for dinner each meeting. This means you need to register an apology if you are not attending via the link on the right-hand column. For Honorary members who attend less regularly (and we look forward to seeing you when you can attend), please advise us if you will be attending by registering your attendance via the link on the right-hand column. Thanks for your cooperation with this.
Anthony Brien
Timaru North Rotary. 
2022 Restart Tony Brien 2022-01-12 11:00:00Z 0

Meeting of 16 September 2021

Presidents Time
President John welcomed members back following the recent Covid lockdown and reminded all of the current Level 2 rules of Scan the QR code, no mingling at the bar (some had trouble with this at the start), and tables spaced out. President John reminded us the Chair for the evening was Jay Lovely and speaker Dr Anton van den Bergh.
Reflection on David Slade
President John reflected on the recent passing of David Slade by reading out a summary of David’s life produced by his wife Joy after David moved to Elloughton Gardens.  David’s introduction into Rotary was in 1958, having grown up in Timaru and attending TBHS. David’s father was also a Rotarian. Many of us may not have known David and Joy spent time in the USA and Australia based on Rotary contacts and a scholarship at the age of 20.  Rotary was very important to David, and he will be sadly missed. We all sat for a minute’s silence to reflect on David’s memory.
Carols by Candelight:
President John confirmed that Carols by Candlelight is now booked for 19th December.
Three-minute speaker
Our three-minute speaker Trevor Johnson gave us his views in a very succinct way!
The robbery
Serjeant Bill Weir ably assisted by Gavin Craig, lightened all our pockets, noting that we had all got away with our misdemeanours over the lockdown, and it was time to catch up!
Guest Speaker
Jay Lovely puzzled us all by talking about an iPhone and all the tasks it is capable of when we expected him to be introducing the speaker; however, all became clear when he likened the life of Anton van den bergh to being a human iPhone!
At various times of his life, Anton was a gipsy,  commissioned army officer, pilot, business person, artist, and Doctor.  Anton started his talk by reflecting on his Christian faith and the impact it had on him. He then described his early life ( 22+ primary schools), his finding a love of art and how Karate taught him discipline.
Compulsory military training in South Africa led to fighting in the Angola war and seeing close friends die. His ability to rise in the ranks and become a commissioned office led him to realise he was not stupid, and after finishing his service, he trained to be a Doctor. If that was not enough, he completed his pilot training, became a commercial pilot, and obtained a helicopter licence.
He is a now Fellow of the college of GPs – a proud moment for him.
Alister Mackay commented on how interesting and inspirational Anton’s life had been and thanked him for taking the time to speak to us, which we all heartily endorsed.
President John rounded off the meeting by commenting on this day in history – the 1905 rugby tour of the UK – The originals!
Meeting of 16 September 2021 Tony Brien 2021-09-15 12:00:00Z 0

09 September 2021

Still in Level 2...
Yes, we are still here. Hopefully, Tuesday next week will bring us news of going to Level 1. If we do, we will be back at The Richard Pearce on Thursday, 16 September 2021. Please check your emails on Wednesday next week for confirmation, or not, of our return to our usual meeting place.
Remembering David Slade (by Barrie Payne)
Timaru North Rotary is saddened at the passing of one of our members.
David Slade was one of our longest-serving and most respected members. He was a very special person and will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
David had a lifelong interest and love of Rotary and became a member of Timaru North in 1972.  He served as president (twice), and I recall him telling me that he wanted to fill every role in the Club. I am not sure if he did, but David was a most active member and a full participant in life, as well as Rotary.
I am sure that he could have risen to greater heights, as was shown by his early life in America and Australia, but he chose to settle in Timaru with Joy and to raise and enjoy his family.  
David was a full participant in life itself. He was, of course, a well-known Timaruvian involved in Real Estate, Timaru Boys High, Council, and many charitable organisations. As a businessman, he had a great philosophy.  That was to always leave something in a deal for the other person and never to take advantage of somebody else’s misfortune.
We have great admiration for his care of others that he showed to all whom he met and the many leadership roles he had in Timaru.  He was always ready to give support to his many friends.
David was the most convivial people person, who always had a smile and encouraging word for all he met. He was one of those people who are larger than life and was a truly inspirational man. He could light up a room with his smile.
David was Joy’s rock, as, of course, she was his, and they achieved so much together as a couple.  They were an inspiration to many of us.  In later years he was Joy’s biggest supporter as she helped to lead Timaru Girls High out of the wilderness.
He will be sadly missed by all that had the pleasure to know him.
Our Club extends our deepest sympathy to Joy and families.
A laugh to keep you going in Level 2 (courtesy of Robbie Jackson)
Please note the duties in preparation for next week.
09 September 2021 Tony Brien 2021-09-08 12:00:00Z 0

02 September 2021

There will be no meeting on Thursday 09 September 2021
Given the dining restrictions at Levels 3 and 2 (in the hope we get to this level on Wednesday) - which require anyone in a bar or restaurant to be seated and one metre between each person, it has been decided to cancel the meeting of 09 September 2021.  It looks like we won't be able to meet till we are back in Level 1. 
Not to be beaten by COVID, try a zoom dinner with friends.
Fun Facts about September
Yes, August has gone and we're into September.
September’s name is really quite inaccurate these days. It was originally the seventh month of the ancient Roman calendar, and as such is was named Septem, which translates into “the seventh month”. It wasn’t until 451 BC that the months of January and February were added to the calendar, making September the ninth month.
In the year 1752, the British Empire skipped 11 days of September, between the 2nd and 14th. This was actually due to another calendar change, although this time it was when the British Empire changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar.
September 2, 1666, was a terrible time for the city of London. A raging fire broke out within the older section of the city, completely destroying all it touched within the ancient Roman walls. What’s most surprising about this tragedy is that there were only 6 recorded deaths!
Some random Youtube watching
For those who are working from home you might enjoy this: Working from home during COVID
This is how a New Zealand family filled time during lock down: Family Lock down Boogie
Just for a laugh
It has been reported that if you lose the sense of smell and taste you probably have COVID - so here is a home test-kit to check.
1. Pour a glass of wine and smell it
2. If you can smell it, then taste it
3. If you can both smell it and taste it, you do not have COVID.
REPEAT - just to check... well, you should always check these things...
REPEAT - to check again in case if was a false false result. 
Depending on how many repeat tests you do, you may have to repeat test tomorrow night as you will probably wake up with a headache and a bit disoriented in the morning - another COVID symptom! 
A chap went to get his vaccine the other day. After getting vaccinated, his vision was blurred and when he reached home, he called the hospital that gave him the vaccine for advice asking if he should be hospitalised. The hospital told him to come back and collect his glasses!
A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church, by hand.
He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the Old Abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.
The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."
He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives, in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the Old Abbot. So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing.
"We missed the R! We missed the R! We missed the bloody R!" His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably.
The young monk asks the old Abbot, "What's wrong, father?"
With a choking voice, the old Abbot replies, "The word was ... CELEBRATE!"
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend - in what looks to be like terrific weather. 
PS: Ignore the duties roster. I keep it rolling so you know what you're missing.
02 September 2021 Tony Brien 2021-09-01 12:00:00Z 0

Timaru North Rotary - 

Well.... here we go again... no meeting and socialising thanks to COVID
A message from the President
The Directors trust that Members are managing OK with the current enforced holiday break - please give us a call if you need help of any sort or just want to catch up and chat.
The Directors & Trustees kept the Club engine room running by meeting this week to deal with ongoing business, but used technology to meet up via Zoom. Thanks to all who continue to assist our Club by serving on our various committees and projects.
The Club has decided to make a $5,000 contribution to the Fraser Park Trust for the planned $7.8m multi-sport stadium development at Fraser Park. Members may also wish to contribute to this project and can either do so directly or assist towards the Clubs donation.
The Club will again support a young person to attend Rotary Youth Leader Award (RYLA) in Queenstown in early 2022. If any club member knows of a young person who would benefit from this experience, please contact Tony Brien for details.  
What will we miss this week?
Suggested replacement: A zoom dinner date. 
Our Quiz night. Yes, we were planning for a rip-roaring quiz night, alas, it will have to wait. 
What we will not miss this week?
No fines. 
A so-called investment in wine
And as usual, some laughs to keep you going while locked down. 

“Tell me, Johnnie,” said his teacher, “if your father borrowed $100 and promises to pay $10 a week, how much will he owe in 7 weeks?”. “One hundred dollars,” said Johnnie. “I’m afraid you don’t know your lesson very well,” remarked the teacher. “I may not know my lesson,” said Johnnie, “but I know my father.”

Judge: “Now, madam, please tell the court all that passed between you and your husband during this quarrel.” Mrs. Jones: “Your honour, I can not remember everything, but I’m sure there was the rolling pin, three plates, and the stove lifter."

As a senior citizen was driving down the freeway, his car phone rang. Answering, he heard his wife’s voice urgently warning him, “Herman, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on Interstate 77. Please be careful!” ”Heck”, said Herman, “It’s not just one car. It’s hundreds of them!”

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

Will we drop to level 2 on Saturday... or is that just wishful thinking?

Timaru North Rotary - Tony 2021-08-24 12:00:00Z 0

Timaru North Rotary - From the meeting that wasn't - 19 August 2021

From the meeting that wasn't - of 19 August 2021.
Carol Jean Crawford.
Members will be aware our colleague Selwyn recently lost Carol. The following words have been kindly provided Barry Payne. 
It is with sadness that we note the passing of one of our members wives. We would like to pay tribute to Carol Jean, wife of Selwyn Crawford. They were married for 48 years and have three children and 8 grandchildren. We are all unique characters, but Carol Jean was a little more unique than most of us. She was a conservative, and a royalist with a fondness for good manners. A musician, a scholar, a traveller, and an art lover. Carol Jean loved having visitors and was an exceptional host. She loved intelligent conversation and was always ready to learn more about the world. She was always Carol Jean, never just Carol. 

A life well lived!

Our thoughts are with you and your extended family, Selwyn. 

So we're in lock down - again... and here's what we missed this week.
Drinks and dinner.
Robin Hood and his mate fining us...
A guest speaker.
But we will be back... when Cindy allows.
Next meeting is 26 August 2021 - watch your emails. 
And finally some jokes to keep you going in lock down.
Why do we tell actors to “break a leg?” Because every play has a cast!
Two men meet on opposite sides of a river. One shouts to the other, "I need you to help me get to the other side!" The other guy replies, "You're on the other side!"
And God said to John, "Come forth and you shall be granted eternal life." But John came fifth and won a toaster.
I was wondering why the ball was getting bigger, ... then it hit me.
I told my physical therapist that I broke my arm in two places. He told me to stop going to those places.
Stay safe.
Timaru North Rotary - From the meeting that wasn't - 19 August 2021 Tony Brien 2021-08-18 12:00:00Z 0

From the meeting of 12 August 2021

President John:
Welcomed Club Members present and our Guest Speaker Evan MacClure then opened the meeting with some questions about the Olympic Games. Michael Phelp won the most medals of any athlete and Sophie Pasco won the most medals for New Zealand.
Science Fair:|
Paul Hewitson reminded Club Members about the Sanford sponsored Science Fair (7th Sep to 9th Sep). Helpers needed (also see below) to set up tables on Tuesday 7th Sep at 3.00 pm and another set of tables at 7.00 pm. Supervision of the hall during Public Viewing from 09.00 am to 5.00 pm on Thursday 9th Sep. Then packing up on Thursday evening after Rotary at 7.45 pm. Loading tables onto trailer on Friday 10th Sep at 09.00 am. Members are asked to keep these dates in mind and if possible make some time to help. Roster sheet to put your name down will be handed round at Rotary.
Cancer Society Fundraiser:

Gavin Craig advised that helpers are needed for a Cancer Society Fundraiser at the Claremont Hall on the 27th August. Advise Gavin if you can help.
The container needs to be sorted out and a Working Bee will be held in a couple of weeks’ time. The Bookarama 2021 will be on 6th and 7th November at the usual venue. Help needed on the Friday for setup and Monday for tidy-up.
Weekly Club-Raffle:
Won (again…) by Alistair MacKay with Ticket B34
The Robbery:
Sergeant Harley and Corporal Rod made up a number of curly questions and managed to fine all Members present.
3-Minute Talk
Paul Hewitson who told us about a planned trip to Missouri in the United States that did not happen because of Covid19. The plan was to visit a unique little town called Branson. This place is known as a Country Western Music centre where all the big names of Country Music meet for festivals. Branson is also staunch Republican country with plenty of Anti-Vaccine people.
Guest Speaker
Chairman Reese Hart introduced Evan MacClure who talked to us about Forrest Management. Evan was trained in the NZ Forrest Service then spent time in the NZ Army and after that worked for a US Company dealing with wood and logs. In 1993 Evan set up a company called “Forrest Management” here in Timaru and is involved in all aspects of forestry from planting to harvesting trees, management of clients Forrest’s, buying and selling wood to local processors and mainly exporting wood in log form. The NZ Forrest Industry produces ca 40’000 tons of wood which is mainly exported. Main markets are China, Taiwan, Australia and the United States. There is scope to produce more but the capacity to ship it is limited. Evan explained to us how the Emission trading Scheme works. This is part of the Paris Agreement that New Zealand is part of and the aim is to reduce Carbon Emissions. Planting a forest will give you Carbon Credits. For a forest to be eligible for Carbon Credits it has to be planted in a certain way and have a certain size and the type of trees planted will count for more or less credit. Big industries like Oil Companies will buy land and ask a Forrest Management Company to plant trees in exchange for the Carbon Credits which they then can use to offset against their Carbon producing activity. The use of Wood-Chips to replace coal for industrial boilers is on the rise but big users like Fonterra would have to plant their own forest if they converted all their boilers.
Reese Hart thanked Evan for a very interesting and topical address.
President John closed the meeting reminding members about the coming Science Fair.
A reminder; Science Fair needs our help.
The upcoming Science Fair needs help with set-up, pack-up and supervision. Please lock it into your Diary if you can help.
The dates are:
- Set up: Tuesday 7 September 2021, a few folk at 3.00 pm , then a few more at 7.00 pm
- Supervision: (at the Bay Hall) on Thursday 9th, from 9 - 5 pm if possible please.
- Pack up (1): Thursday 9th September 2021 form 7.45 pm. Perhaps members can assist after our Rotary meeting. 
- Pack up (2): Friday 10th September 2021 at 9 am. Loading trestles onto trailers  
Just for a laugh

For her birthday, I took my wife to an orchard and we stood there looking at the trees for half an hour. Not the Apple Watch she was expecting apparently.

I had a fun childhood. My dad used to push me down the hill in old tires. They were Goodyears.

Our computers went down at work today, so we had to do everything manually. It took me twenty minutes to shuffle the cards for Solitaire.

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will spend a fortune on gear he will only use twice a year.

From the meeting of 12 August 2021 Tony Brien 2021-08-11 12:00:00Z 0

Meeting of 29 July 2021

President John welcomed Club Members present and Guest Speaker Bevan then opened the meeting and asked Past President Rod to say grace.
Weekly Club-Raffle - No Raffle tonight, we are out of Raffle Tickets!
Sergeant Robbie and Corporal Mark advised since there is no Raffle to buy tonight the Fines cost more now! Members were fined across the board and fines ranged from working on a new Covid Vaccine to trying to get an old car going again.
3-Minute Talk by Neil Dickson who talked about his memories of the Springbok Rugby Tour protests in Palmerston North. Neil said he was keen to make a stand about these issues at the time and went along to the Protest March. As he is a tall man he ended up in the front row of the march and found himself looking into the eyes of the Policemen who were deployed to block the Protest March. Neil found it an interesting experience but promised his wife not to get involved in protests again.
Chairman Paul Hewitson introduced Bevan O’Sullivan who spoke to us about Investment Opportunities in today’s low interest environment. Bevan is a South Canterbury man, originally from Albury he studied at Lincoln and after graduating lived and worked overseas. Bevan now works in the Finance Industry for a business called Jarden which keeps offices around New Zealand. Bevan illustrated and explained how interest rates changed and developed over the last few decades. Depending on the state of the economy the Reserve Bank is required to adjust the availability of cash to curb inflation or stimulate the economy. To help the economy the Reserve Bank “creates” money by way of buying Government Bonds and making that money available to the Banks at low interest who in turn lend it to their customers at a low rate. This is fine for some but not good for investors and pensioners who have some savings because the banks pay no or very little interest on Cash Deposits. Bevan explained that it is the Equity Market that paid good returns on investments in the last decade. This will likely continue as it is not expected that interest rates start climbing soon. The higher interest rates climb, the lower the returns from the Equity Market will be. Bevan also pointed out that depending on the type of investment in the Equity Market the Taxation will be different and if overseas Shares are part of the investment, the exposure to Foreign Currency movements should be considered.
Paul Hewitson thanked Bevan for a very interesting and topical address.
President John closed the meeting with some History Questions about Timaru
Just of a laugh:

A politician visited a village and asked what their needs were.

“We have 2 basic needs, sir,” replied the head of the village. “Firstly, we have a hospital, but there’s no doctor.”

On hearing this, the politician whipped out his cell phone, and after speaking for a while he reassured the village leader that the doctor would be there the next day.

He then asked about the second problem.

“Secondly sir, there is no cell phone coverage anywhere in this village.”


An old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard.

I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home.

He followed me into the house, down the hall, and fell asleep on the couch.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, resumed his position on the couch and slept for an hour.

This continued for several weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to his collar: “Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.”

The next day he arrived with a different note pinned to his collar: “He lives in a home with four children – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?”


I asked my Grandpa, “After 65 years you still call Grandma darling, beautiful, and honey. What’s your secret?!

He said, “I forgot her name 5 years ago, I’m too scared to ask her.”


This morning at about 7:45, I was in a long line at a grocery store that opens at 8:00 for senior citizens only.

A young man came from the parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line, but an old lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane.

He returned and tried to cut in again but an old man punched him in the gut, then kicked him to the ground and rolled him away.

As he approached the line for the third time he said, “Look, if you don’t let me unlock the door you’re never going to get in there!”

Meeting of 29 July 2021 Tony Brien 2021-07-28 12:00:00Z 0

22 July 2021

Presidents Time
A number of Directors attended the Alpine Energy community sponsorships presentation, hence them rushing in at the last minute.
Our Club has gained 4 years of sponsorship support from Alpine Energy for ‘Carols by Candlelight’ and the ‘Hadlow to Harbour’ projects – it is great to have certainty about this funding support in these uncertain times.
Recognition of the Week went to our Farmers (who made their presence felt across the country last Friday) who help feed us and the World.
A reminder was given to utilise the email sent out by Geoff to update Members details. Please use the link in the message to update any change to your contact details with any change of address, change of email address, phone number, mobile number. It is really helpful to have the correct details for all Members that loads up Clubrunner. Thank you to all Members who may have already completed this action.
Westport Flood Relief
Westport on the West Coast of the South Island has been hit hard by flooding, Westport Rotarians have been busy assisting in the clean up and recovery effort. 
PDG Gary Hopkinson of the Rotary Club of Greymouth is co-ordinating our response. Please contact Gary direct if you have the skills and the time to assist, phone 027 220 3301 or hopkinson1945@icloud.com.
DG Nick Courtney has asked that Gary coordinate our districts’ flood relief response, after establishing the needs of the Westport Rotary club and its community. 
At the moment, we understand Civil Defence is coordinating the work on the ground. Greymouth Rotary has one of its members working on that team. Peter Campbell is setting up a relief fund in the Westport Club, to distribute funds to those in need. There are many who will be underinsured or carry no insurance, and this is an area where we can help. Peter and his team will work with the mayor who also has an emergency fund. (Greymouth Rotary had a similar arrangement post Pike River, and had a MOU to handle donated goods) 
If you are able to assist financially then here are the Bank details Westpac 03 0897 0015628 00 
Hold off on donated goods at this time until the needs are established. Cash is King! Providing bedding is going to be the biggest project according to Peter Campbell. 
I has been suggested we offer a self-supporting team of capable volunteers who have access to a campervan or caravan and can travel to Westport. We will be looking at basic building skills, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting.  A major challenge will be finding accommodation and tradesmen to do the work, which is why we need to be self-sufficient. Peter has asked that we have a clear capability schedule that can be coordinated after the insurance assessments have been completed. It is likely we will help those who are not insured, or under insured, please let Gary know if you can help in this way.
It's early days, so please keep those in Westport in your thoughts over the coming weeks and months ahead. 
3 Minute Speaker:
Don George spoke about life after Firewood, the difficulty in finding a tenant for his store shed and having sold his Redruth shed investment, bus driving to while away the first part of his day then tending to his lifestyle block and future plans to sell and downsize.
Robin Hood was absent, but...
Stand in Sergeant Harley Smithson and stand in Corporal Gerry Ford did a good collect for Club funds from most members.
Guest Speaker
Chair Don George introduced Ron Lindsay of the NZ Raptor Trust. The Raptor Trust is based in Redruth, and is licensed to hold all New Zealand Raptors for treatment, rehabilitation and release and provides and cares for sick, injured and orphaned raptors until they are fit for release back to their natural habitat. Ron said his fellow Trustees aim to educate and inspire current and future generations, raising awareness and boosting populations of our vulnerable birds of prey. There are 5 native Raptors in NZ, the Falcon, Harrier Hawk, Morepork Owl, Barn Owl and Little Owl, sometimes known as the German Owl. Ron brought his friend Tom the Falcon and two small Owls which provided a very interactive session when the birds were brought out on Display.
Tom Henderson proposed the vote of Thanks to Ron for a very interesting presentation.
The weekly investment: Peter Prader took away the Raffle with #72.
The meeting wound up with a couple of items from this week in History and the 1969 first men to walk on the Moon and a Thought for the Week:
Friends are like snowflakes – if you pee on them they disappear!
A stand-in Scribe is required for the meeting on 29 July, this Thursday – please let John know if you can help provide the script for Bulletin Editor Tony.
22 July 2021 Tony Brien 2021-07-21 12:00:00Z 0

From the meeting of 15 July 2021

Presidents Time:
President John welcomed members and guests. 
The Robbery:
Harley Smithson took to the floor and took our money. 
The Weekly Investment (raffle): Won by Noel Crawford. 
Experience is suggesting that when you eventually do win the wine (but there is no guarantee of that happening), its going to be one of the most expensive bottles of wine you have purchased for a very long time. So what are your odds of winning/losing? Using an online 'odds' calculator I plugged in the following: only one person is able to win the wine, and on average 30 people  buy a ticket, this gives you a 3.23% chance of winning and a 96.77% chance of loosing. Perhaps next weeks speaker will have some ideas of what else you could do with your weekly wine investment...
Guest Speaker:
Our guest speaker was John Gregan. John shared his adventures, with his daughter, on the Coast to Coast. John, a fellow Rotorian from Waimate, spoke of the personal, physical and financial commitment to participating in this event.
This event is restricted to 1400 people who pay $2,000.00 just to enter. There is then the costs of getting to the Coast, a support crew, equipment (bike, canoe, running shoes, etc) which John says can total about $10,000.00. That's serious commitment for the pain that you will endure during the event.  
Any Timaru North Rotary club members wishing to participate should start training now - and save up for the entry fee!
Scribes - an important notice:
Please check the weekly bulletin to see if you are scribe. As the bulletin will be sent out on Sunday evening, so people have time to see their upcoming duties, etc. scribe notes must be emailed to the Bulletin Editor (Tony: Anthony.Brien@xtra.co.nz), no later than 5.00 pm of the Sunday after the Thursday meeting. If no scribe notes are received by that time, they will not be included in the Bulletin. 
Roster of Duties: The roster will be emailed to all members. Please check your duties. 
Member information update:
Your club membership information can be updated on-line.  An email will be sent to you soon listing what is recorded for you to check. Please be assured this is a genuine email.
If you need to update anything, click on the ‘Update” button to access your records and make the necessary changes.
Else advice by email geoff@cloake.co.nz and he will make the changes for you.
How the world is different...
A worldwide survey was conducted by the UN. The only question asked was: "Would you please give your honest opinion about solutions to the food shortage in the rest of the world?" The survey was a huge failure. In Africa they didn't know what "food" meant. In Eastern Europe they didn't know what "honest" meant. In Western Europe they didn't know what "shortage" meant. In China they didn't know what "opinion" meant. In the Middle East they didn't know what "solution" meant. In South America they didn't know what "please" meant. And in the USA they didn't know what "the rest of the world" meant. 
From the meeting of 15 July 2021 Tony Brien 2021-07-14 12:00:00Z 0

08 July Meeting

After dinner is was off to the Theatre...
The 8 July saw a social gathering followed by dinner and then the Theatre. 
There was no Guest Speaker this evening.
Usual format returns this week - Thursday 15 July 2021. 
08 July Meeting Tony Brien 2021-07-07 12:00:00Z 0

Alpine Energy hosts H2H function for beneficiaries and key supporters

Back row from left: Noel Crawford; Andrew Toombes; Bruce Steven; Ethel Elliot; and Peter O'Neil. Front row: Janice Higinbottom; Clare Bruce; and Margueritte Gliddon.

Alpine Energy, main sponsor of our H2H Fun Run invited beneficiaries, key supporters and club representatives to a 4:30pm function at their Washdyke head office on 20 May 2021. Donations were transferred earlier as cheques are now obsolete. Instead, Certificates of Appreciation were presented to: The Heart Foundation; Stroke Club; Hospice; and Life Education Trust for their volunteering on the day.

CEO, Andrew Toombes welcomed everyone at the door with mirth as he ran through visiting procedures and later in the cafeteria expressed great pleasure in supporting the H2H. Key Rotary members in turn responded with their appreciation, followed by beneficiary representatives giving thanks and outlining their charity roles.

Alpine Energy hosts H2H function for beneficiaries and key supporters 2021-05-20 12:00:00Z 0

Circus Quirkus comes to town 2021

Circus Quirkus performance in TBHS School Hall 13 May 2019.

About 300 kids and their folks were treated to a magnificent 90 minute music pumping show featuring acrobats, clowns contortionists, jugglers, hula hoop dancers and more.  The show has been touring New Zealand since 2002, hosted by NZ Lions, Rotary Clubs, etc. 

Each year, complimentary tickets are distributed to organisations focusing on support to less fortunate or special needs children and their families to allow them to have a great day out with the family.

Tickets are sponsored by local businesses are not for public purchase or resale. Read more here...

See more photos here

Circus Quirkus is run by International Entertainment Ltd, a New Zealand based event management company specialising in the production and sourcing of both local and international acts particularly for charitable organisations. Read more here...

Circus Quirkus comes to town 2021 Geoff Cloake 2021-05-09 12:00:00Z 0

272 individually named dictionaries to local students

St Joseph's Year 4 primary school students with their new illustrated dictionaries

Again Year 4 primary school students were thrilled to received the wonderfully illustrated education learning aid from us this year. Schools included Barton Rural, Beaconsfield, Gleniti, Grantlea Downs, Highfield, St Joseph's, Timaru Christian, Oceanview Heights and Waimataitai.

Working with other Rotary Clubs, the cost was covered by a Rotary Foundation grant. Special thank to President Rod Sparrow who individually signed the 272 explanatory letters covering each Dictionary, and members and family who helped prepare, distribute and present the dictionaries to each school.

272 individually named dictionaries to local students Geoff Cloake 2021-04-20 12:00:00Z 0

Timaru fun run speeds ahead hours after alert level change

Our annual H2H Alpine Energy Hadlow-to-Harbour fun run, walk, jog went ahead on the 7th March 2021, the Sunday morning just hours after the move back to Covid-19 alert level 1.

Stuff reports: "Hadlow to Harbour co-ordinator Noel Crawford said the event went “very well indeed” with 870 people taking part."

"The Rotary Club of Timaru, which runs the event, made a decision last week to gamble on the alert level dropping before Sunday so they could hold the event – a gamble that paid off as the country, except for Auckland, moved out of level 2 restrictions at 6am, just three and a half hours before the start of the run."

Crawford said he had seen people come back to the event year after year. “There’s one friend of ours, she came the first year pushing one child, and then a few years later there was two, and now there was three this morning.”

Despite forecast rain, Sunday morning was sunny and warm. “The weather was very nice, in fact it got a bit hot. People generally didn’t push themselves too hard; they came over the line quite comfortably.”

Click here for full story and photos

Timaru's annual Hadlow-to-Harbour to go ahead despite snap alert level change

Gamble pays off for Timaru's Hadlow-to-Harbour organisers

See photo coverage on Flickr here

Timaru fun run speeds ahead hours after alert level change Geoff Cloake 2021-03-04 11:00:00Z 0

Carols by Candlelight - 2020

The Mountainview High School Auditorium was again packed to capacity on Sunday night 20 December for a sing-along to brass band backed Rhyth-mix singers and performances by Jess Bacon’s highland dancers & piper William McArthur, the Austin family and Junior Drama League. Christmas messages were given by Mayor, Nigel Bowen and Rev Ben Randall representing the South Canterbury Ministers Association.  Big thanks to The Aoraki Foundation for their support covering expenses. About $900 was raised for The Salvation Army food bank, our charity for this year, off-setting some of the local hardship caused by COVID-19. 

Watch the recorded video here

Photo coverage is here
Carols by Candlelight - 2020 Geoff Cloake 2020-12-20 11:00:00Z 0

Farewell to Seven Oaks

5 MARCH 2020
President Jeremy welcomed a large turn out or member and partners to this, our last meeting at Seven Oaks.
He took us back to the year 1999 and reminded us of the context. Bill Clinton was acquitted by the Senate after being impeached. The Panama Canal was handed back to Panama. We all experienced the Y2K scare and the Euro was created. At the time there was a paltry 6 billion humans on the planet. One notable individual, Lance Armstrong “won” his first Tour de France.  Within popular culture, Notting Hill, The Matrix, Austin Powers (The spay that shagged me) and the popular Toyota TV ads all screened.  Jenny Shipley became our first female Prime Minister, followed by Helen Clark.
Locally Wynne Raymond was Mayor and in a significant move Timaru North Rotary shifted its meeting venue to Seven Oaks in Wai-iti Rd.
Since then there have been 994 meetings held and approximately 1,500 hours of fellowship including an estimated 45,000 glasses of very good and welcome cheer. Debbie and Gavin took over in 2006 and have been wonderful hosts.
Some 22 Presidents and 868 guest speakers have entertained and enlightened us and so we toasted Seven Oaks, thanked Gavin and Debbie for their “shout” tonight and sang the Rotary grace.
Under President’s time John Keenan thanked all those who participated in Hadlow to Harbour. We were blessed with great weather and an improved turnout.
John also reminded everyone of the upcoming Dictionary for schools with 9 schools to distribute to and 289 dictionaries to prepare. Help is needed to write up the dictionaries and to hand them out. Volunteers, please let John know as soon as possible.
President Jeremy entertained us with a photo montage trip down memory lane, but not before he had been told by Gordon Bower that the move to Seven Oaks was 1998 not 99! Thanks to Geoff for the photos which everyone appreciated. A few highlights included a 1998/99 shot of President Alister Rowley who commented “ The move to Seven Oaks was most satisfactory”.
Other photos included dubious ones of Roy Carter,  the Dixie band in full flight (2009),  the dress up as rugby players in the world cup year (2011),  the 50th birthday celebrations last year with Bob and Roy cutting the cake (we think), Christmas functions, Paul Harris fellowship awards and generally members have fun and fellowship. Finally a photo of what the site might look like under St John’s ownership. All in all, thanks for the memories which will be treasured.
President Jeremy made a presentation to Gavin and Debbie and told them of the club’s gratitude for their hospitality and friendship over the last 14 years and hoped they would take time to indulge their passion for travel.
Gavin replied saying it was a sad moment for him and Debbie but life moves on.  He commented they had enjoyed their time with the club and following a short break would be back as members, continuing the friendship.
Raffle – last raffle at the venue won by Colin Shaw.
Next week – the new venue of Harlau Hose Café, Beaconsfield Road. Apologies in the normal way.
Farewell to Seven Oaks Barrie Payne 2020-03-08 11:00:00Z 0

Our First Home

Gordon and Roy tell me that Timaru Norths first 'Home' was at the Ashbury Lounge in Evans Street (Formally Cassidy’s Tearooms). At the time 1969 called Piccadilly Tea rooms and owned by Margaret Fenton.   They also catered for our Charter Presentation night at St. Pat’s Hall on 04 October 1969. Roy was of course the First President.
Gordon joined in Jan 1972 and has included some photos he took at the changeover in June/July 1972 .
At the beginning we had 27 Members and it provided a suitable meeting place. Also Merv Williamson (Charter Member, President 1972/73} had his Veterinary Surgery opposite where he invited some of us to meet for a little fellowship before the meetingsWinking smile. WE could also use his premises to park cars.
During the first couple of years the Club growth was considerable with the result we out grew the venue. At that time Trailways was being built, Merv Williamson & George Clough
(Pres. 1971/72) knew the owner of Trailways hence, led the charge to shift our venue.   This happened sometime in 1972.    

 I (the editor) looked through Gordons photos and was surprised how few members were still members in 1986 when I joined.
However here are two couples we knew and three of whom are still with us.  Happy memories for you Roy.
Just take a look at the suits and Ties.  Rotary was quite a different beast in those days.   If you missed three meetings in a row you would be asked some serious questions.    Remember the big old round Badges!
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Carols by Candlelight - 2019

Several members Rhyth-mix Singers lead the caroling. Oh what a night!!! Despite seating limitations caused by the unexpected closure of the Theatre Royal, 400 carolers filled the Mountainview High School Auditorium on Sunday evening 15 December 2019.
Guests arrived as Sheryl Higgs Singers ‘Double Talk’ entertained until Robbie Jackson introduced the evening.  Sue Shewan, standing in for the voiceless Tony Bunting, compared the evening commencing with Jess Bacon's Highland Dancers.  Lead by the Rhyth-mix Singers the crowd joyously sang out carols to the rousing accompaniment of the Alpine Energy Brass Band. In between, items were given from Mrs A’s Music School students and soloists Abhi Barathan and Abigail Austin gave class performances. Christmas messages were given by Deputy Mayor, Steve Wills and Rev Gordon Rosewall representing the South Canterbury Ministers Association.  About $1000 was raided for Family Support. Big thanks to Alpine Energy for their support.

Watch the recorded video on our club's Facebook Page here
Photo coverage is here
Carols by Candlelight - 2019 Geoff Cloake 2020-01-22 11:00:00Z 0

2019 Santa Parade a big success

Harley Smithson's grand daughter Lily was in for some very special attention from Santa before this years parade.

See slideshow here

With about 48 floats, our combined services clubs really stepped up this year's Santa Parade. What an event to organise? Big thanks to our club volunteers!  Stuff reported: "Floats included classic and modern fire engines, a Burrell traction engine, classic cars and a Pleasant Point Railway train engine on a truck and there were recognisable characters form Minnie and Micky Mouse to minions and Frozen's Olaf."

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Art auction success

The future of our club's art scholarship programme is again assured after a very successful art auction held at the Aigantighe Art Gallery Friday 18 Oct 2019.  Convenor, Harley Smithson was thrilled by the turnout and bidding that contributed over $10,000 to the scholarship fund.  61 Items were donated or offered by artists or owners, including very well known and collectable artists including: Hanrahan, Brinsley, Webb, Mulholland, Cleavin, Bower, Esplin, Badcock, Greig, Forde and van den Bergh.   The auction was topped-off by an artwork by The Honorable Jacinda Ardern,
Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage.  The works of two previous winners of the scholarship, Isobel and Emily Bell, were also auctioned.
Big thank-yous go out to: Rose and Dale Walden for arranging the bulk of the items; our auctioneer, Snow;; the Staff of the Aigantighe, for professionally, hanging the exhibition; and the Friends of Aigantighe for the hospitality.
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Supreme winner: Aoliyah Beswick.

Supreme winner: Aaliyah Beswick. with Aigantighe Art Gallery Manager Hamish Pettengell.

40 years on and our annual ARTARAMA is still showcasing some amazing art from our South Canterbury kids. 400 entries make up another great Rotary show in conjunction with Aigantighe, Friends of Aigantighe; and South Canterbury Art Society.

Gleniti students with their 'Wearable Art': from left: Luke Campbell with his brochure dress, Azaria Phillips and Addison Tait with their wedding dress, and Zac Campbell with is map dress.


Aigantighe Art Gallery:

Painting: Year 1-3, Indie Robinson-Smith; year 4-6, Fletcher McCall; year 7-8, Pippa Nevin; year 9-10, Lucy Grieve; year 11-12, Liana Karika; year 13, Jazmin Duncan.

Collage and Print: Year 1-3, Lincoln Tocker, year 4-6, Dan Ali; year 7-8, Emily Bray; year 9-10, Maia Grieve; year 11-12, Ellarose Bennett; year 13, Kaia Holland.

3D: Year 1-3, Room 3 St Joseph's School; year 4-6, Luke Campbell; year 7-18, Luke Winter.

Class awards: Pacifica Turtle (Grantlea Downs) and Makikihi School.

Supreme winner: Aaliyah Beswick.

Rotary Club of Timaru North:

Painting: Year 1-3, Brylee Dennison; year 4-6, Amelia Walker; year 7-8, Wihanel Kruger; year 9-10, Yunseo Lee; year 11-12, Yixuan Li; year 13, Bam Na Ranong.

Collage and print: Year 1-3, Hynun Lee, year 4-6, Penny Smith; year 7-18, Taylah Cross; year 9-10, Beth and Ruby (Mountainview High); year 11-12, Felafoai Fiso; year 13, Ella Waters.

3D: Year 1-3, Isla Prue; year 4-6, Zac Campbell; year 7-8, Lilou Caspritz and Briar Annett; Year 13, Alexandra Innes. 

Richard Logan Memorial:

Payge Overstone.

Friends of Aigantighe:

Robots (Bluestone).

South Canterbury Arts Society:

Anne Marie Bendsen.

ARTARMA 2019 Geoff Cloake 2019-08-17 12:00:00Z 0

H2H cheques for charities

Our key H2H sponsor, Holcim hosted lunch for South Canterbury charities who help man the H2H Fun Run Walk Jog this year.  $8000 of funds raised was donated to: Heart Foundation, Hospice, Life Education Trust and Stroke Club, In presenting the cheques on 20 May 2019, John Keenan said: "It's a great way for people who participate to give back to our community." Read the Stuff article here for more of our story.
H2H cheques for charities Geoff Cloake 2019-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Club visits the Clarence Reserve

Trevor Johnson led members in nine 4x4s over the Seaward Kaikoura Range into the Clarence Reserve on 30 March 2019. Reaching 1300m above sea level this track was spectacular but not for SUVs or the lighthearted. In perfect weather everyone lunched out at the old homestead on Quail Flat, and listened to Barrie Payne's account of the area and farming on NZ's most-remote Muzzle Station.
Andy and Kath hosted everyone to lunch the next day on Foxdown farm, allowing a decent rumble through their private museum.  See photos from the club's annual weekend away here:
Club visits the Clarence Reserve Geoff Cloake 2019-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

Circus Quirkus comes to town

2019 President Harley Smithson and President Elect Shirley Keenan posing with George, a Gagliardis clown, after the Circus Quirkus performance in TBHS School Hall 13 May 2019.

Circus QuirkusAbout 300 kids and their folks were treated to a magnificent 90 minute music pumping show featuring aerialists, acrobats, clowns contortionists, jugglers, hula hoop dancers and more.  The show has been touring New Zealand since 2002, hosted by NZ Rotary Clubs, this being our first year. It was held at the TBHS hall because the Theatre Royal was closed for earthquake renovations. 

Each year, less-advantaged children are given complimentary tickets so they can attend, with their families. Tickets are sponsored by local businesses are not for public purchase or resale. Read more here...

International EntertainmentCircus Quirkus is run by International Entertainment Ltd, a New Zealand based event management company specialising in the production and sourcing of both local and international acts particularly for charitable organisations. Read more here...

Circus Quirkus comes to town Geoff Cloake 2019-05-26 12:00:00Z 0

H2H 2019 - the Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog. 

Timaru North Rotary’s iconic H2H - Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Jog was again held in early March this year. First held in 1971, this popular event attracts hundreds of young and old who run or walk the 10 km from Hadlow, just beyond the western edge of Timaru, through the city streets to finish on Caroline Bay, near the port of Timaru. For the youngest and oldest, or those less fit for whom 10 km seems too far, there is a shorter course of 3 km from the Countdown Supermarket in Church Street.  H2H has always been a fun run, and a feature each year is the number of children – and adults - who run in fancy dress.

Our H2H is always a fun feature on our annual calendar, especially when watching the fancy dress turn-out. This year we counted 928 people of all ages crossing the finish line in a festival of colour. Combined with supporters, 1500-2000 people may have enjoyed the great morning out.

For the past four years we have deliberately coincided H2H with Children’s Day on Caroline Bay so children can continue their day with free amusement rides and other activities.

Members efforts, though still considerable, are made a little easier each year due to ongoing refinements.  Thanks go to our charities, who also help-out, boosting volunteer numbers to ensure every street crossing is now manned – in return for a donation.

Our generous sponsors and supporters are also to be thanked for, promotions, sales, transport, street arrangements, funding and prizes

Read on for a full report.

H2H 2019 - the Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog. Geoff Cloake 2019-03-04 11:00:00Z 0
Emily Bell - Art Scholarship winner - 2019 2019-02-26 11:00:00Z 0

December flashbacks

Santa and his little helper passing out pressies at our club's Xmas party.
Carols by Candlelight.
December flashbacks Geoff Cloake 2019-01-21 11:00:00Z 0

Otipua Wetlands native tree planting

500 native grasses, shrubs and trees were planted at the Otipua Wetlands on an incredibly nice morning. Eight from the Boy's Brigade 3rd Timaru, with leaders Fiona Blisset and Chris Kronings,  joined 16 Club members making short work of the task.. Also digging in was Jim Garden of the Timaru Rotary Club.  This project follows a Rotary International initiative, planting 12 million trees world wide.
Noel Crawford preparing a hole for a plant held by Inga, an AFS student from Germany . One day this hillside will be covered with native flora, as seen in the distance.
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Change-over night 2018

Sue and Neil Dickson - Harley and Jennifer Smithson

Sue and Neil Dickson - Harley and Jennifer Smithson

Welcome to your new leadership role Harley Smithson and big thank you to Past President Neil Dickson and partners!  These sentiments were expressed along with awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships and Honorary Memberships at our club's well attended change-over night 12 July 2018.

Change-over night 2018 Geoff Cloake 2018-07-15 12:00:00Z 0

H2H Fun Run Walk Jog 2018 donations possible with Holcim sponsorship,

From left: Jeff Paul; Peter O'Neill; Noel Crawford; Marthy Cloake; Heather Barber; Rosalie Davidson; Allan Barber; Paul Coleman (Holcim); Barbara Fleming

Thank you Holcim for your sponsorship of our H2H - Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog,  While entry fees cover most of the associated costs, sponsorship ensures donations can be made to partnering charities.  The need for volunteers has increased over recent years to meet safety planning requirements, and our club is fortunate to have extra support from: 

  • Alzheimer's Foundation - Barbara Fleming and Rosalie Davidson

  • Heart Foundation - Marthy Cloake

  • Stroke Club - Heather and Allan Barber

  • Hospice - Peter O'Neill

  • Life Education Trust - Jeff Paul

Holcim, now our major sponsor, invited representatives to a presentation and tour of their premises 5 June 2018..

See more images of the presentations and tour here:

H2H Fun Run Walk Jog 2018 donations possible with Holcim sponsorship, Geoff Cloake 2018-06-06 12:00:00Z 0

H2H 2018 - the Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog.

Our H2H is always a fun feature on our annual calendar, especially when watching the fancy dress turn-out. This year we counted 760 people of all ages crossing the finish line in a festival of colour. Combined with supporters, 1500-2000 people may have enjoyed the great morning out.

For the past three years we have deliberately coincided H2H with Children’s Day on Caroline Bay so children can continue their day with free amusement rides and other activities.
Members efforts, though still considerable, are made a little easier each year due to ongoing refinements.  Thanks go to our charities, who also help-out, boosting volunteer numbers to ensure every street crossing is now manned – in return for a donation.

Our generous sponsors and supporters are also to be thanked for, promotions, sales, transport, street arrangements, funding and prizes

Read on for a full report…

H2H 2018 - the Hadlow to Harbour Fun Run Walk Jog.  Noel Crawford 2018-03-11 11:00:00Z 0

Art Auction

President Elect Harley Smithson welcomed Members and Guests to Rotary Timaru North’s Art Auction. Harley explained to the audience that Clark Esplin, an Artist and former Rotarian donated two of his paintings to be auctioned with proceeds to go towards the study of Arts.
Ten more paintings and three art works in pottery were sourced through the Saffron Art Gallery and made up all the items for the auction. The Rotary Club of Timaru North decided to use the money generated from this auction to set up an Art Scholarship. The Scholarship is intended for resident South Canterbury students and artists between the ages of 17 and 25. Applications for the scholarship close on January 12th 2018.
The Auction got under way timely and “Snow” the auctioneer did an outstanding job and sold all except one of the art works. “Snow” the auctioneer understood how to work and entertain the audience and get the most value out of every sale. Great evening was enjoyed by all.
As mentioned one painting is still for sale. If you were unable to come to the meeting, please contact Harley and he will make sure you get it for a good price.
And if you missed out on an Art purchase you can still make a donation towards the newly established Timaru North Art Scholarship.
President Harley thanked everybody for their attendance and participation in tonight’s Art Auction
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Art scholarship announced

Timaru North Rotary Art Scholarship announced

President Elect Harley Smithson announces an annual art scholarship fund is being established by the Rotary Club of Timaru North, to help with tertiary education costs for 17-25 year-old students studying arts. They must be NZ citizens living in South Canterbury at the time of application.

“The fund is being kicked-started with a donation of art work by renowned and once-resident artist, Clark Esplin. One painting has just been raffled and an auction event follows 16 November.” Says Harley.

The public are invited to the auction to be held Thursday 16th November 5.30pm at the Seven Oaks. RSVPs are requested by 1.00pm 15th November

The pieces are currently held by Saffron Gallery and can be viewed on-line at: esplin.saffrongallery.co.nz. A catalogue will be available on request. Absent bids may also be arranged.

$2000 has been allocated for next year. Upon agreement, this can be used towards course fees and related material costs incurred during 2018.

The successful applicant must be prepared to report formally to the club and agree to publicity.

An application form with criteria is downloadable from artscholarship.rotarytimnth.nz. Applications close 5:00pm 12th January 2018, and will be considered by the club committee.


For further information please contact:

Harley Smithson

03 686 6055 or 027 4972 292

Art scholarship announced Geoff Cloake 2017-10-19 11:00:00Z 0

RYDA 2017 - Rotary Youth Driver Awareness

During 10-11 April 2017 , Club members along with local school teachers volunteered at the Levels Raceway, to support 200 students, in small peer groups, to rotate through six interactive sessions, focusing on the crucial ‘big five’ road safety issues of speeding, DUI, fatigue, seatbelts and distractions as well as the importance of driving as a social responsibility, The PROactiveDRIVE programe manager Tim Hartnell, was one of 7 specialists running sessions on:
  • Speed and stopping
  • Hazards & distractions
  • The 'i' in drive
  • Road choices
  • After the crash
  • Genevieve's story
RYDA 2017 - Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Geoff Cloake 2017-04-11 12:00:00Z 0

29th Festival of Magic

Thanks to the generosity of many local businesses, hundreds of children and their families enjoyed a magnificent show of magic - something they would not normally get to see.

President Robbie Jackson's gave a warm welcome, explaining our club’s community service and fundraising roles. Then internationally acclaimed Chuck Jones, soon had everyone’s attention focused on his illusions, egging them on to volunteer to make all sorts of things and people appear and vanish in explosions of colour and smoke.

Our club sends its thanks all those businesses that supported us this year,

Read more about our club project here.

29th Festival of Magic Geoff Cloake 2016-12-03 00:00:00Z 0

38th BOOKARAMA - 2016

Feeding the minds of South Canterbury

Again this year, scores of people lined up outside the Trinity Church Hall in Timaru, eager to search for bargains among thousands of books on display. Hundreds more, including professional book dealers, continued the hunt over the weekend of 19-20 November 2016.

BOOKARAMA, while being an annual fundraiser for the Timaru North Rotary Club, is also a community service allowing locals to access to cheap books. Organiser Murray Purvis said wider aisles were again used to allow easier browsing and, this time, popular sections were more evenly spread to reduce congestion.

Books, games, puzzles, records CDs, DVDs and cassette tapes were collected at various service stations over past weeks. These and other stored from previous years, were collected and sorted by club members and other volunteers. In the days prior, they laid out the sales tables, tidying and restocking them during the sale.

More than $15,000 will have been raised and be given to several charities. Along with the Rotary Club of Timaru South, BOOKARAMA has been run for about 40 years.

38th BOOKARAMA - 2016 Geoff Cloake 2016-11-24 00:00:00Z 0

27th ARTARAMA - 2016

Fostering the art of South Canterbury school children

About 200 students, parents, caregivers and teachers attended the ARTARAMA opening and prize giving at the Aigantighe on 13 August 2016 1:00pm. The supreme prize was awarded to Makikihi Primary School. See major prizes and awards here ....

ARTARAMA is a festival of student art displaying the paintings and drawings; prints and collage; and 3 dimensional works from 30 schools. The exhibition, now in its 27th year, runs from 13 to 28 August 2016.

See photo gallery here...
A news item from Stuff is here...

Instigated in 1979 by founding member Dick Logan, in conjunction with the Aigantighe Art Gallery, ARTARAMA has, for decades, consistently represented the artwork of thousands of year 1-13 students from our South Canterbury region. As well as promoting to the schools and donating prizes, our club supports the gallery staff with volunteers to hang and take down each year's exhibition.  Artworks are not sold as this is purely a community service and not a fundraiser.

ARTARAMA is also supported with prizes and awards from: The Friends of Aigantighe; Waihi School,  South Canterbury Art Society; ARA Polytechnic, and Warehouse Stationery.  

27th ARTARAMA - 2016 Geoff Cloake 2016-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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