Next Meeting – 13th December 2021, Christmas Celebrations
Members were welcomed by President Lynn who advised the Club that the AGM would be held following the evening meal as well as a talk from Ian Holford of his life experiences.
GRACE: was given by Ian Holford – a grace created by Joy Cowley:
“Life is for living
Love is for giving
Friends are for caring
Food is for sharing
For life, love, friends and food
We give thanks”
TWO MINUTE TALK was given by Charlie Fergus who reminisced on his earlier days of contract engineering. He had a carton loaded with mementos, souvenirs of his contract engineering career.
While working in Waverley, south Taranaki on a pipeline project at the town cenotaph and the old Redoubt, where the Maori wars had taken place in a former time. What he did find while digging up the soil, buried in the ground, were some old of the cast iron beds and pipes, and antiques of the Maori life of another time. He found a gun, but it had no ammunition, so he took it to the Whanganui Museum who identified the items, including pipes and bottles, some of which carried/protected marbles and advised they were dated in the early 1880’s.
In the early 1990’s Charlie was involved with the dismantling and demolishing of the Hastings Gasworks structures. To make gas, coal was burnt and the residue of the process was coal-coke which Charlie and others excavated and removed off the site to a depth of 6 – 8 metres and 40 metres across. Amongst the coke there were other discoveries including 2 Chinese jars and a strange looking metal pipe estimated to be circa 1928.
Charlie figured it was about 1989 when he was involved the preparation of a plot in Hastings which is now the site of the Hastings New World, removing the soil in preparation for the build. War History was unearthed, including a concrete maze which was originally used as a bomb shelter in case the Japanese bombers attacked Hastings during World War II. Apparently people were encouraged to build their own hideouts in their gardens and Hastings Schools were also provided with air raid shelters, and the children were even taken through air raid drills in preparation for an attack.
SARGENTS SESSION: Jessica Dufty ran a successful session raising $84.90.
WHERE WE HAVE BEEN AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE!
Ian Holford spoke of the life of a baby boomer, noting that he was now 75 yrs of age. His father went to war in the 1940’s, leaving behind his wife and two sons. Upon his Dad’s return to New Zealand and the family settling in at Hunterville, Ian was born in 1946. Early life in Hunterville (his Turangawaewae), where for the last 100 years his ancestors had settled. Given his father was a public servant, the family moved quite regularly – from Hunterville to Pahiatua, then to Wairoa and then Levin.
As a trainee teacher, he studied at the Wellington College of Education, living for 2 years in Kelburn. His PA year was at Tokomaru School, later working at Levin East, he took the opportunity as Musical Director of Horowhenua Primary Schools Music Festival. He was then head teacher in New Mathematics, and acted as Deputy Principal. Ian met and married Ngaire in 1968 who worked in the Plant Quarantine Labs for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. He also worked in the Smith Menswear Shop to supplement his salary.
Ian’s next role was that of Country Service at Miki Miki School where it was a great opportunity to learn as a teacher, teaching multi levels, as Principal, and worked with the community. Also as Musical Director for the Country Schools Music Festival. It was at this time that their first daughter Tracey was born.
The next step was Manakau School, where he went for his Passenger Service and Heavy Traffic Licenses. Following that he was able to provide a passenger service, which proved to come in handy later in his life, when his second daughter Kirsty was born. Ian’s next role was a Palmerston North Central Normal School as a senior teacher, then as Deputy Principal (Acting Principal) at Kelburn Normal. Following that he worked at Dannevirke South School, as a Principal of a Full Primary Growth school, needing to transfer there for such a role. He joined Rotary in 1984, and when he was President, he had to leave Dannevirke half way through the year to to come to Havelock North to go to Havelock North Primary at the start of Tomorrow’s Schools, as MOE facilitator. It was here after 15 years of teaching, he decided to retire aged 57 in 2003.
Within a month of retiring, he looked for another job and was appointed Village Co-Ordinator, Summerset Retirement Village, Havelock North. Ian found this a great decision and had 10 very interesting years, with the company changing owners and listing on NZX, when he found himself in a new position as Sales Manager where he sold villas and apartments until his 2nd retirement at aged 67 in 2013.
Ngaire also retired then, so they went on their 2nd OE and travel is still their interest today, with the last OE to Shanghai in August 2019.
Ian’s family is his number 1 commitment.
With his daughter Tracey married and living in Whitianga with 3 children, where she and her husband, both being Town Planners, with their own business Planners Plus.
Kirsty lives in Havelock North with her partner, and their two children and also three other children from a former marriage. Her second eldest daughter Gabby, who made the RYE to the USA and was the Club’s RYLA candidate last year and is now a member of the HB Rotaract Club.
8 grandchildren all together, all different, and he and Ngaire love them all dearly, acknowledging they are lucky to have them in their lives.
Christmas Function To all Rotarians, Honorary Rotarians and Friends of Rotary, please join us with your partners from 5.30pm, on the 13th December at the Magdalinos Room or our Christmas Break-up. Cost for the 3 course meal and coffee, has been held at $32.50 per person, plus there will be a cash bar. Trish has organised a Christmas Karaoke to conclude the evening. If you haven’t already advised Ian Ellengold of your attendance, with numbers attending, please do so by Friday evening 10th December 21.
Please bring a gift for the Hastings District Christmas Cheer Appeal. As previously, these gifts are for members of families nominated by Charitable Organisations and can be for a family, a preschooler, a primary Schooler, a teenager or a parent. It is preferable that the gift is not wrapped so that the organisers can direct it as appropriate and also parents or carers have the opportunity of wrapping it themselves. Due to covid restrictions, the organisers are unable to accept offers from volunteers to assist this year. Dress up for the Christmas event!
Trailer Raffle Jessica advised that we have76 raffle books left to be sold by Friday, but please offer your support for further sales.
24th January event will be organised, and members maybe asked to help with food. Trish will send out an email to those involved.
Planting Trees at St Andrews Road Charlie and Brian are inviting volunteers for more tree planting at the new Camping ground, please get in touch with them.
HEALTH AND WELFARE
Members were advised that David Smith is doing well following recent surgery.
DUTIES: Please note these arrangements: If you are rostered on for duty but find you are unavailable it is your responsibility to arrange a replacement for yourself. Once this is done, email Stephen Randal at firstname.lastname@example.org and advise him of the change.
|CLUB CALENDAR||13th December|
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||Massey & Randal|
|Vote of Thanks|
Editors comment: Fascinating the different paths we take, to hear both Charlie’s and Ian’s life journeys was very interesting. I do believe we could all have equally interesting tales, a great way to understand better, the lovely people we socialize with, thanks to the Rotary movement.
The opinions expressed in this Bulletin are not necessarily those of the President or Directors or of members of the Rotary Club of Havelock North Inc.