Rotary Bulletin 11-Oct-2021

Rotary Bulletin 11-Oct-2021 Meeting

Next Meeting Monday 18th October 2021. Our Guest speaker will be Louise Ward of Wardini Books who will speak of her experience in establishing a book shop, both in Havelock North and Napier.

Guests were welcomed to the meeting by President Lynn, including our guests Louise Ward, Neil & Carolyn Fergus, Alan & Kathy Hall.

GRACE was given by Peter Graham: “Thank you for being here, Thank you for this bounty of food, thank you for this moment to be together.”

TWO MINUTE TALK was given by John Pollard who spoke of relationships in business – indicating that they were not personal and were also necessary working with relationships between suppliers and customers. Working in the Asian trade, there was evidence of cultural barriers. John went to Taiwan and found a tool supplier who became a very good supplier, shipping orders and trying to secure the correct distribution services. Corporate changes require customer satisfaction surveys. The result will be improved business practices due to good relationships. There is a need to be open and honest mutually.


SERGEANT $59.70 was gathered by Grant Spackman.

GUEST SPEAKER Lucy Fergus was introduced by Charlie Fergus advising the Club that Lucy was a Geriatrician who specialized in Advanced Care Planning.

Lucy spoke of her role in Health Care Services, particularly for people recovering from illness but still suffering to the point where they need to go into permanent care – a role which keeps her busy. However, she emphasized that planning for permanent care also needs planning about death, priorities on values having a huge impact on the end-of-life decisions, but is different for everyone. Dying means different things for different people and how families react. Up to half of us are not in a position to make our own decisions and families have a significant chance of not knowing what decisions should be made. As one grows older, there is a need to identify:

  • What would happen if you could not make decisions.
  • What would be important to you.
  • Who would you want to make those decisions on your behalf.
  • What care would you want.

Advanced care planning is a process of discussion which:

  • Empowers people to make informed decisions.
  • Enables shared planning for future health care.
  • Is a voluntary process.
  • Provides an opportunity to consider and express your preferences for end of life care.

It is an important conversation with the right people for you and ensures conversations are documented. The conversations will involve you and who you wish within your family and other important people in your life. Ideally, having a written record is essential and can be revived periodically, particularly if situations change. Ideally, your doctor should be involved in the conversations. Such reviews would a better understanding of your current situation and likely future health care needs. Treatment and care options are available and provide guidance for families on decision-making – particularly if you lose those cognitive skills. Specific treatment needs to be discussed, as it is important to plan for every eventuality. Loved ones and health professionals will be able to respond if something unexpected occurs with your health, knowing how you would like your care to continue. Those with an Aged Care Plan are more likely to experience higher levels of satisfaction for families of those with the Plan. Such a plan would only apply if the patient is incompetent.

Requirements for the validity of the Plan would include:

  • The patient must be competent at the time.
  • Identity of of life sustaining treatment.

Bill Riley gave a vote of thanks, noting how very silent and somber some members had become, but also aware that some of us might not be willing to complete the papers, given the unexpected death of a younger member of the family, what decisions would need to be made then?


Scott Henderson gave an update of former Rotarian Malcolm Walker who is not home from the hospital.

John Pollard spoke of a young man who purchased raffle tickets at the weekend and asked about the chances of joining Rotary. He will be getting in touch with the Rotoract Group before contacting the young man again. He will keep us informed of progress.


Jessica Dufty spoke of the 1st day of the trailer raffle being very successful. She implored members to wear their masks while selling tickets, saying 19 books were sold.

Charlie Fergus advised that:

  • the Blossom Festival is now cancelled.
  • the Kierianga Garden project, noting that planting is going well. There will be more planting in a few weeks time.
  • The St Andrews project at the new Camping and Motor Home park is due to start shortly. 800 – 1000 plants have been purchased for the planting programme.

President Lynn advised that there will be a Board Meeting at David’s at 5.00 pm next Wednesday.

PARTING THOUGHT Peter Graham: Outdoor research has revealed that spending just 20 minutes in a park is enough to improve your well-being. Being around nature can lower blood pressure, reduce stress and buoy our moods.

Retire from your job but never retire your mind. Retirement is a wonderful time if you have much to live on and much to live for.”

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 stephen.randalnz@gmail.com and advise him of the change.

18th October 25th October 1st November
Event/Speaker Louise from Wardini’s Labour Weekend
Cashier Duncan Gage
Badges, Grace & Parting Thought Monachino Jopling
2-minute talk Dufty Giddens
Sergeant Fergus Ellingold
Speaker’s Orderly Blowes Mayne
Vote of Thanks Wake Holford

Sue Forde
Bulletin Editor.

Editors comment: Having listened to Lucy discussing the disconcerting topic of Advanced Care Planning, brought back memories of my late husband Bernard and the long slow process of his dementia. I can only be thankful, that his children (my stepchildren), and a good friend of his, who was also a lawyer worked closely together while Bernard was sufficiently cognizant to make appropriate decisions, including medical, financial, and legal ones. It is certainly important for all members of the family to be on the page together as one follows the journey of slow depreciation in the health of the loved one.

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.