The next meeting is 5.30 pm on Monday 19th July, firstly at Hawthorne Coffee Roasters and Espresso Bar, 23 Napier Road, Havelock North, where there will be a presentation about the coffee business, starting at 5.30 pm and the Club will then return to the Havelock North Function Centre, for our meal at 6.30 pm.
SERGEANT’S SESSION: $47.50
TWO-MINUTE TALK: Mike Konig discussed the issue of speed limits currently maintained in New Zealand, noting that the NZTA has a formula-based approach to set such limits. Speed is a contributing factor to 365 accidents pa, and as such need to be reduced. Mike referred to the speed issues of SH5 – the Napier-Taupo Road but is relieved that the authorities are currently reviewing the existing limits.
SPEAKER: Paul McArdle introduced Ros Rowe who established the Leg-Up Trust after organizing a horse trekking business in 1999. The idea of the Trust was to reach out to dysfunctional youth who have behaviour and learning issues, and now she helps 60 + 70 youths on a weekly basis. She has had no formal training but helps these youths to gain confidence in themselves and an ability to establish better relationships by way of teaching them how to gain a relationship with a horse and learn how to ride, thus developing interspecies communication between the youth and the horse.
Ros has all her own life, had to deal with learning issues, making her very anxious, antisocial and lacking in energy. As a young lady she went on a day trip with a horse and came back very exhausted but found that by connecting with the horse, she gained new energy and confidence. Subsequently, she started the horse treatment business having become aware that such an experience with a horse could help people with confidence issues. She found it rewarding when such people with confidence issues gained energy, confidence and communication skills. She moved her business to Bridge Pa as the former horse trekking business people were not comfortable with the calibre of the children coming to learn to ride.
Ros is finding that children with behavioural problems after more horse riding experiences become lovely young children – the first thing to do is to love each one of them as they come through the gate. In the last 7 years, she has helped children with suicide issues and is now concerned for the social situation of each of these children. Children are often given the power they don’t know how to handle and often need to be held accountable for their behaviour and to understand the responsibility and proper boundaries.
Ros is keeping in touch with one of her former clients who having murdered someone was sent to jail, and she got in touch with him. Now he communicates with her regularly, thanking her for her regular contact. Another client with asperges was brought to her by his mother and has learnt to read the body language of a horse and the good thing about horses is that they don’t make any judgements of humans. Since going to Leg Up, Alex has found a school that has accepted him. What Ros is doing – is fulfilling a dream.
NOTICES: 26th July is a partner’s night with The Rick Gekoski as speaker. Title: Graham Greene, Kim Philby, and Me.
Short Biography: Rick Gekoski is a writer, rare book and manuscripts dealer, occasional broadcaster, publisher, and lecturer, as well as a former Man Booker Prize judge. He has authored numerous non-fiction and fiction titles, his latest being Guarded by Dragons: Encounters with Rare Books and Rare People.
He will be bringing his latest book for sale – bring along $35.00
There will be a meeting of the Youth Committee at Ian’s after the Club meeting on 19th June 2021
Blossom Festival – 11th Sept
20 people are required for this which will earn us $1,000 in fundraising.
Christmas in the Park – 4th Dec
Requirements as per last year. It will be at Anderson Park this year.
PARTING THOUGHT: Colin Wake ” Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask you how to get there”. – Winston Churchill.
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 email@example.com and advise him of the change.
|19th July||26th July||2nd August|
|Event/Speaker||Hawthorne Coffee visit||The Rick Gekoski||The New District Governor|
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||Henderson||Graham||Lavelle|
|Vote of Thanks||Smith||Dufty||Spackman|
Editor’s Piece: Still struggling with the new electronics to get the bulletin organised, however, it was my pleasure to record the story of Ros Rowe. What a wonderful woman with such a caring nature.
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.