Next Monday 25th October 2021 – Labour Day – no Rotary Meeting.
Next Meeting – 1st November 2021, there will be no guest speaker, just the opportunity to hold committee meetings.
Guests at the meeting of 18 October were welcomed by President Lynn, including our Guest Speaker Louise Ward,- the owner of Wardini Books, and Denise Brown of and the Green Meadows Rotary Club including Len, Garth, Neil, Penny, Fred, and Winnie.
GRACE– was given by Pasquale Monachino: “Bless the food tonight and the fellowship which we have come to enjoy.”
TWO MINUTE TALK
Jessica’s two-minute talk raised the issue of the changes which we have observed over the last 50-60 years in smaller communities. She and her husband Maurice moved many times during their lives, due to his role as a Prison Officer. In most of the places, they lived including, Waikeria, Wanganui, Waikune, Invercargill, Rangipo, Hautu Napier, and Hawkes Bay. In the 1970s Waikeria prison village had well over 100 houses, a school, a community swimming pool, tennis courts, a hall, and a shop. All the houses and the hall have all now been removed and the school closed. Prison villages were very unique places and they made lifelong friends. The Waikune Prison has also faced the same debilitation which is saddening given they had 5 amazing years, a very social time in the middle of nowhere. Her children Andrew and Hamish were at the right place and at the right time. The family had a typical government-provided house, well maintained and paid $2.50 rent a fortnight, and were supplied with as much free firewood as needed. Waikune Prison was mid to low-security prison, with prison buildings at one end of the village then about 25 houses, and a great social club – the heart of the community, all within walking distance. Jessica’s boys have still got many fond memories and can remember about 3 heavy snowfalls per year, and went to National Park School, being picked up each day by a little red school bus. If it snowed, they had the day off because the bus couldn’t get up the hill! Prison Officers did shift work, taking 5 minutes to walk to work. Later Maurice applied for a job in Invercargill, which they didn’t think he would get given the cost of transferring the family and all their belongings all the way down south, however next thing they were on the move. The family arrived in time for the 1984 floods – quite an experience. In 1989 the family arrived in Hawkes Bay when Maurice was appointed 1st Officer where they finally found the sun, so they stayed.
SERGEANT: Dale Prebble spoke of a recent visit to the Chathams, telling of his experiences, questioning Rotarians of their knowledge of the Islands, he raised $74.00, fining members for the lack of their similar experiences and knowledge.
GUEST SPEAKER – Eddie Blowes introduced Louise Ward who has established Wardini Books in Havelock North and claims to be living her dream.
Louise advised that she is co-owner of Wardinis, and has been living in New Zealand for 15 years. Her first job was as a Police Officer, but once the children arrived, she left the Police and studied English at University, then taught at school, one time becoming the Principal. She gave up teaching when she and her husband established Wardinis, with the objective of providing literature for writers and readers. There has been amazing progress for clients, getting speakers and writers into town for Arts Festivals, etc.
They have become hugely aware of some writers who are living/recording their life experiences by way of writing. For example, Kyle Mewburn has written a book “Faking It – my life in Transition” – a memoir. It is interesting observing the experiences as a man facing transgender issues, the book provides quick challenges to the reader as the author and his wife remain together, he/she has now written another book called “Sleeping in the Sun”.
The forthcoming Arts Festival has taken on the theme “Funny Ha Ha” which includes looking at the humour in books, including the author’s Tom Sainsbury and Catherine Robertson. The connection between the reader and the writer raises very intense questions – during research for the evening programme at the festival. Matt Brown and his wife Sarah, who wrote the book “Where Men go to Heal” of his experiences of abusive relationships ad he found the only time he got peace of mind was while he was at the barber’s, so he has become a barber. Louise is currently trying to ensure every prisoner has a copy of the book.
The book “Dead Girls Don’t Lie” by Jacqueline Bublitz and Tina Clough changes the narrative, telling stories of the lost, stolen and trapped. “The Edible Backyard” by Kath Irvine, helps Kiwi gardeners to become self-sustaining.. Abba Nazari wrote the book “After the Tampa” has become so popular, his involvement with the festival could be ensured, given it is a most incredible story.
Louise urged Rotary Members to attend the Arts Festival and watch the Istopia Band, of which she is a member, who plays traditional acoustic music of the other side of the world including Bulgaria, Sweden, Moldavia, Ireland, Brittany, and Egypt.
Colin Wake thanked Louise for her presentation, noting she has the most colourful personality, advising that the next time he visits Wardinis, he is confident he will get a great opportunity to read.
MEMBERSHIP AND WELFARE
Scott Henderson advised that Malcolm walker had recently returned to the hospital.
Jessica Dufty advised that:
Charlie Fergus advised that:
PARTING THOUGHT: was given by Pasquale Monachino: “Let’s hang around and chat for a bit!”
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.
|25th October||1st November||8th November|
|Event/Speaker||Labour Day||Committee Meetings||Alan Pollard|
Apples & Pears
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||Jopling||Monachino|
|Vote of Thanks||–||Spackman|
Editors comment: Havelock North is very privileged to have such a person as Louise with significant knowledge and understanding of literature and music. Her book store which she manages with her husband is indeed a place of curiosity and fine information. Go visit, enjoy the reviews of some of the books, and don’t be afraid to purchase 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.