The next meeting is 5.30 pm on Monday 26th July. Our guest speaker will be The Rick Gekoski. Interesting to note that he has been interviewed on National Radio by Kim Hill last Saturday morning. You could go on the website and listen to the recording.
SPEAKER: Prior to the gathering for the meeting, members met at Hawthorne’s Coffee Roastery and Espresso in Napier Road to hear our Speaker Tom Ormond, the owner/manager of the cafe’ speak on his work with the progress of the business since he took it over in the last 16 years. However, now that the business is riding on its own success he is delighted to advise that Hawthorne’s Coffee has developed a great reputation selling 30% of the coffee wholesale as a provider for other cafes, restaurants, and supermarkets. Over covid lockdown – the demand rose 700% with customers using the website to purchase coffee and further supplies. His business is known as the coffee roasting house in the region. Tom showed Rotarians the 1950’s roaster which is used daily, and at the cafe’ customers can sit and enjoy the coffee while watching the roaster in action.
Sacks of coffee beans are bought by the sack full from all over the world, particularly Brazil. Generally, Tom blends beans of considerable diversity internationally to create something new and unique. Coffee Beans are quite small and green and roasting creates the smell by developing the sugar which is in the bean. Through the years he has purchased a small roaster that is connected to his I phone and has had the large roaster also renovated and connected to a computer program to ensure the rate of temperature arises and development of the coffee roasting process can be observed and managed. Once roasted the coffee is aged for about 5 days, then packaged in appropriate bags to protect the grounds.
There is a high expectation of ethics in purchasing coffee beans and Tom has been to Brazil to look at coffee growing. Purchasing of coffee grounds has gone up 30-40% in the last three months. He loves the produce he and his staff are making. Maintaining motivated and enthusiastic staff is his ongoing goal to continue to purchase, blend and roast the coffee his customers will buy.
Following thanks to Tom from David, on behalf of the Club and its eager responses to the presentation, the Club left the cafe to continue the meeting at the Havelock North Function Centre.
Once seated and settled in the Magdalinos Room, GRACE was given by Scott Henderson, after dinner the
TWO-MINUTE TALK: was given by Eddie Blowes, who spoke of his own desire to make the perfect coffee, having discussed his hobby with Tom on how to make good coffee and all the nerdy stuff that goes with it.
SERGEANTS SESSION: $43.70
NOTICES: The new District Governor, Ross Pinkham as the guest speaker on 2nd August will introduce his theme being Rotary members and their well-being. All club members were given a small sheet to complete the questionnaire and bring it to the meeting. If you forget, you may be fined!
Charlie Fergus advised that Keiranga Gardens is upgrading the railway line and establishing a new railway station. They will also be doing the gardens and are seeking volunteer workers from the club. It could be a fundraising event for the club. He will keep the club informed.
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: Scott Henderson ” If you choose between being kind and being right, choose to be kind, and you’ll always be right.
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.
|26th July||2nd August||9th August|
|Event/Speaker||The Rick Gekoski||The New District Governor||Kaye Wishart|
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||Holford||Lavelle||Graham|
|Vote of Thanks||Mayne||Spackman||Dufty|
Editor’s Piece: After listening to the adventures and commitment to the roasting of coffee, I’m rather embarrassed to admit I still drink instant coffee!
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.