Rotary Bulletin 21-April-2020
Next Zoom meeting 5.30 pm on Monday 4 May (note there is no meeting next Monday 27 April as it is ANZAC Observance Day).
Lon Anderson will talk about the impact of COVID-19 on the farming community from a Rural Support Trust perspective.
ZOOM MEETING HELD 20 April
Attendance 27 members including guest presenter Rev Wayne Toleafoa and David Smith’s friend Neil Sanderson, took part in the on-line meeting.
Thought of the Day – Mike Konig
Shared his gratitude, reflecting on our position and the leadership and the countless number of people who have helped support during this time of Covid-19.
Two minute Talk – David Smith
David told us that when he was a Radio Officer with the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Morse code was used for sending and receiving messages with coast radio stations and other ships. David showed us the working example of a 1960’s ship’s radio room and, using Morse code, demonstrated exchange of messages with a station in Auckland.
Guest Presenter Rev Wayne Toleafoa – Wayne spoke about the different experiences he has had as a minister and chaplain taking part in Anzac Day services here and around the world.
Wayne started his ministry as a Presbyterian Minister in his first parish in Kurow in 1985. Prior to training as a minister, Wayne was in the Police Force and as a minister he has spent 17 years in the Defence Forces – 4 years as Chaplain in the army and 13 years as Chaplain in the navy. His first memory of an Anzac Service was in Kurow having to handle a drunk who was interrupting the guest speaker.
In his role of chaplain he was fortunate enough to officiate at many overseas services. In 1990 he attended a service at the Ataturk memorial in Seatoun on a barren rocky hill with 20 present. Fast forward 20 years hundreds attended this ceremony, there were no parking spaces and it was attended by ambassadors and plenty of high ranking officers. The popularity of attendance at Anzac was now nationwide.
His next experience was with the navy on board Te Kaha in the Solomon Islands where a ceremony was held near a place where there were sunken ships including one from New Zealand the Moa. The special ceremony was held in Guadalcanal , and Wayne took the opportunity to preach to 900 people at a church in Honiara amidst high security which he found a great experience.
In 2008, as Principal Chaplain of the Navy, he took part in the Dawn Ceremony at Anzac Cove in Turkey. This was televised and Judy Bailey provided the commentary on a very cold morning. Wayne took the opportunity to scale some of the ridges. Security was tight and he found it a real privilege to be there. He visited the mosques in Turkey and found the people very hospitable towards the kiwis.
In 2010 and 2011 he made two trips to the UK for Anzac to officiate at services at Hyde Park then onto Whitehall at the end of the Mall near Buckingham Palace in a service with representatives from other countries. His prayers had to be synchronised with Big Ben chiming at the end of the prayer (careful timing indeed). He took part in the service at Westminster Abbey where he sat near the Duke of Gloucester who asked him if he was going to remember the New Zealander Servicemen who had just been killed in a helicopter accident in his prayers.
He attended many more parades around New Zealand starting in country towns as a junior and as a senior moved up the ladder to attend services at the Hall of Memories in Wellington and at the Naval Base in Devonport.
Wayne has always found the Anzac Services special and it has been a privilege to take part in them. It will be so different this year.
Thought of the day – From President Peter.
Just some clarification on the Thought of the Day
This may be some quote or saying such as:
“Even the worst days have an ending and the best days have a beginning”
or, like the two prior presenters of a “Thought of the Day”, your reflective thoughts about issues that are of importance to you.
Time allocation of between 10 seconds and one and a half minutes.
Recording of Zoom Meetings.
David Smith has a recording of zoom meetings. Let him know if you would like a copy and he will send you a link so it can be downloaded.
The FACES Project
For those of you who receive ‘Rotary Down Under’ I hope you have read the article on page 21 that explains the FACES project and the involvement of our club in sponsoring it to a successful conclusion.
I am immensely proud of our club’s involvement in the FACES project and, proud of the part David Smith has played in the project’s success.
On behalf of the club I have forwarded the letter below to David:
Good morning David,
I think it’s fair to say it’s “mission accomplished” now that the faces project has received its necessary funding.
And it is fantastic to see the project has received significant exposure in the latest edition of ‘Rotary Down Under’.
I am proud of our club’s participation and I am proud of the leadership you have provided in seeing this through to such a successful conclusion.
Congratulations. Your patience and resolve will see many people restored to “normalcy” and able to live happy productive lives.
From In Coming DG Grant
As you will be aware Cyclone Harold has brought devastation to Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji. Mother Nature doesn’t take a break during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Vanuatu, ShelterBox New Zealand and Rotary are working in collaboration with the disaster relief organisation CARE Vanuatu to provide shelter kits into remote communities. In Fiji and Tonga, Rotary works with the Fiji Government to distribute Emergency Response Kits (ERKs). Combined with distribution through aid agencies in Tonga, nearly 1000 families will receive ERKs. New stock will need to be purchased in New Zealand for replenishment. An appeal for funding has gone out to Rotary Clubs and it’s pleasing to see Clubs in our District responding, including Morrinsville Rotary who have donated two ERKs this week.
Best wishes and Stay Safe
Te Mata Park Logging
Lyn Hann is to make contact with Emma regarding the start up and the need for a roster of people within the age restrictions.
Almoner Scott Henderson gave an update on Ian Abernethy (unwell and in full care) and JR Browne who is doing well. John Pollard said Sue is improving and getting around on crutches.
Eddie Blowes (Programmes) mentioned that we can invite out of town speakers now to our Zoom meetings. If anyone has contacts for speakers please let him know. On 18 May- Author Jane Tolerton will talk about one of the topics she has researched and published – some of her titles may be familiar and if anyone has a request for a special topic please let Eddie know.
If you are unable to join the Zoom meeting can you give your apology to Ian Ellengold phone 878 8652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 pm Monday.
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.
|DATE||4 May||11 May||18 May|
|Event/Speaker||Lon Anderson||Dr Tony Wrightson||Jane Tolerton|
|Thought of the Day||Riley||Fergus||Henderson|
|Vote of Thanks||Ellengold||Giddens||McArdle|
SELF-ISOLATION – STAYING AT HOME – KEEPING OURSELVES SAFE.
Last meeting Gerry Townsend expressed his self-isolation experience in poetry adapting a very funny poem written by Jan Beaumont that has had over 6000 likes on Facebook. We acknowledge the skills and give credit to the original author for her very funny take on being in lock down. Thanks Jan.
BIRTHDAYS: 21 – 4 May
|Bill Riley||28 April|
|Paul McArdle||2 May|
|Brin Haward||4 May|
|John Pollard||4 May|
ANNIVERSARIES: 21 – 4 May
|Ian and Ngaire Holford||4 May|
Thanks to members who have provided notices, photos, jokes etc. Please continue to supply these. Copy deadline is Tuesday 9.00 am each week.
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.