Rotary Bulletin 22-Nov-2021

Rotary Bulletin 22-Nov-2021 Meeting

Next Meeting – 29th November 2021, members are invited to visit the Train Carriage B&B at 945 Norton Road, for a pizza tea and to explore the site. For background information please follow this link…

President Lynn welcomed everyone to the meeting including the Ahuriri Sunrise Rotary Club, who were invited by Pasquel Messunicho to hear his story, as a new member.

GRACE: Was then given by Peter Graham:

“Thank you for bringing me here,

Thank you for this bounty of food

Thank you for this time to be together”

TWO MINUTE TALK: This was given by Bill Riley:

“A reminder that one word in the English Language can be a noun, verb, objective, adverb, and preposition.

This two-letter word has more meaning than any other two-letter word, and that word is “up”. It is listed in the dictionary as an (adv), (prep.), (adj.), (n.) or (v.)

It is easy to understand UP, meaning towards the sky, or at the top of a list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does the topic come UP? Why do we speak UP?. and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the Secretary to write UP a report? We all UP our friends, brighten UP a room,, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car>

At other times, this little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes up almost a quarter of the pages and can add UP to about 30 definitions

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, the earth soaks it UP. When it does not rain for a while, things dry UP.

One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now…my time is UP!

Oh…one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?




SERGEANT’S SESSION Driven by Brin Haward who advised that funds raised tonight would go to the “Legs UP Trust”! $74.90 was collected, by way of fines.

GUEST SPEAKER: New Member Pasquale Monuchino spoke of his life, beginning in 1959 in Toronto, Canada. While at school, school friends called him Patrick because they couldn’t pronounce his name. By the time he was 10, he had lived in 7 different homes. Once he got to high school, he was living in congested relationships with other family members in the same house. His family had escaped from Sicilia – the southern part of Italy, which in the 1940s were poor war times which sent many families away, immigrating to all parts of Canada. His father and uncle worked as painters, experiencing a lot of persecution and bullying. His uncle hit someone with a paintbrush once and was subsequently fined. Later in life incidences such as that included damage is done to vehicles that were used in the family construction business. Homebuilding began later by the family business and Pasquale was also aware that many people disapproved of the immigrants being in the building business, and would stay on the building site with a rifle. There were a number of our family who were aware of such treatment to other members of our family due to the racist discrimination Pasquale’s Grandfather spent 27 years in prison, without having committed a crime.

Growing up with old Sicilian parents, with his father shooting raccoons because they were eating the tomatoes, given his father used the tomatoes to make wine. All the leftover construction materials were used in other ways.

As a five-year-old Pasquale would go to a bakery, as he was responsible for his younger brother while his dad was at work. When he finally got a school report – it recorded him as being a social butterfly with a huge personality. His own life journey saw him as an enterprising young chap:

  • Selling pencils and pens at the corner of the street
  • Selling bow-ties and sports jackets
  • Giving his mother a crystal chandelier
  • Giving his dad a watch
  • Providing the family with a stereo.
  • Setting up a home barbers kit and buzz clippers.
  • Caring for dad’s pick-up truck and keys

In his adult years, he:

  • Developed a vanity 2nd to none.
  • Designed hair salons.
  • Extended the construction business to include Building Design.
  • Leapt into self employment.
  • Participated in his first marriage, in a catholic church with Italian heritage.
  • Became the father of daughters.
  • Escaped the period of substance abuse.
  • Continued to work with hair salons.
  • Extended the role of the family construction business to include Interior Design.

During marriage no 1, he was involved in substance abuse with mafia and bootlegging. While in Canada he moved to Florida and met his 2nd wife – a kiwi lady. Over the next 5 years, he had to work hard at deprogramming his brain of the painful stuff he’d experienced over his life. He ended up in Auckland 15 years ago. He loves this country, given people have accepted him as and who he is. One of the decisions he has made to adopt this country was to ensure he “never forgot yesterday, but always live life for today, because you never know what tomorrow may bring”.

His involvement with Rotary began when he joined the Orlando Rotary Club, then on to the Pando Rotary Club, then the Henderson Rotary Club, and now he is with this club, he knows he is in the best country in the world.

Pasquale was thanked by fellow members who gave him a warm acknowledgment.

A representative of the Ahuriri Sunrise Group thanked Pasquale for the invitation to attend the meeting and for his address. He also advised that their club is the only breakfast club in Hawkes Bay. Guest speakers are invited to meet with the club between 7 and 8 am. It is lots of fun and provides members with good times. The focus is on cycling, keeping themselves fit and alive. The Rotary cycle shirts they were wearing were designed by Rotary and prompted other clubs to follow the focus of Health and Well Being. The shirts are in the official Rotary colour and design.. All profits made in the sale of the shirts go to the polio eradication programme.

Members of the Ahuriri Sunrise Club left at 7.30 pm for the continuation of Rotary Business, including the AGM.


ROTARY CHRISTMAS PUDDINGS: These well-received NZ-made puddings are now available, and at a cost of $20 delivered with $5 of that going to the club, are a great and timely fundraiser. In past years some members have used them as gifts at our Christmas function, and we’ll be continuing the recent tradition of community gifts this year so it’s worth considering. As a club, we need to order them in cartons of 6. Please order your requirements to Stephen at stephen.randalnz@gmail.com or text 021 586085. Note that because as a total club we can order only in multiples of 6 the last members to order may miss out………so as they say…… no pressure!

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Trailer Raffle Jessica advised that the Club has sold 63% of the books but things have got quieter and there is a need to interact with people. She invited members to sell raffle tickets within personal and professional relationships. There are 9 sessions per day to go and members were reminded to commit themselves to some time selling raffle tickets.

Visit Rail Carriage B&B Eddie advised that members will need to confirm their attendance with him, of their planned attendance at the 29th November meeting, and will also need to bring along their own glasses, plates etc. We will be hosted by Colin and Trish Beswick (as seen on the TV programme, Moving Houses with Clark Gayford). Once you have confirmed your attendance, pizzas will be ordered. Also:

  • Two members have volunteered to assist with parking.
  • Two members will bring a folding table.
  • Please arrive by 5.30. There is ample parking on site and members (look for the high viz jacket) will direct you as you drive.
  • Members and guests will need to bring their own drinks, glasses and a plate. Pizzas will be delivered after the presentation.
  • You may wish to bring a chair as there is limited seating..
  • There are limited toilet facilities.
  • Can members please take their rubbish home with them at the conclusion of the meeting.
  • If the weather is unkind, we will cancel.
  • If you have not already confirmed your attendance, can you please contact Eddie know by email by the end of this week.
  • This will ensure there is enough pizzas.

New Caravan Park – 8 St Andrews Road Brian Lavelle advised that he and Charlie are now into planting trees at the new caravan park. The Club has 8130 to get the trees planted. Planting begins on Wednesday morning at 8.00 am and members are asked to bring their own garden tools such as shovels, rakes, spades.

Email Address Stephen Randal has advised that his email address has been restored to the original address.

Rotary on the Move David Smith advised (post meeting) that one great source of information about what is going on in Rotary for our part of the world is the Rotary Zone 8 monthly Newsletter – Rotary on the Move. Zone 8 covers Australasia and the Pacific The November edition can be accessed here… It contains lots of interesting articles and reports. For instance, in the Membership Snapshot article, it is reported that Rotary membership in our Zone has increased at a rate of 100 per month during the present Rotary Year. When you access the newsletter, be sure to click on “Sign Up”, which is at the left of the first page. This will ensure that you are notified by email when each monthly edition has been posted.

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.

CLUB CALENDAR 29th November 6th December 13th December
Event/Speaker Train Carriage B & B Chrismas
Cashier Schnell Duncan Gage
Badges, Grace & Parting Thought Monachino
2-minute talk Fergus
Sergeant Dufty
Speaker’s Orderly Blowes Prebble
Vote of Thanks Hann Henderson

Sue Forde
Bulletin Editor.

Editors comment: Pasquale must be acknowledged for his efforts to establish a more settled and happier lifestyle. Certainly, his story makes one realize that the lives we have to lead are more confident and endearing. Thank you Pasquale for sharing your story.
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.