Next Meeting – 07 March 2022 – The Guest Speaker is Marian Campbell
Our Club members were guests of the Ahuriri Rotary Club at the Westshore Beach Inn. Our Guests for the evening were Chris Whittington and his partner Sheryl, Chris was to be inducted into the Ahuriri Club. The President of the Ahuriri Club welcomed us all, advising that this was the 10th Anniversary of this annual event when both Clubs held joint meetings.
APOLOGY: An apology was received from District Governor Ross Pinkham.
OPENING THOUGHT: was given by Mike Smith: A quote from George Bernard Shaw: “Life isn’t about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself”
OBITUARY: Ahuriri members took the moment to consider the recent death of the well admired William Herbert Abraham, a former member of the Club.
NEW MEMBER: Rotarian Mike then introduced Chris Smith who was then inducted into the Club by President Marcia Heathcote.
FIVE MINUTE TALK: Was given by Nick Sunman of the Ahuriri Club who spoke of his last days of being with a Grammar School when he and others were given the opportunity to visit an Exhibition of British Architects when he developed a strong interest in Quantity Surveying. 1795 was the year of the first event of completing surveying projects. In the early days, the Polytech at Nottingham provided such education where he (Nick) would take the train into the provincial office where he would work part time to achieve the funds for the education. The pay was a little insufficient but he completed the course, qualifying in 1974, choosing to come to Auckland, NZ. Nick took on work in the surveying role of construction work, then in 1984 went to Christchurch, then Melbourne. In 2014, he relocated to Christchurch, after the earthquakes, working with the construction companies, restoring many of the damaged buildings. When it came to retiring, he chose to come to Hawkes Bay. Now he has a chance to do other things, like walking the dog, gardening, joining Rotary. All choices did provide support for the family.
DUAL SARGENTS SESSION: Rotarians Pasquale Monachino of the Havelock North Club and Philip Anderson of the Ahuriri Club lead an amusing Sargents Session, took turns at the fining process, raising funds for Rotary projects.
GUEST SPEAKER: Incoming President Sue Page introduced Chris Wittington whose subject was the Science and Technology Forum. Chris came from the UK 18 years ago encouraged by the opportunity to get involved in the community, so he has joined Rotary again. Chris is a retired engineer academic, his interest being in humanitarian engineering, also including his passion for education, STEM, subjects including natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology, all related fields. He is equally passionate about developing an equal gender balance in STEM. It involves many humanitarian engineering projects through EWB (Education Without Boarders) and Red Cross, which
Some examples are involved in humanitarian engineering. He (Chris) went to Samoa and found it to be a lovely place to be working with people. Concepts of the science developed included:
Are all part of humanitarian engineering. Chris came back in the 1980s with a desire to grow more science graduates for New Zealand. The World needs more engineers and technologists. Now the education has grown, more mathematics, computer science, and technology students but there is a need for gender balance. The education has grown to include more social teamwork skills. The Rotary Science Forum helps in that end. Now there is a need to encourage an international network.
There was also a need to refocus on who the course is for:
The final selection is made at a District level. The Forum operates as a trust which works with all New Zealand Universities. The benefits are a long term impact of the Forum which is notable not only for its proven success in cultivating Graduates, but also for its ability to develop and motivate its students. Students return home with heightened confidence levels, a sense of purpose and a desire to succeed. Other activities interwoven among this full-on schedule, is time set aside for recreational activities and music and sports. The highlight for students at the end of the course is a formal dinner which takes place, including an inspiring guest speaker.
Each year 13 students who exhibit strong leadership skills are invited to return to the Forum as an advisor. Now there is a good ethnic and gender balance. Competitive teams bonding, becoming members of Rotary Alumina. A comment from one of the students who attended the forum: “Over two weeks of the forum, I not only learnt about science and technology, but also about myself, about life, and how to make the best of it.”
PAUL HARRIS AWARD: Rotarian Peter Ball introduced Community Patrol, Brooke Emerson and his wife Sandy, who have both committed themselves to establishing a Community Patrol. Brooke has made an enormous difference getting people involved in organizing very good patrol work on a voluntary basis. He is also involved in supporting sports events and is commended by the Police for his involvement in working against crime against the community. The Napier Community Control helps provide support for what is now a safe City.
At this point Past President Sue invited Past District Governor Grant Spackman to acknowledge the great commitment Brooke has made for the city, presenting him with the Paul Harris Award. Brooke received the award, acknowledging it was totally unexpected. He believes being involved in the Community Patrol was a great opportunity and was not yet over. It has been a long time and a great community effort. It was a pleasure to help the community.
Polio Eradication: Past District Governor Grant Spackman advised that after the polio eradication program, cases have reduced from 350,000 cases, we are now almost there, – only 2 in Afghanistan and 1 in Malawi and this one has been traced back to an earlier case in Pakistan. The Ahuriri Rotary donated USD1,500 in 2021. The Club was congratulated for its generosity.
RYPEN: Incoming President Sue advised that the project for RYPEN had been cancelled due to covid.
CLOSING THOUGHT: from Mike by Mark Twain: “The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why”
Planting Trees at St Andrews Road Charlie and Brian are inviting volunteers for more tree planting at the new Camping ground, please get in touch with them.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and advise him of the change.
|CLUB CALENDAR||7 March||14 March||21 March|
|Event/Speaker||Marian Campbell||Ian Wilmot||Barbara Walker|
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||Fergus||Ellengold||Mayne|
|Vote of Thanks||Prebble||Townsend||Giddens|