Next Meeting – 04 April 2022
Members were welcomed by Past President Peter Mayne.
GRACE: was given by Ian Holford:
TWO MINUTE TALK: was given by John Pollard who was doing decluttering and found a book that he had forgotten he had, so sat down to read it again. The book was written by Peter Fraser, former Prime Minister of New Zealand for a decade in the 1940s. The title of the book is “War Record” stating the effects of World War II. New Zealand had earned a high position in the International Defence. Efforts were made to support the military in action. The New Zealand response was to build hospitals, military camps, including the Waiouru Military Camp and aerodromes for 47 m pounds. More than 1,000 men were killed and the facilities built were for their benefit. Farming in New Zealand and Australia in 1942 was called upon to provide food to feed allied troupes. Later there was a decrease in the availability as the food including dairy products and meat went to the allied troupes in the Pacific.
SERGEANTS SESSION: Colin Wake ran an amusing session, raising $51.10.
GUEST SPEAKER: Stephen Randal, a long-term member of our Club spoke about the leather industry, in which he’d spent his entire career. He advised members that the skin of any animal is its biggest organ. Early man was aware of the value of animal skins for protection from the elements, but no one knows how tanning evolved. It’s conjectured that it may have been accidental with someone observing that a skin discarded in a puddle containing tannin leached from a tree imparted some properties resulting in a basic level of durability. We know that the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used leather sandals.
Historically tanning was a dirty, dangerous, difficult, and polluting industry that sometimes used carcinogenic chemicals and unpleasant natural products including human urine and dog poo. However that’s changed now and at least in the developed world, the industry has high standards with regards to staff health and safety and environmental issues – all of which form a significant part of Tanney management.
Stephen briefly explained something of the four main different types of tanning and their development and suitability for different uses. He explained that there have been huge advances in machinery and chemical and process technology over the past approx 150 years, and gave some examples. Although much of the developments have been labour-saving there have also been significant improvements in product quality, usefullness, and environmental aspects.
He explained how when he started his career there was a large tanning industry in NZ largely supported by government protection for the footwear industry, import controls, and export incentives. Now though, in the global economy much of the industry, particularly for finished leather has moved overseas, usually to countries where there are lower labour costs and/or lower environmental requirements and/or proximity to market for finished leather goods. And these locations are constantly changing.
Stephen believes that the future of the leather industry will be impacted by a number of factors including the future of the meat industry, environmental aspects, technology developments, consumerism, and the development and demand for low-cost alternatives and alternative uses for collagen (the main protein in skin.) However, at the top end of the fashion industry high quality leather should retain its luxury status.
Pasquale thanked Stephen for a fascinating and impressive talk.
Rotary Foundation: Peter Reed advised that it was the last chance to donate to the foundation.
Brain Injury Trust Bill Riley thanked members for their positive response in purchasing the key rings, as a fundraiser for the Brain Injury Trust – all keys have been sold.
Brin Haward: Stephen Randal emailed me (the editor) later to advise that Brin has had his hip replacement operation. Every thing went well and Mandy expects him home later this week. Royston wont allow visitors because of covider.
PARTING THOUGHT: Rotarian Ian Holford gave the parting thought:
May all your troubles be little ones
and all your little ones be trouble free.
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.
|CLUB CALENDAR||04 April||11 April||02 May|
|Badges, Grace & Parting Thought||Randal||Norrie||Ellengold|
|Vote of Thanks||Dufty||Lavelle||Spackman|