Next meeting at 5.30 pm on Monday 7th December at Havelock North Conference Centre.
Attendance: 42 including guests
Sergeant’s session: N/A
Toast: To all the enthusiasts who keep memories alive for us.
Two minute talk: N/A
Guest Speaker: It was a great visit to view the vintage planes that Jan and Jerry have on their property which borders Hawkes Bay Airport in Bridge Pa, their home has a hangar from which they can take the planes directly on to a grass runway (these planes prefer grass) alongside the tar-seal airport runways.
Here is Jan’s brief of their history. From Jan: “As my life revolved around horses, I never gave flying a thought until some influence from my then boss in Australia who planted a germ of an idea. On my eventual return to NZ, having saved plenty of money for the big OE, I had a trial flight against the wishes of my father and instantly fell in love with aviation. I gained my private pilot licence in 1977, went away for 7 years and on return, was re-introduced to Tiger Moths by Bill Shaw in whose Tiger I was let loose. 26 years ago at a Tiger Club Rally way down south, I met Jerry the Alaskan who flew in a mutual friend’s Chipmunk and here we are. Jerry has had a long career in interesting aviation from a young age. Going through all manner of small aircraft, including a Mustang for fire spotting as a 22-year-old, he went on to flying commercial Hercules. From trips into the Arctic Circle in the pipeline days to all over the world, then was a pioneering Captain on 737’s into very difficult places like Dutch Harbour in the Aleutians where no jets had operated before. His last airline work was with EVA flying MD11s before being headhunted to fly Fokker Friendships out of Woodbourne for the night courier run which he did for 10 years. All the while he was involved with vintage aircraft, aerobatics, test flying experimental aircraft etc.”
Next Meeting on the 7th December we have Michal McKay coming to speak, here is a summary of her background. This may be an interesting night for partners to attend.
1964, was a fashion and beauty editor of Vogue New Zealand at the age of 21. As the only editorial representative of the magazine in New Zealand (it was produced and printed in Australia) she flung herself into the Kiwi fashion scene with zeal and developed strong partnerships with manufacturers and designers; guiding, cajoling and influencing the fashion scene and made lifelong friendships with New Zealand fashion photographers.
By 1968, Vogue New Zealand had run its course and Michal had married, moved to London and been appointed fashion and beauty editor for the iconic British publication, Good Housekeeping. She returned to Australia when her marriage ended, becoming Australian Vogue‘s associate editor, responsible for Fashion and Beauty.
Michal was beckoned to the ‘other side’ through her interest in fashion creation and took on a role as design director for top fashion designers, Trent Nathan, Norma Tullo and Carla Zampatti, garnering multiple awards during this time.
Communications, brand development and marketing continued to vie for her attention with subsequent tenures at Country Road, Estee Lauder and Sportsgirl. These appointments were interspersed with roles in fashion media such as fashion and beauty editor at the Australian Women’s Weekly, fashion director and then editor of Mode magazine, editor of New Zealand Women’s Weekly, another stint at Good Housekeeping as deputy editor and then editor of Vogue Singapore.
In 2005 Fairfax approached Michal offering editorship of two of New Zealand’s leading magazines, New Zealand House & Garden and its offshoot On Holiday. Michal had been away from New Zealand for 18 years and the call to come home was strong. The role of editorial director of Fairfax Magazines, including Cuisine, quickly followed.
After five years with Fairfax, she set up her own company MAIKI Ltd, a creative communications consultancy, providing services in the areas of journalism, travel and tourism, branding concepts for fashion, homewares and beauty products, as well as the production of special events.
During her years helming her consultancy, she has also been a senior account director for Cook Islands Tourism, development consultant with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, a columnist for Viva, coordinator of the Auckland Museum’s Wonderland exhibition, and a trustee of the New Zealand Fashion Museum.
She was, until her move to Havelock North in 2015, on the Board of ‘Look Good Feel Better’ and still participates as a committee member for World Child Cancer Charity Trust and the Hawkes Bay Decorative and Fine Arts.
She is Editorial Director of Living Hawke’s Bay.
Te Mata Peak – Zigzag track up to the summit.
Estimated 200 hours of volunteer work to get completed prior to Xmas 2020. Charlie will keep us updated.
Christmas in the Park – 12th December. Charlie looking for 17 people to help to collect money and park cars at Xmas in the Park at the Sports Park on 12 December 2.30 onwards. Please let him know if you can help.
All raffle tickets are sold. Well done organising team and volunteers.
PARTING THOUGHT – N/A
Duties (as at Rotary Bulletin 01 December-2020)
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.
|DATE||7th December||14th December||23rd January|
|Christmas Function||New Year BBQ|
|Grace and Badges||Norrie||Blowes and Randal|
|2 Minute Talk||Kimber|
|Vote of Thanks||Fergus|
It was great to have a different meeting last night, great food and service at the Hastings Golf Club. The Golf Course certainly looked stunning in the late afternoon light. I am sure everyone is busy leading up to Christmas and I am certainly looking forward to some summer days at the beach after the Christmas rush. It is important this year to think about how important families are, and if you are able to share Christmas with yours this year then you are truly blessed.
One of the key learnings in 2020 would have to be that we all need to live more considered lives. This extends to what we choose to gift each other this year so support local and think of the environment. There are also many great charities in our communities that are doing something special for Christmas to help raise funds so that is another good option.
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.