Rotary Bulletin 4-May-2020
Next Zoom meeting 5.30 pm on Monday 11 May
Dr Tony Wrightson on NZ-supported health care and leprosy reduction programmes being delivered in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh with reference, as appropriate to a Covid-19 World.
ZOOM MEETING HELD 4 May
Attendance 24 including guest speaker Lon Anderson
Thought of the Day – Bill Riley
The strange times we are having to cope with at the moment are forcing us all to adapt.The following comment attributable to Charles Darwin is perhaps pertinent :-
“Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice because the flow that has passed will never pass again. ADAPT and enjoy every moment of life.“
Two minute Talk – Karen Tobeck
During lock-down Karen had been thinking about the things we miss the most – seeing our grandchildren and children. She remembers the memories she had visiting her grandparents and she read a nostalgic poem written by her brother about growing up and visiting their grandparent’s house. Interesting to muse on what our grandchildren remember and take in when they visit us. Here is the poem
There was an old house on a hill that quietly looked out to sea
Where at dawn and dusk birds sang loudly in the big palm tree
There was a steep driveway that led up and around to the back
This was where my Father grew up with John, Anona and Jack
There was a weatherboard house that had a wooden back door
Layers of paint covered grooves made by a dog’s scratching paw
There was once a boy and a girl who from the car would race
For them the old house on the hill was a truly wonderful place
There was an ordinary house that was able to cleverly hide
From those no longer young at heart the wonders that lay inside
There were specks of fairy dust that floated around in the still air
Beneath the stained glass windows the magic would soon appear
There were household items that had become worn and old
But once the adults had gone they became items as rare as gold
There were four dining room chairs that would be placed in a row
With tickets, a cap and clippers, get on board we were ready to go
There was a jar of buttons that were of every shape and size
Some metal and some material all treasures in our young eyes
There were adult things that with which we were allowed to play
A Zodiac radio and binoculars used to make things look far away
There were musical instruments that with little skill we played
As she sung and clapped her hands to the tuneless sounds we made
There was a box of pencils and pens that we used to paint and draw
She would say our art was better than anything she had seen before
There were photo albums that took us to other times and places
People in strange cars and clothes some we knew but with older faces
There were Kodak slides in boxes that were photographs of you and me
Through the View-master images from exotic places viewed in 3D
There were letters written that travelled to and from overseas
Her typewriter would sing as she waved her fingers over the keys
There were postage stamps that were received from far and wide
Soaked in water until they came free then into albums when dried
There were pictures of film stars that were in a Hollywood magazine
Beautiful British Columbia sent by a pen pal she had never seen
There was arts and crafts where we used scissors, sellotape and glue
Christmas cards could be used again if carefully cut in two
There were times when it was so hot that we ran outside to get cool
From a hose she filled a cardboard box that became a swimming pool
There were plants that were grown from cuttings she brought home
From trees we ate fresh fruit and on hidden paths we would roam
There were noisy birds that sat in the plum trees waiting to be fed
“Here birdie, birdies” she called as she threw out water soaked bread
There were trees and bushes that held fruit we had not seen before
Cape gooseberries, persimmons and other fruit not sold in a store
There were concerts she performed that we watched without noise
While she danced in bare feet, she sang Maori songs and swung pois
There was magic in the house on a hill that only we were able to see
She was Mrs Monty to the others but she was Nono to you and me.
by David Montgomery
Guest Speaker Lon Anderson talked about the impact of Covid-19 on the farming community from a Rural Support Trust perspective. This trust was formed in 1994 and covers 14 regions and is funded by the government and from donations from the community.
Since the last time Lon spoke to the club he now paints a different picture with drought and covid impacting on the farming scene.
A covid winter lies ahead so the next 2 to 3 months will be hard going. Covid 19 restrictions and social distancing has made communication difficult and has increased farmer’s workloads. Farmers are facing dry conditions creating more desperate situations they have to deal with. Central Hawkes Bay has been hit hard as has the whole of Hawkes Bay and farmers face other restrictions like TB and m-bovis. Gypsy day 1 May went ahead with few problems. The freezing works have reduced their capacity down by 40% which delays the stock being killed. Also added to this is the sale yards are shut and farmers have to rely on agents selling privately. It is tough to shift stock and with little feed left this will cause more problems.
RAG (Rural Advisory Group) has set up Satellite Support groups to move stock and feed around the regions. The Minister of Agriculture has designated an Adverse Event for East Coast. The priority is to get stock feed into Hawkes Bay but this is very expensive. The support group is working with MPI and Vets as animal health is deteriorating , and is talking with the banks who appear to have a good view of the situation. The long range forecast is not good and a lot of farmers have not seen a dry spell like this before. Help is given to assist farmers plan to drought proof their farms.
The good news is that most farmers are resilient and good at managing under trying positions but a few need a hand and that is the focus of the Rural Support Trust.
18 May – Jane Tolerton – will talk about one of the topics she has researched and published
25 May – Jay Campbell – Hawkes Bay Rugby – impact of Covid-19 and what’s in store for 2020
1 June – No meeting Queen’s Birthday
From In Coming DG Grant
More and more Clubs are meeting via Zoom, not only in our District, but across the Rotary world. This facility opens opportunities to extend participation well beyond our existing membership. Not only can we invite guest speakers from around the country and overseas, we can be joined by visiting Rotarians online. Last week I attended the Ahuriri Club meeting and they were joined by a past Rotary exchange student from the Netherlands. Recently the Rotary Club of Tauranga inducted three new members at their breakfast Zoom meeting. In the Ukraine the District membership has increased from 700 to 1100 Rotarians since the lock-down. When we do resume our regular face to face Club meetings, we should consider combining Zoom to allow visitors, past members, and those members in our Club not yet ready to join us. Food for thought!
Te Mata Park Logging Lyn Hann was pleased with the progress to date with a further 68 hours of duty covered last week. Two points only are being controlled now and work should continue for a further 2-3 weeks. Big thanks to all the people who have volunteered.
Peter Reed has sent out Rotary Foundation tax receipts if you have any problems receiving these let Peter know. A payment of $4731.00 was paid to the Foundation today this is $1200.00 short of our target $US100 per member.
Eddie Blowes would like anyone with a spare microwave to contact him. This is for a needy person in lock-down.
Almoner Scott has been in touch with many past club members and reported on their health. Most were doing okay but Ian Abernethy, Bruce Downer and David Ward face continuing health problems.
It was with great sadness that we learned that Honorary Member John Blake passed away on Sunday 3 May. John was President in 1981-82 and was a Paul Harris fellow. A well respected member now at rest. Our thoughts are with Viv and the family at this very sad time.
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|DATE||11 May||18 May||25 May|
|Event/Speaker||Dr Tony Wrightson||Jane Tolerton||Jay Campbell|
|Thought of the Day||Fergus||Henderson||Norrie|
|Vote of Thanks||Giddens||McArdle||Hann|
SELF-ISOLATION – STAYING AT HOME – KEEPING OURSELVES SAFE.
BIRTHDAYS: 5 – 11 May
ANNIVERSARIES: 5-11 May
|David and Judi Schnell – 50 years congratulations||8 May|
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