Rotary Bulletin 7-April-2020

Rotary Bulletin 7-April-2020


Next Zoom meeting 5.30 pm on Monday 20 April – Guest Presenter Rev Wayne Toleafoa, Minister at St Columbas. Wayne will talk about his experiences as Naval Chaplain.


Attendance 24 members and 4 partners took part in the on-line meeting.

Thought of the Day – Stephen Randal. Covid-19 is a wake up call for the superpowers and their leaders to listen to the science. More will happen unless we change. We are grateful that we are an island nation which is behind the infection curve at present, a democratic nation with good leadership.

Two minute Talk – Gerry Townsend expressed his self-isolation experience in poetry using a very funny poem written by Jan Beaumont he had read on Facebook. We acknowledge the skills of the author for her very funny take on being in lock down. Thanks Jan.

Guest Presenter Jane Townsend – talked about her great interest -Genealogy. Her interest started when she found out about her 3 times great grandfather Joseph Brown in the UK who was charged with ‘man-slaying’ and given 2 years hard labour. Joseph was married to Elizabeth and together they had 8 children. She found out he had been discharged early and this got her hooked on genealogy. Jane’s mother Yvonne Brown died in 2008 and she inherited her mother’s research. Her family was keen for Jane to continue the research and helped her financially to go about her work
and produce a summary.
Jane talked about the process and the software she used to do and record her research. Jane said you need to be methodical and to be good at organising the research took notes. She sent out family group sheets which she filed with  photos and certificates in folders and on computer files.
The main websites she used were Ancestors and Find my Past. It was important to check the accuracy and the need to get things right for future generations.
She did use DNA tests as it was the ‘in’ thing to use and she was glad she did as it confirmed her research  but was more useful in finding ‘cousin matches’.  ‘Lost cousins’ is another good website.
She found that her work with genealogy enriched travel especially finding overseas sites.
Not to leave Gerry out she told an interesting story about one of his ancestors Henrietta who married a Mormon Simon in 1852. It was a story about polygamy with the couple and 7 children from the marriages moving between UK and America.
Jane finds the interest in genealogy fascinating and is only too happy to help members with their research in the future.

Throughout the world Rotary is providing assistance to communities during the Covid-19 outbreak. Daily, I am receiving reports of Clubs providing food and protective equipment. In Ethiopia, Rotary has donated portable hand washing systems, sanitizers and face masks to homes for the elderly and mentally disabled. In Nepal, Clubs are providing food to impoverished families.  The Rotary Club of Nashik Ambad in India distributed 100 lunch packets to 85 migrant workers stranded at a local school.

The Rotary Foundation has been quick to adapt their programmes to respond to the pandemic. Their new Disaster Response Grants are now open for applications from Clubs for up to US$25,000 for Covid-19 related projects. The Foundation have announced that Global Grants for Covid-19 will not require an international partner.
In 190 countries, Rotary are People of Action!

Stay Safe and regards


To access the Zoom meetings.
Download the Zoom app on your device. (Zoom Cloud Meetings… zoom.us) The app icon is a white video camera on a blue screen.
There is no need to have a Zoom account, you don’t have to sign up or sign in into Zoom, you don’t have to pay any money.   
Click Join a meeting.
Enter the Meeting ID, 933 117 106 Please put your name (e.g. James) in the ‘personal link name’ box, so we know who is in the meeting. 
Then Join Meeting and you are in.

If you are unable to join the Zoom meeting can you give your apology to Ian Ellengold phone 878 8652 or email ianellengold@gmail.com before 5 pm Monday.

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.

DATE 20 April 4 May 11 May
Event/Speaker Wayne Toleafoa TBA TBA
Thought of the Day Konig Riley Fergus
Two-minute talk Massey Tobeck Wake
Speakers Orderly/Intro Randal Forde Brangwin
Vote of Thanks Prebble Ellengold Giddens

Members talked about some of their experiences in ‘lock down’.
Ian Holford – on-line shopping
Mandy and Brin set tasks for the grandchildren using video conferences.
Lyn Hann showed us the glasshouse he is building using pallets.

BIRTHDAYS: 7 – 20 April



Stephen and Barbara Randal 13 April

Brin reported that the Charitable Trust has bought a new computer for Big Brother Big Sister and this will be the only grant this year due to the lock-down.

Rotary Youth Exchange Dale said that there would be no inbound students this year but he would like to know of anyone aged 16-18 who could be a suitable outbound student for next year. Please let Dale know if you have any suitable applicants.

Scott and Denzil Great to be able to congratulate Denzil on her birthday and for them celebrating 51 years married life today 6 April.

Eddie Blowes has a good website for members to watch free live theatre performances on YouTube.

NT Live are broadcasting earlier productions free  on YouTube during the pandemic.  The plays that we have already seen in a cinema are excellent. The play currently showing is very good and very funny – just what we need!
One Man, Two Guvnors is a play by Richard Bean, an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters starring James Corden.
It may finish in a day or two and another play will be available.
The link is https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home

Good to hear Sue Pollard is doing well and starting to get better movement in her knee. All the best Sue.


Thanks Eddie Blowes

Ian Holford
Bulletin Editor.

Thanks to members who have provided notices, photos, jokes etc. Please continue to supply these. Copy deadline is Tuesday 9.00 am each week.
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.