FEBRUARY IS PEACE AND CONFLICT PREVENTION/RESOLUTION MONTH
NEXT MEETING – 11 February
The 3 students who went to the Rotary Science and Technology Forum during January will be our guest speakers.
LAST MEETING – 4 February
Attendance -25 including guest speaker Jane Thompson, John and Betty Baker and Ngaire Holford.
Two Minute Talk – Roger Jopling
Nearly thirty years ago Roger’s company sent him to London to be instructed how to deal with bombs placed in vehicles. A problem of the time with what was happening in Northern Ireland. His company vehicle was fitted with a warning device (red light) and while driving in a rural area the warning light came on. He had a good check and having satisfied himself he was safe, he drove off, went fishing and had a pint on the way for good measure.
Guest Speaker – Jane Thompson
Jane was the first RYE Student to go to Argentina in 1975. She was sponsored by our club and was mentored by Rotarian George Pacey. What an experience she had, quite different from today. She was hosted by a family in Rafaela with a family who lived behind their stationery store in a one bedroom flat. Aged 17 she flew unaccompanied to Argentina and attended a private Catholic girls school. Her host sister Liliana exchanged with her to Havelock North. Times were very difficult for Jane, not knowing the language and living with a family who did not speak English. She slept on a bed while her hosts sisters slept on the floor. Just after she arrived Argentina suffered an economic collapse and costs sky-rocketed. She had traveller’s cheques and these were cashed on the black market. The country was divided into five military zones. She had no contact with Rotary while with her first host family and rather than move families she had to move towns. She moved to San Justo and there was no one there to meet her. She was well looked after by Rotary there and she went to Paysandu Uruguay for the District Conference . Again she moved, this time to Montevideo and then to Salto where she did not attend school and was left to her own devices. Nothing was discussed with her about any of these moves. Later it was onto Santa Fe then back to her family in Rafaela before returning to New Zealand. Once home she was given a debrief by George Pacey.
She has been ever grateful to Rotary for this life changing experience and she returned to Argentina with husband Eddie and met up with her host family once again in 1991.
18 February Golf Croquet (Partner’s night)
25 February Hawira Hape – Repatriation of Deceased Soldiers
4 March Visit to Ahuriri Club
11 March To be advised
CLUB NOTICES AND DUTIES
The number of guests attending or apologies must reach Ian Ellengold phone 8788652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 10 pm Sunday. Please also note that if you’re bringing a partner or other guest you also need to notify the attendance officer, to enable our caterers to prepare the correct number of meals.
Please note these arrangements: If you are rostered on for a 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. Note: most duties require attendance at 5.30pm. Your duty may involve the use of equipment; you must put it away at the end of the meeting.
*From now we are not allocating “reception/banners” as a separate task for most meetings, but rather have whoever does “badges/grace” also attend to the relatively small numbers of guests. The “speakers orderly” though should still be at the door to welcome the speaker as presently done. On occasions when we expect a larger number of guests, and want the banners displayed, we’ll allocate that task separately as we have in the past.
|DATE||11 February||18 February||25 February|
|Event||Science Students||Golf Croquet||Hawira Hape|
|Badges & Grace||Nunes||not required||Bailey|
|Two-minute talk||Prebble||not required||Blowes|
|Reception, banners etc.||see||note||above|
|Speakers Orderly/Intro||Tobeck||not required||Giddens|
|Vote of Thanks||Riley||Mayne||Haward|
BIRTHDAYS 5 – 11 February
|Roger Jopling||6 February|
|Meg Frater||6 February|
|David Schnell||7 February|
ANNIVERSARIES 5 – 11 February
|Geoff and Lyn Gage||7 February|
18 February is Golf Croquet. This is a partner’s night. Numbers for this will need to be known by 13 February. At directors meeting last Monday it was suggested we have a pot luck dinner instead of pizza – as a means of keeping the cost down. So the cost per person will be $15 plus contribution to the pot luck meal plus BYO drinks. We will get under way at 5.30 pm and have our meal after the game/s (around 7.00 pm).
Remember to drop off kids books for the kids free library which is being established this Thursday outside the Lipscombe Crescent Dairy.
Ian Holford gave a brief report about Gabby’s exchange in Idaho as a contrast to the experience Jane had over forty years ago in South America. Gabby has settled into life with her host family and at her school, has been to one Rotary meetings and has had trips away to a ski field in Washington State, visited Trail in British Columbia and Spokane in Washington with her host family.
President John reminded members to be prepared to do the same duties as last year for this
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