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Welcome to our Club!
We meet Mondays at 12:15 PM
Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland,  1010
New Zealand
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Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Director - Membership Engagement
Director - Youth
Director - Speakers
Vice President
Hon. Auditor
Director - International
Director - Membership Attraction
Director - Communications & IT
Director - Mana Tangata
Director - Micro Vaccination Project
Director - World Press Exhibition
Director - Emergency Response Kits
President's Message
Brett O'Riley
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Kia ora Members
Happy Holiday Season, Merry Xmas everyone, at last it feels like summer is upon us.
Thanks to everyone who attended the Xmas Party Bowls night on Monday at Auckland Bowling Club.  Despite the rain outside we enjoyed playing on their indoor carpet and the competition was fierce (modesty prevents me from communicating the final result). It was fun all round and a big thanks to the organising team for all their work, and for the delicious Xmas kai, the pavlova was sensational!
On a sadder note we record the passing of our good friend and member Barry Graham after a tough battle with cancer.  One of life’s real gentlemen, Barry will be greatly missed and thanks to the Club members who have offered his widow Margaret their support.
We held our final Board Meeting  last night and reviewed the engagement survey results.  The findings are very helpful, so thanks to those members who responded. We have decided to undertake a brief follow-up survey in the next few weeks which will address some very specific questions that will guide our direction for next year.
We have also made some good progress on the Mana Tangata history project and have a clear sense of direction.
Please make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to provide some gifts or Xmas puddings for the Auckland City Mission, we will still be collecting these at our final lunch for the year on Monday.
Stewart Germann will be deputising for me on Monday after a superb performance at the Christmas Bowls. I am off on a long planned two day adventure with my wife Robyne.
If I don’t see you before Christmas please have a wonderful holiday season full of family, friends, joy and laughter. The odd nice present helps too.
And let us reflect on the good work done by Rotary throughout 2018 and the challenges ahead as we seek to make a difference through service in our local communities and globally.”
Hei kona mai,
Brett O'Riley
Next Monday’s Speaker – Shamubeel Eaqub
Shamubeel Eaqub is an experienced economist who makes economics easy and is a thought leader unafraid to take a contrarian view.  Shamubeel is a regular and respected contributor to media, government and business sector discussions on economic and strategic matters and holds a BCOM with honours in Economics from Lincoln University and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).  Shamubeel has authored "Growing Apart: Regional Prosperity in NZ", co-authored "Generation Rent" and "The NZ Economy: An Introduction".
Rotary Christmas Puddings
It is that time of year again to think about getting organised for Christmas and what better way to start, than by ordering some Rotary Christmas Puddings, whether for yourself or to donate to a worthy cause, or to do both - this year will be donating puddings to the Auckland City Mission.  Puddings are now packaged in a heat-proof bowl (though I still have some in tins if anyone prefers).  These puddings are still $20 each, with $5 being donated to our Club, so please contact Jacqui in the office if you would like to place an order – they can be purchased in any quantity (and come in cartons of six).
RCA Online Platforms
We recently discovered that many of our Club's members are either unaware or not familiar with some of the online platforms available to our our Club.  We would like to encourage you to check them out, to see how easy they are to use and how practical they are:
For anyone on Facebook, be sure to look at our Club’s Facebook Page and “like it”: RCA Facebook Page
Regarding LinkedIn - please join our group: RCA LinkedIn Page
Consider joining both groups/pages to receive current announcements or learn about recent activities, share photos, etc. In case you run into any difficulties joining the LinkedIn group, please email Monika Levinson at and she will assist you.
We also realised that many of you are unaware just how easy the ClubRunner tool works when you download the app onto your phone. It is a very simple way to quickly look up contact numbers, emails, or basic info regarding fellow Club members without having to log onto the big Clubrunner platform on your computer.  This is a free app - just follow the instructions for downloading it: Clubrunner on iTunes or Google Play
We look forward to getting more connected with you through these tools!
Best wishes from your Engagement Committee
Become a Paul Harris Society Member
November is “Foundation” Month, so what better way to celebrate than by becoming a Paul Harris Society member.  All that is needed is a commitment of US$1000, which doesn’t have to be done in one payment.  For example, it can be done over 12 months with a regular credit card payment of NZ$125.  The Rotary Foundation helps to improve lives & serves many communities now, while ensuring Rotary’s ability to serve even more effectively in the future: with more members, more vibrant clubs, and a stronger Rotary Foundation.  Every Rotarian is a link in a chain that stretches back 100+ years, to the days of Paul Harris in 1905.  And every one of us knows that the more we give to Rotary, the more it gives back to us - as we look ahead, we can be proud of all we have accomplished.   If you would like more information please contact Leanne Jaggs on 021 908 644 or; or if you would like to become a Paul Harris Society member, then please contact Jacqui in the office for the commitment/renewal form, which offers two methods of payments.  And to make payments even easier there is the global payment system (GPS) where you can select frequency of payment on your credit card.
Charter of a New Rotary Club
You are invited to the Charter of the newest District 9920 Rotary Club – ‘Auckland Airport Area’, on Friday 9 November from 6.30pm until 10pm at Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive, Auckland Airport.  The cost is $70pp and includes a drink on arrival, buffet dinner and a cash bar.  If you would like to attend, then please contact or 027 895 2909.
Rotary eBike Safari – 3 & 4 Nov
The Rotary Club of Auckland East has organised a Rotary eBike Safari on the Hauraki Rail Trail on 3 & 4 November.  This is a non-competitive event and hire bikes are available and mountain bikes can also enter.  Entrance is $30pp with proceeds going to the Life Education Trust.  For more information and to register, go to
2019 Rotary District 9920 Conference
You are invited to attend the 2019 District 9920 conference to be held at the Napier Conference Centre from 10 - 12 May 2019.  Registrations will open on 1 September 2018 and earlybird registrations will be available until 30 November 2018.  There are a range of accommodation options available at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Art Deco Masonic Hotel and Expressotel and also events outside of the conference.  Please go to the following link for more information
2019 RI Convention – Hamburg, Germany
The Rotary International's 2019 Convention will be held in Hamburg, Germany from 1 to 5 June.  There are already nearly 30 people from different NZ Clubs attending, including RCA President Brett O’Riley and myself.  If you’d like to know more about this event and are possibly interested in joining us, would like to fly with and/or stay with other NZ Rotarians in Hamburg, let me know or reach out directly to the District Coordinator for this Convention: Jennie Herring:  Or if you would like to register, then please go here.  If you register prior to Dec. 15, 2018, you will receive an early-registration discount, which is US$395 vs. US$495 or US$595 at later dates.  District Governor Ingrid Waugh, also mentioned the possibility of a 10-day “Zurich-to-Amsterdam Cruise” leading up to the convention  and Jennie Herring can help us get the black shirts that all the NZers wear - which will really make us stand out!  So please let us know if you are interested in attending, so we can organise a couple of fun Kiwi/RCA activities, while in Hamburg!  And also feel free to run any questions by us
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