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Stamford Plaza
22 Albert St.
Auckland,  1010
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President's Message
Craig Brown
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Kia ora Members,

In our new way of connecting,  we are getting used to "meeting" online these days.  Personally,  I have been self-isolating since returning from Australia 18 days ago.  I have developed a rhythm of ensuring I keep my days as structured as possible.  Eating meals at the normal time, taking coffee breaks, walking the dog, and trying to get some time off Zoom,  where I seem to spend half my life at the moment.  There is a growing sense of everybody pulling together.  People are volunteering to help the lock-ins, companies are discounting their services, people are offering up time for free,  things we used to go out to do are now being sent to us through videos.  As a Rotary Club,  we have the opportunity to lend a hand.  There are a growing number of people who are relying on food deliveries as they are unable to go shopping,  either as they are self-isolating and are not allowed to leave their home, they are sick or immune compromised.  There are opportunities for members to help do shopping and collect medicines for our nearby neighbours.
I've been talking with other Club Presidents about how they are operating, and like these Clubs our Rotary Club is looking to set up an online meetings.  This has been used successfully by some of our neighbouring Clubs to hold their regular meetings.  We are co-ordinating with some speakers and will be aiming to hold our first meeting on Monday 13th on Easter Monday.  We have decided that in the unusal case of everybody being stuck in lock-down we should get together for fellowship anyway and provide members with an activity on this holiday.
We would like a include a guest speaker for 30 minutes - if you have any suggestions you would like to speak,  please contact myself of Jacqui.
Our plan would be to send everyone in the Club an invite, using the Rotary District Zoom invitation to the Lunch meeting at 12:30pm.  Members can login, and we can run a meeting, with the fellowship, but without the food.  This will give the chance to see each other on their Zoom calls, which will have a positive impact on peoples’ day and maintain our fellowship as a Club.  Similarly, we will schedule our committee meetings on the same basis.
While there are some concerns that some members may find it difficult to log-in to Zoom for the first time, we want to assure you, it is at simple 1 step "click-the-link" to Login, which can be accessed from either a smartphone or any desktop or laptop.  In addition, it will be important that members who are learning Zoom for the first time that there are folk that they can ring for help if they need to.  Almost every Zoom call that I have been on in the last week has had a "first time user",  and people are adapting to using Zoom  very rapidly.  It is very comparable to face-timing family and friends.  Finally, it will be a good opportunity for coaching any of our members on how to use Zoom.
In addition to Zoom meetings we are looking for additional postings for our Bulletin. To widen our weekly reading material, we would like members to contribute to the following new sections of the Bulletin – please forward to Jacqui ( or 027 27 27 999):
  • My Bubble pic of the week  - quality photos of your Bubble activities
  • Share a new Recipe 
  • The 5 minute topic - a written commentary piece by members replacing the normal 5 minute speaker slot at Rotary lunch – which can be a short bio of your life, a volunteer programme you are involved with, the trip of your lifetime, etc.
  • Book reviews
  • Quiz 
  • Link of the Week to humorous stories / articles
Also, please read below the announcement from Jackie Hinchcliff for Give Every Child a Future.
Have a good week in your bubble.
Hei kona mai
Craig Brown

James Bond Movie Preview Deferred
Unfortunately, due to issues surrounding the corona virus, the release of the latest James Bond movie has been deferred until November, so we have had to cancel our preview of this movie next month.
Military History Evening – 24 March
In June 1944 Allied forces launched the biggest invasion fleet in history. The outcome of the subsequent battle changed the entire course of the war against the Nazis and shaped the world we live in today.  Simon Walton was at Normandy last year and will speak about his visit after dinner on Tuesday 24 March, which will also be a fundraiser for Kiwiharvest.  Kiwiharvest rescues 100,00 to 140,000kg of good quality surplus food monthly and diverts it back to struggling New Zealanders.  The Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland is pleased to be holding this event at the Rydges Hotel in Federal Street and you will enjoy a 3 course dinner and glass of wine downstairs before adjourning upstairs to hear Simon’s presentation.  The cost for dinner will be $65.00 per person, plus they would ideally like a $50 donation towards Kiwi Harvest.  If you would like to attend (friends and family are also welcome), please contact Keith Robinson on to register.
RLI – Rotary Leadership Institute
The next RLI seminary will be held on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April from 8.30am until 4.30pm at Selwyn College (Gate 2).  RLI is a multi-district leadership programme that provides an opportunity for Rotarians to develop and refresh their skills as leaders, while also broadening their understanding about Rotary.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Jacqui in the office.
District 9920 Conference 15 – 17 May 2020
This Conference will have a carefully crafted programme that will inspire and entertain you and will be held in the University of Auckland’s Owen G Glenn Building, which has superb facilities and plentiful underground parking.  There will also be an exciting pre-Conference programme whether on the harbour, on the golf course, exploring Auckland or relaxing on Waiheke Island, with full details on the website:
Rotary Walk – Sunday 24 May
Everyone is welcome to the next morning walk in Cornwall Park organised by Women in Rotary.  The walk will begin at 9am by the Cornwall Park Rotunda (the one by the café next to the carpark).  The walk is about 5km long and you just need to follow the colourful windmills that will adorn the path.  This is not a race, so you can walk at your own pace and are able to turn around anytime you might want to.  Cornwall Park doesn’t allow any type of fundraising, so please respect their wishes, but Rotary is allowed to do this themselves, so a gold coin donation would be most welcome, with all proceeds going to Polio Plus.  Wear your Rotary clothing if you have any and feel free to add tutus, etc and any other bling to add colour.  There is no need to register, but if you would like any further information, then please contact Leanne Jaggs or 021 908 644.
2020 Rotary International Convention
Next year’s RI Convention will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from Monday 6 until Friday 10 June 2020.  For more information and to register, go to:
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Applications are now open for 2020 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) until 30 April 2020.  RYLA brings together promising youth who have evidenced leadership qualities, in a week-long, live in programme, which this year will run from 27 June until 4 July.  Candidates need to complete the online application form at either on their own or in collaboration with their sponsoring Rotary Club. 
RC of Pukekohe 75th Celebration
The Rotary Club of Pukekohe will be celebrating their 75th anniversary on Saturday 22 August, 5.30pm for a 5.30pm start, at the Oaks Lounge in Pukekohe.  This evening will have a country theme, music and dancing.  If you would like to register your interest in attending, then please contact Stuart Searle on or 027 492 6943.
Rotary International Youth Exchange
The process has begun to select students to go on the Rotary Youth Exchange for the 2021 year.  This program is promoted directly to schools, through community organisations, Rotary Clubs and members.   More information can be found at and through three information evenings to be held in late March.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will change a young person's life.
  • Wed 18 March 7.30pm, Te Tuhi Arts Centre, 13 Reeves Rd, Pakruanga
  • Wed 25 March 7.30pm, Papakura RSA, 40 Elliot S, Papakura
  • Tues 31 March 7.30pm, Jubilee Hall, 545 Parnell Rd, Newmarket