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School of Geography, Environment & Earth Sciences, Victoria University
Aug 17, 2020
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Tony Caughey
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Kia ora Members
I have had the honour of serving you as your President for the last year and it has been wonderful to be a part of the leadership team of the Rotary Club of Auckland.  During this last year we have come through the Covid-19 Lock-down,  a period during which we were forced to make some changes to how we all meet and gather as a Club.  The changes we adopted during the Covid-19 crises were found to be both challenging and exciting.  Members were challenged by the lack of social contact and the cancellation of some great events as a result of Covid-19,  and at the same time we have found that the online meetings have held us together as a Club, and given us a new opportunity to organise meetings "travel-free", which is giving some members the opportunity to join us, who may otherwise have been restricted from attending.  As we move into the next Rotary year our Board is planning to find a new permanent location for the Club.  We will not be returning to Stamford Plaza in the short term, as they have been temporarily closed for the remainder of 2020. We are currently reviewing local venues in Commercial Bay that will be suitable for our Monday Lunch meeting.
As your Club President, I have been privileged to host many great speakers at our weekly lunches and to coordinate with the Board and committees.  We  are looking forward now to a year of entering into our Centenary Year, and we will mark that year with the appropriate celebrations.  Rotary is an amazing organisation to belong to and the service we do in the community continues to make an impact.
There are still four tickets available for next Monday evening’s Changeover – please contact Jacqui in the office if you would like to purchase any of these remaining tickets.  For those of you with tickets, we look forward to meeting again at 5.30pm next week at the Northern Club for the Presidental Changeover, when we will welcome our 2020/2021 President Tony Caughey.
Today we have an online meeting with our guest speaker Dr Ricahrd Meade, Economist. Senior Research Fellow at AUT.  And please schedule US Ambassador to NZ, Scott Brown in your calenders for Monday 13th July in 2 weeks-time, which will be also be a Zoom meeting.
Join today's Zoom Meeting: 
Password: 556417
Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your President this year.
Hei kona mai
Craig Brown
Next Monday’s Speaker – Sally Wenley
Sally Wenley was brought up in rural Hawkes Bay and excelled at sport – particularly hockey and athletics and then at the age of 16 a school bus crash left her a paraplegic.  Sally graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English.  While at Massey she was involved with the student newspaper and radio and also competed in rifle shooting.  Sally then gained a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism and spent three years cutting her teeth in journalism at TVNZ, followed by a few years focusing on health news and issues at a doctors’ magazine.  Sally then moved to radio and worked for Radio NZ – covering murders, health board meetings, sport, court trials and floods, winning  four Qantas media awards for radio reporting.  After becoming a mother Sally freelanced and continues to do so – writing features and being on Radio NZ’s ‘The Panel’, as well as regularly reviewing books for its morning programme with Cathryn Ryan.  Sally’s career now has a parallel focus on governance, and she has been a director on the Occupational Therapy board, and the Ponsonby Community Centre.  Sally currently volunteers as a director on the National Riding for the Disabled Board and is deputy president for Spinal Support, which she will tell us more about.
Ak Grammar Interact Club Update
Thanks to Stewart Germann for sending through the following article about the Auckland Grammar School’s Interact Club – congratulation to this Interact Club and in particular QS Li!
‘Sorted in Schools’ is a division of the NZ Financial Capability Commission.  Its aim is to improve the financial literacy of school students.  In March this year they announced a NZ wide contest for school groups to create their own events.  The groups had to plan and complete a budget proposal for their community activity, event or experience…The budget proposal needed to include a detailed breakdown of costs and a creative video or PowerPoint to support it.  A small group of Interact members were tasked with developing a proposal for a tree planting day at a regional park, but due to the lockdown, the proposal was completed individually, on behalf of the Interact Club, by QS Li of 6A.  The proposal presented by QS Li was for a tree planting day with a shared pizza lunch.  The remainder of the budget was to revisit the trees, check on their progress and do any maintenance that was required.  It would be an unforgettable, fun and unique experience, where students can interact with nature and give back to the community.  Initially, the proposal won a spot prize of a $500 Rockshop voucher.  This was followed shortly after by the announcement that the School’s Tree Planting proposal had won the top prize of $5000.  This money was to be used to cover all the costs of the tree planting activity and food afterwards.  This activity is still in its planning stages and will be completed later this year.
Global Grant Scholar Update
Our Club is currently sponsoring Connor to attend Auckland University on a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship and Connor has sent through the following (condensed) update:
In January, my family flew to see me during my time here in NZ.  We spent a few days in Auckland and then flew to the South Island…As soon as I stepped off the plane in Queenstown, I was in awe of the terrain that was in stark contrast to that of the North Island…A short plane ride had transported us to what seemed like a completely different world and a part of NZ that I had not experienced yet.  We stayed in Queenstown for a day and then departed to Te Anau. There, we took a tour of the glow worm caves…The caves themselves were quite beautiful and it was an amazing and quite surreal experience.  It was in Te Anau that we earned a new family member…my sister Kelci said yes to her long-time boyfriend John’s proposal…From Te Anau, we left for Milford Sound…by far the most beautiful and magical place I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing…The boat ride was around an hour and a half, with pit stops at waterfalls, coves, beaches, and even to watch some curious seals off the bow of the boat.  When the boat was returning back, it dropped my family and I off at an underwater observatory where we suited up and hopped in some kayaks…We paddled up glacial-fed rivers, shorelines, and through crystal clear water…my sister even had the opportunity to experience the water by taking a bit of a swim, though not purposefully.  On our way out of Milford Sound, we stopped at The Chasm. It is a glacially fed river that cut out a large crack in the stone.  You can hear the roaring of the water echoing through the entire height of The Chasm…Finally we settled back in Queenstown for another few nights.  We took the opportunity to dine at the tallest restaurant in town, the Stratosfare Restaurant.  After our time in Queenstown, we flew back to Auckland. The last day was full of goodbyes and promises to come back. We were all rested and my family prepared for their long flight back home.  I would like to thank the people of Rotary once again for allowing me to reside here in New Zealand.  Without you and this Club, none of this would have happened. The grant I have been given is for my education, yes, but it also allows for experiences and possibilities such as this.  It means so much to me and my family that I have your support.
Thanks again,
Connor Lind
2020 RI Virtual Convention
You’re invited to engage with Rotary International at Now More Than Ever, Rotary Connects the World: The 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention from the 20 to 26 June.  Each year, Rotary members from all over the world come together for Rotary’s biggest event. At the Rotary International Convention, participants discover opportunities for service, learn new skills, find inspiration, and have fun:
  • Witness the power of Rotary’s connections
  • Be energized by globally known speakers at our general sessions
  • Explore thought-provoking topics and gain skills at our breakout sessions
  • Discover inventive ways to engage with your community
The virtual convention is free and open to all. Sign up today and enjoy the benefits of Rotary.  And learn more about Rotary by connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Rotary Walk in The Park – Sunday 28 June
Come and join other Rotarians on Sunday 28 June for a walk through Cornwall Park.  The walk will begin at the band rotunda near the Cornwall Park Café at 9am.  The walk is approximately 5km long and you have the ability to turn around at any time and you can walk as quickly or slowly as you wish.  You can also enjoy the menu on offer at the café before or after your walk.  So please join us on the 28 June for what will be an enjoyable jaunt through Cornwall Park.