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Craig Brown
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Kia ora Members
Well what a difference a week can make. Quite possibly New Zealand rugby fans were treated to one of the best rugby performances by the All Blacks in the last decade on Saturday night, and so now those rugby fans will start to look forward with anticipation to the RWC Tournament in Japan in five weeks.
While the All Blacks re-grouped this week, we held two meetings on Tuesday night to plan future activities for RCA.  The first meeting was held to prepare the Club's governance structure for the activities that we will support in the Rotary Centenary Year.  To ensure we have the appropriate people delegated with roles to lead each stream of our 100 years celebration.  There are a number of activities we are aiming to undertake in the year, these include the Give Every Child a Future program, Mana Tangata - the Book to record our 100 year history of Rotary in New Zealand, a celebration event when we will aim to gather together as many members current and past together, and an Exhibition of 100 years of Rotary.  In addition to the Centenary meeting we held the monthly Board meeting.
As well as it being the Centenary Year next year, we are the host club for the District Governor - who will be our very own Craig Horrocks, and so we will have plenty to do. The Board is preparing for the roles that we will undertake as the host club of the DG.  In addition to several support roles around secretary and treasurer,  we will be involved in helping prepare and run the District Conference, and the training programs SPETS and LETS.
I hope you have got your booking in for our Club movie night which is Downton Abbey at 7pm on Sunday 15 September, at Hoyts Mission Bay.
This week’s meeting is a Club assembly to hear about a number of projects our Club is involved with.  Next week’s speaker will be Nicole Buisson, Small Business Director with Xero.
Have a great week.
Hei kona mai
Craig Brown                                  
Next Monday’s Speaker – Sir Jim McLay
Our key-note speaker next Monday 8 July, will be Sir James McLay KMNZ QSO, who is a diplomat and former politician.  Jim was Deputy Prime Minister during 1984 and also Leader of the National Party and Leader of the Opposition during 1984 to 1986.  Jim retired from parliamentary politics in 1987 and in 2009 became New Zealand's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In 2015, Jim became New Zealand's Representative to the Palestinian Authority and from 2016 to 2017 was New Zealand's Consul General in Honolulu.  The title of Jim’s speech with be  ‘My time as NZ Ambassador to the United Nations’.
World Press Photo Exhibition – 29 June to 28 July
This year's World Press Photography Exhibition is now open to the public on level 6 of Smith & Caughey's  And please remember to contact Jacqui in the office regarding volunteering at this year's Exhibition if you haven't already done so.
Mid-Year Christmas Festivities
For anyone who may be interested, there are still a few remaining Rotary Christmas Puddings from last year (they keep very well), which would be ideal for mid-year Christmas festivities.  If interested in purchasing any of these puddings, which are $20 each, please contact Jacqui in the office.
Battle of the Suits – Tuesday 13 August
The Rotary Club of Downtown Auckland in association with Milford Asset Management, are hosting a major fundraiser - a black tie debate on Tuesday 13 August 2019 at the Cordis Hotel, with the moot being “Can a Working Port & Auckland City Co-exist?".  One team comprises three lawyers - Kathryn Beck, Katherine Anderson and Michael Timmins and the other team is a carefully selected group of 'Celebrities' - Sir John Key, Tom Scott and David Downs.  Debate adjudicators are QC’s Simon Moore and Lynton (Lyn) Stevens and MC for the evening is Miriama Kamo.  This is a fundraiser for the 'Auckland City Mission HomeGround Project’ and the evening will also include an auction, a silent auction and a raffle.  Tickets are $250 per person or $2500 for a table of 10, which includes arrival canapés, 3 course dinner and drinks.  Tickets can be purchased from Gill at or 021 278 9915
Te Whakaora Tangata Fundraising Dinner
Te Whakaora Tangata is holding its annual Fundraising Dinner on Friday 6 September 2019.  This organisation is an innovator of parent-focussed, whanau restoration programmes in South Auckland.  For further information please phone (09) 269 4083 or email
RCA LinkedIn Update
We have decided to increase the Club's presence on LinkedIn by creating a public LinkedIn page that can be accessed by anyone - rather than the "closed" LinkedIn Group we currently have, which can only be accessed by invitation.  We will therefore be closing the old Group down.  For those of you in the old LinkedIn Group, we hope you will take the time to transfer to our new page.  If you are not currently connected to the Club through LinkedIn, now is your opportunity to do so.  Simply click on the link below and then click the follow button. We hope you will enjoy the fresher look and content of our new page -
Denis Moller
Director – Communications & IT