Bulletin of the

Rotary Club of Oamaru

14th November 2017 | Issue #24

President Elect

President's Message

Dear Team

I hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather of late although the strong winds over the weekend had been a bit limiting and worrying to some degree.  November has well and truly arrived, and our town is once again transforming into Victorian mode, it is great to see local people getting into the groove for this annual occasion.  

Last meeting we have had the pleasure of having our District Governor Bruce Cowan as our guest speaker.  He shared a series of numbers relating to Rotary statistics and remarkable achievements.  He also commended our club for doing well with new memberships and for all the good things that we do for our community.  He awarded us chocolate fish(es) as well as $300 funding towards greater promotion of our club within our Community.  We are proposing to use this towards the cost of painting/labelling our Bookarama container with a supersized Rotary logo to promote our presence.  Thank you Bruce for your visit and encouragements, with much appreciation.  

At the meeting, we discussed the many offers of book donations we are receiving and thought it would be a great idea to open our container perhaps for an hour or two on Saturday mornings and direct donors to drop books in at these times.  We can roster members between now and the next Bookarama in May next year. I think this system would work very well with membership involvement.  We will put together a plan and propose a roster accordingly. 


Chocolate Wheel fundraising is coming up soon, thanks to all Rotarians for continuing to support this initiative. Gordon Martin will again be procuring the chocolates and Helen Webster will be putting the roster together, which should be out to all members soon. Please remember to either swap or arrange your cover if you are not able to make it to the event. This year we would like to promote our fundraising towards purchase of the lighting components of the Craig Fountain restoration project.  More info on our fundraising effort for this project will be released shortly by Helen and Jim and the project committee.  

I want to acknowledge the efforts of our members who care for and support colleagues who are becoming increasingly challenged with transport to and from Rotary meetings/events.  You know who you all are and I thank and appreciate you for your generosity in this regard.

Our Club has recently made donations to a number of causes, including the North Otago Literacy for the purchase of much needed audiovisual equipment, and the local high schools for our annual contributions towards end of year prize giving ceremonies.

Next meeting on Wed 15th November will be a business visit to Top Flight's new premises at the Industrial Park.  A meeting invite through Club Runner will come out shortly.  Some of our members are not having much joy with Club Runner unfortunately, but don't despair, you can still email your interest directly to me.

Keep smiling everyone!


Next Meeting: Topflite

Our next meeting at TopFlite, Wednesday 15 November, meeting at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.

Join us as Mike McElhinney,  Topflite Sales and Customer Service manager, gives us a guided tour of the warehouse and speak about the business with Jock Webster, Topflite Founder. Tony Spivey from Spivey Real Estate has agreed to come along and give an update and make general comments on the business park operations at the North End of Oamaru.


Cost $20


We look forward to seeing you all there! 


Please register by Tuesday 14 November 2017 via Clubrunner


Address: 6 Pukeuri / Oamaru Road (extension of Thames Highway). Heading north Turn right on the town side of Z Energy Fuel stop. It is the building at the back. Toll and Balance Fertiliser in same entrance.

Chocolate Wheel


Our annual Chocolate Wheel fundraiser is back again at the Network Waitaki Victorian Fete 2017, come along and show your support and love of the Rotary Club of Oamaru and CHOCOLATE!

Proceeds of this year's Chocolate Wheel will go towards the Craig Fountain Lighting Fundraiser.

See you all there!

Set The Fountain Alight

For more than 20 years, it’s been a dry fountain, pipes rusted, water off. Now James Craig’s great gift is coming alive again. As it’s never been before. Because we’re going to set it alight. For the first time ever, this 100 year old treasure will have a night life and night light.


You can help us make it happen. Oamaru Rotary is committed to fund the fountain’s new LED lighting system. We think it’s a fantastic community project and we hope you do too.

If you’d like to support our FOUNTAIN FUNDRAISER with a donation, here’s how you can: Make a donation by internet banking with your first initial and surname as the reference to, Rotary Club of Oamaru, 06 0941 0175865 00 or visit our stall at the Network Waitaki Victorian Fete 2017 to support this fundraiser.


Receipt available on request by emailing Blair at Blair.Middlemass@anz.com 
Tax deductible on donations over $5

Rotary Club of Waimate, Foundation Night Auction is fast approaching. Come along Thursday 23rd November at the Waimate Event Centre.

Meeting at 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start, the cost of the meal is $28.00 per person. Contact, Pauline Dore on sondzela@xtra.co.nz by the 16th November, to confirm attendance.


Blair will be taking a car out, leaving ANZ at 5.00pm.


Bring your wallets!

November Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to the following members:

Blair Middlemiss
Gilbert Ellery


Stewart and Bronwyn Anderson
10 November, married for 39 years
Tony and Shiley Caldwell
17 November, married for 33 years
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