Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Oamaru

14 April 2018 | Issue #27

President Elect

A little update

Just a little update on the busy month we have had and our upcoming events to come.

Craigs Fountain Update:

We did it! The Rotary Club of Oamaru successfully raised $10,000 for the Craig Fountain Lighting project. A crowd of nearly 200 people gathered in the Oamaru Public Gardens the other night and shouted: "Let there be light!" - And the light came on the Craig Memorial Fountain for the first time. There were many cheers and claps; you could feel the community pride, it was a compelling feeling. Rotary Club of Oamaru has brought something very special to this fountain which will continue to encourage this pride within our town and shine a light on our heritage.

Tree Planting #makingadifference:

Great turnout last weekend and with the joint efforts of Forrest and Bird Waitaki and our club we managed to plant over 400 native trees on Cape Wanbrow. If you missed out, please come along on Saturday 28 April, 9 am at the Test Street entrance and get planting! This time we will be looking at infilling from the gate at Test St onwards, replacing dead plants and filling in spaces. Tree planting is the perfect activity for family, friends and dogs and it's a lot of fun. Bring a spade, a drink and dress for the weather conditions on the day.

Bookarama 2018:

We are six weeks away from Bookarama!
Cara is doing a fantastic job coordinating Bookarama this year, if you haven't got your name down to do some book sorting, please email her on cara@tippingsmith.me or turn up on the day, Saturday's 10 am - 12 pm.

Memorial Oak Crosses:

Join us for the cleaning working bee of the Memorial Oaks Crosses on Saturday 21st April, 9 am. Please bring a scrubbing brush and a garden sprayer. We will be meeting at the Oamaru New World car park at 9 am. We will be cleaning crosses on Severn Street, Awamoa Road and Towey Street.

RYLA 2019:

Work has started on RYLA 2019 which will be held in Oamaru early 2019; the committee has been meeting fortnightly and planning something extraordinary for when RYLA comes to town. Start thinking now if you know someone aged between 20 - 28 that would benefit from an experience like this.  RYLA is an experiential live-in programme designed to help young people develop their teamwork and communication skills and fulfil their potential as leaders.
The programme consists of a combination of:
  • Presentations and Workshops facilitated by community and business leaders particularly focusing on leadership development
  • Opportunities for the exchange of ideas, opinions and experiences in discussion groups etc.
  • Open sessions, sport and keep fit exercises
  • The opportunity to experience and practice leadership skills in action.
  • Involvement in a community activity and with the host Rotary Club.

Dot's Castle:

We were given a very special opportunity to have a sneak preview of Dot's Riverstone Castle for our last meeting. The castle was designed by award-winning Wanaka based architect Sarah Scott and captured Dots personality within this build. I was amazed by the sheer scale of the job, the amount of talented tradespeople involved and Dots resourcefulness with imported and local materials and furnishings. Thank you Dot for letting us into your home.
Frances McMillan

Upcoming meeting

Join us this Wednesday 18 April at the 5:30pm for a 6pm start for a Oamaru Rotary Club Assembly night. Meal cost: $22.

Come along for club updates
and discuss club business with our members.
Main focus will be on the Rotary Foundation as well as other topics, events and future major fundraising ideas.

Please find the roster. Arrange cover in the event you are not able to make it for your rostered duty and let Stewart Anderson know.

Please register via Clubrunner or by emailing Robert on speedygonzales@xtra.co.nz or calling 03 434 3232

See you all there!


The countdown to the biggest event on Rotary District 9980 calendar is on. 

Get ready for the Brilliant, Rotary, Unique, Conference Experience. 

Get in early and register for the District 9980 Conference 2018

There are two types of Conference registration: 

Full Conference Registration $240 and Social/Partner Registration $150.

If you are a Rotarian couple both wanting a Full Conference Registration please each complete a separate registration form. 


 Filipino Waitaki Inc Variety Concert

Finally! The Filipino culture and arts will be presented live at the Oamaru Opera House, in collaboration with the Waitaki Multicultural Council with special guest Joseph Balfe - Guitarist.

You will be entertained and educated with rich and colorful Filipino culture, full of story, dances
and music, travelling from the olden times up to the present. Be ready to be mesmerised in an hour and a half of Filipino folk dance, festivals, rituals, celebrations and international influence.

Saturday 9 June,
Ticketsavailible from the Oamaru Opera House
Adult (13+): $10.00 | Child (U12): $5.00
Challenge: 1.2 million trees
RI president says planting trees shows long-term commitment to the community 
Ian H.S. Riseley issued a challenge last year. He wanted Rotarians to plant 1.2 million trees – one for every Rotarian in the world – between 1 July 2017, when he took office as president of Rotary International, and Earth Day, 22 April 2018. Clubs around the world have embraced that challenge, and in his travels this year, Riseley himself has often been asked to pick up a shovel. 
A nurse fights for peace

In a nation once wracked by civil war, Liberian Rotarian Elizabeth Sele Mulbah has spent much of her life leading efforts for peace and reconciliation.

A past president (2011-12) of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Mulbah has a remarkable résumé. She began her career as a nurse, moved into teaching and administration, took on a leadership role at the Christian Health Association of Liberia, and worked at the United Nations Development Program.

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