Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Oamaru

8 July 2018 | Issue #29

James Hopkins
President Elect
Blair Middlemass
Gordon Martin
Adiar Craik

President’s Farewell Speech 2017/18 Year

It hardly seems a year since I took on the mantle of President and the last 12 months have certainly flown quite quickly. Much has occurred over this period.  Our Club has contributed and participated in many projects within the Waitaki community and beyond, and this year we donated over $39 thousand dollars (worth of) funding in support of projects and causes, including:


Donation 2017/18 YTD



Observatory Care Village – Palliative Bed


NO literacy – Interactive whiteboard*



WBHS – Prizegiving



WGHS – Prizegiving



St Kevins College – Prizegiving



Oamaru Combined Churches



Scholarships* for tertiary education consistent with Rotary areas of focus



On Ya Bike



St Pauls Scouts



Palmerston Memorial Lighting



Oamaru Hospital – CPR Training Mannequin



Craig Fountain 



Filipino Waitaki Inc Cultural Show



Vanessa Coles – Uni Books (special circumstance)



Rowland – Computer (special circumstance)



N Jenkinson (special circumstance)



Waimate Rotary – Mongolian Midwives Training


RNZWCS Tonga – Cyclone Gita victims relief efforts



Rotary International Foundation



WHGS – RYLA Accommodation deposit



Job Interviews (Volunteers hours)



ANZAC Crosses (Volunteers hours)



Tree Planting (Volunteers hours)




Our three Annual fundraising events, the Chocolate Wheel, the Bookarama and the Foundation Auction continued to do well thanks to ongoing community and club membership support.  This year the Bookarama raised significantly more funding than previous year(s) which was unprecedented.  

So well done to all of you!  I feel very proud to be a part of this Club and forge friendships with a group of Rotarians who are so focussed on making a difference in both our local and global communities.  

There are off course very many thanks that are due. It has been a rewarding year full of experiences that I could not have imagined.

I want to thank:

- Our board for their commitment to our club and for all their hard work to ensure we had a successful year. (Blair Middlemass super treasurer, Gordon Martin our amazing secretary, and our highly skilled and motivated directors Peter Robinson, Helen Webster, Jim Hopkins, Tony Caldwell, Paul Mortimer, Mel Kington, David Paterson).
- Our club members for doing what you do so well, which is rise to the occasion when called upon to do so to make our community and the world a better place for all.
- Special Thanks to Frances McMillan for doing a splendid job with the Club Bulletins, website and social media communications!
- Special thanks also to Stewart Anderson for being such a great Club Sergeant, coordinating the duties roster and ensuring the meetings are well organised.
Our Assistant Governor Colin Dore for his many visits, positive input and encouragement.
- The committees that put in a lot of time and effort planning our various events:
1. Cara Tipping-Smith who has this year bravely taken up the coordination of our Bookarama Fundraising event. 
2. Helen Webster for championing the fundraising for the Craig Fountain project
3. Blair Middlemass for organising the Job Interviews project
4. Paul Mortimer for continuing to champion the cleaning of ANZAC Crosses each year
5. Ken Scott for championing the Annual Foundation Auction (apology this year)
6. Steven Bolstridge for the Chocolate Wheel Fundraising.
7. Frances McMillan for championing the Tree Planting Project in partnership with Forrest and Bird.
- Last but not least my wife Meri for her support throughout the year.

As an outgoing President, I can truly say that in Rotary you get good support and friendship. So once again I thank you all, members, partners and friends for being such great Rotarians. 

This Rotary year we welcomed 9 new members:

Michael Robinson, Ivan Holloway, Sven Thelning, Cara Tipping Smith, Mathew Wicks, Colin Wollstein, Marcus Brown, Alex Regtien, David Williams.

Once again, Rotary is proud to welcome you to our global community of more than 1.2 million men and women dedicated to building a better world.

You make Rotary stronger. By adding your skills, experience, and enthusiasm to our club, you can advance communities both locally and on a global scale. Together, we can eradicate polio, train more skilled peacemakers, and provide lasting solutions for communities fighting disease, hunger, illiteracy, and poverty.

Through the Rotary community, you can exchange ideas and build lifelong friendships with people who share your passion for service. I encourage all of you to take advantage of the resources and activities available through our club, district 9980, and Rotary International to make your experience with Rotary both rewarding and fun.

We honour Rotarians Michael Bolstridge and Bryan McCone, who both passed away this year due to illness.  Both were great Rotarians who were very committed to Rotary causes and to the life of the Club.

We thank our colleagues who have moved on this year for a variety of reasons and I encourage all to keep in contact with each other as and when able.

And now for some awards.  

Helen Webster, will you please come forward.  

Helen has this year handed the reins for the Bookarama over to Cara.  We want to honour her for championing this fundraising event for many years.  Helen, you are an amazing woman and I must say Jock is very lucky to have you.  You have been a great Rotarian for many years and I have seen it first hand.  Your initiatives in cajoling members to support the Bookarama fundraising year on year had been exemplary and for that we express our deep appreciation.  Thank you also for championing our fundraising effort for the Craig Fountain Lighting project this year.  Well done Helen and thank you Jock for your support of Helen.  

Peter Robinson, please come forward.   

The Paul Harris Fellow is named after Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  Paul Harris Fellow recognition was established in his honour in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of US$1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programmes of The Rotary Foundation.  Those programmes include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  Foundation programmes provide educational opportunities, food, potable water, health care, immunisations and shelter for millions of people.  These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary Clubs around the globe.  Peter, your contribution to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is allaying suffering, improving living conditions, and providing educational opportunities for young people somewhere in the world.  This is truly a selfless action and I am delighted to award this PHF emblem in recognition of your contribution.

Now, Rotarians can also designate a PHF to recognise another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.  Tonight, we have selected a person to receive this recognition because the Oamaru Rotary Club believes that his life and vocation exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the The Rotary Foundation.  It gives me great pleasure to present the emblems of the Paul Harris Fellow: the Certificate and a lapel pin to Rotarian Jim Hopkins, our incoming President!  Jim please come forward.

Jim (born 1946) is a New Zealand celebrity well known for his work in television, radio and theatre.

Jim was scriptwriter for Close to Home, presenter of Fast Forward, Don't Tell Me, The Inventors, Dateline Monday, a performer on The BNZ Festival Debates, and radio talkback host on Radio Pacific in Auckland and Radio Avon in Christchurch.

In August 1998, Jim released his first book, Blokes & Sheds, which hit number one on the New Zealand sales list after only a week.  The book profiles amateur inventors from across New Zealand. Jim followed it up with another book, Inventions from the Shed, in 1999, and a 5-part film documentary series with the same name that featured inventors across Australia.

Jim was elected as a councillor for the Waitaki District Council, based in Oamaru, in 2007, and became Deputy Mayor in 2010.  He continues to serve the Waitaki Community as a councillor and a Rotarian to the present day.

Jim, please accept our congratulations and sincere appreciation for your commitment to our common goals of world understanding and peace.  

Ladies and gentlemen, please congratulate and recognise our newest Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian Jim Hopkins. 

I now pass on the presidential chain to Jim and wish him and his team very well for his presidential year!

Thanks everyone it has been my honour to serve as your President.  I now wish to leave you with one message: Enjoy Rotary, have fun!


Robert Gonzales

Thank you, Robert Gonzales, from the Rotary Club of Oamaru

Thank you, Robert Gonzales, for your year of service as president of Rotary Club of Oamaru. We have had an amazing year, a boost in membership and have achieved and contributed to many great projects.

The Club welcomes the new President Jim Hopkins, President-Elect Blair Middlemass, Treasurer Adair Craik and returning Secretary Gordon Martin for the 2018/19 Rotary year. We are ready for an exciting year ahead and ready to Be The Inspiration!

Upcoming meeting

Come along this Wednesday, 11 July at the 5:30pm for a 6pm start for the upcoming Oamaru Rotary Club Meeting with guest speaker Bevan Crombie at the Criterion Hotel. Meal cost: $22. 

Please register via Clubrunner or by emailing Jim on jim0@clear.net.nz or calling ‭021 114 3189‬ 
See you all there!

Be The Inspiration

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration

Rotary International President Barry Rassin laid out his vision for the future of the organization, calling on leaders to work for a sustainable future and to inspire Rotarians and the community at large.

Rassin, a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA. “I want you to inspire in your clubs, your Rotarians, that desire for something greater. The drive to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”

2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin announces his presidential theme, Be the Inspiration, at Rotary's International Assembly.

Rassin stressed the power of Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” This describes the Rotary that leaders must help build, he said.

To achieve this vision, the president-elect said, Rotarians must take care of the organization: “We are a membership organization first. And if we want to be able to serve, if we want to succeed in our goals — we have to take care of our members first."

District 9980 Conference 2019

Registration is now open for the District 9980 Conference 2019, this annual convention is for everyone in the Rotary family! Join us to learn, share, be inspired, and have fun.

1. Strengthen your club and your passion for Rotary.
2. Be motivated by inspirational Keynote Speakers.
3. Learn about the excellent work being done by other clubs in the district.
4. Be reminded of our global impact.
5. Enjoy networking opportunities and fellowship with old friends.
6. Enjoy a weekend away in the scenic Waitaki region, with fantastic food and entertainment.

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