Bulletin of the

Rotary Club of Oamaru

26 February 2018 | Issue #26

President Elect

President's Message

Hello team!

Yes, I have now returned from a month-long holiday all refreshed and ready for what 2018 might bring!  I hope many of you have also managed to take a well-deserved break.  

We were saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Bryan McCone in January.  We are thinking of Barbara and family at this time and extend to them our deepest sympathy. Bryan has been a great friend and a very positive influence to so many of us and he will be greatly missed.  He joined Rotary in 1989 and was once a President of our club and a long time member of the Foundation Committee and Trustee of the Oamaru Rotary Trust.



We held our first formal meeting on 21st Feb at the Brydone, and had the privilege of having our Mayor Gary Kircher as our guest speaker.  Gary outlined the numerous activities and projects he and his team at Council are undertaking.  It was very informative and interesting, and the amount of work, projects and progress that has been achieved over 2017 and the planning for the years to come in the Waitaki region is something to be very proud of. 

We again welcome to our Rotary family our three newly inducted members: Matthew Wicks, Colin Wollstein and Marcus Brown. A warm welcome to you all and we look forward to having you on board!

We have a number of activities coming up:

  1. Thursday 8th March - our club will be joining the Waimate Club at their meeting in Waimate.  This will replace our usual club meeting in Oamaru on 7th March.  
  2. Thursday 15th March - Meet Mark Vette in Oamaru.  A fundraising event towards our Craig Fountain Lighting project.
  3. Friday 16th March - will be the "switching on of the Craig Fountain lights" ceremony, and all Rotarians are invited to attend.

It would be great to have many of our members participating Details regarding these events are or will soon be available via ClubRunner and our Facebook page at these events, and of course families and friends are always welcome.

We will be holding our meetings at The Brydone this year, with the meal cost set at $22 per person.  

We will also update our duties roster and committees lists on account of recent membership changes.

Succession Planning - I am thrilled to announce the following Rotarians have agreed to take up the president's role as follows:

  1. Jim Hopkins - 2018/19 year
  2. Blair Middlemass- 2019/20 year
  3. Michael Robinson - 2020/21 year
  4. Frances McMillan - 2021/22 year

Becoming a Club president is a rewarding experience. Rotary provides a great deal of support, training and networking opportunities to ensure success.

Finally, I would like to encourage you all that it is the contribution you make that makes the difference in the lives of others in our community and beyond!

Let's hope for some more great weather for the next few weeks!


Next Meeting: Kirsten Patterson - Institute of Directors,  Chief Executive, Waimate Club 

Our club will be joining the Waimate Club for International Women’s Day where Kirsten Patterson, Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors will be speaking on the topic of diversity and the gender pay gap as we look to support the IWD 2018 theme to #PressForProgress

Kirsten Patterson (known as KP) is the Institute of Directors Chief Executive. Formerly the Country Head of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, she is a qualified lawyer, Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, and has extensive governance and leadership experience. She is also a strong advocate on diversity issues.

Thursday 8 March, 6.00pm

This meeting will replace our usual club meeting in Oamaru on 7th March

We look forward to seeing you all there. More information on this meeting to come.

Set The Fountain Alight

Fundraising efforts are all go with each member of the Rotary Club of Oamaru fundraising $250 towards this worthy goal. Donations can be paid by internet banking with your first initial and surname as the reference to, Rotary Club of Oamaru, 06 0941 0175865 00.

Our Quiz Night fundraiser was a success raising $1216 towards the Fountain Lighting Project with processed from the bar take still to come. Thank you to everyone who helped out on the night and who attended this fundraiser and a special thank you to Sally-Ann and her team at Loan and Merc Functions for their generosity and support.



Our next fundraiser will be on Thursday 15 March, 6pm at the Loan and Merc:  Meet Mark Vette in Oamaru!

Come along and listen to Mark chat about the history of dogs, share entertaining anecdotes from his work with dogs plus he'll also run through a few training tools with his four-legged sidekicks. All proceeds going towards our Craig Fountain Lighting Project.

Light supper to follow. Tickets $15. Available from Paper Plus Oamaru and Rotary Club of Oamaru Members. Doors open at 7pm. Raffles and giveaways on the night.

The lighting of the Fountain will be the next evening, Friday 16 March, for the "switching on of the Craig Fountain lights" ceremony.

Positive Notes

We have received a couple of thank you notes from Sophia at the Community Gardens and from Rosie & Katrina from Observatory Village Lifecare.
From the Waitaki Community Gardens:
On behalf of the Waitaki Community Gardens and other Community Partners involved, we would like to wholeheartedly thank you for your contribution to the tunnel house project.
Thanks so much for your generous donation towards our new polycarbonate tunnel house. After being installed this past winter, it has such a valuable resource to us. We utilise the tunnel house as an educational space for teaching our volunteers and school groups about propagation, and utilise the space to propagate a large number of vegetable seedlings for our two community gardens sites, 13 local school gardens, and the Oamaru Food Bank garden. All the produce we have generated in the tunnel house is healthy, organic, and goes to school children, volunteers, work experience, families, and intellectually handicapped community members to help nourish our community. - Sophia Leon de la Barra  
From Observatory Village Lifecare:
Thank you for your generous donation for the cost of the fold out bed for the Palliative Care Family Suite. Your support has been included on an honour board in our community centre for public viewing as an appreciation of your support.
The facility has now been open for several months and all involved are impressed with the facility, grounds and the overall feeling.
With thanks, from all the staff and management of ObservatoryVillage Lifecare. - Rosie & Katrina

February Birthdays and Anniversaries


On 24th February 2018, marked 113 years of Rotary! Together we take action to provide clean water, create access to education, prevent disease, promote peace and improve our communities around the world.


Happy Birthday to the following members:

Ele Ludemann

Rotary Anniversaries:

Blair Middlemiss
15 Years
Gilbert Ellery
42 Years
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