Bulletin of the

Rotary Club of Oamaru

21st September 2017 | Issue #22

President Elect

President's Message

Dear Team

Spring has well and truly sprung it is great to see trees greening up and blossoms unfolding before our eyes!
I feel a similar energy is stirring within our club, evidenced by enthusiasm and engagement amongst our members.  This week is a busy one for us, with the Year 13 Interviews taking place on Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st September and our AGM in between on the 20th.  Special thanks to Blair Middlemass for championing the Year 13 Interview initiative which would no doubt be very beneficial to the youth that are participating.  Marie Thorpe has kindly allowed the use of their offices at Ray White, and a number of our members have made themselves available to assist.  Well done all!
Our Club is also looking at a new initiative offering students of North Otago an opportunity to receive a scholarship to assist with their Tertiary education.  A proposal is being prepared outlining programme details and processes.  
The proposed eligibility criteria:
Students, residents of North Otago, about to attend their first year of Tertiary Education.
We are delighted to receive a nomination for Sven Thelning to be inducted into membership.  This has been well supported by the Club and will be actioned accordingly. 
Work is underway towards organising the painting of our Bookarama container.  The idea is to create a big Rotary logo on the front side which would make our presence visible to the public.  All hands on deck needed so please watch this space.
Tree Planting is also being organised, more details on this will be shared as it progresses.  Again, watch this space.
We are going to have a busy summer!
I will be away to Palmerston North to support our son Alex and his team competing at Secondary Schools Basketball national championships for the next meeting. One of our newer members, Michael Robinson, will stand in as President for the night!
Last word - vote wisely (if you haven't done already)!

Next Meeting: Oscars Pizza Co.

Join us for our next meeting at Oscars Pizza Co. Wednesday 4 October, meeting at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.

Cost $20


We look forward to seeing you all there! 


If you would like a pizza alternative (seafood chowder or soup) please comment when registering via Clubrunner or contact Robert on speedygonzales@xtra.co.nz

Please register by Tuesday 3 October 2017 via Clubrunner



Club Meeting Dates
Venue Set up & Clean up /Parting thought
Registration & Welcome
Plus Rotary Information
Introduce Speaker
Thank Speaker
4 Oct
Ken Tierney
Michael Robinson
Bryan McCone
Frances McMillan
Max Moore
Brian Perkins
Ross Mitchell
Bob Sutherland
18 Oct
Maree Thorpe
Ivan Holloway
John Walker
Jonas B
Peter Senior
Ken Scott
Susie Scott
David Paterson
1 Nov
Les Ballantyne
Adair Craik
Michael Ardley
Stewart Anderson
Gibert Ellery
Alister Duncan
Jim Hopkins
Mel Kington
15 Nov
Steven Bolstridge
Jonas B
Adair Craik
Rob Dick
Denis Dove
Ele Ludemann
Bryan McCone
Alan McLay
29 Nov
Frances McMillan
Ross Mitchell
Max Moore
Paul Mortimer
David Paterson
Ivan Holloway
Brian Perkins
Ken Scott
13 Dec
Susie Scott
Peter Senior
Bob Sutherland
Maree Thorpe
Ken Tierney
John Walker
Helen Webster
Stewart Anderson
Raffle winners: 1st Sven Thelning, 2nd Michael Robinson, 3rd Ken Tierney.  Congratulations!

2016/17 Beneficiaries

Looking back over the last year, 2016/17 the Rotary Club of Oamaru has assisted in helping many great, community groups, projects local and international and individuals! 
The donations, in excess of $24,000, were all made possible by the on-going commitments of our Club members, and the time and skills given have helped support the following: 
$500 to Tom Lord - United Nations Intern
$500 to Maheno School - ANZAC Plaque
$500 to Oamaru Combined Churches
$600 to Prizegiving, Waitaki Girls' High School, Waitaki Boys' High School & St Kevin's High School
$600 to Sports Waitaki
$750 to Rotary Young-Person Leadership Awards
$750 to Simran Sadler - German Exchange
$760 to Presbyterian Support, Buddy Programme
$900 to Riding for the Disabled
$1000 to Impact Youth
$1085 to ANZAC Crosses
$5000 to Waitaki Community Gardens - Glasshouse
$5932.50 to Rotary International Foundation
$6000 to the Philippines Project
Your contributions have made a difference. Thank you all, and well done!

Presidents Report 2016/17 

Thanks to the members for the effort they have put into the club and events over the past two years. The Directors have kept the club running over, and I thank them for their tireless work.
Other notable contributions are Helen Webster and her helpers for Bookarama which is going from strength to strength. 
The Trust continues to do its job well, and thanks also go to the Trustees for their efforts. 
Projects that deserve mention are ANZAC crosses, Chocolate Wheel, and Meals on Wheels.
Going forward, the future of the club is the responsibility of every member. I hope we all get behind Robert and his team and work towards making the club the organisation that it needs to be in the future.
Many Thanks,
David Paterson
President 2015 - 2017

Rotary Youth Leadership Award Programme 


Applications close 22 September 2017


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) 2018 is Rotary’s leadership training programme for young people and is designed for young adults who want to develop their leadership ability and who express a commitment to community service. This live-in experience enables participants to develop qualities of leadership and good citizenship by discovering their potential and developing the skills needed to be a leader in their community, career, and everyday life. The program is run at the Rotary District level; Clubs select, nominate and sponsor young men and women (who have left school) between the ages of 18 to 25 inclusive. The RYLA mission is…

“To provide an effective training experience that will enable selected young leaders to fulfill their potential and better serve their community, country and place of work”.

RYLA 2018 Objectives:

  • To demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for young people and to expose them to the Rotary model of service to the community
  • To bring together young people aged 18-25 from varied backgrounds who aspire to leadership and who will benefit from the programme of seminars, discussions, activities and interactions during the 6-day course
  • To provide information, instructions and experiences on a wide range of subjects of interest and benefit to the participants, utilizing appropriate industry and community leaders and experts as presenters
  • To equip, instruct and encourage promising young people from differing backgrounds to better serve their communities
  • To encourage leadership of young people by young people
  • To recognize young people who are providing service to their communities
  • To provide participants with a stimulating and fun experience they will not forget and that will benefit them well into the future!

To find out more see the RYLA 2018 Brochure or visit the 2018 RYLA Facebook page.

World Polio Day 2017

World Polio Day is on 24 October! Help spread the word that we can #endpolio for good!

The World Polio Day live stream event will take place on 24 October, hosted by Rotary International from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Craig Fountain Fundraising

With confirmation from Jim Hopkins on Wednesday night, the Craig Fountain Restoration project is moving forward, and so will our fundraising. Watch this space for upcoming fundraisers for this project. The Rotary Club of Oamaru will be fundraising $10,000 towards the lighting the 105-year-old Italian marble fountain.

September Birthdays and Anniversaries

Happy Birthday to the following members:

Peter Robinson
Stewart Anderson
David Ballantyne


Bob and Jan Sutherland
Married 45 years 

Member Anniversaries:

Gordon Martin
Joined 1 September 1964
53 years of service
Club Information
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