Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Oamaru

17th October 2017 | Issue #23

President Elect

A tribute to our colleague Rotarian Michael Bolstridge

by Peter Robinson

I first met Michael when I joined the Rotary Club of Oamaru in 1993 Michael had been a member since 1991 and he immediately welcomed me into the club. 
My first impression of Michael was that he was a very successful, confident person who enjoyed public speaking and was not afraid to give his opinion on any subject. He dressed well and he had a hint of an old English accent.
Michael was president of the club in 2002 / 2003 and when no one came forward the following year he continued 2003 / 2004 and did a wonderful job of reviving our club. During this period Michael organised many high profile public meetings involving Project Aqua personnel and politicians – Michael was a fantastic MC at these events and really promoted Rotary.
Following these years as president Michael become an Assistant District Governor which entailed visiting local clubs and mentoring presidents. During this time, he coordinated a major water project in Kenya which involved many clubs, district and Rotary International – it was only his heath that stopped him accepting a nomination to become Rotary District Governor which covered the whole of the lower South Island.
Michael was an active and keen delegate at many Rotary district conferences and always returned inspired and full of new ideas for our club. He enjoyed supporting the Rotary youth exchange program and many times provided a boat for water ski weekends in central Otago for a large contingent of overseas students.
Michael received a much-deserved Paul Harris Fellow Award and Sapphire pin for his services to Rotary and the community.
As time went by Michael and I became good friends and in his final years attending meetings Michael would come up to me at the end of the night and ask me to call in at his home. Often other members would be also invited.
This was a time to really debate far ranging topics such as Rotary, business, investments, family, politics and whisky and red wine was always served and of course when I eventually got home I would be in trouble for being late and my clothes would smell of smoke! I really enjoyed these sessions and I know Michael did too.
Even though Michael was unable to attend meetings during the past few years he has remained a financial club member and regularly supported our annual club auctions – he also remains a foundation member of the centurion club – this involved annual personal gifting to the Rotary Foundation.
Michael, we thank you for what you have done for Rotary and our community. Thank you for being a friend, you were a true gentleman- we will all miss you.
Rest In Peace

Upcoming meeting

Come along to our Oamaru Rotary Club Meeting with guest speaker, Adair Craik speaking on her work with Onya Bike Inc and the OnyaBike campaign within the community.

Join us this Wednesday at Oscars Pizza Co, 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 on this event via Clubrunner or contact Robert on speedygonzales@xtra.co.nz

Please register by Tuesday 17 October 2017 via Clubrunner



Venue Set up & Clean up /Parting thought:

Maree Thorpe & Ivan Holloway

Registration & Welcome. Plus Rotary Information:

John Walker & Jonas B

Introduce Speaker:

Peter Senior

Thank Speaker:

Ken Scott


Susie Scott


David Paterson


Rotary learning and information

Stroke Week 2017

The Rotary Club of Oamaru were out and about the other week helping the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand with blood pressure checks as part of Stroke Week. A big thank you to all the Rotarians that came out and helped.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of a stroke, and regular checks are one effective tool in lowering your stroke risk. Be in the know, keep it low!


Image: Peter Senior getting blood pressure taken by Glynis Kappely, Registered Nurse, Gordon Martin, looking on! at Northside New World, Oamaru.

Rotary NZ to receive $5 Million Grant

The New Zealand Government has confirmed it will contribute to Rotary New Zealand new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help the global fight to end polio. 

They will provide a further NZ $5 million to contribute to ending polio transmission in the last remaining countries of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. New Zealand funding to GPEI will purchase and distribute polio vaccines; support polio surveillance and monitoring; fund immunisation campaigns and strengthen routine immunisation systems. 
Through the work of GPEI and donors, including New Zealand, an estimated 16 million people are active who would have otherwise been paralysed by polio, and the world has saved more than US$27 billion in health costs. 

Through the work of GPEI and donors, including New Zealand, an estimated 16 million people are active who would have otherwise been paralysed by polio, and the world has saved more than US$27 billion in health costs.


Rotary New Zealand www.rnzwcs.org gratefully acknowledges the support of Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee and his officials who have worked collaboratively with them to achieve this outcome. GPEI Rotary spokesperson in New Zealand, Stuart Batty said: “The New Zealand Government can be justly proud as it continues its support to this important global initiative, and this announcement brings their total funding for GPEI to in excess of NZ $10 million”.


The world has made great gains in the fight against polio. The incidence of the disease has decreased by more than 99 percent since 1988, with just ten recorded cases of polio so far in 2017.


Rotary is committed to ensuring that this success is continued to the point where there are no new polio cases. If one case remains, the risk that polio could resurge and spread to countries that are now polio-free remains. “When polio has been removed, it will join smallpox as the only human diseases to be permanently eradicated from the world.” Stuart Batty said.

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