Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Oamaru

6 June 2018 | Issue #28

President Elect

Presidents Piece

In pursuing the first Object of Rotary, we seek “to encourage and foster the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.”  Friendship and fellowship was the foundation, the bedrock on which Rotary service was built. Rotary is about community - the community we live in, the worldwide community and the community of Rotarians. 
When we share in community, your problems become my problems and your joys - my joys.   We care for one another and for our community.  Without each other, there is no community.  
This year's Bookarama success has been a great demonstration of community in action.  Oamaru Rotarians cared enough by giving much of their energy, time and effort to drive the project and the community, local and beyond, cared enough to support it.  The result - an enhanced sense of community togetherness, a sense of fulfilment among Rotarians and friends who supported the project, and an even greater level of funds raised than last year (over $25k) that would be used for projects back to and for the benefit of our community!
Again a huge THANK YOU and I celebrate with you all for a job well done!
Our next opportunity to make a difference will be the Foundation Auction on 27th June. 
This event aims to raise an annual target amount per Rotarian to go towards the Rotary Foundation to support international community projects such as the Polio Eradication Programme being one of the Foundation's six areas of focus.
Details of this event and on how everyone can participate will be released shortly.
We have two meetings left before we begin a new Rotary year on 1st July. On Wed 13th June we will meet again at the Criterion with Dan Burke as our guest speaker and we will be inducting more new members into the Club.  On Wed 27th June we will meet at the Brydone for our Handover Night and Foundation Auction Event.  Families and friends are welcome to both these events, so please mark them on your calendar.

Upcoming meeting

Join us Wednesday 13 June at the 5:30pm for a 6pm start for the upcoming Oamaru Rotary Club Meeting with guest speaker Dan Burke at the Criterion Hotel.
Meal cost: $22.
Dan Burke manages Glencoe Run and extensive sheep and beef farm at the top of Mount Misery Road at Waianakrua. 
In March he took part in the  GODZone Adventure, New Zealand's only multi-day, non-stop, expedition-style adventure race which was held in Fiordland and the wider Southland District. 
Mixed teams of four travel day and night with decisions to rest and sleep left solely to the discretion of the teams themselves. Teams navigate, trek, mountain bike and kayak over a vast array of different landscapes that test the mental and physical skills of participants to the ultimate limit. 
We will also be inducting two new members into Rotary service; Alex Regtien and David Williams  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!

Bookarama 2018

"Thank you to every Rotarian for your efforts (seen and unseen) towards making Bookarama 2018 so successful. I appreciate everyone's contribution great and small. Today I am delighted and knackered and know I am not alone in feeling this way.
There are a few people who I'd like to really honour for their extraordinary efforts - without them, we would not have had such a successful outcome for sure.
Helen Webster - thank you for all the work in previous years. I have a uniquely better understanding now and I take my hat off to you for the wonderful work you've done and the excellent preparation and briefing to help me get my head around things in time - thank you so very much!
Jacquie Webby, Ele Ludemann, Jim Hopkins, Stewart and Bronwyn Anderson, Ainsley Mitchell, Gordon Martin  - thank you for your unrelenting commitment. Turning up and sorting, moving mountains of books, sharing your ideas and insights from previous years - you were the spine that held this event upright throughout - we owe you a massive debt of gratitude.
Blair  and Adele Middlemass - thank you for moving the event forward with positivity and new initiatives - the car signs, the rolling screen, bookmarks and paper bags (that you stickered by hand 500 times!). You were in the trenches and behind the scenes throughout and I can only hope to live up to the Rotarian spirit you guys exude.
Sven Thelning, Ivan Holloway, Paul Mortimer, Michael Robinson, Stewart Anderson, Peter Robinson and Tony Caldwell - thank you for religiously collecting books from the drop off points and dedicated many days' worth of labour before, during and after with book moving from venue to venue.
Robert Gonzales - thank you for stepping into the breach on the roster so many times - such a blessing for an organiser and stupendous commitment from our leader indeed!
Steven Bolstridge and Peter Robinson - thank you for ensuring our signage went up and stayed up and for your dedication to being where you said you would without fail!
I am truly humbled by being a part of this very special Rotarian family. Proud to have served and feeling incredibly grateful for everyone's support.
Give yourselves, each and every one of you, an enormous pat on the back. Great job. Well done." - Cara Tipping Smith

And an extra special thank you to Cara Tipping Smith for coordinating this year's Bookarama and for all the hard work you put into this event. 


Winners of The Rotarian photo contest

From more than 1,100 entries, the 2018 photo contest winners rise to the top

Reviewing this year’s submissions, we saw photos that capture big scenes of celebration and small moments of connection. We saw images of Rotarians as people of action, working together to make our world better. And we saw breathtaking views of nature. Our judge, Stephanie Sinclair, reviewed the images without any identifying information, with the unexpected result that two people each have two photographs on the following pages. In addition to the winners and honorable mentions in this issue, you’ll see more photos from the contest in The Rotarian throughout the coming year.

First place

Photographer: Anthony Riggio
Rotary Club of Westport, Connecticut
Location: Rabat, Morocco

Rotary wins Best Nonprofit Act for its polio eradication work
Rotary’s commitment to eradicating polio worldwide won Best Nonprofit Act in the Hero Awards of the One Billion Acts of Peace campaign, an international global citizens’ movement to tackle the world’s most important issues.

This Saturday: Filipino Variety Show

This Saturday 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 colourful Filipino culture, full of story, dance 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, 7 pm
Tickets available from the Oamaru Opera House
Adult (13+): $10.00 | Child (U12): $5.00

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