Bulletin of the Rotary Club of Oamaru

3 September 2018 | Issue #31

James Hopkins
President Elect
Blair Middlemass
Gordon Martin
Adiar Craik

Presidents Piece

Greetings again, gallant members. I hope you’re looking forward to Wednesday. It should be a great night at the Airport. I had a recce on the 30th of August, and things have come on considerably. The first two students have arrived - both from India (“Namaste” is their equivalent of “Hi”) - and they could be there when we visit because classes run till 5pm.
Please turn up out there at 5.30pm (or very shortly thereafter) it will help things run smoothly and to time.
Chief Instructor, Celroy, will show us around. He’s a really nice bloke, and he’s suggested, wisely, I think, that one large group could be too many. So we’ll break into two groups of about 15 each (depending on total numbers) and do the tour that way. It will include a trip up the control tower and a chance to check out the New Zealand Airline Academy’s training aircraft.
Renowned Aero Club stalwart, Paul Mortimer, is arranging a slap-up fish and chip meal from the Glenavy Store (very tasty, he insists!) and we’ll have cash bar at the Club as well. The plan is to head over to the Aero Club for tucker and bevvies, from about 6.30 onward, after inspecting the Academy. Meal cost will be $10 each (with any surplus replacing the raffle and fines) and what you choose to spend at the bar.
If anyone needs a ride out, give me a call (434 9410) or get in touch with Les and we’ll tee up carpooling as required.
The other big news in September (as you may have seen in the Oamaru Mail) is that Don Brash has agreed to come down on September the 12th. He’ll speak at the Inkbox at 7 pm and we’ll use the night to launch our $2000+ diabetic equipment appeal too.
Paul Mortimer (once again) has kindly agreed to lend us a posh limo (posher than mine, anyway) to pick Don up from Dunedin on the 12th and drop him back next morning. We’ll ask you, next time, Peter! If anyone would like to be a chauffeur, let me know. More about the Brash meeting next Wednesday, but we will need some volunteers on the night, obviously. And thanks again, Stewart, for generously hosting Dr B.
The second ordinary September meeting is at the Criterion Hotel on the 19th. That will be the Club and Trust AGM. We’ve sent out nomination forms if there’s someone you’d like to propose for the 2 Trust vacancies. Please get the forms back to Gordon by the due date. I’m going to try to come up with something jolly to offset the gravity of proceedings that night.
Our District Governor is visiting on October 3, and I’d like to organise another tasting evening - like the one we had at Scotts - before Christmas. Speaking of which, our Christmas party at Grant and Ele’s is going to be a cracker - no pun intended.
See you on Wednesday - Jim

Upcoming meeting

Join us Wednesday 5 September at the 5:30pm for a 6pm start for the upcoming Oamaru Rotary Club Meeting and tour of the new Flight Training Academy at the Oamaru Airport. Meal cost: $10 with a cash bar on the night.

If you like to fly or know someone who; does, we've also got some good news. The Aero Club have said they are able to do three 20 minute flights between 5 pm and 6.30 pm on Wednesday night. There's only room for 3 passengers on each flight so best to book asap. A 20 minute flight will cost you $45 and would be a great late Father's Day present for yourself or a friend or a great surprise for a keen young flying enthusiast. If you want to go up, phone Jim H 434 9410 or text Sven Thelning - 021 027 86087 and we'll advise the Aero Club. Book now, pay Sven on the night with cash or a cheque. Celebrate Spring up in the mild blue yonder.

Register via Clubrunner, by emailing Jim on jimhop46@gmail.com or calling ‭021 114 3189‬

Please register by Tuesday 4 September 2018


See you all there!

Year 12/13 Interviews

Another successful set of year 12/13 interviews. Thank you to all that came along to help out, thank you to Ray White Real Estate for letting us use the offices again this year, and a very special thank you to Blair Middlemass who organised this worthwhile Rotary initiative and made it all happen.
These interviews can make a huge difference to these students going forward into the workforce or interviewing for a placement for an in-demand University programme. Having this advantage is a valuable life skill that can make students stand out in a crowd of other applicants.

Celebrate Rotary Alumni!

During the week of 1 - 7 October, Rotary invites and celebrates former Rotaractors, Interactors, Rotary Peace Fellows, Rotary Scholars, Youth Exchange students, and other Rotary program alumni to renew their connection to Rotary.

Past program participants who have lost their active connection to Rotary can refresh their ties by visiting club meetings, helping with projects, and engaging online. By doing so, they can experience again how Rotary reshapes lives locally and globally.

Vocational Training Trip to Mongolia

The Rotary Club of Waimate would like to invite the members of the Rotary Club of Oamaru to their Club on Thursday 27th September to hear Rotarian Gary Dennison and Rotarian Julie Dockrill from the Timaru Club to talk about their Vocational Training Trip (VTT)  trip to Mongolia.
We meet for fellowship (in other words for drinks) at 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start. The meal cost is $20.00 per person.
Any questions or to register please contact Francis Raewyn on 03 689 1179
Pakistan Polio Update
In June, more than 1.4 million children in Pakistan were immunized against polio by 260,000 health workers.

Improving health conditions in Latvia

Rotary clubs in Latvia, Sweden, Lithuania, USA, and the Netherlands teamed up to provide medical equipment for 1,000 newborn babies.

Reef revisited

Rotary members partnered with local fishermen to build an artificial reef that helped save the fishing industry in Atimonan, Quezon Province, Philippines.
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